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Week in review: Golden Globes hires Ricky Gervais; 'Breaking Dawn' debuts

November 18, 2011 |  4:31 pm

Ahh, popularity. It's one elusive beast, and one that makes people do funny things. Like hire Ricky Gervais.

The British comedian's popularity with audiences was the primary reason why the organization behind the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., decided to bring him back to emcee its 69th annual ceremony Jan. 15. Despite the acerbic barbs he delivered as host of last year's show, which came at the expense of both the A-list stars in the audience and the heads of the HFPA, Gervais is back, likely to appease NBC, a network looking for a ratings bump for the telecast.

The popularity of the "Twilight" series will again be widely talked about this weekend, as the fourth movie in the blockbuster film series adapted from author Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novels debuts worldwide. Times' writers Nicole Sperling and Steven Zeitchik talk about the machinations behind the series and why director Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for "Gods and Monsters," signed on for the two-part finale of the highly commercial series.


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-- Nicole Sperling

'Breaking Dawn': Twihards gather to watch Bella and Edward wed

November 18, 2011 | 11:34 am

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1'

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” grossed $30.3 million from midnight showings early Friday morning according to an estimate from distributor Summit Entertainment, and it appears to be on pace to have the biggest opening yet for any movie in the vampire franchise adapted from author Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novels.

24 Frames checked in with some fans who came out for the movie’s first screenings at the Rave Motion Pictures 18, which showed the vampire flick on five screens at 12:01 a.m., with one additional showing at 12:45 a.m. Many people at the theater were continuing a tradition of seeing each installment at midnight that dated back to the 2009 debut of the second "Twilight" movie, “New Moon.”

“We’ve been doing it for two or three years. You wait all year to watch it, so you might as well come and see it at midnight,” said Alejandra Toribio, 21, of Long Beach.

“I feel like the movie’s always better when you see it before it’s really out,” said Liz Hook, 14, of Westchester, who came to the movie in her pajamas with her twin sister and a friend.

The audience was by far mostly female, but there were a few men on hand to support their friends and some fathers bringing young daughters to watch Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) marry her undead beau Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), despite the protestations of her best friend, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

“I’m not a fan. I’m just here to support my friends. I’m just dragged along,” said Jay Rice, 24, of Gardena.

His friend Yontique McHenry, 21, of Harbor City said to him, “People are gonna see this [article], and they’re gonna beat you up because you’re a fake fan. And you have a seat!”

“Go 'Twilight,' ” he responded, flashing a thumbs-up.

There were the occasional guys who considered themselves true fans, though, including 25-year-old Alexander Solis of South Gate, who donned a “Twilight” sweatshirt and T-shirt for the event. So what’s his answer to the great “Twilight” debate?

“Team Edward. Because he will be marrying Bella!” said Solis, who bought his ticket for the movie a month ago.

Favorite characters varied from Jacob (“I don’t find Edward attractive. He’s too pale,” said Rosario Carrera, 31, of Orange County) to Jasper, a vampire played by Jackson Rathbone.

“I’m Team Jasper. I think he’s funny-looking. In the film he’s all crazy-eyed,” Hook said.

Melissa Nelson, 31, of Torrance, said she was eager to see how the movie depicted Bella's surprise pregnancy -- in the film, she and Edward conceive a child on their honeymoon, though carrying the baby to term threatens Bella's life -- because of how she was introduced to the series. Nelson said she watched the first movie on a portable DVD player while her cousin was in labor.

“I was her birthing partner… While we were waiting for the baby to come, we were like, ‘Might as well watch a movie,’ ” Nelson said. “I’m really interested to see the transformation of [Bella’s] body when she’s pregnant.”

Nelson came to see the movie with other adult friends, but on Saturday she plans to bring young cousins and her 4-year-old son –- who’s Team Jacob and “can recite the movies for you” she said -– after she makes “sure it’s child appropriate” at the midnight screening. “He asked today, ‘Well, when am I going to see ‘Twilight’? Cause you know the new one is out today and we have to go see it,’ ” Nelson explained.

She said her husband scoffs at the series. “He says they’re fake vampires. He’s like, ‘How do they walk around in the daylight?’ ”

As for the franchise's enduring popularity, most fans chalked it up to the sweeping romance of the supernatural tale.

“It’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ for now,” said Dawn Fagenson, 45, of Brentwood, who owns a cardboard cutout of Lautner as Jacob and has traveled to Forks, Wash., where the series takes place.

“It’s a very classic story,” said Jennifer Daskevich, 43, of Westchester. “They’ve done really well with marketing to younger people. We don’t really fit into that category, but they’ve done a really good job of casting young, dynamic people. It’s a great love story.”

A number of moviegoers cited their awe for the “great love story," but there were a few who were more cynical. Liz Hook’s sister, Joans, discovered the series when she was in fifth grade and “was really into them” upon the first read.

“And then after I read them, I was like, ‘Why did I read these? These are really stupid,’ ” she said. “Bella’s so desperate. She needs a man in her life, otherwise she cannot function. So I really hate the point of it, but it’s just fun to go [to the movies] with your friends.”


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–- Emily Rome

Photo: Robert Pattinson, left, and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

Kristen Stewart ‘Breaking Dawn’ pic was 3-D candidate

November 16, 2011 | 11:47 am


“Breaking Dawn” fans probably would be eager to see the Twilight exploits of Kristen Stewart's Bella and Robert Pattinson's Edward even if they were shown in a shoebox. But one film installment in Stephenie Meyer's vampire series almost lured fans with a much splashier look: 3-D.

A person familiar with the discussions who was not authorized to talk about them publicly told 24 Frames several days ago that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" came close to being shot with the z-axis.  And in an interview Tuesday, director Bill Condon confirmed that he and Summit Entertainment executives discussed making the fifth and final installment in the series, which comes out next November, in 3-D.

That movie is, of course, the one in which (spoiler alert, for the three people who know “Twilight” but don’t know this) Bella lives as a vampire. The idea would have been to convey that shift in a heightened 3-D world, using the format as a kind of storytelling device (and, oh, yes, collecting ticket premiums to boot).

As Condon explained: “You’ve stepped through the looking glass and you’re seeing the world through Bella’s point of view, as a vampire. To know what it feels like to see the way they do, to hunt, all that stuff. It was a good reason to do it.”

But according to both Condon and the person  familiar with the discussions, cost proved too much of a deterrent.  Among the rationales for shooting the two "Breaking Dawn" movies  simultaneously was to save some cash, and toggling between 2-D and 3-D cameras would have undermined that goal.

Plus, Condon added, it could have become really overwhelming for everyone on set.  “It was hard enough to keep the two movies straight between the morning and the afternoon, but then to have these two huge camera packages and approaches, it seemed like too much to take on,” he said. (Instead, filmmakers used high-definition cameras and other sophisticated lenses for the second “Breaking Dawn” film; the first, of course, comes out this weekend. A 3-D conversion has not been discussed as a serious option.)

Shooting in 3-D remains one of the more polarizing moves around, with the battle lines drawn in unexpected ways. Despite its reputation as a commercial gimmick, high-end  auteurs such as Martin Scorsese (this month’s “Hugo”) have begun to embrace it. But some commercial franchises -- particularly those that, like “Twilight” and the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises,” have built up a strong amount of goodwill in 2-D — have stayed away. When you’re raking in hundreds of millions, that added 3 can seem like a small number.


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-- Steven Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling



Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Summit Entertainment

Is Taylor Lautner doomed not to go beyond 'Twilight'?

September 30, 2011 |  5:59 pm

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's big-budget ambitions are debatable, but there's little doubt that the third leg in the "Twilight" tripod, Taylor Lautner, harbors them in a big way. He's been saying as much all over town, dropping Tom Cruise missiles to anyone who'll listen.  Meanwhile, John Singleton, the director of Lautner's new film, "Abduction," says that the "goal" of their collaboration is to show "that Taylor can actually carry a picture — that he's truly a star."

But the box-office performance of "Abduction," the 19-year-old's first role of any substance outside his trademark vampire franchise, suggests otherwise. In the week since it opened, the action-thriller has tallied only about $13.5 million -- far from picture-carrying numbers.

How do those figures stack up to Lautner's on-screen counterpoint? Pattinson's "Remember Me" took in nearly $11 million over the same number of days ... and was regarded as proof that hunger for the actor in non-vampiric parts runs about as deep as a Cullen's appetite in a vegan market.

What's more, in Lautner's case, he was neither going smaller nor more dramatic, as Pattinson was in "Remember Me," robbing him of what would have been a good explanation for the underwhelming box office. In fact, Lautner was doing In "Abduction" pretty much what he's been doing as Jacob Black in "Twilight": playing a teenager with mostly good impulses trying to vanquish bad guys.  If he can't carry this film, what can he carry?

To be fair to the young actor, plenty of his more established elders have the same trouble these days. Watch Johnny Depp struggle outside "Pirates of the Caribbean," or Lautner's idol, Tom Cruise, in a movie not named "Mission: Impossible."

Somehow this feels different, though. When Cruise was an up-and-comer, he was able to turn otherwise solid but nondescript films into sensations.  (Picture "Top Gun" without him.) That's not exactly the case here. "Twilight" is a movie that very well would have been a hit without Lautner; in fact, it arguably helped him as much as he helped it, providing him with ample star power. He's yet to demonstrate he can do much with it.


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Photo: Taylor Lautner in "Abduction." Credit: Lionsgate

Twilight's Taylor Lautner: I'm not as confident as I seem

September 20, 2011 |  7:06 pm

Taylor Lautner says Breaking Dawn Part 1 was his most challenging film to date

With a toothy grin permanently planted on his face, Taylor Lautner comes across as one of young Hollywood’s most confident actors. His expression can also look forced, as though he's trying hard to prove how gracious he is.

But Lautner insists he’s not nearly as stiff as he can sometimes seem.

"I probably do a good job of hiding it -- but I’m definitely pretty sensitive," he told 24 Frames. "I’m not a huge crier. I can’t think of the last time I cried. But I definitely am very sensitive. Like, I don’t like disappointing or hurting other people. And watching movies -- I can’t say I didn’t cry during ‘The Notebook.’"

On Friday, Lautner will seek to show a more vulnerable side when he opens the action movie "Abduction." It's no Nicholas Sparks tearjerker, but there is a more dramatic storyline about a young man seeking a connection with his father.

It's the actor's first major role in a film outside of Stephenie Meyer's teen series, and it features Lautner in nearly every frame. The 19-year-old plays Nathan, a high school student forced to go on the run after realizing his true identity has been concealed from him since he was a baby.

The role required Lautner to put in some intense physical preparation, but he says it also stretched his acting ability.

"I definitely felt more comfortable and confident as an actor after 'Abduction,' because this movie took me to places that I'd never been as an actor before," he said in a recent interview. "Like, this character shows a lot of emotion. More emotion than Jacob has shown yet."

Lautner was referring, of course, to his character in the "Twilight" films, Jacob Black, the teenager-turned-werewolf involved in a love triangle with a vampire. He and costars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have already wrapped filming on the final two movies: the first installment, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1," hits theaters in November, and "Part 2" will be released a year later.

In the upcoming installment, Jacob must come to terms with the marriage between his love interest, Bella Swan, and the vampire Edward Cullen. Lautner said that the emotional turn was the most challenging he's had thus far on the big-screen -- though the work he had done on "Abduction" helped.

"For 'Abduction,' it was the first time I was ever able to cry and let loose emotionally. And then I did 'Breaking Dawn 1' after that, so it was really a great transition," he recalled. "When we filmed 'Breaking Dawn,' I was like, 'All right, I can do this. I'm just gonna go there.' And I did. I'm really proud of it."

Lautner still has another year of press to do for the "Twilight" films, but admits that when that comes to a close, it'll likely "be very strange. It already is."

Lautner can seem like the most self-assured of the "Twilight" bunch -- smiling and waving to fans on the promotional circuit -- while co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart can appear more uncomfortable in the limelight.

"Everybody handles it in a different way," he said of the attention. Plus, he insists, he's not always the laid-back one. In 2010, when he and Stewart presented an Oscar at that year's Academy Awards, it was his costar who had to calm a jittery Lautner down.

"For Kristen, when she gets nervous, she gets shy and quiet -- and I find it very cute. And then I think I over-exaggerate with smiling and laughing," he said. "The only thing I can remember about presenting at the Oscars is we were up on the stage, and I could literally feel my pulse, like, through my neck. And Kristen was just like, 'It's gonna be OK, just breathe.'

"I think it was just the fact that I was up there on this stage, talking to people that I've looked up to my entire life. I'm talking and presenting something and then, out of the corner of my eye, there's Leo [DiCaprio] and then there's George Clooney. It was tough for me to handle the situation."


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-- Amy Kaufman


Photo: Taylor Lautner will be seen in "Abduction" and "Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" this fall. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

'Twilight' stars grow up, show skin in 'Breaking Dawn' trailer

September 13, 2011 |  5:57 pm

A new trailer for the first Breaking Dawn film was released Tuesday

When sultry photos from the upcoming "Twilight" film leaked onto the Internet earlier this year, fans of the franchise flew into a tizzy. There were Bella and Edward, lying in bed topless in what appeared to be a post-coital embrace.

Any Twihard who was tantalized by said images -- more of which were officially released by Summit Entertainment last month -- might want to take a deep breath. Because on Tuesday, a new trailer for November's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" hit the Web, and it's a little racy.

Fans of Stephenie Meyer's beloved book series, of course, know that the characters played by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson wed in "Breaking Dawn" and quickly consummate the marriage during their honeymoon. That leads to trouble for Bella, who becomes pregnant with Edward's baby -- a sort of vampire-human hybrid that threatens its mother's health.

In an interview with The Times last year just before production of the film began, Stewart warned filmgoers that the prosthetic belly she wears in the first part of "Breaking Dawn" is "immense." "It gets so massive at some point that it actually looks inhuman. Like it’s hurting her. There are striations of bruises," the actress said.

In the trailer, posted below, we finally get a glimpse of pregnant Bella -- and indeed, she looks unwell. As her stomach morphs and swells, Bella grows gradually more pallid until she lets out a guttural scream during a labor scene, where the preview ends.

But the trailer doesn't skimp on the skin. Edward is seen bedding Bella and the pair later kiss under a waterfall; Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob, is -- not surprisingly --  distraught and once again shirtless.

Lautner, meanwhile, is busy readying himself for the release of his first major non-"Twilight" film, the action flick "Abduction." The film, out Sept. 23, marks the young star's hopeful transition to a more grown-up acting career.

Judging by the new "Breaking Dawn" trailer, it appears the "Twilight" stars are already tackling progressively more adult subject matter just fine.


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Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." Credit: Summit Entertainment

'Breaking Dawn’ photos begin a Twihard countdown

August 19, 2011 | 11:17 am

After spending months tracking down the source of the leaked “Breaking Dawn” photos and footage, Summit took the wraps off the official images Thursday, offering the full online complement of "Breaking Dawn, Part 1" stills that appeared in the recent Entertainment Weekly. (Check out our sister Ministry of Gossip blog for the full "Breaking Dawn" photo gallery.)

We’ll leave to more Twihard-y minds to parse the meaning of the pictures of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and others -- though to our lay eyes they show the contrast of Bella and Edward in post-marital bliss (the soft glow of a bedroom scene) with the portentous suggestion of all that's coming to get them (the frightened look on Edward’s face in the water shot). There's also  something weird about a fidgety outsider like Bella Swan getting pampered in a wedding suite, "Bridezillas" style, per the above photo.

We will say that the filmmakers' earlier concerns about the leaked photos -– Stephenie Meyer, director Bill Condon and others got together and released a statement, and Robert Pattinson had some harsh words too –- was understandable at the time.

But as we suspected back then, it hasn’t derailed the marketing train one bit, The photos yesterday were rolled out exactly three months in advance of the movie’s Nov. 18 release, and seem to have obliterated any memory of the earlier shots in the collective Twihard hive mind.  Next up for said devotees is the next piece of video footage (the first trailer premiered at the MTV Movie Awards in early June). With the three-month clock now ticking, that piece of footage is no doubt just a short, strategically calculated time away.


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Photo: Ashley Greene, left, Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed in "Breaking Dawn." Credit: Andrew Cooper/Summit Entertainment

Do any summer releases actually get a boost from the MTV Movie Awards?

June 6, 2011 |  9:10 pm

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Click for more photos from the MTV Movie Awards
The MTV Movie Awards can sometimes seem like the film-publicity equivalent of tax cuts for the wealthy: It provides help to those that need it least.

At the awards show frequently known for setting the record for most mentions of "my fans" in a single telecast -- the latest installment of which of course aired Sunday night -- the upcoming releases of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" were demonstrated, lest anyone doubt it, to be major events among the tween and teen sets. It's doubtful there's a single person who watched the telecast who wasn't going to see those movies anyway.

Pretty much everything else, on the other hand, faced a tougher road. In fact, when the summer winds down and the final tally is counted, it will be telling to look back and see whether a single movie can track its success to the June marketing-a-thon.

Photos: Best and Worst at the MTV Movie Awards

The telecast would seem like a perfect venue, for instance, to promote raunchy comedies. But it rarely works out that way. On Sunday night, the R-rated laugh-fest "Bad Teacher" offered an at times awkward stage bit involving Jason Segel butt-texting to costar and co-presenter Cameron Diaz. In the outside world, a star like Segel fits solidly with a young demographic. Compared with Taylor Lautner and Emma Watson, he seemed out of place.

Then again, Segel seemed downright in the demo in contrast to appearances from  Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, who were among those who came to the podium to flog "Super 8."

Judged by sheer airtime, "Green Lantern" was a winner on Sunday night, with a long bit featuring stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, who traded jokes with audience plants sporting phallic green lasers. But the skit had more than its share of rocky moments, and other jokes about Lively's recent photo scandal got a lot more attention than anything she did to plump the superhero film.

Some of the stunts, meanwhile, seemed downright head-scratching. For "Mr. Popper's Penguins," Jim Carrey came out in a green-screen jacket that flashed an image of fornicating dogs, which seemed like an odd choice for a movie aimed at a family audience.

You know it's an uneven bunch when the sight of "Friends With Benefits" stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake fondling each other's genitals prove one of the more clever promotions of the night.

 "Crazy, Stupid, Love" -- a film riding wave of buzz ahead of its July release -- did fare marginally better with a bit that had stars Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Emma Stone in some byplay about interspecies copulation. But by the time the show ended, the moment was a distant  memory.

As a lower-profile release with a notable comedy ensemble, "30 Minutes or Less" would also seem like a prime candidate for a Movie Awards boost. But it was hurt by the absence of Jesse Eisenberg (he didn't come in from N.Y.), and the skit seemed to lose its way with a dreadlocked Aziz Ansari goofing on, of all things, Jaden Smith and "The Karate Kid." Then it was all quickly forgotten anyway when Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance.  A "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" promo with Shia LaBeouf might have also worked out. But one could barely hear stars' banter among the residual shrieks from a recently awarded "Twilight" prize.

That would all be disheartening enough. But then, even a good Movie Awards skit hardly translates into any sort of tangible success. Last year, one of the most clever sketches had Steve Carell and Paul Rudd spoofing in advance of  "Dinner for Schmucks." And we all know how that turned out for them.

You can understand why a film publicist's eyes widen at the thought of the MTV Movie Awards : millions of viewers, viral-video potential and the chance to position a movie in front of an audience that can't easily be reached in a fragmented world of Twitter and Facebook. But it often seems like the cable telecast has the opposite problem: It's too large a beast. And like creatures from a certain vampire franchise, it doesn't so much pull up smaller movies as it does devour them.


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--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, stars of "Green Lantern," at the MTV Movie Awards. Credit: Matt Sayles/AP


'Harry Potter' star Tom Felton sees a connection between his franchise and 'Hunger Games' [Video]

June 6, 2011 |  1:14 pm

In a little more than a month, the eighth and final installment in the "Harry Potter" film series will hit theaters. Tweens seeking a new obession of course shouldn't be too distraught -- there are still two films left in the "Twilight" franchise, and Lionsgate is already in production on the first film based on "The Hunger Games" trilogy.

Tom Felton, who has starred as the evil Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" franchise, told 24 Frames that he believes the boy wizard has a lot to do with the onslaught of genre-tinged tween cinema. "I think ['Harry Potter'] certainly helped" pave the way for movies such as "Hunger Games," Felton said at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, where he was on hand to present new footage from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

"I think one of the great things about what ["Harry Potter" book author] Jo Rowling has done is she's made literacy and reading kind of cool again. And that allows the way for lots of these other franchises to kind of come through," he said.

Even though production wrapped long ago on the final film in the Potter franchise, Felton said he still doesn't feel like the experience is over. "It really hasn't ended at all. Everyone keeps saying, 'What's it like, now that it's finished?' And to me, it really hasn't," he said. "Because we've got another month of touring starting next week, I think."

"Obviously, yeah, it's going to be very sad when it's over. I'll probably cry in copious amounts when it's all finished," he said.

Meanwhile, Felton is working out his post-"Potter" career. His first major role outside of the franchise will come in this summer's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Asked if he felt pressure about choosing roles as an adult actor, Felton shrugged.

"Some people think there is [pressure], yeah," said the actor, who was convinced to be a part of "Apes" after meeting with director Rupert Wyatt. "But we're just keeping our ears open and eyes to the ground and seeing what happens, really."

Also unclear is where he'll put that lovely gold popcorn statuette he took home Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards for playing the villainous Malfoy. "The other one [I won] is still boxed up because I don't have a good place to put it yet. I'm saving it. I don't want to put it on the downstairs toilet."

-- Amy Kaufman



Should 'Twilight' fans stop posting photos of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'Breaking Dawn'?

April 1, 2011 |  4:36 pm

Don't take our movie stills, please.

Leaked images of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in sultry positions on the in-production "Breaking Dawn" have zinged around the Web faster than a vampire practicing Celerity.

Break But while the image sent fans into lupine delight (that's not it on the left, incidentally; the one here was given to The Times for a story in January), the creators behind the franchise were less enthused. The property's author, director, producer and studio got together to issue an unusually direct plea this afternoon.

"As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' as a work in progress have leaked on the Internet," began the statement, which was signed by author Stephenie Meyer, director Bill Condon, producer Wyck Godfrey and Summit.

It continued, "We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage.  The film and these images are not yet ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012.

"Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don’t view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you."

It's a nice and justifiable plea, although the likelihood of some sites taking down the photo is about as likely as James' coven joining forces with the Cullens. And the image is probably not going to affect ticket sales much. Nor is it as if the images -- at least to our lay eyes -- offer any major revelations. [Update, 5:24 p.m.: Several readers note that a number of the images do reveal key plot points. We stand corrected.]

Still, it does highlight that too much fan interest can be a dangerous thing for a studio. And it raises the question of to what extent a fan not involved in the initial leak has a responsibility to refrain from posting and oohing over a photo.


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--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: A shot from "Breaking Dawn." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment


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