“Breaking Dawn” Casting Announced for Irina, Renesmee

Yes, I know it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything related to Twilight, and I do admit to a certain level of declining interest in the series now. However, as a true fangirl will do, I am still interested in seeing how the “Breaking Dawn” story of The Twilight Saga will translate onto the big screen, even though I lost a bit of interest in the series once I gave “Breaking Dawn” some time to sink in.

Anyhoo, there have been some major casting developments today, with regard to two vampires who change the course of the storyline. First, it was announced that actress Maggie Grace will play the role of Irina, the vampire of the Denali clan who maliciously sets things in motion for the Volturi and Cullens to battle it out. Maggie is probably best known as the irresponsible teenager-turned-kidnap victim in the thriller Taken with Liam Neeson.

The next casting rumor was recently posted – and has yet to be confirmed – but word is that 9-year old actress Mackenzie Foy will play the hybrid human/vampire daughter of Edward and Bella, Renesmee. It has not been determined yet if Foy will portray Renesmee in all aspects of her development; to keep things safe for the non-book fans, let’s just say that Renesmee goes through quite the growth spurt in “Breaking Dawn”.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be the 4th and 5th films in The Twilight Saga series; following in the footsteps of another popular film franchise (Harry Potter), Summit Entertainment made the decision to split the final book into two films. Part 1 isn’t scheduled to be released until November 18, 2011, followed by Part 2 a year later on November 16, 2012.


My Dragon*Con Countdown Has Officially Begun

In about a month’s time, I will be participating in my annual geekout weekend when Dragon*Con returns Labor Day weekend. For those of you who don’t know, Dragon*Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. I first attended in 2007 and it has now become a must-attend event for me.

This year will also include some firsts for me, as I have been asked to sit on two panels for the Young Adult (YA) Literature track. The first panel, “Minorities in YA Lit” will focus on the role that minorities play in Young Adult Literature, and what trends are popular in regard to race, gender, religion, etc. So far, I am the only panelist listed (no pressure, right?)

The second panel is the one I’m most excited about, “Freaks and Geeks in Harry Potter”, where we discuss the “oddballs” in the HP universe, such as Neville and Luna. My co-panelists include Racheline Maltese (author of The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities), Todd McCaffrey (who co-writes the Dragonriders of Pern series with his mother, novelist Anne McCaffrey), Davey Beauchamp (Writers for Relief anthologies), and M.B. Weston (author of The Elysian Chronicles series).  How the hell I was able to get on such a distinguished panel confuses the hell out of me, and I will try not to feel intimidated. Try being the operative word.

But you guys want to know about the guests, don’t you? You can view the complete Dragon*Con guest list here, but this is the list of the people I’m excited to see and the movie/books/shows I loved them in (the ones in red are musts for autograph/photos).

  • Lee Arenberg (you know, the “Ello, Poppet!” pirate on Jack Sparrow’s crew in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy)
  • Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Rene Auberjonois (Odo from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)
  • Morena Baccarin (Anna on the ABC Series “V” and Adria/the Orici on” Stargate SG-1″)
  • Kristin Bauer (Pam from “True Blood”)
  • Robert Beltran (Chakotay on “Star Trek: Voyager”)
  • Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”)
  • Ben Browder (Col. Cameron Mitchell in “Stargate SG-1”)
  • Chris Bruno (Sheriff Bannerman on “The Dead Zone”)
  • LeVar Burton (READING RAINBOW!!! Oh yeah, and he played Geordi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Jim Butcher (author of The Dresden Files books)
  • Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Daniel Cudmore (Felix in the Twilight movies, and Colossus in X2 and X-Men 3)
  • Lexa Doig (Rommie in the series “Andromeda”)
  • Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette in “True Blood”) THIS IS A MUST!!!!
  • Michelle Forbes (Maryann in “True Blood”)
  • Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte in “True Blood”)
  • Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Joel Gretsch (Father Landry in “V”; Tom Baldwin in “The 4400)
  • Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing in “Dallas”)
  • David Hewlett (Rodney McKay in “Stargate SG-1”, “Stargate: Atlantis”)
  • Christopher Judge (Teal’c in “Stargate SG-1”)
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon (author of the Dark-Hunter series)
  • Martin Klebba (Marty from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy)
  • Stan Lee (do you really need an explanation of who he is?)
  • Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett on “Stargate: Atlantis”)
  • Alex Meraz (Paul in the Twilight movies)
  • Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis in “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” and Jonas Quinn in “Stargate SG-1”)
  • Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson in “Stargate SG-1” and “Stargate: Atlantis”)
  • Mark Sheppard (demon Crowley in “Supernatural”)
  • Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”)
  • Chaske Spencer (Sam Uley in Twilight: New Moon and Twilight: Eclipse)
  • Brent Spiner (Data in “Star Trek: Te Next Generation”)
  • Laura Vandervoort (Kara/Supergirl in “Smallville” and Lisa in “V”)
  • Garrett Wang (Harry Kim on “Star Trek: Voyager”)
  • Paul Wesley (Stefan in “The Vampire Diaries”)

I believe that the guest list for Dragon*Con has been capped this year at 400, so I don’t think anyone else will be added to the list. It would be nice, however, if they could add some more stars from “The Vampire Diaries” (especially since they film the show here in Atlanta). Some Harry Potter stars would be nice as well, as they were the main reasons I’ve been there the past three years.

Twilight Night Event (Follow-up)

Before I drown myself in Potter goodness for today, let me hurry up and get my thoughts down about the Twilight Night event I attended this past Saturday.

The event, which was one of several held across the country, was held in the courtyard of Midtown’s Atlantic Station community and attended by several hundred people. Summit gave fans a red carpet, where photos could be taken against one of three backdrops. The first 200 fans received a gift bag, which contained an Eclipse t-shirt, key chain, mini-poster and a New Moon ink pen.

Free t-shirt included in gift bags

There were free vendors everywhere: the popcorn stand where fans received an “I was there!” button commemorating the event; the Luna Twilight make-up booth where two technicians gave free Twilight makeovers; free snack vendors; and Atlanta radio station Q-100 conducted a live broadcast, complete with about 20 pairs of tickets given away to an advanced screening scheduled for tonight (which I unfortunately did not win). There was free face painting and temporary tattoos, and a game booth as well.

There were also vendors where – for a low cost – you could purchase candied apples, ice cream, Italian ice, funnel cakes and other goodies. The event was set up very much like a street fair, and even with the crowds, there wasn’t a feeling of being overwhelmed or crowded.

The event officially began with a live performance by local band Stellate, who played some of their original tunes, as well as “Decode”, Paramore’s track from the original Twilight movie. This band is awesome; you should go check out their music on their Myspace page.

There were some contests as well; five contestants had to make up Twilight-related poems and recite them on stage; the winner received a VIP package that included tickets to the advanced screening and some autographed items from our guest, Daniel Cudmore (who plays Volturi member Felix in the movie). There was supposed to be a costume contest, but if anyone there was better than these two girls, I didn’t see them!

Daniel then came onstage and participated in judging the trivia contest – where at one point he stated, “what am I even doing here? They know more than I know!” He also answered questions from Q-100’s Brandon, and was generally very fun to listen to; very humorous, very funny, and very humble. Did I forget to mention he’s very good-looking? My daughter had a great seat up front, so we have proof! Daniel was also very nice enough to sign a few books/magazines for my daughters, one of which included my current issue of Film Fantasy: Eclipse.

Daniel Cudmore during Q&A

After the Q&A, there was a screening on the green of  New Moon, which we did not stay for. By this time, we had been outside in Atlanta heat for almost five hours, and the children were demanding food. But we got freebies, photos and autographs, so it was a day well spent.

Daniel Cudmore is scheduled to return to Atlanta during Labor Day weekend, as a guest at Dragon*Con. For more information, visit the Dragon*Con website.

“Deathly Hallows” Images Online; Trailer Due Tomorrow

Ron and Hermione at Shell Cottage

Images have appeared online from the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is scheduled to be released online tomorrow. The trailer, which will also be shown during previews for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was screened last week at Cinema Expo and a reviewer had this to say on Twitter:

New Harry Potter teaser will play with Twilight’s #Eclipse next week and includes footage of both part I & II. Best trailer of year so far! Based on the FANTASTIC teaser at CinemaExpo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2D looks amazing in itself– no need for 3D

I will be posting the trailer tomorrow at my HollywoodNews Harry Potter blog, but in the meantime, I’ll leave you with these photos…

Harry's confrontation with Voldemort

Hogwarts under attack

Twilight Night Event

This Grown-Up Fangirl is currently sitting in Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta, enjoying the atmostphere at Summit’s “Twilight Night” Event. The official activities just began, with free popcorn and snacks, free face-painting and temporary tattoos, free makeovers by the “Luna Twilight” make-up team, and gift bags to the first 200 fans. The gift bags included an Eclipse tee, keychain, mini-poster and a New Moon ink pen.

There’s a stage set up for a live band, and the inflatable projector just went up for the screening of New Moon. Atlanta’s Q-100 radio station is also broadcasting live from the event. They are also giving away 2 tickets to an advanced Monday night screening of Eclipse.

Photos are available at my Photobucket, which you can find at http://www.photobucket.com/hmrpotter

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” Twilight special on Jimmy Kimmel (VIDEO)

Twi-hards got a very special treat Wednesday night when ABC aired Jimmy Kimmel’s Twilight: Eclipse. Most of the major cast was there, including the Cullens (all except Kellan Lutz), the Wolf Pack, members of the Volturi and newborn vampires. The show had its moments of awkwardness – such as when Jimmy proclaimed to Bryce Dallas Howard that she was “the best Victoria ever”, and when Jimmy had unclothed Edward and Jacob dolls, but the chemistry between the cast was undeniable and it was very fun to watch them interact with each other. There was also an “exclusive” clip, which was the beginning of the battle scene that we’ve seen in the most recent trailer.

The sections that I absolutely hated about the show were the lack of intelligent questions asked by the audience (one girl asked whether or not Taylor’s abs were airbrushed on…seriously) and the Twilight parody done by the cast of Jersey Shore, whose popularity and significance in pop culture I’m still trying to understand and figure out.

If you missed it, video of the show can be viewed below in 12 parts, and also on Kimmel’s website.

Kristen, Robert and Taylor, Part 1

Kristen, Robert and Taylor, Part 2

Kristen, Robert and Taylor, Part 3

Kristen, Robert and Taylor, Part 4

Jersey Shore parody

Cullen Women Part 1

Cullen Women Part 2

Dakota, Peter, Bryce and Xavier, Part 1

Dakota, Peter, Bryce and Xavier, Part 2

Q&A with the cast of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Part 1

Q&A with the cast of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Part 2

Q&A with the cast of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Part 3

Cast announcements made for “Twilight Night” events

The cast appearances for Saturday night’s “Twilight Night” celebrations have been announced, and they are as follows:

Daniel Cudmore (Felix)
Atlantic Station
171 17th St NW
Atlanta, GA

Jodelle Ferland (Bree) and Tyson Houseman (Quil)
AT&T Plaza at the American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave
Dallas, TX

Booboo Stewart (Seth) and Tinsel Korey (Emily)
Sloan’s Lake Park
17th Ave and Sheridan
Denver, CO

Michael Welch (Mike)
Gusman Center Performing Arts
174 East Flagler Street
Miami, FL

Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) and Bronson Pelletier (Jared)
The Piazza
North Second Street and Germantown Avenue, Below Girard
Philadelphia, PA

Justin Chon (Eric)
Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 North Tatum Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ

Cameron Bright (Alec)
Colonel Summers City Park
Portland, OR

Charlie Bewley (Demetri) and Julia Jones (Leah)
Salt Lake City
Movie in the Park
Fairmont Park located
2361 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Jack Huston (Royce)
St. Louis
St. Louis Union Station
1820 Market Street
St. Louis, MO

Peter Facinelli (Carlisle) and Edi Gathegi (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON’s Laurent)
San Diego
Park at the Park (Downtown)
10th & K
San Diego, CA

Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Liz Reaser (Esme)
Fremont Outdoor Movies
3501 Phinney Ave N.
Seattle, WA

Alex Meraz (Paul)
Washington DC
National Harbor Plaza
163 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD

*Events and Appearances are subject to change

Complete details can be found at http://www.EclipsetheMovie.com