Twihards -- Director Bill Condon Wants You to Love Him! Read His Open Letter to You! 


Last week, we told you about Summit Entertainment hiring Bill Condon to direct the final chapter of the famous vampire franchise, "Twilight." I was excited that Condon will add gravitas to "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn."

But apparently, Condon felt that he needed to make a plea to Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob, and Team Switzerland (I'm not making that up!). The Academy Award-winning writer wrote a self-deprecating but oddly sentimental and truly entertaining letter to Twihards, Twifans, and so on...

He took to Facebook to state his case, but gosh darn it, no musical numbers? Argh :happy

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers


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Lindsay Lohan to Play a Porn Star! 


Lindsay Lohan was rumored to have signed on to star as "Deep Throat's" Linda Lovelace in the indie film "Inferno" for director Matthew Wilder. Now, E! Online has confirmed that yes, Lohan will play the infamous porn star!

Lohan's photographer friend, Tyler Shields, has validated the rumor and you can read all about it right here.

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Commercial Break: Great Wine Perfect for Mother's Day! 


A dear friend of mine from Hollywoodland sent me a box of wine -- one white, one red -- and I immediately opened the white wine, yes I prefer white. But then, I tried the red too, and it's amazing!

So I'm sharing the love with y'all. If you're thinking of a last minute gift for your mommy, why don't you try Deep Sea Wine! Check out their website by clicking right here.

And just because I love y'all, YOU CAN GET 30% OFF YOUR PURCHASE!

Just enter the code: VINO (in shopping cart click on "Enter Coupon" button, and enter the code).


That's it, that's all, I'm not receiving any money for this, I just really, truly love the wine! And I know your mommy will too!

Take a look at the video, yummy!

Conway Family Wines from Wild Collective on Vimeo.



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Steven Spielberg Wants to Direct "War Horses" 


Steven Spielberg has finally made up his mind, he'll be directing Michael Morpurgo's children's book, "War Horse," according to Production Weekly. The film is scheduled to be released on August 10, 2011.

The book was adapted for the stage before by Nick Stafford and was staged at the Olivier Theater in London. The stage version used life-size puppets of horses from the Handspring Puppet Company and won an Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for design according to a Wikipedia entry.

It was announced in February that the play would make its Broadway debut and Spielberg bought the film rights of the play. Now, he also wants to direct it too! This is Spielberg territory -- wars, animals, human emotions -- and I'm looking forward to seeing how the director will tell the story from the point of view of the horses.

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Sam Rockwell Joins "Cowboys and Aliens" 


Sam Rockwell is reteaming with his "Iron Man 2" director, Jon Favreau, for "Cowboys and Aliens." The actor will be joining Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, and Harrison Ford for the comic book adaptation.

Based on the 2006 graphic novel, "Cowboys & Aliens" is about extraterrestrials who land in Arizona in the mid-19th century. Now, a group of cowboys and Apache Indians must bond together to fight these out-of-this world creatures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Rockwell will play a bar owner named Doc who joins in the pursuit of the aliens. Once Favreau and the writers -- Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof -- learned that Rockwell was interested in the movie, they reconceived and expanded the role, which initially called for a heavy-set man."

Now Doc is skinny and fit :happy

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