November 15, 2012

Jumping Rob adorkableness

This is so cute!  Rob sees Jumping Rob for (presumably) the first time.


Totally spoiler-free BD2 review

Hey TwiCrackers!  I'm back from LA and (somewhat) caught up on sleep.  I took hundreds of pictures and I will eventually find the hours needed to upload and edit them, but for now I'll just give you what I know you really want: a spoiler-free review of Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Let's start with the basics.

- Wardrobe, makeup, and hair: the best yet BY FAR.  Everyone finally looks really, really good.  Bella in particular looks beautiful and natural, and Edward has good hair and no lipstick!  Jasper, Rosalie, Alice, and Emmett also look good.  Carlisle looks less plastic and Esme looks lovely.   

- The "feel" of the movie is very much like BD1, although the pace of this one is lightening fast.  I felt like we were through the vast majority of the (rest of the) book in the first hour.  No slow, lingering gazes or half-minute breaks between lines here.  This movie moves and it was almost a little too fast for me, but I'm glad that they packed so much into it.

- The cottage is awesome, the scenery during the "battle" scene is beautiful and very... visually dynamic (see what I did there?).  All of the scenery was spot-on and not nearly as faux-snow-y as Eclipse. 

- Edward and Renesmee MELTED MY HEART.  Mackenzie as Renesmee was incredible.  She brought so much life to a character who, for me, never really jumped off the page.  I loved her in this role.  

- Michael Sheen steals the show as Aro.  He is so freaking creepy and really scared me!  He did a great job, despite the Michael Jackson outfit.  His Aro is nightmare-worthy. 

- How Bella's gift - and Alec's - are presented is perfect.  I wondered how they'd show them, and although they were a little different than I pictured, they were done well.

- All of the foreign vampires: loved, loved, LOVED them.  They were just as I pictured and the cast did a great job of bringing them to life.  Favorites were Benjamin (FAVORITE), Garrett, and the Amazons.  

- Not so much a movie note, but when "A Thousand Years" played at the premiere, all of the fans sang along.  It was a moment I will never forget.  It felt like we were saying goodbye to Twilight and telling the cast that we will never forget them. 

I really can't say much more without giving away the farm here.  I'm seeing it again tomorrow night and I'll reserve my overall score for after I've seen it a second time.  Most people I've talked to loved it, and only one or two didn't like it.  I'm still processing.

Final words of wisdom: take tissues.  And I mean that for you criers, but also those of you who rarely cry.  I ruined a scarf by ugly crying into it.  And I was surrounded by tears and gasping sobs too, so it wasn't just me.

Once you've seen it, let us hear your thoughts!  

-- MyAfterCar

November 10, 2012

Drive by posting from LA!

(Sorry weird post formatting.  Phone browser and Blogger aren't playing well together.)

End of Day Two in Tent City!

Yesterday was camp setup and watching Twilight on an outdoor screen in the Nokia Plaza.  

Today included a Camp Twilight group workout that was crazy fun, and as I type this I'm snuggled in a sleeping bag, sweatshirt, sweater, scarf, etc. trying to stay at a healthy human (not vampire) temperature - I thought California was warm - watching New Moon.  Eclipse is up next!  

Celebs: Tinsel Korey stopped by but the line to see her was several hundred long, so I didn't get to meet her.  Hopefully more tomorrow, which should be an exciting day!  

Cheers from LA,

November 7, 2012

Off to LA!

I'm packing my bags, TwiCrackers!  Tomorrow I hop a plane to Los Angeles to camp out for the Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere.  I've got my Twilight tshirts, a Breaking Dawn poster mounted to a posterboard covered in glitter (what else?) for autographs, a really terrible Edward wig, and more.

See those little tents at the bottom right?  I'll be sleeping (or not, thank you adrenaline) in one. 
For four nights.  Send heating pads and Tylenol.

If you're camping out this weekend, come find me - I'm in Group 4 and I have little treats to give away!

For everyone else, I promise to take lots of pictures and notes and report back like a good little TwiCracker.  Let's send Twilight out in style (*sniffle*)!

Signing off,

PS - If you've been there, any last-minute advice for what I need to pack/see/do?

November 6, 2012

Robert Pattinson on Jimmy Kimmel

Rob (Edward) appeared on Jimmy Kimmel to talk (adorkably) about the size of his shoes, promo travel, skydiving (the way he wants to die - ?), voting (he wants no responsibility...), and the volume of his kissing ("like a vacuum").  Rob can always be relied upon to be awkward and hilarious! 


Kristen Stewart on Jay Leno

Kristen Stewart (Bella) sat down with Jay Leno last night to talk about Breaking Dawn Part 2: what she'll miss, the new way she's trying to hide from the paparazzi, her new fragrance for Balenciaga, and more.  She also ROCKED that dress, which I really want. 


Ellen Degeneres Roundup

First up: Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser

Peter (Carlisle) and Elizabeth (Esme) appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show to talk about Liam Neeson, the "drive the car" dance (hilarious!), the experience of promoting Breaking Dawn Part 2 versus promoting Twilight.

Anyone else notice how NORMAL Peter sounds when he isn't saying "ahhhhhhmy?"  And how stunning is Elizabeth?

Next: Nikki Reed and Mackenzie Foy

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Nikki (Rosalie) and Mackenzie (Renesmee) talked about the weirdness of CGI and robot babies, Nikki and Paul's song on the Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, "shower-pooling," and more - with a special (and adorable) appearance by Mr. Nikki Reed himself, Paul MacDonald! 


November 1, 2012

Forks Photo Roundup

I was just in Forks a few weeks ago (my third trip in three years... where's my Mega-Fan Punch Card?).  Before my first visit, I was curious about whether the town would match up with the way I pictured it in my head after reading the books.  For those who have never been, here's what the real Forks and La Push look like:

First Beach at dawn (Bella's cliffs in the background)

Me on First Beach at dawn.  An unforgettable experience.
Path from Quileute Oceanside Resort to First Beach.
"Jacob Black's House"
The rez school, recently built
The town of La Push (old school in front).  It's very, very small, and sadly poor. 

Forks High School homecoming football game (they won!). 

The high school has been completely torn down and redone, but this sign remains.

Tiny, TINY hospital.  Think large ranch house.

Charlie's office!

Left: Thriftway, where Bella shops.  Right: "Newton's" Outfitters, where she works.
Bridge over the Sol Doc (the Cullens' fictional house backs up to it)

Hiking in the Hoh.  It really IS "so green."
Second Beach.  I've been twice and have never seen a tide pool :(
(left) Book truck and (right) movie truck (not the actual one, but the actual license plate!)

"The Swans' House"

Hope yall enjoyed the mini-Forks tour!  It really is a beautiful place to visit, if you ever have the chance. 


Breaking Dawn Part 2 TV Spots!

I squeal (and my husband rolls his eyes, but blessedly keeps the comments to himself) every time one of these comes on my TV.  Two weeks!



This is a sadness...

The former Dazzled by Twilight store in Forks burned up this week. 


According to the Seattle Times,

"The fire was reported before 4 a.m. in a three-story wooden building built in 1925 as an Oddfellows Hall. It was fully involved when the first firefighters arrived and they knew the building couldn’t be saved, said Phil Arbeiter, a Clallam County fire chief.

An explosion, possibly from a propane tank, spread the fire to an adjoining one-story building known as the Twilight store because it sold movie memorabilia until it closed early this year.

Even if it hadn’t lost power, the Quillayute Valley School District might have cancelled classes Monday because of the smoke, Superintendent Diana Reaume said. The district has about 1,100 students at an elementary, middle and high school campus just two blocks from the fire, she said. Classes resume Tuesday.

The loss of the Oddfellows building, built with old-growth timber, was a devastating historical loss to the community, Reaume said.  It was used by the Rainforest Players for theatrical productions and also hosted dances and community meetings, the Peninsula Daily News reported. It also housed a Hispanic grocery.

No one was in the buildings at the time. No firefighters were injured, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation, Arbeiter said."


This is so sad.  I was just in Forks two weeks ago.  I took this picture of the side of the old Dazzled store... at the time I was thinking how sad it was that this era was coming to an end, and what a sign of the times it was that the store was closed.  And now it's really, really gone.  

Further reading: Federal investigators get involved.