They are BACK - Twilight super couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart return to Vancouver with Ashley Greene and Michael Sheel for Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 re-shoots
Seems like forever ago. It has been so long since my last Twilight cast themed blog I actually had to look it up. June 26th, 2011. Seems longer than that. To be honest, when they were here last time there was such a lack of interest... I really was certain the fad was dead & buried. Seems however, the fad isnt completely buried yet. The 150 new twitter followers I gained in 24 hrs upon relaying the info that they were back here in Vancouver to do Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn II re-shoots can attest to that.
The cast of the most successful movie franchise in Vancouver's history returned for another short re-shoot this week.
It appears there are 4 main cast members rolling around the Lower Mainland for this re-shoot.
Robert Pattinson is back to be Edward Cullen for 4 more days. His arrival was marked by about 10 or so people waiting for him. He speedwalked thru the calm & casual crowd of professional paps, autograph hounds & a couple casual fans to his waiting SUV while his over enthusiastic bodyguard Dean cleared a path for him. The Rob that most of us came to know back during New Moon who was casual, laid back & generally willing to stop and interact if you were that close to him is long gone of course, and now a zipping jaunt past the crowd is all you can expect when he is on Summits watch. If you manage to find him out and about, results usually are better, but as long as Summit is pulling his chain, he puts on this miserable fan-unfriendly demeanour.
About an hour later, his girlfriend rolled thru with Michael Sheen. Kristen Stewart returns to be Bella, and nothing has changed with her. The generally miserable and anti-social anti-hero did her typical scurry thru the dozen or so people waiting. Like Rob, her attitude actually has become worse since the days of New Moon. Her demeanour went from "terrible" to "not bad" during New Moon, but then she left for a few months to do a Joan Jet movie, and returned as the most miserable person on the planet, and shes never goShe too got into an SUV and was soon off to her lovenest to meet up with the man who she hooked up with in the very hotel their romance seemingly started in.
Michael Sheen (who I did see breifly, but did not have a chance to get any pics) arrived with KStew to resurrect his role of Aro. He DID stop & signed for those who opted to go over & wait for him in the terminal while Kristen snuck out a side door.
Later in the night (actually early Monday) Ashley Greene would return to be Alice Cullen 1 last time. Ms. Greene was turning into a bit of a anti-social grump when she was here for the original Breaking Dawn shoot. Like Robert, she started off her time in Vancouver, pleasant and approachable, but soured during her long breaks in L.A. However, seems a few months away from the limelight has eased her ego some, as she was pleasant, willing to sign autographs again & all smiles on her return.
Obviously, not being a fan of the movies, I am eagerly anticipating the day this franchise is done here. We have NEVER had a movie (let alone a group of them) here that has been so miserable, anti-fan, anti-interactive and all around hostile.
Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn II re-shoots are scheduled from pril 30th to May 3rd. So any sightings of the stars are likely to be few, if any. Below is a few pics from Rob, Kristen & Ashley on their return.
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So today actor/director Ron Howard posted a tweeted I was frankly shocked took so long. https://twitter.com/#!/RealRonHoward/status/16087886453
his daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight, 50/50, The Help) and her husband Seth Gabel (Fringe) gave birth to a new baby girl. The girl Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel was actually born 2 days ago on January 19th, but only now is news of the joyous moment making its way to the internet thru the proud grandpas tweet.
I have met both Seth & Bryce many times & they are both classy as they get in the celebrity circles.
In celebration of this event for the couple. Here is some pics of the proud papa that I took awhile ago that I frankly, forgot to post.
Its Seth Gabel playing Lincoln Lee on the set of Fringe here in Vancouver. Unsure what the episode # for this is, but it was filmed November, 1st, 2011.
Congratulations to Seth & Bryce on your new daughter.
Now that 2011 has expired, it is time to look back at the year that was. I didnt travel too much this year, but that was ok, as elite names were roaming the streets of Vancouver throughout the year... now only if I had ran into some of them.
20 - Ellen Degeneres
I managed to get the talk show icon twice on her trip to Vancouver, including the 1st autograph I got in which I had to run 4 blocks to get after being given up to the second info on where she was. Few if any autographs I got this year took more energy out of me than that 1st 1 I got from her. Next day, she signed again and was happy to do it.
19 - Axl Rose
For a long time, I had heard nothing but horror stories about the lead singer for Guns N Roses. So I was not eager to go for him. However, this past time thru Vancouver, not only did the band actually play the show they came here to play, but Axl was even a willing signer. Pretty much anyone that went for him here got him.
18 - Simon Pegg
While here for Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, Mr. Pegg was the most often seen of the films stars. Whether it was at the airport, his hotel or the movie theatre, the Hot Fuzz star signed whatever was asked more often than not.
17 - Henry Cavill
The new Superman has been very good here so far. Although he is strict about limiting his autograph to 1 per person each time you see him, he has still been terrific in the interactions people have had with him.
16 - Cast of Sanctuary
Never had a bad experience with this cast, this year was no different. Whether it was at the Leo Awards, the airport or a charity event, each member of the cast was exceptional.
15 - Cast of The Secret Circle
This cast could have made the top 10, if it werent for 1 exceptionally bitter & sour life hating senior cast member of the show. That exception aside...the rest of the cast has been terrific with us.
14- Matt Barr & Aly Michalka
I miss Hellcats. Not just because of the campy cheerleader drama storylines. But because 2 of the nicer celebs we have had in Vancouver in a long time left when the show did. While some other cast members were a lot less thrilled to interact with fans during the shows 1 year run, Matt & Aly were as accomodating & friendly as you can expect. Class acts.
13- Cast Of Supernatural
Much like Ms. Torv from Fringe, the cast of Supernatural, whether its Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver or the recurring characters of the show have been quite good to us Vancouverites when we run into them. Long as the regulars respect the no asking them on set policy, they are more than receptive to signing and chatting with us away from set when we see them.
12 - Leo Awards
This years award ceremony for BC film industry was not as spectacular as past ones I had hounded. Much of that was because of an unexpected change of venue & the loss of 1 or 2 shows since last year. Still, a list of names came out that made the effort worthwhile.
11 - Amy Adams
I had heard that Ms. Adams was a very willing signer, but till I saw it for myself, I didnt understand just how good she was. She willingly signed for everyone till there was nothing left out there to sign. She did it too with a smile. Wish all movie stars could have that level of appreciation.
10 - Booboo Stewart, Myanna Buring, Julia Jones, Guri Weinberg
This past year, the final installment of the Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 was filmed here. In the years prior, some of the bigger names in the film were at times, pretty decent signers. This year however, there was VERY FEW great interactions with the cast. The names above were the very few I can say were outstanding. Considering how massive the cast was, its sad you can count the great experiences on 1 hand. Not to say ALL the others were terrible, but that they didnt neccesarily stand out as great.
9- Cast Of Fringe
The cast of the hit FOX show Fringe is generally friendly (the occasional grumpy Mr. Noble encounter not withstanding) the true star from a fan interaction aspect is usually Anna Torv in past years. Despite seeing the regulars probably 100+ times combined over the shows run here, she still willingly signs for us, even at the absurd time of 5:30 AM. This season, Seth Gabel became a regular and skyrocketed up along side his Fringe co-star for terrific interactions. Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole & others are terrific as well.
8 - John Schneider
Although from an excitement standpoint, getting Mr. Schneider wasnt overly high for me (I was a Dukes of Hazzard fan..but not a massive fan), it was how wonderfully personable he was each & every time that won me over. My 1st interaction with him was 1 of the rare "I wasnt expecting that" situations where we were at the airport for persons unrelated, and saw a sign for him there. Knowing he was coming in for an episode eventually, we waited to see if it was him, it was. He happily signed then. Seeing him 2 more times after, he was just as gracious each time after, even at the Smallville wrap party, where some of the bigger stars were nothing short of rude, Mr. Schneider was 1 of the ones that made the fans waiting out there happy.
7 - Cast Of Once Upon A Time
Usually when new TV shows roll into town, odds are someone on the cast thinks more of themselves than they actually are. Not so with the cast of the new ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. Each & every cast member I have met has been terrific with interacting with the fans & the pros. It was the overall attitude of this cast that made me hope for it to do well...I'm glad it is succeeding, this cast deserves it.
6- Sharlto Copley
The District 9 star is simply, awesome. How awesome is he with fans? After a flight that was the better part of a day, he stopped, chatted with fans at the airport, did photos with, and even cracked a few jokes. So awesome he did an autograph session for a local African import store "African Breese Imports" just because they asked...and at the autograph session, he had no qualms signing stacks for fans, collectors or dealers alike. One guy plopped down 30 or so photos, Sharlto went thru the entire stack, not once groaning about doing it and thanked the guy for coming afterwards.
5- Callum Blue
Being a huge Dead Like Me fan, I still get a bit excited when I meet any of the cast. This past year, I had a 4th (or 5th?) chance to meet Callum Blue. He was in town reprising his Smallville role as Zod. What made this meeting stand out more than others prior though was how it went down. I first learned he was going to be coming back..I then contacted him thru a site I knew he was a member of that I too was a member of. He replied back with when he was coming. I then tried, several times, but without success, to cross paths with him naturally. So I gave him another message & he told me what day he would be off. So I tried that day, called his room & he answered & came right down. In the pouring rain, he stood, signed, and chatted with my friend & I for several minutes.
4- Chloe Moretz
At 2010 TIFF I had Ms. Moretz high on my list of people to get...but she cancelled. This year however, Hit Girl was there, and made up for the year long wait. One of the best signers at TIFF. Even with volunteers telling her she had to go, she still kept signing.
3- TIFF - The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Individually, several of the events from Tiff could make this list, and a couple I did list individually. But for the mostpart, the entire event of the Toronto International Film Festival falls under 1 event for me. So thus, why it is going here. This years fest was certainly my most successful from a star power aspect, and total wise, it was close to my best. Stars like George Clooney, Megan Fox, Madonna, Nicolas Cage & Ryan Gosling made the event quite successful for me. It was the newer names I wasnt as faimiliar with before going that made some of the more cool moments though, like Chris Pratt, Ezra Miller, Dominic Monaghan and Sarah Bolger who all made me fans of them with the way they handled their attention.
2 - Tom Cruise
While I did get a disappointingly low total of 2 autographs from someone I was told "signs everything", a lot of that wasnt any fault of his or really mine either. It was just dumb luck. Still, I managed to get 2 from him, which was still 2 more than most hounds in Vancouver got from him. The 1 and only night outside the trade & convention center unfortunately turned out to be the 1 and only chance Vancouverites got to get the Mission Impossible star. He made the waiting worth it though, as Mr. Cruise strolled over to a crowd of 20-30 people (which swelled to 75-100 when extras & crew came over too) around midnight & did a 20-30 minute meet & greet with fans, taking photos & signing autographs. Each interaction he made feel special, he asked fans to make sure their photos turned out and even acknowledged autograph requests with a level of respect, and not just a "ugh, fine" mentality to it.
No disrespect to Mr. Cruise, but at the end of the day, a rare, hard to obtain signature is a bigger deal on average than a classy, easier to obtain star.
Anytime you get someone of Madonna's level of fame, its probably going to make your best list. The Material Girl has been known for quite awhile as, at best, an unwilling signer. However, when you are promoting a movie you directed & has been panned by many critics, you are on your best behaviour.
That is what fans in Toronto got when the pop icon was there to promote W.E. this past Summer for TIFF.
Madonna signed probably 75-100 autographs on the red carpet, and signed at dinner a bit later after her event as well.
Some honorable mentions should go out to the likes of Patrick Gilmore, Rose McGowan, Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Ben Cotton & Lyndsy Fonseca.
So, that concludes 2011. Some amazing successes for me. Granted, there was some downright failures as well. I somehow never got Matt Damon despite him being here for 2-3 months. All my Saoirse Ronan autographs were ruined by an ugly fading silver sharpie. I missed Robert DeNiro AGAIN by mere inches, and same with Brad Pitt this time.
Who will grace the list at the end of 2012? Going into 2011, there wasnt a lot of "sure things" I could see making the list. To be honest, most of the list is a complete surprise, simply because I didnt know going into 2011 these people would cross my paths.
Here are some pics of various Wolfpack members for the Twilight Saga, as they were in town for Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 this past spring.
Due to a computer problem a few months ago, a lot of my older blogs got passed over for awhile....so now I am catching up, and tada...for you Twilight Wolfpac fans...heres some of the pics I had for their past shoot here.
Kiowa Gordon, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier & Booboo Stewart are featured in this lot.
Some pics of Twilight Saga cast newcomers and veteran Jackson Rathbone while in Vancouver filming Breaking Dawn 1 and 2
Earlier this past spring, the cast of the Twilight Saga series returned to their unofficial home, Vancouver, BC to finish off the epic series. The filming of Breaking Dawn I & II was completed up here & of course, that meant a plethora of old familiar faces...and some new ones.
A computer crash I had back in April prevented me from posting some of this stuff more recently....so better late than never, right?
Below is a mixture of some of the cast I came across while they were in town.
Joe Anderson "Alistair", Tracey Higgins "Senna", Casey LaBow "Kate", Judi Shakoni "Zafrina" & Guri Weinberg "Stefan" rolled into Vancouver to join the likes of Jackson Rathbone "Jasper" & the rest of the regulars like Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli & Ashley Greene.
Dont forget you can get autographs of many Twilight Saga stars in my gallery to the left marked "Twilight autographs" or click on this link http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/twilight-autographs.html
So below is a few pics of the newcomers to the franchise...along with veteran Mr. Rathbone.
Twilight Breaking Dawn stars Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone arrive back in Vancouver with Kellan Lutz and his girlfriend Annalynne McCord
As Summit Entertainment winds down the filming on the 5th & final installment in the Twilight series, " Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn II" most of the films mainstay stars like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, have wrapped up their roles & started planning their lives beyond the franchise that has made many of them arguably household names & certainly, larger stars than they ever envisioned before taking on the roles, some of the films long standing members are still in Vancouver however, filming the last scenes of the epic quintology film box office juggernaut (minus eventual re-shoots).
This past Tuesday, 3 of them returned. Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) & Kellan Lutz (Emmet Cullen) returned along with Mr. Lutz on again off again girlfriend Annalynne McCord (from 90210).
While Lutz signed a small handful of autographs for the waiting crowd & McCord signed for anyone that asked, Greene was quite unwilling to stop. Rathbone, who was walking with Greene was friendly as usual, but with most being unprepared for his arriving, no one really asked him.
Below is a few pics of the cast on their return.
Last week a majority of the cast for the 4th & 5th installments in the Twilight film series "Breaking Dawn 1 & 2" came in.
one of the higher profile names spotted arriving from the series was Kellan Lutz. The man who plays vampire Emmett Cullen in the films was a shock to everyone waiting there, as most were expecting Jackson Rathbone to come thru but were instead surprised with Mr. Lutz first showing up.
Lutz signed autographs for those waiting, took photos with others. Of course, the most shocking thing he did is what many of you saw on Lainey Gossip this past week (which includes some of my video), where Kellan hugged 2 paps, the wife of 1 pap & the other being the 1 he accused of hitting him with a car last summer. Lutz went on to act as if nothing ever happened, and even went as far as to say he knew absolutely nothing about the incident. Even though Montreal Police had a complaint filed by Mr. Lutz back while filming in Montreal for The Immortals.
Shortly after, he hopped in his vehicle & was on his way into town to get settled in & start prepping for his role in the final chapters to the Twilight series.
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So as most Twifans know by now, the 4th installment of the massive Twlight Saga series is finishing off in Vancouver in the next few weeks.
Most even know that yesterday the movies main stars Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) & Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) arrived.
However, only the most observant were aware that on Saturday the first cast showed up for filming... including a little piece of Edward & Bellas love.
The festivities started with the first person to come in, former "Alias" star Mia Maestro (Carmen Denali). The 32 year old Argentinian actress who has also been in the international hit "The Motorcycle Diaries" had tweeted the day prior that she was heading to Vancouver Saturday & looked packed for a long visit. She was was very pleasant & and answered questions & seemed very fine with the level of attention she was getting as she made the 100 yard walk to her vehicle to depart.
Not long after her arrival, the most notable name of day 1 arrived. Little 10 year old Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee) came thru with her mom to far more attention than she has ever likely endured before. Everyone there was absolutely blown away with how composed & professional the young star was. She answered questions, smiled for photos & even signed an autograph. I was quite blown away with how well this kid has it together already.
Finally, was Swedish actress, 26 year old MyAnna Buring (Tanya Denali) who I have seen in 2 films before "Grindhouse" & "Lesbian Vampire Killers". The majority of the star watchers & paps completely missed her leaving, and I might have too if someone hadnt made me aware. Because she seemingly flew in under the radar of most, we had little to no time to get a couple pics of her. She also said she was happy to be here & thanked us when we told her to enjoy her time here.
So that was it for the 1st day of the cast arriving. Day 2 obviously proved far bigger for name power... we'll see what day 3, the final day has in store.
A short little video I never posted before because there was so much controvery over "what happened" that night at the time. I have a couple others, but this was the only one where a plethora of expletives in the background isnt overheard...soooo... this is the one I picked to post.
Hardly epic stuff... just Rob & Kristenw aiting for an elevator... but, just thought I should post a little warm up stuff for the impending return of the tween/20s demographics super-couple.
With Breaking Dawn returning here imminently, the hype around these two in Vancouver will heat up again, but, of course, it will never be anywhere near the level that it was at during Eclipse.
The hardest working doctor in show business was in Vancouver this past weekend for a Twilight fan convention.
The double shifting doc, known to the rabid Twilight series fanbase as Dr. Carlisle Cullen, or at his second doctoring job as Dr. Fitch Cooper on the television show Nurse Jackie spent several hours meeting, greeting and talking to fans at the convention.
While other stars were whisked away from the fans like they were recluse rock stars thru private corridors, Peter opted for a more low key & personable departure from the convention. He simply walked out the front door into an awaiting vehicle.
Outside he greeted fans, signing autographs & posing with fans.,..FOR FREE. Despite the absurd $30 an autograph & $50 for a photo with price the convention hawkers were gouging fans for inside, Peter did it for no extra charge outside upon his departure.
Once at the airport, a group of 8 people were awaiting his arrival. Fans & hounds waited for his arrival & when he finally showed up, he acted as if we were just as special as the people who in total might have shelled out over $360 for a complete Twilight fan package that weekend.
His willingness to sign multiple items per person, stop and pose for photos with several of the fans, answer a few questions as best as he could, and do it all without even a sign of disdain is why I have him on my top 10 nicest celebs list. Because truthfully, most celebs in his position after just getting paid to sign autographs & pose for photos wouldnt have lifted a finger.
To top it off, you could clearly tell he was a bit worn down & probably, truthfully, would have been just as happy to leave with no fanfare. But instead of being gruff & anti-social he took it all in & seemed genuinely happy for the attention. He thanked the fans for coming out. He thanked the other photographer there and myself for coming out, shook our hands & went on his way.
Another great experience with Peter Facinelli wrapped up. With news that Breaking Dawn may be done in Louisiana, its possible this was my last interaction with Mister Twitter 2009. If it was, he left an incredible impression.
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