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.
Till about 6-8 months ago, I had never heard the name Ted Casablancas, or "Ted C" as others refer to him as. Now, I hear it far too much.
For those who somehow dont know who he is. He is a celebrity blogger for a website called "e online", and one of his staple topics to discuss is Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart. Fair enough, they are hot news & thusly, you would be a fool to not discuss them when its relevant, or factual.
The man better known to his friends & family as Bruce Bibby writes stories that he claims "sources" have given him the details on. He will try any angle to get sources too. I should know. An assistant for him named Taryn contacted me once looking for info to confirm details on a story thru imdb. I told her straight out that anything I already have posted on the site she contacted me thru is public knowledge, but that there was nothing more to add privately. It was the last I heard from her. Guess not giving juicy details factual, or exaggerated, didnt sit well with them.
Which brings me to my point. Who are their "sources"?? I can vouch that they do infact look for sources. But I cant vouch for the sources they do have. In fact, I question some of their claims & call others outright lies.
The blog that has brought up my ire currently is his new insanity filled rambling claiming that he chatted with a Summit source who says the cast is hating it up here in Vancouver because they are stalked relentlessly.
Someone is lying here. Its either Mr. Casabibby. Or its "Summit source". One or the other is lying. Has the cast had considerable attention here at times? Sure, compared to you or I. But compared to if it were filmed ANYWHERE else, no. They coulda filmed it in the middle of Northern Saskatchewan. There would only be moderately less attention than its drawn here. In fact, small towns are worse on average. Theres nowhere for cast to hide & everyone in the town is aware they are there, as opposed to bigger cities where only a fraction are aware. After seeing what Mr. Pattinson endured in New York City its undeniable they have it far easier here than in NYC & certainly in pap heavy Los Angeles (where the majority of the paps for this film came from).
Perhaps Ted is spot on? I mean his credibility cant possibly be questioned TOO much. I mean this is after all the same person who came to Vancouver on a fact finding mission & JUST HAPPENED to go to a restaurant where Ashley Greene had left her coat the night before & overheard two servers talking about it at a place that they allegedly all go to all the time together. He clearly would NEVER exaggerate anything for a few blog hits. Nope, not at all.
Back to the insane bedlam these poor cast members have to endure in the horribly dangerous streets of Vancouver.... Just tonight, I saw 2 Eclipse cast members. Outside of us (5 of us, only 3 with items) wanting autographs as they were leaving, I would wager heavily they didnt even so much as have 1 other person ask them the rest of their night for anything. That means, they endured a total of probably 45 seconds of dealing with fans/paps/hounds. Sure, if was Rob or Kristen, there would be more demands on their time. But as has been attested to by twitter, and news stories, the pair has gone out MANY times in Vancouver, nearly unnoticed. It would NEVER happen in LA or NYC. They would undoubtedly be on 24/7 watch. Thats just how they do it.
Early on in the production, the claims of large crowds was valid. The first month of filming, I can verify that crowds sometimes reached 40+ people waiting around the hotel that Summit foolishly booked the entire cast in (doubt they make THAT mistake again). It was a perfect storm. Entire cast in 1 location + great weather = large crowds. Once they moved the cast minus Rob, Kristen & Taylor to a new locale, the crowds died out...conveniently, as school started as well. Now, there is NO ONE waiting at their hotel & often no more than 2-4 people at the rest of the casts residence. Hardly rabid crowds of fans & paps that the blog claims are tracking them down. When Rob was in NYC for Remember Me, I recall hearing countless reports of crowds far larger than that waiting at his hotel & places to unwind there. Kristen had some attention while she filmed The Runaways in LA as well. Infact, Vancouver has been, well, quiet. For the mostpart.
They have been here around 3 months. Out of that 3 months, LESS THAN TWO WEEKS did the paparrazzi tally reach double digits. Sure, for a few days it was bedlam with 25 or so paps there & 20+ fans around. No denying that. Even 1 specific cast member who braved it & went out one day told us they were told not to go out if they didnt have to because there was so many people. But, that only lasted for so long. By week 3, the pap total was back under 10, the fan total was on weekdays down to 3-5 & weekends maybe 10-15. By the start of September, when school was back in & summer vacations were over. The pap total was dwindling more & some days you could walk by the hotel & see no one waiting.
These days, theres nothing more than the regular hounds & paps out. The same regulars the cast freely wandered by without concern during New Moon production...but because of hysteria set on them by whoever (maybe Summit?) they opt to hole up in their places of residence still, despite crowds usually numbering in totals that could be counted on 1 hand.
I have walked by the Taylor, Rob & Kristen hotel several times in the past few weeks. With the exception of ONE time that I saw 2 girls hanging out there who were clearly fans, I dont recall seeing ANYONE who I clearly without question was sure were there for the purpose of seeing cast members. The place is a ghost town.
Rob & Kristen go out often now. Its just rarely known because no one is there detailing every moment. We as a whole, have better things to do. Is Rob & Kristen worth chasing? Sure. Reality is though, there is smaller fish, who are easier to catch in town. With hockey season on, more than 1/2 the autograph community has dropped Twilight hounding all together, and the few of us that still do, only do it as secondary stuff when hockey isnt on. Theres also other productions going on with Supernatural, Fringe, Smallville, A-Team, Sucker Punch & various other productions in town that are far more accomodating. So people opt for those instead. Rob & Kristen, for the mostpart, go unnoticed now compared to 2 months ago.
This article Ted wrote is either complete bullshit that he made up so that he had something Twilight related to blog about. OR. Its on information thats 2 months old. Two months ago, some of these claims were valid. Now?? Its not. Maybe Teddy boy should have verified the info.
With the exception of a couple events where the regulars expect the cast to be, rarely do people spend their nights waiting around for the cast to go out anymore. Last couple weekends I havent even left my house, because there was no hot tips to check out. Its not worth the time to most, especially in this weather, to sit outside for 2-10 hours on a hope of seeing them.
The absolutely outrageously ridiclous suggestion by Mr. Bibblanca that the production for Breaking Dawn will leave Vancouver, Canada for Portland, Oregon (where things will obviously be worse...and if they DONT realize it still, Summit is run by morons) because of the attention they are getting here is to say the least, stupid. BD wont leave Vancouver for Portland because of a desire for privacy, because we all know it will be much worse. They are going to leave because of MONEY, the only thing Summit has & ever will care about. If it is in Portland, things will be 10Xs worse, its simple logistics, smaller town + growing hype + no borders for a larger section of fans to cross + closer to LA = MUCH smaller fishbowl for the fishes....and Summit (should) knows this.... and so should Ted. Apparently, Ted doesnt. Which really, seems to be the problem with him quite often. His sources, at least for Twilight, are crap.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.