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.