MTV interviews Catherine Hardwicke for the MTV Awards.
Talking about the Best Fight nomination for “Twilight” was very interesting. As you know, the fight scene between Edward and James wasn’t actually written in the book — Bella just wakes up in the hospital — so for this, Catherine was able to completely conjure up the scene. She pulled out all the storyboards and talked us through the anatomy of the scene and how both actors prepared mentally and physically for the roles. With a small budget, she even resorted to using a combination of string cheese and chicken for the torn bits of flesh.
Then we saw her personal shrine to “Twilight” — one of the best “Twilight” collections. She has the original script and the first “Twilight” book she bought, complete with all her notes and alternate lines for Edward’s “Hold on tight, spider monkey.” It was nice to see that Catherine also keeps her fan mail and gifts that Twilighters send her. The best ones make it into the shrine.
Read the whole interview here.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Cathrine Hardwick will be receiving the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award at the 2009 Crystal + Lucy Awards.
Jennifer Aniston, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Banks, Catherine Hardwicke and cinematographer Petra Korner will be honored at the 2009 Crystal + Lucy Awards, set for June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.
Hardwicke, who most recently directed the hit “Twilight,” will be recognized with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award. Her films also include “thirteen,” “The Nativity Story” and “Lords of Dogtown.” Hardwicke recently signed on to direct the film adaptation of the young-adult novel “If I Stay” for Summit as well as the adaptation of James Patterson’s “Maximum Ride” for Columbia.
“Women in Film is thrilled to honor these extraordinarily versatile women who truly represent the new paradigm of Hollywood,” WIF/LA president Jane Fleming said. “Each of them has succeeded wildly by having the courage to work in all areas of the entertainment industry, transitioning between film and television, comedy and drama, studio and independent projects, both in front of and behind the camera.”
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Texas Monthly Interviews Catherine Hardwicke.
Could you ever have imagined when you first saw the script for Twilight that it would earn $70 million in its first weekend—the highest-grossing opening by a female director in history? Could you have imagined that it was a phenomenon in the making?
At the time there were only two books out in the series—there was this passionate fan base, but it was much smaller than it is now. Stephenie [Meyer, the author of the Twilight series] is such a crazy-fast, prolific writer that she churned out two more books in the last two years. The books got people excited about the movie, the movie got people excited about the books, and it just built and built into this frenzy. So I think it was kind of a magical convergence.
Read the interview here.
Entertainment Weekly has a video and article of Catherine Hardwicke thanking all the fans for making her book #1 on New York Times best-seller list.
I wanted to send out a note of thanks to all of you. I recently found
out that my book, Twilight: Director’s Notebook, will debut at #1 on
this Sunday’s New York Times bestseller list. I am stunned. Throughout
this entire process, from pre-production on the film, to the premieres,
to my book events, I have always been overwhelmed by the support the
Twilight fans have had for me, the movie and now my book. I wanted to
give the fans, as well as aspiring filmmakers, a closer look at how we
made the movie and I hope you enjoyed entering my world of making films
as much as I have had in being part of the Twilight world.
See the article here.