It's official: Vampires are the new cool or, at least, the people's choice. The pop-culture juggernaut that is "Twilight" picked up six nominations this morning for the 2010 People's Choice Awards, including favorite movie, favorite franchise, and the on-screen team of leads Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. The trio also received individual acting nods, with Pattinson and Stewart nominated for movie actor and movie actress and Lautner for breakout movie actor.
Vampires also ruled the roost on the small screen, with HBO's camp treasure "True Blood" taking noms for TV obsession and TV sci-fi/fantasy. Star Anna Paquin also was nominated for TV drama actress. The 2010 People's Choice Awards will be broadcast live Jan. 6 on CBS.
The list of nominees, announced today in Beverly Hills at the SLS Hotel, are after the jump.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the nominations were announced in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Center.
-- Paul Gaita
Photo: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Credit: Summit Entertainment
Robert Pattinson, star of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, thinks Guy Van Sant "would be great" to direct Breaking Dawn, the fourth movie adaptation of the last novel in The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Mr. Pattinson made the remark in answer to a question by MTV's Larry Carroll, posted on the MTV website today.
There has been a different director for every installment of the adaptations so far: Twilight was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who went on to become the highest grossing female director in film history with that film. The Twilight Saga: New Moon was directed by Chris Weitz, who added a different color palette to the more troubled and sorrowful episode that is the second movie. Director David Slade took on the action-packed third film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which recently wrapped production in Vancouver, Canada.
Mr. Pattinson suggested Van Sant because he frequently works in Portland, Oregon, site of the first film and rumored preferred location for the filming of Breaking Dawn and, he says, because of the "teenage love and obsession" that the film embraces which are familiar territory for Van Sant. Van Sant, he says, "is good at making things look beautiful." Van Sant directed movies such as Milk and Good Will Hunting.
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LOS ANGELES - Kristen Stewart's growing up as she matures into the role of Bella in New Moon. But she confesses it took a while for her to stop stumbling figuratively, and mumbling literally, while trying to explain herself during her first go-round with Twilight last year.
More confident during a recent interview for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the 19-year-old has apparently put her awkwardly hesitant self behind her.
It also helps her poise that she's proud of New Moon, which opens to great anticipation Nov. 20, the second film version from the wildly popular Stephenie Meyer series of four novels.
In the Chris Weitz-directed New Moon, Stewart's Bella tries to cope with her split from vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson). That's just as she becomes more involved with childhood friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who's dealing with his own werewolf-related transition.
Certainly, there's been emotional turmoil on and off camera for the L.A. actress who started working in TV commercials as a child. After a few more TV parts and movie roles, Stewart had her breakthrough playing Jodie Foster's diabetic daughter in Panic Room.
She also earned decent notices in the fantasy adventure Zathura and the thriller The Messenger, among many of her co-starring parts.
But it was her brief appearance opposite Emile Hirsch in Sean Penn's Into The Wild that convinced Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke she would be the perfect embodiment of a shy but resilient Bella.
That just might have been an appropriate description of Stewart months ago. Still, the once bashful actress seems willing and able to discuss all things put to her.
For instance, what about a tabloid story claiming she was pregnant, and multiple reports suggesting she's dating co-star Pattinson? "The whole rumour, tabloid stuff is so obviously false to me. It's like a ridiculous show . . . with false realism like a soap opera that seems real."
- On new director Chris Weitz: "He wasn't just jumping on the next big thing, so it wasn't about breaking him in at all. He only helped make everything better. He's incredible."
- On Lautner fighting to keep his Jacob role: "That controversy has probably been, like, made bigger than it was. We needed to be sure that whoever played Jacob was going to be Jacob from New Moon. He becomes a man, and it's not just a physical transformation."
- On appreciating the Twilight phenomenon: "Sometimes, I have to say, 'OK, Kristen, be here. Experience it. Make sure that this isn't another fleeting situation that you're going to barely remember.' You have to force yourself to be present."
- On filming in Vancouver: "I love Vancouver. When we're doing the Twilight series there (New Moon and Eclipse), I don't go out as much as I'd like to. I'm also sort of a boring person. But it's a beautiful place to be, and the climate is so different from what I'm used to.
- On Bella's New Moon motorcycle sequences: "I did that and I didn't like it. It's so precarious. It literally feels like you're going to fly off of it. I'm not into that."
- On the breakup scene between Bella and Edward: "That was the scariest thing. I was almost as worried about messing it up than I was about what I actually should have been thinking about, which was the issue that Bella is dealing with."
- On Bella as a risk-taking adrenalin junkie after the breakup: "The only way that I can justify that, and maybe I'm an immature girl, as well, is that I feel (that) if you feel like you need to do it, then do it. Be extreme. Go for it."
- On Bella as a role model for tween and teens: "The most typically relatable thing is that she's awesome and she doesn't know it, and she's very confident but also not arrogant."
- On her connection with the Bella character: "I'm very protective of her. I feel a shared ownership. It's weird: If you were to talk about the character in a way that was not thought out or flippant, I would be right there to say that you didn't know what you were talking about."
- On Bella's transformation in Eclipse set for release next June: "Bella is back to being herself. She's comfortable and self-assured in a way that she wasn't in New Moon. But in Eclipse, she lies to herself and she lies to everyone around her about the fact that she's in love with Jacob."
- On portraying rocker Joan Jett in the upcoming film, The Runaways: "I got to know Joan now and (in her past) through footage, the script and the story, I feel like I got to know who she was in such a whole way. I was really concerned about details being right."
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