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Bella Swan Almost Rode a Jet Ski? Twilight Creators Share Shocking New Movie Secrets




Kristen Stewart Reflects on “Twilight” & Robert Pattinson Romance

The Twilight movies that millions of fans saw didn’t always look that way.

It’s been more than 13 years since the first film in the franchise was released in theaters. The 2008 project focused on the unforgettable relationship between teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).

While the finished product turned out to be huge success, those behind the project admit that failed scripts had completely different visions of what the films would look like.

According to a new podcast, the team originally wanted Bella to be a “stronger” female character as opposed to a hopeless romantic mooning over a boy. In fact, one of screenwriter Mark Lord‘s original scripts had Bella blasting vampires away with a shotgun. When director Catherine Hardwicke joined the team, however, she demanded a shift in plot direction.

“I said, ‘First of all, this script’s got to go in the trash. It’s no good. You’ve got to make it like the book,'” she recalled on the Jan. 12 episode of Spotify’s The Big Hit Show podcast. “The original script literally had Bella on jet skis being chased by the FBI. She was the star athlete, nothing to do with the book.”

Ultimately, her reaction was spot on as the film led to four more movies in the franchise. And yes, Robert and Kristen remain household names.

“It was sort of exciting to us that somebody like Catherine, who had done such kind of grounded, realistic portrayals of adolescence, saw something in the book that really spoke to her,” studio executive Gillian Bohrer shared on the podcast.

In The Big Hit Show‘s series Deep Dive Into the World of Twilight, host Alex Pappademas has been taking listeners on a journey into how the vampire franchise became a cultural phenomenon.

In between listening to new episodes, fans can read more secrets behind the film in our gallery below.

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1. When first writing Twilight, screenwriter Mark Lord recalled fears that the male audience wouldn’t be interested. “They wanted to take the concept [of Romeo and Juliet with vampires] and build in a structure that was far more a cinematic structure,” he shared on The Big Hit Show podcast. “And they wanted to just put in more action to advance it more and give something more for the male audience. They thought they were going to lose the male audience with too much of a romance.”

2. Director Catherine Hardwicke quickly made the writers pivot after throwing the script into the trash. “The original script literally had Bella on jet skis being chased by the FBI,” she recalled. “She was a star athlete. Nothing to do with the book.”

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3. Paramount and MTV initially had acquired the film rights to Twilight, with the original script making significant changes to the book. “It had veered very far from the book, and so I did not like it at all,” Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke revealed to CinemaBlend. After three years, Paramount released the rights and then-independent film studio Summit Entertainment, immediately picked them up.

4. Stephenie Meyer had some strict guidelines when it came to the adaptation of her source material. She didn’t want any stereotypical vampire elements added in and demanded that Edward’s “so the lion fell in love with the lamb” line make it into the final version. She also stepped in to have Kellan Lutz take over the role of Emmett when she didn’t agree with the initial casting choice and asked to have Bella and Edward’s first kiss toned down. Of stepping in to put her foot down, Meyer told EW, “That’s hard for me, but I’m glad of every time I did it and I don’t think I stepped on too many toes and everyone seems to still like me.”

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5. According to Summit’s then-Head of Production Erik Feig, book author Stephanie Meyer was adamant that her vampires didn’t have fangs. “The negotiated language says, ‘No actor playing a vampire will have canine incisors longer than those found in the average human being,'” he recalled on Spotify’s The Big Hit Show podcast. “And that to me is… I love that line.” 

6. Director Catherine Hardwicke knew she found her Bella when watching Sean Penn‘s film, Into the Wild. “I see Kristen…with all that longing and just lusting for Emile [Hirsch] And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that is so what I felt from the book. This girl that has so much longing, and it’s so contained, and just repressed longing, but it was so palpable.’ So I thought, oh, it’s got to be Kristen.” 

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7. Some soon-to-be-major actresses (including some who would also become faces of their own respective franchises) that auditioned for Bella Swan included Emily Browning (Meyer’s early first choice), Michelle TrachtenbergLily Collins and Jennifer Lawrence

“I didn’t really know what it was,” Lawrence later said on The Howard Stern Show of her Twilight audition. “You just get like five pages [at the audition] and they’re like, ‘Act monkey.’ And when it came out I was like, ‘Hot damn. Whoa!'”

8. Based on a suggestion from Emile Hirsch, who starred opposite Kristen Stewart in Into the Wild and was in Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown, the director zeroed in on Stewart for the role, despite the actress initially having no interest in the project upon hearing the synopsis. But after meeting with Hardwicke and going through the script together, Stewart quickly changed her mind. 

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9. Over 5,000 actors reportedly went out for the role of Edward Cullen, including Dave Franco, Jamie Campbell Bower (who would go on to play Caius in the follow-up films), Schitt’s Creek‘s Dustin Milligan and Michael Welch (who landed the role of human Michael Newton). Moreover, Henry Cavill was Meyer’s first choice, but was too old by the time the movie came along. He was reportedly considered for the role of Carlisle, the Cullen family patriarch.

But the final four contenders were Robert Pattinson, Ben Barnes, Shiloh Fernandez and Jackson Rathbone (who would eventually nab the role of Jasper Cullen), and they were all brought to Hardwicke’s home in California to test opposite Stewart.

10. The chemistry read involved the infamous meadow scene, which Stewart and Pattinson performed on Hardwicke’s bed. When it came to the kiss, Hardwicke recalled Pattinson being a bit too revved-up, but told EW, “It was electric.” Pattinson later revealed he took half a Valium before the make-or-break audition. 

After the four actors tested, Hardwicke was still uncertain, but Stewart knew who her Edward was right away, telling Vanity Fair, “I was like, “‘Are you kidding me!? It’s such an obvious choice!'”

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11. Prior to landing Twilight, Pattinson has considered leaving the entertainment industry after a string of failed auditions following Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (RIP Cedric Diggory!). “I was going to quit [acting] because I never got any jobs,” he would recall on Today, “so I guess it’s not really quitting when you’re not getting jobs—it’s just surrendering to fate.”

12. While he would go on to play the titular teen wolf in MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf, Tyler Posey revealed he auditioned against his good friend Taylor Lautner for the role of Jacob Black in the first film. “So, yeah, I auditioned for Twilight, Jacob Black. Taylor Lautner beat me,” he told MTV with a laugh. “Congratulations, dude. That’s a sick role. That’s awesome. I hate you.”

13. Another young star who auditioned for a role in Twilight included future Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale who wanted to play Alice Cullen (she would also audition for Jane in New Moon and Leah Clearwater in Eclipse). She told J-14, “I read the books and I wanted to be part of the first movie so bad.”

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14. After initially going out for the role of villain James, Cam Gigandet (known for his bad boy turn on The O.C.) was brought back in to read for Emmett Cullen. “So I was like, ‘Is there anything you guys have for me? Anything at all?’ And so I went in for Kellan Lutz’s character,” he told MTV. “Once I went in, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I like this character, but I just have to play James.’ We waited a little bit, and after about a week, we heard back, and they were like, ‘OK, we’ll give him the job.'”

15. Meyer made a brief cameo in the first film as one of the diners in a scene between Bella and her dad Charlie (Billy Burke). She would also appear in Breaking Dawn: Part 1 as a guest as Bella and Edward’s wedding, along with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, co-producer Bill Bannerman and producer Wyck Godfrey

16. “On the first shot on the first day I strained one of my ass cheeks, my ass just couldn’t take the strain of the first one,” Pattinson revealed to Jimmy Kimmel . His injury caused a problem with the company insuring the film and led to a bit of physical therapy for the star.

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17. When New Moon was officially announced the day after Twilight dominated its opening night at the box office, fans were shocked to see Lautner not listed among the cast members. But it wasn’t a typo, as the studio confirmed it was assessing whether or not the 16-year-old could play the character after his wolf transformation. 

“The doubts came up because he had very few scenes in the first movie, and also because he’s described as being 6-foot-5 in the second book, so there were reasonable facts that we had to come to grips with,” New Moon director Chris Weitz explained to Reuters.

18. In fact, there was even an actor in mind to take over the part: The Scorpion King 2 and One Tree Hill star Michael Copon. “I have nothing against Taylor personally. I think he’s great and tremendous at what he does,” Copon told MTV. “But it’s just adjusting to the fact that Jacob has to grow. It’s a matter of going with the storyline.”

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19. But Lautner was committed to playing Jacob, taking on an intense training regime to bulk up as soon as production wrapped on the first film. His prep included consuming 4,000 calories per day, eating every two hours and working out for two hours at least five days a week.

“I knew I had to get to work right away; there could be no waiting involved,” the then-17-year-old told Interview. “The day I finished Twilight, I came home and started bulking up. For New Moon, I’m 30 pounds heavier than I was in Twilight.”

20. While Lautner (and his legions of fans) enjoyed his physical transformation, there was one aspect to playing Jacob that the actor was didn’t like: that wig. “There was hatred between both of us,” he told MTV. “It did not like me, I did not like it. Not fond memories.”

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21. After dying her hair blonde to play Cullen family member Rosalie in the first film, Nikki Reed opted to wear a wig for the rest of the series to protect her hair. “My hair fell out,” she revealed to MTV of the damage. “It took 36 hours initially to make me blond, and every other day, I was bleaching my head and my skin. This time around, we are testing out different wigs and stuff.”

22. More wig woes: After cutting her hair to play Joan Jett in The Runaways, Stewart had to wear a wig for Eclipse, one that earned a lot of eyebrow-raises. Leading up to Breaking Dawn: Part 1, Stewart assured fans she would be rocking her own hair and revealed Summit really didn’t want her to chop her hair in the first place. 

“They’re going to hate me for this, but they offered me lots of ridiculous… many ridiculous things to not do that,” she told George Lopez in 2010. “I completely understand, I just thought we’d have a better…wig, and, uh, it’s OK, we worked it out, and hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, it’s OK now.”

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23. After originating the role of villain vamp Victoria, Rachelle Levefre was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard (who was first approached to take on the role years prior) in Eclipse. And Levefre was not happy about the casting change, which the studio attributed to scheduling conflicts. 

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role,” Levefre said in a statement. “I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria.”

24. Newcomer Xavier Samuel won the role of Riley, Victoria’s sidekick, in the franchise’s third installment, reportedly beating out Channing Tatum and Harry Potter star Tom Felton for the job.

25. Michael Sheen took on the role of Volturi coven leader Aro because his daughter Lily (with Kate Beckinsale) was a massive fan of the series. “I was mainly excited about it because I knew I would make my daughter very happy,” he told The Daily Record. “That was the main reason, and then I read the books and I really enjoyed them. I didn’t think I was going to, but I really did.”

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26. For Bella’s highly anticipated wedding dress, production turned to Carolina Herrera. “Carolina had worked with Stephenie personally for events. And they’d struck up a friendship and dialogue so we talked to Carolina for the dress,” costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed to MTV. “They’d been talking about the day that this dress would hit the big screen for a while and I was happy to help with the design as a consultant because it had to work with the rest of the film.” For the rest of the Cullen women and Bella’s mom, the costume designer created original dresses for each character. 

27. The problem with a custom couture wedding gown? The chances were high of it getting ruined, which almost happened due to the bad weather in Oregon, and they only had two duplicates. “I had a vision of the wet paint slowly creeping up the hem of the dress, but in the end, we got away with it,” Wilkinson told InStyle. “We shot the wide shot first, and sure enough, by the time we moved in for the close-ups, the hem was soaking up the paint like a thirsty sponge!”

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28. Okay, but how did Edward get Bella pregnant when he’s, you know, dead, and she’s not? Meyer actually provided an answer to this question on her official web site back in the day: “Like with vampire skin—which looks similar to human skin and has the same basic function—fluids closely related to seminal fluids still exist in male vampires, which carry genetic information and are capable of bonding with a human ovum.” So there you go. 

29. The original cut of Bella and Edward’s wedding night sex scene initially caused Breaking Dawn: Part 1 to receive an R-rating, with director Bill Condor forced to tone down the couple’s highly awaited first time. “There are very specific guidelines on thrusting intercourse,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

30. Pattinson nearly caused the fanbase to combust in 2011 when he revealed at a press conference for Breaking Dawn that a real priest was used for the wedding scene, “So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony. So we don’t have a civil union in law, but I guess in the church we are actually married.”

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31. In 2011, a judge ruled in Summit’s favor after they filed a legal claim against B.B. Dakota when the clothing company changed the name of one of its jackets to “the Bella Swan jacket” after Stewart wore it in the first film. 

32. Stars you may have forgotten appeared in the franchise’s films include Anna Kendrick, ShamelessNoel Fisher, Lost star Maggie Grace, Lee PaceWestworld‘s Angela Sarafyan and Oscar winner Rami Malek.

33. In an interview with Vulture years later, Hardwicke didn’t exactly have fond memories of her time reading the scripts for Twilight, admitting, “Every one of those scripts sucked. Oh Lord, did they suck.” She isn’t the only franchise director to bash the series, with David Slade having to apologize for disparaging comments he made before signing on to direct Eclipse. “Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid? Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me,'” he once said during a radio interview.

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34. A 10 year-old Mackenzie Foy landed the integral role of Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s half-vampire half-human baby that Jacob imprints on (LOL remember that?). And the entire production team and cast were protective of the newcomer on Breaking Dawn: Part 2, with even Condor placing a swear jar on set, which accumulated over 800 dollars, and the two leads taking a particular interest in Foy.

As for her onscreen mom and dad, “they were amazing with her,” Condor told EW. “It really brought something paternal out in Rob, and Kristen was especially protective. I’d have to interrupt them when they were in deep conversation to get going with a scene.”

While CGI was ultimately used to portray the baby version of Renesmee, it was later revealed the production team attempted to use a doll to extremely creepy results. Seriously, it earned the nickname “Chuckesmee.”

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Happy 52nd Birthday DJ Quik!




David Marvin Blake a.k.a. DJ Quik was born in Pomona, California and shortly after relocated to Compton, California. His love for music began at a very young age, and by age 12 he could already play a number of instruments. Quik jumpstarted his path to fame by selling mixtapes he made with the turntable he received while still in school. Through self-promotion, his fame began to rise and he started to DJ and host events in Southern California.

Whether due to knowledge of his coming success or lack of interest, Quik dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. Shortly after, he suffered homelessness when his family home was taken away in foreclosure. There’s little information about what happened over that period of DJ Quik’s life but in 1990, everything changed.

DJ Quik had created so much of a buzz on the streets selling tapes and making appearances at parties and events he gained the attention of local record labels Ruthless Records and Profile Records. Despite a one million dollar offer from Eazy E, Quik went ahead and signed with Profile.

On February 12, 1991, DJ Quik released his debut album, Quik Is the Name, which debuted at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart, where it would peak, and sold 50,000 copies in its first week. After about four years, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA and has to date sold 1,068,203 copies. The album hosted hit singles, “Born and Raised in Compton” and “Tonite.” After his debut success, Quik went on to produce eight more solo studio albums and a collaborative album with rapper Kurupt called Blaqkout in 2009.

Outside of music, DJ Quik has made appearances as an actor on popular TV shows: Method and Red, Entourage, and Everybody Hates Chris. His career is one of the more influential ones on the West Coast. Quik was an instrumental part of the G-Funk sound and helped it to gain popularity early in the rap world. Countless rappers, producers, and DJs alike have noted their influence by DJ Quik and if you ride around SoCal today, there’s no doubt you can hear one of his hits playing on someone’s stereo. If you don’t already listen on the daily, take some time today to appreciated the career of one of the West Coast’s OGs.

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2000s Emo and Pop-Punk Blowout When We Were Young: 5 Questions We Have




On Tuesday afternoon, an emo festival designed to bait millennials around the world materialized of thin air. Headlined by My Chemical Romance and Paramore, When We Were Young is set to take place in Las Vegas on Oct. 22. The poster is full of band names you either haven’t thought about in years or have thought about every single day since you hit puberty: AFI, the Used, 3OH!3, Hawthorne Heights, the Ready Set, Anberlin. Alongside the emo and pop-punk heavyweights like Bring Me the Horizon, Bright Eyes, and Avril Lavigne are some newer names, like viral punks the Linda Lindas and TikTok stars Jxdn and Lil Huddy.

The festival almost feels like a desert mirage: Is this too good to be true? Are we in for the emo revival’s own Fyre Festival? Here are five questions we have about the year’s hottest 2000s-nostalgia ticket.

Where the hell did this festival come from?

Believe it or not, this is actually the second When We Were Young festival. The first one took place in Santa Ana, California, in 2017, a week before Coachella. Across two days, a similar but less flashy set of punk, emo, and indie-rock nostalgia acts shared a bill, with Morrissey, AFI, Descendents, Cage the Elephant, and Taking Back Sunday among them.

Is this seriously all happening on only one day?

The poster for the fest is wildly crowded, and it’s quite ridiculous to expect that this many bands can appear in just 12 hours, unless all their sets are whittled down to 20 minutes of pure hits. According to ticketing information, there will be three stages across the festival grounds, which means a ton of horrible choices about which bands to prioritize throughout day-long fest, which is due to begin at 11 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. Which brings us to one big question about the co-headliners …

Will we have to choose between My Chemical Romance and Paramore?

We feel for any emo kid who has to make this heartbreaker of a call. Both bands are listed at the top of the bill, right next to each other. Both also remain wildly popular. Paramore have returned from a hiatus to record a new album while My Chemical Romance reunited in 2019, only for their tour to be pushed back twice now due to Covid. Given the single day of performances spread across three stages, it seems likely (though not confirmed) that the two headliners could be performing at the same time. So many great things come with difficult choices.

Were Fall Out Boy unavailable?

Excited tweets about the festival have opened the floodgates for questions about who was left out. The lineup is, in many ways, a snapshot of a time and place in early-2000s alternative-rock music. Of course, it is simply one day in Vegas and many bands have their own tours and schedules to adhere to. But the absence of Fall Out Boy (playing only their first three albums, for the sake of the vibe) is a personal vendetta I will carry against this lineup.

Are the folks behind Warped Tour fuming?

Credit where credit is due: Warped Tour was a major launchpad for the majority of artists on this bill. It ended officially in 2019 with a mini 25th-anniversary tour, but the true final trek was back in 2018. The Warped Tour sound is having a huge revival right now, not just for the kids who grew up on it but also for Gen Z artists, many of whom have landed on the WWWY lineup.

Warped founder Kevin Lyman teased that a Warped-adjacent festival would arrive under a different name in 2021, though that didn’t happen. Meanwhile, Attila’s Chris Fronzak has been looking into buying the rights to Warped, though he legally couldn’t put on the festival until 2023. If When We Were Young goes off without a hitch, we could very well see even more fest lineups scratching that Hot Topic nostalgia itch.

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Dan Crenshaw Withers Under Questioning From Young Woman, Gets Booed at Conservative Event




Dan Crenshaw, the acerbic congressman from Texas desperately trying to brand himself as an unnatural chimera of Donald Trump and John McCain, is in hot water today for a video recorded at a Montgomery County Tea Party fundraiser in which he snaps at a young woman for asking him a pointed question about Jesus.

The entire setting and context for the exchange is like a Mad Libs of terms to bubble out of the right-wing fever swamp. Crenshaw was confronted at a Tea Party fundraiser by a young woman questioner, who challenged him to defend statements that he made likening Jesus to a fictional superhero while on former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink’s podcast. The video of the confrontation was shared by Scott T. Parkinson, the VP of Government Affairs for Club4Growth, a conservative PAC that recently endorsed Illinois Rep. Mary Miller, who achieved brief online prominence after she said “Hitler was right about one thing” during a speech the day before the Jan. 6 insurrection. Parkinson’s reasoning for committing GOP-on-GOP violence on Crenshaw probably stems from the Texas lawmaker’s recent online flame-war with Marjorie Taylor Greene, though it’s tough to say why any of these people do what they do. 

Anyway, the woman asked Crenshaw to defend a quote he gave to The Jocko podcast: “The important thing is that we have societal hero archetypes that we look up to,” Crenshaw said. “Jesus is a hero archetype. Superman is a hero archetype. Real characters too, you know, I could name a thousand,” which the questioner (again, a young woman) interpreted as Crenshaw saying Jesus was not a “real character” (The Week points out that this argument appears to be drawn from right-wing pop psychologist Jordan Peterson’s work, adding to the game of Mad Libs). 

The first part of the question is inaudible, but Newsweek reports that Parkinson’s video picks up right after the woman claims Crenshaw “lied about being Christian.”

“I can’t wrap my head around this,” the woman says after reading Crenshaw’s quote about Jesus and hero archetypes back to him.

“I’ll help you,” Crenshaw snaps. “Put a period after ‘Jesus,’ and don’t question my faith.”

The crowd then erupts in a chorus of “wows” and boos. “Don’t question my faith, don’t question my faith,” Crenshaw says again, to more boos, and, at the end, a confusing chant of “Let’s Go Brandon,” just to round out the fever swamp bingo card. 

I don’t think Dan Crenshaw is gonna raise a lot of money off *this* video.

— Scott T. Parkinson (@ScottTParkinson) January 18, 2022

The identity of the young woman is unclear, but Jameson Ellis, a Republican attempting to primary Crenshaw, tweeted that she is 18 years old.

Regardless, we have a young woman asking a gotcha question based on a dumb podcast quote, a member of Congress angrily defending himself instead of patiently and easily explaining the context of his words, the member of Congress getting booed by an audience of Tea Party Republicans, and a hard-right conservative PAC operative sharing a video of the encounter in order to shame Crenshaw for not being sufficiently right wing. 

Taken together, the episode is a perfect look at how the far right eats its own, chewing up candidates for perceived slights and spitting them out further right — which will surely happen with Crenshaw — or out of the party’s graces altogether, like it did with Liz Cheney. If the modern GOP is a place too hostile even for the daughter of Dick Cheney, it’s pretty clear it’s going to hammer any dreams of John McCain-centrist-maverick behavior out of Crenshaw as soon as possible. It’s a pity that won’t make him any less annoying.

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