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The Twilght Saga: New Moon
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New Moon promotional poster
Directed by Chris Weitz
Produced by Mark Morgan
Wyck Godfrey
Written by Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay)
Stephenie Meyer (novel)
Starring Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner
Ashley Greene
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Editing by Peter Lambert
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s) November 20, 2009
Running time 130 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50,000,000
Gross revenue $709,711,008
Preceded by Twilight
Followed by Eclipse
Official website
"The next chapter begins."
New Moon tagline

New Moon is the second installment of the Twilight film series, based on Stephenie Meyer's novel. The film was released on November 20th, 2009. It was directed by Chris Weitz. Summit Entertainment officially announced that they would move forward with the production of the film on November 22, 2008, following the early success of Twilight. New Moon is rated PG-13 in the US and 12A in the UK.[1] Meyer stated that she is very happy to be able to continue working with Summit Entertainment on the production of the saga, saying, "I don't think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment. I'm thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on New Moon."[1]

On February 2, 2009 it was announced that a teaser trailer for New Moon would be released in the Blu-Ray edition of Twilight.[2] Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner presented a trailer from the film on May 31, 2009 at the MTV Movie Awards. Afterwards, a high definition version of the trailer debuted online.[3]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

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Director Chris Weitz giving Kristen Stewart (Bella) tips for the scene.

It was announced that, due to time constraints, Catherine Hardwicke, who directed Twilight, would not be directing New Moon.[4] Summit has hired Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass, American Pie) as the director for New Moon, and he stated that he was very happy to be working on the film.[5][6]

FilmingEdit

Filming began on March 23, 2009 and ran until late May. Principal photography took place in Vancouver, Canada and Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy.[7]

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Chris Weitz said that instead of going with the book's route of having Bella hear Edward's voice, they used a flittering image of Edward.

In September 09, L.A. Times published more than 40 photos taken on the New Moon set. Some of them give a good impression of what the new film will look like.[8]

PlotEdit

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Bella's dream

The movie opens on Bella's 18th birthday. She wakes up from a dream in which she sees herself as an older woman (though at first she thinks it is her grandmother, Marie Higgenbotham). Bella celebrates her birthday with Edward and the rest of the Cullens. Whilst at the Cullen household where Alice has organized a party, she receives a papercut whilst trying to open a present from Esme and Carlisle. As Jasper hasn't been away from human blood as long as the rest of the Cullens, he can't control his instinct to drink her blood. Edward is forced to protect her by shoving her out of the way and then doing the same to Jasper. Bella landed into a table full of glass, causing an excess amount of blood to fall from her arm. The Cullens can't control their basic instinct to consume human blood and start to lose control, except for Carlisle who treats her arm. After this event, Edward realizes it's too dangerous for Bella to be around his family of vampires and tells her he doesn't love her any more and disappears.
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Edward leaving Bella.

Bella, who is heartbroken, lies on the ground and does nothing. After months of seeing Bella in a zombie like state, Charlie scolds her and threatens her that if she continues, he will send her to live with Renee. Bella starts to lighten up and decides to watch a movie with her friend Jessica. It is here where Bella approaches a group of strange men she confuses with the thugs Edward saved her from in Twilight and takes a ride on the back of one of their motorbikes. Images of Edward tried to stop her from doing so but she refused to listen. After that episode, Bella realizes she starts seeing very realistic images of Edward when she's in danger. Bella seeks comfort in her best friend Jacob Black, in which eases her pain over losing Edward. Bella starts to realize that Jacob is acting differently, and becoming increasingly dark and violent and comes to the conclusion he is hiding a dark secret.
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Bella is saved by Jacob.

Bella later goes to the meadow, where she meets Laurent. He informs her that Victoria wishes to kill her, in revenge for Edward killing her mate, James. Laurent tries to kill Bella, saying it will be better than it would be if Victoria did, but the Werewolves arrive in time to chase down Laurent and
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Bella and Laurent in the Meadow

kill him. Jacob later informs Bella (Once she finds out that the Werewolves are a pack of boys, including Jacob) that Victoria is hunting her and that they chased her all the way to the Canadian border, where she jumps off a cliff, in which is the same cliff that Bella jumps off, to see a hallucination of Edward again. It is here where Bella notices Victoria swimming towards her, and in a fit of panic, knocks herself out for a short while, before Jacob saves her and informs her that Charlie and Billy's friend Harry Clearwater has died of a heart attack. Despite the warmth and closeness they feel towards each other, a quick succession of events later that evening try to tear Bella and Jacob apart. Jacob drives Bella home, only to discover that Alice has inexplicably turned up there; he recoils from her presence and flees to La Push to regroup. However, he soon returns to apologize to Bella; they nearly kiss when the phone interrupts them. When Jacob answers, tells the caller that Chief Swan was arranging a funeral. Having received cryptic information, Edward assumes the funeral is for Bella, thinking she had committed suicide. Grief-stricken, he departs in order to meet with the Volturi, and Bella and Alice rush to try to stop him.

They both travel to Volterra, Italy to try and save Edward. The Volturi refused to kill Edward due to the fact that Aro thought it would be a waste, so Edward decides he needs to provoke them by exposing himself as a vampire to the humans. Bella arrives on time to save Edward, but not before long Felix And Demetri arrive and order them to speak to Aro. Alice arrives to try and cool things down, before Jane turns up to see what was taking so long. Edward, knowing Jane's ability, instantly gives up and does as she says without hesitation.

Jane of the Volturi
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After much conversation with the Volturi, they decide that Bella is too much of a liability and Aro orders Felix to kill her. Edward jumps in to save her and a fight ensues between him and Felix. It's not long before Bella is about to be killed herself, before Alice shows Aro a vision of Bella and Edward, proving the fact that Bella will become a vampire in the future even if Alice has to change Bella herself. Aro allows them to leave to make preparations for the transformation, in which Edward has no plan to follow up. Edward, Bella and Alice leave to travel back to Forks. Here, the Cullens vote on whether Bella should become a vampire. All except Edward and Rosalie vote in favor of Bella becoming one.

Jacob goes to Forks to visit Edward and Bella, where he reminds them that the Cullens and the Quileute wolves have a treaty, which will be broken if the Cullens ever bite a human. After Bella stops Edward and Jacob from fighting, telling Jacob she loves him but not to make her choose between him and Edward as her answer will always be Edward, Jacob tearfully returns to La Push. Edward asks Bella to let him wait five years, when Bella refuses he offers three years and still sh refuses telling him it's too long. Then Edward tells her that he will only turn her into a vampire on one condition: she has to marry him first. This movie ends on a cliffhanger with the question unanswered.

CastEdit

The Swans and the CullensEdit

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The Olympic Coven

Actor Role
Kristen Stewart Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson Edward Cullen
Peter Facinelli Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser Esme Cullen
Ashley Greene Alice Cullen
Kellan Lutz Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed Rosalie Hale
Jackson Rathbone Jasper Hale
Billy Burke Charlie Swan

The Quileute TribeEdit

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The La Push Pack

Actor Role
Taylor Lautner Jacob Black
Gil Birmingham Billy Black
Graham Greene Harry Clearwater
Chaske Spencer Sam Uley
Tyson Houseman Quil Ateara V
Kiowa Gordon Embry Call
Alex Meraz Paul Lahote
Bronson Pelletier Jared Cameron

NomadsEdit

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The American Nomads

Actor Role
Edi Gathegi Laurent Da Revin
Rachelle Lefevre Victoria Sutherland
Cam Gigandet James (archive footage)
Curtis Caravaggio Executed Vampire

The VolturiEdit

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The Volturi.

Actor Role
Michael Sheen Aro
Dakota Fanning Jane
Jamie Campbell-Bower Caius
Christopher Heyerdahl Marcus
Cameron Bright Alec
Charlie Bewley Demetri
Daniel Cudmore Felix
Noot Seear Heidi
Justine Wachsberger Gianna

HumansEdit

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Angela, Eric, Mike, and Jessica.

Actor Role
Anna Kendrick Jessica Stanley
Christian Serratos Angela Weber
Michael Welch Mike Newton
Justin Chon Eric Yorkie
Tinsel Korey Emily Young
Christina Jastrzembska Marie Higginbotham
Russell Roberts Mr. Berty
Adrien Dorval Bob Marks (deleted scene)

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Result
2010 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Best Horror Film Nominated
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Taylor Lautner Nominated
Empire Awards Best Actor: Robert Pattinson Nominated
Best Newcomer: Anna Kendrick Nominated
Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor: Taylor Lautner Won
Favorite Movie Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance: Kristen Stewart Won
Best Kiss: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Won
Best Male Performance: Robert Pattinson Won
Best Movie Nominated
Best Male Performance: Taylor Lautner Nominated
Razzie Awards Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel Nominated
Worst Screen Couple: Kristen Stewart and either Robert Pattinson or Taylor 'Whatz-His-Fang' Nominated
Worst Screenplay: Melissa Rosenberg Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor: Robert Pattinson Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Villain: Rachelle Lefevre Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry: Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Won
Choice Movie: Liplock: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Won
Choice Movie: Villain: Rachelle Lefevre Nominated
World Soundtrack Awards Film Composer of the Year: Alexandre Desplat Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor: Taylor Lautner Won

ReleaseEdit

Box officeEdit

The Twilight Saga: New Moon was released in theaters on November 20, 2009 in the US, UK and Canada, and on November 19, 2009 in Australia. It was rated PG-13 in USA and 12A in UK for some violence and action.

The film broke the record previously held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the biggest midnight opening, after it made about $26.3 million in 3,514 theatres.[9]

Home mediaEdit

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Main article: Home media releases

New Moon was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 20, 2010.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

The song in the background of the third trailer is "Moving Mountains" by Two Steps From Hell.

TriviaEdit

  • Catherine Hardwicke, the director of Twilight, was set to be the director of New Moon as well. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Hardwicke had to back out.
  • Each member of the wolf pack had to have papers proving their Native descent. Chaske Spencer is Lakota (Sioux), Bronson Pelletier is Cree-Metis, Alex Meraz is Purepecha (Tarasco), Kiowa Gordon is Hualapai, and Tyson Houseman, who was discovered at an open casting call, is Cree.
  • The film's American premiere was November 16, 2009, which, in the lunar cycle, is a new moon.
  • Diego Luna was offered the role of Aro.
  • Most of Anna Kendrick's dialogue when Bella and Jessica were leaving the movies was improvised.
  • New Moon is Chris Weitz's third movie based on a bestselling book.
  • In the parking lot scene it is Bella's eighteenth birthday. Coincidentally, the scene was shot on April 9, Kristen Stewart's nineteenth birthday.

ReferencesEdit

External Links Edit



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