Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show 2013/14 in Dallas – Dec 10th 2013
The invitation sketched by Karl Lagerfeld reads, “Coco Chanel back in Dallas”. The fashion show for the 2013/14 Métiers d’Art collection titled “Paris-Dallas” will take place on the 10th of December 2013 at Dallas Fair Park, a historical venue with art-deco architecture that is located in the heart of the Texan city. This event is the occasion to celebrate the strong bond that linked the French designer to the United States. “I admire and love America. It’s where I made my fortune. For many Americans (…), I am France” stated Gabrielle Chanel, cited by Paul Morand in his book, The Allure of Chanel.
The climax of this mutual passion dates back to 1957, when Coco Chanel – accompanied by a delegation of 125 people from France – landed on October 14th at the Dallas airport. Stanley Marcus, co-founder of the Neiman Marcus store, awarded her with the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, the “Oscar of Fashion”. That year, the designer of rue Cambon is the only winner among the 300 fashion designers invited, an indication of the importance she holds in the hearts of Americans. During her twelve-day Texan journey, Gabrielle Chanel dazzles the crowd to the point that Time Magazine reports the event by titling it “Dallas in Wonderland”.
Fifty-six years later, Karl Lagerfeld returns to Dallas and retraces this journey that sealed the French-American love story of the designer with the people seduced by the modernity of her creations.
Kristen was in attendance along with Twilight costar Dakota Fanning. Nice to see the girls out and about.
The location of the filming for the Cullen family and wolfpack historic flashback scene was a mystery. After checking several sources I saw that it looked like it was filmed in Los Angeles in Griffith Park. In one of the BTS videos Kellan Lutz is standing in the area and comments that they filmed near a hiking path on top of a hill. Not much to go with so I wasn’t expecting to really find the location. After going to the Golf Course in the park I stopped at a information/ranger office that was there. I walked in and was lucky to find a woman who pulled out a map of the park and showed me an area that was often used for filming. It was off a hiking trail on top of one of the hills in the park. The trip was about a 5 mile hike to get up to it. I then noticed that closer on the path was another area called Cedar Grove. I then remembered that Kellan was standing in front of giant Cedar trees. She said that they also used this area for filming as it is a large stand of cedar trees. She showed me where I could park about a mile from the area and hike the rest. We drove to the road up to the gate and parked. I took my water and camera and was off hiking the path to the grove. After rounding a corner I could then see the Cedar Grove off in the distance and also a spectacular view of downtown L.A. On I went until there was a sign and entrance pathway to the grove. When I got to the edge of the trees I recognized the large boulders and trees used in the scene. I had the Directors Handbook with me so I could scout out the photos in there. I quickly found the 2 large boulders from the photos with the wolfs and Catherine Harwicke. Then I circled the area on the path and took photos hoping to match them up later. I think I did come up with the area used by matching the trees and rocks. It was truly a beautiful area to explore and worth the hike. The roadway into it is just past the Greek Theatre. Follow signs to the Cedar Grove.
This BTS video shows even more of the Cedar Grove and the filming they did there:
Elizabeth Reaser stars in a new role as P.J. Lane in Bonnie and Clyde on A&E TV December 8 and 9. It is a new miniseries for History, Lifetime and A&E networks. It runs as a four hour, two night event starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger. Yes, Holliday Grainger from Bel Ami. She was quite beautiful opposite Robert Pattinson in that movie. Elizabeth Reaser plays a young, well-schooled female reporter with the Dallas Dispatch. After she interviews Bonnie Parker, she writes a series of articles which make Bonnie and Clyde look like glamorous, sexy rebels.
You can watch the video including Elizabeth Reaser right here on A&E TV.
After some searching I discovered that a Portland designer was responsible for Bella’s engagement ring along with all the designs for the Cullen Crest pieces. Artisan Designs was nice enough to share their Twilight experience with me and let me see all their jewelry pieces and design ideas. I had no idea that their pieces were featured in the FX Network showing of Eclipse with the special features. They showed the original ring designed by the “Portland” designer which was Artisan Designs. Its the ring on the left. They also show the paper with Kristen’s hand print that Artisan Designs shared with me which they used to design the actual final ring used in the movies. I Love that they are right here in Portland still making Twilight jewelry for fans worldwide.
You can see both the original on the left that they designed and the final one on the right.
Here is Kristen’s hand drawing from Stephenie Meyer.
Kristen Stewart was out pumping her own gas today in Los Feliz, Ca. Nice to see her wearing her favorite hat and Karen London Caradona ring. It must be pretty frustrating to have to stand there waiting for that tank to fill while someone is snapping these photos.
This video came out a bit ago but I still love it. More so now that I was at the Hanson and Paul McDonald concert here in Portland recently and got to meet Paul there and his “roadie” Craig. It was an awesome concert and those Hanson bros are pretty darn cute. Nikki and Paul are both in the video and I just had the chance to meet her in L.A. They are joining Hanson for their second Back To The Island event in January. That’s a nice winter getaway.
I had read several references about the filming of The Meadow scene from the first Twilight movie. Everything pointed to it being in the middle of Griffith Park Golf Course. With just that information I drove into the park and headed to the Golf Shop. After winding around and following signs I came to the golf course, parked and walked to the shop. A nice older gentleman was at the desk and I told him I was looking for the filming site of the meadow from the Twilight movie. He replied that I was not allowed on the course as a non-golfer, but then he turned me around and pointed out the window to a large stand of redwood trees that were dead center down the course pathway. The area is called The Redwoods. I thanked him and was off to find a way to get there without walking the golf course. I ended up walking back down the road we came in on and saw that if I jumped a low fence I could climb down a embankment and walk straight across to the redwood trees. When I got to the golf course I realized that I had to go straight across where golf balls could be flying so I ran across to the center pathways. As I walked along I heard some noise and turned to see a deer walking near a tree. I continued on the path into the redwoods and realized that the pathway went around the redwood trees and there were other paths that went through the trees as well. I decided to circle the trees looking for the perfect meadow area. I knew from looking for other filming sites that they pretty much went for the simplest and closest areas they came upon. The area around the edges had more sunlight and flatter areas so that’s where I took lots of photos. When I left the area I saw more deer near the pathway. When I went to cross the golf course I looked to my right and noticed several men standing and watching as I went across the course. Later I realized they were probably waiting for me to get out of their way so they could hit their balls. Luckily I wasn’t their target. After comparing movie pictures to what I saw I tried to come up with what I thought was the logical meadow location.
Griffith Park Golf Shop 4750 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Kristen Stewart filmed Camp X-Ray earlier this summer in the Los Angeles area. It is going to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival which takes place in Park City, Utah on January 16-26,2014. If you would like to attend you can find more information at their site.
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Camp X-Ray / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Peter Sattler) — A young woman is stationed as a guard in Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely friendship with one of the detainees. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch.
Anna Kendrick and Kellan Lutz both were in L.A. at the VIP viewing party for Beyonce’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. It was held at the Hyde Lounge in the Staples Center on Tuesday. They both were dressed up and ready to party.
Thank You Robsessed for featuring this video. Slow Motion. Wow.
Whenever I chat with Cruze on 105.1 The Buzz in the mornings I am never quite sure what we will end up talking about. He always has his news stories ready for the radio and I always have my twilight related news ready to go. It usually ends up like today with a combo of both. I have become interested in the filming of 50 Shades of Grey and its connection to Twilight and Portland. I will to try to keep up with the news surrounding it all. Its like the opposite of my interest in Twilight. With Twilight they filmed all the first movie here in Portland and I have visited all the filming sites while the actual book is supposedly in Forks, Washington. With 50 Shades the actual book sites are Portland, Vanc. Wash. and Seattle, but the filming will happen in Vancouver, B.C. Now I want to scout out the book sites in our area.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have started filming as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on the set of Fifty Shades of Grey in Vancouver, Canada. Looks like they used a local coffee shop for a stand in for the Portland, Oregon coffee shop that was their first meet up in the books. With Jamie and Dakota on location in Canada was Fifty Shades author E. L. James, who released a new photo herself. I think it will be hard to keep photos of the filming off the internet with all the millions of people who read the books anxiously waiting for the movie. There continues to be several Twilight connections with these books/movie. The last four Twilight Saga movies were filmed in Vancouver B.C., they have the same production company Lionsgate/Summit and they used the same casting director for the movies. The new release date is February 2015.
During my recent trip to LA I had to visit some Twilight film sites and some of the locations where Robert Pattinson recently filmed MTTS. I also found the entry to what is supposedly his private residence. Of course it is guarded, gated and off limits to anyone which is a good thing for RP. After driving back down to Hollywood I did visit Chateau Marmont and got to see the “kitchen door exit” which he has used a few times. It’s probably a good thing I live in Portland and far away from Mr. Pattinson.
He recently did some filming for MTTS at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. It is a beautiful place with an amazing entryway.
I next visited Rodeo Drive and headed to Gucci and Dior. The gentlemen at the Gucci store said that “yes, they did some fittings for Mr Pattinson”. Next at Dior I was expecting to see a display of their Dior Homme fragrances and was a bit disappointed when I had to ask for them. The nice gentleman brought out all four of them and gave me a sample of each. My favorite was the classic one and will be under my Christmas tree for my husband. They also mentioned that they had done some fittings with Mr. Pattinson. They had the coolest clothing there including leather jackets and sneakers.
My next place was a bit elusive. I had very little to go on and headed up into the Hollywood hills. The hills are home to The Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory, and several multi-million dollar homes. Most of the homes are lined along the twisting roads that run through the canyons or seem to hang along the edge at the top of hills. A lot of them have gates across their driveways or walls surrounding the whole property. The views along the drive in the hills is really spectacular and is the reason so many of the rich and famous chose to live there. After rounding a turn in the road I came across the entrance that is supposedly to Robert Pattinson’s current residence. I did stop and snap a few pictures. There was a guard house and gates. I decided not to put the pictures up here but have included another one I took looking out from the Hollywood hills and the spectacular view.
Michael De Luca Productions and Focus Features in association with Trigger Street Productions are in pre-production on the feature film “Fifty Shades of Grey“, which is based on the hugely popular best-selling novel of the same name by British author E. L. James. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the first of a potential trilogy of films produced by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Filming begins December 2, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia and will continue through February 24, 2014. The film is now using the working title of “Adventures of Max & Banks”. Casting is underway in Los Angeles and Vancouver for co-starring and supporting roles, as well as smaller day player speaking roles. Interior shots will be filmed inside sound stages at North Shore Studios (formerly Lionsgate Studios), while exterior shots will be filmed in and around the Vancouver area.
Top industry leading Vancouver extras casting director Andrea Brown, who has cast such films as “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” “Man of Steel” among many many others, is now casting people interested in appearing in the Universal Pictures feature film “Fifty Shades of Grey” as fully paid general extras and featured background actors.
If you would like to read more of this article from Acting-Auditions you can find it here.
First image of Mr. Grey.
If you were not able to travel to NYC for the Twilight Forever Fan Event here is your chance to purchase some of the Twilight Forever merchandise. It is being sold through Cafe Press which sells a lot of other Twilight goodies. They have T-shirts, phone cases, stickers, sweatshirts, dvds and anything else you can think of. You can find it all at Twilight Forever.
Our last stop in Vernonia was at a restaurant we were told was a place to see. After entering and going to order we noticed that Kristen Stewart also thought it was a good place to stop. We were told she and the cast ate here frequently. Its located right on the main street near where they were filming. After leaving the restaurant we decided to stand out on the main street and wait to get a photo of the log trucks passing by. It was amazing that they were rolling by about every 10 minutes the whole time we were in town. Vernonia was a great place to visit with lots of small town charm and nice people.
A month ago when I was fortunate to visit Artisan Designs in Portland I had the chance to see all the Cullen Crest pieces they made for Twilight. I knew that I couldn’t leave without ordering a piece for myself. I chose the Esme bracelet because it represented her character and the Cullen family. I have been wearing it and really enjoying it. I took it with me to met Peter Facinelli in LA this last week and he immediately recognized it and we chatted about the ring he had during the filming. I was happy to learn that he was able to keep his original Cullen Crest ring. I had the idea to ask him to sign the back of my bracelet and he loved the idea. I can not thank him enough and I am hoping it will last a very long time.
A new article by Access Hollywood with Kellan Lutz.
Could “The Twilight Saga” fans ever imagine Kristen Stewart pining away for an Edward Cullen played by Kellan Lutz – because the actor was sought after for the role played by Robert Pattinson, but turned it down.“The role just didn’t… I just didn’t care to entertain it,” Kellan said on Monday’s Access Hollywood Live.
“I really wanted to play a happy role or no role for a little bit,” he told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, explaining that his role in “Generation Kill” left him wanting something more upbeat. “I didn’t care to audition for [the role of Edward] because he was a bit moody and emotionally challenged,” the 28-year-old, who played Edward’s brother, Emmett Cullen, in the series, continued.“But then I loved Emmett… I’m so blessed to have been able to play him,” he said. And Kellan is open to playing a vampire yet again – if another movie were to ever happen. “I love everyone. I loved to work with everyone and I loved my role,” he explained. “I’d love to play Emmett again or even another role in it.”
First up, fans will see Kellan play a demigod in “Hercules: The Legend Begins,” something he physically worked hard to accomplish in way you might not expect. “I pushed myself. I’m a bigger guy by nature and [director Renny Harlin] wanted me trimmed down,” he told Billy and Kit. Kellan explained that his take on the beloved mythology character will have a different spin than the Dwayane Johnson project about the same character. “The Rock is doing Hercules [too]. I love the Rock. He’s naturally big and strong and he has amazing DNA,” he said. “And for me, I couldn’t get that big and thank God [the director] said, ‘I don’t want you that big.’”
“Hercules: The Legend Begins” opens on January 10, 2014.
At the end of his time signing comic books for his fans he talked with me about what he was currently working on. His schedule is pretty hectic with filming Glee in LA and Nurse Jackie in NYC. He mentioned he had just filmed Glee the Friday before and was leaving to NYC for Nurse Jackie in two days. He was also planning to do some more comic book promotions while in NYC. He plans to release a new comic book each month for a total of four books.
His production company is keeping busy with several upcoming projects. They are currently working on the movie The Last Word which is starting work now in Louisiana.
He has also acquired the book Street Soldier for a movie about the Chicago gangster Whitey Bulger and is being developed into a 10 part series for Fox. It is currently being written and he is planning to be part of the cast as well as producing.
Peter is also currently working on a YA novel with his A7SLE partner Rob DeFranco, and YA author Barry Lyga. The book is titled “After the Red Rain” an is being published by Little, Brown with an anticipated release date during the summer of 2015.
At the end of the day he thanked me again for coming to meet him. I had spent about 2 hours with him and was completely overjoyed. He was so friendly and easy going with everyone who was there. It was easy to see that his family is also very important to him along with his career. I came away feeling like he really appreciated all his fans and he took all the time that each of them wanted to spend with him. I am so glad I made the crazy last minute trip to meet him and it exceeded all my expectations. I am still jumping up and down.
Vanity Fair magazine did some of the best photo shoots of the Twilight cast. They have put them together into a slideshow that is wonderful to go through. You can start your show here at Vanity Fair.