November 9th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

"New Moon" behind the scenes

Yes, it’s true, “Twi-hards” – I spent my Friday and Saturday surrounded by all things “New Moon.” This included conversations with Robert, Taylor and Kristen – in the flesh. But first things first: if my event a few weeks ago with the Kardashians was as chaotic as the President coming into town, then no doubt about it, the process of screening “New Moon” Friday night was like trying to get a tour of the White House.

For press screenings, it’s usually protocol to check our cell phones and any recording devices with security. However, not once have I encountered a metal detector before entering the theater. Yup, you read correctly, metal detectors. The steps I went through before entering the theater began with checking in, driver's license in hand, and receiving a yellow wristband, then waiting in a very long line as security checked our wrists. Then we had to hand over our cell phones, BlackBerries, cameras, etc. Next, a line to check any bags we carried. Last but not least, two lines in front of theater number seven’s door, as two men with hand-held metal detectors scanned to check what we might still be carrying. Then began my two hours and 10 minutes of “New Moon.” By the way, Team Jacob fans: Taylor Lautner has a very nice six-pack, and it is seen plenty throughout the movie! (More on that in a later blog.)

Saturday, I spent about five hours talking (and waiting to talk) with 17 cast members from the movie: Rob, Kristen, Taylor, Chris the director, five members of the Cullens, four from the Wolfpack, and four Volturi members. I’m sure plenty of you would have loved to trade places with me, but this process is not what I would call an ideal day. Yes, Taylor and Robert shook my hand – and despite what many of you might have done, I did wash my hands later. Saturday certainly did not disappoint in the chaos department for me either. The number of press outlets present was amazing – from multiple online outlets all the way to the Hungarian channel, and of course CNN. I could really see the star status of the “Twilight Saga.” I shouldn’t be complaining – Kristen Stewart was my first interview of the day, but for her, I was number 31. About four hours in, Rob Pattinson was my second to last interview; he still had an hour of press after me. Coffee in hand and looking drained, he smiled and said, “I’m starting to speak a little rubbish.”

While I wouldn’t trade my job for anything, Friday and Saturday was still work for me. How big a fan of the “Twilight Saga” are you? And what would you have traded to be in my shoes?

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  1. Shaine

    I agree. I was so expectant of a substantial content when I saw the title. But it was just full of "My", "I", "our"... Eventually I forgot it's supposed to be about New Moon at all! Next time please consider your readers..when you talk about a movie like this, we don't really care what happens to you, blogger. We don't know you nor do we care what you feel and what you do.

    November 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fannie Gray

    I'm hard pressed to understand what exactly if anything the aforementioned blog has to do with behind the scenes at New Moon. What the blogger was really conveying was her frustration with a process... nothing of note was written about the movie, the characters or the actors. What a misnomer. The title of this blog should have been, "Adventures in Security" perhaps. The blogger stipulates she spent time talking with the cast but then doesn't elaborate on what was actually said. Fail. This blog sucks.

    November 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ana

    i'm in love with the books, but not the movies and definitely not the actors. kristen stewart is whiny and doesn't seem to appreciate the adoration fans shower on her. robert pattinson is no edward. but – the movies are fun and the fanaticism over the actors/films is entertaining.

    November 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nicole

    I love CNN. I really do, but the blog writers are mediocre at best and middle school essay (complete with spelling errors) at worst. Just because a person has a BA in writing or journalism, doesn't mean they should be allowed to write about subjects they obviously have no interest in. I am not a Twilight fan at all, but I am a film major, and with all the hype around New Moon, I find the dispassionate writing of this blog to be almost offensive. If you don't care about it, don't write about it. Would it kill the blogger to have some sort of opinion, positively or negatively? Basically the writer says, "I saw New Moon, no biggie, I had to wait in line, it sucked." This is not a behind the scenes look at anything, this is basically just a bratty writer who obviously doesn't like her job (I will take it). She even had to justify herself at the end of the piece. I could have stared at a blank screen for 5 minutes and had the same reaction as I did to this piece of 'writing' and I love reading about movies, even lame teenie bopper movies. This is a major fail on CNN's part. The Carrie Prejean sex tape blog was also pretty terrible (the writer spelled blonde wrong). Find better bloggers please.

    November 9, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |

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