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Woman arrested for taping 'New Moon.' What should be the punishment for talking or texting during it?

A young woman in Chicago is facing up to three years in prison after a movie theater worker spied her filming on her digital camera during a screening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon last Saturday. According to the Chicago Sun-Times account, the theater’s managers pressed charges against 22-year-old Samantha Tumpach, who claims she shot only roughly three minutes of footage, not all of which was of the film and none of which she intended to pirate. She says she was actually documenting her sister’s surprise 29th birthday party, so while there are short bits of the film on her camera, there’s also her and her relatives singing “Happy Birthday” in the theater. The camera is relatively new, she added, so she was playing around with it during the pre-film commercials and previews as well. Her defense against the charges — one felony count of criminal use of a motion picture exhibition — is that she never meant to record the movie: Watch her footage, and “You can hear me talking the whole time.”

[Insert record scratch.] Though piracy is a serious issue, I don’t believe this woman deserves jail time (she already spent two nights in a cell before being released on a cashless personal recognizance bond on Monday, the Sun-Times reports) — but now that I know that she was not only distracting fellow moviegoers with the light of her camera but also by talking, I think she should be banned from that theater for a month. I realize this would be hard to enforce, but we need to do something to stop people from ruining movies by talking or texting (yes, the light on your phone really is that annoying and no, nothing is that important unless your wife’s water just broke or someone just died).

Seriously, what can we do? Those pre-film reminders, while nice, just aren’t cutting it. If we can’t ban people from a theater, can we at least take their pictures and put them on a Wall of Shame in the lobby? OR, if a multiplex is showing a movie on multiple screens, maybe it borrows Amtrak’s Quiet Car idea and has a Quiet Theater? If a movie is playing on only one screen, maybe the theater has one daily Quiet Show? In an ideal world, it’d be the same experience you’d have at any time, but in reality, you’d be with an audience that abhors distractions as much as you do. Thoughts?

Photo credit: New Moon: Kimberley French

'New Moon': Men, did you like it better than 'Twilight'? Which vampire franchise is right for you?

A common refrain from the actors promoting The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been that men will like this film better than the last one. “I think guys won’t mind if their girlfriends drag them to a Twilight film this time because there is a very masculine side to this film. It brings a whole different level of excitement. The vampires are older and more suave and mature. The shapeshifters are not. We are young, aggressive and have tons of testosterone and nudity. It will make for a more balanced date night movie selection,” Alex Meraz (aka werewolf Paul) insisted to EW at the Los Angeles premiere. “And even if they don’t want to see it, if they want to see their girlfriends, they better go because that’s where their girls will be. And I feel like we are buttering up their girls with our abs so they could get lucky.”

We could poll his “get lucky” theory, but instead, let’s put aside the vaguely sexist implication that action films only appeal to men and see if New Moon really was more enjoyable for men than Twilight

Now, here’s something everyone, regardless of gender, can enjoy. Find out which vampire franchise — Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood — is right for you with the quiz we created with Hunch.com.

Photo Credit: Kimberley French

Michael Sheen: Interview with 'New Moon' star on fitting in with the cast

Michael Sheen is best known for his roles as Tony Blair in The Queen and David Frost in Frost/Nixon. So it was a bit of a surprise that this serious actor, with a great ability to transform completely into real-life characters, would want a role in the frothy Twilight series. EW.com chatted with Sheen about his New Moon experience.

What made you want to sign on to this project?
I knew about the whole Twilight thing, primarily through my daughter, who’s 11 and is a big fan of the books. She’s read the books many, many times. And I knew how much people got into them. These weren’t just books you read. She was really into it. That was my introduction to it. I read the scripts and the book myself and saw the first film. And I thought it was a wonderful story and a great character. And then [director] Chris Weitz sent me a really lovely letter. It was a terrific thing to get involved with.

What was your daughter’s reaction to your playing Aro?
It was a whole mixture of things. She was very excited to think I was going to be a part of this, but she also thought her father was taking over something that was hers. But she got over that pretty quickly and was in the end just excited about going to the premiere really.

That’s what it all boiled down to, her chance to meet Robert Pattinson?
Yes, but actually her favorite is Ashley Greene.

Ashley spoke very highly of her time working with you.
She’s lovely. They all were very nice but they kind of treated me like an elderly uncle. READ FULL STORY

Ashley Greene: Interview with 'New Moon's' Alice Cullen

Nothing like a role in Twilight to break you into show business. That’s the case for Ashley Greene, who had spent most of her time in Hollywood as a hostess in an L.A. restaurant prior to her fame-making role as Alice Cullen. The Floridian native just finishing touring the country in support of New Moon and she’ll start filming the horror film Apparition in Berlin in February. We chatted with Greene days before New Moon started breaking records.

Are the reactions to Twilight the same all around the country?

I was impressed in Chicago, actually. Chicago was really, really intense and loud and I think it was one of the bigger responses that we had. But there’s always a lot of people, a lot of passion, a lot of screaming, a lot of crying. So really it’s all measured in terms of how deep the screaming goes.

Was it much different than last year?

I guess it’s more intense. I’m much more comfortable with this whole thing. I didn’t really know what to expect at all when I first got into it. It was my first gig, and so it was a little crazy and I was really nervous. READ FULL STORY

'New Moon' costume designer Tish Monaghan on Edward's suit and Jacob's cut-offs

You have to immediately like a costume designer who’ll admit that she’s wearing sweatpants while chatting with you from her Vancouver home. We phoned Tish Monaghan, who took over styling duties for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, to talk about how Edward ended up in a suit, why Jacob’s muscles are bulging through his shirt (when he actually wears one), what department mandated that the wolf pack’s jean shorts be extra tight, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Anyone who’s listened to the Twilight DVD commentary knows that Robert Pattinson wasn’t a fan of Edward’s pea coat.
TISH MONAGHAN: He wasn’t a fan of the pea coat. He wore it in virtually every scene, and I think maybe he just got tired of it. I’m guessing. [Laughs] He just wanted a more mature look. That was part of Edward’s Grade 11 year, and now he’s getting into his graduation year, he’s in a relationship. He had worn hoodies and jeans and sneakers, and Robert, the director [Chris Weitz], and I all wanted to portray him more as a gentleman, more elegant and classic. With our vampire characters, I always went back to the time period in which they were turned to see if there’s any element I could try to simulate in contemporary clothing. He came out of the Edwardian period, around 1910. Of course, most of the gentleman from that time would be wearing suits, coats, hats, etc. We had to pick something that was iconic for the character that would suffice to be used throughout the whole film. At the very beginning of the film, he has one school outfit, and then there’s Bella’s birthday party and disaster strikes. So Edward ends up in that same costume for the remainder of the film. I was thinking of just putting him in a dress shirt and a pair of pants, but Robert wanted to be in a suit. READ FULL STORY

Anna Kendrick talks 'New Moon' fever and George Clooney

Anna Kendrick plays Bella’s human friend Jessica in the Twilight series, EW spoke with the 24-year-old actress about how the New Moon craziness compares with Twilight, and being teased by George Clooney – yup, that George Clooney.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So does the New Moon experience compare to Twilight?
ANNA KENDRICK: It felt a little bit bigger than last year, but ultimately I think it was about as packed as it could have been for Twilight and if there were more people it just meant that they were packed tighter and a little further away. It felt a little bit like déjà vu. But I was a lot less nervous this year.

What’s your most memorable fan encounter?
There was a girl in Vancouver who came up to me in a store and asked me to give something to Taylor the next time that I saw him, and I just said I wasn’t sure the next time I would see him, so I didn’t want to take it. Because I didn’t really know what it was going to be. She said it as though she had it with her, as if she carried it around just in case she ran into a Twilight cast-member on the street. So I was a little too nervous to take it, but I still wonder what it was.

What would you say this role has done for your career?
Obviously this is the most visible thing that I’ve really done, but both Up in the Air [her upcoming film with George Clooney, for which Kendrick is garnering Oscar buzz] and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I got because of a teeny film called Rocket Science. Both of those directors asked to meet with me because of that film. It’s strange because on the one hand, most people who approach me and know who I am and want to talk to me know me from Twilight, but most filmmakers don’t.

Do you think that Twilight could ever have a negative effect on your career?
I don’t think so. I understand that there is always going to be backlash for something that is really popular. But I think especially because I just play this silly girl, it’s not as though people see me in Twilight and can only think of me as a vampire queen or something.

Tell me about working with George Clooney in Up in the Air.
It was amazing. This year has been really exciting but really stressful in the best kind of way. Working with George was pretty intimidating.  He actually teased me about Twilight a lot because I was shooting New Moon at the same time and when I came back from shooting pieces of New Moon, he’d treat me like a traitor when I came back to set.

Photo Credit: Kimberley French

'New Moon' Volturi member Jamie Campbell Bower wants more power

New Moon newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower plays Volturi member Caius. EW spoke with the 21-year-old British actor about what it takes to play a vampire, his craziest fan encounter and what powers he wished his character had.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me about what it’s like entering this crazy phenomenon.
JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER: Bizarre. You know it’s funny, we go in and do our job and never really expect anything else, as long as you’re happy with what you’ve done that’s all you really want. And then you do a movie where it has such a huge following and it’s definitely not something I was aware of at the time. I mean I knew of it, but it wasn’t something that was at the forefront of my mind or something that I had experienced yet.

Had you seen Twilight before?
I had, yes. I actually wanted to be involved in the first film. And I read the script for the first one and upon reading the script for the first movie I read all the books. So I had seen both the film, read the script and all the books. READ FULL STORY

'New Moon' villain Dakota Fanning talks about joining the 'Twilight' family

Compared to most of her Twilight: New Moon co-stars, 15-year-old Dakota Fanning — who plays the powerful Volturi Jane — is already an old hand at movie-making. But behind the star of hits like War of the Worlds (2005) and I Am Sam (2001) is a surprisingly normal student at an L.A. high school. On the Monday after New Moon‘s record-breaking bow, Fanning made time for a quick pre-class chat with EW about the Twilight phenomenon and the joys of playing a villain.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where are you right now?
DAKOTA FANNING: I’m at school. I’m hiding from any teacher that would see me on my phone right now. But technically it’s allowed because it’s before school has started.

What’s it like to come back to high school now that the move is out?
That’s my life. That’s what’s normal to me. I don’t really know anything different. I’m really lucky that I get to go to school and have that normal life, whatever that is, and then also get to do what I love to do and be a part of really great projects.

How do you think your classmates will react to the movie? READ FULL STORY

'New Moon' director Chris Weitz: 'This was made for the fans'

Chris Weitz just joined the ranks of a very select group of directors such as Chris Nolan and Sam Raimi who have opened their films above the $100 million mark. The news is sweet revenge for a man who had his last film The Golden Compass complete re-cut by his previous studio bosses. Check out our Q&A with Weitz where he reveals his favorite cast moments and how he’s dealt with the fan adoration and the paparazzi intrusion.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your biggest fear going into [opening] weekend?
I didn’t have any particular fears. The tracking numbers were enough to indicate that I wouldn’t be letting the studio down. But if one could imagine their biggest fears, it would be complete rejection of the movie, by the fans. What I’ve realized over the last week is I won’t necessarily get good reviews for this movie. Having swallowed that, this was made for the fans, and if you don’t get it, then you don’t get it.

Did the negative reviews surprise you?
Nothing surprises me in terms of reviews. Having been a reviewer myself, there are only two ways to spin this story. You can either be the one guy who says this is a great movie, or more likely, take a more jaundiced view of the whole thing. And given the media blitz that has accompanied New Moon, it’s rather unsurprising. I do wish there was more appreciation for cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe. I think he’s a genius and I think he made something beautiful.

A lot of fans say they like the movie more than the book, that New Moon was their least favorite book in the series.

'New Moon' polls: Switching teams? Bella really the best role model?

Before the release of New Moon, nearly 8,000 PopWatch readers voted in our “Team Edward or Team Jacob” poll, with 62 percent being emphatically Team Edward. As promised, we’re doing a post-premiere poll to find out if Jacob’s onscreen transformation — and the pain Edward put Bella through — has earned the werewolf any points. Vote again after the jump.

A more interesting question has turned out to be whether Bella is really the best role model in the film. We’re flashing a giant SPOILER ALERT here so we can have an open discussion. Let’s be clear: It’s not a question of abstaining from premarital sex, should you still be living in a time when that’s all that being a “good role model” meant. It’s about whether you would want your daughter to be so infatuated with a guy that she loses herself entirely for months when he leaves her. Of course you wouldn’t. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen to young girls and women. (Let’s just hope that Twilight‘s supernatural component, and the fact that Bella couldn’t talk to anyone about Edward since that would mean revealing that he’s a vamp, accounts for the supersized recovery time.) READ FULL STORY

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