Thursday, March 25, 2010

EXCLUSIVE interview with musician Lee Safar



Australian musician (and fellow Twi-girl) Lee Safar is about as independent as they come. She writes, merchandises and markets her own brand of music and her inspirational brand known as ‘Dream Angel’.

“My songs are about who I am,” Safar said. “I write them as they are happening. The tough part is saying what is going on with you.”

A former Barista in her native OZ, Safar has an obsession with coffee. “The only decent coffee in Los Angeles is Intelligencia,” Safar said from her temporary home on the West Coast.

Safar is in the U.S. for the next few months, focusing on her music full time. Last week she opened for the band MuteMath before the New Orleans Vampire Baseball game to benefit Haiti.

Her three best friends made the trip to the states with Safar in the beginning of March but returned to Australia after the New Orleans gig. She said she will miss them terribly but is completely focused on her music.

“It (music) becomes something that is your focus,” she said. “You don’t need food or to breathe. There isn’t anything more real than being honest.”

The honesty in her music spoke to the Twilight fan base that got behind her song and video ‘I Am Here’, which nearly made it onto the New Moon soundtrack. Hope is not lost for fans of music from the Twilight Saga. Safar hopes to make it onto the soundtrack of one of the two remaining films (see interview below).

One of the most unique things about Lee is her desire to remain unsigned by a major label because “it would disconnect me from the intimacy I have with my fans.” Safar often tweets with her fans via @leesafar on Twitter and realizes that where she is and where she is headed are tied to her devoted fan base.

She is equally passionate about them. “I want that personal touch. They (the fans) give so much to me,” she said. “A label would take it away.”

By remaining an independent artist in the truest sense, Safar can keep the cost of her music down for her fans. “Fans can support my music by buying it,” she said. “I am a full time musician and if the fans go to buy my new single from my page that money comes to me and I can use that money to record a new album.”

Safar already has the next album written and wants to get the word out to her fans that all the revenues she receives from iTunes purchases of her music will go directly to making that album become a reality.
“They (fans) honor me by taking the time to listen to my songs,” Safar said. “I want to know what they think of the Dream Angel podcasts so I can keep doing them and give them what they want.”
Safar took the time to talk about what inspires her, the “beauty” in Robert Pattinson’s voice when he sings and when she fell in love with Edward Cullen.
TTP: When did you get your start in the music business and when did you become a full time musician?
LS: I wrote my first song about 6 years ago and became a full time musician only just recently. This is a tough game. I am still in the process of growing both my brands globally- Music and my inspirational brand 'Dream Angel' and I am doing it as an independent artist so that I can make sure that both me and my fans are best looked after. That is very important to me- making sure that we're both happy. Making sure that I'm around for a long time means that we're going to have to start pushing sales....Merchandise from the website, song downloads from my website & iTunes, ticket sales to gigs etc....all this goes to recording more music and being able to keep paying my band!

TTP: How many trips have you made to the states?
LS: This will be my 4th to the states. I absolutely love America. The culture here supports my way of thinking more than in Australia. People really want you to do well and they want to support you however they can.

TTP: How did you get involved with New Moon and trying to get on that soundtrack?
LS: That story involves the very lovely Stuart Henshall, someone who is now a dear friend of mine. It's such a beautiful story. Stu and I were staying with mutual friends in an apartment in London. We started talking about what Stu was trying to achieve having just graduated from college in PR. He felt frustrated and confused about the way ahead. He wanted to make headway in his career but didn't know how. We started speaking about my journey in music and my quest to live my dreams. A conversation that felt like it went for half an hour went on for 4 hours. I gave him a copy of my debut EP "Who I've Become" to listen to. He went into his room and woke up the next morning, after having listened to my CD obsessively all night, and said, "OMG this is amazing. We need to have this heard by the world. I'm going to take you to see something today. Have you seen 'Twilight'? Your music belongs in this franchise."We went that day and saw the movie and I was immediately obsessed.

The next day, Stu got in contact with Emma Clark (AKA @nuttymadam), a very popular "Twilight" vlogger in the UK and told her about me. Stu was working very hard at getting the word out to the Twifans about my music. We posted a vlog telling everyone that we were really excited about having a chance at maybe getting on the soundtrack. Emma Clark saw the blog and posted it to her channel. In 24 hours it had about 4,000 hits. Stu started asking Twifans which song of mine they thought would fit "New Moon" the best. I had "I'm Here" in mind and it turns out that they did, too. A few weeks later I headed to L.A. and met my now-L.A.-attorney, Michael Golland who got things rolling with Summit! It truly is the Dream Angel process at work!





Robert Pattinson talks 'Remember Me' and "Bel Ami"


The teen heartthrob proves there’s more to life than ‘Twilight’ as he talks to Time Out about his ‘serious’ indie romance, ‘Remember Me’
The hum of nervous excitement buzzing around Robert Pattinson’s hotel suite this morning is such that you half expect him to walk out with golden skin and alarmingly sharp teeth. But in the flesh, the ‘Twilight’ star is warm, earnest and posher than you might imagine, with something of the teenage schoolboy to him, even down to the frayed cuffs on his jacket. In our closely monitored chat (20 minutes! No questions about Kristin!) Pattinson talks about his role as chain-smoking student loser Tyler Hawkins in the US indie movie ‘Remember Me’, about creating ‘mystique’ as an actor and about sucking blood off his co-star’s lip.

You looked scared stiff when you were handing out a Bafta award last month. Are you getting shyer?
‘I think I am, yeah! The more interviews you do, the more stuff you say to people. You suddenly get worried that people are more likely to judge you. If no one knows anything about you, then you can say whatever you want - and just contradict yourself later. But the more contradictions you make, the scope gets narrower as to what you can say before people get pissed off.’

Where does ‘Remember Me’ fit into the ‘Twilight’ craziness?
‘I’d read tons of scripts after the first “Twilight” movie and this was one of maybe two that I liked. I didn’t work for the whole year after “Twilight”. What did I do? Nothing! [Laughs] It was really nice. I was still so used to hanging around most of the time when I was in England. And now that I’ve been working a lot, I can’t imagine going a month without fretting. So now, I’m doing job-to-job-to-job. Which is a dangerous thing to do because you have a film coming out every three months. It’s over-saturation. You have to work a bit on creating some kind of mystique.’

Mystique? Is that what you feel you need? Or what you feel people want?
‘I see people who are in newspapers and magazines all the time. If they’re in every single week, I’m far less interested in their movies. So, yeah, I am always a little bit wary.’

Your new film ‘Remember Me’ is set in the summer of 2001. Did you have any reservations about fictionalising 9/11?
‘When I first read it, I didn’t think it was contentious. I thought it flowed organically; it’s anchored in reality. It hit hard for me so I wanted to portray the same emotions that I felt the first time I read it. I’m terrified of people thinking it’s manipulative. I read the script and I felt this should be made.’

You get beaten up a lot in ‘Remember Me’. Was it fun to act like a real person for a change?
‘Yeah, it’s always enjoyable smashing things up. I guess that’s one of the funniest things about it - from the first fight, which is such a severe beating, there are all these wounds on his face, for two thirds of the movie [laughs].’

And then your screen girlfriend [Emilie de Ravin] kisses you and she’s got a split lip…
‘There was a big moment, which is in the script, where there’s a kind of kinkiness with the cut in her lip but that got cut from the movie – where I’m sucking a little bit of blood off it [laughs]. I think it was a little bit too weird.’

Is this your first sex scene?
‘No. My first sex scene was in “Little Ashes” when I was about 21, and it was with a guy. And I’m supposed to have a kind of nervous breakdown in the middle of it as well. So that was a nice introduction to it!’

Do you feel like you have something to prove, ‘Twilight’ having been so bankable?
‘I think people are really harsh about anything that becomes successful. It’s really weird. I was looking at this article about “Little Ashes”. “He still hasn’t proved his box office potential. ‘Little Ashes’ bombed.” Could it have been the gay theme? Or, er, the fact that it was only released in 16 cinemas?’

There’s a lot of fags, booze and sex in this movie. What about your younger fans?
‘That’s the least of my concerns. I think it’s so ridiculous, people putting pressure on the arts. I think parents should be the ones who teach kids. The more you try to hide things like that, the more exciting and appealing they are. [Grins] The abstinence movement is only a reaction to everybody being so obsessed with sex for the past 20 years and it being so open to everyone. It’s crazy to think that young people, when their hormones are most raging, that they’re suddenly like, “Oh, I don’t want any of that.”’

You’re currently filming ‘Bel Ami’ with Uma Thurman. You play a real swine.
‘I thought it was one of the funniest scripts I’d ever read. When they made the movie in the ’50s with Angela Lansbury, they had to change the story. The novel is about this guy who screws everybody over and seduces all these women and completely gets away with everything. And in the first film, they had to have him shot because they thought that audiences wouldn’t be able to accept it. In this one it’s the total opposite. This guy is a complete arsehole, so arrogant and stubborn and self-righteous about everything. He remains an arsehole to the end and everyone congratulates him for it.’

‘Remember Me’ opens on Apr 2.


Would You Do...Rob in a Period Piece?



We know you would all do Edward Cullen. And those who actually saw the flick would still totally do Remember Me's Tyler Hawkins, right?

But what do you think of Robert Pattinson's newest onscreen alter ego: Georges Duroy?

Sexy enough name, huh?

Über-sleuthy shutterbugs snapped a photo of a very dressed-up Rob strutting his stuff on the European set of his next film, Bel Ami.

With his usually rugged hair slicked back, a set of killer sideburns and a wardrobe done to the gentlemanly nines, how does Rob's Georges stack up against everyone's favorite vamp?

Obviously, we'd totally pick Edward any day, but we have to say Rob is looking like quite the hottie—you know, in that superclassy, sexy kind of way.

And Bel Ami looks like it could finally show off a skankier side of Rob as well, which totally works for us after all those chasteass Twilight teases.

The film's story focuses on an ex-soldier who climbs his way up the Parisian social ladder by humping, and then dumping, a series of successful women (Uma Thurman, Kristen Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci). While the tween hearts may beat only for R.Pattz's fanged hero, Bel Ami allows a wider range of more mature ladies to drool over the strapping stud.

That loud crunch you just heard was the combined effect of every Twi mom in America crushing her mouse in frenzied anticipation.

We hate to jump the gun, but Bel Ami could be just the hit Rob needs to rocket his career, since Remember Me doesn't quite seem to be doing the trick. Sure, Twilight made R.Pattz a household name, but it hasn't allowed the brooding beau to show off his acting chops—that we know he has.

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Eclipse Stunts Made Nikki Reed Want to Die



Movie vampire Nikki Reed says she wanted to "die" shooting The Twilight Saga: Eclipse because it was so emotionally and physically draining.

"We're always standing out in like 30-degree weather, with pouring rain, trying to keep our vampire makeup intact,"she told PEOPLE at designer Yotam Solomon's fashion show in Los Angeles. "It's hectic, it's crazy, it's very jam-packed full of emotion."

"We were doing a lot of stunts, too much in too little time," Reed, 21, said, calling life on set "tough." "The hardest part is trying to fly around on cables in the woods at 6 o'clock, fighting the sunset and stuff. And looking like we're not cold and super powerful, when we just want to die."

But, she added, filming "really amazing scenes" with pal Kristen Stewart was "lovely."

"She's my buddy," Reed said. "We love each other. We had fun shooting together."


Amazon makes space for 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' goodies



It looks like, once again, Amazon is making way for the next Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse of course, and all of the goodies that come along with it.

For starters, a page for the Official Eclipse soundtrack has already been started, and while there are no artists or songs listed, the page looks legitimate - or at least as legitimate as the Official New Moon soundtrack listing looked around this time before The Twilight Saga: New Moon was released. No date has been listed for the album's release.

The same has been done for Mark Cotta Vaz's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Official Movie Companion.

Vaz penned both the Twilight and New Moon companion books, and the release date for his Eclipse companion is set for June 29, 2010 - just before the film's theatrical release. Last year with New Moon, the companion was released well over a month before the film, but this go-round might entail a bit of detail sheltering . . . just a thought.

Also on Amazon's "coming soon" features is a listing for Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer to be released on May 25, 2010. That's a little more than a month before the film hits theaters, so it could be the movie tie-in version. The New Moon tie-in was released on September 15, 2009 (more than two months before the film's theatrical release), but, again, there may be a few temporal adjustments in the works for Eclipse.

While there's no reason to rush to the "Pre-Order" button just yet, these are definitely a few pages to keep an eye on over the coming months leading up to Eclipse


'New Moon' Sells 4 Million DVDs During its First Weekend


The latest DVD release in the Twilight saga, New Moon, has already bested its predecessor in selling 4 million copies in its first weekend alone. With the first film selling 3.8 million copies in its first weekend, New Moon already has a 200,000 copy lead in beating the first film's 9.2 million total sold during 2009, which made it the best-selling DVD that year.

Much of this success is due to Summit Entertainment's "New Moon at Midnight" events, which amounted to 7,000 different events at various retailers nationwide. Many of the film's cast and crew members made appearances at the various events to promote the film, including director Chris Weitz and Peter Facinelli.

Summit Entertainment co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger thanked fans of the saga in a joint statement for the company: "Once again the incredibly dedicated fans of 'The Twilight Saga' came out in massive numbers this weekend for the opportunity to be one of the first [to] take home the second movie in the series. As we have said all along, the fans are what make this franchise and we once again thank them for their support."

I'm sorry to say that I contributed to this number, as my youngest step sister is a huge fan of the books and the first film, and her birthday is coming up. Opted for the vanilla 2-disc set instead of the exclusive "Ultimate Fan Edition" Walmart was offering. Also saw a flock of girls at a local Blockbuster here in Tempe, AZ literally scream as they lined up to receive their free posters as they waited for midnight, despite the radio station playing the movie just outside the store on a large HDTV. It was astounding. Me? I was there picking up Watchmen on Blu-Ray with some gift cards. Honest!


Robert Pattinson Has Respect for Adult Movie Actors



Robert Pattinson discussed his recent bedroom scenes with co-star Emile de Ravin, in their movie “Remember Me,” and due to his own embarrassment over having to do bedroom scenes in front of people, he says he has a lot of respect for actors in adult movies.

“Emilie was very, very, very comfortable,” said Pattinson. “I’m always the one who’s the most uncomfortable. When you end up doing it, you have this little patch on your privates. I didn’t really tape it up properly, so I’d spent so long taping it round myself and then literally it falls off within one second and it’s taped to the sheet. And you realise the whole crew are looking directly at your butt crack. It gives you a lot of respect for porn stars.”

Pattinson said he was much more comfortable doing his own stunts in the movie, however.

“I punched the stuntman’s face four times – as hard as I could. And he just grinned at me and said he didn’t feel a thing. It was frustrating.”


Robert Pattinson's Wax Figure Greets Screaming Fans At Madame Tussauds NYC!



MTV News was on the scene as the historical moment unfolded, and we can report that Robert’s recently-made immortal figure provoked many screams and yells from the hordes of fans waiting outside Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square bright and early (yup, one got there at 4 a.m.!) When given a chance to stand beside fake Rob, they acted exactly as we'd imagine they would next to real Rob — with laughter, kisses, shrieks and hugs. There were also plenty of hands running through his soft hair.

The figure looks a hell of a lot like Rpattz — excluding, you know, the breathing. He's wearing Rob's subtle scruff with black pants, a dark jacket, a black button-up and white v-neck T-shirt.

The reaction from museum visitors was overwhelmingly positive — one in particular said fake Rob wasn't "as close to the real thing," but deemed him "good for wax." She also admitted she hugged the figure. "I didn't really want to attack him because he looked too perfect, so I gave him a hug just to be really gentle with him."

We should all give Madame Tussauds a giant thank you for giving all of us a more realistic (and cheaper!) alternative to tracking the heartthrob's actual whereabouts!

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