In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, the stars of November’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 discuss how they approached key scenes in the film, from the tense walk down the aisle to the pillow-shredding honeymoon, to the bloody, ghastly climax. But you don’t have to be a Twihard to enjoy EW’s Fall Movie Preview, which dishes on the biggest and best films opening before the end of the year. Some highlights:
• The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s stars talk about adapting the massive bestseller to the screen, and Rooney Mara, who plays Lisbeth Salander, discusses the risqué, topless ad for the film that recently caused a stir.
• Brad Pitt reveals the particular challenges of turning Michael Lewis’ 2003 book Moneyball into a movie. “Listen, we’re dealing with economics, we’re dealing with [statistics-driven] sabermetrics, we’re dealing with things that are not necessarily dramatic cinematically and palatable for an audience. Even Michael Lewis said to us, ‘Sure, I’ll sell you the rights. I don’t know how you’re going to make a movie out of it…’”
• Julianne Hough, the Utah-native who plays the Lori Singer character in the remake of Footloose, shares a personal connection to the 1984 film, which came out before she was born. “I used to pass the roller mills where Kevin [Bacon] did the angry dance every day on my way to dance class.”
• The Muppets director James Bobin discusses what it was like to place his 6-foot-4-inch star, Jason Segel, in the same frame as puppets that often barely came up to his knees: “If Jason was about two feet shorter, my life would have been a lot easier.”
• Angelina Jolie opens up about writing and directing her first feature, In the Land of Blood and Honey, set during Bosnia’s civil war: “I’ve always said other people’s words in my life. I had never written anything. So to sit down and put words on paper was terrifying, because it was so personal.”
• The Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson talks about directing Johnny Depp: “I said, ‘You don’t need peg legs or eye patches or a parrot on your shoulder – just go out and be you.’”
For more scoop on 98 fall movies, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now, or buy it here.