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Maggie Grace, of Lost and Taken, is the latest addition to the ever-expanding cast of Breaking Dawn, aka the final two films in the Twilight series.

Grace will play Irina, “a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other “vegetarian” vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events.” (‘Vegetarian’ vampires being ones that don’t feed on human blood as a matter of course.)

Both halves of Breaking Dawn are being directed by Bill Condon, who is shooting the two films in old-fashioned 2D, despite a great deal of supposition that the films would jump to 3D for these final chapters. Post-conversion could still be an option, however. [Deadline]

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Briefly: We haven’t riled anyone with Twilight news in a few minutes, so here’s a brief update. At the Emmy Awards the other night, Rami Malek from The Pacific spilled that he’ll appear in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as Benjamin, one of the Egyptian Coven of vampires. Wait, that’s actually pretty good news!

As I understand it, Malek will only appear in the second of the two Breaking Dawn films, and while his role may be small, he might get to have some explosive effects around him. As one rundown of the coven explains, “Benjamin, the mate of Tia, has a high awareness of what is right and wrong, and his special ability is to control the elements of nature, air, earth, fire, and water. Benjamin’s ability is unique in that it involves physical manipulation, as opposed to illusions of the mind.” [EW]

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Not even a day after word came out on the talented-but-unknown Andrew Garfield making minuscule earnings for the Spider-Man reboot, there’s a report of less-talented-but-better-known stars scoring a huge payday. This might not be so frustrating to read if the stars in question didn’t happen to be, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the leads of the Twilight series.

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(Note: Spoilers follow.) For those of us who couldn’t give a toss about Twilight, there has still been some reason to anticipate one of the two halves of Breaking Dawn, the adaptation of the final book in the series. Specifically, there’s a fairly crazy scene where Bella (Kristen Stewart) gives birth to her half-vampire baby. Suffice to say that rendering the scene as it takes place on the page would finally put the series into actual horror mode, which has led many to wonder how it will be filmed at all for a PG-13 film. (Revisit Devin Faraci’s rundown of the book’s insanity at CHUD if this is all new to you.)

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has the easiest answer: don’t shoot it at all.

Speaking to the LA Times, she said, “On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are “It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!” For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth … it doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.” Which is another way of saying “I’ll save you ten bucks.”

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Last year, The Oatmeal published a comic titled “How Twilight Works” . Epipheo Studios decided to write/produce a three minute video adaptation of the comic strip. The video can be watched right now, after the jump.

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Just as we hear that Megan Fox has been given the boot by Michael Bay for Transformers 3, there is news that secondary Twilight players Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene will remain employed for the last film(s) in the series.

See, while Summit is reportedly ready to say, “yeah, we’re splitting Breaking Dawn into two films,” there has been a hold-up. Lutz and Green wanted more money for their services in the fifth film. A lot more money. And, depending on who you believe, they didn’t get as much as they were asking for. But they are still in the film(s). Read More »

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Because I know you’re all hanging on this info: Summit has scheduled Breaking Dawn, the last film in The Twilight Saga, for release on November 18, 2011. For those keeping track, that’s a year and a half after the release of Eclipse, the third film in the series, which makes Breaking Dawn the chapter that will have the longest production schedule since the series began.

Is that because it will be two films, rather than one? Summit still hasn’t announced whether it will split the last book into two films, likely because there is a lot of contract work to be done with the cast. And if their reps are doing their jobs, chances are there’s some hardball being played. But all sources say that Summit wants two films, and it’s a safe bet that there will be two halves of Breaking Dawn on screens when all is said and done. But for now, we get at least some of the final book’s pregnancy/birthing/vampire baby insanity just before Thanksgiving next year. [THR]

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So we’ve got Oscar-winner Bill Condon directing Breaking Dawn, the final stretch of The Twilight Saga, which may be one film or may yet be split into two. Today Condon published a note to Twilight fans via Facebook, more or less as a way of saying ‘hello.’  Read More »

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The ‘who will direct Breaking Dawn‘ stories are getting pretty crazy. Not long ago, Summit reportedly started approaching a pretty high-minded list of directors to direct the last two-part chapter of The Twilight Saga: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Daldry and Bill Condon, among others.

Stephen Daldry recently took the Jonathan Safran Foer adaptation Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close instead. (Good choice.) Now it seems like other projects Bill Condon had lined up may be stalled, and that he’ll be the man for the final chapter(s) of Twilight. Read More »

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