frankly, i'm getting tired of all this boo hoo-ing on rachelle's behalf and summit-bashing.

i think rachelle was acting selfishly and unprofessional. she put herself above everyone else when she decided it wasn't important for her to be there when she had committed to being there, whether for ten days or one. i know we all loved her as victoria, but any actor who behaves that way loses my respect as a professional. frankly, in my opinion she doesn't deserve our efforts to 'fight' on her behalf. summit made the right call; the only one they could make given the circumstances rachelle established.

i honestly don't know what people expect from summit, here. rachelle left them with no option. if she was unable to be there when she needed to be there, what could summit do about that? it honestly baffles me that people are putting so much effort into blaming and criticizing summit for what was rachelle's fault. it was her irresponsibility which led to her re-casting. the claims regarding their reasons for casting bdh don't even make sense. summit isn't stupid. they saw what happened when word got out about possibly re-casting taylor. they wouldn't have caused that uproar again if they had any other option.

someone please explain to me what option summit had. these claims that they are 'backpedaling' are unfounded. what are they backpedaling from? they gave a perfectly valid explanation: rachelle committed to being there, rachelle couldn't be there, summit had to replace her. so much money and effort go into making a film, and it requires full cooperation by everyone involved; most obviously: being able to show up for filming. if someone can tell me what summit should have done to better resolve this conflict, please do explain.

i think it's very sad that so-called 'fans' are so quick to tear to shreds the company who has worked very hard to stay loyal to the story and to the fans. it would have been very easy to do to twilight what hbo did to true blood, but they're working their a**** off to give us a product that we love.

in no way does any of this mean that i don't like rachelle. i think she's a talented, beautiful actress who brought something very special to victoria. i think that she made an unfortunate mistake, and it honestly saddens me that she won't be able to bring victoria to eclipse, both for our sake and for hers. i just do not see how it is fair that we are lashing summit with the guilt of her mistake.

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Comment by bettin_on_alice on July 30, 2009 at 6:57am
thank you brianna!!!! i agree! yes this is a tragic event but boo-hoo get over it people! you are ripping up summit entertainment just cuz rachelle decided not to tell them about a comitment she made! if you continue they might not even make breaking dawn so i say calm down it isn't summits fault! at least every other main character is still there! and just enjoy the movies....they are bringing the twilight saga to the big screen for you....be nice!
Comment by Beth <3 on July 30, 2009 at 6:57am
i agree totally, it is a sad and unfortunate hiccup in the twilight saga movies but at least they are trying their best to make do. I do still love Rachelle and think that she was perfect for Victoria but lets all give the new girl a chance x
Comment by Morgaine Chya on July 30, 2009 at 7:25am
I'm not quite sure why you are defending the douchebags at Summit, an extremely powerful bunch of studio tools, for a decision that was clearly prejudicial against Rachelle, over an actress who has developed the Victoria character into such a believable, emotionally complex person---but, frankly, it is illogical and it stinks.

Worse, when Rachelle simply defended herself by telling her side of the story, the Summit douchebags then attacked her, blaming her for their own douchebaggery. And you defend Summit for this?

Summit had made plenty of concessions for other Twilight actors, and clearly the fact that she has a little ten-day shoot was used as an excuse to bring on Ron Howards daughter, clearly a political decision by Summit who is willing to sacrifice continuity and the reality of the storyline to kiss up to Hollywood royalty, Ron Howard, little Bryce's daddy.

You sound naive when you so loyally defend Summit for its decisions about Twilight tin general, and when you try to blame other Twifans for reacting in outrage and anger over Summit's prejudicial dicsions about Rachelle. Fans are simply appropriately reacting to slime-ball treatment and dishonesty from Summit. Clearly, they had made the decision long before they told Rachelle, and their excuse about it being over a lousy 10-day shoot is self-serving and insulting to Twilight fans. Does Summit really think all Twilight fans are sheep-like children who will accept anything they do to the Twilight franchise/story, which the fans consider their own?

And Twilight fans should consider it their own. Without Twilight fans--first fans of the books and then of the first movie made on the series--the Twilight franchise simply would not exist. Summit would not have made $382million worldwide last year. SM would not be in a position to write other gorgeous stories that will be immediately published.

This isn't the first time Summit has acted in such a dishonest and short-sighted way, and in both cases it has been against women. They treated Catherine Hardwicke--who brought Twilight to life on the screen--very poorly when they said they only had another short budget for NM. After all the money Twilight made for them--$382million worldwide--does anybody actually believe they really planned to do NM on the cheap? They knew Catherine was aware that NM--more complicated than Twilight to shoot--could not be made for a small budget, and so put her in a position to have to refuse to do Twilight.

Then Summit--who clearly had Chris Weitz already lined up--brought on the worst director they could have chosen for Twilight. Weitz's failure as a director of "Golden Compass"--which was going to be the next huge franchise, on the level of Harry Potter--destroyed the chances of the other two books in the series being brought to screen. And Weitz used up the entire so-called short budget Summit had for NM before the first footage of NM was even shot.

And you call this staying "loyal to the story and its fans"?

Summit is not working very hard to keep the movies loyal to the story. Weitz has made important storyline decisions which will change not only the heart of NM, but will force the next two movies to change from the SM books, as well, for continuity. He has destroyed the chances of the other two books waiting to be filmed of being able to remain true to the story.

Summit assumes that, because the core fans of Twilight are young women, they are gullible and stupid. At this point it does seem that Summit thinks women--especially young women-- are not worth the same treatment as men. Summit's story about dumping Rachelle is so corporate studio b*******, it is insulting to Twilight fans--and Rachelle.

Fortunately, it appears that there are many Twilight fans who will let Summit play them like two-dollar banjos, so there is some hope that if Twilight fans take a stand now it may save further damage to the Twilight franchise.

Summit are a bunch of corporate douchebags, but even corporate douchebags will protect their own best interests. If Twilight fans want to have any impact on Summit's gutting the Twilight series' story, this is the time to take a stand.
Comment by Morgaine Chya on July 30, 2009 at 7:26am
Addendum: The sentence "Fortunately, it appears that there are many Twilight fans who will let Summit" should actually read "Fortunately, it appears that there are many Twilight fans who will NOT let Summit..."
Comment by Morgaine Chya on July 30, 2009 at 7:57am
If BD is not made into a movie it will be because Summit failed to bring to the screen a movie version of the much-loved SM story.

I believe if you want to ensure that BD is made into a movie, that you challenge Summit’s failures in decision making about the Twilight saga, and that includes challenging its disregard and poor treatment for the actors playing the Twilight characters.

Summit has already allowed Chris Weitz—who failed miserably in bringing a treasured fantasy franchise, “Golden Compass,” to screen, so miserably that the other two books of the series will not be made into movies—to significantly change the storyline of NM. Worse, not only has Summit and Weitz destroyed the storyline of the NM movie, they have also destroyed the storyline of the next two books’ movies, which will have to be in continuity with Weitz’s NM storyline for the movies to make any sense at all.

The actors who play the Twilight saga’s characters are integral to the heart—and success—of the movies. They are not toiletpaper that can be used and then flushed. Clearly, Summit treated Rachelle prejudiciously in replacing her simply because of a little ten-day movie shoot. Summit has made much more involved accommodations to other Twilight actors for their movie shoots.

Summit assumes that the Twilight fans—without whom there would be no Twilight movies—are meek little girls who will accept any of Summit’s douchebaggery with the Twilight franchise. If we don’t stand up to them now, we will simply be proving their disregard for us—like their disregard for Rachelle and Catherine Hardwick—is what we deserve.

My mother had many Midwestern sayings, and this is one of them:

“There are no unwilling doormats.”

If we do not stand up to Summit’s destructive handling of the Twilight saga, we will forever lose the right to criticize them for treating us like doormats.
Comment by Morgaine Chya on July 30, 2009 at 8:00am
"i think rachelle was acting selfishly and unprofessional. she put herself above everyone else when she decided it wasn't important for her to be there when she had committed to being there, whether for ten days or one...."

You realize, of course, that when you call Rachelle "selfish and unprofessional" you are also criticizing Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson and calling them "selfish and unprofessional"? Indeed, KS, RP and other Twilight actors have much more involved shooting schedules that Summit has accommodated.

I wonder what the other actors of Twilight are thinking when they read the fans supporting Summit for treating another of the Twilight actors so badly?
Comment by STUPID LAMB :) ! on July 30, 2009 at 9:02am
Yes I know that she should have told them about the 10 days but it was only going to be 10 days come on that's not alot they could have still manged to accomadate her .they did it for cam why not for her and then to have the nerve to not tell her first and go report it online summit is being so mean to her I know we havent given bryce a chance but were just trying to get an orignial memeber back I't's like back when they said they wanted to change jacob I mean it's just a character u cant change there the one u saw and then just to change them .uggg I mean I will given the other actress a chance but I still enjoyed rachelle as victoria it'ss not like Im not going to see eclipse but a false move on summit's part to me .
Comment by PJ Littlefoot on July 30, 2009 at 9:48am
I agree 110% with the things that where said from Morgaine Chya. They can work around the other people's schedules but not Rachelle's? Right. I believe you Summit. I believe everything you say because I am just another one of your puppets. Seriously. It is kind of sad that even though Cam played an awesome James that they would help him out despite twilight being the first film and technically not knowing what they where getting themselves into. But a player who has stood behind them for two movies, and would be done after the coming movie is thrown aside. Yes Summit, your pathetic! But be happy, you still have your cash cow coming, you haven't fired Rob (yet) so you still have your money coming in. Congrats!
Comment by Damarys Colls-Pulaski on July 30, 2009 at 9:51am
I agree with Morgaine 110% ....
Comment by Trina Bucher on July 30, 2009 at 10:13am
I completely agree with Brianna. I love Rachelle as Victoria, however, her committment to Summit and the Twilight Saga was made prior to her committment to Barney's Version. If she asked anyone for accommodations it should have been from Barney's. While this is entertainment and passionate to us TwiFans, it is still a business and Summit has their business committments to uphold as well. I think this is just a very unfortunately miscommunication. I will still support the Twilight Saga as long as they remain true to the books that SM has given us.

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