2/27/2009

Do you want the Jonas Brothers on the soundtrack to Twilight sequel, New Moon?


Everyone in the business of show wants in on Twilight. The series of books by Stephenie Meyer have proved a sensation and everything with a Twilight twist turns to gold. The film starring Kristen Stewart as high school student Bella who falls for the charms of vampire Edward (played by Robert Pattinson) has been an international box office hit, its soundtrack has topped the charts and everything from Bella’s mittens to Edward’s Volvo C30 have basked in the glow of Twilight. And now as we gear up for the filming of the Twilight sequel New Moon (to get underway next month), a number of stars want a piece of the Twilight pie and the latest to join the likes of acclaimed young actress Dakota Fanning on this list are American pop princes the Jonas Brothers.

Like Twilight, this trio of sparkly toothed, clean-cut siblings are a favourite with youngsters and have talked to MTV about the chance of contributing some music for the New Moon soundtrack. “The movie was obviously a huge success, and if they asked us to be a part of [the sequel], that would be great,” admitted Nick Jonas, the youngest of the three at 16. He and his brothers Joe (aged 19) and Kevin (the eldest at 21) revealed in the interview that they are fans of Twilight and would be willing to write a song especially for inclusion on the soundtrack. “It would be really cool,” continued Nick, and his brothers agreed. “That would be really cool,” chimed in Joe and Kevin.

Do you think a Jonas Brothers track on the New Moon soundtrack would be “really cool” too? The brotherly trio are known for their perky pop tunes and squeaky clean image, factors that would probably earn them the thumbs up from parents of younger Twilight fans, but would this gel with the rock sound established on the Twilight soundtrack by bands such as Muse and Linkin Park? Maybe this new soundtrack will assume a different sound to its predecessor as suggested last month, enabling the Jonas Brothers to fit in, or maybe it will be so experimental that a clean-cut boy band will be even more out of place. As always, leave a comment below and let us know whether you want the Jonas Brothers to provide a soundtrack song for New Moon.

2/26/2009

Robert Pattinson Expected Complaints From Twilight Fans


Robert Pattinson admits he expected complaints from Twilight fans when it was announced he would play Edward Cullen - which is why he initially didn't want the part.

The British actor shot to fame playing the vampire in the recent movie based on the books by author Stephenie Meyer.

But Pattinson admits enduring the wrath of Twilight fans left him feeling scared.

He says, "I was completely expecting complaints from Twilight fans, that's why I didn't want to play the part in the first place.

"Who could possibly play it apart from like Zac Efron?"

And Pattinson - who played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - also explained how Twilighters are different from Potter fans.

He added, "Well a seven-year-old asked me to bit them...

"It was when I was in New York a couple of days ago. Actually, she might not have been seven. I guess she might have been more like fifteen...

"She was baffled when I said no to biting her - she was like, 'Why, why not?'

"I told her, 'You wouldn't like it.

"I mean, with Harry Potter people like the world and characters and stuff but they don't want to sleep with them or anything.

"I suppose Twilight puts a whole different intensity to it, which I still haven't managed to get my head around.

"Edward is kind of a sexual, but an un-sexual character - it's a very unusual thing. It's funny how sexual and erotic the actual abstinence is, there are so many elements in the story that are sexy."

Pattinson, 22, reprises his role as Cullen alongside Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart in Twilight sequel New Moon, due out later this year.

2/25/2009

‘Twilight’ casts a shadow on the competition


Vampires really do exist! Well, they do in the world created by author Stephenie Meyer, which was brought to life in the film version of her bestseller, Twilight.

The story takes place in the town of Forks, Wash., also known as the rainiest place in the United States. Isabella Swan, or Bella, moves in with her father after years of living with her mother in Phoenix.

Though she becomes popular rather quickly in this small town, the mysterious Cullen family begins to intrigue her. This interest leads her into the center of a hidden world, closer to the realm of myths and legends.

The movie revolves around the love story of the frail human, Bella, (Kristen Stewart, In the Land of Women and Into the Wild) and the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

While Bella realizes that Edward is super-strong and super-fast, she is unaware that he is supernatural. Edward also has the ability to read a person’s mind, with Bella being the only exception.

When Edward saves Bella just as a car is about to hit her, she questions what exactly he is and just how he was able to cross the parking lot and rescue her in an instant.

As she finds out more information about Edward, Bella is not repulsed but rather gets more interested in unraveling the mystery.

She eventually discovers, with the help of an old friend named Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl), that Edward is a vampire.

Bella reveals to Edward that she knows his secret but does not care because she is already starting to fall for him.

As the movie progresses and the two fall in love, Bella meets the rest of the Cullen coven. While the majority of the family seems to be fond of Bella, two of the siblings are less than pleased by her presence.

Though all may seem to be perfect for Bella and Edward, another coven of vampires has been terrorizing the neighboring cities, and when they stumble across the Cullens, a chase begins that will change the course of Bella’s life forever.

While the plot is interesting, the movie has its pitfalls. The casting may not live up to the expectations of those who are devoted to the series. The acting is not exactly Oscar-worthy, especially in the beginning when it is obvious that Pattinson is trying too hard to mask his British accent instead of focusing on the acting.

However, the special effects are extremely well done, especially when Edward sparkles in the sunlight or runs up the sides of trees. The epic baseball game and fight scenes are also impressive.

To die-hard fans of the book, the movie may be slightly disappointing. Like any film adaptation of a book, characters are portrayed slightly different and some plot elements are left out. If one goes to see the movie with the idea that it is just a movie and it wasn’t intended to live up to the expectations of the series, it becomes a lot better.

This movie offers a new twist on the classic boy-meets-girl story with a unique obstacle.

2/24/2009

Blood money Film sinks fangs into retail woe

A love story with a powerful bite has lightened the retail gloom in the US this Valentine's day as products linked to the hit vampire movie Twilight fly off the shelves, writes Jonathan Birchall .

The film features a romance between a schoolgirl - Kristen Stewart, pictured above with supporting actor Cam Gigandet - and a young vampire and was released in November by Summit Entertainment. Made for $37m (€29m, £26m), and based on a best-selling book series by Stephenie Meyer, it has so far grossed more than $341m worldwide.

CafePress, an online retailer that lets users create and sell goods with their own graphic designs, has been selling 958 designs of Valentine's day cards linked to the film and its star-crossed lovers, with messages such as "Bite me . . . You know you want to".

Sales of Twilight products, including a $46 black "Lion and Lamb" hoodie and a $20 " Twilight broken heart necklace set", have also helped Hot Topic, a youth fashion retailer with more than 600 stores, to outperform most of its US retail rivals over the past three months.

Known for its goth and heavy rock styles, Hot Topic has described its licensing deal with Summit as one of its biggest - outperforming Harry Potter and rivalling licences for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants .

In the three months to January 31, comparable sales at Hot Topic stores increased by 6.5 per cent, as rival retailers reported double-digit sales declines.

Wal-Mart, the largest US retailer, has also enjoyed strong sales of the Twilight books and the film's soundtrack. It said it would start stocking Twilight clothes and other merchandise in its stores next month, ahead of the launch of the film on DVD.

"It's a phenomenon with women and teens," said Melissa O'Brian of Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart this week also started a community website to host discussion of the film and the books. It is planning special Twilight events in its stores - possibly including car park blood donor drives.

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2/23/2009

Duff Eyes New Moon Role?


Hilary Duff is looking to land a role in Twilight sequel New Moon.

The Lizzie McGuire star, 21, was heard backstage at Mercedes Benz Fashion week talking to Twilight star Peter Facinelli about how badly she wants to star in the second movie based on the books by author Stephanie Meyer, reports HollyScoop.

"Hilary told Peter how bad she wants to be in the next Twilight movie," a source said. "Hilary said that she would want to be one of the vampires in the movie."

New Moon is due out in November with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner reprise their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively.

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'Twlight' director, Catherine Hardwicke, declines vampire sequel

"Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke says she walked away from the payday of a lifetime to direct the sequel "New Moon” because she didn’t want to make the movie under the deadline and budget constraints that would have been placed on her.

That’s one of the key revelations in an interview she did with Entertainment Weekly in which she also discusses the forthcoming "Twilight: Director’s Notebook,” inspired by the on-set journal she kept while shooting the smash-hit vampire romance.

Hardwicke says in the interview posted on EW .com that she was having dinner in Paris with the film’s young stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, when her cell phone rang. She’d been in negotiations with Summit Entertainment, which released "Twilight,” about directing part two in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series.

Summit executives called to offer her "more money than I or anyone in my family has ever seen,” she said, but they added that she’d have to shoot "New Moon” under a tight deadline and modest budget.

Hardwicke turned them down.

"I was devastated,” she says now.

"I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie — and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”

Summit Entertainment had no comment on the report, spokesman Paul Pflug said.

Chris Weitz is now set to direct "New Moon,” which is preproduction.

Pattinson and Stewart will reprise their roles as tormented vampire Edward Cullen and smitten high school student Bella Swan when the movie comes out Nov. 20.

Hardwicke’s "Twilight: Director’s Notebook” is due in stores March 17, with the "Twilight” DVD coming out March 21.

She had the highest opening ever for a female director when "Twilight” made nearly $70 million in its first weekend.

It’s grossed about $188 million since its November opening.

2/22/2009

The Twilight series: Is it really just soft porn for teens?




It falls, officially, under the banner of “romance/fantasy/thriller.”

Teen lit with an edge, you might say.

And it is probably just what 35-year-old Stephenie Meyer set out to write when she invented her brooding blood-sucking vampire, Edward Cullen, his beloved mortal heartthrob Bella Swan and the tender tension between them for her blockbuster Twilight series, a set of four books which have now sold more than 40 million copies, have been translated into 40 languages and, last year, hit the big screen as a movie starring the freakily gorgeous Robert Pattinson and the comely Kristen Stewart.

The writing, literary critics will tell you, is hardly the stuff of Pulitzer worthiness — here’s a sample, if you haven’t had the pleasure:

“He grinned his crooked smile at me, stopping my breath and my heart. I couldn’t imagine how any angel could be more glorious. There was nothing about him that could be improved upon.”

Nevertheless, it is, as they say, a teen sensation.



Fans dress up like the characters and mob Meyer at book signings. The movie pulled in $40 million on its opening day, with fans lined up hours in advance.

In Vancouver recently, casting agents for the Twilight movie sequel, New Moon, set to be released for the 2009 Christmas movie season, were besieged by more than 300 young native Indian actors trying out for a specific role in the movie, some turning up for the auditions from as far away as Florida.

Meyer, the mother of three sons, says the idea came to her in a dream, in which a vampire was in love with a human girl but still wanted to, you know, suck her blood.

Herbie the Love Bug it ain’t.

It’s more dark sultry sexy vampire boy worshipping heaving-chested virginal girl, who is then literally hunted by his vampire family and bit badly on her wrist, and is then rescued by her vampire beau and whisked off to the prom for a night of dancing and unrequited sexual tension. Cue sequel.

So who’s reading, and watching, all this nonsense? Well, young adults — Twilight is said to be second only in popularity to the Harry Potter series — which means kids, preteens and teens mostly.

Which brings us to this email sent to me recently from a local parent of one of those Twilight fans:

I have been bothered by something . . . and wondered if you have thought about it as well. I know that you have heard of the Twilight series for young adults. My now 19-year-old daughter read all four books when she was 17 and 18, and loved them (actually, she loved the first, and enjoyed them less as the series went on, saying the writing was pretty poor, and the same things happened over and over).

My Grade 6 daughter (who just turned 12) is telling me that most of her friends (11 and 12) are reading the books, and becoming “obsessed” (her word). My older girl (smart, studying engineering at Queens, and NOT a prude) said that these books are definitely NOT for Katherine's age, but good for older girls.

I have read number one and parts of the others, and agree, for many reasons. My issue is with parents who are actually encouraging the reading (ie. “My 10-year-old must be so smart and mature to be reading such advanced books!”).

There are other series being read by young, like The Gossip Girl series, for example. It’s just soft porn (and superficial, mean, and poorly written), in my mind, and I can’t help but wonder: Have any of these mothers ever read one of these books?

And would they feel any differently if they did?

Good question.

I haven't read the books, but hope to hear from some of you who have.

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