Jan. 11, 2013 | 12:47 p.m.
Angsty teenage love may be as old as Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters, but with the star-crossed lover motif getting a makeover (often introducing elements of the supernatural) in the last few years from novelists Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Hollywood has been stalking the young adult book market with the ferocity of a jilted lover. One result is a pileup at the box office this season of female-driven stories with strong-willed protagonists battling zombies, witches and aliens while wrestling with their own overwrought emotions. In the next three months Summit Entertainment, Open Road Films and Warner Bros. will, respectively, release three movies targeting this voracious crowd: “Warm Bodies,” “The Host” and “Beautiful Creatures.” But with so many fighting for attention, will there be enough audience adoration to go around? “What I think we have going for us is I […]
Oct. 26, 2011 | 5:27 p.m.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are set to appear at “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” Official Fan Convention next month to promote the next installment of the vampire romance movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s young adult book series. The three actors — who play the brooding Edward Cullen, the conflicted Bella Swan and the earnest Jacob Black, respectively — will join their fellow cast members for two days of panels at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. On Nov. 4, it’s Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater) and BooBoo Stewart (Seth Clearwater), Tinsel Korey (Emily) and franchise newcomer Mia Maestro (Carmen) who will appear onstage, sign autographs and answer questions at the convention. On Nov. 5, the elite trio of Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner will participate in a “Welcome to The Twilight Saga'” panel with costars Maestro and […]
Oct. 23, 2010 | 3:07 p.m.
“The Simpsons” have had plenty of fun with the stars of J.K. Rowling universe — way back in 2001, there was the “Wiz Kids” spoof during the show’s Halloween episode with Lord Montymort and the Springwart’s School of Magickry, and then who could forget Harry Plopper, the wizard pig from Homer’s sublime feature film in 2007 — but the real magic begins Nov. 7 with “Tweenlight,” a parody of “Twilight” that stars Dan Radcliffe in the role of a brooding vampire who arrives in Springfield and falls in love with Lisa Simpson. Considering the longtime bookstore animus between “Harry Potter” brainy kids and the heavy-panting “Twilight” crowd, this Halloween episode should be a trick-or-treat throw down. Here’s the trailer… Hey muggles, just curious, heard any good “Twilight” insults lately? And “Twilight” fans, any hard feelings about Radcliffe spoofing Robert Pattinson? — Geoff Boucher << PUT YOUR FACE […]
June 24, 2010 | 10:43 p.m.
It’s the franchise that has fans everywhere thirsty for any bloody detail. The latest installment, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” in theaters Wednesday, sees Seattle plagued by an army of newborn vampires controlled by the vengeful Victoria, who is out to destroy Bella Swan, whom she holds responsible for her lover’s death. To safeguard Bella from the oncoming threat, her boyfriend, Edward Cullen, and his family must band together and join forces with their shape-shifting foes, the wolf pack, who are sworn to defend humans from all blood suckers. But it’s not all fang baring and claw clenching; there’s also an explosive love triangle this time around. And lots — lots — of shirtless roaming by the muscled members of the wolf pack. To gear up for the third feature to be adapted from the wildly popular Stephenie Meyer “Twilight” books, […]
May 04, 2010 | 12:12 a.m.
Film directors usually sit back and watch others audition, but not Bill Condon, who has just won the directing job for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” but still sounds like he’s seeking approval. The Oscar-winning filmmaker posted the following letter on Facebook last Friday: Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland, I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I’m stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you’ve probably heard, I’ve been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit – who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right. I’m pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I’ve read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine’s and Chris’s movies 2-3 times each, have […]
Dec. 23, 2009 | 8:01 p.m.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is closing out its run in theaters and has pulled in $276 million here in the U.S., making it the fifth-highest grossing domestic release of 2009, and it has a chance to move higher on that list. Its worldwide total: $636 million. Now that the movie has been out for weeks, our “Twilight” experts Yvonne Villarreal and Denise Martin thought they would test your undead knowledge with a pop quiz. 1. When Bella gets a paper cut while opening a birthday present at the Cullen’s home, which vampire attempted to drink her blood? A. Jasper B. Edward C. Count Chocula D. Alice 2. When is Bella’s birthday? A. Sept. 1 B. Sept. 5 C. Sept. 13 D. July 4 3. What was Charlie’s birthday gift to Bella? A. Car stereo B. iPhone C. Camera D. Garlic and holy water 4. Why do the Cullens decide to move out of Forks? […]
Nov. 14, 2009 | 12:24 a.m.
“TWILIGHT: NEW MOON” COUNTDOWN Denise Martin, one of our “Twilight” experts, checks in with some thoughts on today’s vampy edition of “The Oprah Winfrey Show“… That certainly wasn’t aimed at Twi-hards, was it? After more than a year of forgoing all interview requests, Stephenie Meyer emerged to promote the upcoming “New Moon” movie on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Her pre-taped appearance aired Friday and yielded, for rabid “Twilight” fans, just one revelation not already known about her vampire series. For the second book, (the film version hits theaters Nov. 20), Meyer said, she originally had a different ending in mind. “There was a different ending to ‘New Moon.’ Originally it was much quieter [and took place] in Bella’s head,” she said. Meyer changed it at the urging of her mom, Candy Morgan. She introduced the Volturi earlier, and — voila! […]
Oct. 09, 2009 | 10:30 p.m.
Jevon Phillips takes a look at the curious (but market-savvy) decision to make a comic-book biography of Stephenie Meyer, the “Twilight” author. Will this be the bestselling comic book among female readers in 2009? I wouldn’t be surprised one bit….-Geoff Boucher There are only 42 days left until the opening of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” and Bluewater Comics is taking advantage of anticipatory giddiness by releasing another in its line of biographical comic books, this one dedicated to novelist Stephenie Meyer. It’s a bit of a twist in direction for the company that started by releasing political bios on the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. With post-election political fervor waning the company has movied on to Michael Jackson, and now, as part of the company’s Female Force line, a double-sized one-shot on Meyer written by Ryan Burton […]
Nov. 15, 2008 | 5:46 p.m.
Here’s an excerpt from a great story by Susan Carpenter on today’s front page of the Los Angeles Times. She went to Forks, Wash., to write about the impact of "Twilight"-mania on the old logging community that author Stephenie Meyer used as her setting in the wildly popular books series. The film adaptation is due in theaters on Nov. 21. When the timber economy that had sustained this wet and distant place for its first hundred years came crashing to earth like an old-growth Douglas fir, people exhausted themselves trying to figure out what the future would hold. What would happen to the little town clinging to the western slope of the rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula with its single grocery store, one traffic light and 3,100 residents? Nobody guessed anything like this: Sydney Conway and two of her […]
Oct. 09, 2008 | 11:18 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE Heartthrob Robert Pattinson not only stars in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance, “Twilight,” out Nov. 21, he’s contributed two songs to the film, one of which, “Never Think” will be included on the official soundtrack. But the self-effacing Brit insists that the songs’ inclusion was wholly accidental; a mysterious third party slipped director Catherine Hardwicke a copy of his recordings without his knowledge and she opted to include them, surprising Pattinson when he turned up to see some early footage. “When I went to see the cut,” Pattinson said during an interview Wednesday afternoon, “she’d put these two songs in. They’re old songs, but one of them specifically, it really made the scene better. It was like it was supposed to be there. It’s strange because what was supposed to be at that point […]