July 21, 2011 | 1:46 p.m.
The Twilight saga’s “Breaking Dawn” is the conclusion of the incredibly successful and beloved vampire book franchise. With all the anticipation for the film version, which will be divided into two parts (the first half hits theaters in November), there are also a lot of questions. Fans — many of whom had been waiting in line at Comic-Con International since Monday afternoon — are eager to see the wedding and honeymoon of their favorite couple, Bella and Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) and the subsequent birth of their half-vampire, half-human baby. Director Bill Condon and cast were on hand at Comic-Con on Thursday morning, presenting the first panel in the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H to share some details of the final two movies — though few surprising secrets were actually revealed. “This movie is all third […]
July 21, 2011 | 8:45 a.m.
They had begun their vigil Monday night — and this morning, the throng of fans waiting in line to be the first to grab a seat in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to see the first panel presentation of Comic-Con International 2011 were rewarded for their patience. Five cast members from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” the movie that kicks off four days of entertainment programming in the 6,500-seat venue, showed up to greet their public bright and early Thursday morning. And they brought breakfast. For the first time, Summit Entertainment orchestrated a surprise meet-and-greet where Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Elizabeth Reaser were joined by Julia Jones and Boo Boo Stewart. The five stars signed autographs and posed for pictures as Summit staff passed out “Twilight” posters, coffee mugs, juice and muffins. The fans were […]
July 07, 2011 | 4:29 p.m.
Fanboys and fangirls, start your engines. Comic-Con International has released its programming schedule for Thursday, July 21, the first official day of the annual pop culture fest in San Diego that brings together filmmakers, cinephiles and stars. While there are a number of highlights — we’ve broken out 13 for you below — the convention also makes great use of MySched. It lets you create your personal schedule right from the listings, meaning no longer will you need to copy and paste your preferred panels into a text doc, or try to get the program early and highlight what you want. The app allows you to browse panels, pool favorites and either print out exactly what you want to see or send the information to your smart phone. But until you have a chance to design your own roster, here’s […]
May 25, 2011 | 1:33 p.m.
GUEST ESSAY Vampires are everywhere in film, television, novels, comics and beyond and there’s no end in sight. But when did they shift from malevolent predators to conflicted antiheroes? Those are the questions asked by Christopher Farnsworth, a writer living in Los Angeles whose latest novel, “The President’s Vampire,” is on sale now. It used to be you’d never see a vampire as the good guy. After all, a vampire, by its nature, hunts and kills human beings. There are centuries of folklore detailing how mankind has been forced to defend itself against these lethal parasites. That’s not a reputation you lose overnight. But today, vampires have moved into the light – metaphorically speaking, anyway. Edward Cullen and his family of vampire vegetarians – who only drink animal blood – are only the most famous examples. The ranks of on-screen vampire […]
March 10, 2011 | 2:42 p.m.
The massive box-office success of 2008’s “Twilight” changed the fortunes of its three young stars, propelling them on an upward career trajectory and transforming Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner into household names. Yet not so much changed for the film’s director, Catherine Hardwicke. A respected production designer who transitioned to the director’s chair with the acclaimed 2003 low-budget indie “Thirteen,” Hardwicke, 55, earned praise for her films’ kinetic energy and visual stylings, but not even wearing the mantle of the female director with the highest-grossing opening weekend in movie history dramatically improved her fortunes in Hollywood. “Nothing is easy,” Texas-born Hardwicke said recently over a vegetarian meal. “You have a big success, and it’s still not easy to make a movie. I had a bunch of other projects that I worked really hard on after ‘Twilight,’ and the […]
Jan. 17, 2011 | 6:02 p.m.
Over at 24 Frames, our must-read sister blog, Nicole Sperling caught up with Robert Pattinson, the star of the “Twilight” saga, who was on hand for Sunday’s Golden Globes festivities. Pattinson described “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” the two-part franchise finale that is now being filmed in New Orleans and Vancouver, Canada, as “the end of an era,” and director Bill Condon, speaking by phone earlier in the month, said he’s been thrilled by the performances of stars Pattinson as vampire Edward Cullen, Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, and Taylor Lautner as teen werewolf Jacob Black. (Of course, Twi-hards already had plenty to be excited about with the release this weekend of the first official still from the movies.) In an interview with The Times, Condon, whose previous feature was the big-screen adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” said […]
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 […]
Oct. 04, 2010 | 2:27 p.m.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” won’t reach theaters until November 2011 (with the second half due in 2012), but there’s already been some big casting news. Summit Entertainment has announced the actors who will portray the Cullen family’s allies: the Denali coven, a group of “vegetarian” vampires who live in Alaska and join the Washington-state vampire brood as they stand up to the Volturi, the ancient European bloodsucking society, and protect a certain immortal infant. Here’s a rundown of the actors and their parts. Christian Camargo as Eleazar Denali Slated to play a former Volturi, Camargo fits the tall, dark-haired description. It’s up to the makeup artists to achieve that “hint of an olive tone in his chalky complexion” that Eleazar’s Spanish origin suggests. But if they can make Peter Facinelli and Nikki Reed believable as blonds, it should be a piece of cake. Where you’ve seen him: […]
Aug. 05, 2010 | 9:46 p.m.
Daina Beth Solomon is back on Hero Complex with a look at a new book and a creative team that is hunting down a far different werewolf from the ones who howl in “Twilight” films and books. When Paul Jessup brainstormed the story for “Werewolves,” the illustrated book that hits stores this week, he thought about what was missing in popular supernatural tales such as “The Lost Boys“ or “Twilight.” What he heard in his head was the voice of a strong female character. In “Twilight,” the female protagonist is forever reactive, and in “Lost Boys,” the women are victims or barely-there characters. “I thought it would be interesting to take it the other way,” Jessup said. He wanted a story “not just about a girl who needs to be saved, but a girl who saves herself — as well […]
June 27, 2010 | 3:14 p.m.
The fans have spoken. Hero Complex contributor Yvonne Villarreal covered the big premiere for “Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” and the reviews from the fans are in. Here’s a snapshot of the fanfare and a taste of what true believers have to say about the film, which opens June 30. After turning the space outside the Nokia Theatre into a tent city earlier this week, hundreds of screaming “Twilight” fans — many toting posters with messages such as “I want to play ‘Pat the Pattinson’ ” or “My heart goes nutz for Lutz” scrawled in brilliant colors — got their wish at the world premiere Thursday of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”: photos with Robert Pattinson, a glimpse at Kellan Lutz’s Calvin Klein underwear and, for a few, last-minute tickets to see the film. “It’s still such a struggle in the car on the way here,” […]