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TWILIGHT SAGA NEWS: MARCH 31ST

‘Twilight’ fan reaches out to advice column, is told to ‘seek counseling’

Among Twilight fans, there are shades of devotion. Some people are casual fans who’ll pick up the books or go see the films, and others are rapacious, Saga-hungry fiends who’ll spend five days on the sidewalk just to see the New Moon premiere or sit outside behind a cramped barricade all day just on the off-chance they’ll see a glimpse of Robert Pattinson at work (Note: all types of Twilight fans are welcome here).

In one woman’s case, she has found that the Twilight series’ hold on her attention is getting to be a bit much, so she reached out to the L.A. Times/Chicago Tribune’s “Ask Amy” column for advice.

“I have been obsessed with these stories and have really grown attached to the primary male character . . . I feel like I am missing a lot all of a sudden, and I keep thinking about this character and wanting a love like he has,” she explained.

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Another ‘Breaking Dawn’ Director To Consider: M. Night Shyamalan

Summit Entertainment is clearly gearing up to get moving on “Breaking Dawn,” the final entry in the “Twilight” (which still may or may not be released in two parts). There was a lot of talk over the last week or two about potential directors, with the names Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola, Bill Condon and Stephen Daldry all coming up as short-list possibilities. I put those options to a vote last week: Coppola got 40%, Van Sant got 27%, Condon got 18% and Daldry got 15%. So no clear majority.

Well I’m here today to make things even more confusing. This isn’t an official possibility on the table for Summit — as far as we know — but a noteworthy filmmaker professed his love for Stephenie Meyer’s vampire series in a chat on the Kid’s Choice Awards red carpet over the weekend: M. Night Shyamalan.

“I would’ve loved to be– I love the series, and Catherine [Hardwicke's] movie, it was one of my favorite movies of that year,” he said. “Really, I thought tonally, it was a perfect movie. I called her up after I saw ‘Twilight’ and was like ‘That was amazing.’ So I’m a big fan.”

Shyamalan just recently worked with “Twilight” star Jackson Rathbone on “The Last Airbender,” a live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese anime series “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” That movie hits theaters this summer, on July 2. Shyamalan is known for frequently screwing with viewers’ heads in hits like “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable”; “Airbender” is a first for him, a big-budget, studio adaptation.

My own opinions of him as a filmmaker are mixed, but I’ve never claimed to be a “Twilight” expert. So I want to hear from you. Do you think Shyamalan is a good person for Summit to consider in weighing possible “Breaking Dawn” directors? Do you agree with his assessment of “Twilight” as “tonally” perfect? Would you pick him over the other directors whom we know are in the running?

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“Twilight” Themed Episode Set For Wednesday’s

“America’s Next Top Model”

“Twilight” fans will have good reason to watch the next episode of “America’s Next Top Model” airing Wednesday, March 31. The theme of the show taps into Vampire and Werewolf fashion trends.

Clearly enjoying themselves, the judging panel get into character with full blown costuming and makeup. Tyra Banks makes for a very alluring Vampiress and Jay Manuel looks like a very believable Extra sent in from Central Casting. Of course, that makeover job didn’t take much effort as he always looks vaguely Vampire-like anyway.

The girls are all vying to avoid being eliminated of course and because of the extreme makeover situation, there’s plenty of tension as they all make the “Twilight” transformation. Which of the “Girl Next Door” types will make the scariest new member of the “undead” society?

Tune in on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 PM ET to find out!

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A ‘Second Life’ for ‘Twilight’ Fans

You can burn it, bludgeon it or behead it, but a lucrative literary franchise just doesn’t stay down. (Same goes for vampires, apparently.) If you’ve admired the way the four volumes of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga” fit neatly on your bookshelf, you’d better make room for a fifth. On her Web site (stepheniemeyer.com), Ms. Meyer, above, writes that she will be publishing a new work set in the “Twilight” universe, to be released by Little, Brown & Company on June 5. The novella, “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner,” is told from the perspective of the title character, a newborn vampire who turns up briefly in the third “Twilight” novel, “Eclipse.” Ms. Meyer said the story was originally written for “The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide,” but was ultimately too long to include in that book. If the unsettling notion of newborn vampires keeps you from cracking open “The Short Second Life,” know that one dollar from each copy sold will go to — where else? — the American Red Cross.

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Stephenie Meyer to release Twilight novella free online

Author Stephenie Meyer of the hugely successful Twilight teen vampire romance series will release her first new title in two years stemming from a character from her Eclipse novel.

The 36-year-old American author will release a 192-page novella for young readers called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner on June 5, Little Brown book publishers said on Tuesday.

“I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” Meyer said in a statement, explaining that she wrote the story to give the point of view of the newborn vampire of Bree, who is featured in the third book in the Twilight series, Eclipse.

Meyer said she initially created the vampire drama about the darker side of the world that Bree inhabits as a short story until it “grew longer than I anticipated” and it was no longer suitable to include as planned in The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide.

“I’d always considered The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner as something for the fans,” said Meyer. The English-language version of the novella will be available to read for free online at www.breetanner.com from June 7 until July 5.

It will also be available in hardcover with pre-orders currently available on Amazon. One dollar from every US sale will go to the American Red Cross.

The character of Bree is also shown in the next movie adaptation of the book series, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which is due to hit US cinemas in June.

The last movie adaptation of the book series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed more than $US707 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com.

In book form, Twilight and its sequels New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, have sold 100 million copies worldwide, according to Little, Brown Book Group.

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The Twilight Saga’s Photos – *NEW* Eclipse Movie Stills

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