TAYLOR LAUTNER & TAYLOR SWIFT IN “VALENTINE’S DAY” CLIP
Check out this clip from the upcoming film, “Valentine’s Day”, where the characters played by Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift tell a news reporter how they met. Swift’s character shares a story involving spitwads thrown in her hair by Lautner’s character, whom we see falling over a hurdle on the track. The film opens in theaters on February 12.
THE TWILIGHT EFFECT: WELCOME TO THE RILEYS E-MAIL ATTACKfrom altfg.com:
Twilight fans have been inundating with e-mails potential Welcome to the Rileys buyers, begging them to get the rights to the Kristen Stewart (above) vehicle in which the Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon star plays a pole dancer/sex worker. Directed by Jake Scott and written by Ken Hixon, the drama also stars The Sopranos‘ James Gandolfini as the young woman’s savior.
“PLEASE!! you are all amazing,” reads a Welcome2Rileys tweet sent a few hours ago, “but please stop emailing the distributors. we got the message loud and clear. please please stop[.]”
STEPHENIE MEYER HINTS THAT SHE MAY RETURN TO THE “TWILIGHT” SERIESfrom mygloss.com:
Stephenie Meyer abandoned the series after a rough draft of Midnight Sun, a companion novel to the Twilight Saga was leaked online. Midnight Sun was a retelling of the Twilight novel but from the perspective of Edward Cullen rather than Bella Swan. After the leak Meyer chose to focus on non-Twilight related work but it appears Meyer hasn’t turned her back on the series after all. Stephenie told Entertainment Weekly:
I’m not working on anything new Twilight-related now, and probably not for a while. But there’s still a possibility that I’ll go back and close some of the open doors.
ROGER EBERT PREDICTS OSCAR NOD FOR ANNA KENDRICKfrom examiner.com:
Roger Ebert, famed long-time film historian and critic, has just issued his predictions for this year’s Oscar nominations (which are due Tuesday), and guess who was on it?
Yep, that’s right: Anna Kendrick.
Kendrick (who portrays “Jessica Stanley” in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has definitely been vetted by a critic or two for her work as “Natalie” in Up In The Air over the past few months, and Ebert’s assessment of her potential for film’s highest honor is due, he says, to the fact that she is “so young and earnest in the same film.”
Anna Kendrick has been nominated for a great many awards over the past few months, including a SAG Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe.
SUNDANCE LOVES ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WITH JOAN JETT AND “THE RUNAWAYS”
from cantonrep.com via AP:
Joan Jett kicked open doors for women to rock out in a man’s music world. So when the time came for a film drama on how she got her start, Jett wanted to be on hand to help make sure the story was told right.
Jett was an executive producer for “The Runaways,” a Sundance Film Festival premiere that spins the raucous tale of her first band in the 1970s. The all-girl group of teenagers — branded as a gimmick at the time — left behind some hard-rocking music in their short time together.
“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart plays Jett and her “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” colleague Dakota Fanning plays Cherie Currie, the Runaways’ lead singer. The film captures the hurdles they faced at a time when the notion of female guitar gods was practically unheard of.
SUCCESS OF “TWILIGHT” BOOKS LEADS TO BOOM IN FANTASY NOVEL SALESfrom telegraph.co.uk:
Sales of sci-fi and fantasy have grown by almost 20 per cent in the past five years with industry analysts identifying the ‘Twilight Effect’ as the main reason.
The 2008 film Twilight, which was released on DVD in Britain last April, was based on the series of vampire romance novels of the same name by the American author Stephanie Myers.
It was followed by the release of the second film in the Twilight Saga, New Moon, in November, with a graphic novel due out in March.
Researchers at Mintel found that almost one in three older children and teenagers enjoy sci-fi/fantasy books, up from 18 per cent in 2005. Overall, over one in ten readers go on to read a title after seeing the film or TV version.
Other writers whose sales have increased on the back of the popularity of Twilight include Neil Gaiman, an English fantasy writer whose work includes The Sandman graphic novel. His novel Stardust was turned into a film starring Robert De Niro, Claire Daines and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The “Valentine’s Day” movie looks like it could be good. The ensemble cast is huge, too.
It’s nice to see that the Twilight fanbase is so supportive of the actors. Many people predicted backlash because of Kristen’s role and the topless scenes. I hope that they can get a distribution deal worked out for the film. From what I’ve read, it looks like it has a compelling storyline.
I hope that people don’t go crazy with Stephenie Meyer’s quote to EW and start making assumptions that she’s working on Midnight Sun or new books. She’s probably too busy to really focus on much of anything at this point – especially if she’s providing any assistance to Melissa Rosenberg for the “Breaking Dawn” script. It’s not like’s she’s ever really left the world of her vampires anyway. I hope that she does return to writing about them some day. I would love to see the story in print from Edward’s POV and then companion stories from the POV of the other Cullens…past, future, present…
Good luck to Anna Kendrick! I’d also love to see “Possibility” from the New Moon Soundtrack get a nod, too. There’s been a lot of buzz around that song and I love it – especially after I saw how Chris Weitz used it in the film.
I am really looking forward to “The Runaways”. I’ve mentioned this time and time again, but these chicks really did change the face of rock music for women. They were the original “Girl Power!”
Hmmm…I’m not really surprised by the study that shows that Twilight has resulted in a boom in fantasy novel sales. I started reading more fantasy/supernatural books after reading it. How about you? Did reading Twilight open you to a new genre?
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