Hit Fix:  Why The Wait for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2”

Hit Fix takes a look at the recent announcement on the release date for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” and the possible rationale behind the 12-month wait for fans between the two films.

After releasing both “Twilight” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” in November of 2008 and 2009, Summit made the seemingly smart move of moving “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” to a June 30, 2010 release date. This was because of both fervent interest from the franchise’s fanbase and the expectation that opening in the summer would allow for a larger gross due to the fact many teenagers would be out of school and able to see the film numerous times during the work week. Instead, “Eclipse” has grossed less than the previous chapter, “New Moon,” with only $288.1 million domestic and a total of $644.8 million worldwide so far. “New Moon” ended up with $296 million domestic and $709 million worldwide and it’s hard to see “Eclipse” matching that total as its grosses have slowed considerably. Considering “Eclipse” received universally better reviews than the previous two chapters and was the most action packed (i.e., male friendly) of the series this has to be something of a disappointment for Summit.

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Boo Boo Stewart Pranks Fans At Twilight Convention

Wolf pack member Boo Boo Stewart pulled a prank on fans at a recent Twilight Convention by hiding in a suitcase on stage along with fellow pack members Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon.  Check out the video below and click here for an explanation of the reason behind the prank.

Archie’s Comic Parody of “Twilight”

MTV has images of 11 pages of the new Archie’s comic that parodies “Twilight”.  The comic, “Twilite”, hits stands on August 11.  Here’s the scoope on the official plot synopsis:

New York, NY (June 17, 2010): Archie Comics—publisher of the must-have “Riverdale Shore” and “Battle of the BFFs”—is giving the world more outstanding shout-outs to today’s teens, and this time it’s something the world can sink its teeth into: “Twilite”! This August in ARCHIE & FRIENDS #146, the latest in a line of great comic book media parodies, Archie Comics is about to enter the thrilling world of vampires, werewolves and the mortal teens who love them!

It’s love at first bite when two new mysterious students arrive in Riverdale. Betty and Veronica are fascinated by the smoldering-hot Ivan, but Jared is warning everyone who will listen that Ivan is really a bloodsucker! Reggie jumps at the chance to help Jared expose Ivan as a vampire, but love… or maybe Ivan… is clouding Betty and Veronica’s vision! Can Archie and the others save the girls from the mysterious Ivan? Is there a greater danger lurking in the darkness?

America’s favorite comic book teens, Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang enter the world of fantasy, where supernatural beings must choose between good, evil, and most of all, love! “Twilite: Part One,” the first of a two-issue crusade for truth, love and freedom, begins with ARCHIE & FRIENDS #146 and ends with a larger-than-life conclusion in the following issue, ARCHIE & FRIENDS #147!

“Vampires and the friends and foes of their world surround us every day,” remarks Archie Comics Co-CEO, Jon Goldwater. “It has been a spectacular treat to bring them to the world of Archie, Betty and Veronica in ‘Twilite.’ I can assure you, Riverdale has never seen a romance quite like this!”

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Robert Pattinson Is A Genuine Movie Star

In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Scott Mendelson takes issue with Brett Lang’s article in The Wrap that insinuated that today’s young actors (Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, etc.) are not genuine movie stars because of lackluster returns at the box office – such as the less-than-stellar sales for Robert Pattinson’s “Remember Me”.  In the article, Mendelson defends the young generation of actors.

Because a movie star’s latest movie has failed to match up with his or her all-time best performances, said actor’s star must be fading. But it fails to take into account two obvious factors: not every film an actor makes is identical in appeal and marketability, and a star cannot be expected to top their previous best every time out of the gate.

Sure Remember Me ‘only’ made $55 million worldwide (on a budget of just $16 million), but that means that $55 million worth of tickets were sold completely on the shoulders of one Robert Pattinson (quick, raise your hands if you saw that one for Pierce Brosnan or Chris Cooper….?). And by all means, let’s compare the box office performance of Kristen Stewart’s The Runaways, an R-rated 70s rock biopic that never even got a wide release, with the box office run of New Moon.

Pattinson and Efron could spend their entire careers doing rip-offs of, respectively Twilight and High School Musical. The fact that they are instead making more challenging pictures, and still posting decent returns, means that they are absolutely bankable names on a reasonable budget.

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Stephenie Meyer Talks About Bree, Riley, Victoria, and Jane

Twilight Series Theories has posted a transcript and the audio of their interview with Stephenie Meyer during her recent press junket.  In this clip, Meyer discusses vampires Bree, Riley, Victoria, and Jane.  Check out the audio here and see an excerpt of the transcript below.

Q:Well we did fall in love with Bree, and we were trying to figure out why she was destroyed. We can’t figure out a rule that she broke. She didn’t reveal herself to a human, she wasn’t in a fight… So we want to save her… So, why? Why is she not around?

SM: She’s not around because, there are the specific rules, there are general rules… Don’t attract attention. And, the specific rules, and armies are against the rules. So once you’ve screwed up enough, so that people are noticing, and people are noticing big time with this, you all are gone! If they just said, “This member of this wild coven was bad, and this one was bad… We’ll kill them! But you guys did okay.” That’s not how you rule with terror. You know! Iron fist, man! You all suffer!

Does Stephenie Meyer Have a Twilight Room?

Twifans has posted a transcript and the audio of their interview with Stephenie Meyer during her recent press junket. In this clip, Meyer talks about her Twilight merchandise and where she stores everything. Check out the audio here and see an excerpt of the transcript below.

Alison (twifans): Do you have a room that you put all of the stuff in? Do you have a Twilight room?

SM: I have a Twilight storage shed. We have 3 storage sheds. They give me all of the official merchandise too. If you try and think, there are people who want this, you know, maybe I’ll give it to someone…

I cannot get over Boo Boo Stewart’s prank.  I do not see how he could stand to be in that suitcase for as long as he was.  I am so claustrophobic and I’m sure that I would have needed medical attention if I’d tried anything like that!

What do you think of the Archie’s comic?  Will you be purchasing a copy for your Twilight collection?

Kudos to Scott Mendelson for his defense of young actors like Rob and Zac.  The fact that they didn’t pull in box office figures comparable to HSM or Twilight for their recent films doesn’t diminish their star power or their talent.  He had a great point on Rob in “Remember Me”.  I certainly didn’t go to see it for his co-stars.  I was interested in it because of Rob and I ended up loving the movie enough to buy it on DVD.

I love the Stephenie Meyer interviews.  I don’t know what I’d do with three storage sheds at my house.  Holy clutter, Batman!  I do think that it’s funny that she has the Twilight merchandise in a shed, though.

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