‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ 10-Second Teaser


‘Twilight’ Compared to Classic Literature and Mythology During Rutgers-Camden’s Cappuccino Academy

CAMDEN – There’s no denying the popularity of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. But readers might be enjoying the books for more than just their portrayal of teenage angst with a gothic twist.

According to Holly Blackford, an associate professor of English at Rutgers–Camden, where she researches 19th and 20th century American literature and children’s literature, the series calls upon classic literary figures and even classic mythology.

Blackford will offer the free lecture “Persephone in the Twilight Zone of Divorce: Lost Child, Underworld Queen in Stephenie Meyer’s Adaptation of Emily Bronte” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, during Rutgers–Camden’s Cappuccino Academy. The talk will compare Twilight to Wuthering Heights and likens “Bella” to Greek mythology’s original teenager in a dark romance, Persephone. It also will give Twilight fans the opportunity to discuss the popular series with a literary scholar.

Barnes & Noble is located at 200 West Route 70 in Marlton.

Cappuccino Academy is a monthly series of free public lectures delivered by Rutgers–Camden faculty members at Barnes & Noble. For more information, call (856) 225-6627.


On ‘Abduction,’ Taylor Lautner could be a boy in the hood

EXCLUSIVE: How much clout does Taylor Lautner have right now? So much clout that even the filmmaker behind the urban classic “Boyz ‘n the Hood” may end up working with him.

Sources say that John Singleton, the Oscar-nominated writer and director behind that 1991 hit, is in the lead position to grab the director job on “Abduction,” a story about a teen disconnected from his parents that evolves into a “Bourne”-like man-on-the-run thriller. Singleton, also a producer on “Hustle & Flow,” could bring — how to put this? — an edgy flair that one wouldn’t necessarily expect from a Lautner vehicle.

Singleton tops a list that also includes Gary Fleder, the director of the cult hit “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” and most recently the filmmaker behind the race-tinged sports drama “The Express.” There’s also a veteran (and, frankly, not always critically well-regarded) Hollywood hand in the mix; he’s further back in the race, so we’ll refrain from mentioning him unless he picks up steam.

“Abduction” was recently bought for nearly $1 million by Lionsgate in a rare sale of a spec script (i.e. a script that was written without any upfront studio commitment or commission) from newcomer Shawn Christensen. The story, say people familiar with the project, involves a teenager who comes across his baby picture in a missing-persons database and sets out on a quest to find the truth; government agents, shadowy figures and other thriller staples are involved.

Lautner, who’s lately booked more gigs than the Rolling Stones, has a rare ability to get a studio to pay attention — any project with his name on it moves forward a lot faster than it otherwise would. He’s got momentum for “Stretch Armstrong” at Universal, with a director race heating up on that movie (Rob Letterman is in the lead spot), and “Abduction” could shoot as early as this summer.


Oscar Preshow Host Sherri Shepherd ‘Couldn’t Ask Taylor Lautner About Twilight or His Body’

The View’s Sherri Shepherd was one of the three hosts of ABC’s pre-Oscar show, during which she (and co-hosts Entertainment Weekly’s Jess Cagle and model turned furniture designer Kathy Ireland) interviewed harried celebrities on their way into the ceremony. We spoke to Shepherd this morning about confusing Helen Mirren with J-Lo, trying to remember how to pronounce “Tolstoy,” and hitting on George Clooney.

How did you get the gig?
[Oscar producer] Adam Shankman’s apparently a fan of mine, and he called and asked if I was available to do it. I love the preshows, so I jumped at the chance.

Who was your favorite interview?
George Clooney — he wasn’t in a bad mood with me! He came over and I came on to him, flirting with him, and he flirted back. And I love Taylor Lautner, but I couldn’t ask him too many questions. We had a lot of red tape and protocol from ABC, and they told me I couldn’t ask Taylor about the Twilight sequel or his body. And I said, “Then what am I going to talk to him about?!” He’s a big boy, he could handle it.


Comcast announces ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ exclusives

Add this little nugget to your virtual memory of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on home entertainment markets: Comcast has just announced that it, too, will have the film available on demand at midnight on March 20th.

Additionally, the company announces, “only Comcast customers will be able to view never-before-seen commentary from director Chris Weitz on a number of favorite ‘New Moon’ scenes such as: Bella’s birthday party, Bella’s cliff dive, when Bella rescues Edward in Italy and when Bella first meets the Volturi.”

Along with the announcement, Comcast offered a sneak peek at some of their exclusive commentary footage.
In the clip, which is a portion of a much longer piece of commentary, Chris Weitz is discussing the scene pictured here where Bella and Jacob are outside of his home in the pouring rain.

“For about the first few takes, Kristen’s contacts. . . cause you know she has these hazel eyes which are you know quite special color . . . and they’re replaced or re-colored with contacts. So, eventually, the eye color that was put back in was CGI. Yeah, poor Taylor. You can tell from some of these shots that the water’s so cold that steam’s rising off . . .” he says.


10-seconds is too short but it was a great teaser to the tease! Can’t wait until tomorrow for the full video!!

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