If you can remember a time before all of the hype - I know, it’s a difficult task - most of the actors who joined Stephenie Meyer’s maiden film adaptation were unknowns, not because the studio wanted to pick young stars from obscurity, but because the tiny budget wouldn’t allow for the inclusion of any “big” stars.
Now, however, with Twilight’s record-breaking haul at the box office, the budget for the forth-coming sequel has skyrocketed (hence the inclusion of the big guns).
According to the rumour mill, Hudgens has been approached to play the werewolf hybrid Leah (which is unusual that she should be included, given Leah’s absence in the second book), something which has angered fans of the series, who believe Hudgens’ limited repertoire will destroy the film.
Whether the Hudgens rumour is on the level or not - and I’d say not, at this point - it’s highly likely that child star Dakota Fanning will portray the petite Italian vampire, Jane.
If Fanning does decide to take on the role of Jane, I’ve no doubt she’ll do the character justice. As annoying as her squeaky little voice can be at times, the kid can certainly act.
Though, she does have some competition in the child-vampire stakes. Kirsten Dunst’s outstanding performance as a vampire child in the cult hit Interview With a Vampire way back in Tom Cruise’s less crazy days has certainly set the bar high for Ms. Fanning. If she can top Dunst’s portrayal, she’ll be doing well.
Stephenie Meyer sold more books in 2008 than any other author (22 million, according to her publisher) and did what no else — not even J.K. Rowling — has done in the 15 years of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list:
She swept the four top slots in 2008's best sellers with her Twilight series about a romance between a girl (mortal) and boy (vampire).
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In a year when publishers and booksellers struggled with a dismal economy, Meyer carried the holidays, accounting for about one in every five books sold since Thanksgiving. Her dominance has continued this year.
"Rowling's achievement over seven (Harry Potter) books remains singular — for now," says Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch, a daily e-newsletter. "But Meyer had an astounding year and played as important a role for retailers."
A look at 2008's best sellers shows it was a good year, not just for Meyer, but for fiction.
Novels dominated the list: 69% of the books in each week's top 150 were novels, the highest since the list began in 1993. Cader says that with "the country gripped by the election and the economy," publishers had a tough time attracting attention for non-fiction.
Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz:
I'm very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he's doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.
The characters in Stephenie's books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I'm looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.
I'd just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. I'm truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what he's going to bring to Jacob's character this year.
By Larry Carroll-MTV.com
Now, however, Twilighters have one less place where they'll be able to find their beloved RPattz: on the set of his next movie.
MTV News has exclusively confirmed that Pattinson is dropping out of "Parts per Billion," the eagerly anticipated indie film he was scheduled to begin shooting in Los Angeles this month. Although co-star/producer Rosario Dawson had expressed enthusiasm about working with the "Twilight" heartthrob as recently as December 16, a representative for Pattinson confirmed that he is no longer involved.
"What you heard is correct," the 22-year-old star's agent, Nicholas Frenkel, replied to an MTV News query Tuesday (January 6). "Unfortunately, the prep time and production schedule on 'New Moon' haven't left enough time for Robert to work on 'Parts per Billion' in the first quarter of this year."
The news is sure to sadden Pattinson's army of fans, who have been tracking the development of the film for months and were eagerly anticipating his reportedly steamy love scenes to be shot with actress Olivia Thirlby ("Juno"). The ensemble film, which tells the story of several different lives being impacted by the same catastrophic event, will now need to quickly recast the role if shooting is to remain on schedule.
Pattinson's fans might also be interested that his rep cited the pending "New Moon" shoot as the actor's reason for having to leave "Billion." With that much-anticipated "Twilight" sequel not scheduled to get cameras rolling until March, it now seems highly unlikely that RPattz will be able to squeeze in a movie before he returns to the role of Edward Cullen — leaving his fans with only "Little Ashes" and "How to Be" in the can. Pattinson shot both films before his "Twilight" breakthrough.
This week, Summit is expected to announce its decision for the next film based on Stephenie Meyer's wildly successful series of vampire romance novels. Kristen Stewart, 18, is set to return as Bella Swan, the beautiful human who falls for a softhearted bloodsucker. And Robert Pattinson, 22, has a lock on his job too; his turn as Edward Cullen, the hunky, soulful vampire, has made him an overnight superstar with young female moviegoers around the planet. But Lautner, 16, has a more uncertain future.
That's because the character he was so perfectly cast to play in the first Twilight film — a slim, baby-faced teenager — will be greatly expanded in the sequel. And by greatly expanded, we mean into a hulking, snarling, seven-foot Lycan. ''Jacob is a totally different character in New Moon,'' says Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of both Twilight films. ''He's a foot taller and huge — and he's supposed to look 25. It's really a question of whether or not the same actor can play the role.'' Rosenberg is quick to add, however, that ''everyone would love to keep him. We all think he's the loveliest person ever.''
Lautner's certainly been doing everything in his mortal power to hang on to the part. Since Twilight, he's gained 19 pounds and is promising to pack on 10 more before shooting starts on New Moon this March. And judging from a widely reprinted red-carpet interview, he's not shy about letting Summit and New Moon's director, Chris Weitz (who joined the franchise last month after Twilight's director, Catherine Hardwicke, left over creative differences), know that he has the chops for the gig. ''My job for Twilight was to bring Twilight Jacob to life — the friendly, happy-go-lucky little Jacob,'' he told MTV News. ''My job for New Moon is completely different. I've been looking forward to that. I've been getting ready for it, and I can assure them I will follow through with that.''
Kristen Stewart (Panic Room), Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter 4 & 5), Cam Gigandet(Never Back Down)
Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)—a boy who’s hiding a dark secret: he’s a vampire. As their worlds and hearts collide, Edward must battle the bloodlust raging inside him as well as a coterie of undead that would make Bella their prey. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling sensation by Stephenie Meyer, Twilight adds a dangerous twist to the classic story of star-crossed lovers
Release date: November 20, 2009
Cast: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg
Synopsis: Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.
So what is hot in Twilight Merchandise now? Here are some of our top picks:
While reading “Twilight” I wondered how Edward smelled to Bella and the way Bella smelled to him. Sweet and enticing! Well now you don't have to wonder anymore. They now have a “Twilight" perfume! The bottle is shaped like an apple—and it is supposed to be like Bella's scent. I am sure every teenage girl who is in love with Edward will be biting at the bit to get there own bottle of this to die for scent!
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Plus great New Twilight Merchandise & Bags have been released at Twilight Apparel! To shop now visit http://www.twilightapparel.com/! These are two new items we love: Customizable Mrs. Cullen & Mrs. Black T-shirts. Yes-you can actually customize the shirt with your own name to be Mrs. Cullen or Mrs. Black! Also really cute: Love Twilight Logo Messenger Bag in Black with Hot Pink Print!
January 3rd, 2009
Post Source: Team Switzerland of Twilighters Anounymous
The Jonas brothers may have won the top spot in Popstar.com’s “Celebrity Love Awards”, but ‘Twilight’ dominated the list. Six Twilight cast members, along with Stephenie, made the top 15, and even more Twilight cast and crew made the nomination list.
Below is a list of winners, as well as their position on the chart:
#2 - Robert Pattinson (Edward)
#4 - Stephenie Meyer (Author)
#7 - Kristen Stewart (Bella)
#8 - Taylor Lautner (Jacob)
#13 - Ashley Greene (Alice)
#14 - Cam Gigandet (James)
#15 - Kellan Lutz (Emmett)
#16 - Jackson Rathbone (Jasper)
#18 - Nikki Reed (Rosalie)
#28 - Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria)
#29 - Elizabeth Reaser (Esme)
#31 - Peter Facinelli (Carlisle)
#32 - Christian Serratos (Angela)
#38 - Edi Gathegi (Laurent)
#41 - Billy Burke (Charlie)
#43 - Anna Kendrick (Jessica)
#61 - Michael Welch (Mike)
#72 - Catherine Hardwicke (Director)
To view the entire list, click here
How is the Celebrity Love Award list determined? Rules require that at least fifty different individuals submit letters to any given star in order to receive their letters and be considered a contest winner, and beyond that, the amount of letters determines an individual’s ranking. To read more about the rules, click here.
And on another Popstar list - no surprises here - ‘Twilight’ took over again. The cast and crew of the movie, along with Stephenie, landed themselves 18 of the 100 spots on the list of “Most Popular Celebrities at Popstar”. (This list is chosen by Popstar members.)
Below is the list of Twilight stars and their ranking:
#4 - Robert Pattinson
#8 - Taylor Lautner
#9 - Kristen Stewart
#11 - Stephenie Meyer
#17 - Jackson Rathbone
#18 - Kellan Lutz
#19 - Cam Gigandet
#20 - Ashley Greene
#22 - Nikki Reed
#30 - Peter Facinelli
#44 - Rachelle Lefevre
#48 - Elizabeth Reaser
#55 - Christian Serratos
#72 - Anna Kendrick
#73 - Billy Burke
#80 - Edi Gathegi
#92 - Catherine Hardwicke
#95 - Michael Welch
Here is what they pulled together:
For the end of a big “Twilight” year, we offer five big facts about the movie and books to sink your teeth into:
•The movie has grossed $169.9 million since opening six weeks ago, zooming past 007 himself in “Quantum of Solace” and placing eighth (so far) for all of 2008. (See the Top 10 list below.)
•Director Chris Weitz is reportedly in Vancouver, British Columbia, preparing to start filming the sequel, “New Moon,” in March. It’s due out Nov. 20.
•Meanwhile, “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, sporting a surreal mustache, will appear as artist Salvador Dali in “Little Ashes” (named for one of Dali’s paintings). It’s set to open March 27. See the trailer here.
•Stephenie Meyer’s four novels in the Twilight Saga have now sold 25 million copies worldwide.
•She’s working on a ghost story called Summer House and one or two sequels to her best-selling sci-fi fantasy, The Host.
The Top 10 of 2008
1. The Dark Knight: $530,917,814
2. Iron Man: $318,313,199
3. Indiana Jones 4: $317,023,851
4. Hancock: $227,946,274
5. WALL-E: $223,783,432
6. Kung Fu Panda: $215,434,591
7. Madagascar 2: $175,433,314
8. Twilight: $169,925,169
9. Quantum of Solace: $164,302,659
10. Horton Hears a Who!: $154,529,439
Source: This post was found at Twilighters Anounymous.
Twilight Chicago Convention
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Dates: February 6 - February 8, 2009
More info: here
Location: Northampton (England)
Dates: February 27 - March 1, 2009
More info: here
EyeCon Twilight Convention
Location: Orlando, Florida
Dates: May 8 - May 10, 2009
More info: here
Summer School in Forks: A Twilight Symposium
Location: Forks, Washington
Dates: June 25 - June 28, 2009
More info: here
Location: Dallas, Texas
Dates: July 30 - August 2, 2009
More info: here
By Samantha Chang
Twilight star Robert Pattinson says he has never been in love. "I've never really fallen in love, but I try to be as romantic as possible," says Pattinson, 22.
That's an interesting admission coming from a young star who's now the obsession of millions of fans around the world, thanks to Twi's astonishing success.
The 6'1" British hunk, who confesses that he was a loner during his youth, says he has generally had little success with the ladies. "About a year ago, I'd talk to girls and no one would be interested," he says. Obviously, that has now all changed.
Twilight, which started out as a low-budget indie flick with a small cult following, has raked in a staggering $240 million worldwide since its Nov. 21 U.S. release.
The vampire romance, which was produced by Summit Entertainment for just $37 million, has mushroomed into a lucrative franchise. A sequel, New Moon, has been greenlit with a $50 million budget and will start shooting in March. And a third installment, Eclipse, will be shot back-to-back with New Moon, with both films to be released in consecutive years.
Twilight's unexpected mainstream popularity has made overnight sensations of Pattinson and his beautiful co-star, Kristen Stewart, 18. But Rob finds his newfound star status overwhelming at times. "I'm a bit of a loner and not that good with dealing with loads of people," Pattinson told U.K.'s Bliss magazine. "Most of the time, going out is a complete waste of time. I'd rather stay in and create something than go out."
So, what does the single Pattinson find attractive in the opposite sex? Interestingly, it's the same qualities that so many find appealing in his mysterious Edward Cullen character.
"It's being unreadable," says Rob. "It's attractive in women as well, that kind of mystique. It's so obvious, but so few people do have it, especially in characters now and in modern society where there's so many celebrities."
New Moon shines in November 2009.