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Remember When... is a weekly feature every (#Throwback)Thursday where we look back on a moment that changed the world of pop culture forever. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the reminder that you are getting So Old. What Happened: In 2005, Stephenie Meyer released a novel about a teenage vampire named Edward Cullen who falls in love with a quirky, clumsy but still adorable high school student named Bella. He's drawn to her, addicted to her and he's super-hot and brooding so she falls in love with him, too. It was called Twilight. The world becomes obsessed with these two. Three more books are released. Five movies based on the books get made. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart become the on »
Robert Pattinson has been tough to miss ever since breaking out in 2008's "Twilight" as a hunky vampire.
The film catapulted Pattinson to international success seemingly overnight, and after four more "Twilight" films and millions of dollars in the bank, the actor is looking to shake that role. Pattinson has, however, proved his acting chops in indies like "Cosmopolis" and can be seen in the critically-acclaimed thriller "The Rover" opposite Guy Pearce this summer.
From his surprising karaoke partner to his connection with an asteroid, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Robert Pattinson.
1. Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England to Clare and Richard Pattinson.
2. His father imported vintage cars from the Us, while his mother worked for a modeling agency.
3. The actor was raised Roman Catholic.
4. Growing up in the Barnes suburb of London, Pattinson became involved with the Barnes Theatre Company at a young age and »
- Jonny Black
The Fault in Our Stars is the latest Young Adult fiction book to find success on the big screen, but there's something distinctly different about this box office smash. Firstly, it doesn't have a fantasy/sc-fi hook like Twilight, The Hunger Games or Divergent, and secondly its author is a man.
In a genre dominated by Jk Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, Tfios scribe John sticks out like a teenager strolling around with an unlit cigarette. Who is this latest literary sensation? We deliver all you need to know about John Green below...
The Fault in Our Stars was inspired by Green's time as a student chaplain...
Before he became a best-selling author, Green had intended to become an Episcopal priest and spent five months as a student chaplain at a children's hospital. It was there he met children suffering from terminal illnesses and decided to become an author instead. »
Ever since the lineup of the Cannes Film Festival was announced last month, gossip sites have been salivating over an unlikely scenario: a red carpet run-in between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. The “Twilight” co-stars and former off-screen couple both will be in attendance, although they likely won’t be posing for photographs together.
Pattinson arrives on the Croisette with a pair of anticipated films: the Hollywood-set drama “Maps to the Stars,” a competition title from his “Cosmopolis” director David Cronenberg; and “The Rover,” a midnight-screening thriller set in a futuristic Australian Outback, and helmed by “Animal Kingdom’s” David Michod.
Stewart appears as a supporting character in the Olivier Assayas drama “Clouds of Sils Maria” (playing in competition); has a market screening of “Camp X-Ray,” about a guard at Guantanamo Bay who strikes an unexpected friendship with a prisoner; and is attached to the project “Equals,” a sci-fi love »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Does making fun of Twilight ever get old? Find out for yourself with a new clip from the fine folks at Bad Lip Reading, spoofing the dreadful Twilight saga. There’s an entire series, which we spotted at Geekologie and included for you here, in case you’re feeling extra masochistic today. “I don’t like your face,” says earnest Twilight dad. “You’ve got horrible zoo hands,” a pouty Bella replies. “And you have the record for frowning,” dad retorts. At least Bad Lip Reading is accurate. MST3K fans, Twilight haters, and the epically bored: dig into these fun clips, and ponder the fact that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has more money than most banks.  ...
- Alison Nastasi
Lorenzo di Bonaventura has optioned the screen rights to "Wanted" and "Kick Ass" author Mark Millar's latest comic "Mph". A writer is now being sought and will be hired before it is set up at a studio.
Duncan Fegredo co-created the comic which follows four 19-year olds who get their hands on a street drug that gives them the ability to move at light speed for seven days.
Meanwhile, Fickle Fish Films has optioned the film rights to Mindy McGinnis' 2013 debut young-adult novel "Not A Drop To Drink". Meghan Hibbett and "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer will produce the film.
The survival story is set in a dystopian world where fresh water is almost non-existent. Lunn is a young woman who must protect her precious freshwater pond against drought, snowless winters, coyotes, and people looking for a drink.
Source: Heat Vision, Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Fickle Fish is gearing up to help another young adult author, Mindy McGinnis, bring her story to the big screen. Mindy's debut book, "Not a Drop to Drink," landed on shelves last year, and we can't wait to see it brought to life!
"Not a Drop to Drink" focuses on Lynn, who lives in a world that manages to survive with very little fresh water in existence. Her pond is the only source that Lynn knows of, and she spends a lot of her time protecting it from the forces of nature, animals, and others looking for a drink.
When Lynn notices faint hints of smoke in the distance, she knows that other survivors can't be far off, and she has to be ready »
- email@example.com (Dave B.)
The survival story, which was published last year, is set in a world where fresh water is almost nonexistent. The protagonist is a young woman who has been taught to defend her pond against every threat.
“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” said Meghan Hibbett, Meyer’s producing partner at Fickle Fish. “This story seamlessly blends gritty and dangerous dystopian realism with the larger themes of life vs. survival that we feel audiences will really respond to.”
Meyer wrote the four “Twilight” books and served as a producer on the final two “Twilight” movies. She also was a producer on “The Host,” which was adapted from her sci-fi novel. Fickle Fish’s first movie, the quirky comedy “Austenland,” was »
- Dave McNary
Did you hear the one about the gritty, female-driven debut Ya novel — a harsh story of survival and deprivation – that was optioned for a movie?
This time, the book in question is Mindy McGinnis’s Not a Drop to Drink, which is set in a future where the American government strictly controls access to water. (So, Urinetown, but with less singing. Probably.) The novel, published in September 2013, has just been optioned by Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish Films, a company that so far has produced only 2013′s Austenland.
“Mindy’s unique voice made for a truly riveting read,” Meyer’s »
- Hillary Busis
It all begins… with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black—knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. Bella (Kristen Stewart), Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) »
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is helping another Ya novel make the leap from book to film. The writer's production company, Fickle Fish Films, has acquired Ya novel Not a Drop to Drink, a survival story set in a world where freshwater is almost nonexistent. Photos: Teenage Dreams: 17 of the Most Popular Ya Properties Adapted for TV and Film Not a Drop to Drink is the debut novel from Mindy McGinnis. It hit shelves on Sept. 24, 2013, via Katherine Tegen Books. The story follows a young girl named Lynn who strives to stay alive in a barren land and
- Rebecca Ford
With the release of the latest teen sensation Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James this Friday, it seems only fitting to examine the phenomena that is the Ya (Young Adult) movie adaptation and why they continue to increase in popularity and box-office success. Whether the setting be fantastical, dystopian, futuristic or magical, there is clearly something entrancing about these literary tales being projected on the silver screen which keeps bringing audiences back for more and more…
Big screen adaptations of beloved young adult novels date back decades; films such as the original Narnia tales, Freaky Friday, The Princess Bride and particularly The Outsiders were huge successes because they were able to teleport readers into a visual representation of the worlds and stories they held so dearly. In modern times however things are a little different. Creatively, cinema is running on empty; the vast majority of releases filling multiplexes are either adaptations (be that novel, »
- Chris Haydon
Like it or not, Hollywood’s current obsession with adapting (any and all, apparently) Ya novels to the big screen got its biggest push from the tremendous success of the Twilight novels. The Stephenie Meyer-penned series set the stage for a hefty number of teen-centric (and paranormally influenced) features to go the cinematic route, even as her blockbuster franchise presented a very problematic view of teen romance and sexual obsession (something I touched upon before the first Hunger Games arrived in theaters). In the post-Twilight years, a number of other Ya adaptations have arrived, bolstered by big-time romances that often overshadow stories that ostensibly center on youngsters (mainly girls) exploring special powers, from Beautiful Creatures to The Mortal Instruments. Being magical or immortal or witchy or intelligent might be a good thing, but it’s not the most important thing – but that’s starting to change. With the success of both Divergent (less than a week »
- Kate Erbland
All hail Divergent! A collective sigh of relief emanated from the halls of Hollywood this past weekend when the latest attempt to score with young female moviegoers worked with the successful $55 million debut of the post-apocalyptic film Divergent. And it’s not just the studio executives at Summit Entertainment who are breathing a sigh of relief as they ready the next two movies in the trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s young adult novels. The exhale also comes from those in Hollywood who had been working on a host of teen-centric adaptations last year amid the troubling trend that saw »
- Nicole Sperling
Woodley, whose movie is aimed at a similar teenage audience to the popular series of romantic vampire-werewolf films, told Teen Vogue: "Twilight, I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve." The comments were first picked up by Variety.
Twilight starred Kristen Stewart as a young woman drawn into wars between various supernatural tribes. The five films in the series were »
- Ben Child
Shailene Woodley is the latest star to trash Twilight, but she certainly isn't the first. "Twilight, I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship," the Divergent star tells Teen Vogue. "She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve." Even Robert Pattinson—who played the brooding Edward Cullen in all five films—wasn't entirely sold on author Stephenie Meyer's vampire love story. In the April 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, for example, he admitted that it was "weird" to be "kind of representing »
At the tail end of 2013, Iron Man 3 received one of the biggest bitch-slaps of the year, courtesy of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The teen novel adaptation swooped in and eclipsed the Marvel superhero’s spot as the highest grossing movie of the year, at least in terms of domestic box office. While The Hunger Games: Catching Fire didn’t overcome the worldwide box office of Iron Man 3, it had its own victory by besting the first installment by more than $200m worldwide. As the movie-going audience prepares for the first of two final sequels releasing later this year, they can stave off their hunger by checking out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on DVD and Blu-ray. Included on the discs is a commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson. Lawrence had already been working on the final two films at the time of recording, so his insight goes beyond the production of »
- Kevin Carr
Endless Love casts Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as teens who fall in love at the end of high school, only to have their Summer of romance marred by her father's disapproval. The ups and downs of their relationship don't make for a movie of much substance, but it is so bad, it's good - good to watch with a friend who will also appreciate the (guilty) pleasure of it all. Here are the reasons you will be highly entertained by Endless Love . . . though they may not be the intended ones. It's like Twilight without the vampires. David (Pettyfer) and Jade (Wilde) finally interface on the day of their high school graduation: he's the kid with the blue-collar upbringing, and she's the beautiful, brilliant loner from a wealthy family who's headed to medical school. Her father (Bruce Greenwood) will do anything to keep them apart so as not to jeopardize Jade's future, »
- Shannon Vestal
It’s almost hard to remember a time when the vampire genre was dead.
It was before Twilight, of course. Before the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s novel was released in 2008 to the sound of millions of squees, vampire movies were considered somewhat risky investments and TV networks rarely ordered shows starring the undead. Since the conclusion of The WB’s Angel in 2004, there was FX’s Blade: The Series (flop) and CBS’ Moonlight (flop). On the big screen, the genre’s popularity varied from films like Van Helsing and I Am Legend (hits) to Queen of the Damned »
- James Hibberd
Lucy Fry stars as Lissa Dragomir, a vampire princess, in The Weinstein Company's first venture into the land of young adult movie franchises. Vampire Academy is based on the first book in Richelle Mead's bestselling book series, which is nothing like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books for those who are confusing the two, and will be opening in theaters on Friday, February 7th. In support of the film's release, Fry talked about her character, the story, and the book's fan base:
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