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Reality TV producers are planning a new series based on the Washington state town where the Twilight films are set.
Casting is underway for a new reality show about the everyday lives of the residents of Forks, Washington - which now calls itself 'The Home of Twilight'.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer used the town of 3,000 as the backdrop for the vampire series.
Producer Zig Gauthier tells the local Peninsula Daily News, "Obviously we won't be out on the ocean or dealing with that kind of danger, but the idea is to show what life here is really like. There are a variety of ways we could do this, but of course this is at the very beginning stages."
However, the show will not focus on locals' claims to the supernatural.
Gauthier adds, "We want people who have a true connection to the community. We want to avoid people with outlandish claims." »
The acquisition has taken place more than a month ahead of the film's planned world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. Apparition plans to release the film March 19.
The biographical story of the friendship between Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, who went on to form the groundbreaking all-girl rock band the Runaways in the '70s, the indie film stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as the band's teenage guitarist and singer, respectively. The fact that both actors star in the super-successful "Twilight" franchise likely played a part in the film's appeal.
Sigismondi based her screenplay on the book "Neon Angel: the Cherie Currie Story" by Currie.
"Floria has crafted a beautiful story of Joan and Cherie's tumultuous relationship on- and offstage, as well as a kick ass rock 'n' roll journey, »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Less than a month after beaching "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," new Walt Disney chief Rich Ross has put the kibosh on "Wedding Banned," a romantic comedy to have starred Robin Williams, Anna Faris and Diane Keaton.
The studio has put the project into turnaround, and the production company, Mandevile Films, is free to shop it around town.
"Banned" revolves around a long-divorced couple (Williams and Keaton) who kidnap their daughter (Faris) on her wedding day to prevent her from making the same mistakes they did. The parents rekindle their relationship as they elude cops and the angry groom.
The movie was being groomed for a shoot next year, but Ross made the decision to untether the project. The decision took some by surprise since "Banned" seemed to be in the mold of such other studio hit comedies as "The Proposal" and "Wild Hogs." One factor in the decision »
- By Borys Kit
The actors, along with Lutz's Twilight co-star Ashley Greene, High School Musical's Corbin Bleu and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr, have filmed a public service announcement (PSA) for the Coming Together as One campaign to urge college students to support the charitable cause.
The PSA will begin airing on U.S. TV this week (begs30Nov09) to coincide with World AIDS Day on 1 December. »
The "Twilight Saga" franchise is headed to FX.
FX has acquired the ad-supported TV rights to the four "Twilight" movies in a package deal with producer Summit Entertainment that also includes the indie studio's Oscar hopeful "The Hurt Locker," the Nicolas Cage thriller "Knowing" and actioner "Push."
Under the pact, FX will start running last year's "Twilight," the first movie in the franchise, beginning in late 2011. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," which shattered projections to open at $142.8 million domestically this past weekend, will be available in late 2012. "Eclipse," which is slated for a June 30 release, will have its premiere on FX in early 2013. Summit has yet to greenlight production on "Breaking Dawn," an adaptation of the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.
"Locker," "Knowing" and "Push" will debut on FX in mid-2012.
All seven films are set to go to FX after completing their pay cable window on Showtime, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
No surprise here: Twilight fans are salivating in preparation to sink their teeth into the franchise's much-anticipated sequel, New Moon. The film, which will be in theaters Friday, is already attracting record audiences for ticket sellers and venues across the country. According to Fandango, who notes that their numbers are increasing every second, several thousand New Moon showtimes have sold out, making it the most the company has ever sold prior to a film's release date. (And, yes, that means the film has even topped The Dark Knight, and movies from both the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises.) AMC and MovieTickets. »
- Kate Ward
For any of the creative people involved on the first "Twilight," the past two years has been a dramatic journey few of them ever foresaw happening. At best, the first "Twilight" was going to be a popular teen flick that made somewhere between $50 and $75 million in the U.S. and maybe spawn a sequel. Very few of the behind-the-camera talent saw a massive franchise-creating blockbuster in the making. No one fits that profile more than screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Before the property took off, the longtime TV writer's biggest claim to fame was the screenplay for "Step Up" and her producing »
Fans have been mooning over all things "Twilight" since the vampire-romance film bowed so bloody well exactly one year ago.
So it's no surprise that the sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," is projected to sink its teeth into more than $85 million during its first weekend. "New Moon" rises in 4,024 locations, beginning with 3,500 performances at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
Online ticketers said the Summit Entertainment sequel has run up the biggest advance sales of any film in history, with sellouts ensured for many showtimes throughout the weekend. Higher production values and the cast's growing celebrity should help "New Moon" broaden the fanged franchise's base of support from teens and tweens to daughter-and-mom combos and even single older females.
"We know who our audience is, and it's basically females of all ages, »
- By Carl DiOrio
Twilight star Taylor Lautner has admitted that the cast are still surprised by the frenzy surrounding the franchise. The actor, who plays werewolf Jacob Black in the supernatural series, told reporters at the sequel's UK press conference that the stars never know what to expect. "After Twilight, we expect everything but it's still a constant surprise," he explained. "I'm always surprised by the fans' reactions and the amount of fans we have because none of us expected it." He added: "Coming in (more) »
- By Lara Martin
The actors were holed up at the luxurious Dorchester Hotel giving press interviews to promote their new movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, when their afternoon was interrupted by an emergency alarm.
Officials evacuated the building and forced the famous trio out on to the street with all the other guests while investigators checked out the alert.
A source tells E! Online, "Everyone was out on the street. There was (Pattinson) with his entourage, including Kristen."
A representative for the hotel insists the evacuation was merely a precaution and the stars were soon allowed back into the building.
The hotel spokesperson says, "(It was a) minor incident. It's all under control now and was dealt with quickly." »
The public cast more than 18 million votes online to select the nominees for next year's ceremony, and will also choose the winners in 35 categories.
Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have earned nods for best on-screen team, joining fellow nominees Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, will.i.am, Dominic Monaghan and Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
Pattinson and Stewart were also nominated individually for favourite movie actress and actor, and will face-off against A-listers Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Anne Hathaway, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock in their respective categories.
The show's star Anna Paquin will fight it out with Blake Lively, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Katherine Heigl and Mariska Hargitay for favourite TV drama actress - while Hugh Laurie, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Matthew Fox and Patrick Dempsey compete for the title of favourite TV drama actor.
Eminem, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw will go head-to-head for the favourite male artist accolade, while their female counterparts include: Beyonce, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Pink and Taylor Swift.
Queen Latifah will host the People's Choice Awards at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on 6 January, 2010. »
Movie bosses behind the Twilight franchise are taking legal against the publishers of an unauthorised fanzine - accusing them of using photos from the films without permission.
Executives at Beckett media have released two issues of Twilight, part of the Beckett Teen Sensations series, which features images of the movie's stars, including Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
But bosses at Summit Entertainment, the company behind the vampire series, have filed suit in a bid to shelve the publication.
Papers filed at a U.S. federal court on Friday allege editors at Beckett used promotional photos from the Twilight films without permission in a bid to fill the magazine.
Lawyers for Summit Entertainment claim to have previously sent a cease and desist letter in a bid to stop publication, and are now demanding unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com. »
Ashley Greene is going from vampires to ghosts. The actress, who portrays Alice Cullen in the "Twilight" movies, is in talks to star in "The Apparition," a supernatural horror project from Dark Castle Entertainment. Todd Lincoln is directing. Full story »
- By Borys Kit
Once you've made emotional mincemeat out of legions of adoring young girls, what's next? How do you transcend tweendom and seduce the seas of adult women (Twilight moms not included)? Bedding Nicole Kidman is a start. Screen Daily reports that Robert Pattinson and Kidman have signed on to star in an adaptation of Guy De Maupassant's Bel Ami. Adapted by Rachel Bennette, the film will be directed by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.
Published in 1885, Bel Ami is an erotic tale of journalist Georges Duroy and how he sleeps his way to the top of Parisian high society. After a few years of military service in Algeria, Duroy works as a clerk in Paris until he becomes a journalist, aided by Mme Forestier (presumably Kidman). She helps write his first articles, he works his way up to chief editor, and she uses her political connections to get him the information he needs, »
- Monika Bartyzel
Apparently there's still some theatrical bite in the original "Twilight" film.
Summit Entertainment said Thursday it plans to rerelease the vampire-romance actioner in more than 2,000 theaters for one day only on Nov. 19 -- the day before the mini-major opens sequel "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" in even wider release.
"Despite the first film already being on DVD, fans across the nation have been calling out to see the film once again on the big screen, and the studio is honoring their request," Summit said.
"Twilight" has rung up $191.5 million to date domestically and $383.7 million on a worldwide basis. Unspooling last Nov. 21, the franchise originator sunk its teeth into bigger than expected opening weekend boxoffice, totaling $69.6 million in U.S. and Canadian coin.
Summit said "Twilight" tickets would be sold at a discount at select sites. »
- By Carl DiOrio
From MTV.Com: Although they may daydream of sitting with Bella in the Forks High cafeteria or running through the trees with Edward, most "Twilight" fans have never had the opportunity to actually meet the famous faces who've come to personify Stephenie Meyer's creations onscreen. Now, a newly announced "Twilight" tour will bring thousands of these fans the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to converse with a Cullen.
"This November, Summit Entertainment invites 'Twilight' fans to the 'Twilight Saga: New Moon' cast tour, visiting 15 cities nationwide," the studio behind the franchise announced in a press release late Friday (October 23).
- Larry Carroll
Marketing the new pic in the “Twilight” franchise may seem like the most enviable job in the world — like offering water to a dying, thirsty man — but even studio Summit has its challenges as it strategizes the “New Moon” release.
When we caught up with Summit marketing guru Jack Pan for a different piece we were working on recently, we asked him what marketing the biggest tween franchise in Christendom entailed. “Expectations are very different this year than there were last year,” Pan said. “We want to make sure we not only continue to satisfy the fans but continue to introduce new people to the franchise.”
That’s true for the industry, which is now watching eagerly/enviously to see if “New Moon” can repeat the $69m opening and $351m global take of “Twilight” from last November. »
From MTV.Com: At the previous three incarnations of the Spike TV Scream Awards, vampires were considered just another fanboy favorite, alongside such evergreens as zombies, killer robots, and busty sci-fi babes. But over the past 12 months, franchises like "Twilight" and "True Blood" have sunk their teeth into Hollywood, and Saturday night's taping of the fourth annual awards showed that there's no hate from the horror fans.
"'Scream' is in the name — how much cooler can you get?" marveled "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco, looking up and down a checkered black-and-white carpet that had scantily clad women on swings overhead and a unicorn frolicking with such stars as Christina Ricci, Keith Richards and Justin Long. "Vampires are hot! It's scary stuff; they love this whole sci-fi, futuristic thing. Vampires are hot, nerds are hot. The world is coming to an end."
Continue reading 'Twilight,' 'True Blood »
- Adam Rosenberg
Los Angeles (AP) — A larger-than-life snowglobe filled with murderous little girls, a "Battlestar Gallactica" spaceship and comic-book legend Stan Lee flying overhead on a bouquet of giant balloons — just a few signs that Spike TV's "Scream 2009" is different from other awards shows. The star-studded event, held Saturday at the Greek Theatre, honors the best in sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comic-inspired movies and TV shows. Fans voted online for the winners, so some of the year's most popular programs and big box-office hits took home trophies, including "Transformers," ''Twilight," ''True Blood" and "Star Trek." Stars of those properties »
- Sandy Cohen (AP)
We caught a sneak peek at Kristen Stewart shooting the November cover of Allure back in July at the Santa Monica Pier, and the issue is finally about to hit newsstands. It's yet another cover after her recent appearance in Interview as she makes the rounds to discuss her latest film in the Twilight series. She sat down to chat all about her personality, what sets the movies apart from all the other vampire stories, and even Robert Pattinson. Here's more: On her dating Robert Pattinson: "I read that story every day. . . it’s in a story every day, so let’s not put it in another one." On why Twilight resonates with fans: "There's a lot of [vampire] stuff out there, but this goes deeper. But it's [more than] just foreplay. Even though it does that so well -it does a f***ing good job - the build up is like, »
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