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Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ Features Rare Leading Role for Latinx Actor, Diverse Crew

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Gina Rodriguez’s ‘Miss Bala’ Features Rare Leading Role for Latinx Actor, Diverse Crew
Gina Rodriguez’s upcoming film “Miss Bala” is being hailed as a barrier-breaking action film. That’s the glass-half-full take on things. There’s another way of looking at the story of a beauty queen trying to escape a violent drug cartel, however. When it opens Feb. 1, “Miss Bala” will represent one of the starkest reminders of the dearth of big-studio films featuring Latinos in leading roles.

In 2017, just two of the year’s top 100-grossing films featured Latino actors in lead roles, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s annual report on female and minority film representation. None of last year’s top 100 films featured a Latina actress in the lead role, and nearly 65 had speaking roles for Latinas. The release of “Miss Bala” comes at a time in Hollywood when other landmark films featuring African-American and Asian-American performers such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have dominated the box office.
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Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani Is the Latest to Join Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone

Kumail Nanjiani is crossing over to The Twilight Zone. The Silicon Valley actor has joined the cast of the rebooted Twilight Zone from CBS All Access and will star in an episode written by Alex Rubens (Key & Peele).

Nanjiani joins the previously announced Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott in the anthology

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Stan Against Evil Season 3 Episode 6 Review: Vampire Creek

Stan Against Evil Season 3 Episode 6 Review

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This review of Stan Against Evil contains spoilers.

Stan Against Evil Season 3 Episode 6

“But TV shows aren’t real…”

“Anything is possible with love!”

Vampires, especially sexy teen vampires, are a highly played out area of horror. It feels like Stan Against Evil is turning to this trope after it’s already been out of fashion for a few years, but whether or not the subject matter is popular or not is irrelevant here. What’s important is if Stan Against Evil can take this topic and find a creative spin on it and “Vampire Creek” struggles in that respect. Gothic horror is always difficult to sell and while “Vampire Creek,” doesn’t completely fail, it also doesn’t bring anything fresh to the table.

Stan Against Evil’s conduit for its sexy vampires is “Vampire Creek,” a popular show about supernatural teens and genitals,
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Twilight: 20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of Eclipse

One of this century’s most famous – or according to some, infamous – on-screen love stories still has secrets to reveal. The third film in the larger-than-life Twilight series premiered in 2010, but even the most fanatic of Twihards may still not have picked up on some curious behind-the-scenes tidbits. There are plenty of unanticipated quotes, casting decisions, relationships, and on-set obstacles that provide new insight into the Twilight world. No movie has an entirely smooth trip to the box office, and the making of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse should prove that this colossal film franchise was no exception.

Behind our favourite bloodsucker clans and wolf packs, there were some human moments, emotions, and blunders. While fans debated if Bella (a human teenager) should end up with Edward (the century-old vampire) or Jacob (the wolf shapeshifter), the actors and producers had a different set of concerns. Whether it was real -life drama
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Twilight: 25 Things Edward Cullen Did Before The First Movie

Even though there are plenty of devoted Team Jacob fans who still believe that Bella Swan chose the wrong supernatural suitor, it was always clear that Stephenie Meyer intended for Edward Cullen to be the biggest heartthrob of her Twilight series. He was beautiful, classically romantic and sensitive, and his initial belief that he lacked a soul and that his immortal life was a curse made him a tragic and incredibly sympathetic character that readers couldn't stop themselves from obsessing over.

Thanks to the popularity of Meyer's fantasy romance novels and the massively successful Summit Entertainment films based on them, Edward Cullen has become a household name across the world. Christian Grey, the male lead of E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey series (which started out as Twilight fan-fiction) was actually based on Edward. Even though it's been over a decade since Breaking Dawn hit bookshelves and six years since
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10 New Character Additions That Hurt Ya Franchises (And 10 That Saved Them)

A lot of the franchises that we’ve come to know and love have been derived from source material such as novels or comic books. Chief among these franchises is the young adult genre. Young adult material is also easy enough to adapt to the big or small screen as the characters are relatable to the target audience. The progression from younger themes to more adult-oriented themes is another reason why young adult franchises work.

You’ll be surprised to find out that popular shows like The Vampire Diaries and Roswell were originally in print form before they made their debuts onscreen. Along with these lesser-known books, the blockbuster novels like Twilight and Harry Potter have also been converted into film material. Some of the translations onto screens work, while others don’t.

These characters could have been well-received in their original novel or comic book format but their progression
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Twilight: 20 Things Jacob Can Do (That Edward Cant)

Even though it's been over a decade since Breaking Dawn hit bookshelves worldwide and six years since Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part II officially brought Stephenie Meyer's iconic young adult romantic fantasy series to a close, fans still can't stop talking about Bella Swan and her supernatural adventures in Forks.

The Twilight books and films had everything readers and audiences alike could possibly want. There was action, adventure, suspense, horror, and enough passion to inspire E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey novels. The series also featured one of the most complex love triangles ever, and while most fans rejoiced when Bella married Edward Cullen and earned a happy ending with her supposed soulmate, some still argue to this day that she should have chosen Jacob Black instead.

Stephenie Meyer did her best to appease Team Jacob fans by giving the kind-hearted young member
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Twilight: 25 Strange Things About Edward's Anatomy

Supernatural dramas are a pop culture favorite, but one of the most iconic franchises is the Twilight series, the saga of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. Despite blood-sucking, danger, and differing worlds, the two came together and fell in love. While people are fairly divisive on how good the series is, that doesn't change how pinnacle the books and movies have become to current media. Twilight is mentioned constantly in memes, forums, on TV, and more.

Though the entire story is told in Bella's perspective, the series is just as much about her tortured vampire love interest, Edward Cullen. Lonely and sad for a century, he's finally found love in the only girl he can't read instantly, and she falls for the first guy who speaks to her on a more artistic level. Unfortunately for both of them, their species don't exactly match up.

Because of his age, Edward has
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10 Years Later, Here's What the Twilight Cast Is Up To

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10 Years Later, Here's What the Twilight Cast Is Up To
Can you believe it's been a whole decade since the first Twilight movie hit theaters? The gothic vampire romance was one of the biggest pop culture touchstones of the mid-to-late 2000s. Between the alt-pop soundtrack and the "shipper" wars, the Twilight era was definitely memorable for a lot of reasons.

While the Twilight Saga movies were in full swing, the actors in the series were some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Although some have had quieter lives and careers since the series ended in 2012, others have stayed in the spotlight or even broken into the A-list. If you've been wondering what the cast has been up to, wonder no more! We've got all the scoop - just scroll through our gallery ahead.
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Twilight: 20 Weird Things Only True Fans Know About Renesmee Cullen

While she's only in one of the series' books, Renesmee Cullen is one of the most controversial figures within the Twilight universe. Not only is she the human-vampire hybrid daughter of Edward and Bella Cullen, conceived prior to Bella's transformation into a vampire, but she's the very cause of Edward agreeing to change his wife in the first place. Unwilling to "doom" Bella's soul like his own, Edward refused to give Bella the ability to remain ageless with him until his own kid threatened her life from the womb.

With an eerie precocious conscious even prior to delivery, Renesmee is nearly as creepy as Rosemary's baby or Michael Langdon from American Horror Story. The difference is that she's not a nefarious creature, despite what those who feel threatened by her believe. Renesmee proves herself to be kind and thoughtful, even if she remains unsettling. She redefines what it means to be an old soul,
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Robert Pattinson Reveals Why He Wanted To Punch ‘The Witch’ Director On The “Harsh” Set Of His New Movie

Somehow, Robert Pattinson has done what many high-paid young actors haven’t been able to — shed the franchise stigma. Much like his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart, Pattinson took his notoriety gained from being plastered on the bedroom wall of millions of young women and began making bold career choices. Sometimes it works out well (last year’s “Good Time”) and sometimes, not so much (the forgettable “Life”).

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Twilight forever: how superfans kept the vampire critics at bay

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga inspired both love and hate a decade ago. But it’s the Twihard fans who can smell blood now as the haters begin to mellow

A decade ago, the first movie in the Twilight Saga hit cinemas at the same time as a global financial crisis wreaked havoc on the world’s economies. But based on the popular discourse at the time, anyone would be forgiven for thinking that the sparkly vampires and their tale of abstinence were a more significant problem. Twilight was everywhere – an unavoidable cultural whirlwind, but people were not happy about it. Stephenie Meyer’s books and their film adaptations became a pop-culture punching bag, despised by anyone who wasn’t a “Twihard” superfan.

Related: Ten years of Twilight: the extraordinary feminist legacy of the panned vampire saga
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Still Obsessed With Twilight? Here Are 20 Gifts to Buy Yourself This Holiday Season

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Still Obsessed With Twilight? Here Are 20 Gifts to Buy Yourself This Holiday Season
Just like Edward and Bella's love, our obsession with Twilight will last forever. Even though the film came out 10 years ago, we still get excited when the cast reunites or makes mention of their memorable roles. If you still consider yourself a "Twihard" after all this time, then you'll probably get a kick out of these incredible gifts. From a DVD set of the movie franchise to a replica of Bella's engagement ring, we have everything you need to fulfill your obsession.

Related: Do You Consider Yourself a Twihard? Take This Twilight Quiz to Find Out
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Twilight: 20 Wild Revelations About The Cullen Family Only True Fans Know

The Twilight series is full of all kinds of crazy, from its worldwide bestseller status to its controversial films, not to mention getting busy moms to read again while simultaneously teaching outdated and unhealthy notions to teenage girls. The supernatural elements, love triangle, and wide array of characters spoke to many readers and viewers, creating a devoted fan following that often either sided with Team Edward or Team Jacob.

Even some fans who scorn the not-so-healthy dynamic between the main protagonists still found their fandom within the Cullen family, the Olympic coven of vampires started by Dr. Carlisle Cullen. Born in 1600s England, Carlisle has seen much in his life, and his kindness for others eventually led to his saving the traumatized patients who were near the end of their lives and making them his family. After Alice and Jasper joined the family per Alice's vision, the clan was near complete,
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Still Obsessed With Twilight? Here Are 20 Gifts to Buy Yourself This Holiday Season

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Just like Edward and Bella's love, our obsession with Twilight will last forever. Even though the film came out 10 years ago, we still get excited when the cast reunites or makes mention of their memorable roles. If you still consider yourself a "Twihard" after all this time, then you'll probably get a kick out of these incredible gifts. From a DVD set of the movie franchise to a replica of Bella's engagement ring, we have everything you need to fulfill your obsession.

Related: Do You Consider Yourself a Twihard? Take This Twilight Quiz to Find Out
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Niche Distributors Fill Gap Left by the Demise of Weinstein

For years, it seemed everyone in the indie film business wanted to be the next Summit Entertainment.

The production and distribution group, founded in 1991 and acquired by Lionsgate in 2012, perfected the art of doing studio-sized independent movies — epitomized by the Twilight franchise — that were rolled out with blockbuster-style marketing campaigns and wide releases in the U.S. and around the world.

The Summit strategy — making tentpole-level movies that play to the broadest possible audience — was the go-to model for many in the independent business, and the company, and its imitators, dominated the conversation at ...
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Ten years of Twilight: the extraordinary feminist legacy of the panned vampire saga

It got a drubbing from critics, who saw the series as tweenie trash. But the billion-dollar franchise redefined the role of women in movies

“I don’t have the strength to stay away from you any more,” says Edward Cullen to Bella Swan in the first Twilight movie. “You’re like my own personal brand of heroin.”

Thus began the unforeseen addiction of millions of human teenagers to the five-film vampire saga, which took $3.3bn (£2.56bn) worldwide, became a cultural phenomenon, and altered the future of female-led cinema for ever.
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The Five Best Kristen Stewart Movies of Her Career

How you feel as a person about Kristen Stewart has a lot to do with your own personal values and what you think of her own choices. But then if you’ve got an open mind and a greater perspective when it comes to people you get the feeling that whatever you say might not mean much in the long run. She did have a breakthrough in her career when she was younger, but to be honest the Twilight movies was where her fame really started to heat up, as did her love life. She was seen to date a couple

The Five Best Kristen Stewart Movies of Her Career
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Kellan Lutz Says Twilight Needs A Reboot, But On One Condition

Ah, Twilight. Nearly a decade ago now, the world had this distortion/sanitation of vampire lore forced upon it. The movies (starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart) made money, had acting wooden enough to put a Canadian film to shame and mercifully concluded in 2008.

But unfortunately, like all intellectual property in this day and age, it just won’t die. Talk of a reboot, and what it would look like is starting to circulate online now and in a recent interview with Cinema Blend, star Kellan Lutz, who probably played a piece of wood or something in the franchise, shared what should happen in a new take on the series.

“Definitely for the first movie, I think Twilight has the lowest budget out of all of them from New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and I can only imagine what Catherine [Hardwicke] would do if she had a $59 million budget compared to ($37 million budget of the first.
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Jean Reno’s Thriller ‘Cold Blood Legacy’ Sells to Screen Media (Exclusive)

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Screen Media has bought North American rights to the action thriller “Cold Blood Legacy,” starring Jean Reno and Sarah Lind, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is directed by Frédéric Petitjean from his own script. “Cold Blood Legacy” centers on a legendary hitman, portrayed by Reno, who enjoys the isolation of his lakeside cabin. When his solitude is shattered by the arrival of a young woman (played by Lind), the survivor of a massive snowmobile accident, he must decide whether to risk his own life to save hers.

“Cold Blood Legacy” also stars Joe Anderson (“Twilight”), David Gyasi (“Interstellar”), Ihor Ciszkewycz, François Guétary (“Lost”) and Samantha Bond (“Downton Abbey”).

“Cold Blood Legacy” was produced by Corinne Benichou and Florence Moos for Eight35, and co-produced by Laurent Tolleron for Seven52, and Olias Barco and Oleg German for Eastwest. Seth Needle, senior VP of worldwide acquisitions at Screen Media, negotiated the deal
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