Courtesy of Hit Fix
It’s no secret that the Lexicon has been enjoying doing presentations at Creation Entertainment’s TwiTour this summer. We just got back from Phoenix where we had a blast this past weekend, and we are looking forward to the next sold out spot on the tour in New Jersey. Well they just surprised us with this announcement.
Summit Entertainment and Creation Entertainment to Produce the
Official TWILIGHT Fan Conventions
Los Angeles, CA August 17, 2009 – Summit Entertainment and Creation Entertainment today announced a partnership to produce a series of Official TWILIGHT Fan Conventions over the next three years.
The unprecedented success of both the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer and the feature film adaptation of the first book has created a worldwide following of passionate fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, the second movie in Summit’s TWILIGHT film franchise, which will be released theatrically in North America on November 20, 2009.
The Official TWILIGHT Fan Conventions will offer attendees the unique opportunity to involve themselves in all aspects of THE TWILIGHT SAGA. The weekend gatherings will feature on-stage appearances by TWILIGHT celebrities, exclusive footage screenings, panel discussions, TWILIGHT themed parties, musical performances, costume and trivia competitions, auctions, autographing, merchandising, and photo opportunities. The major online TWILIGHT fan websites, including www.twilightlexicon.com and www.twilightMOMS.com, will be participating with special presentations at stops on the convention tour.
Erin Ferries, VP of Creation Entertainment, said, “It is a delight to be involved with the tremendous excitement that surrounds THE TWILIGHT SAGA. The fans are incredibly knowledgeable about the property and have used the story as a springboard for their own creativity. The Official TWILIGHT Fan Conventions will allow attendees the chance to show off their TWILIGHT inspired artwork, writing, costumes, filmmaking, and music with thousands of their fellow fans. While the conventions will offer fans the chance to cheer for their favorite actors they are equally about gathering with like-minded folks and forming friendships based on a common devotion. We can’t wait to bring some of the magic of TWILIGHT live to cities around the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom!”
“The fans of THE TWILIGHT SAGA continue to be incredibly supportive of the film franchise and we wanted to find a way to allow them to immerse themselves in the films and the characters in a much more interactive setting,” said Nancy Kirkpatrick, President of Worldwide Marketing of Summit Entertainment. “The Official TWILIGHT Fan Conventions will offer incredible opportunities to get up close to the characters which they have grown to love.”
Official TWILIGHT Fan Conventions around the country with more then 20 stops have already been announced including New Jersey, Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Nashville, San Francisco, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Arlington, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Boston, Toronto and Portland.
More information on any of these weekend events can be found at www.twilightconvention.com.
In today’s New Moon Monday,Jen Amato of Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at the career of the man helming New Moon, Chris Weitz.
“During our visit to the set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, we watched from afar as director Chris Weitz ran a seemingly tidy ship. His quiet, polite mannerisms, even during take after take, and his relative expedience moving from one set up to another spoke to a sea change from the type of set Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke reportedly ran: the focused, well-mannered workman vs. the wonderfully eccentric artist. The fans will be pleased, we thought to ourselves. Weitz looks like he knows what he’s doing.”
Read the full analysis on Rotten Tomatoes. What do you think about Chris’s energy and style vs. Catherine Hardwicke’s?
Bandslam opened this weekend and it hasn’t had a Twilight landslide at the box office. In honesty, we don’t know that anyone quite expected that, but our poll earlier in the week indicated that about 20% of those participating in the poll had not initially intended to see Bandslam, but were because the New Moon trailer was running in front of it and/or because of all the additional PR had sparked their interest.
Various reviewers talk about the film. Most seem to think that critically(not that it’s about to win an academy award), it was a much better script than they anticipated for something billed as a teen summer movie:
Hit Fix: “Another film hoping to generate some buzz was Summit Entertainment’s “Bandslam.” The universally well-reviewed teen rock band flick found only $880,000 at the box office Friday. That was even more disappointing for the mini-major taking into account “Twilight” fans were forced to see the picture to get a sneak peek at “The Twilight Saga: New Moon’s” new trailer. It’s clear many of the passionate fans were willing to wait until it debuts online next week or even longer (it may have been in Summit’s best interest to insist the trailer would never be available outside of theaters). In any event, the Vanessa Hudgens picture is hoping to inch toward $3 million for the weekend.”
On The Flix: “Summit Entertainment’s new Bandslam flick finally hit the the theaters this weekend,and after watching it, I must say, I felt good. It was a feel good type of movie that brought a good mixture of comedy,drama, and inspiration.”
Stephenie Meyer: “And finally movies. Mostly when I get out to a movie, it’s a kid’s movie. So Pixar’s Up was the highlight of my summer. And then this Saturday I went to see an actual grown-up people movie, yay! Admittedly, I went to see the New Moon trailer on the big screen (yes, I’m a total dork. Who cares? It was worth it). But then I stayed to see Bandslam because the reviews were so good, and I was glad I did. With my hopeless love of music coupled with my total lack of musical ability, I really dug Will. He’s my hero right now. It had a good soundtrack, as one might expect, a lot of very quotable one-liners, and it turned upside down some of those lame female-interaction stereotypes. It’s a good time.”
So, did you go to bandslam? If you did, what did you think of the specialty trailer? And do you think it has appeal for Twilight audiences?
Buddy TV has a great article up on how the pressure of New Moon shifts from Tylor Lautner to Robert Pattinson.
“I’m guessing you’ve already picked up the latest copy of Entertainment Weekly, or at the very least, saw the magazine’s feature on New Moon online, as part of their fall movie preview. To be honest, there weren’t really many new details on the article: it’s stuff we’ve already heard about, from Chris Weitz coming in as director to Taylor Lautner buffing up to become a bulkier Jacob. And then there are the behind-the-scenes stuff which actually sound fun. But, in a pretty odd manner, I realized that–unlike in Twilight, where the attention was on Robert Pattinson–this time around, it’s Taylor’s turn on the hot seat.”
Check out the rest of the article and vote on how you feel Taylor is doing on Buddy TV.
Stephenie Meyer has updated her website to say how she spent her summer vacation. She has a list of some great book and song recommendations. and ended with this quote:
“And finally movies. Mostly when I get out to a movie, it’s a kid’s movie. So Pixar’s Up was the highlight of my summer. And then this Saturday I went to see an actual grown-up people movie, yay! Admittedly, I went to see the New Moon trailer on the big screen (yes, I’m a total dork. Who cares? It was worth it). But then I stayed to see Bandslam because the reviews were so good, and I was glad I did. With my hopeless love of music coupled with my total lack of musical ability, I really dug Will. He’s my hero right now. It had a good soundtrack, as one might expect, a lot of very quotable one-liners, and it turned upside down some of those lame female-interaction stereotypes. It’s a good time.
So that’s my “How I Spent My Summer.” I hope you guys had a really good time this summer, and found some great stuff of your own. I love this world full of stories and songs waiting to be discovered! And I also love you, the awesome Twilight (and maybe a few Hosts, too) fandom. I stalk your websites all the time—you guys are hilarious (I recently added LTT to my stalk list; thanks for the laugh lines, ladies). I’m looking forward to seeing some of you in November for a little movie release that I’m excited about. Too many months to go!”
On September 10th the CW will debut The Vampire Diaires, a show based on the LJ Smith novels. Paul Wesley is set to play Stefan, the good vampire in comparison to Damon the bad vampire and his brother, played by Ian Somerhalder.
IESB.net recently interveiwed Paul Wesley, talking about his role as Stefan and what we can expect from the show.
Q: In acting terms, the standard for this kind of role now is Robert Pattinson in Twilight. Because of that, is there anything that you’re doing to steer yourself further away from that portrayal?
Paul: Well, prior to shooting the pilot, I had never seen Twilight. I specifically went out of my way to not watch Twilight because I didn’t want it to influence me, in any way, because I knew that it was a similar subject matter. Now, I’ve actually never watched the movie in its entirety, but I’ve seen parts of it. And, I don’t think that it would be wise for any actor to make any judgments on their character, or decisions based on anyone else. If there are similarities to Robert Pattinson’s character in Twilight, so be it.
I take the scripts that Kevin and Julie write, and I do my honest, best portrayal. Any similarities are an after-effect. This is a weekly series, and there’s so much going on. There are so many new relationships. There is a lot going on in the show with vampires, but then there are personal relationships between all the characters. There are non-vampires everywhere.
Q: Who’d win in a fight: Edward Cullen or Stefan?
Taking a brief break from fight training ,Peter Facinelli attended a Red Cross Event in Virginia on Saturday. The event was a blood drive and signing and plenty of people showed up for both!Red Cross officials said a couple thousand donors came to the blood drive.
Here is a fan encounter from Linda who attended the event: