Rob Pattinson Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Calling all Rob fans!  It’s Rob in a very wet t-shirt as he takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in his own unique way.  

 

Did Twilight Change Comic Con for the Better?

comiccon08Just after Comic Con 2014, EW ran this story about how the Twilight Fanchise changed SDCC and asked if that change was for the good.  The whole article is wonderful!  Here are some highlights:

A few years ago, though, there was a pretty clear narrative on Comic-Con (it’s getting bigger) which came with its own cool-kid anti-narrative (it’s getting too big!) And there are a few hundred reasons behind both those narratives, but the unifying whipping boy was Twilight. The franchise arrived at Comic-Con in 2008. It shared a panel with the forgotten telekinetic thriller Push (starring future Twilight baddie Dakota Fanning and future Captain America Chris Evans); other films shown off at Comic-Con 2008 included Terminator: SalvationThe Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and Watchmen. Reading contemporary reports about the film’s panel, you find a lot of confusion (what is this movie doing here?) and more confusion (why are there so many people cheering so loudly for this movie I’ve never heard of?)

Time passed. The lines for Twilight became historic; in 2009 and 2010, you started hearing the stories about how the line for Hall H was becoming a self-sustaining Hooverville economy, with Twihards waiting in line for days hoping to catch a glimpse of Pattinson/Stewart et al. 

[Then] began the meme of “What is [thing I don't like] doing at Comic-Con?” Why was Glee at Comic-Con? Why was How I Met Your Mother at Comic-Con? Why was Castle at Comic-Con? Oh, Nathan Fillion’s in that? Well, okay, but why is Glee at Comic-Con?

There was a sense that Comic-Con’s glorious past had been replaced by a vaguely dystopian future; there was a sense that something had invaded, though it was hard to say whether that “something” was Hollywood or teenagers or anything that wasn’t a comic book. 

Flashforward to this year’s Comic-Con…But this was the Comic-Con where American Horror Story finally arrived in San Diego, which also means that this was the Comic-Con where Kathy Bates got a standing ovation.  It’s hard to know where something like American Horror Story would have fit into Old Comic-Con; this year, I saw a long line of people despondently waiting to fit into the small corner room where the AHS panel took place. (Bet you next year they move to Ballroom 20.) 

Comic-Con has gotten much bigger–but the flip side is that it’s gotten much more interesting. Certainly, it’s feels like it’s welcoming more kinds of people. 

Is this all a direct response to Twilight? I think yes. When you think of fandom pre-2000, the idea of a fan is split pretty cleanly: There’s the Fan-As-Living-Encylopedia, who can spout minutiae from Steranko’s entire run of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.; and there’s the Fan-As-Living-Freakout, the screaming hordes in A Hard Day’s Night who love the Beatles so much they start crying. Twilight at Comic-Con somehow fused those two fandom aesthetics into one; you could camp out for days speaking with serious fluency about the changes made from book-to-film, but you could also scream into near-unconsciousness whenever Pattinson answered a question. Anyone could be a megafan of anything–and more and more, “anything” was going to be at Comic-Con.

What are your thoughts?  Did Twilight’s presence at SDCC change it for the better or the worse?  And how many of you would have never gone to SDCC had it not been for Twilight?  Read the whole story at EW.  

Kristen Stewart in “Just One of the Guys” Music Video

Kristen Stewart is featured in a music video from Jenny Lewis’ new album Voyager.  The song is called “Just One of the Guys” and features Kristen along with Ann Hathaway, and Brie Larson  as back up singers and musicians who sometimes dress as guys.   

 

A contest and a Kickstarter for the Con*Quest Adventure Journal™

Win a Con*Quest Adventure Journal for your next con!

 

Support their Kickstarter and tell your friends! Twilight has given me so many amazing experiences, meeting people and doing things I could have never even imagined 10 years ago. After traveling across the country, hosting numerous panels, getting hundreds of autographs and getting my picture taken with dozens of actors, I sure wish I would have had a journal (more than one actually) to keep all of those great memories in from a truly amazing time in my life. Sadly, there just wasn’t anything available specifically for those conventions experiences.

Enter Shelley Harper, former PR roadie for the Twilight Lexicon, One Less Nemesis t-shirt vendor, and now, with her business partner Ted, creator of the Con*Quest Adventure Journal™ – a journal for comic and fan conventions. If only I had thought of this! Ted and Shelley were vending at Portland comic-con last January and noticed that the leather journal and hard plastic photo protector booths were pretty busy. At that moment, they said, “Hey why isn’t there a journal especially for comic-cons. WE should make a journal especially for comic-cons!” And so they did.

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The Con*Quest Adventure Journal has pages for everything you do at a con. There are 30 pages to capture autographs, artwork, panel notes, foodie notes and stick pictures, stickers and stuff on. There are sleeves for your photo-ops, artwork and comics, a business card holder, a zipper pouch and each journal comes with a Sharpie. They knew you would want to be able to carry this around with you for easy access, so they had a custom long handled canvas tote bag created that is perfect for putting all of your con stuff in. It’s really the whole package.Con Quest 1

I’m supporting their Kickstarter by backing them for a journal and bag and I’ll be giving it to one of you!

 

Just tweet this:

Support Con*Quest Adventure Journal – journal for #comiccon on @kickstarter http://kck.st/1sSdf6L @Quest_Journals @TwilightLexicon

You can also post on Facebook, tell us you shared it in the comments below.  We’ll pick a winner on Thursday, July 17 so you can have your journal in time for San Diego Comic-con or any other con on your schedule! This contest is open to anyone in the continental United States only.  Let’s help them get this awesome project funded!

Be sure to follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check out their website here. To see a video with more details about the journal, they have a Youtube video here.

Nancy Kirkpatrick-A Friend to Twilight-Moving On

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Over the years, there were various voices at Summit Entertainment who really “got Twilight” and “got the Fandom”. Most of their work was behind the scenes. Probably many, wouldn’t even know what they did. One of those who got Twilight out there as Twilight and not some weird story that was barely connected to the novels, and really embraced the PR that fandom could bring was Nancy Kirkpatrick. 

According to Variety, Nancy is now moving on.

 

Lionsgate and Summit have merged their marketing divisions into one entity, it was announced Thursday, forcing the ouster of longtime Summit marketing exec Nancy Kirkpatrick, who oversaw the “Twilight” and “Divergent” campaigns at the company.

As a result, Tim Palen, Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer, will have marketing oversight of the Lionsgate and Summit film labels as well as its Pantelion Films joint venture with Televisa and its urban Codeblack Films label.

Kirkpatrick, who has served as Summit Entertainment’s president of worldwide marketing for the past six years, will resign at the end of this month.

THR did a retrospective on what Nancy accomplished with Twilight back in 2012. The link also includes a story of what happened the first time we met Nancy.

Over the years, Nancy put her foot down on any number of things that were beneficial to the franchise. Much respect from this website for a woman who made it in the boy’s club that Hollywood can be. Nancy, our thanks, and we wish you well.

A Twilight Friend Needs Your Help

larry carrollBack in 2008, just about the only media outlet to take Twilight and Twilight fans seriously was MTV.  Everyone else thought it was going to be just some other vampire movie, or just another teen flick that went quickly to DVD and oblivion. Not MTV. MTV took it seriously, and the person most responsible for that was Larry Carroll (pictured left), their main reporter at the time. Larry always took the fans and fandom seriously, and didn’t talk to fans like they were two, or talk down to them like they’d lost their minds. He gave and got respect. 

Well, Larry is going through a very tough time. Those of us who are parents can only imagine. Larry has started a fundly campaign in honor of his late daughter. On his Fundly page Larry explains:

I’m sorry if this is very raw, but my baby girl died this morning. 

Please believe me when I say that Savannah, who was 2-and-a-half, was loved every second that she was alive. My wife and I fed her the healthiest foods, gave her that extra-fancy milk with the DHA in it, enrolled her in a little gym class and showered her with countless hugs and kisses. As a dad, I practiced every day until I finally (mostly) figured out how to make pigtails. She was a healthy, happy child – this is not how things are supposed to end.

We’re not sure what happened. We woke up this morning, and she did not.

If you’ve never dealt with loss, I sincerely hope that you never do. If you have, then you know the worst feeling is the sense of helplessness, of frustration. The only thing you can do, it seems, is admit that you have no control. And when you’re a parent – the person who is supposed to be able to make everything better – that’s a horrifying thing to admit.

If you’ve read this far, I thank you. I won’t take up much more of your time.

One thing that does give me solace is that when “Savvy” was with us, we shared lots of unplanned memories with her. A surprise trip to an indoor playground, an unexpected cookie at Starbucks, a walk along the beach on a random Tuesday afternoon – and I came to refer to these as “Stolen Moments.”

 I’m feeling very powerless right now. But people have already begun asking how they can help, and in the days ahead I don’t want a bunch of money to be thrown away on flowers. I’d recommend a charity for people to make donations in her honor, but I’m very weary of the way many charities take your money and use them to pay overhead. The only way I can handle this powerlessness, I figure, is with the power to give someone else joy.

So, here’s my idea: If you’d like to make a donation in Savannah’s name – any size – please do it here. And my dream is to take every penny of those donations, locate a special little girl somewhere in the world – and give her and her family the “Stolen Moment” that we’ll never be able to make with our baby Savannah. 

I will find a family somewhere – someone I have never met before and has no connection to anyone I know – and help them make a Stolen Moment. The only 3 requirements are that they have a little girl, that they very clearly love her, and that they don’t have the financial means to typically do this sort of thing.

Perhaps we can send them to Disneyland, and get them the greatest hotel room ever. Perhaps we could fly them somewhere. I want to give some little person a moment with her Mom and Dad that she’ll remember forever – a moment that they would never have without us doing this. 

Any money raised above the costs of the “Stolen Moment” will be put into a college fund for that child.

After the Stolen Moment takes place, I’ll ask that the family meet with my wife and I, show us all the pictures they took, and tell us every awesome detail. In the wake of this tragedy, I’m determined to create joy.

Savannah was too young for me to say that this is what she would have wanted. But I can tell you that this is what I would’ve raised her to believe was the right thing to do.

If you have read this far, but cannot make a donation, I completely understand. Thank you for listening.

But please, I ask that you do this for my Savannah, the girl I would give anything to have back in my arms right now: Hug your child tight, tell them that you love them. Every. Damn. Day.

And the next time your child wants to play with your phone, even though they have peanut butter all over their hands and will just delete all your apps and make the screen too bright and you don’t know how to change it back…let them do it. And appreciate the fact that you’re witnessing such beauty. As parents, it’s the only thing we can do.

 

There is some additional info on MediaBistro about what the fund is going to do now that it has exceeded the original goal.  If Larry brought you even a little bit of joy over the years, please donate what you can in money, prayers, and thoughts.

Kristen Stewart: “I stand by every mistake I’ve ever made.”

Kristen in Marie Claire 2Marie Claire has a new interview with Kristen Stewart that addresses many of the issues fans have probably been wondering about.  Kristen had this to say about love:

“You don’t know who you will fall in love with. You just don’t. You don’t control it. Some people have certain things, like, ‘That’s what I’m going for,’ and I have a subjective version of that. I don’t pressure myself … If you fall in love with someone, you want to own them—but really, why would you want that? You want them to be what you love. I’m much too young to even have an answer for that question.” Stewart does acknowledge a desire to someday have children (and believes in adoption) and re-create the happy childhood she had. “I had it too good to not have that, too. If I were to put money on it, definitely, yeah. But you earn that, like, that’s so not here yet.” She laughs. “I mean, at this point, I can’t tell you if I want to hang out on Saturday.”

She had this to say about her awkwardness in public:

“I have an embarrassing incapability, seriously, of summoning fake energy.” And that’s what is required of her, she explains, whenever she does media to promote her latest projects. “I’m just not very good on TV, and it’s not my main goal in life to get good at it. People are like, ‘She just can’t handle’-for lack of a better word-’the spotlight.’ No, actually, I can’t, and that is totally who I am. I love being an actor, but I’m the last person to want to have a birthday party. I don’t try to force it or turn it into something else or fabricate this personality … so I totally agree when people say I’m, like, the most awkward person.” Stewart has reconciled that with her desire to be true to her poetic self. “If you’re operating from a genuine place, then you can’t really regret anything.”

And the quote that defines the whole interview:

“I stand by every mistake I’ve ever made, so judge away.”

Kristen is also featured on the cover.  Read the full interview at Marie Claire.

Win an Austenland Prize Pack!

austenland-dvd-cover-34The good folks at FickellFish have given us a prize pack to give away to one lucky fan! The prize contains everything an Austenland fan could want!

  • Mini Austenland Poster
  • Pink “I love Mr. Darcy” bag
  • A copy of Austenland signed by author Shannon Hale
  • 1 copy of the film
  • 1 T-shirt (sizes vary)

If you’d like to win this prize pack, just leave a comment below with the name of your favorite  Austen character and why you love them!  We will pick one winner at random on Friday the 14 for Valentine’s Day.

Video of Google Hangout #Austenland Chat with Stephenie Meyer

Janes Night InMy book club had a great opportunity last weekend to hold a Janes Night In party!  We were able to watch Austenland and were sent a whole host of goodies, including a bingo board filled with fun quotes and images from the film.  To top off the night, we were able to chat with Stephenie Meyer about Austenland!  There was another chat that took place after ours, so I have included both videos.  Stephenie gives lots of behind the scenes information on set decoration and script changes.  

 

 

 

 

 

#Jane’sNightIn with #Austenland!

austenlandJoin us tomorrow for a Girls Night In as we help celebrate the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Austenland with #Jane’sNightIn!  Follow us on twitter for comments and photos about the party I will be hosting for a few friends in Tennessee.  We will be screening the film and enjoying lots of treats thanks to Fickle Fish Films and the Method Agency.  We will also get the chance to talk to Stephenie Meyer in a Google Hangout for a few moments, so if you have any pressing questions, leave us a comment and we might use your question in the chat!  Find more information about Girls Night In at StephenieMeyer.com.