Hot off the Lionsgate press release:As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called “The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,” will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer’s encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide. (You can buy the guide from Barnes and Noble or your favorite indie bookstore)The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and one of the directors of Disney’s global blockbuster Frozen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.Five winning shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help select a grand prize winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career opportunities. The short film development and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and Tongal platforms.“More people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook,” said Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose. “This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight’s massive global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program.”“We’re delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Stephenie and confident that her participation in theTwilight short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. “Our partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing our franchises in exciting new directions, and we’re pleased to introduce fresh creative talent to the Twilight universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment in front of and behind the camera.”“Accessing Hollywood is a momentous challenge, especially for aspiring female filmmakers, so I‘m thrilled that Women In Film has been invited to join Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Facebook to empower new storytellers with diverse voices,” said WIF President Cathy Schulman. “Women In Film is proud to help recruit and mentor female filmmakers as part of a project that illustrates the power of a beloved book and movie franchise to lessen the gender gap in our film community and provide a platform for women’s perspectives to be seen and heard.”“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Meyer. “I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”ABOUT WOMEN IN FILMWomen In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise fifty percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen: in management positions as well as in front of and behind the camera. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants, film finishing funds, mentorships, film and television shadowing programs, participation in its award-winning PSA program and access to employment opportunities. WIF also works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community. For more information visitwww.wif.org.ABOUT THE TWILIGHT SAGAMeyer’s Twilight Saga books have sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and have been translated into at least 38 languages around the globe, winning the 2008 British Book Award for “Children’s Book of The Year” for Breaking Dawnand the 2009 Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Book for the series as a whole. The five films of The Twilight Sagafranchise have grossed more than $3.3 billion at the global box office, ranking among the most successful feature film franchises of all time.ABOUT LIONSGATELionsgate, home to The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergentfranchises, is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winningMad Menand Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Divergentfranchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ A Most Wanted Man and Pantelion Films’ breakout hitInstructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
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.
Just 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: Salvation, The 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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Back 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.
“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.
- 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.
My 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.