Kristen Stewart, Stephenie Meyer and more kick off new Twilight Movie

MTV has the exclusive video where Kristen Stewart, who played Bella Swan, Stephenie Meyer and more talk about the Twilight short film project.

According to MTV:

But before all of that can happen, you need to the make the movies. Phase 1 of The Storytellers has begun over at the contest’s official website. There you can vote on which “Twilight” character’s origin story you would like to see transformed into a short film for Facebook.

Head to the contest website for The Storytellers now to vote, and choose which character you want to hear from when “The Twilight Saga” continues.

Bill Condon Gives Twihards a Sneek Peak At Side Show

side showBill Condon, the Academy Award winning director of Breaking Dawn I and II, has directed the revival of Side Show that is opening on Broadway shortly. Apparently some enthusiastic fans tried to sneak in to see the rehearsal process, and Bil Condon was really nice about the whole thing.

According to the NY Post:

Security at the St. James Theatre (where the Michael Keaton movie “Birdman” was filmed) successfully stopped the “Twihards” from entering without proper credentials.

But when Condon got wind they’d been blocked, he let some in for a peek at his show.

“The fans got to watch the cast perform the opening number, ‘Come Look at the Freaks,’” a spy reports. Condon then even took a poll to get their thoughts.

Condon if hoping TwiHards turn out for the show. Our co-owner, Laura, saw the show when it was at the Kennedy Center in June and she thought it was excellent. Don’t miss it, this is something TwiHard nation show show up for because it’s that good! You can get tickets here.

Commenting on the TwiHard devotion, Condon stated, “I’m hoping that somehow we might get one tenth of that Twilight audience because Side Show speaks to something similar. There’s a great younger female audience that I know would get this show if we could get to them.”

Kellan Lutz Reacts to New Twilight Films.

Kellan todayMTV caught up with Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett in the Twilight movies, about the new, Twilight saga short films that are being planned. Here is what he had to say.

“Well, that’s very innovative. I have to hand it to Summit and Lionsgate. That’s a great way to reach the masses again,” he said. “It seems like it’s going to be really interactive as well, with Facebook fans being able to voice their opinions. I just think it’s a really cool idea. They better not give my character away.”

But they couldn’t possibly recast Emmett, right? “Nah, that happens all the time,” Lutz said.

Even in that case, Lutz is still grateful for what the series meant for his career. “‘Twilight’ was such a blessing that I couldn’t have foreseen and it doing what it did,” he said. “Lionsgate is smart. Look what they’re doing. I’m sure the fans are just gung-ho about that.”

Check out more on MTV

Breaking Cookie: A Twilight Meets Sesame Street Parody

Twilight meets Sesame Street actually done by the official Sesame Street people. At this point we’re just on for the ride, not sure how much more surreal the week can get. We have a feeling it’s going to be a month of things we never thought we’d be posting about!

Via our friends at That’s Normal.

Gif Reaction to More Twilight Short Films

MTV put together a great piece on GIF reactions to the news that there will be more Twilight movies in short film style.  There are nine of the gifs all together each with captions that are pretty funny.

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6 Twilight Stories that have the most promise for #TwilightStories

victoriaSo clearly this is our subjective and highly biased view, but here are the five stories in no particular order that are found in the The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide. (You can buy the guide from Barnes and Noble or your favorite indie bookstore) that we think have the most promise for short film adaptation.


1. Alice’s Backstory

Alice is easily the most popular female character after Bella. Trust us, whenever there was a Twilight costume contest, there were always more Alice’s than any other character. Her backstory is great when you realize that it’s filled with murder and intrigue. Conniving father, unbelieving mother, being thrown into a mental hospital, and then James thrown in turning her into a vampire.  This is the stuff that keeps you wondering what’s next.

2. Victoria and Heidi A Sisters Story

Are you saying, “wait, what?” Heidi and Victoria are sisters. The answer is yes, sort of. Victoria wasn’t always with James. She started out in England in fact and eventually allied with a coven of women who she considered to be her sisters including Heidi. It all changed when Aro came upon their coven with ulterior motives and murder on his mind. 

3.  Charlotte Peter and Jasper

Who doesn’t love a love story when the odds are stacked against them? Charlotte and Peter’s story is about them breaking free of Maria’s coven and livign their own life saving each other from a dark existance, and in turn actually saving Jasper by giving him hope.

4. Aro and his collection

Aro is the ultimate charming villain. He is a master manipulator. the hard part is picking what angle of his story to go with since he pretty much leaves a trail of bodies wherever he goes. The best bit though is probably the fact that he killed his own sister in order to order to control Marcus and keep him around as a shell of his former shelf.

5.  Kate and Garrett 

Kate and Garrett would be a great honeymooning couple sitcom type of story. She has problems with sticking with one guy and he’s new to this whole vegetarian concept. Why not explore how each of them tries to stop the other from falling off the wagon (so to speak ) in their own way.

6. Renesmee, Jacob, and Nahuel

Let’s talk vampire and hybrid love triangle, and let’s make it messier because Renesmee’s dad can read the two guys thoughts. It practically writes itself. 



UPDATE: Given the parameters of the project announced on November 11th, the last two ideas wouldn’t work since all pitches have to take place in the universe BEFORE Bella and Edward met.

Stephenie Meyer and Liongate Partner for Twilight Based Film Contest

Hot off the Lionsgate press release:
GUIDERevisedLogoAs 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.”
Women 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
Meyer’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.
Lionsgate, 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.

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.