Next Movie: Why Nothing Is the Next Twilight

twilight-booksThis is probably one of the best articles that we have read in a long time. Next Movie combines some serious analysis and a tongue-in-cheek approach to why nothing out there right now is “The Next Twilight” or for that matter “The Next Harry Potter”. Their Oprah and Zuckerberg comparison is spot on. In fact we’re going to use their quote the next time someone asks us that “Next Twilight” question.

“Hollywood is all about finding the next hot thing, whether that’s a script, an actor, a director, a genre (vampires anyone?) or the ultimate discovery, a lucrative film series.

The seven “Harry Potter” movies have so far netted over $6 billion, while the first three installments of “The Twilight Saga” have earned just under $1.8 billion. That’s nearing “Oprah” money, people! (As opposed to “Potter,” which is nearing “Zuckerberg” money… but we’d rather be Oprah.)…

It seems like every other week we’re hearing buzz about some book being adapted for the big screen that its producers hope can be “The next ‘Twilight.'” News flash, producers: There’s only, and will only ever be, one “Twilight.”

Check out the rest on Next Movie.

In our opinion, the biggest reason there isn’t a Next Twilight or Harry Potter yet, is that there is no book that has reached the epic level of midnight release and 1,000’s of people on line for an author signed copy of a book. Don’t get us wrong, things like The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments series have done well, but they aren’t at that Oprah and Zuckerberg level cited by Next Movie. Cassie Clare and Suzanne Collins can still walk the streets without press hounding them. When a book series hits that level of excitement ( and usually it takes 2-3 books for that to happen with more books in the series to come) then we will believe that we have “The Next Twilight”

Next Movie Does Robert Pattinson Cartoon Style

Next Movie in honor of Rango decided to expand our cartoon horizons:

“Practically every mega-star in Hollywood has gotten animated.

Tom Hanks was a toy. George Clooney was a fox. Angelina Jolie was a tigress. Eddie Murphy was an ass donkey. And now, Johnny Depp is a lizard in the desert-set romp “Rango.”

But as the roles above indicate, hardly ever do these stars voice people — even rarer people that resemble themselves.

We wondered aloud what these stars would look like as animated characters. Our old buddy Old Red Jalopy heard us and drew up these eight portraits.”

One of the portraits is of Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen is seen left. Also don’t miss Rango where Gil Birmingham is voicing one of the characters!

Check out more cartoon stars on Next Movie!

Next Movie: The Twilight Awards

The Confessions of a Male Twi-Hard blog over at Next Movie has an idea that’s not all that crazy:

“The Academy Awards have to attract young viewers to remain the biggest awards show. That’s why they expanded the Best Picture category to 10 nominees, allowing more populist films to be included.

They’ve also started a huge social networking push, announcing recently that the ceremony will be streaming live online, and named the unlikely young duo of Anne Hathaway and James Franco as co-hosts.

This is all costing the Academy a pretty penny, during a time when movie ticket sales are down. However, all they really need to attract younger viewers is “The Twilight Saga.”

I am not suggesting that the prestigious awards show should tarnish its reputation by including “Twilight” nominees in undeserved categories. Most reasonable Twi-Hards are willing to admit Robert Pattinson’s performance as Edward doesn’t quite match up to Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” or James Franco in “127 Hours.”

What I am suggesting, simply, is they add some categories where “Twilight” will be a lock.

Creepiest Supernatural Performance
Dakota Fanning in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”
Ashley Bell in “The Last Exorcism”
Dimitri Coats in “Suck”
Ken Jeong in “Vampires Suck”

WINNER: Dakota Fanning”

Check out more on Next Movie

Next Movie: Male Twi-Hard’s Family Commentary

Next Movie’s male twi-hard blogger watched the Eclipse DVD with his family. There are some hilarious results here. All of us have probably seen the same with family members, friends, and co-workers who may or may not be that up on Twilight.

“Since some of my family members are fellow Twi-Hards, I brought the DVD to Thanksgiving just to blow their minds, which it did. I didn’t expect the non-Twi-fans to be interested in it, but after dinner a number of them wanted to watch.

So I took note of their reactions and ended up with a more interesting commentary than those on the disc.  And yes, of course I’ll share. Below are some highlights and insights on “Eclipse” from a family that cannot stop talking.

Family members participating:

Betty: 70, my grandfather’s second wife, loves puffy-paint sweatshirts, has vaguely heard of “Twilight”
Kelly: 26, my sister-in-law, teaches preschool, a bigger Twi-Hard than me
Jason: 22, my cousin, loves Jagermeister, hates “Twilight”
George: late-50s, my aunt’s ex-husband/cousins’ father, drives Corvette, minimal “Twilight” knowledge
Jane: mid-40s, George’s “friend,” drinks vodka, thinks she “may have seen one of those movies”

Check out the crew’s running commentary on Next Movie.

A Wedding For Bella and Edward in Eclipse?

Next Movie has shared part of their upcoming David Slade interview. (In case you are wondering, every media outlet in town interviewed David Slade during the last two days and their media embargo just lifted.) David shared this surprising tidbit:

“…according to David Slade, the director of the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” adaptation, it[the wedding] might have come a little earlier on the big screen.

“We discussed a lot of the things at the script-writing stage — at one point, we were even going to shoot the wedding at the end of [“Eclipse”] but we knew there was another film coming,” Slade tells NextMovie exclusively.

“We knew that a lot of that could go into the next film.  And we just made the most concise version of this story that we could.”

Check it out on Next Movie.