Midnight Sun Drive-In and Virtual Book Tour Update

Stephenie updated the information on her book tour for Midnight Sun. With all the social distancing rules changing moment by moment, this may change again in the next few weeks.  But as of July 20, here is what we know from Stephenie…

On Friday, August 7th I’ll be at the Skyline Drive-in Theatre in Shelton, WA with Ballast Book Company for a socially distanced, in-person Q&A followed by a screening of the Twilight film. *If all goes as planned, you’ll be able to ask me questions from your car and we can share some safe and masked fun.  Visit the Ballast Book Company site for details.  

On Saturday, August 8th the amazing bookstore, An Unlikely Story, will be hosting a Drive-in event with the Rustic Drive-In Theatre in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. I really wanted to be there in person, but travel restrictions are keeping me from attending. However, I will be there with you virtually and you’ll be able to ask all your Midnight Sun questions in real time via Instagram Live, and then watch the movie. Make sure you have Instagram on your phones! Visit the Unlikely Story website for details. 

There are also two virtual events hosted by Books a Million and Barnes and Nobel. 

Monday, August 10th
4:00 PM PT | 7:00 PM ET
BAM Virtual Event
Tickets: crowdcast.io/e/7mdhaol9/register

Friday, August 14th
4:00 PM PT | 7:00 PM ET
Barnes & Noble Virtual Event
Link: https://www.facebook.com/barnesandnoble/

See the Original Twilight Movie in Cafeteria Movie Location

The high school in Portland where the original Twilight movie was shot is due to me demolished in a complete revamp of that site. However, before that happens, you can see the iconic movie in that location:

The event is being put on by Meyers House NC, a company that specializes in such screenings. Details below and on the Meyers House website

“Who is he?” “That’s Edward Cullen. He’s totally gorgeous, obviously, but apparently nobody here is good enough for him. Like I care, you know? So yeah, seriously, like, don’t waste your time.” “Wasn’t planning on it”…

The Myers House NC presents a very special one night only ON SET CINEMA screening of Twilight! Join me on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 in Portland, Oregon at Madison High School …aka Forks High School from the movie! This is where the majority of the interiors of the school were filmed. I will be screening the movie inside the cafeteria where Bella (Kristen Stewart) sees Edward (Robert Pattinson) and the Cullens for the first time. Twilighters will have the opportunity to see the classroom where Edward not only realizes how much he thirsts for Bella’s blood, but where Edward and Bella first get to know each other in science class. Fanpires will also be able to check out Bella’s locker. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the movie in this location because unfortunately 3 months after this screening the school will be completely reconstructed and the locations as we know them will be gone forever. So hold on tight spider monkeys, we’re going to Forks!

…“About 3 things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

• Location: Madison High School – 2735 NE 82nd, Portland, OR 97220
• Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm (movie starts at 7:30pm)
• Admission: $10 per person (plus fees) *** PURCHASE TICKETS HERE *** (tickets will still be available at the door if event doesn’t sell out. I will keep everyone posted about that)
• Facebook event page / IMDb / Movie trailer

Twilight Saga Teaser Reveals: A History

Here are the Twilight Saga Teasers to compare. Which one do you think did the best job? Do you think Breaking Dawn 1 can top your favorite?

What Twilight Could Have Been

One of the producers of Twilight, Mark Morgan, (seen left at the New Moon premiere. Photo credit: Sue Schneider_MGp Agency) spoke to Hollywood Life about what the original draft of Twilight was like back when MTV/Parmount had it and Stephenie Meyer was a relatively unknown author.  Twilight was purchased before it was even published as is fairly common in Hollywood. Many scripts are optioned, but something like only 20% ever get made. Despite flaws, I think we can all agree that the Melissa Rosenberg version is way better. The MTV/Paramount version represents typical big studio think where they repackage everything rather than taking the best from the original.

At the Eclipse Prom in 2008, Laura talked with Stephenie a bit about the project where Stephenie mentioned some details like Bella and Edward being pursued by the FBI/CIA, bullets harming vampires, and Bella being a track star at BYU. The conversation was relatively late at night and Laura actually thought she imagined most of it the next day. At the end of the discussion, Stephenie mentioned that the rights to the movie were now going to an independent studio and she’d have more control over the script, and she was hopeful for it looking like something the fans would like.

Here’s what producer Mark Morgan told Hollywood Life:

“I actually found the material originally and then [sold it to MTV] and then sold it to Paramount,” he confided. “Lo and behold, six months later, after we chose a writer [Melissa Rosenberg], we did a draft and [Paramount] put the project in turnaround.”

Mark noted that it was hard finding a buyer for the script — believe it or not, nobody wanted it! “We went shopping to every studio around, but everyone passed,” he told us. “Every studio passed! Finally [Summit] said ‘let’s do it.’ It was a total blessing that Summit [chose to do the movie], because frankly, Paramount would have chosen a different director [over Catherine Hardwicke]. Their rewrite wasn’t exactly like the book.”

So what WOULD you have seen in this parallel Twilight universe? “They wanted to go more with an action movie,” Mark explained. “They had Bella [Kristen Stewart] fighting back. They had her father dying in one of the scripts, actually, and her becoming a vampire in the first movie. There were a lot of weird things that I don’t think they understood at the time, because the books were just becoming popular. By the time [the script] got to Summit, they were smart enough to say ‘You know what? Let’s throw out all the old scripts and let’s start from scratch.”

So, does this information make you view the Twilight movies any differently?

See Twilight Before New Moon

This just in from Summit:

“Responding to the fans of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, Summit Entertainment announced today that it will re-release TWILIGHT, the first film in the franchise, at select theatres nationwide on November 19th, a day before the highly anticipated release of the movie’s sequel, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON.  Despite the first film already being on DVD, fans across the nation have been calling out to see the film once again on the big screen and the studio is honoring their request.

Summit is working with exhibitors to screen TWILIGHT one night only with screenings in the evening just before THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON arrives in theatres.  Select theatres will offer tickets at a reduced price.”

Reelz Channel: Twilight Locations Outtakes

Last week Reelz Channel did a whole segment on the locations used for the movie version of Twilight. the majority of those locations were in and around the Portland, Oregon area. They just added two outtake segments due to popular demand.

Reelz Channel Tours the Portland Area Sets

Tours of the Portland area locations used in the Twilight movie have become popular with tourists. Reelz Channel has their own tour set up for you.

There are 8 more videos after this one. See the rest here.

Twilight Survives the End of the World

According to MTV, Sony pictures put up the question, ““What Would You Take With You In 2012?” Web site, set up as a viral marketing tool for November’s apocalyptic thriller “2012.”

Well not surprising to us, but perhaps surprising to the folks over at Sony, Twilight won. In fact Twilight won and we don’t really remember this particular poll being hyped on the fansites, ours or other sites. So, it really says something when Twilight beat out major competiton.

Check out the whole story on MTV.

Vote For the Twilight Soundtrack

You can vote for the Twilight soundtrack over at the World Soundtrack Academy. According to the site:

“All soundtrack and film music fans worldwide are asked to cast their vote for what they consider the best soundtrack of the past 12 months (for any film released between 1 JULY, 2008 and 30 JUNE, 2009). The soundtrack that gets the highest number of votes will receive the Public Choice Award. Only one vote is allowed per person. The voting procedure is monitored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The voting period is set from 2009-07-01 to 2009-09-15.”

Get full details on the World Soundtrack Academy voting here. TY to Glowie74 for the heads up.

Fans Turn Out For Melissa Rosenberg Signing

Melissa Rosenberg signed Twilight scripts yesterday in Los Angeles at the festival of books. All proceeds went to support The Writer’s Guild.

Lexiconer Cindy, pictured left, writes in:

“I thought you might enjoy the photos of Melissa’s script signing session this afternoon at the LA Festival of Books at UCLA. My daughter, Caitlin, and I were first in line for her arrival and I was able to ask her if there was any news at all about Breaking Dawn. She said “nothing yet”… She was also very appreciative of everyone that turned out in support of The Writer’s Guild.

It was great  chatting in line with other gals who had been to Comic Con as well as one who was older like myself and just getting into the extreme passionate fan-dom of Twilight. So it was really fun to share stories, anecdotes and updates with all of them while we waited for Melissa’s arrival. It was well worth the wait!”