Since it’s debut, the Stephenie Meyer book series turned film franchise Twilight has turned the Vampire genre into a joke – albeit a very profitable one boasting millions of fans. So with the San Diego Comic-con fast approaching, studios are lining up their panels at a lighting-quick pace, with Summit’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 securing what could be the biggest spot.
Revealed by way of the official Twilight Twitter page, the final film in the franchise will be the opening panel of the weekend in the famed Hall H. Summit. A statement released by way of the Twilight Lexicon says:
“We are happy to announce that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at ComicCon® International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Summit Entertainment will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter, who will be shown exclusive footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale. In addition to the panel, BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will also be present at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor. Those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.”
Now, before all the non-Twilight fans (myself included) start bitching, this announcement shouldn’t dissuade you from going to the con. It’s still going to be filled with panels and events for everyone to enjoy, including other Vampire-themed panels from Vampire Diaries and True Blood set for Saturday, July 14th in Ballroom 20.
One should also be grateful of the fact that since Twilight is going first, you won’t have to stand in line behind a mob of giggling tweens for 10 hours straight. If you’re really lucky, they might even leave once they’ve achieved what they came there for.
If Summit wants to make this a successful media push, their finale stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner should be on hand. If they’re looking to make even more of an impact that weekend, they may have young Mackenzie Foy take part as well. Although an official list of who will be on-hand has yet to be posted, it should be a no-brainer as to who they’ll need.
And with a few of our very own taking part in the weekend festivities, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with an special news and announcements.
Special thanks to Cinema Blend for all the info.
I really sold you on this one. But its so true, unless you have a fetish for eyeballs the teaser trailer for The Host, really doesn’t show much. Clearly there is an “on the down-low” invasion afoot, Stephenie Meyer wrote the book, Andrew Niccol directed the film, which is still in production and it opens March 29, 2013 — this is what I got from the “teaser”. I consider myself teased to the point of frustrati… eh, sure — the loose blue balls analogy gets to stay in the picture.
My balls aside (king of the segue, I am I am) the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons (son of Jeremy), Jake Abel (son of Cain…no, can you imagine though?), Diane Kruger (daughter of Freddy, this is ridiculous now), William Hurt (…) and Frances Fisher.
According to Deadline.com, “Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, one of the last humans putting up a fight against an alien species called Souls, parasites that invade human bodies, fuse to each person’s consciousness and systematically erase their personalities.”
Meyer wrote The Host right after she completed the Twilight books, but not long after she had her Scrooge McDuck treasure bath.
Here is the video, warning — it will not be released on Betamax, so you may want to catch this one in theaters.
It almost reads like a tale straight from Middle Earth. Gandalf the Grey, known to most as Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry, who plays the Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit, are coming to the rescue of The Hobbit Pub. The Southampton, England establishment owned by Stella Roberts has come under attack from The Saul Zaentz Company who hold the copyrights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The pub is famous for not only its namesake but for serving Tolkien-themed drinks as well, all of which come under copyright infringement and would require them to pay The Saul Zaentz Company some egregious royalties. Roberts feared the license fee she’d be required to pay would, “be $100 this year and $20,000 next year.”
Thankfully the thespians have stepped in to put the whole matter to rest. McKellen and Fry have agreed to pay the fee and have also called out The Saul Zaentz Company’s actions as “unnecessary pettiness” and “self-defeating bullying.”
Roberts added, “They’ve said as soon as they finish filming they would like to come down and visit the pub.” What an awesome ending to a battle between fan love and corporate greed. I can only hope their drinks will be on the house.
In a recent interview this stunningly good writer did with twilightseriestheories.com, (note my usage of sarcastic italics) she has basically admitted she is not working on the next book in the Twilight series that every fangirl and boy are wishing their poor little hearts out for. In this next book, it was rumored that she would be writing it from the perspective of Edward Cullen instead of Bella Swan. Here is the quote, in case you care:
I know that’s what everyone cares about. I also know that the right answer would be for me to say “Oh yah, it’s done! And it’ll be out next month!” But that’s not true. It’s also not true that I’ve got a ton of work done on it, and that’s what I’m working on. What’s true is that I’m really burned out on vampires. And, I don’t want to write it badly. So I want to wait until I’m excited about the material again, and I’m excited about Edward, and that it’s something that’s motivating. You know, when a story is keeping me up at night, and I’m waking up at 4 am in the morning and thinking ‘Yes! That is what is what should happen in this moment!’ Then that is when I can write with happiness! So, right now it feels like homework… it really does. And when things feel like homework they go very, very slowly for me.
All right, so a few things…you’re sick of vampires? YOU, Stephenie if I may call you that, YOU are sick of vampires? You’re the whole damned reason that we real vampire fans are sick of vampires!! You don’t get to back out now, no! You have to stick it out and write horrible vampire novels until your fucking hands fall off, or an Edward Cullen look-a-like actually tries to drink your blood and leaves you for dead on the side of the roa–okay. That was harsh. Moving on…
We at nerd bastards don’t normally obsess over box office numbers, we generally don’t care. However, we can’t ignore the utter travesty that has happened over the past few days. Twilight: New Moon earned $26.27 million in midnight screenings which annihilated the previous record of $22.2 held by Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. New Moon has also claimed the biggest sales for opening day. Selling roughly $71 million worth of tickets which sadly kicks the ass of the $67 million The Dark Knight made (previous record holder). Really, this is just crap. How the hell does a horrible, visual companion to a horribly written book do this well? How many new born babies did Stephenie Meyer offer up in sacrifice to get this franchise to reach such super cult status? Just as I and many other Twilight haters were about to gauge our hearts out with a rusty spoon we’ve just been informed that New Moon did not take the biggest and most important record of opening weekend sales. With a $140 million it will come in third place in the biggest record holder scale. It will settle behind Spiderman 3 (2nd) with $148 million and The Dark Knight (First) with 155.34 Million . It’s a case of Twilight fans winning a few battles but not winning the war. However, the next installment of the Twilight saga: Eclipse is poised to unleash hell on earth.