Vampires pretty much put Summit Entertainment on the map after the company made the wise decision to produce and distribute "Twilight." Now, as Summit continues to rake in money with "New Moon," The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the house Edward Cullen built is interested in exploring the roots of the undead creatures at the heart of the franchise.
Summit will collaborate with Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, on "Vlad," a period action film about Vlad the Impaler as a young prince. The real-life 15th century Wallachian ruler, famously the inspiration for Bram Stoker's book "Dracula," may not be portrayed in the film as a vampire, but his connection to the mythology cannot really be ignored. Read More...
Technically, “Transylmania” isn’t a spoof film like “Date Movie,” “Meet the Spartans” and the like. But that hasn’t stopped the teens-in-vampireland comedy from cutting together a clever “New Moon”-inspired movie trailer . What's more, stars Jennifer Lyons and Oren Skoog insist that the film’s mix of love, supernatural scares and comedy will appeal to Twilighters.
“I was just looking at all the characters and thinking about that,” explained Lyons, who plays a demonically-possessed co-ed named Lynne in the flick that opens this weekend. “And I realized that almost every character in this movie is looking for love in every ridiculous, goofy way you can imagine. There’s a lot of forbidden love - we even have love between a head and a person; wait, that didn’t sound good.” Read More...
It's always great to see "Twilight" cast members getting along off-screen, and there were a couple of shout-outs bouncing around the Twitter-Wood feed today. Edi Gathegi wished Christian Serratos could be with him on a plane ride, but he had to settle for her advice on candy shenanigans. Elsewhere, Tinsel Korey sought Chaske Spencer's glitter skills in some Advent calendar construction.
In non-"Twilight" tweets "I'm on a Boat" seems to be a popular pick among the Grammy nominations this year, and Seth Meyers was among the first to back it. Michael McKean, meanwhile, will be pulling for Bela Fleck and Loudon Wainwright. Check out those posts after the jump, along with Richard Kelly's new prospective "Donnie Darko 3" premise and Danny DeVito's Thanksgiving Troll Foot costume. It's all in the Twitter-Wood report for December 3, 2009. Read More...
FROM MTV.COM: A copyright-infringement lawsuit against author Stephenie Meyer alleging plagiarism in "Breaking Dawn," the final book in her "Twilight" vampire series, has been dismissed, according to a statement sent to MTV News by Meyer's publisher.
Jordan Scott, the author of a 2006 supernatural novel called "The Nocturne," filed a suit in August accusing Meyer of lifting elements — including plot lines and developments — from her book for use in "Breaking Dawn." On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II dismissed Scott's claim.
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FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: Having been heralded to fame by the "Twilight Saga" and the once-fledgling Summit studio behind the mega-successful franchise, Robert Pattinson can't help but wonder sometimes if it's all just a fluke. "I've only done one movie outside of the 'Twilight' series, 'Remember Me,' "Rob recently said about his first post-fame project with Emilie de Ravin and Pierce Brosnan. "But even that I did with the same studio, so I guess I'm still a little bit blind as to what my actual economic viability will be outside of the series."
Robert will be testing that "economic viability" with several projects throughout 2010 including the Guy de Maupassant adaptation "Bel Ami" with Uma Thurman and the Western "Unbound Captives," which the actor discussed recently with MTV News.
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FROM MTV.COM: Most actors would be thrilled to be involved with either an Oscar-winning movie or the biggest box-office hit of the year. If you believe the hype, Anna Kendrick might just be in both.
A few short weeks ago, the 24-year-old actress walked the red carpet at Mann's Village theater for the premiere of "New Moon." Then on Monday night, Kendrick returned to answer questions about the awards-season buzz surrounding her role as a fast-talking junior executive opposite George Clooney in "Up in the Air." Elegantly attired in a white gown, the fast-rising actress talked to us about fashion, billiards and why she didn't bring Rob Pattinson as her date.
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Well it's official. Okay, not official official, but pretty damn likely. A big screen adaptation of "Breaking Dawn" is on, and it's being split into two movies. Or it might be. Why don't I just tell you what's going on?
No one ever really doubted that "Breaking Dawn" would get made, and fairly soon. "Twilight" license holders Summit Entertainment know they've got something big, and so they've been hitting us fast and hard. A year after the first movie, we've got two more hitting just six months apart. And now, if Variety's sources are correct, "Breaking Dawn" is percolating for a two-movie release, with scripts to be written by series scribe Melissa Rosenberg. Read More...
There are many times in this line of work when I find myself suddenly struck speechless. When you're reporting on Hollywood and the Cult of Celebrity, strange happenings become the norm. So it was when I learned over the summer that "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer was to be the subject of a biographical comic book from Bluewater Productions. On the scale of baffling developments, this one ranked fairly low; I simply processed the news and moved on with my day.
Now the comic is here. And MTV has staged a dramatic, motion comic-style excerpt for you, compliments of Movies Editor Josh Horowitz. And I'm once again struck speechless. Serious this time though. Really... there are no words good enough to intro this clip. So just watch it.
FROM MTV.COM: With the box-office success of "New Moon" and fans eagerly anticipating the June release of "Eclipse," it looks almost certain that "Breaking Dawn," the final book in the "Twilight Saga," will hit the big screen. But there are two big questions surrounding the potential film: Who will direct it, and will it be split into two movies?
MTV News spoke with the "Twilight" stars last week at a New York screening of "New Moon" and asked them to weigh in on the saga's future.
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Let's talk about the insane performance of "New Moon" at the box office this past weekend. It was projected to earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $70 million. That number was doubled once the ticket sales had been counted. Impressive, to say the least.
What's interesting is that, when you look back over the opening weekend box office record-breakers, "New Moon" is sort of the odd man out. Or, more accurately, odd woman out. Look at the list, the franchises represented there: "Star Wars," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Batman," "Indiana Jones"... lots of male-oriented stuff. This isn't to say that only boys can like "Star Wars" or that there aren't a few gender-neutral/family-friendly title-holders -- I'm looking at you "Harry Potter," and you too, "Shrek" -- but the trend definitely seems to favor the boys. That on its own is noteworthy. Dig a little deeper, and some questions start to surface. Read More...