Unless you've been living under a rock the past few months, you'll know that a teensy little film called "New Moon" came out this past weekend and made a blockbuster-worthy $140 million in the past three and a half days. But most of that insane opening weekend appeal can be attributed to a year's worth of Twilighter fanaticism and marketing, and only time will tell whether "New Moon" can sustain its box office hold beyond just fan interest. In fact, most critics knocked the movie because it stayed so close to the book and didn't deviate enough to let those not familiar with "Twilight" in.
Enter "Eclipse." The third installment of "The Twilight Saga" has already finished filming and is slated for a June 30, 2010 release. It is arguably the best in the series (arguable because it is my favorite, obviously), but it is also the book that propelled Stephenie Meyer's novels into the insane popularity they now have. That's right; it was only two years ago that not everyone and their mother knew about Bella and Edward. There are a number of different elements that allow "Eclipse" to reach beyond the vampire/human love story appeal, so read beyond the jump to figure out why you (read: boys) might too be interested in this movie. Needless to say, spoilers lie ahead. Read More...
FROM MTV.COM: The stars of "Twilight" can't wait for fans to see the saga's third film, "Eclipse," and with more than six months until the film is released, Twilighters are already salivating to see what happens next for Bella, Jacob and Edward on the big screen.
"I didn't know if ['New Moon'] was going to be any good, where I feel like 'Eclipse' is going to be epic," Jordana de la Cruz gushed to MTV News after catching "New Moon" on opening night. "And they kiss in it, Jacob and Bella!"
Continue reading 'New Moon' Moviegoers Say 'Eclipse' Will Be 'Epic'
I hope y'all are ready for a full day of "New Moon" coverage. Because it came out of the weekend with the biggest all-time records broken for midnight openings and Friday openings. And it's number three for top all-time opening weekends, behind "The Dark Knight" and "Spider-Man 3" (no, there's no accounting for taste with Spidey).
So let me make this absolutely clear for everyone: "Twilight" is officially everywhere. EVERYWHERE. And like the vampires it portrays, the franchise is starting to infect every facet of pop culture. Just take a look at our "Twilight" Takeover flipbook gallery to see for yourself.
And just so you know, that pic up there might be my favorite Photoshop of all time. BIG BIG BIG ups to producer Sohyung Kang for her fantastic work. Be sure to show your love by giving us a shout in the comments section below (and remember, you can sign in using your Facebook ID).
FROM MTV.COM: With even Kristen Stewart questioning Bella's alliance to Edward and with Taylor Lautner looking particularly beefy these days, it's no wonder die-hard Team Edward members are questioning their allegiance to the brooding vampire.
Some fans are switching teams altogether — so does that mean no one is on Team Edward anymore?
"I'm still Team Edward," Stephanie told MTV News early Friday after catching a midnight screening of "New Moon" in New York. "Die-hard."
Continue reading 'New Moon' Has Fans Jumping From Team Edward To Team Jacob
FROM MTV.COM: "New Moon" director Chris Weitz seems pretty pleased with the way he ended the second movie in the "Twilight Saga." But the fans who have already gotten a chance to see the movie are still reeling from Weitz's directorial decision. Not to give too much away, but some said it wasn't the conclusion they'd expected.
"I was really surprised by the ending, the way they kept us hanging like that," Jordana de la Cruz from Rhode Island told MTV News, after seeing a midnight screening in New York. "I hated it, but I liked it at the same time."
Continue reading 'New Moon' Ending Surprises Fans Who Read The Book
FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: After months of filming in rain-drenched Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, "New Moon" stars Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz must have felt right at home in Manhattan as a persistent drizzle lingered over the city. But unlike shoots for their vampire romance, the onscreen duo stayed toasty and dry inside the Times Square Toys "R" Us greeting fans and signing autographs for the final leg of the "Twilight" mall tour.
About 500 lovely ladies and a few fellows (not a surprising ratio by now) waited for hours in a line that snaked around the block, with some like Julianne Castillo and Vanesa Rayes, both 18 from Jamaica, Queens, having been outside since before 6 a.m.
"We got up at four o'clock in the morning. We were outside by 5:30 in the morning," Julianne said. "We want to be the first ones on line. That's when all the excitement is there from the actors. We want to have the energy on that paper."
Continue reading Kellan Lutz And Nikki Reed Brave Forks-Like Weather For NYC 'New Moon' Mall Tour
Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are THE GORE GIRLS!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.
Today brings another special Friday edition of MTV's Gore Girls. With "New Moon" freshly arrived in theaters, we decided to try something a little bit different. Instead of Jenni and Terri discussing a single movie, they watched "Bram Stoker's Dracula" -- a romance-focused vampire story, albeit with quite a bit more horror than Stephenie Meyer's works -- and discussed it in relation to "Twilight." For those who haven't seen it, "Dracula" is a pretty straightforward adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 book. Gary Oldman stars as the king blood-sucker, alongside Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, Winona Ryder as his beloved wife Mina and Anthony Hopkins as Abraham Van Helsing. It was a bit of a sensation when it hit theaters in 1992. Nothing approaching what we see today with "Twilight," but a similar sort of vampire-focused craze. Read More...
FROM MTV.COM: November 20 has been a long time coming for devotees of the "Twilight" saga, and at a movie theater in Times Square, fans from around the world congregated long before midnight to witness Chris Weitz's adaptation of "New Moon," the second book in Stephenie Meyers' series. While there were who were disappointed ("It did not live up to expectations at all," griped Melissa Paipan from Manhattan), the general consensus was that it was, as Jordana de la Cruz from Rhode Island gushed, "the best movie in the entire universe and more."
"We bought our tickets ... literally, the day they came out," Lauren from Brooklyn told MTV News. Many who attended the midnight screening said they purchased tickets as early as September. Many had also prepared for the occasion by re-reading passages from the novel, watching the movie's trailers online, and re-watching the first movie.
Continue reading 'New Moon' Is Better Than 'Twilight,' Say Fans At Midnight Screening
"New Moon" hits theaters today, but I'm betting that at least a good portion of you saw it last night in a midnight screening. I'll be seeing it this weekend -- tomorrow morning, in fact -- but I figured it would be best to leave the late night viewing to the real fans. Besides, something told me that late-night "New Moon" revelers were going to be a loud crowd to see the movie with. Lord knows I gasped and hooted during "The Phantom Menace." I figure a morning matinee will be a bit... quieter. Only a bit.
But I'm not here to talk about "New Moon." That's out in theaters now. It's old news. "Eclipse" is the new hotness. In six months we get to board this train again when the third movie in the "Twilight" series hits theaters. And now that the "New Moon" has risen, we've gotten our first taste of "Eclipse" in the form of a teaser poster, available exclusively through the "Twilight" Tracker app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Read More...
It's common knowledge that video games have had a rough go of things in Hollywood. It's still a young entertainment medium -- comparing them chronologically to film, games have really only reached their "talkie" phase -- but a story is a story, and games really just haven't been adapted very well. That hasn't stopped filmmakers from trying to crack the code though.
There was some promise in "Halo," which Peter Jackson was going to produce and "District 9" helmer Neill Blomkamp was going to direct. Until it fizzled out, that is. The next great hope on the horizon is "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," which hits theaters next May. Both of these games have rich, well-developed stories. "Twilight" producer Wyck Godfrey, who has his hands on adaptations of "Gears of War" and "Dead Space," argues that the big problem with game adaptations thus far is related mostly to the source narratives. Read More...