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TWILIGHT Baby Names

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Premiere (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Ahem. Apparently more than 8,000 parents gave their lovely little infants “Twilight” names last year. Yep, they’re naming their progeny after characters in Stephanie Meyer’s vampire series. Bella is suddenly the 58th most popular baby girl name in the nation – higher even than Miley (don’t get us started). Cullen is in the top 300, a ranking the name hasn’t held in a century. And there’s a sudden slew of Jaspers, Alices and Emmetts too, according to Social Security Administration stats.

None of this is terribly unusual, says Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard.com. The 1960s and early ’70s saw a sudden rise in the popularity of “Bewitched” names – hello, Tabitha! And there are a bunch of Buffys and Pipers running around today. But, says Watternberg, “If you want the really hard-core ‘Twilight’ fans who were really inspired by the book and not just the name, there were 17 baby girls last year named Renesme (pronounced Ruh-NEZ-may). That’s not a name that you say, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ve always liked that name.’”

Renesme?? Seriously? OK, take the poll and tell us what you think.

Posted on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
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Vampires, Edward & Twilight Frenzy

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Premiere (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
As everyone knows, the newest installment in the “Twilight” film saga opens in theaters this week, and the reviews are already looking pretty darn good. The Times’ Randy Myers calls it the best one of the three. If the first two were “low-achieving C-students,”  “Eclipse” is their more mature big brother. “Greater attention and care paid to developing tension, plot and secondary characters pays off,” says Myers, “resulting in an entertaining and slick ‘Eclipse.’”

Of course, Twi-hards will be flocking to theaters no matter what the review, so if you’ve got a rabid Edward fan or a member of Team Jacob at your house, you might want to check out these fun vampire party ideas for pre-premiere festivities. They come from Penny Warner, the Danville author of scores of mysteries for tweens, teens and grown-ups. Our favorite idea? The red velvet coffin cake, frosted in deep, dark chocolate.

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
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STEPHENIE Meyer Pens New Vampire Book

Stephenie Meyer (Courtesy Little Brown and Company) All right, you Team Edward fans. Stephenie Meyer just announced that she’s publishing another book in her outrageously successful “Twilight” series. This one’s a 192-page novella, titled “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” – it’s based on a  vampire character who appeared in the third book,  “Eclipse,” and will grace the silver screen when “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” hits multiplexes in June.

The novella will be published online at www.breetanner.com from June 7 to July 5 as a free gift for fans.  The hardcover version, which sports an hourglass filled with red sand, benefits  the American Red Cross.

“You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift,” Meyer says in a letter to fans. “My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We’re going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online. I hope you will. ”

OK, folks, scale of 1 to 10: how excited are you?

Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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TWILIGHT: New Moon Trailer

MTV Movie Awards (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) OK, so I watched the MTV Movie Awards last night, laughed over the antics of Andy Samberg (especially the song medley), roared over Bruno’s entrance, and listened to my lovely teenage daughter shriek every time Twilight anything occurred, including the award for Best Kiss (pictured) and the sneak peek at the first “New Moon” trailer (we’ve got it posted after the jump!). But she took issue with the concluding scene – says that’s not how it looked in her head. OK, “Twilight” experts. Take a peek, then hit comments and tell us, is that how it looked in your head?
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Posted on Monday, June 1st, 2009
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TWILIGHT: New Moon Movie Poster Released

Twilight: New Moon poster (Summit Entertainment) All right, Twilight fans. A little artwork to brighten your day… Summit Entertainment released the new “New Moon” movie poster early this morning. (And we are indebted to the Twilighters.org folks down in Fremont for the heads up!) Enjoy!

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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TWILIGHT: New Moon Clips

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You were probably going to tune in to the 2009 MTV Movie Awards anyway – but now, here’s another reason to tell your Tivo to make it happen. “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will screen a never-before-seen scene from “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” – which lands on the silver screen Nov. 20 – during the awards show, hosted by SNL comedian Andy Samberg on May 31. Twilight fans will have much to shriek about. The vampire film is up for the Golden Popcorn award in six categories, and this year, fans get to vote. Cast your ballot for best picture right up until the broadcast, everything else by May 27.

The nominations? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009
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TWILIGHT Countdown

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you don’t have any tween or teen girls living at your house … “Twilight” is about to be released on DVD. Hordes of screaming girls (and their mothers) will descend upon Borders and other stores at midnight tonight for Twilight parties, vampire trivia and the chance to dish on Edward’s awesome hunkiness. You know, the same thing they did last summer when the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s series came out, and last fall when the movie version of the first book landed on the silver screen. Need help passing the remaining 12:45 hours until the DVD comes out? Here ya go:

The “Twilight” page on YouTube features movie trailers, interviews and footage from last summer’s ComicCon appearance by the movie’s stars.

A peek at Catherine Hardwicke’s Director’s Notebook, which came out Tuesday, and other Twilight tidbits on Entertainment Weekly’s web site.

A Twilight party kit, including a party planning checklist although frankly, all you need are a bunch of girlfriends, some sleeping bags and vast amounts of popcorn.

And Stephenie Meyer’s web site, including her draft of “Midnight Sun,” the fifth book in the series, which re-tells the tale from Edward’s point of view.

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2009
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TWILIGHT Heads for DVD

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Yes, we know you’re still recovering from the “Twilight” midnight premiere, but you might want to hasten that catch-up-on-sleep schedule. The movie comes out as a 2-disc DVD at midnight on Saturday, March 21, a date, the publicist tells us, designed “to encourage midnight release parties for fans across the nation.” Like Stephenie Meyer fans need any encouraging.

To sweeten the deal, they’re loading the DVD set ($32.99) with five extended and five deleted scenes, three music videos, commentary from director Catherine Hardwicke, as well as stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, a mini-feature on the stars’ appearance at ComicCon and a 7(!)-part documentary about the story’s filming, which may be more than you ever, ever wanted to know about Edward Cullen. Or not. And yes, the DVD is already #1 on the Amazon top selling video list.

Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2009
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TWILIGHT’s Midnight Frenzy

"Twilight" premiere (Contra Costa Times)
“Twilight” fans started lining up for the much-anticipated movie’s premiere at noon yesterday – 12 hours before showtime! Our own Laura Casey was on hand last night for the fun that included a bridal shower group, 20-something fans and legions of tweens and teens. Our favorite line from the fans? Pittsburg resident Kelli French’s description of hunky vampire Edward’s appeal. The guy’s a gentleman, she says. He opens car doors, pays for dinner, lavishes attention. “I am,” she says, “looking for my own vampire.”

Did you go last night? What did you think??

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2008
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“TWILIGHT” Reviews Hit

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the "Twilight" premiere (AP Photo)Oh ouch! As we mentioned earlier this morning, “Twilight” is going to do just fine at the box office, no matter what those pesky reviewers say. But Times reviewer Randy Myers just weighed in and … well, here, we’ll let Randy tell you:

“‘Twilight’ – aka ‘I kissed an Abercrombie & Fitch bloodsucker and I liked it’ – should be slapped with a special parental warning: Drop the kid off at the cineplex, then flee like a vampire dreading daylight…”

Read the rest of his review here. Then after you’ve seen the movie, because we totally know you’re going to, post your own review here.

Meanwhile, check out this “Twilight” slide show, including photos from the movie’s glitzy L.A. premiere, and the near-riot when the movie’s star, Robert Pattinson, came to the Bay Area.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
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