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“TWILIGHT” Sequels in the Works

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Summit Entertainment is counting its vampires before they hatch. They’re already lining up Twilight‘s screenwriter and stars for two sequels. Denise Martin, the LA Times’ entertainment blogger, quotes Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke as saying the movie will have to gross $150 million or more for the studio to consider a sequel. Um, honey? This is the “Hannah Montana” demographic. You guys are going to make more money than a counterfeiter. The Times sent a reviewer to the movie critics’ preview last night — we’ll post that review later today — and we’ll have staff on hand for the midnight spectacle tomorrow night, so check back Friday morning for the lowdown on that.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
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“TWILIGHT” at Midnight

twilightThe misty forests of the Pacific Northwest, the haunting, romantic story of a vampire and his love — the shrill buzzing of an alarm clock after too few hours of sleep. It’s all well and good to buy tickets for the midnight premiere of the hottest vampire movie in years, but heading off to homeroom with three hours of shut-eye is a bit of a bummer. And parents are feeling more than a little conflicted about letting their tweens, the core audience for Stephenie Meyer‘s best-selling “Twilight” series, stay out till 2 a.m. or later on a school night. We talked to a handful of parents about their plans for tomorrow’s midnight hour – go? stay home? – for a piece that ran in the Times and Trib this morning. Now it’s your turn! Punch a button on the poll or click “comments” and weigh in.

Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
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‘TWILIGHT’ EVENT back on

A spokesperson at Hot Topic at Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco confirmed that the “Twilight” event is back on. Earlier in the day, the autograph session with actor Robert Pattinson (Edward) was canceled because of safety issues. A few injuries were reported when 3,000 mostly teenage girls lined up outside the store to buy a T-shirt that would guarantee them a meet-and-greet with the actor this evening.

Store personnel were still able to sell the T-shirts and distribute bracelets, so the actor issued a press release saying he would make the appearance to autograph posters only. The scheduled question-and-answer session was canceled. For more on how the day’s events unfolded, see our earlier blog entry.

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008
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MOB SCENE cancels ‘Twilight’ signing in S.F.

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When I posted last week about the scheduled “Twilight” event in San Francisco, I lamented the fact that fans had to line up at 6 a.m. for a signing that wasn’t scheduled until 6 p.m. Turns out that should have been the least of my concerns. This morning, more than 3,000 fans, mostly teenage girls, packed the Stonestown Galleria mall in San Francisco outside the Hot Topic store where Robert Pattinson (Edward) was scheduled to appear for a signing tonight.

Apparently, the mob scene quickly got out of control with one girl allegedly suffering a broken nose and another an asthma attack. Police canceled the event, reportedly at the behest of the actor and his public relations team, which were concerned for Pattinson’s safety. The first 500 customers who bought special “Twilight” T-shirts were supposed to receive a bracelet guaranteeing them a chance to meet and have Pattinson sign a poster during a signing from 6-8 p.m. at the store.

This doesn’t bode well for other upcoming “Twilight” events. Based on the popular tween/teen vampire saga by Stephenie Meyer, the “Twilight” movie opens in theaters on Nov. 21. Monday’s signing in San Francisco was supposed to be the first in a series throughout the Pacific region. Representatives for Hot Topic did not return calls Monday afternoon about whether the remainder of the tour will continue. Some fans had traveled from as far as Hawaii for the signing. Now, I can’t help but wonder if the midnight screening of the movie also may encounter issues.

Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008
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TWILIGHT FANS: Meet ‘Edward’ in San Francisco

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Here’s a chance to be your kid’s best friend, so long as you don’t mind a really, really early wake-up call.
pattinsonRobert Pattinson, who plays Edward in the highly anticipated “Twilight” movie, will be at the Hot Topic store in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 10. The first 500 people to purchase a Twilight Tour T-shirt from the store will get a wristband (limit two per person) guaranteeing them a place in line to meet “Edward.” The actor will sign a poster and then hang out briefly to answer questions about the movie, which is in theaters Nov. 21. (And sorry, no cameras are allowed.)

Pattinson will be at the Hot Topic store from 6-8 p.m. at Stonestown Galleria, 3251 20th Ave. So, why the early wake-up call? Turns out the store will allow customers to start lining up at 6 a.m. — no earlier. Considering the actor won’t appear until 6 p.m., I’d say 6 a.m. is early enough. Then again, my “Twilight”-crazy 11-year-old stepdaughter likely would say no hour would be too early.

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2008
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TWILIGHT TRIPS: Sneak peaks into movie

twilightIf your house is like mine, the countdown to the “Twilight” movie has been underway for a while. The popular tween/teen book series is about to hit the silver screen. And if your young ones are driving you crazy with anticipation, Fan Trips has a roundup of preview events. Just be prepared to pack your bags — and shell out some serious money.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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TWILIGHT Saga Fans Start Reading

"Breaking Dawn" party at Rakestraw (Doug Duran, Contra Costa Times)
It was a long night of literary revelry as fans crowded bookstores to celebrate the release of “Breaking Dawn.” At Rakestraw Books last night, Chrisi Haslam 16, of Danville (pictured above) literally jumped for joy after bookstore owner Michael Barnard began handing out Stephenie Meyer‘s newest book during a Vampire Prom. For details on other East Bay book parties, just scroll down to last night’s marathon blogging session. Did you and your family attend a “Twilight” saga party? Click “comments” and tell us how it was!

Just not into the romantic vampire thing, but you love the idea of that Potteresque shared literary experience? Christopher Paolini’s third book, “Brisingr,” in the Eragon series comes out Sept. 20 and we hear local bookstores will celebrate with dragon parties…

Posted on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
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TWILIGHT COUNTDOWN: Midnight

At last, sleepy people tumble out of bookstores, clutching the new 768-page book with the distinctive, white chess piece on the cover. And even before they get to their cars, they crack open the cover of Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” and begin to read:

“No one is staring at you, I promised myself. No one is staring at you…”

Posted on Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
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TWILIGHT COUNTDOWN: Bella at the Prom

So, could not hear a thing during the Jacob vs. Edward “Love is a Paranormal Thing” debate, what with all the woo-hooing and all, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. But we thoroughly enjoyed the costume contest as a parade of Bellas, Jacobs, one very scary looking Edward and even a Charlie (Bella’s dad) came down the catwalk. I had to keep pestering my daughter about some of the characters — Esme? Jane? Wait, who? Esme is the mom of the Cullen family, in case you’re ever in a trivia contest and have to know. And Jane is really, really scary. Borders crowned the blue prom-gowned Bella the winner, with runner up prizes — cool black T-shirts — to several other characters, including the dad channeling Charlie in a too-small suit, snappy suspenders and a retro tie. Very fun.

It’s less than an hour till midnight … must find coffee …

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008
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TWILIGHT COUNTDOWN: Borders Bash

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Borders in Pleasant Hill is buzzing with a mostly young, mostly female crowd of devoted Stephenie Meyer fans, including a trio of fabulously attired Las Lomas sophomores. Cassandra Redstone (that’s her, above, on the left) is such a devoted fan, she’s read the books ten times and has a shrine to “Twilight” in her bedroom. Those are her friends Juliet Lasky and Nicole French with her. Note the awesome wings Nicole is wearing. Yes, wings.

They’re just part of the crowd here tonight lining up for tarot readings, makeovers (they’re big on werewolf slash marks here) and the “Love is a Paranormal Thing” debate about to begin. More on that later…

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008
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