The Week: Most Recent Movies:The Twilight Phenomenon recent posts.en-usFri, 16 Nov 2012 12:08:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Movies:The Twilight Phenomenon from THE WEEKFri, 16 Nov 2012 12:08:00 -05005 shameless attempts to make the next Twilight<img src="" /></P><p>The fifth and final <em>Twilight</em>&nbsp;film, <em>Breaking Dawn: Part 2,</em> arrives in theaters today, bringing a glorious age of hunky werewolves and sparkly vampires to a close. For the past five years, the <em>Twilight</em> franchise has drawn hordes of devoted tweens to movie theaters and f<span dir="ltr" id=":52">ans are hungry for the next great paranormal romance.</span> But if Hollywood has found itself without a clear successor to the franchise, it's not through lack of trying. Here, 5 shameless attempts to make the next <em>Twilight</em>:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>I Am Number Four </em>(2011)<br /></strong><em>I Am Number Four</em>&nbsp;stars Alex Pettyfer&nbsp;as a broody romantic who bears more...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 16 Nov 2012 12:08:00 -0500Will Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal hurt Breaking Dawn's box office?<img src="" /></P><p>This week,<em> </em><em>Us Weekly</em> reported news that has left tweens everywhere bereft and disillusioned: Kristen Stewart, 22, cheated on longtime boyfriend and <em>Twilight</em> co-star Robert Pattinson, 26, with her <em>Snow White and the Huntsman</em> director Rupert Sanders, a married father who's 19 years her senior. Stewart &mdash; who plays Bella, wife to Pattinson's character Edward in the film series &mdash; confirmed the rumor with an apology for a "momentary indiscretion that jeopardized the most important thing in my life... Rob," discombobulating fans who had invested heavily in the Bella-Edward romance (see video...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 27 Jul 2012 14:11:00 -0400The full Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 trailer: 4 talking points<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">When a 48-second teaser trailer for <em>The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn &mdash; Part 2</em> was released in March, fans and critics were frustrated by its corny dialogue, laughable introduction of Bella the vampire, and unhelpful brevity. Now, the full trailer for the film, which hits theaters Nov. 14, has been released. (Watch the video below.) Does the clip make the <em>Twilight </em>conclusion seem any more compelling? Here, four things critics are buzzing about:&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. The film appears action-packed<br /></strong>Unlike the sleepy first teaser, which focused exclusively on Bella's new status as a vampire, this new clip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Jun 2012 16:26:00 -0400Life after Twilight: Can Kristen Stewart be taken seriously as an actress?<img src="" /></P><p>Bella who? <em>Twilight</em> star Kristen Stewart is in Cannes promoting her new film, director Walter Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic <em>On the Road</em>, and she seems downright eager to escape "the silly straitjacket of servile moping she has to perform" as <em>Twilight</em>'s Bella Swan, says James Rocchi at <em>IndieWire</em>. In <em>On the Road</em>, Stewart trades Bella's "chaste charmlessness" for the "bed-hopping, nudity, and overall sexual licentiousness" of Marylou, the 16-year-old bride of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund). And this isn't Stewart's only departure from the <em>Twilight</em> mold. In June, she stars as a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 24 May 2012 09:45:00 -0400The 'cheesy' Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 teaser: 5 talking points<img src="" /></P><p>Last weekend wasn't&nbsp;all about <em>The Hunger Games</em>. Another film franchise with a rabid fanbase managed to steal a sliver of the spotlight for itself. A 48-second teaser for the final <em>Twilight</em> film, <em>The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn &mdash; Part 2,</em> debuted in front of <em>The Hunger Games</em>, and now it's been released online. (Watch the video below.) The oh-so-brief clip begins with Kristen Stewart (Bella) narrating: "After 18 years of being utterly ordinary, I finally found that I can shine," alluding to her transformation into a vampire. Robert Pattinson (her husband, vampire Edward) and Taylor Lautner...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 27 Mar 2012 15:01:00 -0400Is Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 'genuinely brilliant'?<img src="" /></P><p>Brace yourselves. <em>The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn &mdash; Part One</em>, the penultimate <em>Twilight</em> flick, is finally here. In the movie, which opens Friday, passive and pretty cipher Bella (Kristen Stewart) and hunky and heroic vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) get hitched. Then, at long last, they consummate their relationship, leaving young Bella pregnant with a demon baby that rips her apart from the inside. As expected, the majority of critics are ripping the film just as impolitely. But one goes so far as to say that it's actually "genuinely brilliant." Really?</p><p><strong>Yes... at least in parts: </strong>I assumed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Nov 2011 13:13:00 -0500Twilight's most unhinged fans: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p><em>Twilight</em>&nbsp;fans are nothing if not passionate. The devoted readers of Stephenie Meyer's novels about a tumultuous vampire-human romance have helped the film adaptations gross more than $1.8 billion worldwide. The most zealous among them manifest their obsession in unusual ways, from&nbsp;tattooing their entire backs&nbsp;to&nbsp;decking out their bedrooms with Twi-centric themes. With the latest sequel, <em>Breaking Dawn Part 1,</em> hitting theaters Friday, here's a glimpse into their world<em></em>.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 17 Nov 2011 18:15:00 -0500The over-the-top Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 trailer<img src="" /></P><p><span><strong>The video:</strong> It's the two-and-a-half minutes Twihards have been waiting for all summer. The official trailer of <em>The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1</em> was released Tuesday night (view clip below), teasing viewers with glimpses of major plot points in the series' upcoming fourth film, including the ill-advised human/vampire wedding between Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) and their notorious bed-breaking, pillow-tearing honeymoon sex scene. Pain follows pleasure when Bella becomes pregnant with a mutant baby that threatens to &mdash; as Edward says &mdash; "crush" her "from the...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 14 Sep 2011 15:36:00 -0400Kids are reading more (but 'Twilight' doesn't count)<img src="" /></P><p>The good news is that "kids are reading!" says Nicole Russell in <em>The American Spectator</em>. The bad news? Much of what they're reading is inappropriate "junk": Kids' book series that feature "vivid and brutal" violence and characters with weak morals. Other popular series are written "with all the grace of a parade of elephants" like <em>Twilight</em>, "the most obvious disappointment topping the young adult literature charts." Here's an excerpt from Russell's piece:</p><p ><strong>Last week, the Association of American Publishers announced</strong> hardcover Children's or Young Adult (YA) fiction sales had increased nearly 14 percent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 17 Dec 2010 10:44:00 -0500'Twilight': Why the movies are better than the books<img src="" /></P><p><em>Twilight: Eclipse</em>, the third movie in the angsty teen horror saga, is currently breaking box office records around the U.S. The audiences packing cineplexes across the nation are largely made up of teen girls &mdash; or teen girls at heart &mdash; who were transfixed by Stephanie Meyer's melodramatic series of young adult novels. After finishing the first <em>Twilight</em> book, writes Dana Stevens in Slate, you wouldn't catch me picking up another one "for anything less than a five-figure raise." But I'm hooked on the <em>Twilight</em> movies, she says. It's not because they're particularly good (the best you can...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 02 Jul 2010 11:07:00 -0400Elena Kagan's 'Twilight' moment<img src="" /></P><p>During Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's rather lifeless confirmation hearings, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) felt compelled to tackle a vital issue: "I keep wanting to ask you about the famous camp of Edward vs. Jacob or the vampire vs. the werewolf," Klobuchar said Wednesday, referring to the staggeringly popular <em>Twilight</em> book and movie series (the latest film, <em>Eclipse</em>, hits theaters this week). "I wish you wouldn't," Kagan tersely replied. So the question remains &mdash; is Kagan Team Edward (vampire) or Team Jacob (werewolf)? It's a hard call, says Alexandra Petri in <em>The Washington Post</em>. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 01 Jul 2010 12:12:00 -0400The latest tweets about the Twilight Saga</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 01 Jul 2010 10:50:00 -0400Rape, demolition, and rocket fuel: 8 bizarre metaphors for fame<img src="" /></P><p>"Fame is like being raped," <em>Twilight</em> starlet Kristen Stewart says in this month's issue of<em> Elle UK</em>. "What you don't see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked ... a lot of the time I can't handle it." Stewart's stark comparison has received plenty of attention, but she's not the first celebrity who's struggled to describe the predicament. Here, 7 more of the most memorable attempts: <br /><br /><strong>Fame is like: </strong><br /><br /><strong>"...&nbsp;</strong><strong>cigarettes with no surgeon general warning,"</strong> rapper Kanye West said in a 2009 prepared statement when Wendy Williams crowned him the "new King of Pop...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 03 Jun 2010 16:17:00 -0400The Vatican vs. 'New Moon'<img src="" /></P><p>Ahead of the weekend's blockbuster opening for the teen vampire fantasy Twilight: New Moon, a Vatican official condemned the movie as a "deviant moral vacuum." The comments from Monsignor Franco Perazzelo, of the pontifical council of culture, came just weeks after the Vatican warned parents that Halloween has an "undercurrent of occultism" and is "absolutely anti-Christian." Should parents be concerned, or is the Catholic Church going overboard? (Watch an ABC report about New Moon's lessons in chastity)<br /><br /><strong>The Vatican is making itself look silly:</strong> "The good Monsignor" surely has the best intentions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Nov 2009 11:32:00 -0500What 'New Moon' taught Hollywood<img src="" /></P><p>The critically savaged vampire sequel, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," sucked up $140.7 million at the box office this weekend, the third biggest opening ever, behind "Dark Knight" and "Spider Man 3." What's noteworthy: The vast majority of ticket buyers were female &mdash; a demographic usually "overlooked by studios &mdash; and the movie's pre-release buzz was driven by "fangirls" (the female equivalent of the male movie-nerd bloggers who have proven their ability to make or break a film). Will this change Hollywood's sexist strategies?<br /><br /><strong>This is a game-changer:</strong> "New Moon"'s message isn't exactly...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 23 Nov 2009 07:44:00 -0500New Moon: Is Twilight's Bella Swan a bad role model?<img src="" /></P><p>Tens of thousands of teen girls will line up to watch <em>Twilight: New Moon</em> this weekend, but feminists and academics are concerned that <em>Twilight</em> heroine Bella Swan, a teenager who falls in love with a vampire, presents them with a poor role model. Does <em>Twilight: New Moon </em>promote unhealthy relationships? (Watch the trailer for <em>The Twilight Saga: New Moon</em>)<br /><br /><strong>Bella is bad for young girls: </strong>The character of Bella sends a "dangerous" and "discouraging" message to young girls everywhere, says Krystal Clark in Screen Crave. The "constant influence of the male figures in her life," especially vampire boyfriend...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 17 Nov 2009 04:34:00 -0500