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More Twilight films in the works...sort of


Oct 06
// Nick Valdez
With all of the Young Adult properties out there now trying to fill the void Twilight left behind, you figure we'd never hear about the series again. Well, someone out there really wants to explore those films again. Luckily,...
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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 could have been worse


See the video of the terrifyingly awful "baby"
Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
Back when I reviewed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, I admired the saga's balance of tones (I gave the film a 75, and still stand by it to this day) but I absolutely hated the film's cheap CG effects. For the first ...
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Here's your list of Razzie winners and losers


...or losers and losers, I don't get it
Feb 25
// Nick Valdez
While we were stuck in Oscar mania, another set of awards took place a few nights beforehand. The 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards handed out "awards" to "winners" in ten categories ranging from Worst Actor to Worst Remake, Rip-O...

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Twilight fan novel, Beautiful Bastard getting adapted


Bastards
Feb 13
// Nick Valdez
You know how I wrote that feature the other day taking guesses on what the next Twilight would be? Turns out I had misjudged the central audience of those movies. It wasn't for teeny boppers as I had first thought, it's for t...

Which Young Adult series will take Twilight's crown?

Feb 04 // Nick Valdez
The Caster Chronicles My 12 year old cousin: "What's wrong with her mouth?" Magic 8-Ball: "Outlook good" The first of the Caster Chronicles series, Beautiful Creatures, releases a week or so from now and tries reeeeally hard to hit the Twilight quotas (love story, otherwordly stuff, a bad guy/good guy dynamic). The problem is, you can tell BC is trying too hard. Sure there'll be plenty of young women who go to see the flick, but the greater populace will recognize its overreaching nature and the buzz will most likely burn out after a month or so.  Divergent My 12 year old cousin: "There's too much going on." Magic 8-Ball: "Yes- definitely" The Divergent series is a trilogy set in a Hunger Games-y dystopian future. The difference here is the main character, Beatrice, takes a test to figure out which of the five main factions society has broken up into she can join (which represent a single ideal like peace or aggression). She then finds out she doesn't fit neatly into any of the factions. And through shenanigans has to go through an initiation test. Divergent has been picked up by Summit Entertainment, the Twilight guys, so it looks like it's going to go the same route. As for me, I believe Divergent has a good chance of becoming the next big thing. It's got a good message, it won't release for quite awhile (which gives enough time for the Twilight scar to heal), and it sounds pretty neat.  The Hunger Games My 12 year old cousin: "I liked the action. [Josh Hutcherson] looks like a nerd." Magic 8-Ball: "My sources say no" The Hunger Games series is a behemoth for sure, but it won't catch the attentions of the Twilight demographic. For one Twilight didn't finish until after the first HG came and went, and secondly, the tones of the franchises are far too different. While HG seems to have a central love triangle, the romance is not the focus of the story. In fact, it's sort of shoehorned into the film far more aggressively than it was portrayed in the text. Also, Katniss has far too much of a personality for anyone to project themselves onto her. And that's a HUGE part of why Twilight was as big as it was.  The Host My 12 year old cousin: [she just indiscriminately shook her head here] Magic 8-Ball: "My reply is no" The Host, Stephanie Meyer's follow up work, is an obvious attempt to catch post-Twilight fever. In fact, it's far too obvious. You could argue that The Host isn't a series, but Meyer dubiously wrote three other Twi-books when the first book flew off the shelves. I'm expecting The Host to spawn its own series, but I don't see many flocking to it.  The Mortal Instruments My 12 year old cousin: "She's got thick eyebrows." Magic 8-Ball: "Without a doubt" The Mortal Instruments series, and its first film City of Bones, has a good chance of catching the Twi-demographic. It's got an angel/demon lore, a love triangle (which will probably be changed from the text due to...um...its questionable nature), and the main character seems bland enough for projection. Also, it also seems the most interesting to watch for myself tweensies and the parents who're dragged to it.  Vampire Academy series My 12 year old cousin: "Sounds too fake." Magic 8-Ball: "Outlook not so good" Now the Vampire Academy series is most likely going to be beloved in its cult status. It's got the most promising writing team out of any of the films of this list, I see the premise thriving as more of a Vampire Diaries style television show which bodes well for a series of films, and Vampire Academy could potentially play up its schlocky sound nature for laughs. It also sounds like Buffy, and that show was super cool. It's just no Twilight contender.  Warm Bodies My 12 year old cousin: "My brother likes zombies." Magic 8-Ball:  "Concentrate and ask again" There's no way Warm Bodies will have any kind of lasting power. It's an average film with a cute but stretched premise, and the only way the books continued was through a prequel. While it did well at the box office this past weekend, expect that to change as the weeks move on. Sorry.  Wake My 12 year old cousin: "Sounds too boring." Magic 8-Ball: "Ask again later" Wake is the first book of an admittedly interesting series. It follows a girl who can wander through the dreams of others. Unfortunately, the adaptation of the film seems to be going through issues as the last casting rumor (they were looking at Miley Cyrus) did not spell good things. There's no way Wake could be a Twilight contender if it never even gets off the ground.  While this list is by no means comprehensive, I hope it gets the ball rolling. And to be completely honest, this article is written with the assumption that Twilight will fade into obscurity as new shinier things come into view. Its shadow looms over the rest of the industry since now everyone wants to discover the next money making machine. The only thing is, no one really understands how to do it. Was Twilight lightning in a bottle with its near perfect demographic catering? Nope. If it were, we wouldn't have pornography at the top of Amazon's Best Seller list.  All any of us can do from now on is sit, wait for the next big thing (Is it zombies? Vampires? Mummies? Creatures from the Black Lagoon?), and make wacky predictions with a Magic 8-Ball. 
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Educated guesses from myself, a 12 year old girl, and a Magic 8-Ball
What exactly made The Twilight Saga so special? So special that is spawned off five multi million dollar films, fifty shades of pretenders, and left a gash on the industry now that it's gone. Executives have figured out that ...

Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Nov 16 // Nick Valdez
[embed]213516:39140[/embed] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2Director: Bill CondonRating: PG-13Release Date: November 16, 2012  Breaking Dawn Part 2 takes place immediately after the events of Part 1. If you missed the first part, or are using this as an odd starting point, you'll be out of place as Part 2 kindly presses forward without the need for recap or summary of the events until the start of the film. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is now a vampire (reflected by her new red eyes) since it was the only way to recover from her faulty pregnancy. Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella's child, Renesmee, is growing at an alarming rate due to her half-vampire, half-human lineage. Irina (Maggie Grace) mistakes Renesmee for an "Immortal Child," a child who was changed into a vampire, which is a crime against Volturi law. As the Volturi slowly approach to execute Renesmee, the Cullen family seek the help of their vampires friends around the world to make a stand against them.  When Bella discovers she's a vampire, she goes through all sorts of initial hurdles. She needs to fight her hunger, get used to her powers, and learn how to hide those powers from humans. This is all done extremely well. Bella is suddenly given a personality that's been lacking so far. Stewart is awkward, cute, and since she's now a mother, finally given something else to think about other than Edward or Jacob. Thankfully, the whole "Team Edward or Team Jacob" plot is dropped for the final film since Bella has already decided on a husband. Unfortunately that means that like in Part 1, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is given nothing substantial to do other than pine over Edward and Bella's child. He's no longer a main character integral to the events of the plot. After an interesting first 10-15 minutes as Bella plays with her new found powers in a delightfully corny fashion, however, the film drags. As the plot shifts gears from Bella becoming a vampire to protecting Renesmee, there's a lack of development. The film follows the Cullens as they go from place to place gathering vamps, and while these worldly vampires have distinct and entertaining looks and personalities, nothing is done with the material they're given. There's no true interaction between the vampires and that is especially prominent when a hint of their interaction is relegated to background noise.  One vampire recruit in particular, Alistair (Joe Anderson), seems like a interesting prospect that was unfortunately skipped over as well. He's abrasive, initially against fighting the Volturi, and isolates himself as he watches Bella from afar. His interactions with Bella seem like they're leading somewhere, but end up failing to produce anything of substance. And if there's an overall theme of the first half of the film, its that plots and character buildups lead to absolutely nowhere. There are also several glaring missteps that really can take someone out of the moment. For one, Renesmee is CG animated for the first half of the film. I know Renesmee is supposed to look a certain way, but its uncomfortable to watch a badly animated CG child interact with the actors. Credit to the actors themselves for attempting to make Renesmee as natural as possible, but its unfortunately badly done. That is a reflection of the overall CGI for the film. At some points, the environments look laughably bad as they amount to an unnatural look, but the actors do their best to reel it all back in. Try as they might though, it's still noticeable.  Thankfully, once the Volturi arrive and their threat is fully realized, the film makes a fun 180 degree flip. Part 2 is far better at managing its balance of tones (the overly dramatic love story and the goofy thriller) than its predecessors. Not since the first film as there been a better distribution of comedy and overt melodrama. As mentioned earlier, the vampire recruits have delightful personalities that range from the egocentric rocker to the destructive Russian. When the vampires do get to interact with one another, they add some much needed levity. The goofy jokes are back as well, and more than welcome. At one point Bella arm wrestles Emmett (Kellan Lutz) and its one of the funniest scenes in the movie (coupled with bad CGI which really helps in that area). Then there are moments of hilarity which blur the line between intentional and unintentional. When the Volturi and Cullens finally stand off, that scene got laughs in the theater I watched it because they were shown standing stupidly far apart.  The overall tone of the film is also much less melodramatic, and much more adult oriented. It might be the drop of the love triangle from the plot, but everything seemed much larger in scope. There was a believable world established outside of Jacob, Edward, and Bella. While Edward and Bella have their (especially now that Bella cannot die, read into that how you may) tender moments, they aren't the focus anymore. It's now about their entire family and species needing to survive. It's a welcome change of focus that helps make the film a lot better in terms of crafting better stories that allow the characters to think about something other than themselves.  If you've been following the production of Part 2, you already know that the film's ending is vastly different than the book's ending. While I won't give it away here, the changes are substantial enough to greatly improve on the book's notably anti-climactic ending (I will say, however, the film leads to something that actually happens). I would go as far to say that the final twenty minutes are the best collection of actions in the entire franchise. I would like to discuss its implications more, but even that would spoil it. It's just plain wonderful to watch. However, there is somehow finality without finality. It doesn't feel like the end of a franchise. And when the film finally ends, there is a lack of a cohesive conclusion. It really undermines what the previous scenes had accomplished.  While the Twilight Saga has had a spotty performance in the past, Breaking Dawn Part 2 sums up the struggles of the franchise perfectly. It's got plenty of good ideas, but these ideas aren't followed through well enough and dropped in favor of another interaction between the main three. And even though Edward and Bella's romantic entanglement has taken a backseat to something grander in scale, fans of that romance won't be disappointed. It's like the characters are finally growing up as they focus on their child and become parents (also helped that Renesmee is sooo cute).  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be pleasing to the fans of the book and films that might have felt let down before, but they might walk away somehow feeling both satisfied and unsatisfied at the inconclusive finish. As for everyone else, it's a film that's entertainingly goofy, marred by a bunch of bad decisions, and then makes a really good one. 
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The final film of the Twilight Saga somehow ends with both a bang and a whimper.
There's no real way to predict what you're getting when watching one of the Twilight films. You either get a surprisingly corny and fun film (the first Twilight) or you'll get something severely disappointing like Breaki...

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MGM continuing Twilight without Pattinson or Stewart


OMG WTF no more R-Patz K-Stew Robsten Pattinswart ohs noes!!!
Oct 18
// Xander Markham
Everyone loves R-Patz and K-Stew, correct? Him with his stupid hair and shiny face, her with her grumbly countenance and sloppy posture. Truly, 'tis a love story for the ages, except for when she cheated on him with a forty-y...
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To celebrate E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (one of the most redundant names ever)'s 30th anniversary Blu-ray release, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures are showing the digital remastered version ...

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Trailer: Breaking Dawn Part 2


It's the "final" final trailer. For realsies this time.
Sep 10
// Nick Valdez
I am so glad that I decided to use quotations when I described the last "final" trailer. This new "final" final trailer has a lot of the same footage as the previous one (it even shares the same thumbnail!), but it comes wit...
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Trailer: Breaking Dawn Part 2


Full of that sexy VMA action.
Sep 07
// Nick Valdez
Last night during MTV's VMA's (which I totes wasn't watching, I swear!), the "final" trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part II, or Twilight 5 for short, was released. Naturally, I freaked out...I mean, the little...
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Two new images of Twilight 5, the shortest one currently


Aug 29
// Nick Valdez
This summer I went on an endeavor to read through all four of the Twilight books for some reason and it has warped my perception of things. While the first Twilight was kind of good, the others left me hanging. The fifth...
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You will believe a werewolf wants to bang a child


Jun 22
// Alex Katz
In case you've forgotten, the final entry in the Twilight series features a werewolf(Tay-Lautes) that falls in love with a child(Mackenzie Foy) with the absolutely normal name of Renesemee. Photographic evidence is above...
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Yep, that's certainly a trailer for the last Twilight movie. I feel like this must inspire the same feelings in Twilight fans that the Dark Knight Rises trailer from yesterday inspired in me. They're going to ...

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Take a look at Renesmee, the vampire kid from Twilight


Jun 14
// Matthew Razak
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 was possibly one of the stupidest stories I've seen on screen, and this is coming from a guy who could actually tolerate the previous two films (not the first one, though). I can't even imagine ...
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Three Twilight character posters revealed


May 25
// Liz Rugg
Yesterday Summit announced what they called a "Coven Scavenger Hunt." By looking for clues on various Twilight fansites, fans could uncover three new Twilight character posters. Of course, being Twilight fans, all the clues w...
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Trailer: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2


Mar 26
// Andres Bolivar
I have braved the 49 second teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (or rather, TWSBDP2) to present to you these very super-official important bullet points about the film that is going to change the ...
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Trailer: The Host


Mar 23
// Jenika Katz
It looks like Stephanie Meyer was tired of writing Twilight and wanted to try something new. By "try something new," I mean "combine V and Animorphs and hope nobody notices." The Host takes place in what I guess is a not-so-...
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This could potentially be a very big deal. Lionsgate Entertainment and Summit Entertainment are currently in early negotiations for a possible merger. There are few details, as these are, again, early negotiati...

Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Nov 17 // Matthew Razak
[embed]205643:37415[/embed] The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1Director: Bill CondonRating: PG-13Release Date: 11/18/2011 Before any Twihards jump on me for simply hating this because it is a Twilight movie and I have a penis, I'll point you to my pre-Flixist reviews of the past films (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse) which show me actually describing them as decent, especially if you're a fan. So know that when I call Breaking Dawn: Part 1 a bad movie, it's because it is a bad movie hampered by a terrible story, poor plotting and mindless direction that won't let the camera sit still, and not because I'm pre-judging on the fact that it's the reason we have shows like The Vampire Diaries. If you're three movies behind, I'll catch you up here. Bella (Kristen Stewart) is a girl, and she's in love with Edward (Robert Patterson), who is a vampire, and they're getting married. Previously, Bella was also in love with Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who is a werewolf. Werewolves and vampires don't get along, so a lot of fighting went on. There's also these vampires who rule everything and want to mess with Edward, Bella, and their family, but they don't even show up in this movie, despite seeming to be really important to the overall plot of the series. In Part 1, Bella and Edward finally get married, at which point they go on a honeymoon to a bright, sunny island (yet Edward doesn't sparkle at all) and proceed to have really hot vampire/human sex. Do you know what happens when you have sex? You get pregnant. Bella is thus impregnated with Edward's vampire seed, and she starts having a rapidly growing vampire/human baby that is killing her. Edward wants to abort the baby to save Bella, but Bella wants to keep it and Jacob just wants to pout a lot. Meanwhile, the other werewolves in town want to kill the baby, Bella's parents have no clue what is going on, and Edward's family is attempting to save Bella and the baby. For the first thirty minutes of the movie you can easily see why women are in love with these books. First there's a fairytale wedding to an immortal man who is perfect, then there's a private island honeymoon with literal bed-wrecking sex, and then the perfect man starts spouting terrible love lines ("It was the best night of my existence."). I mean, even I was swooning a little by the end of it -- or possibly that was just a lack of oxygen from laughing at the bad lovey one-liners. Whatever the case may be, the movie does nothing but bask in its own love story for thirty minutes. Then the baby shows up and things go from weird to weirder to pedophilic. I'm willing to put aside the rampant pro-life standpoint the film bombards you with because maybe someone else who shares the none-too-subtle views of the film wouldn't find them quite so heavy-handed. However, this doesn't make up for the rest of the story, which goes from slightly disturbing to visually disgusting. We're talking about eating a baby out of a woman's belly. I expect that in my underground, cult vampire films, not my teenage vampire romance movies. It's not just this scene, but the entire pregnancy ordeal that is disturbing. It not only involves the aforementioned but an uncomfortable scene of Bella drinking fresh blood, Bella literally snapping her back in half due to her pregnancy, and a disturbing amount of poor life lessons for a movie directed towards teenage girls. However, much of this can be explained away by the film staying loyal to what is clearly a really odd book. What can't be explained away is the film's terrible narrative structure and lack of creativity. Key plot points are rushed through so quickly that at one point Edward has to explain to a group of people (werewolves and vampires), who already know this fact, that werewolves can't harm someone that another werewolf has imprinted on. It's a bit of expository dialog that comes at the denouement of one of the few tense scenes in the film and absolutely ruins it. Unfortunately, through some terrible planning in the first three films and an aversion to actually setting up a coherent storyline in this film, that was never explained. It's indicative of the style of the entire film, which careens through its plot line, focusing more on deep looks between Edward and Bella than actually telling a story that makes any sense. It's all the more depressing because Bill Condon directed this outing, and he's actually a skilled director. It appears, however, that the lack of quality subject matter led him to a lack of quality directing. Not only do most of the actors seem stiff and out of place for much of the movie, but he shoots everything as if he's removed from the subject matter entirely. Maybe he hadn't read the book before agreeing to direct, and once he found out what happens, he lost all interest. Even the vampire/werewolf fight scene, which could have been really cool, is tragically cut together and far too dark to enjoy. I'm not sure what the last movie holds (wait until after the main credits, as there's a bit of a teaser), but it can't be worse than this pile of drudge. From beginning to end, this movie makes absolutely no sense, and simply heaps a plethora of convenient plot points on top to get out of the corners it backed itself into. This isn't just a bad story; it's a bad movie. Also, I realize I brought up pedophilia earlier, but explaining that would give away a key plot point, so just ask someone who has read the books about it because you don't want to go see this one.
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It's a challenge to get angry over something you don't really care about. When your greatest emotion toward a thing is general apathy, then getting angry about it isn't worth your time. So it is a testament to how insanely st...

The Flixist Show #3: Those Krokodil Blues

Nov 17 // Alex Katz
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We have a surprisingly on point show today, where we discuss the new Twilight movie, the Akira remake, the new phenomenon of splitting up movies into two, and krokodil. Here's a good idea, guys. Don't look up krokodil. It's p...

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The Muppets are way into Twilight


Nov 15
// Jenika Katz
If you don't follow Twilight or write for a movie website, you might not know that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 is coming out this Friday. Well, the Muppets are certainly aware, and they dressed up to celebrate. I...
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Gus Van Sant is totes Team Jacob, casts Lautner in film


Nov 02
// Andres Bolivar
Though Taylor Lautner: Action Star didn't work out quite well, looks like the kid is trying to add "indie darling" to a growing list of achievements that include "bang someone who has the same name as you" and "excelling ...
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First three Twilight movies coming to theaters again


Oct 06
// Liz Rugg
NCM Fathom and Summit Entertainment are planning to celebrate the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part I by having the first three (yes, there have already been three...) Twilight movies play in theaters across the U.S. ...

Trailer: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Sep 13 // Maxwell Roahrig
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And here's a brand new trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. I still have no idea what's going on in this franchise, but know that there will be kinky vampire-on-human sex, a frilly wedding, and some werewol...

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New Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 poster


Aug 18
// Liz Rugg
The full image of the official poster for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 has just been released by Summit. It pictures steely glares, a tight dress and Robert Pattinson's porcelain-doll-like skin. Seriously, I know he's suppo...

Vampires are the new Vampires

Aug 17 // Glenn Morris
Fresh episodes of The Vampire Diaries on The New CW are still going strong, or so a fourteen year old girl will tell you. True Blood's been picked up for a fifth season by HBO, and movies haven't cashed in their chips either. Most recently Let Me In was a box office disappointment but actually a decent remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In (itself, an adaptation). As for Priest, the Steampunk Faith versus Vampires actionfest, well... I'm sure somebody liked it, but that person probably enjoyed Legion, too. Was that Angels versus Demons? I never actually saw it. Still willing to bet they were both more enjoyable than Vampires Suck. Oh, and an IFC flick called Stake Land finally made it's way to DVD last week. I don't know anything about it so you'd have to ask my physician.Fright Night with Colin Ferrel is right around the corner, a comedy remake that looks dreadful. I think I'd prefer to see the Twilight series close out with Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 and that's saying a lot. Harry Potter decided to split its finale in half as well. Now they're talking possible Best Picture nominations to honor the series as a whole. Why not throw Twilight up there too? Makes about as much sense. The really big one is Dark Shadows, a remake of the horror themed soap opera with a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who seems to be grinding out a comeback since her four year absence from film. I expect the movie to do well if the bubble doesn't burst on the entire genre. Coincidentally, Moretz is working with Jessica Chastain in Texas Killing Fields, and actress who played the same Dark Shadows character at an earlier point in her career. It wasn't even a good soap opera, though. What's your angle Tim Burton? (...speaking of Gothic subjects past their prime)Safe to say Korea has usurped the foreign shock horror throne formally held by Japan, but I'll get to that in a moment. While the two films in the following paragraph hold hope of being watchable, Japanese director Shunji Iwai's American debut, simply called Vampire, is left without a distributor after its premiere at Sundance. With star power like Kristin Kreuk behind it? How can this be? Mary Harron (American Psycho) hopes to avoid the same fate when she premieres The Moth Diaries at the Toronto Independent Film Festival next month. Girl suspects her roomate might suck blood. The End. The Korean directors are fairly dependable these days. Bong Joon-ho is one (not actually pronounced like Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt). Known best for The Host but respected more for last year's Mother, he'll be directing Jacob Paint's original screenplay Vampire Candy. I don't know who this Paint guy is, but where did he get the idea to write a movie that isn't a remake or sequel? Sounds crazy but good luck to him. There's also Chan-wook Park, no stranger to the genre after a pretty OK movie called Thirst. His first American made, Stoker, is on the way. It doesn't literally contain vampires, but the title is a Dracula reference and it's rumored to be a reworking of Bram Stoker's birth-of-a-genre novel.Still concerned with the original fanged one, veteran of the genre David Slade, who landed directorial duties on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse after turning in a passable 30 Days of Night, will return again for The Last Voyage of Demeter, with the help of Jude Law, counter it-girl Noomi Rapace, and Sir Ben Kingsly of Bloodrayne fame. That one's about a merchant ship carrying the coffin of Dracula, which arrives at port with no survivors. I think I ran that quest in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines already. Juicy PC game by the way, and the only true greatness I've measured within this entire genre. Check it. More straight Dracula, Rutger Hauer will headline a film as Van Helsing against the infamous count in Dracula 3D, directed by the bargain horror icon Dario Argento. Yet another, the character will be featured in Dracula Year Zero, blatantly ripping off the title of a Frank Miller comic about The Batman (who also fits the type, so I guess we can include The Dark Knight Rises). It'll be another "inspired by the true story of Vlad the Impaler" go-around by the director of Dark City, a film that had thinly veiled vamps in the form of dream suckers or somesuch thing. Their look was ripped straight from Nosferatu. Anyway, Avatar's Sam Worthington in that one when it comes.With tales like these, it's suddenly easier to see Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula in more flattering light, or lack thereof. We still don't know what to expect from his current experimental phase, but Twixt will follow a series of murders that are suspected to be tied to the creatures, and with Elle Fanning on screen, people might actually turn out to see it. Same can't be said of Tetro and Youth Without Youth. If comedy's your thing, there's two of questionable value. Vamps is rolling out under the guidance of Amy Heckerling (Clueless). It's essentially Sex and the City for parasitic goth bondage queens, I gather from the plot description. If it's worth a damn, it'll be for Krysten Ritter, an actress on my radar since Breaking Bad, and not Alicia Silverstone, who might do better starting from scratch. On the animated end, there's Adam Sandler's turn as Dracula in Hotel Transylvania. Everyone under his wing provides voiceover work, with a cast of characters better suited to a cereal box.For all-out action we can expect Kate Beckinsale to return to the Underworld series with Awakening. It wasn't the character of Selene (name means "moon goddess") that Rhona Mitra played in Underworld's third outing, but she was obviously cast for her similar look when Beckinsale left for more fulfilling projects. Kate then starred in Whiteout and disappeared for two years. Welcome back, Kate. There's also a live action adaptation of the Castlevania games moving forward with James Wan, director of Saw, replacing Paul W.S. Anderson of Resident Evil. There is, apparently, a medusa, but probably not as cool as this one. On second thought, I'm putting money on that one being canceled if it hasn't already been done quietly. Oh... right. There's one more from the director of Night Watch and Day Watch. After vampires kill the president's mother, he will flay them and their southern allies in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, adapted from a novel by the same author as ever-delayed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The director of PP&Z, Craig Gillespie, used the hiatus to direct Fright Night and a true bloody music video for Kid Cudi. This week's whatever-happened-to belongs to Bubba Nosferatu and the Curse of the She-Vampires. While we've known for some time that Bruce Campbell had departed the project citing creative differences, Paul Giamatti was quoted three years ago saying that not only was the project still alive, but that Ron Perlman wanted to play Elvis. With two names like that ready to go, how does that film not get made? Did the Oscar nominated actor and the Sons of Anarchy star get around to reading the script? I suppose that would drive a stake through it. Har. har. har.So why Vampires? No, seriously, why Vampires? I get pale, skinny, and brooding as the lesser of two evils with Jersey Shore infecting the airwaves, and there's plenty to be said about tales of mortality and identity issues. Regardless, when True Blood premiered in 2008 it felt like Vampires was on its last legs, however successful the show would be. Years later and the only development has been "add werewolves" in response to high school kids walking around with fake tails. I have fewer legitimate answers to this question than there are legitimate movies referenced in this article, but it looks like neither Fairy Tales nor Spies will put an end to the undying.Where you fit in: You don't. The popular kids make fun of you but they'll never grasp the power of the night.
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It's nice to dream, but Fairies are the new Vampires? Not a chance. If anyone's thinking Spies are the new Vampires instead, that guy's just as delusional. No, if anything is set to replace the massive influx of vampire fic...

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Twilight fans go crazy over Breaking Dawn at Comic Con


Jul 22
// Bob Muir
Proving that their fandom knows no bounds, Twilight fans started lining up three days in advance for the Breaking Dawn panel at San Diego Comic Con. Not for the movie itself, no. Just to see the panel meant to promote the up...
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That title's quite the mouthful, isn't it? The newest installment of the Twilight series is hitting theaters November 18th, and I'm certainly excited! I haven't read the series myself, but if synopses are correct, this is th...

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Watch the first (really) brief clips from Breaking Dawn


Jun 02
// Matthew Razak
Did you hear that? That was the sound of my fiancee squealing with joy as she watched this ever-so-brief advertisement that features some even more ever-so-brief clips of Breaking Dawn, the impending conclusion to the Twilig...
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MTV Movie Awards nominees announced


May 03
// Matthew Razak
Awards season is long over and all the best films have walked away with their prestigious awards. But what about all the not-best films that people teenage girls liked? When do they get the credit they don't deserve? Who is w...
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The 31st annual Razzie nominees are...


Jan 24
// Sean Walsh
The 31st annual Razzie nominations have been released, and much like The Social Network and Black Swan dominating the opposite end of the spectrum, films like The Twilight Saga: Eclipseand Avatar The Last Airbenderhave been ...

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