There are roughly seven months until our next (and final) Twi-hard fix, with "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" dropping in November. I don't write that to bum you out. It's more of an embrace-the-day statement. Appreciate these seven months of build-up because in all likelihood, these will be your last (unless you've already started obsessing over "The Hunger Games").
That said, let's get excited for summer movies season -- the season that's no longer just about blockbusters and indies that aren't good enough for award season (although it's still mostly that). When it comes to summer films starring "Twilight" actors, we're lucky enough to get two apiece from Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson; and these hot months will also feature appearances from Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, "Eclipse" alumnus Xavier Samuel and my imaginary girlfriend Anna Kendrick.
Half of them look like solid films, too. The other half, well, let's be honest, as a sucker for "Twilight" actors, I'm still going to support them. And why not? I need something to beat the heat, and nobody wants to see me shirtless at the pool.
As I mentioned above, KStew has two offerings for this summer, and they're coming hot and heavy, one right after another. First will be the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's seminal novel "On The Road," dropping on May 23. I don't simply mean it's "long-awaited" because it's been in development for two years and Twi-hards have been itching to see Stewart as a crazy teenage '40s beatnik. Hollywood has been trying to adapt the book, in one form or another, since 1957. Why has it been so difficult? It's not exactly a "clean" story arc, giving directors license to get way too artsy with it. Don't get your hopes up too much. Let's just focus on the joy of seeing KStew getting sweaty dancing to jazz, man.
If "On The Road" does disappoint, you have "Snow White and the Huntsman" around the corner on June 1, and that seems highly likely to be awesome. Stewart couldn't have played her cards much better: a notable indie dropping right before a shoo-in summer blockbuster. She'll dominate the movie press for at least those two weeks.
Like his lady, R.Pattz also has an upcoming art-house film and a larger budget film. "Bel Ami," coming on June 8, is based on an 1885 French novel by Guy de Maupassant and, despite costarring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, looks about as boring as it sounds. But I get why Pattinson signed on. He needs to do everything in his power to go beyond Edward.
His larger-budget film, "Cosmopolis," debuts next month at Cannes and, for my money, is the most intriguing movie on this list. It's by no means a guaranteed blockbuster like "Snow White," but it has the most dark-horse potential to be an awards winner and a cult classic. Directed by David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises") and based on a Don DeLillo novel, it's the best chance Pattinson has to break the Edward typecasting.
While I'm not going to crunch the numbers, it's likely Kendrick will be the "Twilight" cast member who gets the most work in Hollywood. That's why it's no surprise Kendrick appears in May 18's "What to Expect When You're Expecting," since the studio tried to squeeze as many marketable names as it could in this ensemble cast. She plays Rosie, a character "who reunites with an old flame and fellow food-truck owner and becomes pregnant." Other than that, I can't tell you more than the film's omnipresent marketing has already done.
It appears as if Dakota is finally ready to step up and start being the critical darling everyone has wanted her to be since "I Am Sam" in 2001. While I don't think "Now Is Good" will win her any awards, it's a step in the right direction. She plays a girl dying of leukemia who compiles a bucket list. Topping the list is her desire to lose her virginity. Okay, I'm listening. Costarring actor Jeremy Irvine from "War Horse," the film definitely has potential. Look for it May 25.
Getting into late summer, we have Greene starring in the horror/thriller "The Apparition" on August 24. Isn't this what we expected Greene to be, a hot girl in medium-budget thrillers? She seems to have all the parts for it. She's great-looking with average-at-best acting chops. I could give you the movie's plotline here, but don't you already know what it's about? It's supernatural, it's scary and it'll open decently its first weekend and then fade away.
While most of you will already be back in school by September 6, I'm still counting it as summer, especially since the Xavier Samuel vehicle "Bait" has all the elements of summer's typical no-thought, fun-time thrillers. A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building ... along with a pack of tiger sharks. Of course! Why didn't Alfred Hitchcock think of that?