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As Twi-hards accept the coming of "Breaking Dawn – Part 2," the finale to "The Twilight Saga," it's difficult to imagine life without another installment of the Bella, Edward and Jacob love triangle on the horizon. What do we do to cope with the loss?
I'm sure some fans will try to go cold turkey — ripping down all their Team Edward posters and boxing up their sparkly vampire memorabilia — like some girls do trying to forget a painful ex-lover. Some will live in the past, like a former high school quarterback, insisting that the glory days are still here and any day now a new "Twilight" book will magically appear on bookstore shelves. Others will move on completely, taking the "best way to get over someone is to get under someone else" approach. Except that "someone" will be another YA series like "Mortal Instruments" or "Maximum Ride" and, like a rebound relationship, that won't work out in the end. As I've successfully argued before, nothing is the next "Twilight." Get More »
BATTLE SCENE, MOTHA-F**KERS!
That's what "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2" is really about and what I'm most excited about after seeing the film. I don't want to raise Twi-hard expectations too high or spoil anything, but "Part 2" is the awesome pay-off for having to slog through the sickeningly over-romantic, then sickeningly drawn-out Bella pregnancy of "Part 1." It doesn't matter if you're a dude or a chick, a Twi-hard or a newborn, you're going to enjoy this fight scene. Get More »
"The Twilight Saga" is coming to an end next month with the final "Breaking Dawn." That means Confessions of a (Male) Twi-Hard will also be ending. Please, stop crying. I know you're all very sad, but we've had a good run. Who knew so many people would be interested in what a thirtysomething, straight, male Twi-Hard would have to write.
This will be my second to last entry. The final one will be after I watch"Breaking Dawn - Part 2." So, as a way to kind of sum up these last two years, I've written my "Twilight" thoughts, lessons and experiences A-Z since starting the column.
It's been nearly two weeks since K-Day, a date which will live in infamy for Twi-hards.
Since becoming a serious movement in 2008, we've had disappointments and setbacks, but nothing as horrible as Kristen Stewart cheating on Robert Pattinson with some old gross man (it's taken me this long to even write about it). We've seen dozens of our fellow Twi-hards freaking out online, as well as Will Ferrell on "Conan," and have no doubt suffered many dark moments by ourselves. Get More »
Perhaps the only media types who enjoy speculation more than entertainment writers are sports journalists. They're constantly trying to out-predict their colleagues on which team will win the World Series, where Dwight Howard will be traded, which rookies will become all-stars, etc.
A popular format to grade teams and players on where they are and where they are headed is the Power Rankings. Grantland borrowed this device to recap "Mad Men" episodes, positioning the characters each week in order of how well they handled themselves in the episode. Get More »
It's been a while since my last Twi-Bites column. There have just been so many Twi-hard topics that have required more in-depth analysis. However, with the recent release of the "Breaking Dawn-Part 2" teaser, "Twilight" stimuli (Twi-uli?) is starting to flow fast and furious.
Not being able to pick just one thing to talk about, I've decided it's time to bring back Twi-bites and easily distill all of this month's Twi-hard–worthy news into easy-to-swallow nuggets. Imagine them wrapped with bacon and stuffed with cheese for maximum enjoyment. Get More »
Unlike most of the exalted contributors here at Next Movie, I am not a professional film critic. I am, like you readers, but a humble servant of "The Twilight Saga."
That said, my opinion of "Bel Ami" should only hold water with fellow Twi-hards. Don't get angry with me for missing the dramatic undertones of French society in the 1880s. Even if I knew what to look for on that accord, I wasn't looking for it. I was only watching "Bel Ami" to see if Robert Pattinson accomplished what he set out to do with the role, which is to break away from the Edward Cullen typecasting.
R.Pattz didn't state that on record, but it's obvious, right? Because the movie is not great, but his character, Georges Duroy, is a far cry from any Pattinson has played before. Sure, he's still a total heartthrob (bedding half the women in upper-class French society) who relies on very long dramatic stares to depict a variety of emotions (as does Edward), but the rest is unique to "Bel Ami." To prove it, I've selected seven things that Robert Pattinson does in this film that we've never seen him do before. Get More »
We haven't seen Kristen Stewart on film since last November, when she got pregnant, almost died and then opened her red eyes. True, she's in "On the Road," which premiered at Cannes International Film Festival last week; but none of us are fancy enough to visit the south of France, and who know when that indie will get a proper U.S. release?
"Snow White and the Huntsman" will probably be our only K.Stew fix until "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" in November, so it's time to get properly excited for this Grimms' fairy tale turned dark fantastical war film.
If I sound leery, I don't mean to. At first glance, yes, the film sounds absurd. However, after digging into it further, I've found 12 reasons to get excited about director Rupert Sanders' first full-length feature (even though I have no idea who he is). Get More »
The irony in Twi-hardism is that the people we admire most aren't remotely like us. If Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Jackson Rathbone didn't star in "The Twilight Saga," would they even know we exist? No. Guys with abs like that are too busy in the gym or with their rock bands to spend think about movies based on romantic YA novels. Real Twi-hards sport abs like mine.
That is no slight against them. Heck, it's a large part of the reason we adore them. Their glamorous lives as "the popular kids" help us escape the mundane parts of our lives: school, work cubicles, taxes, diets, etc.
The fandom around Anna Kendrick, on the other hand, is different. Only the hardcore truly appreciate her. Despite her obvious talent and natural humor, Kendrick too often flies under the radar. While she may be up on stage at at a "Twilight" convention, she'd fit in just fine as part of the crowd -- because the costar of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a geek like us.
It's not just because Kendrick plays the hyper-driven valedictorian Jessica Stanley in "The Twilight Saga." She's actually a geek, in the truest sense of the word. Here are four reasons we, as Twi-hards, should embrace Anna Kendrick. She's one of us. And in five years, with her potential and talent, she may just be the most famous name from the series. Score one for the geeks.
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. Get More »