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Twilight Breaks Bank
Twilight makes $70,5 million on opening weekend.

It has not only beat Quantum of Solace and last year's Transformers, it's the 29th best opening weekend in history and the best opening weekend for a female director. If - or maybe when - Twilight grosses more than $187million domestic, it will make Catherine Hardwick the first female live action American director to crack the top 100 grossing movies of all time.

Needless to say, the sequel has been green-lighted.



Raises glass to Twifans everywhere. To quote my good friend lesbiassparow:

That guy at Paramount who said "Teen girls will go to whatever their boyfriends do, so why make a film about sparkly vampires?"

is so fired.


*g* *g* *g* *g*

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atomic89 From: atomic89 Date: November 25th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Needless to say, the sequel has been green-lighted.

Wow, such a suprise! LOL

[nitpick]and you left the 'n' out of friend[/nitpick] - I had to do a double take when I first read it!
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 26th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I just hope they have the sense to recognize a good thing when they have it and keep the director and the rest of the crew. The sequels, I think, have more plot potential. (I was actually surprised that they didn't go the Lemony Snicket direction and condense all the 4 books into one movie).
laariii From: laariii Date: November 26th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
"Teen girls will go to whatever their boyfriends do, so why make a film about sparkly vampires?"

But what about the teen girls who don't have boyfriends?
I haven't read any of the Twilight books yet. I do find the idea of 'romantic' vampires a bit weird.
Brings a whole new meaning to the phase " Love bite" i suppose.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 26th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
But what about the teen girls who don't have boyfriends?

Then they have brothers, young uncles or close male pals. Apparently in the mind of the average Hollywood business man, females are just carry-on luggage attached to the market that really matters - the male audience.

The concept of romantic vampires has been done from Anne Rice to Buffy. It is weird but it's not very original. Twilight isn't actually a very good story, and not just for that reason. It can basically be summed up as a Mills & Boon romance with a supernatural twist. And if you scratch the surface, there are some disturbing themes running underneath the story.

Still the author has never presented any of her characters as role models (and has even gone on record to state that yes, the love story is not the icon of healthy relationships) and that's a lot more than I can say for more successful writers who've written about ethically challenged heroes in socially impaired relationships in a morally dubious world and have gone on record to call said heroes, and said relationships and said world as Ideal™ and have been praised by the same people who condemn Twilight.

Brings a whole new meaning to the phase " Love bite" i suppose.

*g* *g* *g*

Edited at 2008-11-26 06:22 am (UTC)
frostbit_sky From: frostbit_sky Date: November 26th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That guy at Paramount who said "Teen girls will go to whatever their boyfriends do, so why make a film about sparkly vampires?"

Did someone really say that!?

What an idiot.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 26th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Paramount had had the filming rights for Twilight for years and had let it go because allegedly, Brad Weston, the studio's production chief "questioned the genre's commercial prospects" - regardless of the fact that all Meyer's four books were runaway bestsellers.

What an idiot.


QFT.
frostbit_sky From: frostbit_sky Date: November 26th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew another studio had the rights before but didn't know the specifics of why they didn't go ahead with production.

QFT?

*edit* I looked it up, never mind ;)

Edited at 2008-11-26 05:00 pm (UTC)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 26th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
*g*

I have to ask though - was Edward sparkling like my icon? (I still haven't got round to watching the movie...)
frostbit_sky From: frostbit_sky Date: November 26th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looked like he was wearing shiny powder. Like something you can buy at Sephora. LOL

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 27th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whips out appropriate icon.

Well, not exactly appropriate but let's say that Edward would be just as affronted as his Sparkleness (TM) being portrayed with makeup. :P
frostbit_sky From: frostbit_sky Date: November 27th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL.

No, I mean the effect was done with CGI (I believe ILM did the work) not make-up, the end result looked like sparkle powder.
sunlit_music From: sunlit_music Date: November 27th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That guy at Paramount who said "Teen girls will go to whatever their boyfriends do, so why make a film about sparkly vampires?"

What a stupid thing to say. As if teen girls don't count as film goers.

Still the author has never presented any of her characters as role models (and has even gone on record to state that yes, the love story is not the icon of healthy relationships)

Where did Stephenie Meyer say this? *is interested*

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 27th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a stupid thing to say. As if teen girls don't count as film goers.

I'm really glad for teen twifans and their moms. They get a lot of mocking because they enjoy the books and I'm glad that the movie is doing so well. They made all the difference because they refused to let it be just a "guilty pleasure". I can never be a twifan but I see the appeal of the books. And like I said, people have earned a lot more writing a lot worse so really, who's anyone to judge?

Where did Stephenie Meyer say this? *is interested*

I can't remember a particular link to it, but I can find it. It was in an interview just after a recent book release (I don'tknow which because I was just entering the fandom then) when she admitted that Edward's and Bella's love story isn't an "ideal" one by any standards: they're too obssessed with each other. It struck me because it's so out-of-character for what one usually expects of a writer of her calibre. Most writers tend to defend their heroes'(bad) behaviour to their dying breaths regardless of how damning the actual text is.
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