Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart pose with UK fan

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart recently posed with a UK fan outside a supermarket.

What’s nice about these photos is not only the time the two stars took out to pose with a fan, but the fact that a young girl with a camera phone managed to get pictures that a photo agency would envy.

The fact that it is also outside a Somerfield supermarket (not the most glamorous of retail establishments) makes it all the more charming.

UPDATE: Apparently, it was in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight (possibly this branch).

[Photos via Robsessed and Robstenlove and Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) on Twitter]

> Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the IMDb
> Find out more about the Twilight films at Wikipedia

Cinema Thoughts

New Moon

New Moon tickets

For Twilight fans New Moon will be their equivalent of The Empire Strikes Back although for everyone else it’s going to be another teen vampire movie.

For the uninitiated the Twilight films are based on the mega-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer which have been translated into over 20 languages worldwide.

There are currently four books: Twilight (2005), New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007) and Breaking Dawn (2008) and they have a combined sale of over 25 million copies.

New Moon posterWhen someone at MTV films made the (now catastrophic) decision to pass on making the film adaptations, newcomer Summit Entertainment stepped up and a lucrative film franchise was born.

The first film Twilight, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, came out last year and starred Kristen Stewart as Bella, a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire, played by Robert Pattinson.

It grossed over $383 million worldwide, making instant stars of Pattinson and Stewart and also causing wild scenes of fandom at various premieres around the world.

I interviewed Pattinson last year and the resulting podcast was one of the most popular things on this site as Twilight fans downloaded it in droves.

At the premiere later that evening, the massed ranks of teenage girls screaming at him and the cast was something like The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965.

The new film is expected to do even better: a ‘fan event’ attended by the stars last week in Battersea (complete with red carpet interviews) was so big some radio stations even mistook it for a premiere.

I got a sneak peak of New Moon yesterday at a press screening in London and the audience mostly consisted of media folk (like me), teenage girls and their parents.

The story involves Edward having to go away, Bella discovering new things about her friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and a mysterious vampire from the past named Aro (Michael Sheen).

Bearing in mind that I am way out of the target demographic for this material, here are my main thoughts:

  • It is slightly more expansive in terms of the locations (the action even shifts to Italy at one point)
  • Technically, it is an improvement on the original as the supernatural action is more convincingly done.
  • The narrative drags here and there but mostly moves along in a brisk and accessible fashion.
  • Fans of Edward may be a little disappointed that he isn’t in the story for long stretches.
  • Anna Kendrick is funny – she should be given a larger role next time.
  • For people unfamiliar with the books, brush up on Wikipedia or some things are going to leave you a little confused.
  • As a middle story (like The Empire Strikes Back) it leaves a few threads to be tantalisingly picked up on in the next film.
  • The last line of the film is clever as it pushes all the buttons of the audience …all at once.

My basic take is that this is essentially another reasonably well made fantasy film – a franchise like Star Wars or Harry Potter but moulded especially for teenage girls.

But despite the lack of genuine magic, there is no doubt that it will dominate the box office this month and make those publishers and executives who originally turned it down continue to tear their hair out.


Buffy Summers meets Edward Cullen

This mashup of perky vampire slayer Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and brooding vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is rather well done.

The visual pallete doesn’t match (for obvious reasons) but the editing is top notch.

> Find out more about Buffy Summers and Edward Cullen at Wikipedia
> Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight at the IMDb

Amusing Trailers

Trailer: New Moon

This is the trailer for the new Twilight film New Moon.

By the way, it is worth noting that Summit and MTV have been smart in allowing the above trailer to have an embed code.

This means it can be posted to any blog or website, which is a change from the ‘exclusive’ trailers that only show on Yahoo.

In those cases they may get some money to be exclusively shown on one site (even though they usually end up bootlegged on YouTube anyway) but surely the idea is to get as many views as possible all over the web.

In essence, it is better to have the viral nature of the Internet (and legions of Twilight fans) working for and not against you.

New Moon is out at cinemas on November 20th and has already inspired some fans to go a bit crazy.

> More on New Moon at Wikipedia
> Listen to my interview with Robert Pattinson about Twilight


Twilight With Cheeseburgers

A spoof of Twilight which replaces Kristen Stewart with a cheeseburger.

It was created by The UCB Midnight Show 

> The original Twilight trailer
> More on the film at Wikipedia
> My Twilight interview with Robert Pattinson