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On Twilight’s Fifth Anniversary, HitFix Lists the Winners and Losers of the Franchise, We Share our Thoughts

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Five years since Twilight came out in theaters! Ah, the memories. We used to think the entire cast would become huge, with enormous opportunities for each of them coming left and right, all of them becoming super stars, staying in the spotlight forever. But while it’s true that most of the cast members became very famous thanks to Twilight, the truth is that not everyone has a success story. HitFix has put together a list of Winners and Losers of the Twilight saga, which you can read here. I’ll post the highlights of their list with a few thoughts of my own.
WINNER – Kristen Stewart Best known for: “Twilight” saga Twilight Character: Bella Swan Non-Twilight highlight: “Snow White and the Huntsman” Why: Stewart has enough respect as an actress to work in independent cinema for years. She’s got a new Olivier Assayas film in the can, is starring in Tim Blake Nelson’s new drama and is expected to join Jesse Eisenberg in “American Ultra.” Plus, she still has a toe in Hollywood as her second franchise, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” has a a sequel still in the works.

Kristen Stewart is definitely the big winner of the Twilight saga, becoming an international star and fashion icon in just four years. We had only seen her in a few indies before Twilight, but once the first movie came out everyone knew she was here to stay. Hundreds of major covers and fashion contracts came of her stardom, and she was constantly everywhere for the duration of the saga. While we do wish there were more (and perhaps better) projects coming her way so we could see her more often in theaters, she’s taking the direction she wants to take with her career and she’s closer to where she wants to be.

LOSER: Taylor Lautner Best known for: “Twilight” saga Twilight Character: Jacob Black Non-Twilight highlight: Hosting “Saturday Night Live” Why: Lautner’s non-“Twilight” career has been bumpy to say the least. He starred in the thriller “Abduction” that was stupidly rushed into production before it was ready. Even with bad reviews, the tepid box office proved Lautner was not ready to top line a movie on his own. That was one reason the reboot of “Stretch Armstrong” he was attached to fell apart so quickly (also, no one wants to see that movie anyway). Lautner was also supposed to make a movie with Gus Van Sant, but that still hasn’t gone before cameras. What’s next? An independently produced thriller without distribution where Lautner plays a bike messenger who jumps into the world of…parkour. Yikes.

I think calling him a loser is a bit too harsh. And it’s too soon to make that call anyway. Let’s remember that Taylor Lautner came out of nowhere and all of a sudden became a teen icon worldwide. Taylor has a fan base, people! And it’s strong. The problem is not Taylor himself, but the direction his career is taking, which might not be 100% his decision. Tons of projects have fallen apart, and I think the main problem is that people don’t know what to do with him. Is he an action hero or a heartthrob? Does he want to make movies aimed at boys or at girls? He’s athletic, he can do his own stunts and he could be a great action star in the future, but at the moment his fan base would prefer him to do more female friendly projects, what projects are there for him to do that can combine these two things that characterize him? Not much, if you think about it. Is he a lost cause? Absolutely not. There is still promise. Back in October, Taylor starred as Dirk Diggler in the live read of the script of Boogie Nights, directed by Jason Reitman, and his reviews were simply great. An Entertainment Weekly reporter wrote: Lautner was perfect. He captured Diggler’s earnestness, sweet stupidity and eventual megalomania with an easy grace that makes you wonder why he hasn’t been given more interesting roles in films. Or maybe Diggler is just the perfect part for him.” Variety on the other hand wrote: “Taylor Lautner ably stepped into the role of Dirk Diggler with great gusto (…) Lautner proved himself to be more than just a “Twilight” hunk with a hilarious, intentionally off-key singing performance when Diggler tries to reinvent himself as a singer, and played the porn star’s quieter moments with a touching naivete.” For Taylor, it all depends on who’s willing to give him a chance. And of course his management team needs to outline a better plan for 2014, because the action movies are not what he needs right now.

WINNER: Robert Pattinson Best known for: “Twilight” saga Twilight Character: Edward Cullen Non-Twilight highlight: “Cosmopolis” Why: It’s been rocky at the box office for Pattinson since he first broke through with the first “Twilight,” but he does have the hit drama “Water for Elephants” to his credit. He’s smartly focusing on his prestige credentials by reuniting with David Cronenberg on “Maps to the Stars” and is expected to appear in James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. At 27 he has more than enough time to return to Hollywood studio flicks, when he’s good and ready.

What more can we say about Rob? One minute it was all about Zac Efron, and before Zac knew it, Rob sprouted out nowhere and claimed the spotlight for years. Everyone was talking about Rob. And while we do wish he was making more movies and we didn’t have to wait so long between projects, like Kristen, he’s doing exactly what he wants and us fans have to be patient.

LOSER: Ashley Greene Best known for: “Twilight” “Twilight” Character: Alice Cullen Non-“Twilight” highlight: Uh…”Butter”? Why: As one of the highest-profile supporting players in the franchise, Greene’s post-“Twilight” prospects looked bright – and then she starred in a string of forgettable films including supernatural snoozefest “The Apparition,” Sundance non-starter “Skateland” and the ostensibly straight-to-DVD Miley Cyrus vehicle “LOL.” Her future slate doesn’t look much better, and indeed, her post-“Twilight” career has become more notable for her red carpet and magazine cover appearances than
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for anything she’s done on-screen.

We definitely thought Ashley would do a lot more by now, but her name is still out there, and like Taylor, all she needs is the right project, so perhaps there is still hope. What we do ask ourselves is if Ashley knows what direction her career wants to take. I feel that those cast members who are not succeeding at the moment, are those who don’t seem to have a clear plan or direction outlined. Does Ashley want to be on TV shows? Horror movies? Romantic comedies?

WINNER: Kellan Lutz Best known for: “Twilight” saga Twilight Character: Emmett Cullen Non-Twilight highlight: “Immortals” Why: Lutz may end up the luckiest and unlikely start of the bunch. Yes, he’s got a bunch of bad B movies on his resume but Hollywood still sees him as a potential long term action star (it doesn’t hurt the pickings are slim). He’ll be seen next in the “first” “Hercules” movie of 2014, “Hercules: The Legend Begins,” and then return in August alongside Sly Stallone, Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes in “The Expendables 3.” If things go his way, in a decade he’ll be remembered more as a kick-ass action star than a member of the Cullen clan.

Kellan is still the big teddy bear of the saga no many how hard ass movie roles he gets. Ask any fan who’s ever taken a cuddly picture with him. And while a lot of people were rooting for Kellan to fail, he kept his head down and basically started bagging projects right after the saga finished filming. Kellan is young, but slowly and surely he will have a career as an action star, no doubt.

LOSER: Nikki Reed Best known for: “Twilight” “Twilight” character: Rosalie Hale Non-“Twilight” highlight: “Thirteen” Why: Reed showed some promise as the star and co-writer of Catherine Hardwicke’s 2003 drama “Thirteen” (a film based on Reed’s actual experiences growing up in Los Angeles), a gig that led directly into the Hardwicke-directed first “Twilight” installment. Unfortunately, her non-Hardwicke/”Twilight” projects have been more or less a bust, with such little-seen films as the critically-panned 2009 horror flick “Chain Letter,” the 2010 Bruce Willis-Malin Akerman vehicle “Catch .44″ and the Dwayne Johnson-Liam Hemsworth actioner “Empire State” cluttering up her resume. Unless she can make a big turnaround in the next couple of years, this may well be the end of the direct-to-DVD line for the actress.

Nikki was the one cast member that everybody was familiar with when the Cullens were announced in 2007. While the fans were shocked that she was chosen to play Rosalie because she didn’t exactly look like the description in the book, as gorgeous as she was, they slowly embraced her for the role and by the end of the saga she became a fan favorite because of how sweet and generous she is to fans. Ask any fan who’s ever met the entire cast and they’ll

tell you Nikki is the sweetest (and the guys will love to point out for you how she’s the hottest one). So what happened? Like HitFix says, she showed tremendous promise at the start of her career, but then during and after Twilight, her movie roles have been unimpressive, and that is a damn shame. We really hope Nikki can make a comeback, because not only is she multi-talented (singer, songwriter, actress, screenwriter), she’s certainly someone who’s very grateful of her Twlight success and never turned her back on the fans.

WINNER: Peter Facinelli Best known for: “Twilight” Twilight Character: Dr. Carlisle Cullen Non-Twilight highlight: “Can’t Hardly Wait” Why: Seen in small movie roles and sporadic TV work in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Facinelli’s career was running dry when “Twilight” added some new blood. it appears to have taken. Since “Dawn” broke, the actor has eschewed film work in favor of success on the small screen; He currently stars as Dr. Fitch Cooper on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” and recently guest starred on “Glee.” But isn’t it time for a “Can’t Hardly Wait” reunion?

Another fandom darling, Peter Facinelli. Nikki, Jackson, Kellan and Peter were always the ones who never disappointed fans. Always there with a great smile, never turning down a picture or an autograph. Peter landed a great role in such a good show, Nurse Jackie, that I can never recommend this show enough. The fact that he’s starring in one of the best dramas on TV right now, says a lot about Peter and how great he has things after Twilight. Hopefully we’ll get to see him more on the big screen. We’ll never stop having a soft spot for our favorite Vampire Doctor.

LOSER: Jackson Rathbone Best known for: “Twilight” Twilight Character: Jasper Hale Non-Twilight highlight: “The Last Airbender.” Really. Why: It looks like the party is over for poor Jasper. The handsome actor has a few small indie films on the horizon, but none of them is likely to cause much of a stir. Will there be a place for him in the inevitable “Twilight” reboot?

Well, that’s a bit overdramatic! While his career might be currently on shaky grounds, I wouldn’t exactly say Jackson is over. Dude has great charisma, talent and looks, and there’s probably something out there for him if someone just takes a chance on him again like M. Night Shyamalan once did. It’s sad the The Last Airbender was not what the fans were hoping for, otherwise we would be singing a very different tune right now, but Jackson is only 28 years old, and like Nikki, he’s multi-talented and he’ll bounce right back. He’s also super appreciative of his fans and he’s a very deserving guy, always being generous to the fans through out the Twilight years. Like Ashley and Taylor, he just needs to define his career a little bit more clearly and figure out what direction he wants to take. You can read the full list at the source with more winners and losers. What are your thoughts on this? Who are the winners and losers of the saga? Do you agree or disagree with Hit Fix?

Robert Pattinson’s New Project Has Been Announced!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Rob will play photojournalist Dennis Stock in “Life” a movie from the makers of “The King’s Speech”. Are you paying attention? ScreenDaily reports:

“As an internationally celebrated photographer, Anton Corbijn is the perfect filmmaker to direct Life,” said Canning and Sherman. “Finding the right actor to play James Dean was a big responsibility, but Dane’s body of work has proved what a chameleon he is and what he will contribute to the role.

“Casting Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan brings together two of the most exciting young actors of their generation.”

“We were fortunate to work with Anton on A Most Wanted Man and are thrilled to be a part of his next film,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. “His incredible talent combined with the chemistry between Dane and Robert will bring to life the fascinating story of the fast friendship formed at a very pivotal time

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in Dean’s life.

“The project also marks our re-teaming with See-Saw Films whose impressive track record continuously keeps them a top-player in international film production.”

But who is Dennis Stock? He was an American award winning photojournalist and documentary photographer and a member of Magnum Photos. He started out photographing jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, Gene Krupa and Duke Ellington and moved on to different subjects, like Audrey Hepburn and James Dean. Here are some of his most famous pictures:

Video: Mackenzie Foy Talks About Playing Renesmee Cullen

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Source: @NessieMackenzie

One Sheet Poster – Ashley Greene in The Apparition

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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Check out and LIKE the official Facebook page for Ashley Greene’s new film The Apparition: http://www.facebook.com/theapparition

Scared yet?

New HQ Outtakes of Robert Pattinson From Premiere Magazine Photoshoot

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Enjoy these Outtakes from Rob´s Premiere Magazine photoshoot which are inspired by David Cronenberg’s films. Some of the pictures we’ve glimpsed before, but now in better quality.

Source:Eliotleehazel.com

LOL Stills Featuring Ashley Greene

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Check out these new stills from Ashley Greene’s new movie LOL with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.

Source: LOL Movie India Facebook page.

Summit Management Considering Buyout of Twilight Studio

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The LA Times reports:

As “Twilight” studio Summit Entertainment is immersed in negotiations with multiple parties to get acquired before the end of the year, a new bidder may have emerged: Summit itself.

Co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger are putting together a management buyout plan in partnership with a private equity fund to take financial control of Summit, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak publicly.

The plan would involve Friedman and Wachsberger buying out their current investors, which include private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management and film financing and production company Participant Media. It would leave the two chiefs of Santa Monica-based Summit in control, as opposed to other proposals currently on the table that would merge the independent studio with Lions Gate Entertainment or Miramax Films.

Under the Lions Gate scenario, Friedman and Wachsberger would head Lions Gate’s motion picture group while the company’s Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns would remain in charge. At Miramax, the duo would have to work with that studio’s Chief Executive Mike Lang and report to its investor Colony Capital, a Santa Monica private equity firm, which is leading an effort to acquire Summit.

Lions Gate and Colony are both offering $350 million to $400 million in cash and agreeing to assume about $200 million in debt to buy Summit, the person said.

Summit’s owners appear eager to sell the company by the end of the year in part because potential buyers are interested in the one remaining “Twilight” film, but also because of the studio’s strong cash position.

David Cronenberg Talks About Watching Rob’s Work Before Casting Him In Cosmopolis

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

In a new interview for NY Magazine, director David Cronenberg talked about watching Rob’s movies, including Twilight, before choosing him for the lead in Cosmopolis. What did he see in him in the Twilight movies? Read this excerpt.

What was it about Robert Pattinson that made you think he was the right guy for the lead?
He’s the right age. He looks right. He looks good in a suit. He looks like he could be a young, tough, billionaire. And I’ve actually thought he was quite a good actor who was very underrated in a similar way to Keira Knightley, I think, when I was thinking of her for Dangerous Method. Both of them have had great financial success and are stars based on franchises, but of course to do that you have to have a kind of screen charisma, you have to have a presence, which you can’t buy or create; you either have it or you don’t. That doesn’t mean you’re necessarily a good actor, though. But you have at least that. I looked at all the stuff that he’s done, and I thought he’s a really good actor. And then I spoke to him, and thought not only that, but he’s a really smart actor. And he’s funny, and he’s very sweet. That’s when I tried to convince him to do the movie, which he was a little afraid of, just because I think he doesn’t know how good he is, basically. And I think now that he’s done the movie, he’s starting to understand how good he is. Because he’s terrific.

And was he a fan of your work?
He knew my work, yeah. What’s interesting, too, about Rob is that he’s very well educated in terms of movies and movie history and foreign films. On the set, he and Juliette Binoche were talking about the most obscure French films and stuff like that together. He really knows his stuff. And yet, as I say, he’s a completely down-to-earth, sweet guy. Lovely to work with. And very funny.

Are you going to go see Breaking Dawn?
I think I’ll wait for the screener.

You’re not going to go with the screaming fans?
Well, I don’t feel the need to line up, let’s put it that way. And I’m sure there’s going to be big lines for it. But, you know, basically I know what Rob can do having worked with him. I don’t have to see Twilight now. I certainly looked at the first two, though, when I was thinking about him.

You did?
Oh yeah, sure. And I watched Remember Me, and I watched Little Ashes. Which is maybe a movie you don’t know, but he plays a young Salvador Dalí in that movie with a Spanish accent. And I thought that was pretty interesting, very daring of him to do that, and it indicated to me that he was an interesting, serious actor.

And you were impressed with the work in the first two Twilights?
I was impressed with his screen presence and a lot of his stillness, and a lot of other things. But the other movies showed me he had range. He had the range that I wanted.

Complete interview at the source.

New Wedding Clip With Bella, Alice & Rosalie Breaking Dawn

Saturday, November 5th, 2011


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Twilight Poison Special Post: Somalia Famine Relief Post

Friday, August 19th, 2011

We at Twilight Poison like to occasionally post information to help other countries in need when special situations happen because the Twilight fandom is very united and always likes to contribute when there’s a moment of crisis, and there’s fans all over the world that pass the news to each other. Recently Somalia, a country in the East of Africa, has been suffering the worst case of famine they’ve seen in 60 years. Thousands of children are dying every single day and by October, 300,000 more will die of hunger if more help doesn’t arrive soon. Nearly 30,000 children have died in the last 90 days.
The country and several organizations all over the world are pleading for your help. Please donate generously.

The worst drought in 60 years has left more than 10 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya at risk of severe food and water shortages. The UN has declared a famine in 2 regions in Somalia and the crisis threatens to spread rapidly. Mercy Corps experts with deep experience in humanitarian relief have said this is one of the worst situations they have seen.

Here’s a list of organizations where you can donate online and find more information:

>> Hidaya Foundation.
>> Global Giving.
>> ICRC.
>> CARE.
>> Mercy Corps.
>> UNICEF.
>> Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions.
>> Doctors Without Borders.
>> Save the Children.
>> The World Food Programme.
>> World Vision.
>> Oxfam.

Or:

US.

– Text FOOD to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days or provide 321 sachets of nutrient powder to boost infant survival and development, the aid group says.
– Donate $10 by texting the word AID to 27722.

Mexico.

– Banamex sucursal 100 cta #15, a Fomento Social Banamex Clabe (con B) 002150010000000154
– Cruz Roja: Bancomer #0404040406
– Unicef México www.donaunicef.org.mx/africa o al tel 01 800 841 8888
Todos los donativos a Fomento Social Banamex, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Unicef México y Oxfam, irán directos al Programa Mundial de Alimentos ONU.

Other countries, please e-mail me info where people can donate in your country: wolfspirit at twilightpoison dot com.

NEW 100 Monkeys Music Video: Modern Times

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

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100 Monkeys have released their music video Modern Times, from their CD Liquid Zoo. Check it out!

American Idol’s Paul McDonald To Perform With 100 Monkeys in LA This Saturday!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

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Paul McDonald, who is dating Nikki Reed, will be performing with 100 Monkeys! That’s the same show for which we gave away tickets!
Speaking of which…

Winners of the contest:

First Prize:
Two tickets for show and an autographed cd: Keely M.

Second Prize:
Two tickets for show: Rachel P.

Thanks to everyone who participated and sent in submissions, also thank you to all the Monkeys fansites that promoted the contest. If you don’t have tickets for the show, there’s stil time. Click here to purchase tickets.

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