Twilight

Given that the five Twilight movies raked in a collective $3.5 billion (adjusted for inflation) over five years, it was only a matter of time before Lionsgate tried to bring the franchise back from the dead. What’s surprising is how they’re doing it.

The studio will team with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to select five aspiring female filmmakers to direct a series of shorts based on characters from the Twilight universe. The mini-movies will debut on Facebook next year. Hit the jump for more about the Twilight shorts.

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The Host

There’s a segment of the population that will always turn out to see a movie advertised as being “based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer,” no matter what, and another segment that will avoid that movie like the plague, no matter what. Meyer’s first non-Twilight tale, the sci-fi romance The Host, doesn’t look likely to change the minds of diehards in either group. But for the rest of the population, there’s a new trailer to help them make up their minds.

Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder, a young woman living on an Earth that’s been taken over by aliens. When one of the invaders tries to take control of her mind, Melanie’s consciousness tries to fight back. Max Irons and Jake Abel play her two handsome suitors, and Diane Kruger the leader of the extraterrestrials. Andrew Niccol directs. Watch the new video after the jump.

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The Hangover Part III may feature a whole new plotline, but based on these new stills the wolf pack still looks exactly the same. Also after the jump:

  • Dwayne Johnson is pumped for Fast & Furious 6
  • The latest Star Trek comic drops still more hints
  • The Allspark might resurface in Transformers 4
  • Stephenie Meyer wants The Host to be a trilogy
  • Producer says there have been no Mama 2 talks
  • The Best Man sequel has a real title now
  • The first Cloudy 2 trailer will debut this week
  • Riddick takes the throne in a new photo

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The Twilight Saga is officially over — at least until Summit starts working on the inevitable reboot — but author Stephenie Meyer isn’t leaving the big screen just yet. Her first non-Twilight novel, The Host, is headed for cinemas next month, with Saoirse Ronan in the lead and Andrew Niccol at the helm.

Where the last trailer leaned heavily on the romance, no doubt in an effort to hook the same fans who turned out for Twilight, the new one aims for broader appeal by playing up the sci-fi action. Watch it after the jump.

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Over the past five years, author Stephenie Meyer has proved she can strike a chord blending genre and romance. Her Twilight books and movies are some of the most successful in recent memory, playing to a specific audience hungry for passionate romance and tantalized by their horror-inspired roots.

Once Meyer finished Twilight, she published The Host, which has now been adapted for the big screen by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and it’s more of that proven formula. Set in a future where most of the world has been taken over by parasitic alien beings, The Host follows a romantically involved survivor, played by Saoirse Ronan, whose human soul fights her alien parasite to help the human resistance against their alien invaders.

At least, that’s what the first trailer for the film showed. Now the final theatrical trailer has been released — likely meant to be attached to this weekend’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 — and it dials down the sci-fi alien action angle in place of sappy teen romance. Check it out below. Read More »

Time for a quick rundown of the latest sequel news. After the jump:

  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 ending is different from the book’s
  • Also, Stephenie Meyer has more ideas for Twilight tales
  • Universal’s The Best Man 2 is coming next November
  • DreamWorks is “looking at” How to Train Your Dragon 3
  • Fox will air a How to Train Your Dragon special in December
  • See the tracklist for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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The first full day of the San Diego Comic Con found the giant Hall H occupied by nearly the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer showing up as well. But after the Twilight panel finished up, Meyer came back out to the stage to introduce a few minutes from The Host, which is the Andrew Niccol-scripted and directed adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name.

The book follows a teen girl named Melanie Stryder, who is initially one of the few humans to escape possession by an alien race. But she is eventually “occupied” by a symbiotic alien named Wanderer, and the story kicks into gear as Melanie and Wanderer fight for dominance within the girl’s mind, as human and alien-controlled factions have their own raging conflict.

A few minutes of footage was unspooled, seemingly from the first and second acts of the movie, and we’ll run down the details below. Read More »

From the moment that Lionsgate bought Summit, talk of more Twilight has floated around. Lionsgate clearly wanted Summit’s chief cinematic asset when it made the purchase of the smaller studio, and even with Lionsgate launching its own tremendously successful teen series this year with The Hunger Games, two massively successful franchises is always better than one.

A report cropped up over the weekend that Lionsgate/Summit is definitely planning to reboot the series, and Summit has now released a strong, but uniquely worded response. Read More »

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