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Twilight's Pattinson Flogs Indie How to Be

While Brit first-timer Oliver Irving's micro-indie How to Be may not be high art, because it stars Twilight star Rob Pattinson, it has a target audience. The flick about a sadsack guitar player who moves back in with his parents after his girlfriend dumps him had been seeking a distrib since its Slamdance debut in January, 2008. I asked Pattinson about How to Be in a Twilight interview back in November (Flip Cam video below), which was seen by IFC Films buyer Arianna Boccho, who tracked down How to Be and bought it one week later for IFC Festival Direct.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2009 7:00 AM
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Summit Selling Twilight Star Pattinson Movie At Cannes

While the Rob Pattinson movies that are set to be released post-Twilight--Little Ashes and How to Be--are unlikely to reignite his passionate Twilight fan base, it's not surprising that Summit Entertainment would squeeze their new matinee idol into another romantic movie between Twilight installments that they could sell in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 24, 2009 8:00 AM
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Twilight Sells 3 Million DVDs

The Twilight DVD sold more than 3 million units when it was released March 21, which lands it in the top five best first day DVD releases over the past two years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2009 8:48 AM
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Twilight DVD: Deleted Scenes

The reason there's so much heat around Twilight again (and New Moon--Summit finally announced Dakota Fanning's casting as Jane) is that the DVD is coming out March 21. Access Hollywood aired two deleted scenes from Twilight. Sometimes directors cut scenes from movies for a reason.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2009 5:21 AM
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Twilight Watch: EW Previews Hardwicke Notebook

Entertainment Weekly is feeding the Twilight fan lust for NEW INFO about the book/movie phenom by running an excerpt of Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight: Director's Notebook, due in stores March 17. Here's ">an advance peek. Presumably, Hardwicke won't spill all the beans on why she's not directing the sequel (basically, she was fried, wanted to tinker with New Moon, and Summit passed the reins to Chris Weitz).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2009 6:30 AM
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Twilight Sequels Heating Up

Don't believe everything you hear about Twilight and its sequels. Things are heating up already on the third installment, Eclipse. They haven't even started the second one yet, New Moon.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 15, 2009 3:07 AM
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Holiday Boxoffice: Four Christmases, Twilight, Australia

For once, women are dominating movie theaters. That's because there's more than enough for them to see. (OK, they're not going to see Transporter 3.) Usually, though, they're starved and I hope Hollywood takes the lessons of 2008 to heart, from Sex and the City and Mamma Mia! to Twilight and Australia, all movies designed to appeal to women. Lots of women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 26, 2008 8:30 AM
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Twilight: What's Next for Rob Pattinson?

Brit actor Robert Pattinson's life changed the instant Catherine Hardwicke cast him as Edward Cullen, the vampire lover in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series."How old are you?" asks Bella (Kristen Stewart), a new student at Forks High. "17," he says. "How long have you been 17?" "A while."Pattinson has seen the way women react to him as Edward at Comic-Con and festivals. (They tend to scream.) In this flip-cam interview, he talks about how tricky it was to play this kind of swoony leading man, figuring out the makeup, his music, his upcoming films Little Ashes and How to Be, and the new movie he starts in January, playing Dennis Hopper's grandson in writer-director Brian Horiuchi's L.A.-set multi-generational marriage drama Parts Per Billion, also starring Olivia Thrilby and Rosario Dawson. Hollywood is sending him scripts, but everyone it seems, is waiting to see how Twilight fares when it opens November 21:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2008 5:31 AM
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Twilight: Will Male Critics Ever Understand Its Femme Appeal?

According to a San Diego State University study released on July 22, if things are bad for male film critics, they are worse for women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2008 8:17 AM
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Twilight MySpace Teaser Trailer Clicks Over 2 Million Views

Summit Entertainment is doing cartwheels. That's because they're already in production on a movie, Twilight, based on the first book in a trilogy vampire saga by book phenom Stephenie Meyer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 8, 2008 5:28 AM
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