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'Twilight' Director Catherine Hardwicke Makes the Film-to-Cable Move

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2014 at 12:44PM

Art director-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke hit 'Twilight' out of the park, but was not given time by Summit Entertainment to continue with the series. Follow-up "Red Riding Hood" was a rushed and misguided effort, and now like many women helmers, Hardwicke has done the sane and rational thing--moved to cable television.
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Catherine Hardwicke
Catherine Hardwicke

Production designer-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke hit 'Twilight' out of the park, but was not given time by Summit Entertainment to continue with the series. They rushed the second one into production with Chris Weitz at the helm, by far the worst of the series. Hardwicke's follow-up "Red Riding Hood" was a misguided and undersupported effort, and now like many women helmers, Hardwicke has done the sane and rational thing--moved to television. 

After directing various series including "Low Winter Sun" Hardwicke is partnering with Jason Blum to executive produce the series "Eye Candy," which MTV has picked up for ten episodes from the pilot she directed, adapted by Emmy Grinwis from the R.L. Stine novel. 

The series stars singer/actress Victoria Justice (TV's "Victorious") as a reclusive blogger and hacker who investigates terrorist plots and suspected killers and becomes the target of a dangerous cyberstalker--who might be one of the men she is dating via an online service. 

Other executive producers are Yvonne Bernard and Beth Elise Hawk.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.