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Vanity Fair's Twilight American Beauties

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 2, 2010 at 6:46AM

This August Vanity Fair photograph for a feature on the women of Twilight: Eclipse reminds me of that American Beauty overhead shot of Mena Suvari on a bed of red rose petals. With the exception of blonde Dakota Fanning in the middle, they're fairly unrecognizable with their 40s crimson gashes.
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

This August Vanity Fair photograph for a feature on the women of Twilight: Eclipse reminds me of that American Beauty overhead shot of Mena Suvari on a bed of red rose petals. With the exception of blonde Dakota Fanning in the middle, they're fairly unrecognizable with their 40s crimson gashes.

In the behind-the-scenes video below, Fanning cops to being sweet 16. She and New Moon and Eclipse co-star Kristen Stewart became best friends on The Runaways. Nikki Reed says the Twilight books "suck you in," without irony. Julia Jones plays werewolf Lea Clearwater. She does have a great head of hair. Bryce Dallas Howard--who has finally shed her baby fat to be as rail thin as every other starlet-- plays an "evil vampire." She used to intern at Vanity Fair. For once, Vanity Fair vet Stewart got the day off.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Summer Movies, Sequel, Kristen Stewart


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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.