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By Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee – Nov 14 2012 – 10:38am
On Friday, “Twilight” fans will close the lid on a book-and-movie series that entranced them for seven years, when the final “Twilight” film, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” opens in theaters. In “Part 2,” Bella (Kristen Stewart), the wan every girl who captivated two supernatural suitors, will awaken as a vampire. She and shimmery hubby Edward (Robert Pattinson) will watch their daughter grow unnaturally quickly. Teenage and middle-age women will head to theaters in groups to see how it all ends. (“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer collaborated with filmmakers on a surprise ending.) They will do this because it has become a tradition. This tradition helped the first four “Twilight” movies gross $1 billion in the United States and $2.5 billion internationally.

Others might see the film because they were intrigued by the Stewart-Pattinson cheating scandal. Juicier than most Hollywood scandals, it entailed a public apology from Stewart, what appeared to be actual emotion and, best of all, photos. “Twilight” is its own cultural phenomenon. But it also has served as maker to others. Or at least its success has. Those other entertainment endeavors, listed below, will go on long after the “Twilight” films. So will Bella and Edward, probably. And most of the other Cullens. And the Volturi. But you get the drift.

By Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee – Nov 14 2012 – 10:38am
On Friday, “Twilight” fans will close the lid on a book-and-movie series that entranced them for seven years, when the final “Twilight” film, “Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” opens in theaters. In “Part 2,” Bella (Kristen Stewart), the wan every girl who captivated two supernatural suitors, will awaken as a vampire. She and shimmery hubby Edward (Robert Pattinson) will watch their daughter grow unnaturally quickly. Teenage and middle-age women will head to theaters in groups to see how it all ends. (“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer collaborated with filmmakers on a surprise ending.) They will do this because it has become a tradition. This tradition helped the first four “Twilight” movies gross $1 billion in the United States and $2.5 billion internationally. Others might see the film because they were intrigued by the Stewart-Pattinson cheating scandal. Juicier than most Hollywood scandals, it entailed a public apology from Stewart, what appeared to be actual emotion and, best of all, photos. “Twilight” is its own cultural phenomenon. But it also has served as maker to others. Or at least its success has. Those other entertainment endeavors, listed below, will go on long after the “Twilight” films. So will Bella and Edward, probably. And most of the other Cullens. And the Volturi. But you get the drift.

Vampires everywhere
Since the success of Meyer’s first “Twilight” book in 2005, “supernatural romance” sections have inched closer to the front of bookstores, adults have discovered the appeal of young-adult books and an unusual number of movies and television shows have highlighted the “blood” or “vampire” in their titles. Most prominent now are the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and HBO’s “True Blood,” each of which features handsome vamps in gelled hair and fitted jackets, a la Edward. “True Blood” fans — as loyal to their vamps as Twi-hards are to theirs, if also far more likely to use cuss words — would argue vehemently that “True Blood,” which debuted a few months before the first “Twilight” film and comes from a Charlaine Harris book series introduced four years before the first “Twilight” book, is a true original. But the show has built and maintained a following, partly from “Twilight” spillover, said Thelma Adams, a contributing editor for Yahoo! Movies. “The people who originally embraced ‘Twilight’ have aged out,” Adams said of the teens and tweens who first picked up Meyer’s book. “They have gotten hipper … the vampires from ‘True Blood’ are much more urgent than the sparkly, diamond-y Robert Pattinson.” Adams said she appreciates the chaste, “retro” quality of the “Twilight” love story. But vampire-entertainment hunters seeking more kick to go with vampirism’s kink have chosen the more carnal HBO show.

Vampires everywhere
Since the success of Meyer’s first “Twilight” book in 2005, “supernatural romance” sections have inched closer to the front of bookstores, adults have discovered the appeal of young-adult books and an unusual number of movies and television shows have highlighted the “blood” or “vampire” in their titles. Most prominent now are the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and HBO’s “True Blood,” each of which features handsome vamps in gelled hair and fitted jackets, a la Edward. “True Blood” fans — as loyal to their vamps as Twi-hards are to theirs, if also far more likely to use cuss words — would argue vehemently that “True Blood,” which debuted a few months before the first “Twilight” film and comes from a Charlaine Harris book series introduced four years before the first “Twilight” book, is a true original.

But the show has built and maintained a following, partly from “Twilight” spillover, said Thelma Adams, a contributing editor for Yahoo! Movies. “The people who originally embraced ‘Twilight’ have aged out,” Adams said of the teens and tweens who first picked up Meyer’s book. “They have gotten hipper … the vampires from ‘True Blood’ are much more urgent than the sparkly, diamond-y Robert Pattinson.” Adams said she appreciates the chaste, “retro” quality of the “Twilight” love story. But vampire-entertainment hunters seeking more kick to go with vampirism’s kink have chosen the more carnal HBO show.

The three main stars of the vampire series, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, graced the red carpet ahead of the premiere to sign autographs and take photos with the thousands of fans that had come to seen them. The romantic book and movie franchise has a devoted fan base, with supporters known as Twi-hards. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is the final film in the Twilight series, based on four hit novels by American writer Stephanie Meyer.

The three main stars of the vampire series, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, graced the red carpet ahead of the premiere to sign autographs and take photos with the thousands of fans that had come to seen them. The romantic book and movie franchise has a devoted fan base, with supporters known as Twi-hards. Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is the final film in the Twilight series, based on four hit novels by American writer Stephanie Meyer.

PXS project Chloe Marsh PXS project Chloe Marsh The film sees the love story of Bella Swan (Stewart), vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob Black (Lautner) come to a tantalizing end, when Bella and Edward are forced to protect their child from an ancient vampire coven. Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob, has had to get used to shedding his clothes in the films, with his muscular physique proving popular with fans. However he says he managed to cut down the number of revealing shots in this last film. “I was able to tame the numbers of the shirt coming off quite a bit it only comes off once in this one so that was nice,” he said.

The film sees the love story of Bella Swan (Stewart), vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob Black (Lautner) come to a tantalizing end, when Bella and Edward are forced to protect their child from an ancient vampire coven. Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob, has had to get used to shedding his clothes in the films, with his muscular physique proving popular with fans. However he says he managed to cut down the number of revealing shots in this last film. “I was able to tame the numbers of the shirt coming off quite a bit it only comes off once in this one so that was nice,” he said.

The three lead stars were joined by fellow cast members Anna Buring and Judi Shekoni at the event, as well as director Bill Condon. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is released in the UK on Friday

The three lead stars were joined by fellow cast members Anna Buring and Judi Shekoni at the event, as well as director Bill Condon. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is released in the UK on Friday

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