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from Shop Talk:
Wannabe vampires can now suck up some "Twilight" love -- ummm, read fashion -- at department store Nordstrom. The retailer has announced a deal with Summit Entertainment for an exclusive clothing and jewelry collection inspired by the upcoming film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
"Twilight," of course, is the smash hit movie romance ($382 million global box office) about a teenager (Bella Swan) and her forbidden love for a vampire (Edward Cullen) and all the blood-sucking complications that can bring. "New Moon" is its sequel, due in theaters this November.
Shoppers can find their plaid tunics, "Team Jacob" T-shirts or "I love Edward" heart pendants starting October 1. The collection, created by Awake Inc, "reflects the mood and spirit of the film," according to a press release. Prices range from $32 for a T-shirt to $58 for a jacket.
An Entertainment Weekly blog described the line as "supercute" but bemoaned the lack of life-size cutouts of heartthrob Robert Pattinson (Edward) in a suit for sale. That's him at right with Kristen Stewart (Bella).
The new movie “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” just blasted box-office records by taking in $22.2 million in midnight screenings alone in the United States — and that’s before most fans even woke up to premiere day of the sixth instalment of the wizard franchise.
With the latest Harry Potter movie opening across North America tomorrow, “The Half-Blood Prince” is already — and perhaps expectedly — among the hottest-selling movie tickets of the year.
From Alaska to Florida, 2,500 midnight showtimes of “The Half-Blood Prince” have sold out, according to Fandango, a top movie and entertainment online ticket seller.
As the film industry looks ahead to box office business after “Harry Potter,” with the lucrative franchise due to wind up in the summer of 2011, one person in as good a position as most to offer an opinion on what may be the next big film series suggests that the “Twilight” vampire romances could fill the void.
“Harry Potter” 1-5 have amassed $4.5 billion at global box offices so far, and with HP 6, otherwise known as “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, due to hit cinemas this week, the cash tills look set to go on ringing. HP 7, the final book in J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard series, has been split into two movies, meaning that at the current rate, the 8-movie series could take a cool $7.2 billion.
The lovelorn vampires of “Twilight” will vie for top honors at the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 9 with the singing stars of “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.”
(Writing and reporting by Laura Isensee)
These days vampires seem to be all love and no bite.
Or they bite mainly when they’re making love, as in the case of “True Blood,” the original HBO series that premieres its second season on Sunday, and is the focus of aggressive marketing with an advertisement that took over the front page of the ailing Los Angeles Times on Friday.
The series, based on Charlaine Harris’ book series called the “Southern Vampire Mysteries,” tells the story of telepathic Sookie Stackhouse, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton in a small Louisiana town where vampires have come out of the coffin, so to speak.
from Shop Talk:
By Nivedita Bhattacharjee
As Bella and Edward move ahead, Hot Topic is all set to move with them.
After cashing in on Twilight's success, Hot Topic has snapped up an exclusive deal for New Moon, the much awaited movie sequel to the star-crossed vampire romance.
And in good time too.
Priced at $22, the New Moon T-shirts might just be Hot Topic's trump card for the season, and it looks like the retailer is leaving nothing to chance when it comes to promoting them.
Ads for the T-shirts hold top spots on its website. The company has also been sending out promotional emails to leverage interest in the items, available months ahead of the movie's Nov. 20 release.
Pali Research analyst Amy Noblin received one such mailer, and says this unexpected arrival could benefit June sales results for the company.
Hot Topic had boasted of a solid performance for months on end, but forecast a second-quarter loss, saying fewer people visited its stores after Easter.
The usually fashion-savvy company seems to have run into some trouble inventory-wise — its neon-bright jeans aren't selling too well, and its super-successful Twilight merchandise lost some sheen over the months.
As if the appearance of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart wasn’t enough, “Twilight” fans just got another reason to watch the MTV Movie Awards at the end of the month.
Pattinson, Stewart and Taylor Lautner will be on hand to present the first clip from the vampire series’ highly-anticipated sequel “New Moon” on the awards show broadcast live on MTV on May 31.
A beauty salon owner in St. Louis, Missouri, has helped filmmakers behind the upcoming vampire romance ”New Moon” avert a fiasco by returning a script for the film, a sequel to last year’s blockbuster hit “Twilight,” a source close to the studio behind the movie said on Tuesday.
Casey Ray reportedly found the script in the rubbish bin. But rather than sell it to a celebrity news outlet thirsty to suck out details on independent studio Summit Entertainment’s “New Moon,” Ray gave the script back to the filmmakers and in exchange, she will get a pair of tickets to the premiere of the movie, which opens on Nov. 20, a sources close to the stduio behind the movie said.
Change isn’t always good.
Especially if you’re Robert Pattinson, the former model who has catapulted to teen idol status courtesy of blockbuster vampire movie “Twilight.”
Pattinson, now filming the sequel “New Moon”, says his sudden fame has made him a “paranoid wreck” in terms of his friendships.