Will Ferrell’s Take On The Twilight Saga

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For those who live under a rock, or far more likely, just don’t give a toss about Twilight, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson broke up recently.  In a really messy, public way.  Why?  Because she’s a dirty home-wrecking ho-bag.

So what does this mean for The Twilight Saga?  Sure, K-Stew was already severely disliked for her terrible acting ability, but how can we have empathy for an actress who metaphorically shot herself in the foot when she slept with a man twice her age; a man who was also the director of her last film (Snow White and The Huntsman, don’t watch it, it was very ‘meh’), and, oh yeah, a man who had a wife and kids.

Nice one, K-Stew and Rupert Sanders.

Ideally of course, if the real-life counterparts of Edward and Bella were going to break up, it would have been before the second film, New Moon.  So does this mean that the Twilight Saga is, to coin a phase, up shit creek without a paddle?  Or, do we want to be honest with ourselves here, and admit that perhaps Kristen Stewart ruined the saga as soon as she stepped onscreen (refer to comment about horrendous acting skills)?

And, more importantly, what will happen with the image of K-Stew and R-Pattz?

Well, all these issues and more were addressed by comedian Will Ferrell, who was on the Conan O’Brien show, promoting his new film, The Campaign.  Let’s be honest, Will Ferrell treats the situation in the best way possible: if you’re going to be a dirty home-wrecking ho, who can’t act to save yourself, and cheat on your boyfriend, then we’re all going to point at you, laugh and call you a stupid tosspot.

Enjoy!

When Bad Reporting Goes Viral

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Here at Set In Motion we love our fictional characters like nobody’s business.  But, more importantly, we love the authors who created the characters out of their brains with no help whatsoever, and then presented to them packaged nicely for our imaginations.

However, on top of that, we also appreciate a little bit of naughty fanfiction.  Seeing Edward being evil to Bella, because he has a bet to get her into bed?  Hilarious.  Probably not the most original stuff out there, but fun nonetheless.  And of course, the whole point of fanfiction, is that fans appreciate the original novel so much that they want to continue, or change, the story.

Perfectly reasonable (cause we can’t get ourselves enough of Edward.  Plus, when Bella isn’t being whiny and helpless, she’s so much more entertaining).

What we don’t like though?

When authors claim credit, money and fame off an idea that they essentially stole.  And what’s worse, when the general public don’t even realise it because reporters are too idiotic to understand the point of proper research.

This is the case with “50 Shades of Grey” a novel about “dashing but disturbed” entrepreneur Christian Grey, and young student, Anastasia Steele.  Basically, because Christian had a troubled upbringing he’s into erotic, sadistic sex.   Fun times.

And because Christian is deliciously handsome and rich, Anastasia goes for it.

THIS is the description, in short, that major publications like The Age and The New York Times have given this book, which is now part of a trilogy.  Ironically this book has also been described by both newspapers as “Twilight for Adults”.

Why ironic?  Because this book IS Twilight.  In fact, the author, E. L. James, must of liked Twilight so much that she essentially ripped off the characters and created her own storyline for them.  And this isn’t just Edward and Bella we’re talking about here, it’s the whole Forks cast, down to James being pegged as the baddie from the start.

As you can tell, I, amongst others, have a real problem with this.  For two main reasons.  The first one is the terrible reporting that has been going on here.  Clearly the journalists of both publications have not bothered to read the book, otherwise they might have noticed the similarities between the characters in Fifty Shades and in Twilight.  (As one Twilight fan pointed out, Christian has chaotic, bronze-coloured hair.  Who else do we know with strikingly unique hair like that? Um…)  Instead they have just decided to go with the hysteria of the moment that has seemed to overtake women on the Upper-East Side and run with it.

On top of that, it’s ethically inappropriate journalism.  In all honesty, I have read the books (the free, online version that is), the story isn’t that great.  Fanfiction usually isn’t.  Entertaining, yes.  But well-written or thought-provoking?  Definitely not.  These articles being written aren’t book reviews, and they aren’t particularly news-worthy, but they are, in essence, bad PR for a book that honestly doesn’t need it.

Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is it OK to steal a person’s character for your own gain?  While Christian Grey might not be called Edward Cullen in the published version, it is quite apparent who he is.  So is it fair that E. L. James (who it should be noted, has made no effort to let people know that her book started off as fan fiction) has essentially stolen Stephenie Meyer’s work to make money herself? I don’t think so.

Sure, she didn’t rip off the storyline of Twilight, but that doesn’t necessarily give her the right to steal the characters.  A well-known case happened a few years ago, when an unknown author tried to use J. D. Salinger’s famous character Holden Caulfield in his own spun-off series.

J. D. Salinger being the cranky bum he was, sued the guy’s pants off and won.  Hells no did he have any right to steal his character after all.

However, a counter-argument could be that many books these days are quite similar if you start to blur the lines.  Twilight, The Hunger Games, Vampire Diaries, The Time-Traveler’s Wife and now 50 Shades of Grey all have many similarities.  But is there a difference between similar story lines, and stolen characters?

On top of that, E L James is making a fortune out of this book.  When the original, Master of the Universe, is still free on the internet if you know where to look.

What do you think of this issue?  Do you think its fair for E L James to get money for these books without acknowledging how the story started?  Could Stephenie Meyer sue? Is it ethically right for journalists to write about a book when they know nothing about the book itself?  Let me know!

PS.  Here’s some articles that have been printed about 50 Shades of Grey.  In particular, check out the video courtesy of KimTheFanGirl

http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/46602040

The Age article (posted today-12/03/12)

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/online-erotic-tales-hit-the-spot-20120311-1usot.html

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Summit to be overtaken by Lionsgate

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Now, before a little known film franchise known as The Twilight Saga came into force, there was a very small film company that went by the name of Summit Entertainment.  No one had really heard of it considering it had only really released terrible films like Sex Drive and Penelope (don’t worry, I haven’t heard of them either), but then in 2008 it released Twilight.

And really, all hell broke loose.  Around the same time that the Twilight Saga franchise was in full force, fellow entertainment company Lionsgate decided that they wanted themselves a piece of that.  And who wouldn’t?  Edward Cullen is yummy.

Unfortunately for them, they were unsuccessful and since then Summit has released other films including Letters to Juliet and the Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker (i.e. the film that bet Avatar and James Cameron for Best Director).  Despite this, Summit still managed to rake up some debt.  Whoopsie.

And so, here we are in present day, 2012.  And Lionsgate tried to buy Summit again…along with all of the rights to Twilight.

And this time, they were successful.

This is what the Co-Chairman and CEO of Lionsgate had to say about it:

“We are uniting two powerful entertainment brands, bringing together two world-class feature film franchises to establish a commanding position in the young adult market, strengthening our global distribution infrastructure and creating a scalable platform that will result in significant and accretive financial benefits to Lionsgate shareholders.”

“Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger have built a remarkable organization, and we’re pleased to welcome Summit’s talented team to the Lionsgate family.”

In short, Lionsgate bought Summit out for $412.5 million dollars.  Phwoar!

Who knew Edward Cullen was worth so much?  (*Giggles* Of course we did)

Thoughts?

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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As we all know (even those crazy fools who aren’t fans know), the first half of the last book of the Twilight series hit screens around the world as pre-teens screamed their little hearts out.

Might I add that here at Set In Motion we do not condone pre-teen heart screaming of any kind, but we do approve of Robert Pattinson on the big screen.  And so, like the dutiful fan girl that I am, I went to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.  So what did I think?

Now, like almost ALL books, the film adaptation doesn’t compare, and sadly I found that this was the case, once again, with Twilight.  However, it should definitely be noted that there were aspects that I enjoyed immensely, and while I didn’t get as excited as I did for the original Twilight (although saying that, I WAS 17 when the first film came out and got excited relatively easily…although saying that, I still do), I didn’t think it was the worst of the movie adaptations so far.  We did, after all, get to FINALLY see that sex scene that we’ve all been waiting for, not to mention Bella’s wedding dress, Isle Esme and the procreation of Edward and Bella.  Oh, and Stephenie Meyer dropped in for an appearance as well.

To get a feel of what is what like to be there in the flesh, check out Kim’s post HERE where she reports live with all the latest rumours surrounding the film.

So overall, what was my opinion of this film?  Drum roll please…

The Good

  • Bella’s dress.  There were aspects of it that I found a bit “meh” but I thought the back was stunning, and unlike the ring (don’t get me started) it seemed true to the book and the era that it was meant to be imitating.
  • Speaking of, this film stayed true to the book.  Hallejuah!  Sure, there were aspects that were missing, but considering the size of the book, even split into two films they couldn’t have covered everything.  And what they made sure to cover they covered well (anyone else reminiscing that dream that Bella had?)
  • The honeymoon.  Um, did anyone else decide then and there in the movie theatre that they were going to toss all morals aside and marry a fabulously rich husband, receding hairline or no, just so they could have their own island off the coast of Brazil?  No-one?  Huh, that must of just been me.  That house!  That view!  That waterfall!  Thank you for that, producers of Breaking Dawn, because on the slightest off-chance that I wasn’t already pining for Edward Cullen (ha!) you had to add “has connections to awesome private island”  to the list.  And people wonder why we fall for vampires…
  • The CGI.  OK, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I was actually a little scared of the werewolves in this instalment.  I know, I know, they aren’t real and even if they were, as if the vampires wouldn’t defeat them.  But there was something a little bit terrifying about them, wasn’t there?  Particularly when werewolf Sam decided to really show his power.  Eek!
  • The makeup.  They made Bella look sick, they made her look glowing and happy on her wedding day (hard feat when it comes to Kristen Stewart) and they made her look, literally, flawless when she transitioned.  Amazing stuff make-up guys.  Come hang out at my house please?
  • While Bella was pregnant.  I thought this bit was, while the most painful to watch, incredibly well done.  In the book Stephenie Meyer definitely conveys how unhealthy and sickly Bella is during her pregnancy, but some things do not compare.  That scene where Bella goes to have a bath and we see how truly skinny she was?  And the look on Edward’s face?  Actually heart-breaking, and horrifying, all in the one moment.
  • That little bit at the end.  Because in case you thought everything was perfect, this scene reminded you that the Volturi will be back in town.  And they want the shiny new aspects of the Cullen Family.
  • Edward Cullen.  Because, four movies on, millions of annoying screaming fans, and countless mocking later, we still love him.  Because at the end of the day, he is the man of everyone’s dreams, isn’t he?

The Bad:

  • The hair.  It doesn’t seem like a bit deal, but it was.  What on earth was going on with Alice’s, Jasper’s, Rosalie’s and especially, Carlisle’s hair this instalment?  To quote one fan girl, it looked like something had died atop of Carlisle’s hair.  And somehow they had managed to make Rosalie look unattractive, which is saying a fair bit since the last time I checked, Nikki Reed was a stunner.  Anyone else agree?
  • That werewolf scene.  Honestly, my girlfriends and I did come to the conclusion that not much could be done about this scene, but the whole werewolves and voices over the top thing just didn’t really work.
  • The acting.  Sorry K-Stew but I’m never going to like your acting.  Sure, you did emancipated, anaemic and dying really well, but you didn’t even crack a smile when you walked down the aisle and saw Edward Cullen looking back at you.  And for that reason, and reason alone, I was never going to like your acting style.  Sorry.
  • The dialogue.  Some parts of it were good, and I appreciated that they tried to keep it light because the storyline could have very quickly spiralled into doom and gloom, but overall I thought that parts of the dialogue were forced, and that the humorous one-liners were much too obvious.  Melissa Rosenberg strikes again.
  • THAT sex scene.  Yes, it was good, but there was so much hype over it that I expected it to be better.  So sue me.  OK, honestly it might just be because I’ve read too much Twilight fan fiction.

What’s Next?

Considering this is part one, which means that we can assume there is going to be a part two, we have to ask ourselves, what next? Sure, we could deduce that it will be the second half the book, but where is the fun in that?  Now that we’ve seen Bella look absolutely flawless (not to mention terrifying with those red eyes of hers), will we also get to see her hunt, and do other, funner, vampire things?

What about Jacob and baby Reneesme?  Can they make their relationship likeable, rather than creepy?  And how do they plan on ageing Nessie so quickly?  Although that could be one of the reasons why they decided to wait a whole twelve months between instalments…

Personally, I’m looking forward to the Volturi returning, and us finding out the full extent of Jane and Alec’s wicked talents.  Plus, I want to see Bella more assertive, all the other vampires and their fun special skills…and, not to mention, the first time Bella and Edward see their cottage.

Overall, Breaking Dawn wasn’t the first film of the year I’ve seen, not even the worst of the month, but unfortunately it won’t make my top five.  What did you think?  Let me know what your favourite, and least favourite bits were, whether your Team Edward or Team Jacob and how you felt about all the crucial moments, like the Honeymoon, the Wedding and the Transformation.

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No Edward Cullen? No Way!

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As everyone on the face on the Earth (pretty much) knows, The Twilight Saga has finished its fun.  In the book form of course. Edward and Bella lived happily ever after.  Bella is a kick-arse vampire with a cool super power and even Jacob has niftily been taken care of since he has fallen in love with Bella and Edward’s spawn, Renesmee.  Sounds weird, but makes sense in the storyline.

WELL, Twihards we could be wrong.  Why you ask?  Because Stephenie Meyer is actually considering writing a spin-off of Twilight.

I know-spin-offs never work.  No matter how successful the series.  Even worse?  The series would be based around Jacob’s and Renesmee’s relationship.

Thoughts?  Personally, if there isn’t Edward Cullen then I really don’t want to have anything to do with it…And while I know that Team Jacob would see the appeal…doesn’t it seem weird to have a romance between Edward and Bella’s baby? (No matter how old she is).

Of course, since we’re living in the 21st Century, everyone is keen for Taylor Lautner’s opinion and whether he would reprise the role.  His response?

“Breaking news to me here…That would be interesting. Stephenie comes up with the craziest things. I’m sure she could go on. That’s a crazy thought.”

So basically that gets us nowhere.

What do you guys think?  Do you think a spin-off of Twilight is a good idea?  Would you read it?

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He’s Still A Bit Stinky!

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Oh Rob Pattinson.  You have, quite literally, the face of the most beautiful character ever created, the beautiful Edward Cullen from Twilight.  Yet you’re still not a fan of showering.  Or washing your hair.  Or your clothes for that matter.

In a recent interview, RPatz’s Water For Elephants co-star, Reese Witherspoon, admitted that she’d noticed he lacked somewhat in the hygiene department…But Don’t get me wrong; she may have said he was stinky, but she said it in a lovely way:

“It’s a boy thing, right?  To have dirty fingernails and hair.  And his clothes were dirty all the time.”

Thoughts?  Would you mind if your boyfriend didn’t care about his hygiene in the same way that RPatz doesn’t?  Or is he the only one who can get away with it, because, quite frankly, he has the face of a sex god?

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Who doesn't love a bit of dirt?-(image taken from http://www.wouldtapthat.files.wordpress.com)

Third Time’s The Charm

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…although technically it might be the fourth?

On last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, The Dinner Party, the writers really showed us they could bring it.  Basically we were assaulted from all angles.  Stefan being a scary crazy vampire.  Katherine finally getting out of the tomb.  Damon just being his delicious self.  Bonnie getting her powers taken away from her.  Oh it goes on and on!

So what was the biggest deal in this week’s episode?  The deaths of Elijah (yes you read that right).  For those who need a little bit of a re-cap, Elijah is the not-so-friendly Original (although I don’t think any of them are) who pretended to be friends with Elena…but really just wanted her death to coincide with him taking on Klaus.

When we were first introduced to Elijah (way back in the season) Damon and Stefan took him on, with Damon eventually killing him with the biggest stake known to vampire kind.  Well…he didn’t actually die.  Turns out that Originals can survive giant stakings! (Damn)

Cue to this episode.  Damon, being the crafty little vampire that he is, decides to take on Elijah with this handy ancient dagger that’s been dipped in white oak ash (just go with it).  Might I just add that Damon is being proactive here while Stefan is being all “emotional” with Elena.  Sorry.  Had to be said.  Anyway.  Just before Damon does a good stabbing on Elijah, Alaric intervenes like the ol’ buddy he is.  Basically? If Damon tries to use the dagger on Elijah they will BOTH die (which is NOT good).  Only humans can wield the dagger.

So us viewers were like dang.  Right?  I know I was.  But alas, not even five minutes later, out of nowhere, STAB Alaric gets Elijah right from behind and the Original goes a nasty shade of death-grey.

Wooh! For Alaric.  Not only does he get lines this episodes…but an actual killing scene! Yay! But wait…Elena continues to read the all-knowing Jonathan Gilbert diary.  The dagger MUST STAY IN THE VAMPIRE.

Wait…what?  Cue Damon running to where they’ve put Elijah.  Yep.  There’s nothing there.  DAMNIT!  Why is this guy so hard to kill?  (I”d like to see Edward Cullen take him on.  That’d show him a thing or two.)

So…now instead of a dead vampire we’ve got a really pissed-off one.  Great.  Elijah, thoroughly annoyed (you can kinda see where he is coming from) rocks up to the lakehouse and wants a quiet chat with Elena.  Elena agrees, but stays in the house where Elijah can’t get to her (that must get really old for vampires).  She wants to re-negotiate.  He doesn’t.  She threatens to stab herself with the knife she handily has on her and Stefan will turn her into a vampire. So there! Na-na-na-na-na.

Elijah calls bluff.  Good call Elijah.  Wait, what was that?  Was that the tell-tale squelching of a dagger going into a person’s stomach?  Ugh! It was.  Elena has STABBED herself! Elijah, situably shocked agrees to the deal and goes to heal her.  She allows him in and when he goes to help she yanks out the dagger (ouch) and BAM stabs it into Elijah.  Where it stays.  You go girl!  Wait…you’re still dying.  But alas, Stefan comes to save the day by giving her his blood (about time he did something) and Damon pops up out of nowhere.  Not that we’re complaining.  He wisely suggests to keep the dagger in the now-dead Elijah.

Ahhh…so he’s dead!  Hooray!

For all the other bits of awesomeness (there’s no other word for it) that need recapping check out Kim’s site at http://kimthefangirl.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/tv-rewind-the-vampire-diaries-the-dinner-party/ and let me know what you think!

The only other big bit from The Dinner Party I’d like to bring up?  The wonderfully timed return of Katherine…whose sticking around.  So will her and Damon team up as a bad-ass Original fighting team?  Will Elena get along with her evil counterpart?  And how will Stefan deal with her now that she’s back?

So many questions so little episodes!

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