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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Welcome Back to the 'Twilight' Zone

Support Teen Literature Day is coming up April 16, so this week's Mom & Pop Culture is looking at books

By Martha BrockenbroughMSN Cinemama

We'll start in the "Twilight" Zone, because, really, we haven't left it since the movie came out last fall. It's still killing with the teen audience. When the DVD came out last week, they sold a whopping 3 million copies on the first day alone. That puts it in the top five for sales in the past two years, right up there with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "The Dark Knight," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Transformers."

There's new casting news for the sequel, "New Moon," too. Joining Taylor Lautner, who bulked up enough to earn a second shot at the role of Jacob the werewolf, are five Native American actors: Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman. Let the image-search orgy begin!

Meanwhile, last week's gossip that a new director was on board for the third movie turns out to be premature, at best. "The Orphanage" director Juan Antonio Bayona hasn't been hired to direct "Eclipse." The studio has met with a few candidates, apparently, but no one has been offered the job.

The original director, Catherine Hardwicke, will direct a movie adaptation of a book some people are calling "the next 'Twilight.'" Since the book came out April 2, that's probably self-serving spin leaked by someone who really, really hopes it will sell (not that we blame them). But it sounds like a good story, nonetheless.

Called "If I Stay," by Gayle Forman, it's about a comatose cellist named Mia who has to decide if she wants to keep on living after her whole family died in a car wreck. (And no, you're not insane if you think that sounds nothing like "Twilight.")

Want to stay on top of your teen's "Twilight" obsession? The author, Stephenie Meyer, does a good job keeping people up to date on news of her world at her blog — and she sounds like a great human being, to boot.

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