More Friday Twi-News!

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* Reelz Channel has an exclusive look at a new comic book featuring Stephenie Meyer! This is different from the Twilight comic book that’s in production, and it looks totally stephenie-meyer-comicawesome!

* Can’t make it to Twi Con? Reelz Channel has you covered — with everything from their 360 camera, photos & interactive features on Twitter & Facebook! See all of Reelz Channel’s Twi Con coverage here.

* The Examiner has a cool new article about how Twilight can fit into the classroom. They even include a link to Novel Novice Twilight!

* Amidst the recent war of words between Summit and Rachelle LeFevre, Eyes of Amber puts a nice spin on things — reminding us that we’re all on Team Twilight

* MTV rounds up the results of their poll on fan opinion following the recasting of Victoria for Eclipse a few small surprises in the results

Are you as excited as I am to see Stephenie featured in a “Female Force” comic book? Tell us your thoughts on this & other twi-news in the comments!

New “New Moon” trailer coming, and other news!

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* Fandango has just informed us that if you buy tickets to see “Bandslam,” you’ll get a sneak peek at an exclusive trailer for New Moon which can only be seen in theaters!!

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* Vampires are taking over the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly: ew vampires cover

You’ll find interviews with the authors behind Twilight and True Blood, our list of the 20 greatest bloodsuckers ever, and Anne Rice’s pick for the best new vampire — as well as a talk with her about how she revolutionized the vampire legend decades ago with Interview with a Vampire.

The issue is on newstands today. See more here.

* Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has revealed to MTV a key scene in New Moon for Victoria, which will also be one of Rachelle LeFevre’s final scenes in the franchise.

* E! Online has a sneak peek at the new Twilight greeting cards coming from Hallmark. They include greetings for birthdays, Halloween & Valentine’s Day:

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* DreadCentral has a look at the newest Twilight dolls from Tonner: James, Laurent & Victoria.

* A reminder, TODAY is the last day to enter the Defining Twilight contest for $500!

* Our friends at Touched by Twilight are putting together a support book for Rachelle LeFevre: RLSmall

Now would be the perfect time to gather words of encouragement and support for her. We want these messages to be … mature? In other words, *squee* and “OMG” will be taken out of letters – we’re not aiming for rabid fan girls proclaiming how beautiful she is and whatnot. 

Fans will have 1 week (possibly 2) to email their support messages to us at cast_support@touchedbytwilight.net. We will then compile all the messages into a book to send off to Rachelle.

* Rachelle LeFevre is also thanking her fans for their support via Twitter

Okay, NNTers … are you buing “Bandslam” tickets to see the “New Moon” sneak peek? Tell us in the comments!

“New Moon” calendar, Tim Burton & more Twi-News!

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* The New Moon calendar will be available August 4th … that’s this coming Tuesday! Pre-order at Borders:

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* While at Comic Con to preview his upcoming movie Alice in Wonderland, director Tim Burton talked about another project he’s working on with Johnny DeppDark Shadows, in which Depp will play a vampire. Burton talks to MTV about the “beauty” of the Twilight phenomenon, and who he wants to watch the movie with.

* Lots of stories are floating around now about the Rachelle LeFevre/Bryce Dallas Howard/Victoria casting story … here’s some of the latest (and more original/interesting) angles:

* MyFoxPhoenix talks to Kiowa Gordon about playing Embry in New Moon. You can also watch NNT’s exclusive interview with Kiowa here:

Okay, NNTers … tell us your thoughts in the comments! Are you pre-ordering your calendar? And don’t you just love Tim Burton? How cool if he came on board for Breaking Dawn, right?? (Okay, I know, crazy idea … but still … )

Bella’s College Essay Contest Winners!

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We’re excited to announce the winners of Novel Novice Twilight & Defining Twilight’s Bella’s College Essay Contest. We invited fans to select one of several essay prompts and write a college application-style essay as if they were Bella Swan. Interestingly enough, all of our winners chose the same prompt:  “Explore an event that changed your life. What was the event and how did it change you as a person?” Here are the winners & why their entries were chosen:

First Place: Casey Moats

Casey started out by getting creative, and moving beyond the books. She explored an event in Bella’s life that isn’t part of the Twilight Saga — the trials and errors of learning to ride her first bike without the training wheels. Casey thoughtfully and concisely describes the experiences, and then summarizes how this event has changed Bella’s life. She does so in such a way that demonstrates what kind of person Bella is, without relying on elements from Twilight itself:

Getting back up and trying, no matter how scared I was, changed the way I look at difficult tasks now. I didn’t think, even as a five year old child, that I could do certain things. My fear of falling or failing, held a strong hold on me. I am a stronger person because of that bike. I have learned that no matter how hard something is, if I apply myself I can succeed. Life isn’t about the things you can do; it’s about the things you can’t, but find a way to do. I know what I want out of life. I know how I will get those things, and I am determined. I will take the training wheels off and I will not fall, but if I do, I will get back up and try again. I know I am going to get a few scratches and maybe even a cut or two, but I will keep my eye on the prize. I am truly proud of who I am becoming. I am strong and clumsy, but I am me. I will succeed.

Congratulations, Casey! You’ve won an autographed photo of Rob Pattinson.

Second Place: Aimee L. Peterson

Aimee’s essay — cleverly titled “Coming Home” — was a very close second. Her writing is superb. She uses perfect grammar and spelling, and demonstrates her knowledge of the English language with use of Stephenie Meyer-worthy vocabulary, such as “benevolent,” “tormented,” and “niche.” Aimee also clearly and confidently addresses the essay prompt, discussing how her decision to move from Phoenix to Forks changed her life. She explores how the move affected all aspects of her life, and though she includes Bella’s blossoming romance with Edward, she addresses how this has changed Bella as a person:

The difference is that my eyes are opened to myself now. I can see myself in a way that I never could before. I see what Edward sees in me. I see a young woman who is perceptive, courageous and so much stronger than I ever thought myself to be. I’ve found my niche in life too.

Congratulations, Aimee! You’ve won a limited-edition Defining Twilight t-shirt.

Third Place: Lindsey Hogrefe

Lindsey also explored Bella’s decision to move from Phoenix to Arizona — and though she also mentioned Bella’s relationship with Edward, Lindsey focused on how the move helped Bella learn more about herself as a person. She even cleverly mixed in a couple quotes from the text of Twilight while writing in Bella’s voice. Lindsey also chose to frame the essay on a personal level for Bella, exploring her disrupted family life and how the move brought her unexpected happiness:  

Statistics have shown that approximately fifty percent of married couples end their marriage prematurely with divorce. I am a statistic. My parents separated when I was a baby seventeen years ago, and since I was too young to remember their divorce a broken home is all I have ever known.

Congratulations, Lindsey! You’ve won an autographed copy of Defining Twilight.

Still hoping to win cool prizes? Then check out our July-August 2009 Fan Fiction Challenge! You could win an autographed photo of the Twilight cast, an autographed copy of Defining Twilight or a limited-edition Defining Twilight t-shirt. Check out everything here, or click the banner:

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The latest Twi-News …

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First things first, let’s get the latest drama on Rachelle LeFevre out of the way … we’re staying out of it (neutral — Switzerland!), but here’s what both sides had to say:

* After Summit initially announced Rachelle LeFevre’s departure & that Bryce Dallas Howard would be taking over the role of Victoria in Eclipse … LeFevre told her side of the story to Access Hollywood:

“I was fully committed to the ‘Twilight’ saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria,” Rachelle continued, explaining the turn of events that led to the casting change. “I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules. My commitment to ‘Barney’s Version’ is only ten days. Summit picked up my option for ‘Eclipse.’ Although the production schedule for ‘Eclipse’ is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those ten days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for ‘Eclipse,’ never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10 day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.”

* Following her remarks, Summit came forward with another press release and their side of the story:

We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio.  Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.

Ms. Lefevre’s representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.

If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes “passionate,” about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June.  Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.

Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography.  This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.

Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap.  It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.

The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project – which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment – makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

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* Reelz Channel has compiled comments from across the fandom regarding Rachelle departureLeFevre’s. And regardless how you feel about it, their graphics guy is pretty clever with the photoshop (see right & look closely … )

* In light of the Victoria re-casting, MTV compiled a list of 5 other franchise roles that have been re-cast over the years

* Can’t make it to TwiCon? Reelz Channel has you covered with their 360 footage, video blogs & more!

* At MTV, Jamie Bower Campbell is revealing even more details about The Twilight Saga: New Moon … including a nude scene featuring the Volturi!?

* MTV also has some footage from a surprise appearance by the Twilight cast at a Comic Con screening

* MTV also has a nice collection of photos from Comic Con

* MTV’s Hollywood Crush has some nice behind-the-scenes video from Comic Con featuring the New Moon cast

Okay, NNTers … now’s your chance to weigh-in on everything in the Twi-verse — including the recasting of Victoria. We may be staying neutral, but you can share your thoughts & feelings in the comments! (But please remember to be respectful!)

Why we get lost in a good book …

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It’s no secret that we love books here at Novel Novice Twilight, and part of the attraction we have to fantastic stories such as Twilight, Harry Potter and more, is that it’s an escape from our everyday worries. But why do we get lost in a good book?

A new article from Live Science explores the scientific reasons we love reading:

Any avid reader knows the power of a book to transport you into another world, be it the wizard realm of “Harry Potter” or the legal intrigue of the latest John Grisham.

Part of the reason we get lost in these imaginary worlds might be because our brains effectively simulate the events of the book in the same way they process events in the real world, a new study suggests.

The new study, detailed in the July 21 issue of the journal Psychological Science, builds on previous work that links the way our brains process images and written words to the way they process actions we perform ourselves.

Read the entire article here.

Why do you love getting lost in a good book? Tell us in the comments!

A new Victoria, and other Twi-News

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* Summit has announced that, due to scheduling conflicts, Rachelle LeFevre will not be returning as Victoria in Eclipse. The role will be taken over by Bryce Dallas Howard:

Summit Entertainment announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard will take bryce-dallas-howard-picture-1over the role of “Victoria” in the studio’s upcoming production of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. Actress, Rachelle Lefevre, who portrayed the character in TWILIGHT as well as the upcoming release of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, will not continue in the role due to scheduling conflicts with another commitment the actor has made. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE will start filming in Vancouver this coming August.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third film in the studio’s TWILIGHT film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster book series, will be directed by David Slade from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. The film will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

“We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” said Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions. “Rachelle brought “Victoria” to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”

Howard most recently starred in TERMINATOR SALVATION as Kate Connor and has been seen in SPIDER-MAN 3, LADY IN THE WATER, and THE VILLAGE. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her leading performance as an actress in the HBO film AS YOU LIKE IT.

In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

* Reelz Channel has a list of the top 5 scenes they think should be in the Eclipse movie

* Kristen Stewart talks about how she’s excited to be “pregnant” in Breaking Dawn

* Looking for something new to sink your teeth into? Reelz Channel takes a look at The Vampire Diaries and Being Human … which feature vampires, werewolves & ghosts!

* TIME has a new interview with New Moon director Chris Weitz

* Chris Weitz says Stephenie Meyer does not have a cameo in New Moon

NNTers, what do you think of the Victoria recasting? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.