Should Ha Ha Tonka’s “What Shepherds of These Hills?!” be on the “Eclipse” or “Breaking Dawn” Soundtrack?

We’re giving away 5 copies of Ha Ha Tonka’s album “Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South” in our Fantasy Soundtrack Contest.

To win, you must pick one of 6 Ha Ha Tonka songs (provided) and tell us what scene from Eclipse or Breaking Dawn you think it is best suited for.

Today, we’re featuring the song “What Shepherds of These Hills?!”

Learn more about the contest HERE.

The deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 8th.

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Box office updated, new interviews, “New Moon” mistakes & the rest of your Monday Twi-News

* The Twilight Saga: New Moon had another #1 weekend at the box office!

* EW talks to Michael Sheen about playing Aro in New Moon

* EW also talks to Ashley Greene about playing Alice Cullen

* MovieMistakes.com has started compiling a list of goofs spotted in New Moon … did you see any of them?

* The Twilight Parents Examiner talks about a potential Twilight musical, and whether it’s just fodder for Internet spoofs or if it’s a viable possibility

* You know those hiliarous “Elf Yourself” videos? Daniel Cudmore (aka Felix) has created one of himself!

* Also be sure to check out these goodies from NNT:

NNT Reviews: “Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse”

You probably know him as The Twilight Guy … but these days, Kaleb Nation is a published author in his own right. His first book, Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse was released earlier this year and Kaleb is now hard at work on the next book in the series.

I recently read Bran Hambric, and here’s my review for Portland Books Examiner:

It would be easy to compare Kaleb Nation’s debut novel, Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse to Harry Potter. They are, after all, both books about young boys who are orphaned and find themselves living with families that don’t really want them around. Both boys find themselves suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the world of magic. Both covers feature artwork of the titular character and a distinct symbol – a lightning bolt for Harry Potter, and a crescent moon for Bran Hambric. Both have parents who die trying to protect them. And both stories feature a powerful, dark figure who has split his soul in order to survive death.

But the world of Bran Hambric is a far cry from Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and the game of Quidditch. It would also be unfair to compare Nation – a 21-year-old author who began writing Bran Hambric when he was only 14-years-old – to Rowling, who was a single mother when she started Potter and is now one of the world’s most celebrated authors.

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While Bran Hambric is not quite on the same playing field as Harry Potter, fans of Rowlings’ books and other magical titles will find themselves gobbling up The Farfield Curse. Nation writes with a sort of youthful sense of abandon — and though sometimes his inexperience comes through, his prose is charming, witty and delightfully descriptive. He has such a gift for turning a phrase that some of his minor indiscretions with the text can easily be forgiven.

Read the rest of my review HERE.

Also check out NNT’s exclusive interview with Kaleb Nation.

Have you read Bran Hambric? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

David Slade updates “Eclipse” status

David Slade is updating his Twitter followers once again about the status of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in post-production:

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“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is #1 again!

It’s week two for The Twilight Saga: New Moon at the box office — and despite a variety of new releases and the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the movie is still #1 at the box office! Here are the latest estimates for this weekend’s earnings:

Summit Entertainment’s “New Moon” scored the winning touchdown at the Thanksgiving box office, but Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s sports drama “The Blind Side” was the underdog to watch.

In its second frame of play, “New Moon” grossed an estimated $42.5 million from 4,042 runs for the three-day holiday weekend, and a total of $66 million for the Wednesday-Sunday stretch for a staggering domestic cume of $230.7 million.

Read more at Variety.

Some Holiday Weekend Twi-News Updates

* Variety reports that The Twilight Saga: New Moon has now earned more than $206 million dollars! Going into the holiday weekend, it is still #1 at the Box Office — beating out the latest new releases.

* On that note, EW talks about why the sucess of New Moon is good for the entire movie industry

* The New Moon Soundtrack has now gone platinum

* Rotten Tomatoes has a great new article, 5 Facts about Eclipse

* The LA Times has an article with New Moon special effects guy Phil Tippett

* EW has a great article with New Moon costume director Tish Monaghan, who talks about how much Rob Pattinson hated that grey peacoat and how and why they changed up Edward’s look in the second movie

* You can now watch Ryan Seacrest’s premiere night interview with Kristen Stewart:

* The puppets are back! Check out this great spoof of New Moon:

* Also be sure to check out these goodies from NNT:

2009 Twilight Saga Shopping Guide

Whether you’re putting together your own wish list, or shopping for a fellow fan, NNT is back with our new, 2009 Twilight Saga Shopping Guide. Here you’ll find all the best places to buy Twilight Saga merchandise!

CafePress

Our friends at CafePress have a variety of fantastic Twilight Saga goodies to offer, including Christmas ornaments. You can even personalize some of the CafePress Twilight Ornament with your photo or name.

Also look for a variety of deals on shipping and special pricing throughout the holiday season.

The CafePress Twilight Shop also features a variety of designs available for purchase as t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, magnets, etc. Here are some of their featured designs:

  

  

Browse the rest of their designs at the CafePress Twilight Shop.

Twilight Style

There are plenty of places out there to find custom or hand-made jewelry inspired by the Twilight Saga. But one of the finest places around, by far, is Twilight Style. They offer beautiful, hand-made pieces with a distinct look. One of their featured pieces is the “Original Bella’s Bracelet,” which is their interpretation of the bracelet Bella wears in Eclipse — featuring a crystal heart and a small wolf charm. A cool, updated version called “Bella’s Truly Classical Bracelet” is also a gorgeous alternative.

Twilight Style also offers a variety of other bracelets, necklaces, earrings and even cell phone dangles — all inspired by The Twilight Saga. Each piece is subtle and tasteful, but is still clearly Twilight. They are also all reasonably priced for quality, hand-crafted jewelry. Purchase by December 10th for delivery by Christmas.

EXCLUSIVE for Novel Novice Twilight visitors: get 20% off your order!

At checkout, just enter the code: NNT09

A 20% discount will automatically be applied to everything in your cart.

This offer is an exclusive for NNT visitors and is good through the end of the year! Special thanks to Twilight Style for offering the discount.

Infinite Jewelry

Infinite Jewelry is the company responsible for making accurate replicas of Bella’s bracelet and Bella’s engagement ring. They used to sell through TwilightTeez, but have now launched their own website. Here’s what the company had to say:

Infinite Jewelry Co., along with the series author, developed our exquisite Twilight line of jewelry for fans of the Twilight series books.  With the highest quality of materials and personalized design, our products truly reflect the jewelry described within the books, and the fans value our authenticity.  We are proud of the distinction of producing the world’s only authorized, original Bella’s BraceletTM and Bella’s Engagement RingTM.

Twilight Beauty

For the beauty buff, this new cosmetics brand offers two lines themed after the Twilight Saga: Luna Twilight and Volturi Twilight.

Luna Twilight is a collection that is gorgeous right down to the packaging.

Each cosmetic has an imprint of tree branches on either a black or amber-colored background. There are a wide variety of products to choose from – including lipstick, lip-gloss, mosaic blush, mascara, and scented body glitter.

My personal favorite offered by this line is the makeup palettes. Each one is themed around a female character from the Twilight Saga (Bella, Alice, Rosalie and Victoria), and the colors reflect that character’s personality. All the palettes contain a blush, two eye shadows, a lipstick and a gloss.

As a whole, this makeup line seems to wear very well. The lip products go on smooth and even, the eye shadow is nicely crease-free, and the metallic silver mascara looks fantastic on the tips of black lashes.

Volturi Twilight is a collection that definitely evokes a more intense color scheme than its counterpart. Each cosmetic from this line features the Volturi crest and is styled in crisp, elegant black lines. Products include scented body mists, mascara, lip-gloss, Lip Venom, loose eye shadow and eye shadow duos.

Lip Venom is an intriguing product that is a crimson stain as well as a plumper. And the black glittery lip-gloss looks imposing, but it actually goes on clear with just a hint of shimmer.

All in all, I would say this line is for a makeup connoisseur rather than a novice; loose eye shadow can be spectacular, but it takes a steady hand to wear it without looking like a circus performer. But the body mists are very nice – there’s even one called “Bella”.

Nordstrom

For the Twilight Saga fan fashionista, the New Moon clothing line for BP at Nordstrom has a more contemporary appeal in its styling and graphics. Tanks, shirts, tunics, jewelry and key chains are available for a member of Team Edward, Team Jacob, Team Werewolf, Team Cullen, the Volturi, and everything else in between. Sizes range from XS to XL, and most of the shirts are cut in the junior’s style, so they are more fitted in the bust and torso.

One of the things I love the most about this line is that it allows you to be a Twilight fan without specifically looking like one. Some of the shirt designs are subtle enough that I have been able to wear one to the office underneath a black blazer and no one is the wiser. I also love the ‘burnout’ fabric look, which is how most of these shirts are made. Check out the samples below, but remember: there are lots more available on their website!

Bath & Body Works

For the pampered pal, Bath and Body Works has introduced a new fragrance line in their Signature Collection called Twilight Woods. While it does not directly tie into the Twilight Saga, there is undeniable charm in this scent and how it is presented.

The highlighted notes of the perfume are apricot nectar, mimosa petals and Tuscan cypress – with warm musk base notes and a hint of woods. It is not overly sweet or floral, nor is it too dark and spicy. If you are a fan of either Sensual Amber or Japanese Cherry Blossom, then this would be a welcome addition to your collection.

Plus, the Eau de Toilette bottle is a lovely blend of dusky colors inlaid with the white silhouette of a winter tree.

As with all Bath and Body Works fragrances, Twilight Woods is offered as a lotion, body mist, shower gel, eau de toilette, candle, Wallflower© refill, bubble bath, hand cream, and body butter.

Hot Topic & Torrid

Hot Topic and its plus-size sister store Torrid are chock-full of all sorts of Twilight Saga goodies — especially wearables! Both stores stock a variety of t-shirts, as well as hoodies, jackets and PJs. This year, both stores are also carrying replicas of two outfits Bella is scene wearing in The Twilight Saga: New Moon — her birthday party dress and her green, corduroy hoodie.  But be warned, most products at Hot Topic and Torrid are sized for juniors, and can run small. Many of the tees also come in a variety of fashionable styles, which is nice for a change from the standard “movie tee.”

The stores also carry a variety of accessories — including hats, scarves, bedding, jewelry boxes, backpacks, jewerly, key chains, candles, blankets, posters, bag clips, purses, and even band aids and Wolf Pack tattoo packing tape! They also carry many of the action figures and the replica jewelry — such as Bella’s St. Jude bracelet and Edward’s Masen family ring.

Dazzled by Twilight

Dazzled by Twilight has physical locations in the real-life towns of Forks and Port Angeles, Washington. If you ever visit these places, stop by Dazzled by Twilight — not only is the store a true destination for fans of the series, but it is loaded with great products. Still, if you can’t make it to the Olympic Peninsula, you can also browse and purchase their merchandise online.

The store offers a variety of books, clothing, jewerly, accessories, mugs, bumper stickers, signs, magnets, collectibles, gifts and more. I’m especially a fan of their jewerly, since many of their offerings are so unique; a lot of this stuff you won’t find anywhere else. Some is even made by local artisans. The design pictured above is a particular favorite of mine — called “Edward Under the Clocktower,” the necklace features a watch face and a crystal heart to represent Edward. It’s perfect for any New Moon fan. When I stopped by their shop in Forks, Wash. over the summer, I also managed to track down a variety of Italian bracelet charms. I took home two, myself. One says “Team Edward,” and the other features the artwork from the New Moon movie poster.

Borders

Besides being the go-to place for picking up copies of the entire Twilight Saga, Twilight journals, and companion books, Borders is a jam-packed treasure trove of New Moon merchandise – in stores and online.

Here’s a sampling of what Borders offers online and in most stores:

For the rest of these goodies, they’re only available in some stores while supplies last, but you can get a glimpse of them at Borders online:

  • Clothes: junior pajama set; Wolf Pack tattoo t-shirt; tribal hoodie
  • Accessories: dreamcatcher-inspired Quileute earrings; Alice’s turquoise and Cullen crest bracelet; turquoise necklace; Switzerland charm bracelet with both Edward and Jacob-related charms; Alice’s Cullen crest ribbon choker
  • Key Chains and Bag Clips: perfect for your purse, backpack, or keyring, the keychains come in Bella, Edward, and Jacob versions while the clips are available in Edward, Jacob, and Wolf Pack tattoo styles
  • Bag and Wallet: black Twilight hobo bag; Cullen crest zippered wallet
  • Wall Scrolls: available in Jacob, Edward, The Cullens, and the E-B-J love triangle versions
  • Bookmarks: if you want to look at the beautiful faces of your favorite characters while rereading the saga, pick up the Edward, Jacob, or Edward and Bella traditional bookmarks; book bracelets with charms of the main trio are also available
  • Posters: available in Edward, Jacob, The Cullens, the love triangle, and the New Moon movie promo versions
  • Bags and Cases: New Moon tote bag, Edward messenger bag, and the Cullen coven vintage case (like a retro-cool lunchbox or makeup case) are all available
  • Other Goodies: all New Moon-inspired items include an Edward pen, magnets, a pin set, water bottle, trading cards, adhesive bandages (you know… in case you get a paper cut), a music box, iPod touch skin, and even a fleece blanket featuring Edward’s face (who couldn’t cozy up with that!)

And if you can’t decide what to get someone as a Twilight-related gift, you can purchase a Borders Twilight gift card so they can make their own choice!

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble has some great gifts.  Their website has a dedicated Twilight store and you local B&N has all the New Moon gear you could ask for. They have puzzles, t-shirts, book bags, bookmarks … even a chest with our favorite star-crossed couple.

Amazon

Amazon has some amazing stuff as well.  Just like B&N, they have a dedicated store to all things Twilight.  One suggestion for that Team Jacob member on your list … a fleece blanket emblazoned with our favorite wolf.  Pair it up with a Jacob pillow (show below).  Just imagine cuddling up with your own personal space heater on a frosty night.  OK, not quite, but a girl can dream …

Wal-Mart

Yes, you read that right.  You can, of course, get the movie, all the soundtracks, as well as the books.  They also have inexpensive t-shirts there.  If you’ve priced t-shirts at most merchandise sites, they can be quite expensive.  In conjunction with the release of latest installment, they have New Moon-themed shirts for $10.00 each.  Here are two examples for our Team Edward members:

 

Toys ‘R’ Us

You don’t have to be a Toys R Us kid to take advantage of the store’s stock of Twilight and New Moon items, ranging from jewelry and dog tags to board games and Barbies.

Now in stock is the new Twilight Scene It? for Nintendo Wii, with coordinating remote skins; for those who prefer good old-fashioned board games, both Twilight and New Moon versions are available separately and as a game bundle.

Collectors will be glad to know that Toys R Us carries not one, not two, but three lines of dolls/action figures: the 7-inch versions from NECA (which also come in two-packs), the Barbie Collector Pink Label dolls and the Tonner Doll Company collector dolls.

Of course, the DVDs, BLU-RAYs and soundtracks (including the Twilight score) are also available.

Random items include a lunch box set, beanies, tote bags, jewelry boxes (where else would you put your Cullen crest?!), wallets and a trio pack that includes a tote bag, throw and pillow.

Each purchase also comes with a free New Moon bracelet worth $9.99.

Etsy

Home to artisans and crafters looking to sell their wares, a simple search of “Twilight” turns up a variety of goodies — including jewelry, hair accessories, bookmarks, bags, purses, wall decals, dolls, and other imaginative goodies.

Staff Picks

These are products recommended by various members of the Novel Novice Twilight staff.

Bella’s Corduroy Jacket

Available at both Hot Topic and Torrid, this replica of the jacket Bella wears in The Twilight Saga: New Moon is super comfy. It’s surprisingly warm and super-comfy. It’s fully lined and the stretchy bottom and cuffs make it feel more like a sweatshirt than a tailored coat.

What’s also nice, is that nowhere on the exterior does it say Twilight or New Moon. In fact, it’s only the inside tag that reveals the jacket’s connection to the series. While I have no problem declaring my Twi-love, it’s also nice to be an incognito fan sometimes … and with this jacket, only fellow fans “in the know” will recognize it for what it really is.

Fair warning: it does run small, so buy a size larger than you normally would.

Twilight Beauty “Bella” Palette

Of the four palettes offered, Bella is, I think, the one that works the best with most skin tones. I am a natural blonde with porcelain skin, and the nude colors of the eye shadows blend in well without looking too orange or rosy. The shadow is also crease-free, which is a makeup pet peeve of mine, and stays fresh looking throughout a nine-hour workday.

Also, the cherry red lip-gloss is sheer enough that it gives just a hint of warmth to my lips instead of looking like a magic marker, which is usually the problem I have with red lipsticks. And it doesn’t go on sticky like some other glosses – it feels very smooth and coats more like a lipstick than a gloss.

Bella’s St. Jude Bracelet

This prop replica bracelet was something I happened to stumble upon one day at Hot Topic, and it was too unique to pass up. I had always liked the jewelry Bella wears, and remembered from the Twilight Illustrated Movie Companion that Catherine Hardwick had found this bracelet at a shop in Portland during filming.

Afterward, I did a little research, and found out that Saint Jude is the patron saint of lost causes and impossible situations. Whether Catherine knew this beforehand or not, I don’t know, but it intrigued me nonetheless.

The bracelet is elastic, and the colors are neutral enough to wear with just about anything.

I find that it’s a nice little reminder of the Twilight Saga, and that no situation is impossible with God.

Nordstrom New Moon fashion line for BP “Team Edward” Tee

I am unapologetically and forever Team Edward, and this shirt is what I wore when I saw New Moon opening weekend. It is very soft and comfortable, and I love the design. There are scribbled hearts, the number 17, and script that reads ‘stand by your vampire…’ Because it’s a burnout tee – and it was cold outside – I wore a long-sleeved gray shirt underneath, and it still fit well.

I prefer this clothing line to the one at Hot Topic because these are not limited to the films as the majority of Hot Topic’s merchandise seems to be. Sometimes it feels a little too … juvenile … to wear a shirt with Edward’s face plastered all over it. But I will admit that I own garments from both stores all the same. Every once in a while, it’s fun to be flagrantly obsessed in public with all things Twilight.

Webkinz Timber Wolf

This adorable little guy – whom I have named Jacob, of course – was something I scoured numerous stores for a few weeks ago, when my mom was looking for items to put in a Twilight-themed showcase at her school.

Although I am with the vampires by all accounts, I must say that this cute pup is working very hard to change my mind.

This would be an ideal gift for any Team Jacob or werewolf fan, though it is a bit pricy for a stuffed animal since it’s a Webkinz, which could also make it harder to find in stores. But he gets bonus points for being so darn hug-able!

Borders Twilight Saga Water Bottle

We all need to stay hydrated — so why not do it in style? I typically carry a water bottle with me during my workday, and I’ve got this beauty on my Christmas wish list to replace the boring old plain water bottle I’m currently using. It’s available in Borders stores only (not online).

Want to see more? Check out last year’s shopping guide.

Now tell us in the comments … what are your favorite Twilight Saga products? And where do you like to shop for Twilight merchandise?

NNT’s Libby, Stephanie, Steph #2 and Lee also contributed to this article.