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02 May 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: Cinematical

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We occasionaly get emails from readers asking why we haven't covered a particular film or news story. Often it's because we haven't run a pirated or leaked trailer – we don't do that, boo piracy! – but recently we've had a number of furious questioning missives asking why we've run nothing on the movie Twilight.

The short answer is: it's not a project that had particular recognition for us and the recently released featurettes wouldn't play for users outside the US, so we couldn't watch them. But now we realise that there are a lot of people who are really excited by this movie. So, we know that those people will be very keen to see the first official cast photo from the film, which Cinematical has here (the previous photos were leaked tests).

For those, like us, to whom Twilight is an unknown quantity, the film is based on a very successful series of horror-romance novels by Stephanie Meyer. They tell of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Washington with her mother and her mother's new husband and finds herself drawn to a mysterious boy, as teenage girls are wont to do. Turns out he's a vampire, but a 'vegetarian' one who only drinks animal blood. They get the warm and squishies for each other and team-up to thwart a band of evil vampires who want to sup of Bella's neck.

The film is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and features a cast including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter) and Nikki Reed. Recently it's become one of the most searched films on IMDb, despite the lack of big names, so this could be absolutely enormous.

Please rest assured readers. We will report on any major Twilight news from now on. So please desist in the angry emails. They're mean.

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Don't be pessimistic!!!!!!!!!
I've read all the books and am in total awe of Stephenie Meyer!!!! The film is going to be so awesome and I can't actually wait to the see it!!!!!!!!! I am uber excited!!!!!! More

Posted by Sophie_gillson at 20:32 on 31 August 2008 | Report This Post

I'd just like to point out that Bella does not move with her mother and stepfather; she moves to Forks to live with her father. Someone had said that Bella is moving to get over the break up of her family. Not necessicarily true because her parents had been divorced for quite some time. That's explained in the novel if you read it. Otherwise, thank you for writing this article and I hope to hear more from you guys. :] More

Posted by x0br0adwayd0llx3 at 00:54 on 28 August 2008 | Report This Post

The books are really really amazing, i recommend them to anyone who will listen. But in all honesty, the film does look a bit crap. I think it will be like the harry potter films - the books and the films are like two seperate things. but anyway, i'm going to go and see it when it's out. you never know, it might be good :D More

Posted by JennEH! at 19:37 on 09 August 2008 | Report This Post

Can't wait for Twilight! Just to let you guys know, I understand you aren't familiar with the series, but Bella moves to Forks to live with her father after her mother gets remarried. She didn't move to Forks with her mother and new stepfather. More

Posted by Nightgames at 19:35 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

Ahhhh, more films which make vampires all pretty and romantic. Stake me now, yeah? More

Posted by deathbat6661 at 18:59 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

awful awful awful - just look at these people - particularly the guy at the front - looks like the OC crossed with the undead - a worse mix i cannot imagine. please lets move on from Buffy - which was a superb series with GOOD WRITING and ORIGINAL IDEAS.......this whole Twilight thing should be left just there - in the Twilight with all the other turkeys that get released. More

Posted by the face at 15:55 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

finally! i have been waiting for ages!!!!!!!!!! i just love the books sooooooo much the are the best! i just cant wait for the film!!!! More

Posted by Morven at 14:46 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

I have read the books - which are very much for teenagers - and I'm an ageing 30. Oh the shame. Let me tell you now: everything in the story is cliché, and all the adolescent hormones floating around, well... But I tore my way through those books, I was completely hooked! It was only afterwards that I kinda went, "yeah, it's 100% cliché..." ha! I love the books but acknowledge their flaws - sometimes I just want to slap Bella - but for me they were an excellent read, and they're great More

Posted by JV at 10:28 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

L: ashmeeeeee and to whoever said "vampires should be scary" then you don't know anything about these. READ THE BOOK before you talk SH*T. read the first 2 books and there's exactly one scene where the vampires seem scary. Most of the time they are just irrationally and annoyingly angsty with lamest blood lust ever (it feels like somebody on a low carbs diet craving after a cinnamon bun). More

Posted by adamei at 09:46 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

I Have Seen This Movie.....
Young Female lead moving to a new town after the break up of her family, "goodie", Male Vamp who only drinks animal blood and has "Baddie" friends that all want to kill her. When did the first book come out? Should Joss Weedon be calling his lawer More

Posted by olliecs at 02:14 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

Looks crap!
I thought teenybopper horror died out with the welcome demise of Buffy? Did Blood and Chocolate teach you people NOTHING? For fuck sake, it's like 30 Days of Night never happened... More

Posted by loafroaster at 00:05 on 03 May 2008 | Report This Post

OKay people Heres what i think If you're going to talk bad about this book READ IT FIRST. don't judge it by that ONE promo pic. You don't even know what this is about. and to whoever said "vampires should be scary" then you don't know anything about these. READ THE BOOK before you talk SH*T. And Bella moves to Forks to live with HER DAD. not her mom and her boyfriend. More

Posted by ashmeeeeee at 23:54 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

I wasn't mean/angry in my e-mail.. I just nicely asked for some 'Twilight' coverage! And unless you're a fan of the novels, you probably won't be excited about this film. That's my guess,anyway. Personally.. this movie is my event of the year, along with the 4th book in the series being released in August! More

Posted by prophecygirl at 21:42 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

The e-mailers have shown their faces, Elamela and Prophecygirl you should be ashamed for being mean to Olly by e-mail...or not depending on how your feeling at the time :p   Yet to be impressed by this film, sounds pretty generic vampire teen stuff to me, i'll wait for "lost boys 2" or dust off "Near Dark" dvd instead.   More

Posted by punchdrunk at 21:30 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

THANK YOU Empire! It's great that you've been listening to our e-mails :) And this picture is bloody brilliant!! More

Posted by prophecygirl at 19:22 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

johnny fan
no no no.edward doesnt look like good.why they dont choose gaspard ulliel.i think this movie be only very worring. james marsters,david then better robert. More

Posted by elamela at 18:26 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

30 Days of night really raised the bar on silver-screen vampires. Anything since has its work cut out. This doesn't yet look like much of a challenge, hell this doesn't yet look like much more than Buffy 2 More

Posted by Lemure at 16:52 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

That's the most re-touched photo I've ever seen! It looks like a painting! More

Posted by britesparc at 15:26 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

I thought that was the point of e-mails you can be mean to people without them physically attacking you for your comments... :p On the big picture the girl on the far left looked a bit like Willow on "Buffy t.v.s". More

Posted by punchdrunk at 14:11 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

Following from '30 Days of Night'...
...these vampires look like the B list cast from whatever the latest 'cool' teen drama series based in a high school. Vampires should be scary. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 14:02 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: First Official Pic From Twilight
I may get excited about this.......if i were a twelve year old schoolgirl with a penchant for pale Luke Perry lookalikes ....except with a worse hairdo, .....but i'm not (t least'm not!   More

Posted by lukeyboy at 12:34 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

I've read the first two books and they really are melodramatic and silly. The mood is nice at times but that's about it. I kept waiting for it to get better at some point, but it never did. The least interesting portrayal of vampires EVER (they have no weaknesses whatsoever. But still they keep being all angsty about it...). The characters are paper thin and beyond annoying. The plot is lame and structurally lacking. And the sad thing? I'll probably pay to see this movie when the time com More

Posted by adamei at 12:07 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

sounds terriblr More

Posted by clarkkent at 12:04 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

Doesnt exactly sound mouth watering to me, whats all the fuss?? More

Posted by holsy at 12:03 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

Why all the anger-it sounds like.....
PANTS! Ooooooohh! Lets try and look all mean and moody! A Jimmie Dean rip off hair-do man! obviously inspired by visuals of "The Craft" (why would anyone want to aspire to that crap), story via "Lost boys" sex reversal, etc. etc. Perhaps the books are okay-but Hollywood has a tendency of painting over any individual vehicles initial refinements with large brushes of genre copying magnolia. Don't hold ya breath on this one. More

Posted by nortonglr at 11:37 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

Like a vampiric zac efron with better hair... the best way to sum up what the draw is! I did wonder what was with the absence with twilight coverage over here...mainly cause this kind of research is integral to my avoiding study. Sceptical though i was when i opened twilight, it's highly addictive and despite the net featurettes i've seen so far (vampires hoppin' about like monkeys) it's the whole bella-edward chemistry that draws you in (despite edwards cheese laden dialogue) and gets you screaming like a band of tweens around zac ef More

Posted by imperio_girl at 11:36 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

Blimey, it looks like Buffy meets High School Musical. As per Acho, i've never heard of these but it does sound all a bit twee. What I really want is for someone to make Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles & Mayfair Witch stories PROPERLY. Interview With the Vampire was a reasonable start, but Queen of the Damned was way off the mark. I did enjoy it but it didnt ring true to the books, which by most accounts could almost be classed as historical novels, such is the depth of detail of the narrati More

Posted by Karl Crutchley at 11:20 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

Why the fuss?
I admit, I've never read the books, or even heard of them until recently, so I can only assume they have a huge fan bass, as I don't think this looks all that great. I've watched the featurettes and the whole thing looks quite naff. Admittedly, sometimes effects films will, cos there's green screens and clearly visible flying wires, but all looked very tweenie, and not in a good way. Remains to be seen though, I guess. More

Posted by Acho at 11:02 on 02 May 2008 | Report This Post

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