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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 17, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Vampires and werewolves and girls, oh my! “New Moon” madness

Yes, my friends, it’s “New Moon” week, and every other item in my email box has something to do with The Movie Everyone Is Asking Me If I’ve Seen Yet. (Answer: no, tomorrow night, along with about a thousand screaming teenagers. I’m scared.) Here’s just a sampling of today’s “Twilight”-themed potpourri.
— From MovieTickets.com: 2,150 screenings of “New Moon” have already sold out (and, in an item last week, “New Moon” advance tickets were selling four times faster than “Twilight” tickets last year).
— From Moviefone: a list of the 10 greatest screen vampires, in which Robert “The Hair Is 75 Percent Of My Performance” Pattinson ranks only at #6. (The winner? Bela Lugosi, but of course.)
— From a random publicist: an announcement of the available-for-interviews-ness of a university professor who seems to spend an awful lot of time thinking about “Twilight,” and who notes that the Stephenie Meyer books are “a gateway drug” that drive teens to better literature. Let’s hope.
— From another random publicist: the announcement that some university researchers who’ve spent an awful lot of time thinking about “Twilight” have concluded that the books have an abstinence message. No kidding.
Me, I’m reading “New Moon” (well, “barrelling through” might be a better description) and bracing myself for tomorrow night’s decibel level. And wondering whether the 15-year-old me would be on Team Edward or Team Jacob. (Probably Edward, despite the unfortunate glitter-skin thing.)

Edward, Bella, Jacob, and Jacob’s biceps in a still from “New Moon.” So, whose hair is the prettiest? (Photo by Kimberley French, courtesy of Summit Entertainment)
Update: I just spoke to my editor, the brilliant and always well-coiffed Lynn Jacobson, about upcoming holiday movies, and she observed that “Hugh Grant is the Edward, and George Clooney is the Jacob.” “New Moon” for grownups, people. I have nothing more to add.

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