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

March 16, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Gus Van Sant and “Twilight 4”: Really?

Well, at least he was asked. Entertainment Weekly notes today that the director of “Drugstore Cowboy” and “Milk” has been approached to direct “Breaking Dawn,” the final movie (or, quite possibly, two movies) in the “Twilight” series.” The studio has also, EW writes, approached Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) and Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters,” “Dreamgirls”). Van Sant’s people confirmed that he was “approached.” As the “Twilight” producers seem hell-bent on hauling in a new director each time (movie #1: Catherine Hardwicke; movie #2, Chris Weitz; movie #3, David Slade), it makes sense that they’re getting ambitious and widening the talent pool. But I repeat: Gus Van Sant? Maybe it’s not that farfetched; he has made a few movies set in high schools. But still.
Elsewhere on the “Twilight” front, “New Moon” comes out on DVD this weekend, and the swoony new trailer for “Eclipse” is online. Watch it here, if you must, and tell me the line “I’m gonna fight for you until your heart stops beating” isn’t funny (not to mention weirdly threatening). But yes, Bryce Dallas Howard’s ability to leap enormous streams in a single bound is sort of Superman-esque.

There they go again, with lots of pretty flowers, in “Eclipse.” (Photo credit: Kimberley French, courtesy of Summit Entertainment)

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