Happy New Year, and let’s try this thing again…

So, about that whole “I’m going to be better about updating my blog in 2012” thing that never happened…well, let’s just say that I overestimated my ability to not let real-life issues get in the way of my blogging, podcasting, etc…in other words, all of the fun stuff in my life got put on hold! 😦  To those of you who have continued to encourage me while patiently waiting for me to come back to my blog, thank you so much for your support, it means so much!!! I am determined to make 2013 a better year for me by doing ALL of the things that I love, and that includes the re-birth of the Grown-Up Fangirl.

So, just a few updates on what I’ve been catching up on, and then we’ll see where things go from here.

BOOKS: I ended 2012 with a resolve to do a lot more reading this year, and I literally began immediately after making that decision. Since New Year’s weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the young adult genre – completing all five books (so far) in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and I’ve finished Book 1 in The Caster Chronicles, “Beautiful Creatures”; I’ll begin reading Book 2, “Beautiful Darkness”, sometime tonight and will probably finish Book 3, “Beautiful Chaos” by the weekend. Both sets of reads were prompted by movies trailers for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Beautiful Creatures, which I saw during the previews for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. I’m not going to post any reviews yet, but I will eventually get around to adding them both here and on my Goodreads page. However, I will say that aside from a few minor irritations, I am enjoying both series immensely.

TV: Aside from episodes that have aired this month, I am completely caught up on Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. I still think someone should start a petition to HBO and let them know that these months-long hiatuses for “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” are agonizing!! Season 3 of SyFy’s “Being Human” has started, and I plan to watch that this weekend. Other than that, there aren’t any other shows I’m actively watching, although I have quite a few (Scandal, Deception) that have been recommended and are on my “To Watch” list.

MOVIES: Sad to say, the aforementioned mentioned “real life” issues kept me from the theaters and without cable TV for 2012. I only saw a few movies: The Woman in Black (loved it), The Avengers (my birthday weekend, and LOVED IT!!!!), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (I DID see that one three times, and loved it as well). BUT, there are so many highly anticipated movies coming out this year (Iron Man 3, A Good Day to Die Hard, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, etc.), that I am going to make it a priority to get to the theaters!! Entertainment Weekly has a pretty good starter list for upcoming films, and I’m excited about quite a few of the films listed, but I’ll make a more detailed post next week.

CONVENTIONS: 2012 marked a first for me in terms of conventions: for the first time since I began attending in 2007, I missed Dragon*Con. Anyone who has been following my blogs for years knows that Dragon*Con is a MUST for me every year, and it really hurt to miss it. However, I am determined NOT to let that happen again, so I will bring you updates as usual. (SIDE NOTE: Writing this entry prompted me to go and check the guest list, and I’m glad I did! Kelly Hu – one of my MAJOR girl crushes – is listed as a guest! Woot woot!!!)

One of my other favorite local conventions is returning this spring as well. EyeCon will invade Atlanta once again with their fan convention for the CW-hit show, “The Vampire Diaries”, March 2-4. The convention will take place at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Downtown Atlanta, and will feature games, panels, Celebrity Q&As and Photo Op Sessions, Celebrity Autograph Sessions, a “Casino Royale” Party, a Banquet with the Stars, and a Haunted Masquerade Celebrity Party! As of this writing, featured guests will include Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Nathaniel Buzolic (original vampire Kol), and Trent Ford (Trevor the vampire). For more information, visit the EyeCon website.

I guess that’s enough catching up…for now. Feel free to add this blog to your subscriptions, and if you like this blog, be sure to check out some of my friends at the Sci-Fi Party Line website and podcast.

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“Breaking Dawn” Promotional Tour Announced

Credit: Summit Entertainment

In anticipation for the upcoming theatrical release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1), Summit Entertainment has announced plans for a promotional tour featuring cast members from the film and musical guests that will appear on the soundtrack.

Atlanta will be the first of five stops in the promotional tour, scheduled to begin on November 7. Cast members Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen), Nikki Reed (Rosalie Hale), Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen) and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper Hale) will appear with musical guest Christina Perri at The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. According to the press release:

Tickets are free and will be available beginning at 10am local time on Saturday, November 5th at each event location. Tickets are limited to two per person and are non-transferable. Names must be provided at the time of registration, for the purposes of pick up at the event. Photo ID must be shown upon arrival at the event (school ID is acceptable), and guests must arrive at the event with the individual who reserved the tickets. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, until venue capacity is reached.

“Breaking Dawn” is the fourth and final novel in the best-selling “Twilight” series of books written by author Stephenie Meyer. Robert PattinsonKristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner have starred in all three of the previous film installments in the series: Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse. Breaking Dawnwas split into two films, with Part 1 coming to theaters on November 18; however, fans will have to wait another year for the conclusion to the saga, as Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will not hit theaters until November 16, 2012.

Here are the locations for all five tour stops:

November 7, 2011: Atlanta, GA 
The Buckhead Theatre
3110 Roswell Road Atlanta GA 30305
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performance By: Christina Perri

November 8, 2011: Chicago, IL 
House of Blues
329 N Dearborn Chicago IL 60654
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz and Elizabeth Reaser
Performance By: Christina Perri

November 9, 2011: Dallas, TX 
The Palladium Ballroom at Gilley’s Dallas
1135 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215-1036
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performance By: Christina Perri

November 10, 2011: San Francisco, CA 
The Fillmore
1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94115
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performances By: Aqualung, Lucy Schwartz and Sleeping at Last

November 11, 2011: Salt Lake City, UT 
The Rail Event Center
235 N 500 W. Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Cast Attending: Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone
Performances By: Aqualung, Lucy Schwartz and Sleeping at Last

‘Twilight’ Cleans Up at MTV Awards; New Trailer for ‘Breaking Dawn’ Revealed

It seems the Twi-Hard community showed up in force, as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse cleaned up at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, winning in five of the six categories it was nominated in. Best Kiss went to Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson, who apparently celebrated his win by planting one on co-star Taylor Lautner; the film also won in the Best Fight, Best Female and Male Performance, and Best Movie categories.

The show, which was broadcast live, also delivered the very first official trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. You can view the trailer below:

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 will be in theaters November 18, 2011.

MTV teases Twi-Hards with 15-second clip

Twi-Hards who have been eagerly (and patiently) waiting for a glimpse into the upcoming fourth release in The Twilight Saga will finally have their curiosity satisfied on Sunday, when the 2011 MTV Movie Awards previews the very first clip from the first of two installments in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. A brief, 15-second teaser has been released, giving viewers quick shots of the Edward/Bella wedding:

The last Twilight installment, Eclipse, was released in theaters in June 2010, and many fans bemoaned the fact that they would have to wait 2 1/2 years for the complete end to the series (Breaking Dawn part 2 won’t be in theaters until next November). But maybe now, with less than six months until the release of part 1, the anticipated media barrage will satisfy their bloodlust until they are reunited with their beloved coven or wolfpack once again. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is scheduled for theatrical releases in November 2011 (part 1) and November 2012 (part 2).

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse received seven nominations in six categories:

  • Best Kiss – Edward/Bella (Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart)
  • Best Fight – Edward vs. Victoria & Riley (Robert Pattinson, Bryce Dallas-Howard and Xavier Samuel)
  • Best Breakout Star – Xavier Samuel
  • Best Female Performance – Kristen Stewart
  • Best Male Performance – Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
  • Best Movie

Voting is still open at this link: http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/2011/categories.jhtml

The 2011 MTV Movie Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 5 at 9pm EST.

Stephenie Meyer to Host International Fan Event

This information was posted on the Facebook page for The Twilight Saga:

NEW YORK, NY (January 14, 2011) – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, will host a special International Fan Event, featuring Twilight fans from around the world.  Ten fans will be chosen to have a once-in-a-lifetime intimate meeting with international bestselling author Stephenie Meyer.  The event coincides with the upcoming release of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (April 12, 2011; $24.99).

Little, Brown is partnering with the Twilight Saga publishers in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom to bring together each country’s respective Twilight fan.  The fan selected from each country will receive an advance copy of The Official Illustrated Guide and get to talk extensively with Meyer, who will answer their Twilight-related questions.

“The one thing I miss most about my first book tour was the chance I had then to spend quality time with my readers,” said Meyer.  “At an event with just ten or twenty people, I was able to get to know everyone a little bit.  I could also more effectively answer each person’s questions.  I’m so excited to have that opportunity again, and to get to spend time with fans from many different places and backgrounds.”

“We receive hundreds of travel requests for Stephenie from our foreign publishing partners every year,” said Megan Tingley, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  “Since it is physically impossible for one author to be in so many places, we thought this would be a great way to bring some fans to her.”

The Official Rules for the sweepstakes to select the fan from the United States (as well as one from Canada), including entry details and eligibility requirements, can be found on TheTwilightSaga.com.

Due to the intimate nature of this event, details regarding the location and timing are being kept confidential.  Photos and additional details will be distributed upon the event’s conclusion.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide provides readers with exclusive new material and everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.  The Guide also includes character profiles, outtakes, a conversation with Meyer, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.  Originally announced as “The Official Guide,” The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide includes illustrations from several artists, including Young Kim, the illustrator behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1.

In five years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon.  The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 116 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, and Hachette Digital.

Starz! Channel Gives a Sneak Peek into “Camelot”

The Starz! Channel has released an in-depth promotional video for its new show, “Camelot”, a 10-part series which will begin airing in April. The show is being called a “modern re-telling” of a story most people have become familiar with – the story of the young life of King Arthur. Take a look:

“Camelot” stars Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur; Bower is probably best known to audiences these days as Caius, one of the Volturi in The Twilight Saga franchise (he also had a small part as young Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1). Other cast members include Joseph Fiennes as Merlin (another Harry Potter connection; his brother Ralph plays Lord Voldemort), Tasmin Egerton as Guinevere, Claire Forlani as Queen Igraine, and Eva Green as Morgan le Fay.

Happy New Year from the Grown-Up Fangirl!

Happy New Year everyone!!! 2010 was a great year in books, music, television and movies, and I am really looking forward to all of the entertainment goodies that await me in 2011. Just in case you are interested, here is a list of the things I’m most looking forward to fangirling about in 2011.

The Quibbler headlines the MoM's declaration that Harry is "Undesirable No. 1"

First thing’s first: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 (c’mon now, you knew this would be first in the list!):  The end of 2010 brought Harry Potter fans part 1 of the adaptation of the final HP novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While DHP1 was probably one of the best films in the series, for me it only cemented the fact that Part 2 will be EPIC in terms of storytelling and properly closing out the franchise. I am very much looking forward to the scenes in Gringott’s Bank, Harry’s walk towards death, Snape’s memories, and – oh yes – Ron and Hermione’s much anticipated kiss. However, I do not look forward to the sense of loss I will feel when the closing credits begin to play, and will probably sit through until the very end just to confirm to myself that yes, it is indeed over.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking DawnI have to admit that in regard to Breaking Dawn, I’m only interested in seeing it because I want to see how in the world this story will translate onscreen, period. Anyone who knows me knows that while I loved the novel at first glance, the more and more I pondered how the final chapter in Bella’s story was told, the more and more I disliked it, and my dislike for Breaking Dawn eventually killed my fangirl love for the series as a whole. I still like the story, but the way that Stephenie Meyer completely changes her characters in the final novel just didn’t sit right with me, and because of this I’ve had almost no interest in any news regarding the fourth-and-fifth films in the franchise. However, me being who I am, I wouldn’t feel right not seeing the franchise through until the very end, so here’s hoping that the onscreen version of BD will peak my interest again long enough for me to sit through the film. Also, any chance to drool over Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz is okay with me.

“Supernatural”: 2010 also brought an unexpected treat for “Supernatural” fans, as the always-underrated but highly popular CW show was renewed for a sixth season (it was originally supposed to be a five-season show). Sam and Dean were able to stop the coming Apocalypse, but not without heavy losses and serious consequences. Fans who were expecting a Sam/Dean reunion only got part of what they wanted, as Sam returned a bit…different than he was when he left. This turn of events has given us a different look at the brothers Winchester, and I absolutely love not knowing what to expect with these two. The show is currently on winter hiatus, but will be back on January 28th to draw fans back into the increasing conflict and drama, and I for one will be glued to the television set when it does.

“Vampire Diaries”: I can’t even begin to state how much I am enjoying this show right now!!! When VD was first being pitched, I really thought this would be a Twilight ripoff (yes, I know that the VD books were written WAY before Twilight, but since Twilight hit the screen first, you know…). However, this show is what Twilight wants to be but never will. The writers for this show have taken the L.J. Smith’s story and expanded it in ways I never expected, and I LOVE it!! The Elena/Stefan/Damon/Katherine storyline stays fresh and interesting, and Nina Dobrev is amazing pulling double duty between being sinfully sweet Elena and wickedly irresistible Katherine. The promos for the second half of season 2 looks very promising, as we will see what happens when Tyler shifts for the first time, and the “I-saw-it-coming” love triangle between Tyler/Caroline/Matt. It also looks like Rose will have an interesting storyline to deal with as well when the show returns to TV January 27th.

“V”: FINALLY returns to TV on Tuesday night after a too-damn-long hiatus! ABC re-aired the last episode of “V”, and I think the accompanying promo for the new episodes have gotten me excited for this show again. Anna is angry and hell-bent on destroying the humans, and it will be fun to watch what happens as she also struggles with the fact that she is experiencing the unexpected: human emotion. I’m not completely hooked on this show yet, but I’m invested enough to continue watching to see where it will go.

Aeternitas 2011 : Aeternitas is a Harry Potter fan convention that will take place in Laconia, N.H. the last weekend in April. I’m very excited to attend this event, as there will be nothing but HP fans in attendance and since it’s a smaller convention, there will be more chances for me to really get to know some of the online friends I’ve had for years.

Eyecon Vampire Diaries: Eyecon was one of the very first themed fan conventions I had been to, and to this day it has been one of – if not the best convention I’ve ever been to. The smaller size of attendees lends to a more intimate setting, where fans actually get the chance to “hang out” with the guests in attendance. Eyecon 2008 was Supernatural themed, and I got a chance to chat in length with Jim Beaver (Bobby) and Samantha Ferris (Ellen Harvelle), and hung out with some of the others stars from the show. It was truly a great experience, and one that I’m hoping to repeat in March when Eyecon comes to Atlanta for its first ever Vampire Diaries convention. Any chance that I get to fully geek out and fangirl – especially in my own back yard – I’m all for it!!

CREATION Salute to Supernatural, Nashville: As much as the high prices of Creation Cons make me cringe, the fact that they are bringing a Supernatural convention down south – with BOTH Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles – is too much of a good thing for me to miss.

Dragon*Con: My home away from home for the past 3 years, Dragon*Con is my “must-attend” event every year. I have gotten to know so many cool people because of this convention, and it is always one of the best weekends of the year for me.

There’s certainly a lot more that I’m looking forward to in 2011, but I will post some of those later. My goal is to do a better job keeping up this blog this year, and I hope that you guys will continue to come along for the ride. 🙂