And just like that, it's over.
For the first time in five years, fans of "The Twilight Saga" awoke this week to a world without anticipation. The battle is won! The Cullens are wed! The Renesmee is safe! And with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" out in theaters as of three days ago, there will be no more sparkly vampires in Hollywood for the foreseeable future...and yes, let's all shed a few small, bitter tears for the end of an era, 'cause it's been quite a ride.
But with nothing to look forward to, this is the perfect time to look back—at five whole movies that tell the story of Bella Swan and her fateful journey to the un-sunny land Forks. From the opening credits of "Twilight" to romantic entanglements of "Eclipse" to the awesome end-game action of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," this has been one of the best-loved and most successful franchises in the history of Hollywood. And now that all five films are nice and fresh in your mind (because we know you re-watched the first four before heading out to see the grande finale this weekend), curious bloggers want to know: which of the "Twilight" Saga's cinematic efforts was your absolute faaaavorite favorite?
No, really, which one?
As "The Twilight Saga" draws to a close, plenty of fans and industry types alike have speculated over how the franchise can continue—whether it be a television spin-off or cinematic reboot. We posed the question to star Taylor Lautner, who offered another suggestion:
"How about a musical? That would be fun!" he said.
I guess Taylor never got the memo about that staging of "Twilight: The Musical" in New York earlier this year. But no matter! Because the 20-year-old had, perhaps, an even better idea after that.
Here at Hollywood Crush, we've got a proud Friday tradition of naming one fiercely fashionable individual to the position of Style Superstar: an honor we bestow on whichever lovely lady happened to put together the best look of the week. And things being what they are, our Style Superstar has only ever been a lady. UNTIL NOW.
Because let's be real, there was nothing—nothing!!!—in the closets of Hollywood's finest females this week that could compete with Robert Pattinson's emerald Gucci suit at the "Breaking Dawn -Part 2" premiere. I mean, that is a suit. A suit for the ages. A suit that may or may not have caused our underpants to burst into flames at the mere sight of it, it's so...so...SUITABLE. And though Rob already earned a style retrospective this week for his long-standing penchant for colorful menswear, this gallant green number in a teeny tiny houndstooth print deserved its own spotlight. With a light blue shirt, a skinny black tie and his creases all perfectly placed, the actor outshone even his lady costars' gorgeous gowns with manly panache. And he is, with our congratulations, this week's Style Superstar.
As the sun sets on "The Twilight Saga," we've been busy throwing a going-away party of sorts for Bella, Edward and Jacob here at Hollywood Crush, but we realize the internet is a big place, and we aren't the only ones feting the film franchise finale. As such, we've scoured the world wide web (so 1997 of us!) to compile the most sparkling coverage you can't miss.
+ Bella and Edward like to look at each other. Like, a lot. [VH1 Celebrity]
+ "Carlisle, gurl, we can see that lace-front." The wigs of "The Twilight Saga." [Vulture]
+ The entire "Twilight Saga" told through GIFs. [MTV Movies Blog]
by Jessica Marshall
The countdown is in full effect!
There are only mere hours before Bella, Edward, Jacob and Renesmee light up the screen and lead the charge against the oppressive Volturi and fight for their happily-ever-after. We have just a short wait for the cinematical climax of four years of glittering vampires, shirtless wolves, unresolved romantic tension, vegetarian vampirism and cloudy Washington weather. We can feel the tremors from millions of Twilighters tweaking with anticipation the world over!
But before anyone pulls a hammy from excitement, here are five things to do that will enhance your experience before hitting theaters for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
Not gonna lie: Even though we know that the Volturi are sadistic, shifty, murderous jerks with a well-developed taste for carnage to go with their impeccable manners, and even though we know we're supposed to be rooting for Team Cullen, and only Team Cullen, during the final showdown in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," we can't help having a bit of a soft spot in our hearts for Aro—Volturi head honcho, expert manipulator and owner of the best evil-guy laugh ever to grace the silver screen. So when we finally got the chance to chat with Michael Sheen, the man behind the monster, we were dying to hear about his take on playing the one character in the saga who everyone loves to hate! Which, if such a thing is even possible, made us love to hate him even more.
"I sort of figure, if you're playing someone who is centuries old—millennia old—then one of the biggest problems is boredom," he explained.
Yep, that's right: According to Michael, the real secret inspiration behind Aro's sadistic behavior is that really, the guy's just looking for a way to stay engaged, y'know?
Welcome to Obsessed, a weekly feature in which we shamelessly gush about our latest pop-culture preoccupation. This week, we're fangirling over Lee Pace as nomadic vampire Garrett in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2."
Forget for a moment about all those vampires named Cullen and the werewolves who aid them. We've given "Twilight" stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner enough attention over the years, don't you think? And due to the fact that plenty of folks will be focused on them this weekend when the franchise finale arrives in theaters, I feel it is my duty to once again point out scene-stealer Lee Pace, who I have obsessed over since his casting.
Have you heard that there's this movie about sparkly vampires opening on Friday? Should we maybe check it out?
Host Jimmy Fallon seems to be a fan, having taken to Twitter today to ask his followers to tweet their best fake "Twilight" spoilers. The primo plots could even end up on "Late Night"!
Perhaps squirrel-chasing Jacob Black could be the focus of "Breaking Dawn - Part 3"?
New York, London, Paris, Milan and...Forks? Yes, Twilighters. With all the cutting edge, jaw-dropping, iconic fashion that’s come out of "The Twilight Saga" over the last few years, both on and off screen, we’re officially declaring the Washington town a new fashion capital of the world. Let’s indulge our sartorial sides and take a look back at some of the best looks by the "Twilight" crew (both on and off screen).
The evolution of Kristen Stewart has definitely been one of the highlights of following the saga through five movies. From her awkward days in Converse and jeans to her screen siren look at Monday’s big "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" premiere, Kristen sure has come a long way. We saw hints of the stylishness that was to come in this color-blocked asymmetrical dress that she wore to the Los Angeles premiere of "Twilight." Skipping over the "New Moon" promotional tour (remember the remnants of her "Runaways" mullet? Yeah, we’d rather forget, too.), KStew's penchant for one-sleeved dresses while out shilling "Eclipse" suited her well. And of course, to close out the series in style, Kristen wowed us all this week in a stunning nude lace gown, flowing hair and red lips—clear evidence that this formerly introverted actress has truly blossomed in the spotlight.
Forget Big Ben, dash Westminster Abbey and screw the royals at Buckingham Palace (er, sorry, Your Majesty, we don't mean that literally.) There was just one show-stopping spectacle in London today, and it was the long-awaited premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," where all the stars of the franchise's final film took to the red carpet for their across-the-pond premiere! And if you weren't there to see it...well, neither were we, but that's what the professional photogs are for, so shhhhhh.
The fete featured appearances by the three major stars of the film—Kristen Stewart, in another skin-baring look that was all about artfully placed black lace; Taylor Lautner, tie-less and in a shiny slate suit; and Robert Pattinson, who skipped the colorful menswear in favor of basic black—plus a fair few vampire coven members, from the Volturi (Jamie Campbell Bower) to the Amazonian (Judi Shekoni, who was dazzling in a yellow gown). Want to see all the stylish celebs from the big event? Click away!