When folks like "South Park" and "The Soup" — and even Kathie Lee Gifford — are all talking about your movie, you know you've become a pop-culture phenomenon. And, oh yeah, $70 million doesn't hurt either.
Even the haters wouldn't dare debate the notion that a bright, shining spotlight is now focused on the young stars of
"I'm doing a movie called 'K-11' in January with
As if that project (to be directed by Stewart's mother Jules) doesn't seem daring enough, the woman otherwise known as Bella Swan has spent the past few months visiting locales like New Orleans' Dixie Divas, immersing herself in the world of exotic dancers. "It's called 'Welcome to the Rileys,' " Stewart told us of the film she's currently shooting, in which she portrays a teen stripper. "I play a really broken little child. She's 16. James Gandolfini comes in to try and pick up the pieces [after his daughter dies], and she reawakens him. It's a really sweet movie."
Another sweet film is the road-trip romance flick "The Yellow Handkerchief," which impressed crowds at Sundance last January and features Stewart in a touching role that should appeal to her new "Twilight" fans. Co-starring William Hurt and Maria Bello, the film premieres in Los Angeles this week and will open for a small Oscar-qualifying run in December.
One of the hottest "Twilight" stars is the one who we won't be seeing in the series anymore: Mr.
"It's called 'Five Star Day,' and oh, it's awesome," Gigandet told us last week when we asked about the script, to be directed by newcomer Danny Buday. "It's about astrology, really, and how this guy is going through a bad day when he should have had a five-star day.
"It's a great movie," added Gigandet, memorable as a villain in "Twilight,"
Speak with any of the "Twilight" talents, from Pattinson and Stewart to director Catherine Hardwicke, and they all agree on the greatest fringe benefit of their newfound fame: The ability to help get good movies made. That sentiment was echoed again by Peter Facinelli, who revealed that the "Twilight" momentum may finally allow him to write and star in a movie he's been trying to make for quite some time.
"I have one movie that I'm looking to do next year, trying to squeeze that in next year sometime. It's a movie about a kid in New York that's a pickpocket," Facinelli said of "Lucy's," a film that will mark his screenwriting debut and was built on a desire to create the type of role a cinematic icon once played regularly. "I love Steve McQueen. ... I wrote this, and I'm just working on putting the financing together and maybe shoot it in  in New York. ... It's about a pickpocket in New York who basically lives this free lifestyle. It's kind of a Steve McQueen kind of character."
Shifting gears dramatically, we come to the next flick from versatile actor Edi Gathegi, which might just feature the single greatest movie trailer of 2008. "On January 16th, I've got
"There's a specific audience for horror films, and I think that tagline is just perfect for that audience. The movie is funny and exciting, and you see axes coming through the screen," he promised of the film, a remake of the 1981 cult classic "My Bloody Valentine." "I play Deputy Martin, and I'm the deputy of the sheriff, who is Kerr Smith ('Final Destination').
Then there's one of our personal favorites, Mr.
"I've been working on my band firmly, 100 Monkeys," he said of his other passion. "We're releasing our first EP in the next two weeks, as well as our full-length improv album in a month, and then we're going to be playing regular shows in L.A. for the next three or four months. We're basically like jazz music, but with normal rock too."
While filming "Twilight," Rathbone remembered that many people in the cast found music to be a great way to relax between takes. "There were a lot of nights where I would play guitar, Nikki Reed and Kristen Stewart would sing along, or Rob would play guitar and sing, and we'd all sing with him, and I'd add a little harmonica here and there," he smiled. "We were the Cullen Family Band."
Where their solo careers go from here is anybody's guess, but this much is certain: Millions of Twilighters hope these stars will be making beautiful music for many years to come.
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