Former U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter, Stevie Wonder sang, and Snoop Dogg called slain rapper Nipsey Hussle a “peace advocate” at a Los Angeles memorial on Thursday attended by family members, friends and thousands of fans. Reuters: People News
Whether you’ll readily admit it or not, everyone loves the fun of an animated movie; it’s a chance to lose yourself and relive the excitement of your childhood. So what could be better than an uplifting story that’s all about a crazy and colourful animal theme park?
Wonder Park tells the heartwarming story of a magnificent amusement park, in which the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive with the help of her mother’s storytelling.
The new film has a pretty exciting cast list, too. Featuring the voices of Tom Baker (yes, DoctorWho!) as Boomer the bubbly blue bear, Mila Kunis as Greta the boar, and YouTube stars Caspar Lee and Joe Sugg as beaver brothers Cooper and Gus respectively, the colourful characters and family fun vibes make it a must-see for all ages.
Now, Wonder Park takes over Chessington World of Adventures Resort, allowing viewers to experience the excitement of the movie in real life until 22nd of April.
You’ll be able to meet one of the film’s most loveable characters, Boomer, IRL and take part in exciting activities inspired by the fun-filled story of the film – including designing your very own Wonder Chimp Wonder Park pop badge, making your mark on the experience’s giant colouring wall, and experience the thrill of a virtual reality Wonder Park rollercoaster game at the Wonder Park Hut.
To add to the excitement, Boomer will be joined by some celebrity guests over the next couple of weeks including Gizzi Erskine, Abbey Clancy, Amy Childs, Dan Osborne and more. Plus, you can enter the exclusive prize draw to win a brilliant bundle of Wonder Park goodies for all the family.
Trust us when we say that you don’t want to miss out on this one!
An action movie with a good deal of winning humor, Shazam! opened this past weekend to a roaring welcome from audiences and also from critics. The story follows 14-year-old Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who discovers that he can transform into an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) simply by saying one word. First, he learns what powers he can wield as a superhero; then he must figure out how best to use those powers to help other people. Mark Strong also stars as a powerful and villainous figure….
Gal Gadot just shut down everyone trying to pit Wonder Woman against Captain Marvel
Gal Gadot will not allow fans to pit women against each other, thank you very much. The Wonder Woman star took to Instagram on March 11th to praise fellow female superhero actress Brie Larson following the success of her new flick, Captain Marvel, released in theaters on March 8th. Gadot wrote, “I’m so happy for you sister! Congrats.” The message accompanied art of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel in linked arms by artist Maxy Artwork.
Female superheroes supporting female superheroes.
The highly anticipated Marvel film, the studio’s first female-led superhero movie, shattered box office records upon its March 8th release. The film earned $ 455 million worldwide during opening weekend, raking in more money than any other 2019 film within the course of just three days. Following the success of Captain Marvel, viewers were quick to compare the film to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. Of course, there were many fans who were not having such nonsense.
okay listen to me, u still can praise both captain marvel and wonder woman or whatever. we don’t need y’all to put women against each other, in fact, we need more diversity and more stories to tell so that’s a big step and y’all should be happy and support instead of talking shit pic.twitter.com/z1rS5FAEI0
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins even took to Twitter ahead of Captain Marvel’s release to send some love to the cast and crew. She wrote, “Congratulations team Captain Marvel! Can’t wait to see it and our whole WW crew wish you a great weekend. Love this gorgeous piece by @SamoanJYandall!”
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Supercut of the Day:
In honor of International Women’s Day, and fitting with the opening of Captain Marvel, Movieclips has compiled an awesome supercut of badass women in the movies, including Halloween, Kill Bill, The Matrix, and parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
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DC may have beat Marvel to the punch with a female-led superhero movie, but there’s no…
A monthly budget is like Google Maps for your finances: You follow it because you don’t know where you’re going without it.
If you’re new to budgeting, don’t be discouraged by a few — or many — wrong turns and closed roads along the way. The longer you stick with it, the better you get.
And with a few simple tips, you can be well on your way before you know it.
13 Budgeting Tips Anyone Can Follow
Whether you’re trying to pay off credit card debt or just boost your savings, here are some budgeting tips that will help you make (and stick to) your budget.
1. Set Your Goals Before You Make Your Budget
Without a goal, a budget is just a spreadsheet that tells you to have less fun.
Think about what you want in the next five to 10 years, and figure out what financial situation you need to get there. Whatever your goals are, know that any sound financial foundation starts with an emergency fund.
You might then want to pay off debt, save for a down payment on a home, or increase your savings.
Decide where you want to be financially next year and the year after. Knowing what you want to do with your money will guide you as you make your budget, and it will greatly increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to it.
2. There’s No One Size-Fits-All Budget. Find a Plan That Works for You
There are so many budgeting methods out there, and every guru says theirs is the best. But ultimately you have to chose the one that works for you.
To make a zero-based budget, start by prioritizing your expenses from essential to nonessential. Then, assign every dollar in your paycheck a “job” on the list until you run out.
The most important things — housing, food, minimum debt payments — get taken care of first, and you can disburse the remaining money for your goals and fun in their order of importance to you.
Zero-based budgeting is great for Type A planners. If you prefer to be a little more loosey-goosey, a 50/20/30 budget is a great option. With this approach, you don’t have to think too much about your expenses. You just allocate 50% of your income to your needs, 20% to savings and 30% to wants.
3. Use a Budgeting App or the Envelope System to Track Your Spending on the Go
It’s hard to lug around your laptop or binder to keep up with each budget category, so a budgeting app is a great tool for updating your budget on the go. There are many out there, whether you like to enter each transaction manually or see everything updated automatically.
If your goal is to take an intense look at your spending, manually tracking your transactions is going to work best. Once you’ve been budgeting for a while and you’ve got a grasp on your spending, syncing transactions automatically works fine.
If you still can’t stick to your budget, the envelope system can help you succeed without so much emphasis on constant tracking.
After you decide how much money goes toward each of your expenses, put the money you’ll spend for each expense in a given week into separate envelopes and carry them with you. Once an envelope is empty, you’re done spending in that category. You can keep receipts in the envelope and examine your purchases later.
Envelopes are best for categories you’re prone to overspending on. You probably don’t need envelopes for things like gas and utilities, because you’re not likely to go on a gas-buying spree.
Popular categories for envelopes are restaurants, groceries, clothes and entertainment.
4. Use the Past to Predict Your Future Income and Expenses
Whether you choose a zero-based budget, 50/20/30 budget or some other method, you’re going to have to calculate your income and the amount of money you want to put toward every category or individual expense.
Salaried employees will get off easy when they calculate their incomes. If you have a variable income or side hustles, you’ll need to do some digging.
Look back at your income from the past six months, or as far back as you can if you’ve been at your current job for less time. Then find your average monthly income and the average amount of each paycheck.
Expenses like utilities can also be unpredictable. Check your online statements to see which months were higher versus which were lower so you can make future budgets. You may not be able to take that impromptu weekend getaway the month your electric bill will be $ 300, but it might be totally feasible during a month it’s going to be $ 75.
5. Make a Monthly Budget AND a Budget for Each Paycheck
Since most bills are monthly, it’s important to make a budget for the entire month to get a clear picture of everything due. But by breaking that down further into paycheck-by-paycheck budgets, you can pace your spending so you don’t end up penniless by the 20th.
You can make categories as vague or as specific as you want, but put as many barriers in place to prevent yourself from overspending in the first half of the month.
This is another time when the envelope system helps you, but you could do the same thing with reloadable gift cards for specific stores.
6. Don’t Confuse Infrequent Expenses With Emergencies
These aren’t the unexpected expenses that you’d cover with your miscellaneous or emergency categories. Infrequent expenses are the charges that come up once or twice a year — but we always seem to forget will happen.
Like when it’s Dec. 23 and you’re still not done with your holiday shopping. Who could’ve predicted Christmas would be on Dec. 25 AGAIN?!
Examples include things like auto insurance, car registration, license renewal, vet visits, car repairs and membership fees.
Keep a chart that includes your semiannual and annual expenses to determine what you need to save every month to cover them. Open a separate checking account or savings account where you put money every month to cover these expenses.
7. Remember the Obvious: You Need to Spend Less
Once the planning is done, it’s time for the hardest part: sticking to your plan.
If you’re in the habit of spending more than you make, your first priority is to find ways to save money.
We don’t mean you need to find better sales and clip more coupons. As much as we love a good coupon stack, the most important thing you can do is buy and spend less.
Some of our favorite tips to cut spending are:
Make a meal plan, and stick to your grocery list.
Prep meals on Sundays so you’re less likely to eat out during the week.
Opt for free events in your area instead of pricy activities or bars.
Try running and body-weight workouts instead of paying for a gym membership.
There are countless ways to save money. Our best tip: Start by slashing expenses that are making a big dent in your budget instead of shaving pennies off already manageable ones.
Do everything you can to resist the temptation to make impulse purchases or spend beyond your budget. An easy way to do this: Leave your credit card at home, and use cash envelopes or a debit card.
8. Use the 30-Day Rule to Stop Impulse Buys
If you still need to curb impulse buying, follow the 30-day rule: When you want to buy something that’s not in your budget, make note of the item in question for next month’s budget and revisit it in 30 days. If you still want it, you can consider buying it if you can afford it.
Online shoppers can use the Icebox Chrome extension that allows you to choose a 30-day “cool off” period before you can buy something.
9. Negotiate Your Bills to Save Money
People often take for granted that what they’re paying for their phone, internet and insurance is what they have to pay. By contacting your providers to negotiate your bills, you could lower your bills once or twice every year.
You can do this yourself by calling all your companies or using a negotiation app like Trim or Empower.
If you’re trying it yourself, be friendly, ask for more than you want, and back down from there. Stop when you feel you’ve reached a good deal. Oh, and be prepared to be on the phone for a while.
10. Remember That Things Will Go Wrong
Student loans and credit cards aren’t paid off overnight. And the perfect budget isn’t made in a day.
Things will change and go wrong. Impulse purchases will be made, and budgets will get obliterated by life’s little surprises. The most important tip for budgeting is to not give up.
When things go wrong, alter your budget to compensate. Move money from one category to another, put less in savings, or try a side hustle to add some wiggle room. And know that sometimes you’ll find yourself ripping up the entire budget and starting again from scratch in the middle of the month.
If budgeting continues to be difficult, try adding a small miscellaneous category somewhere to cover surprise expenses. These expenses come up often and derail the best budgeters. Make a category to cover them, and figure out where to put them later.
Eventually, you’ll get this whole budgeting thing down. But it’s going to start with a lot of bumps in the road.
How to Budget on an Inconsistent Income
Living off tips, sales commissions or freelance work can make for a flexible lifestyle, but it also makes it hard to budget.
When you have an inconsistent income, you can follow all the budgeting tips above. But there’s one thing you should add to your budget to make it easier for yourself during low-income months.
11. Have an Income-Sinking Fund for When Your Income Is Less
When you calculate your income and get your monthly average, compare it with your income each month throughout the year. In months you expect to make more than average, take the difference and transfer it to your income-sinking fund. It’s a separate account where you put money you plan to take out in the near future for a specific purpose, such as supplementing your income on low-earning months.
During months when you expect to make less, you can withdraw up to your monthly average to help with expenses.
Tips for Budgeting With a Partner
Another challenge is budgeting with a partner. It can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen are ruining the budget soup, but when there are two incomes, lives and futures at stake, everyone involved needs to have a stake in the budget.
12. Hold a Monthly Budget Meeting
The first tip is to have a monthly budget meeting that both of you are required to attend.
Whoever enjoys budgeting more can make the budget, but the other partner still has to contribute something. Whether they change one line or many, we repeat: They must contribute.
The budget can still be flexible and change as needed during the month, but both partners should be consulted about big changes. Feeling included is important to working as a team on your finances.
13. ‘Subtle’ Hints Can Help if Your Partner Hates to Budget
If your partner isn’t on board with budgets, they’ll need a little convincing.
Ashley Patrick of Budgets Made Easy tried having budget meetings with her husband, but he wasn’t interested.
Patrick desperately wanted her husband to be part of their financial planning, but he wanted her to handle everything. So she turned to money-saving guru Dave Ramsey’s podcast.
“The biggest thing that fully got him on board was playing Dave Ramsey podcasts in the car, especially when I did it on a long road trip,” she said. “Hours of Dave Ramsey helped change his mindset.”
Both people need to be flexible with the other’s priorities and supportive of their goals.
Budgeting together won’t be easy at first — but it’ll lead to a lifetime of financial strength and happiness.
Jen Smith is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She and her husband paid off $ 78,000 of debt in less than two years on two less-than-average salaries. She gives money-saving and debt-payoff tips on Instagram at @modernfrugality.
This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.
In the great Chris wars of our time, as Hemsworth, Evans, Pratt, and Pine watch in politely-stifled alarm as the internet relitigates which of them is the “best” every other month in perpetuity, one false move can send a man tumbling down the ranks. One minute, a chiseled blond blockbuster god is riding the high of playing a Parks and Rec goofball, a guardian of the galaxy, and the Lego Movie’s Emmet Brickowski, for instance, and the next he’s responsible for luring us toward disaster with a Passengers or—I’m sorry—a Jurassic World.
It’s a fickle game. And Pine has been playing it well. In the last two-and-a-half years, the only Chris who can sing can also boast (if he were so inclined to boast, which he probably isn’t, since he also seems like the nicest Chris next to Chris Evans) a near-sterling record of roles in recommendable hits. Hot bank robber. Superhero boyfriend. Science dad. Spider-Man. He could do no wrong.
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James Wan's highly-anticipated Aquaman has exceeded all expectations, establishing Jason Momoa as a superhero on both land and sea. The action-adventure has a light heart while dealing with serious issues, bolstered by spectacular visual effects and strong performances by Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman.
Now that Aquaman has launched successful into theaters, what's next for DC Films? We take a closer look at three of their upcoming productions.
Some of Prime Minister Theresa May’s allies see a potential second referendum as a chance to secure a mandate for her Brexit deal, to give it the endorsement that Parliament appears unlikely to grant. World
Kitty O’Neil, a longtime Hollywood stuntwoman whose illustrious career included setting numerous records for speed and performing action sequences in place of Lynda Carter for “Wonder Woman,” has died at 72.
Look at all the places you could go — and how little it costs to get there.
From the base of Mount Everest or the Eiffel Tower to the stretches of the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu and the Egyptian pyramids — the world is the budget traveler’s oyster when it comes to Groupon Getaways.
What are Groupon Getaways and How do They Work?
Groupon, the popular deal website known for coupons on goods and services, also offers budget travel packages called Groupon Getaways.
The company offers three types of travel experiences: domestic hotels, air-inclusive international packages and cruises, according to Nicholas Halliwell, a Groupon spokesperson.
“We typically feature 3 ½- to four-star properties in major destinations but also have an assortment of local hotels to provide members easy access to local getaways,” he said.
As for the international deals, Halliwell said, Groupon works with a handful of tour operators who specialize in assembling air-inclusive packages.
“We chose tour operator partners based on their ability to provide packages that are affordable without sacrificing experience,” he said.
Currently, Groupon offers a small number of cruise promotions.
When you’re ready to book, Groupon Getawayswork the same way as the other Groupons.
For domestic hotels, there’s no need to contact the hotel after booking. Show up on your date of arrival as you would if you used Expedia.
For all-inclusive trips, Groupon plays middleman and hands things over to a travel agent or online tour operator who books the trip from start to finish. All you have to do is contact the provider and redeem your voucher within the booking window.
What are the Benefits of Groupon Getaways?
This is basically why you’re reading this: Groupon Getaways are super cheap.
Within the U.S., there are thousands of deals on hotel rooms, which Halliwell said are the most popular getaway. But the really deep discounts shine on international travel packages.
One lump sum gets you airfare, hotel, transportation, tours and several — if not all — meals included.
Attempting to price and book a similar trip piecemeal will have you back on Groupon’s website in minutes wondering how they do it.
Robert Todd and his wife, who live in St. Petersburg, Florida, used Groupon Getaways for trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Central Italy.
Their $ 799 per person, seven-day trip to Buenos Aires out of Miami International Airport included airfare, hotel and meals.
“The best part is the price,” he said.
Even with a five-hour drive to Miami and airport parking, Todd felt like he still got a great deal.
“Look for flights out of Miami to Buenos Aires — it’s like $ 700 per person — and then add in five days of breakfast and a nice hotel in a very fancy neighborhood,” he said.
Todd and his wife have another getaway scheduled to Scotland in November.
“I wish I could do more of them because they’re right in my price range,” he said.
Inclusive getaways are a one-stop shop.
After you redeem your voucher and provide your personal information, the agency books your tickets, hotels, tours, meals and transportation for you. All you have to do is show up on time.
“We’ve found that our customers are much more willing to travel abroad if all of the different components of the trip — plane tickets, hotel reservations, transfers, tours — are all bundled in a single package,” Halliwell said.
That kind of stress-free travel can be priceless.
“For a big, complicated trip with lots of stops, flights, shuttles and changes, having the support of a travel agency or an online tour operator can help alleviate many of the stresses associated with travel, leaving more time for you to pack and relax,” Halliwell said.
Once Todd forgot to call Gate 1 Travel, a tour operator Groupon partners with, to redeem his travel voucher in the specified 14-day booking window.
“We missed the fine print, and about 30 days later we called up and worked with them to set it up. They took care of it. It could have been a big issue, but they made it no big deal,” he said.
There’s a vacation package on every continent except Antarctica.
You can take a $ 200 Bahamas cruise for two days or a 17-day trek to the base camp at Mount Everest.
“They have a lot of selections, and you can pretty much go anywhere you’d ever want to go,” Todd said.
Looking for something family-friendly or a romantic getaway? Groupon’s got you. They have a variety of travel categories to peruse.
“I almost look at Groupon Getaways as a mini vacation while I’m sitting at work and I need a break,” Todd said. “They give you a lot of really cool ideas.”
Groupon Getaway Limitations
Deep discounts mean less flexibility and some caveats. You will have to make compromises for that cheap price tag.
There are limitations on which airports you can depart from, which means extra costs of routing yourself to the designated airports if you don’t live near one of them.
Michelle Schenck, who lives in Tampa, Florida, had that problem when she booked a Groupon Getaway to Iceland that departed out of New York City. She called Groupon directly and booked the extra flight with the company.
“It was cheaper to add Tampa to the trip than to book it independently,” she said. “I paid roughly $ 60 round trip to go from Tampa to New York City, so it was an all-around steal.”
Flight and Travel Times
Travelers do not get to choose airlines or flight times. You can expect early-morning and overnight flights and long layovers.
Todd said his upcoming flight to Scotland has a 7 a.m. departure with an eight-hour layover in Madrid on the way back.
“They put together some pretty wacky connecting flights,” he said. “ It’s almost expected given the price.”
Keep in mind that an advertised eight-day vacation is really more of a seven- or six-day trip when factoring in travel times. Check how many hotel nights are included to know exactly how many days you’ll really be staying.
Most trips have very specific departure dates and very little wiggle room.
While it doesn’t lend much flexibility, you select the available dates before checkout, so there are no surprises on your end.
You can book last-minute trips or choose one months out.
Other dates may be available but not listed. Contact the partnering tour operator to see what your options are.
Non-Refundable or Cancellation Fees
This is the risky part.
Once you book your trip, many portions of it are nonrefundable — especially the airfare.
The terms and conditions for each getaway vary, so you will have to read the fine print to know your rights before you buy and book.
Some charge a $ 250 cancellation fee, while others bill you for a percentage of the voucher if you cancel.
Halliwell advises travelers to read the fine print and cancellation policy of the hotel, cruise and tour operators before booking; Groupon’s policy is to follow the policy of its partners.
“Our policy is aligned with the hotel, cruise or tour operator’s cancellation policy, which is the case with most online travel agencies, including Expedia and Priceline,” he said.
There are some exceptions for circumstances like natural disasters, but outside of that if you have a bad experience, Halliwell said to contact the property and Groupon to work toward a satisfactory solution.
Multi-city adventures call for rental cars. The cost of the rental is included in the getaway package.
The catch, as Todd learned firsthand, is you’re given cheap models with manual transmissions.
So, if you can’t drive a stick shift, then you’re forced to upgrade out of your own pocket.
He said that was his least favorite part of the rental experience.
“They give you a junker — the cheapest model they can possibly give you so… you always have to upgrade,” he said.
For a one-city trip, you’ll most likely be set up in a hotel close to the action.
If you book a multi-city trip with a car rental, your hotel serves as a central hub to and from all the cities on your trip.
Todd found driving back and forth problematic on his Italy trip. He said driving 30 to 40 minutes was a light day, whereas others were five hours round trip.
To avoid spending hours in the car, he and his wife opted to spend an extra $ 69 on a hotel room in Florence instead of driving back to their home base the same day. That gave them a chance to experience Florence at night and plenty of time to drive back the next day.
He advised leaving some padding in your budget to book a cheap hotel along the way or risk spending your whole trip on the road.
All of the inclusive international package rates are for two people. This is plainly stated under the headline of the deal.
This means you’re expected to share a room with your travel partner.
Flying solo? That costs extra. Single-traveler fees range from $ 100 to $ 700, which forces singles to pay the same price as two people in some instances.
It might be cheaper to book elsewhere if you’re going stag.
Tips Before Purchasing a Groupon Getaway
As if the price wasn’t discounted enough already, both Schenck and Todd said they used a Groupon Getaway promo code to take an extra 10% off the price, up to $ 50 per person.
“It made the already cheap price even cheaper,” Schenck said.
Todd’s advice is to wait until the getaway is about to expire; he said the price gets cut anywhere from $ 50 to $ 100.
With both of those tactics combined, he said, you can save up to $ 100 off the face value per person.
But before you get excited and book your next dream vacation, read the fine print.
“I read it beforehand, so I knew exactly what to expect,” Schenck said.
Basically, as long as you read the fine print, there will be no surprises.
Taxes and fees are summarized in the “Know Before You Go” section on the main page of the getaway. Read the “Fine Print & Details” tab for specifics of the tour operator’s policy.
Never hesitate to contact the travel or tour company to ask questions prior to booking.
The numbers to the sponsoring agencies are provided right on the getaway page. They can clarify any uncertainties and quote you trip extensions or extra flight costs.
Don’t be afraid to shop around.
“As with any purchase, it’s really important to do your research,” Halliwell said.
“Travel is an industry where pricing can vary widely, so it’s important to look at other sites out there and do an apples-to-apples comparison.”
Another biggie is to read the reviews and check the customer ratings of anyhotels, cruises or tour packages that you’re thinking of booking.
Caribbean excursions rank low, while getaways to Morocco, Paris and Rome have a five-star rating.
Ultimately, don’t let the restrictions scare you off.
Pay the price and let the tour company choose hotels, flights and cars. You have the fun.
Yes, you’re at the booking mercy of the travel agency, but chances are you’ll see more of the world for less money.
Both Todd and Schenck knew the deal up front and haven’t encountered any kinks yet.
“I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons,” Todd said.
Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She wants to set foot on every continent and might use Groupon Getaways to do it. Read her full bio hereor say hi On Twitter @StephBolling.
This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.
Sony is moving its “Charlie’s Angels” reboot back five weeks to Nov. 1, 2019, to fill the slot vacated by “Wonder Woman 1984.” Sony made the announcement Monday night, a few hours after Warner Bros. decided it would move Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” to June 6, 2020, with the explanation that the original “Wonder […]
It’s remarkable to think that Twilight is marking its tenth anniversary already. And yet at the same time, it feels like the whole epic saga has been around since, well, forever — such has been its impact on pop culture. To celebrate, director of the young adult phenomenon Catherine Hardwicke took to the Main Stage at New York Comic-Con to talk about the impact the original film has had, alongside some of its stars – including Kellan Lutz, who played Emmet Cullen; Jackson Rathbone, who played Jasper; and Laurent actor Edi Gathegi.
While fans had the cast demonstrating their ability to pull off dance crazes the Floss and the Boomerang from Fortnite, Hardwicke spoke about how significant the film was for women in the industry. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who played Bella and Edward respectively in the films, weren’t able to attend in person, but Stewart recorded a message that was played to the audience, saying that she was “super bumming that I cannot be there.” She added, “I feel like we grew up together. It’s been ten years and I love you guys. I’m totally there in spirit”.
Pattinson, meanwhile, joined the panel towards the end via Skype but technical problems meant that much of what he said was indiscernible. The audience was able to hear him say that he had little understanding of what he was getting into making the first Twilight film. He also thanked Hardwicke and everyone involved for giving him the opportunity to be part of the life-changing phenomenon, and paid tribute to the loyalty of the fans.
Here are some of the key quotes from the Twilight 10th anniversary panel.
The Cast Attended Cat Class – All Except Kellan Lutz
The vampires in Twilight almost ended up channeling felines in their performances. Except for Kellan Lutz, that is, who talked his way out of the cat class director Catherine Hardwicke had the rest of the cast attend.
Jackson Rathbone: “Catherine had us do cat class. It was cat movement. We were talking about these vampires and we wanted to have something a little bit ethereal. We didn’t quite get there in the film because it ended up being a little silly — because they were like, ‘OK, now you’re a cat, you’re moving, you’re moving…’ [does exaggerated cat-like movements]. Can you imagine if the film would have been all that?”
Kellan Lutz [to Catherine Hardwicke]: “I think you and I talked about that [cat class]. Because you were telling me that you made all the other actors do it and I said, ‘I think Emmet’s more a bear’, so I just stood there and looked really big and you were like: ‘I like that, good.’”
Nobody Believed Twilight Would Be a Hit Because it was a Film For Women
Catherine Hardwicke: “It was a modest budget, because everybody thought: ‘Hey, a movie for women is only going to make, like, you know… Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants made $ 29 million’. They said, ‘Maybe that’s all this is going to make’. Cut to opening weekend — $ 69 million. And then, even then, they told me: ‘Hey … everybody that wants to see it saw it opening weekend’. Again, cut to $ 400 million worldwide. I think that changed the landscape. People could see that women want to go see movies about women — and guys want to see movies about … and it didn’t hurt that there were a few hot guys in the movie. So it changed everything, in a way.”
There Were Originally Underwater Dream Sequences Planned
Hardwicke on what the film would be like if she’d had a bigger budget: “These guys were going to do a lot more action sequences that they don’t know about. We were doing underwater dream sequences. It would have been even more flashy and fabulous.”
Without Twilight, There Would Be No Hunger Games
Hardwicke on the legacy of Twilight: “I think it’s cool because all the other Twilight films were even more successful. And then we had Divergent, we had Hunger Games… gave us Jennifer Lawrence, we got Wonder Woman, you know, all kinds. So everything builds and people get excited and they’re willing to take a chance on a female-led film. So it’s really fun to see more and more films like that happening and you guys out there supporting them.”
Twilight Gave Ammo to Patty Jenkins To Make Wonder Woman
Hardwicke: “It would have been a little bit more exciting to me if they had hired female directors for all the other Twilights. That would have been cool. And for The Hunger Games, and for the Divergent [films] … you know, 50 million other movies. But I think people are opening their eyes. Change happens, like Emma Gonzalez said, a little bit at a time. So we’re moving forward. Sometimes backwards like yesterday.
I think that the fact that this movie made so much money is ammo for Patty to get to make her movie. As soon as Patty’s movie did so great, Wonder Woman, that’s ammo to hire the next female director. And Ava Duvernay, of course, did such a great job. And we’re just building on it. And now people are a little bit embarrassed if they have a female character and don’t at least try to get a female director. So I think the tide is changing. We’re all hopeful.”
The global success of last year's Murder on the Orient Express has led to Fox's greenlight of a sequel, which will be based on another Agatha Christie novel, Death on the Nile. This isn't much of a surprise, as the ending of Murder featured Kenneth Branagh's Detective Poirot receiving word of a new case involving a death on the Nile in Egypt.
Similar to the previous movie, Death on the Nile is set to have a star-studded ensemble. The first of which has just been…