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The Word: Twilight just won't die

"You guys! You said I was totally done with all this stuff!" (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) "You guys! You said I was totally done with all this stuff!" (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight" follow-up "the Host") is looking for five aspiring female directors to create short films for Facebook based on "Twilight" characters. I'm honestly torn here, because on the one hand creating high-profile opportunities for aspiring female directors is awesome and should be encouraged. But on the other hand, "Twilight." I just don't know what to think. Adding some high-brow validity to the project? The panel that will be selecting those filmmakers: Kristen Stewart will be joined by "Frozen" director Jennifer Lee, original "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke, producer Cathy Schulman, "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen and Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Kate Winslet.

And Lionsgate, the studio financing the whole deal, knows how to be vague and threatening. "We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of 'Twilight' to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans," Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns tells the New York Times. "This is just the beginning — a template, if you will. You can probably guess what's coming next." Don't play coy with me, Burns. Just tell me that I'm not done covering "Twilight" films yet. Team Neither forever, yo.


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You'll probably catch something from Jimmy Kimmel


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