Oprah Winfrey last Friday scored the one and only interview with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer ahead of this Friday’s film release of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
In the course of their live chat, Oprah teased, “Coming up, will there be a fifth book in the Twilight saga? Stephenie answers that later.”
Only she didn’t answer it, because Winfrey didn’t ask.
Reps for the show said that sometimes Winfrey doesn’t get to every question on live television, but good on Oprah's folks for following up with Meyer backstage after the show.
When pressed about the possibility of a fifth “Twilight” book, Meyer gave a lengthy, yet vague answer.
“I can’t answer it. The way I write, it’s what makes me happy. Like, I can’t write when people are looking over my shoulder,” Meyer said.
She also admitted to some vampire fatigue. “I am a little burned out on vampires right now,” she said. “I think I need a little break. I might go spend some time with my aliens. I might do something completely different. I’ve got to cleanse the palate. I may come back to it. I did envision it as a longer series. But I wrapped ‘Breaking Dawn’ in a way that I felt satisfied with, so if that moment didn’t come, I’d be OK.”
Saturday Night sadLast weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” had promise.
It came on the heels of the previous week’s show with Taylor Swift, who was among this 35th season’s few bright lights. Swift was remarkably poised and capable of delivering the writers’ pitch-perfect material, which allowed her and the show to shine.
This week, despite a timely host, “Mad Men” star January Jones, and crowd-pleasing musical guest Black Eyed Peas, the promise was an empty one.
Jones can be forgiven for some nervous stumbling in the cold open. But dolling her up as her movie lookalike Grace Kelly and then putting her in a fart sketch? Really?
Sure, last season’s Jon Hamm/John Ham sketch relied on a similar brand of potty humor, but it was somewhat clever. Even standbys, like Kristin Wiig’s spot-on Kathie Lee Gifford and the TODAY show fourth hour fell flat. The line between a stout ribbing and being a touch mean-spirited is easily crossed and interpreted differently by many. Personally, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, if you’re reading: I know you’re good sports, but I’ve got your back on this one.
To be fair: There’s less fodder this year without a campaign trail to follow, and Seth Myers deserves credit for consistently delivering with Weekend Update. All I’m saying is this: When some of the best comedic minds in the business have to resort to fart jokes, it makes one wonder which sketches did not make it into the show.
Trying to figure out why the show is so unfunny this season is sort of like trying to parse exactly what is going on with the "Jay Leno Show" experiment: it seems so bad at times, you start to wonder if that’s part of the joke, too.
Weekend box officeThis weekend, describing the box office as disastrous is actually a compliment.
The end-of-the-world romp “2012” made back its $200 million budget its first weekend in theaters, thanks to a domestic take of $65 million and another $160 million internationally.
“A Christmas Carol” hung tough at No. 2 — it made another $22.3 million.
The weekend wasn’t so kind to the only other new release, “Pirate Radio.” Its $2.8 million take was good enough only for No. 11.
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