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2012: The Beehive Year in Review

Yes, we’re halfway into the first month of 2013 — but I realized I forgot to do one of these Beehive Year in Review posts. I swear it’s the last looking-back-at-2012 post I’ll write. If I didn’t do this post, though, how would you know which contests you entered the most and which commenters are still in our “top 10?” See. You’re welcome.

So without further ado — unless you want me to drag this out another 14 days — here are the most read and most commented Beehive posts of 2012, along with our most prolific commenters.

Whether you’re on the list or not, thanks to everyone who participates in the site, either by reading and responding, sharing links with your friends or even grumbling to yourself about what we write. You’re all appreciated.

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Billy Burke ready for ‘Revolution’

NUP_149347_2560_jpg.JPG The new NBC drama “Revolution” looks at a world where there’s no electricity. Insert gasp here. That means no computers, cell phones, cars or lawn mowers. Yes, there are push mowers but I refuse to accept their existence.

This raises the question of what would the cast members miss the most if they weren’t just playing in an electric bill free world.

Billy Burke, whose character comes across like the offspring of Lara Croft and Zorro, initially says he would spend his days aimlessly asking “can you hear me now?” because of the loss of his cell phone. Then he adds that it would be the razor that keeps his beard at the proper tough guy length.

Since many of you only know him as Bella’s dad, Charlie Swan, in the “Twilight” movies, Burke has played some tough guy roles over the year. He was a wickedly bad character on several episodes of “The Closer.” But, he didn’t get to wave a sword in either of those two projects. Getting to go all Conan the Barbarian is why Burke was so happy to be part of NBC’s “Revolution.”

“This is one of those roles, when I saw it on the page, I immediately went back to my childhood and said, as I was growing up watching movies and television, that’s what I wanted to do. I have never been given the opportunity to do things like that,” Burke says. “I’ve been hanging around a long time. Doing a lot of stuff. And, I’ve been very grateful for it.

“But presented with this, it was the biggest gift I’d been given in a very long time. So couldn’t be happier about it.”

‘Twilight’ teaser with ‘The Hunger Games’

Britain Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Premiere.JPG Now you have another reason to go see “The Hunger Games” – as if you needed another one.

Summit Entertainment will debut a teaser trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ with “The Hunger Games” when it opens in theaters March 23.

The next and final chapter in “The Twilight Saga” will be released Nov. 16. Academy Award winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg.

Entertainment this weekend

mil media weldon.JPG It looks like this will be a nice weekend as far as the weather is concerned. Should you decided to stay indoors, here are some entertainment options to consider.


“Flying Home with Ronnie Paul,” 8 p.m. KSDI (Channel 33.2) and Comcast 200: Those of you old enough to remember local television personality Uncle Jimmy Weldon and Webster Webfoot can see what the pair have been up to when they appear on the local talk show. I didn’t live in Fresno when Weldon and the wise-quacking duck were on the children’s program that aired on Channel 47, then known as KJEO, at 9 a.m. weekdays throughout the ’60s. My first heard his work through the Hanna-Barbera cartoons where he was the voice of the pint-size duck Yakky Doodle.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1″: The wedding of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) leads to a problem that could create a huge battle between vampires and werewolves. The first half is packed with as many emotional and contemplative moments as the brooding vampire, while the second half will have the kind of action that makes a werewolf howl. It’s a similar structure to the two halves of the final “Harry Potter” adaptation.

“This Means War”: The film is a breath of fresh air for the romantic comedy genre. It succeeds where so many others have failed because it blends a sweet and funny romance with a fun action story that doesn’t depend solely on the likability of the stars. Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon star.

2011: The Beehive Year in Review


Another year in the books, another year of blogging here at The Beehive.

So, as is customary in our annual “Year in Review,” you’ll find below our most viewed and most commented posts of the year, our most popular recurring features, which contests you tried most feverishly to win and who our most frequent commenters were.

We thank you all for clicking, reading, commenting, sharing and so on. Here’s to a nice 2012 for everyone out there — even you trolls.

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Kristen Stewart nervously talks to the press

TSBD-000068R.JPG Kristen Stewart is what I call a nervous interview. I’m not quite certain why, but the star of the “Twilight” movies always looks like she’s waiting ton get a blindfold before she steps in front of the firing squad when she talks to the press.

She’s constantly starting sentences and then changing thoughts in the middle. And she brushes the hair off her ear so much it’s a wonder she does have a bald spot.

Some actors are just like that. They are more comfortable when they can slip into a character and deliver lines others have written.

Stewart’s just a nervous interview. Take a simple question like comparing her role as Bella to playing Snow White in the feature film being released next year. This is exactly how she answered.

“Yeah, I mean I guess – I guess the only actual comparison that I – I guess, yeah, yeah, I guess a million could be drawn – but, the one thing that sticks out in my mind is that they really both are, in different ways, matriarchs, very strong, strong matriarchs – um – that need to find that position. And you see the whole process. But, it’s so different,” Stewart says. “And, they both being icons – um – it’s funny, Snow White was really never – I didn’t grow up on fairy tales. I mean, I know everyone says, ‘the reason this thing is so cool is because we’ve all grown up with this story and it’s a retelling.’ I was like ‘no, not really. I didn’t’ – um – and I also didn’t grow up with the ‘Twilight’ thing.

“So, for me, these things are being like sort of put on these characters right as I’m – right as I think, ‘wow this is important’ – everyone goes ‘that’s important!’ And it’s like, ‘OK, cool.’ And so, I’ve gotten really lucky on that level. I didn’t, I didn’t know going into either of these things necessarily. I mean, I know Snow White, obviously more so than ‘Twilight,’ was expected to be, you know, more important to people probably because they know it. But, yeah, I know.”

She might know, but I am not sure what she said. It just made me nervous.

‘Twilight’ fans can’t wait for ‘Breaking Dawn’

baby.JPGbuttons.JPG Call it “Occupy Twilight.”

Hundreds of fans – all with one central goal to be among the first to see “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ – crowded into small areas in front of local theater complexes Thursday afternoon. They are spending the time before the midnight screenings working on computers, reading and taking naps.

The lines aren’t as long as for past “Twilight” movies. That’s because every seat at Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX had long been sold before the first fans arrived. That means those with a ticket know they will get into the theater. The early arrivals are just to get the best seats.

Ten theaters are sold out at Regal Manchester Stadium 16 with only 350 seats left in the final theater at the theater complex. The UA Broadway Faire Stadium 10 had six theaters filled for the midnight show.

One of the best bets for getting tickets is the Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 in Clovis. They have filled six theaters but will keep selling tickets until all 16 screens are soldout.

The fan interest is for the first of the two movies made from the Stephenie Meyer book “Breaking Dawn.” The second part won’t be in theaters until November 2012.

UPDATE: Win tickets to see ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′


The 25 winners of seats to see the advance screening of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1″ have been randomly selected. If you did not get a response from me saying you were a winner, then I am sorry your name was not selected.

Ideas for wedding gifts for Bella and Edward ranged from CDs to matching coffins.

Winners include: Kelsey, Isabella, Jacqueline, Minerva, Estie, Racheal, Kanani, Salgado, Denise, Regina, David, Val M, Britty, Kayla, Mae, Ruby, Dolores, Brian, Angie D, Wilson, Ashley, Edith, Hulamom, Ricky and Shell.

Keep watching for future Beehive advance screenings.

ORIGINAL POST: The end of “Twilight” is getting near. “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” the first of two movies based on the final book, opens in theaters Nov. 18.

Loyal readers of the Beehive know we try to make the wait shorter. We have 25 pairs of tickets to see an advance screening of the film at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Regal Manchester Theaters.

You won’t have to wait in a long line or show up days in advance. If you win a pair of tickets, all you have to do is show up that evening and head to a reserved seat.

Here’s what you have to do. Send me a comment of what wedding gift you would give Bella and Edward. Please, no garlic underwear jokes. A random drawing of those comments will determine the 25 winners.

Deadline to enter is midnight Monday, Nov. 14. You will be notified on Nov. 15 if you are a winner. Good luck. The rules and regulations are below.

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Watch ‘Twilight’ again in theaters

TwilightTuesdays-logo.pngLeading up to the release of “Breaking Dawn” on Nov. 18, the first three movies in the series will be shown again on the big screen in an event dubbed “Twilight Saga Tuesdays.” Here’s how it breaks down.

  • “Twilight”: Nov. 1
  • “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”: Nov. 8
  • “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”: Nov. 15

According to the list of theater, the movies will play at 7:30 p.m. at Edwards cinema.

‘Breaking Dawn’ tickets will be available soon

DF-04153.JPGThe wait is almost over as advance tickets for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1″ will go on sale on Fandango on Oct. 1. That’s six weeks before the movie’s Nov. 18 release. Why the early start? A Fandango survey shows moviegoers named “Breaking Dawn, Part 1″ as the most anticipated movie of the fall season.

You probably already know all of this because Fandango promoted the advance ticket sales by sending online wedding invitations to previous “Twilight” Fandango ticket buyers. They went out Sept. 13, the fictional birthday of Bella Swan.

According to the Fandango survey, the “Breaking Dawn, Part 1″ event that fans are most looking forward to is the honeymoon scene followed by the wedding and Bella’s childbirth.

WTF Moment of the Day

Dear “Twilight” fanatics, don’t be this lady. Meet Cathy Ward, a 49-year-old British lady who is now permanently obsessed with “Twilight.” According to The Daily Mail, she “plans to save £2,000 more to spend another 12 hours under the needle as she eclipses her whole torso with the gothic tribute.”


So what’s going to look worse in 20 years: that tattoo or Robert Pattinson?

Elle Fanning huge ‘Twilight’ fan

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It looks like even movie stars aren’t immune to the power of “Twilight.” Elle Fanning, 12-year-old sister of Dakota Fanning, is a huge “Twilight” fan.

In the new Sophia Coppola film “Somewhere,” Elle has a scene where her character is trying to explain the “Twilight” story to her father (played by Stephen Dorff). I ask Elle if that was something she improvised for the movie.

“No. Sophia wrote that back when it was just the books that were so popular,” Elle says.

Despite the fact her sister starred in the second and third “Twilight” movies, Elle never visited her during the filming. She did get to go to the grand opening of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and was excited to se all of the stars.

That leads to the obvious question: Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?

“I’m Team Voltori,” Elle says with a smile.

For those of you not up on “Twilight,” the Voltori are a group of pretty nasty vampires. Dakota plays Jane, a member of that group.

On TV tonight: ‘Fashion Forward: Making It’

DF-05811.JPG “Fashion Forward: Making It,” 9 p.m. KFRE (Channel 59.1): The behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make it in the fashion industry is hosted by “Twilight” actress Ashley Greene.

The special looks at fashions from the creation of designs to building a business and a brand. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville of rag & bone, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake, co-founder of William Rast, are profiled.

“Making It” features up-and-coming fashion stars Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Alice Ritter who are working at The Incubator, a special program created by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to foster emerging young designers.

And for you fans of “Gossip Girl,” Eric Daman talks about being the stylist behind the fashion-forward looks of The CW series.

Cam Gigandet Cher-ishes meeting

Japan Burlesque(6).JPG It seems like the biggest concern of everyone involved with making “Burlesque” was meeting Cher. Even superstar Christina Aguilera found herself with a bad case of butterflies before she came face-to-face with the pop icon.

Cam Gigandet, who plays Jack, the bartender/pianist in “Burlesque,” jokes that it was Cher who was the nervous one during their first meeting. He goes so far as to say that she was shaking.

Then reality returns.

“I was nervous meeting Cher, because it’s Cher obviously,” Gigandet says.

It took all of 30 seconds for her to calm his nerves.

“I’m sitting there talking to her and she’s just so relaxed and just one of the coolest chicks I have ever met. And I keep having to remind myself that, ‘Wait, this is Cher. You’re talking to Cher.’ It was a surreal moment,” Gigandet says.

The actor – best known for playing James in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” – was working on the action film “Priest” before getting cast in the musical. He’d slip over to the “Burlesque” stage, in a leather cowboy outfit dirty from killing vampires, to hear Christina Aguilera sing.

That’s when he knew he had to be part of the movie. All he had to do was survive meeting Cher.

Entertainment this weekend

jpg This weekend’s entertainment lineup is topped by a TV show that is scary good.

“The Walking Dead,” 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC: This is the last of the first six episodes of the superb new series based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman. It’s the story of a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse looking for a safe place to live. Don’t let the gore stop you from watching this marvelous series.

“Tangled”: Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) discovers she doesn’t need a hero to save her in this 50th animated offering from Disney. Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard’s computer-animated tale of Rapunzel uses elements that have made for great Disney animated films of the past: interesting characters, a great villain and a good score.

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”: Bella finds herself in the middle of a vampire war and the struggle between the two men who love her. The heightened tension of the love story and some killer fight sequences make this the best film so far in the series.

To-Do Tonight: 100 Monkeys pack some ‘Twilight’ oomph


Whether you love “Twilight” or dig experimental rock, you might be into tonight’s show at Starline with 100 Monkeys.

The Los Angeles-based band includes actor Jackson Rathbone, who plays Jasper Hale in the “Twilight” movies. He also had a starring role in “The Last Airbender,” making for a big summer on the silver screen.

One interesting thing about 100 Monkeys — the band members are known to switch instruments during their live shows.

It’s turned a few heads. Rolling Stone named 100 Monkeys one of the breakout bands at influential music festival Bamboozle.

Tickets for tonight’s show cost $15.

R Patz inspired undies

robert-pattinson.jpgThe Guardian reports that Marks and Spencer is creating an underwear line inspired by Robert Pattinson designed to “appeal to a younger, fashion-savvy customer.”

The story says:

Dubbed the R-Pant, the low-rise briefs and trunks are designed to be worn under skinny jeans and trousers, a look popularised by the likes of Russell Brand and Mark Ronson, two celebrities the chain cites as design influences.

Unfortunately, ladies, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be modeling the tighties. But it sure is funny how many down-there products he and his “Twilight” character are associated with . Remember these. And this.

A little fashion knowledge is good

REASER.JPGMost interviews for new movies take place in Los Angeles hotels. So it’s never a surprise to end up in an elevator with a celebrity and a gaggle of publicists. Is it gaggle? Maybe a group of publicists should be called a pack.

I was joined on an elevator at the Four Seasons by Elizabeth Reaser, who plays Esme Cullen in the “Twilight” movies. She was wearing a dress I first thought had been painted on but then realized it was far tighter than that.

There were so many publicists – all female – with her that eventually Reaser was pushed so close to me, I was dangerously close to an exclusive.

The Four Seasons elevators move slow enough for Stephen King to write four novels by the time they reach the top floor. An uncomfortable silence set in because publicists don’t like to talk in front of reporters in fear they will say something tabloid worthy.

I’d noticed Reaser was wearing what I was pretty certain were a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. I leaned over and said to her, “Nice shoes.”

“Thank you,” she gleefully said over her shoulder.

“My wife told me to always notice the shoes,” I offered back.

“She’s taught you well,” Reaser said over a chorus of “yeahs,” “that’s rights” and “so smarts” from the publicists.

Get out there, take in another point of view

bieber.JPG I found this letter by Tom Barrack, the big shot real estate deal maker behind Colony Capital LLC, inspiring – and it’s about more than a man’s point of view on the “Twilight” series (though that is really interesting too).

Here’s his point, what he encouraged his staff to do:

It is time for all of us to become more creative, spend more time outside of the strict arithmetic cadence of our business, and understand foreign points of view.

To boil it down, he came to this conclusion one night when he had nothing to do and decided to read “Twilight,” something he mocked. In the end, he was captivated and read the series. He realized he needed to step outside his own interests to stay vital.

I think I’ll do the same. There are loads of things I don’t get that others really love. I think I’ll give a few a try and see what I learn.

To start, I’m going to listen to an entire Justin Bieber CD. Maybe, like Barrack, I can tap into what makes so many people — even adults –love this kid so much. That fact has illuded me to this point. I’m also going to read the Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” the start of a book series that is dominating the bestseller list and creating all kinds of buzz about which actress will nab the coveted lead role in a new version of the movie. What is it about this series that has people flocking to it?

I’m sure I will come up with some more ideas for new things to try out. What about you? Feel like taking the challenge?

Your ‘Eclipse’ review could win you a prize

UPDATE: These are the commenters who have been selected to win “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: prizes for their reviews of the new film: Eva Romero, George B. Feist, Christine, Just Jax, Lisa Vang, Michelle F., Amanda Castro, sgrace2009, Lisa Lentz, cmagnee, Katrina, Courtney Payton, Allie, hailey hager, Hilda Tateosian, Lisa Ovalle, Stephenie Hite, hilary, Jan, Anita, Kikki Martinez, wnedy hager, Dolores Garcia and bush.

ORIGINAL POST: Fans are finally getting to see “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” The Beehive wants to know what you think of the movie. Post a short review in the comments by 5 p.m. July 5 for a chance to win cool “Eclipse” stuff. On July 6, we’ll randomly select winners for the prizes, which include “Eclipse” T-shirts, bracelets and other items.

To get you started, you can take a look at my review and feature story from today’s Fresno Bee. Or, watch my one-minute video review.

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Concert Watch: Which ‘Twilight’ actor is bringing his band to Fresno?

Since we’re in the middle of “Twilight” mania, a lot of Twi-hards will be excited to hear that actor Jackson Rathbone’s band 100 Monkeys is due at Fresno’s Starline on Aug. 2. Rathbone (far right in the picture below) plays Jasper Hale in the “Twilight” movies and “Eclipse” gives him his biggest role to date. You can also see Rathbone in “The Last Airbender”. Buy tickets to the Fresno show here.


ALSO: Check out my latest Concert Watch from The Bee for details on this show and Fresno tour stops from RATT, David Wax Museum, Dave Gleason, plus local notes on MoFo Party Band and The Brick Wall venue.

Win tickets to ‘Eclipse’ advance screening


UPDATE: We’ve got our winners!

Congrats to: Jenn S., Stacey, Kayla, Estee, Amanda Castro, Marlena Stuckey, Dawn, Sarah, Leslie, Theresa Eurich, Louise Hagopian, Kelli, Bobby Higgins, Wayne Sakamoto, Barbara J, Lin Dellanina, Regina, Denise Chafee, J. Richardson, Lisa Lentz, CMoua, John, Neerod Nagle, Evelia De La Torre and Melissa.

Check your e-mails. Thanks for playing everyone. And we hope you enjoy the movie.

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An example of fandom going too far

ring.jpgI’m a “Twilight” fan. But I’m thinking the craze has really gone over the top. I ran across this blog post today: “10 ideas of a Twilight themed wedding.”

I expected the CDs, dolls and T-shirts. I can see why there’s been a boom to tourism in Fork and La Push, though that’s not my idea of vacation. But I’ve never really understood the other paraphernalia, like Bella’s replica engagement ring or his and hers rings.

It’s all a bit much, don’t you think?

The Beehive Asks: What summer movies are you looking forward to seeing?

The summer movie season — generally filled with movies featuring big action, big stars and big fun — kicks off Friday with “Iron Man 2.”

What movie can’t you wait to see?

For me, It’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” in June. I know that might not surprise a lot of people because I’ve made my love of “Twilight” known. But I wasn’t the biggest fan of movie 2 (I only saw it once and I haven’t even bought the DVD yet). It kind of turned me off to the movie franchise. But the last trailer for “Eclipse” got me jazzed about the series again.

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