The home release of the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, also brings an extended version of its predecessor Breaking Dawn – Part 1.

We’ve gone through both DVD/Blu-rays to tell you about what features you’ll find. Because let’s face it: you want ’em.

Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Extended Edition

Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Extended EditionNever before has Summit-Lionsgate released an Extended Version of one of the Twilight films. Considering that one book had been split into two movies in the case of Breaking Dawn, the idea of an extended cut is even more surprising. While at the studio’s offices last weekend to screen the longer movie, an executive told us that they had hoped to have it out when the film was first released on DVD/Blu-ray last year. The problem was that director Bill Condon was busy editing Part 2, so there was no time for him to put together a longer version of Part 1. They understand there will be accusations of this being a quick money grab, but they insist that they would’ve preferred Part 1 Extended Edition was released last year so that sales could be stronger than they likely will be now.

Nonetheless, we watched the full Extended Edition (with fellow Twilight fan sites) and thought the seven minutes of new footage fit perfectly with the rest of the movie. In fact, we turned to each other at the end and all wondered which parts, exactly, were the new scenes. The previously deleted scenes fit so well that you’ll feel like you’re watching an improved version of Part 1.

Breaking Dawn – Part 2

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 DVD/Blu-rayReleased in theaters this past November and regarded by many as the best of the five films in the Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 on DVD/Blu-ray brings with it a slew of special features including a lengthy documentary.

Highlights of the documentary included with all versions of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 on DVD/Blu-ray: Two Movies At Once, where we learn about the challenges of shooting these two films, created from one book, simeltaneously. Says actor Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), “When I got the scripts to these movies, they were 250 pages. It was heavy. I looked and it and was like ‘Woah, this is pretty daunting.'” We also hear from Kristen Stewart, author Stephenie Meyer, and producer Wyck Godfrey as they explain the uphill battle they encountered.

The 7-part featurette focuses on elements like Bella as a vampire. In there, we learn how the crew wanted to put the viewer in the eyes of Bella as she’s experiencing vampire life for the first time. We also get to watch behind-the-scenes shots of Kristen Stewart beating up Taylor Lautner, Emmett and Bella’s arm wrestle, and designing’s Bella’s vampire look.

Speaking of uphill battle, the section of the documentary on designing the final battle scene is a remarkable look at countless challenges faced. The cast and crew had to work within a building to shoot the massive 30-minute sequence, and we see every positive and negative side of the process. At the end of this portion, we see the much talked about and highly-anticipated dance off that was a surprise for director Bill Condon.

The Target-exclusive Blu-ray version of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 includes an additional 50 minutes of behind the scenes footage on a bonus disc that, as a fan, you’ll want to devour every minute of. If you purchase from other retailers, you won’t get this bonus footage. Even if you go with the regular 2-disc version of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 from retailers like Amazon, you’ll still get the 7-part documentary.

Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Extended Edition and Breaking Dawn – Part 2 both will be released this Saturday on DVD/Blu-ray, Digital, and UltraViolet. Which will you be picking up?


Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Extended Edition: DVD | Blu-ray | Digital
Breaking Dawn – Part 2: DVD | Blu-ray, Target Exclusive Edition DVD | Blu-ray

“Which should I buy?”

If you’re looking for as much footage as possible, Part 1: Extended Edition and Target’s Part 2 Exclusive Edition are the purchases to make. If you don’t need an extra 50 minutes of behind the scenes footage that comes with the latter, the regular 2-disc version will give you more than enough bonus material to enjoy.

Cassandra Clare keeps expanding the Shadowhunters’ universe, with the first adult books of the chronicles just announced!

Clare announced via press release this morning that she’ll publish a trilogy about Magnus Bane, the fan-favorite warlock who’s appeared in every single one of her books and already received a collection of eleven spin-off novellas all about him (The Bane Chronicles). There is no word yet on whether the new books will tie in with the stories told in The Bane Chronicles.

Interestingly, this trilogy will be Clare’s first foray into adult literature, after writing extensively in the YA realm. She always pushed the boundaries of YA, though, with the inclusion of “Dirty Sexy Balcony Scenes” and the like. The first Shadowhunter book, City of Bones, was published in 2007, and the teens who picked it up back then will feel right at home in the adult section of a bookstore today.

Also of note, the series will be co-written with Wesley Chu (author of The Lives of Tao). Clare seems to like having co-writers when dealing with Magnus Bane; The Bane Chronicles are the only other Shadowhunter books that have other authors attached.

The first Magnus Bane book is expected to be published in November 2017. This means that Cassandra Clare will have three Shadowhunters series being published concurrently… The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours, and this Magnus Bane series.

If various sources are to be believed, all three will have an installment published in 2017. The second Dark Artifices book, Lord of Shadows, is expected in April. The Magnus Bane book, as mentioned above, is due in November. And the official site of the Shadowhunter Chronicles still says that the first Last Hours book, Chain of Thorns, is expected in 2017. Clare has a sixth series planned after getting some of these finished, The Wicked Powers, so there’ll be more Shadowhunters coming to a bookstore near you at least through the early 2020s.

Perhaps the decision to publish the Magnus Bane trilogy was based on the character’s success on the Shadowhunters TV show, where the fan favorite is portrayed by Harry Shum Jr. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season by ABC Family, and it looks like they may have many seasons ahead of them.

Clare said, “Over the years writing the Shadowhunter books, Magnus Bane has emerged as one of the most fun and fascinating characters for me to bring to life… There are so many things we don’t know about Magnus, from the story of his first love to the secrets of his parentage, to the beginning of his relationship with Alec. All those are things I was able to touch on in The Bane Chronicles, but I’m excited to dig in even more deeply in these three volumes devoted to Magnus, his past, his future, and his present.”

Are you excited for three books all about Magnus Bane, or is this Shadowhunter overkill?

The Boxcar Children are heading to the big screen for a new movie series.

Many of us grew up with the wonderful Boxcar Children book series when we were kids. The stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner follow Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who live in a train boxcar as they search for a home. As kids we all wanted to live in that boxcar (or at least I did — I thought it was so cool to live in a train car with friends!).

According to a press release from Shout! Factory Studios and Legacy Classics, work on a new Boxcar Children animated movie series is well underway, with the first movie aiming for a release in 2017 (which marks the 75th anniversary of Boxcar Children #1). Two more Boxcar Children stories are also in development.

If the animation quality is at the Sunday-morning-cartoon level I probably won’t be very excited about it, but if it’s a more mature animation style (like a Pixar or a Coraline) I can imagine myself loving it.


The Boxcar Children movie series is poised to do well thanks to the overall success of the books they’re based on. The novels have collectively sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with over 160 books (?!) in its arsenal. The two most recent books are titled The Legend of the Irish Castle and The Celebrity Cat Caper, which were both published this year. Looking through the history of the series, roughly four Boxcar Children books have been published annually. The original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, only wrote the first 19.

A low-budget animated Boxcar Children film debuted two years ago, but today’s announcement marks a reboot with a new studio at the helm.

Arrested Development‘s fourth season aired three years ago today. To celebrate its legacy (and to try to forget how much we’re missing it right now), let’s rank the best recurring Arrested Development jokes!

It’s really no secret that Arrested Development has some of the best recurring jokes and gags of all time. Even people who don’t watch the show are familiar with things like “There’s always money in the banana stand” and “I’ve made a huge mistake.” The jokes in this show are just so understated and catchy that it would’ve been crazy had they not have caught on. Thanks to Arrested Development‘s recurring jokes, pop culture has never been quite the same.

To celebrate our undying love for Arrested Development, we decided to forgo the banner (sorry, everyone) and instead put together a list of all of the gags and jokes that we think are the best ones the show’s ever done. Not only that, but we’re leaving it up to you to rank them!

How to play: Love a certain joke and think that it should be at the top of the list? Upvote it. Really hate another joke and don’t understand how it got on the list in the first place? Hit that little downward-facing arrow. Don’t care either way for some of these gags? Then you can just leave them untouched. It’s all good! We just want to know what YOU think! With everyone participating we’ll be able to build a definitive list of the best Arrested Development jokes!

So, grab your denim cut-offs and hot ham water, and maybe even do a little chicken dance to get yourself pumped up (but not with the hot ham water in your hand, please). If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you’re sure to love ranking these jokes.

(Just be careful about which arrow you hit. You don’t want to hit the wrong one and find yourself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake.”)

Are there any ‘Arrested Development’ jokes missing from the list? Add them below!

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