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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.
By United Press International
Keri Russell talks about role in romantic comedy 'Austenland'

Keri Russell talks about role in romantic comedy 'Austenland'

NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Keri Russell says she thinks many moviegoers will relate to the character she plays in the new romantic comedy "Austenland" because they, too, are looking for some form of escape from their everyday lives.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Diane Kruger to play police detective with Asperger's in new FX series 'The Bridge'

Diane Kruger to play police detective with Asperger's in new FX series 'The Bridge'

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) -- German-born actress Diane Kruger says she has signed on to star in "The Bridge," a new FX crime drama set on the Mexican-American border.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Author Stephenie Meyer talks about work after 'Twilight'

Author Stephenie Meyer talks about work after 'Twilight'

NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- American author Stephenie Meyer says penning her book "The Host" was a freeing experience after her "Twilight" vampire novels became first a literary phenomenon, then a series of blockbuster movies.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.
By United Press International

Meyer a maybe on more Twilight books

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Stephenie Meyer said she knows how the Twilight saga plays out after the fourth and currently final book, but won't commit to writing more books in the series.

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Woman sues after overdue 'Twilight' arrest

Woman sues after overdue 'Twilight' arrest

PORTALES, N.M., June 28 (UPI) -- A New Mexico woman is suing her city after she spent the night in jail as a result of an overdue "Twilight" book and DVD from the library.
'Hunger Games' wins 4 MTV Movie Awards

'Hunger Games' wins 4 MTV Movie Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 4 (UPI) -- The young-adult survival picture "The Hunger Games" won four Golden Popcorns at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
Author calls '50 Shades' 'romantic'

Author calls '50 Shades' 'romantic'

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- British author E.L. James says she thinks of her popular erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" as a "love story" with "quite a lot of sex in it."
'Breaking Dawn' passes $700M milestone

'Breaking Dawn' passes $700M milestone

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood's vampire romance "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1" has grossed an estimated $701.3 million in global box office receipts, Lionsgate said.

Lionsgate, Summit close to merger

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- California-based film and television company Lionsgate is close to an agreement to join forces with "Twilight" studio Summit Entertainment, officials said.
'Breaking Dawn' will be made into 2 movies

'Breaking Dawn' will be made into 2 movies

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Summit Entertainment says it plans to make two movies out of "Breaking Dawn," the final novel in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series.
Bill Condon to direct 'Breaking Dawn'

Bill Condon to direct 'Breaking Dawn'

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- Summit Entertainment has hired Bill Condon to direct "Breaking Dawn," the fourth and final installment in the "Twilight" franchise, Variety said Wednesday.

Professor defines allure of vampire films

STOCKTON, Calif., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- An English professor in Stockton, Calif., said vampire films are popular because vampires are "human-like" manifestations of evil.
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Stephenie Meyer (born December 24, 1973), née Morgan, is an American author best known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition and sold over 100 million copies globally, with translations into 37 different languages. Meyer is also the author of the adult science-fiction novel The Host.

Meyer was the biggest selling author of both 2008 and 2009, having sold over 29 million books in 2008 alone, with Twilight being the best-selling book of the year. She sold an additional 26.5 million books in 2009, making her the first author to achieve this feat. Meyer was ranked #49 on Time magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in 2008", and was also included in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world's most powerful celebrities in 2009, entering at #26. Her annual earnings exceeded $50 million. Also in 2010, Forbes ranked her as the #59 most powerful celebrity with annual earnings $40 million.

Stephenie Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Stephen and Candy Morgan. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, with five siblings: Seth, Emily, Jacob, Paul, and Heidi. She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. She then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she received a B.A. in English in 1997. Meyer met her husband Christian, nicknamed "Pancho", when she was growing up in Arizona, and married him in 1994 when they both were 21. Together they have three sons: Gabe, Seth, and Eli. Christian Meyer, formerly an auditor, has now retired to take care of the children.

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