Top 10 ‘Twilight’ MTV Moments, From Spunk Ransom to 100 Monkeys
We helped name the fanbase, toured Catherine Hardwicke’s pad and much more, all for the Twilighters!
It’s no secret that MTV was all over the “Twilight” phenomenon back when other news outlets were still figuring out how to spell Stephenie Meyer’s name. Now, the world has been let in on our little secret — but with today’s news that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will be attending the Video Music Awards to unveil a never-before-seen trailer for “New Moon,” the mix of pop-culture powerhouses continues to be as tasty as peanut butter and chocolate, coffee and cream or Bella and Edward.
Sure, the “Twilight” stars have made a habit of attending all our MTV awards shows as they became household names and even dominated the MTV Movie Awards a few months back. But in our minds, the most special moments were the times when they came to us to make news, break news and sometimes even make us the news.
Below are our Top 10 “Twilight” MTV moments. Which is your favorite?
Spunk Ransom Is Born:
In one of his first interviews for the “Twilight” franchise, MTV News had nearly an hour alone with the soon-to-be A-lister on the set of the film. Among the many questions we brought him was: “What do you think of your nickname ‘RPattz’?” He responded in his usual charming, rambling manner, insisting that he wanted a new nickname: “Spunk Ransom.” The term has stuck, been officially defined, yielded some very cool “Twilight” merch and is reportedly the easiest way to get a smile out of Rob — er, Spunk — if you should ever meet him.
Don’t Count Out Taylor:
Barely a month after “Twilight” opened at the top of the box office, young Taylor Lautner had become the J.D. Salinger of the series — disappearing from the spotlight and leaving many to wonder whether we’d see him again. Just when the consensus among fans seemed to be that his role would be recast with a more physically impressive actor like Michael Copon, we found Taylor at a tiny red-carpet event. Noticeably larger, he revealed that he’d been working out around-the-clock, was about to meet with “New Moon” director Chris Weitz and vowed to return as Jacob. Finally, “Twilight” Nation could breath a sigh of relief.
Kristen’s Near-Death Experience:
We all know that Kristen Stewart is a great dramatic actress, but when she said that filming the next film “killed me,” that took it to a whole new level. As KStew’s quotes rocketed around the Web, Twilighters became even more eager to see her “New Moon” performance.
Fach’s Bikini Incident:
Peter Facinelli. A one-of-a-kind Twitter bet. A grown man in a bikini dancing down Hollywood Boulevard. Need we say more?
Catherine’s Pimp Pad:
Who else but MTV could get exclusive access to Catherine Hardwicke’s house/office, the place where the “Twilight” movie phenomenon began? The affable director generously opened her home and gave us a tour of the backyard where Lautner auditioned, the dining room where KStew read her lines — and the bed where she and RPattz first kissed.
The RPattz Surprise:
In May 2008, we held a contest and landed “Twilight” fan Laura Culpepper as our guest correspondent. But what she didn’t know is that we had arranged for Rob himself to tiptoe in behind Laura while she recorded an on-camera segment and give her a sneak peek at “Twilight.” Without a doubt, this is one of the most memorable pieces of video in all the “Twilight” fandom, revealing Rob’s fun side.
Name Those Fans:
Once upon a time, an epic battle raged between Twilighters and Twi-Hards over which was the proper name for the fanbase. Since we’re peacemakers as well as journalists, we held an epic poll to settle the matter once and for all. Rob, Kristen and the other stars of the series announced the results — and it’s been Twilighters ever since.
A Special Spoilers Evening:
To celebrate the conclusion of all those very special Twilight Tuesdays, MTV gave a few hundred Twilighters the chance to attend a taping of our movie special “Spoilers.” All the stars were there, it was a night to remember, and the show continues on as the renamed “Behind the Screen,” which airs Friday and focuses on films such as “Jennifer’s Body.”
RPattz Needs Undies:
Last November, we reunited Rob and Laura for a revealing interview that may have been, well, a bit too revealing. Ever wonder about Rob’s toenails, his parking-ticket troubles or his underwear? Well, then, you need to watch this.
100 Monkeys Hit MTV
As his fans know, the only thing more fun than watching Jackson Rathbone act may be seeing him in concert. Which is why we were eager to go backstage and onstage to watch his band 100 Monkeys perform at a club in Hollywood. Since then, we’ve caught the band again at TwiCon and spoke to him recently about the Monkeys’ plans to score his new movie. Rock on, Jackson!