'Twilight' news times two

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .


Two bits of "Twilight" news:

First, from the Associated Press:

A new restaurant set to open next year in Washington state will be called Volterra after a city in the popular Twilight vampire novels, which are set in the town of Forks.

Owners Annette and Tim Root told The Peninsula Daily News it will be a family restaurant, and they have applied for a liquor license. Forks already has the Twilight Lounge that features concerts and other events for fans.

The Twilight books and movies have brought vampire tourism to the remote former logging town on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The Chamber of Commerce says thousands of visitors come asking questions, such as whether it's safe to go camping with the vampire problems in the area.

 And this came from the folks promoting Volvo:

Know what Edward Cullen drives? Volvo is putting a challenge out to all "Twilight" fans by launching a new online promotion in conjunction with the release of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

Fans can visit and enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" world premiere in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 and an opportunity to meet select members of the "New Moon" cast.

Starting Nov. 1, fans have the chance to win a new Volvo XC60 just like the one Edward drives in "New Moon." By logging onto and putting their Twilight saga knowledge to the test in an interactive game-like contest, fans will be in the running for Volvo's newest crossover featuring City Safety, a system designed to help the driver avoid or reduce low-speed collisions.

"Volvo is central to Edward's character in the Twilight saga," said Doug Speck, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

"One lucky fan will be the first to solve all of the puzzles in Volvo's What Drives Edward contest and win a new XC60. While the XC60 doesn't come equipped with a vampire, the winner will experience the power, beauty and protection that is Volvo-and it will transport them to all of their great moments in life."

How the Volvo What Drives Edward Contest Works:

Starting Nov. 1, players can register at and will receive clues to help solve a series of puzzles. Since the puzzles increase in difficulty, players are encouraged to exchange hints through Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. The contest runs for three weeks from Nov. 1 through Nov. 23.

In addition to the contest, fans can watch trailers from the film, check out photos in the gallery and download New Moon-themed desktop wallpapers at

The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 20 and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.


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