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Borders and Waldenbooks Stores Nationwide to Celebrate Upcoming ‘Twilight’ Movie With Free In-Store Parties Nov. 15

November 13, 2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ — As excitement builds around the upcoming release of Summit Entertainment’s feature film “Twilight,” based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, Borders is inviting all vampire enthusiasts to gather with their friends and other “Twilight” fans to celebrate the movie-and their passion for all things “Twilight” – at free parties at nearly all Borders and Waldenbooks stores nationwide Saturday, Nov. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. The “Are You Ready for Twilight?” parties will give fans the unique opportunity to revel in their shared delight for Bella, Edward, Jacob and the other characters in the incredibly popular “Twilight” saga, before the “Twilight” film hits theaters Nov. 21. Borders will be giving away movie tickets for “Twilight” as prizes at many of the parties, courtesy of Fandango, the nation’s largest movie ticketing service.

   (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060208/BORDERSLOGO )    Party activities will include:  

— Movie discussion. A lively discussion will surely ensue when fans talk about which scenes from the book they would most like to see in the movie and how they think the actors and actresses will do when portraying the characters.

— Charades. Fans will have the opportunity to play their favorite “Twilight” character and have others guess which character they are impersonating.

— Movie soundtrack listening party and “Twilight” film DVD screener. In Borders stores (only), the retailer will show an exclusive “Twilight” film DVD screener featuring behind-the-scenes peeks at the movie. After customers have had a chance to listen to select tracks from the “Twilight” movie soundtrack and hear the music that inspired Stephenie Meyer when she was writing the “Twilight” saga, they’ll enjoy a viewing of this special DVD.

— Quote contest. Dedicated fans who attend parties at Waldenbooks stores will have their knowledge of the characters in “Twilight” tested when they are challenged to match a quote with a character who said it.

— Additional activities. Some stores will also host additional activities such as fortune telling, arm wrestling, creative writing and more!

Borders is “Twilight” Central

Borders is “Twilight” central this holiday season-and beyond. In addition to offering the four “Twilight” saga titles, some available in paperback as well as hardcover, the retailer is also offering a boxed set of all four titles in hardcover, which makes an impressive gift and comes with a poster. An exclusive 16-month “Twilight” film calendar featuring lush photographs of the cast is also available for purchase. It is the only calendar available for the film and you’ll only find it at Borders. In addition, stores will be stocked with a magazine, “Film Fantasy Presents Twilight.” Music from the “Twilight” film is captured on the “Twilight Movie Soundtrack” from Atlantic Records, which features artists such as Linkin Park, Muse, Collective Soul, Perry Farrell and Paramore, who recorded their song “Decode” in an acoustic version that is available only on the Borders-exclusive version of the CD as a bonus track.

Borders is stepping outside of the traditional book, music and movie categories with its “Twilight” offerings, providing customers with a wide selection of gift and stocking-stuffer items this holiday season. Most of these items will be available the week of the “Twilight” movie release Nov. 21 and many of these “Twilight” gift items are exclusive to Borders so they cannot be purchased anywhere else. Fans will find apparel such as T-shirts in several different designs and in styles for men and women, a hoodie, and a messenger bag. There are also bookmarks, key chains, posters, pens, a pin set, a magnet set, stickers and wall scrolls, as well as jewelry that is authentic to what the characters wear in the film including a necklace, bracelet, a leather cuff bracelet and more. Borders is the only retailer where, with the purchase of items totaling $25 or more within the “Twilight” saga, customers will receive a free collectible and Borders-exclusive Twilight poster featuring a photo of Edward and Bella taken from the Borders-exclusive calendar. Sized at 18-by-24 inches, it is the perfect extra special gift add- on for that vampire fan.

Podcast-Borders Westwood/Los Angeles-Nov. 16

To add to the excitement surrounding the release of the film, Borders will host a “Twilight” podcast from its store in Westwood, Calif., Nov. 16. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a concert by the Twilight Music Girls. Born from a love of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga, the Twilight Music Girls is a group of five accomplished Los Angeles-based singer/songwriters: Kris Angelis, Lauren Harding, Laura Serafine, Lyndzie Taylor and Mallory Trunnell. These artists have vastly different styles ranging from pop to folk to rock, with sprinklings of punk and jazz. Their lyrics are poignant yet subtle, connecting with fans of the book while still utilizing universal themes that any listener can identify with and enjoy.

Following the opening concert, the podcast will begin at 2 p.m. and will include a discussion of the upcoming “Twilight” film, the evolution of fandom and upcoming “Twilight” conventions. Participants should brush up on their “Twilight” trivia as well. Special guests at the podcast include three actors from the “Twilight” film, including Michael Welch, who plays Mike Newton; Peter Facinelli, who portrays vampire patriarch Dr. Carlisle Cullen; and Jackson Rathbone, who is Jasper Hale in the film. The podcast will be hosted by Becka Grapsy of TwilightLive and Andrew Sims of Imprint. Panelists will include Kallie Mathews and Kassie Rodgers of Twilight Series Theories and Matt Britton of Imprint. Also joining the discussion as front-row panelists will be Jen Lamoureaux of Twilight Lexicon; Lauren of Twilight Facebook; Britton of TwilightMOMs; Kaleb Nation of Twilight Guy; Becky Scoggins of TwiCon and BresslerScoggins Literary Management; Larry Carol of MTV’s “Twilight Tuesdays;” Bailey Gauthier of NoMoreMarbles; Linsey Jackson of Twilight Series Theories; Cat Kalisch of His Golden Eyes and Medya and Melanie of M2 Parodies.

Wristbands to secure a place in line at the podcast will be distributed to customers when the store opens at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16. After the podcast, as time permits, special guests Michael Welch, Peter Facinelli and Jackson Rathbone will sign for fans one Twilight item that must be purchased at the store and one additional item that fans can bring with them to the event. The podcast can be later accessed and enjoyed at http://www.twilightseriestheories.com/.

On the Borders.com Web site – at http://www.bordersmedia.com/twilight/ – fans will find an incredible depth of special content, much of it exclusive to Borders.com. On this special site, fans will find: five minutes of exclusive footage of the making of “Twilight;” interviews with the cast of the film that are exclusive to Borders and have to date been viewed by more than 500,000 fans; movie trailer clips; interviews with Stephenie Meyer; coverage by MTV and the founders of Twilight Lexicon of Borders’ “Breaking Dawn” release parties and an audio clip featuring the exclusive acoustic version of Paramore’s “Decode,” available only at Borders.

In addition, Borders will be reporting in person from the red carpet at the Nov. 17 L.A. premiere of “Twilight.” Special access was granted to Borders, and following the premiere, Borders will post this unique coverage for all fans to see and enjoy this red-carpet coverage certain to feature the stars! Fans in the area are encouraged to come out to the premiere and help make this red carpet extra special by cheering on the stars of “Twilight” outside the Mann Theaters, starting at 5 p.m.

About Borders Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Borders Group, Inc. is a leading retailer of books, music and movies with more than 28,000 employees. Through its subsidiaries, the company operates more than 1,100 stores worldwide primarily under the Borders(R) and Waldenbooks(R) brand names and recently launched Borders.com for online shopping. For more information, visit http://www.borders.com/aboutus

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