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The next teen blockbuster: Let the young blood in

With the Harry Potter and Twilight film series set to weave their magic for the final time, Sarah Hughes takes a look at the movies jostling for the top position

Skins series 5, E4

Readers review this week's big TV show

Too hot for America: the TV show Skins

And so to the latest addition to the long, long list of things which are apparently considered too fruity for American television.

Skins to include 'most graphic sex scene'

The new series of 'Skins' is to feature its "most graphic sex scene".

Bite: A Vampire Handbook, By Kevin Jackson

The author lists a series of alleged vampire epidemics – Istria (1672), Hungary (1725-32), Silesia (1755), Wallachia (1756) – that took place in the right place (Mitteleuropa) but the wrong time (the Age of Enlightenment).

Vampires Suck (12A)

But they don't suck as much as lame-brain parodists Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, already responsible for the likes of Scary Movie and Meet the Spartans.

DVD: The vampire diaries: Season one, Various directors (15)

DVD/Blu-ray (935mins)

'Twilight' group to transfer from AIM

The film company which brought the popular Twilight series of movies to Britain is preparing to sink its fangs into London's main stock market next month after the UK listing authority approved its prospectus.

The Last Song (PG)

The novels of Nicholas Sparks have inspired some of the most repellent movies – Message in a Bottle, The Notebook – ever to besmirch the name of romance.

DVD: The Twilight Saga: New Moon

The first Twilight instalmentwas a muted pieceof teen wish-fulfilmentabout a hunky vampire(Robert Pattinson) fallingin love with a lonelywallflower (KristenStewart). In this deeplyinferior follow-up, thevampire leaves town, sothe girl mopes in herbedroom for months onend before another boy(Taylor Lautner) falls inlove with her. Andguess what? He's awerewolf. Who's going tofall for the moroseheroine in part three? TheCreature from the BlackLagoon?

DVD: The Twilight Saga: New Moon (12)

Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan is, like, bummed out 'cos her "hot" young/old bloodsucker beau Edward (Robert Pattinson) has gone and left her – "This is the last time you'll ever see me," he solemnly promises. Yeah, right.

Observations: Kristen Stewart's musings from the Twilight zone

Before the first Twilight movie in 2008, I was a much more open person. Now I spend a lot of time looking at the floor in public in an attempt not to get noticed. It can get a little boring. But whatever sacrifices I've had to make as a rising star, my job makes up for it a hundredfold.

DVD: Adventureland (15)

Jesse Eisenberg, who resembles Michael Cera, only more bulky, less spaced out, plays curly-haired James, a gawky, uptight teenager in Greg Mottola's exquisitely paced and extremely droll coming-of-age drama set in the mid-1980s.

DVD: Bandslam (PG)

Will (Gaelan Connell), a gawky, David Bowie-fixated teen, hates Cincinnati, where he's picked on, but fortunately his sweet mum (Lisa Kudrow) moves them to New Jersey, where, even more fortunately, he hooks up with two pretty girls (Alyson Michalka and Vanessa Hudgens) who compete for his attention.

Robert Pattinson talks 'erotic' elements of Twilight

Robert Pattinson believes the Twilight movies are a metaphor for sexual abstinence.

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