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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' scores $139.5 million opening - Fifth biggest of all time

It looks like Ryan wasn’t the only person seeing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 this weekend. The Vampire love saga raked in about $139.5 million, according to studio estimates. The debut was slightly less than the $142.7 million debut for The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009. 80 percent of attendees were female and 60 percent were older than 21. This is about in line with New Moon, which had an 80 percent female opening, but higher than Eclipse, which opened with a 65 percent mix of the ladies. 

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' review - Vampires, vixens, and why you should never, ever have sex with the undead

“I’m a professional, damnit,” I thought to myself as the screening began to fill with fans eager in a way that I could never hope to be, passionate beyond logic or reason. The Twilight fans are protestors without a cause, ready to defend their right to love these movies despite everything the films throws at the audience.

The previous movies in the Twilight series are deeply flawed films, but I would never say that to the faces of a ravenous crowd of the series’ fans, at least not while I was unarmed. The source material, of which I have endured through, is a technical mess, with numerous narrative problems. And yet here we are, four movies deep and well over a billion dollars in profits later.

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'Snow White & the Huntsman' trailer - Snow White has never felt so Twilight

I’m not sure why there are two new Snow White movies in development, as it seemed like Disney covered the story fairly well back in 1937, but it’s happening so perhaps it’s time to see how much we’ve progressed in 75 years. This trailer is for the Rupert Sanders (first time director) adaptation. From the trailer, it appears that the film has a highly stylized version of the story with Snow White (Kristen Stewart) battling in a suit of armor and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth who you know as Thor) taking on a much larger role than in the original Brothers Grimm tale. Visually, it looks like Twilight meets Lord of the Rings, with a hint of Disney plagiarism where it relates to the look of the evil queen (Charlize Theron). Still, that beast in the woods looks cool, right?

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Hollywood is on Team Edward: vampires brought in $7 billion in the last 2 yrs (or have they?)

Well suck me sideways. I knew the vampire phenomenon was big, but I never did the math. Since the first Twilight film hit theaters two years ago, vampire shows and movies have done $7 billion in business, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But is the math misleading?

Here's how THR breaks it down:

  • $3 billion - Film
  • $1.6 billion - Publishing
  • $600 million - Merchandising
  • $1.2 billion - TV/DVD
  • $600 million - Other

However, the numbers included in the text of the report don't add up. Here are the numbers I pulled from the article.

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Twlight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 will hit theaters November 2012

After a short seven month stretch between New Moon and Eclipse, Twilight fans will have to wait two and a half years to finish their saga, according to the AP. What's the hold-up, you ask? Well, production hasn't yet begun on either half of Breaking Dawn, which has been broken up into two films so that Summit Entertainment can make twice as much money from one book. You know, just like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Bill Condon is set to direct the films. He directed Kinsey and Dreamgirls. Kinsey is a favorite of mine. I hope he'll bring that to Twilight, and no, I don't mean Kinsey's research.

The first half of the final chapter of the vampire werewolf love saga hits theaters November 2011. 


Another new clip from TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE 

This comes from the New Moon DVD bonus features. Edward and Bella appear to be discussing their vampirey future together under pale blue light, per the usual. 

"You believe I have a soul. Well, I don't," says Edward. "But to risk yours, just for the sake of never having to lose you—that's the most selfish thing I'll ever do."

Wouldn't he need a soul to really care about someone else's soul? I will have to do some soul researching to make sense of this. To further satisfy your Eclipse cravings, check out the trailer and a sneak peak featurette.


TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE trailer goes live

Ladies, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is approaching. From the looks of this new trailer, it looks like more of the same, with Jacob (wolfman) and Edward (vampire) fighting over a single girl. Lautner and Pattinson sound like their reading directly from scripts. It's odd how a movie can appear so melodramatic, yet have some of the most monotonic performances out there. Hopefully the final movie will look better than this trailer. Eclipse hits theaters June 30, 2010.


NEW MOON's Taylor Lautner is now the highest-paid teen in Hollywood with NORTHERN LIGHTS and MAX STEEL

If only I carried a more defined set of abs when I was 17. The possibilities would have been endless. Taylor Lautner, who starred as "the other guy" in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, is now the most popular little guy in Hollywood and he's quickly becoming the highest paid. Deadline Hollywood reports that Lautner will bank $7.5 million for his upcoming role in Northern Lights. But that's not all. Lautner will also star in Max Steel, an upcoming action movie based on a popular 90s toy line, and he'll be paid an even larger (undisclosed) salary. He's now making more than Daniel Radcliffe, Miley Cyrus, and Zac Efron. After the jump, learn why he may be making a huge mistake. 

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NEW MOON sets new midnight record at $26.3 million (holy crap)

Well, no sooner do I post my review than we find out The Twilight Saga: New Moon had the biggest midnight opening of all time. The vampire love drama pulled in $26.3 million across the country at midnight last night. This blows away Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's $22.2 million debut this summer and The Dark Knight, which made $18.5 million when it released last year. 

What's scarier: there are reports that it made almost $14 million this morning too. A huge $120-$130 million dollar opening weekend is now expected. Will it have the largest opening of all time? It could.


NEW MOON is shirtless and slow, but pretty


I've never seen so many shirtless teenagers and vacant stares in my life. There is such a thing as a "chick flick" and then there's New Moon, the actual movie equivalent of a Harlequin novel, sadly without the Fabio-adorned cover or sex. It's a marked improvement from its predecessor, Twilight, but only if you can get over the high-flown acting and slow pace. Judging from the reactions of the high-school girls packed into Celebration! Cinema here in Lansing, MI (my town), genetically-troubled half-naked teenage boys running around in the rain more than compensate for a bit of lingering. 

This must be what watching The Beatles was like for girls of the 60s. The band sounded amazing, but you probably couldn't hear a note if you saw them live. Seeing New Moon at midnight was like watching a movie with a laugh/scream track. The theater was clogged with hundreds of blossoming female fans who laughed, oohed, and awed at everything. After a few minutes, I had more fun going with the flow than anything else. Would I have liked it if I saw it alone? I have no idea, though I did, regrettably, think Club Dread was hilarious when I saw it with a bombastic college crowd some years ago--not so much when I saw it in a less social situation. Laughter is contagious.

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