April 17, 2014

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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart reportedly in Vancouver for ‘Twilight’ reshoots

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are reportedly back to work together as they are allegedly in Vancouver doing reshoots for the second part of ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn.’
Both stars were reportedly spotted arriving at the local airport as they made their way to work on the last minute details, states E! News. Other crew members are reportedly already there to get working on the final installment of the film franchise.
Director Bill Condon has already promised a new trailer in the near future.
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“Twilight: Breaking Dawn” busts through the $500M mark worldwide

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bill Condon’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” officially has transitioned from a smash hit to a juggernaut.
Box office figures show that the fourth and next-to-last “Twilight” feature topped $500 million at the worldwide box in 12 days, making it the ninth film this year to reach that staggering benchmark. The numbers divided as such (so far): $223.4M in the U.S., and an additional $285M in foreign markets.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of this film and a franchise that the fans have continued to support over the past several years. Thank you to all involved with the films from the actors, filmmakers and Stephenie Meyer to the most important group of all, the global fan base that continues to drive a desire for more Edward, Jacob and Bella,” Summit co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement.
Currently, “Breaking Dawn” is the fifth-highest-grossing domestic release in 2011, though it’s fast approaching “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which has $241M in U.S. tickets sales. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” remains the year’s highest-grossing film at $381 million.
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“Twilight: Breaking Dawn” reportedly earns $30M in midnights

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Those who attended midnight screenings of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” might still be sleeping. Later today, when they wake up, they’ll learn that the contributed to near-record-breaking midnight totals.
Bill Condon’s first stab at a “Twilight” film reportedly earned $30.25 million in midnight screenings, according to Deadline. Based on those figures, Summit is putting its weekend estimated between $110M and $125M, the site says.
That’s not the highest-grossing “Twilight” opening, however. The record, if these figures hold, still will belong to “New Moon.”
But there’s a lot of “Twilight” to be played this weekend, and these are preliminary figures. Check back Sunday afternoon for complete estimates.
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“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” is franchise’s best – REVIEW

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Beds are broken. Bonds are tested. Wombs are decimated. And a werewolf imprints his soul upon an infant vampire.
It must be time for our annual traipse through Stephenie Meyer’s loopy fan-fiction – “The Twilight Saga” – which hands its reigns over to Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters,” “Kinsey”) and, not coincidentally, produces the franchise’s sturdiest installment.
With Condon driving the stake, there’s elegance amidst the endless exposition and a legitimately foreboding atmosphere of danger that was missing from previous efforts. I can’t think of a safer set of films structured around a werewolf and a vampire’s lustful battle for the heart of a human conquest. Yet by focusing on Bella’s loss of innocence (and the lethal repercussions), Condon shapes a fittingly mature and downright freaky chapter from Meyer’s best-selling prose. The “Twilight” films, as a rule, have been tailored specifically to the obsessive needs of Meyer’s devoted readers. “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” is the first in the series to cater to non-fans by paying attention to performance, fluid editing and – most important – soundtrack selection.
Not that a non-fan necessarily would try and pick up this soap opera midstream, as “Breaking Dawn” extends a story laid out in the previous three “Twilight” films while venturing down some twisted avenues. Undead Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and his teenage bride, Bella (Kristen Stewart), tie the knot and escape to a tropical island for their vampire honeymoon. Back home, brooding werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) laments his lost love until an unexpected twist involving Bella’s soon-to-be-born fetus provides him deeper purpose.
“Breaking Dawn” endures the same clunky obstacles that have become the series’ backbone. I still imagine screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg dotting every “I” with a heart as she adapts Meyer’s extended diary entries into feature-length scripts. Either you’ll swoon when Edward tells Bella, “No measure of time with you will be long enough, but let’s start with forever,” or you won’t. And “Breaking Dawn,” by this point, likely isn’t going to change your mind.
There’s no denying, however, that the cast has grown comfortable in their roles, and the series shows considerable improvement from its nascent steps in 2008. Condon retains the bare minimum of melodrama necessary to get to the gothic scares in the film’s third act – this film’s real payoff – and “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” breaks nicely with a sadistic tease for “Part 2.” And [...]

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn” first reviews hit the Web

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The trades smashed the embargo on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1” reviews this weekend, posting their opinions on Bill Condon’s first segment in the two-part finale to Stephenie Meyer’s cherished series.
So if you want to go into next week’s movie untainted, be sure to leave now and avoid spoilers.
Still here? Are you sure? OK, here it goes.
“Big things happen in this penultimate Twilight entry: Bella and Edward get married, she gets pregnant on their Brazilian honeymoon and almost perishes before giving birth, and finally, after four films and about 490 minutes of screen time depicting simmering desire and superhuman restraint, she wakes up with the red eyes of a vampire. (Spoiler? Hardly.)” writes Todd McCarthy in THR. “But so little else occurs between these momentous events in Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 that you can practically hear every second ticking by while awaiting the payoff.”
“In the end, given how little goes on in Breaking Dawn — Part 1 despite the major plot points, what you’re left with is to gaze at the three leads, all of whom have their constituencies and reasons for being eminently watchable. The only hope is they’ll have more to do next time around,” he concludes.
Variety’s Justin Chang is a little more generous, writing, “Though filmed with the utmost soft-focus, duvet-wrapped tastefulness, the couple’s wedding night leaves Bella covered with bruises, the bed in tatters, and the audience, presumably, in a puddle of ecstasy. Surely this must be the first movie series so innately fearful of sex (and yet so dependent on its leads’ sex appeal) that even proper conjugal relations come with a note of caution
“Every time the film shifts away from Bella and Edward to address the larger group dynamics, the narrative goes flat and the ensemble’s line readings turn to wood, in large part because this style of dramatization is so at odds with the thrust of the source material,” he continues. “Like any commercial behemoth, The Twilight Saga by nature resists any attempt at transcendence, experimentation or risk; that’s especially unfortunate in the case of Breaking Dawn, which is by far the most out-there novel in the series and would have benefited from a dash of Cronenbergian body-horror and, commercial restraints notwithstanding, a willingness to push past a PG-13 rating.”
Not that reviews necessarily matter. “Twilight” has its die-hard fans, and nothing will keep them from [...]

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: There isn’t much to add here. Once again I am intrigued at how much these trailers seem to be treating the seemingly sought-after finale (Edward and Bella get married) as a genuine tragedy, with the resulting pregnancy-of-doom as some kind of punishment. As it is, each installment looks and feels more cinematic and polished than the last and this Bill Condon installment is no exception.

I enjoy these pictures more or less as guilty pleasures, relishing the time spent with the supporting cast as opposed to the three main romantic leads. Of course, even many a fan kinda hated the final book of the series, so it will be interesting to see if said literary failure has any effect on the box office for the last two installments. Come what may, the second-highest three-day weekend of 2011 is all-but guaranteed. Breaking Dawn part I drops on November 18th. As always, we’ll see…
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Two new “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” clips shown at Comic-Con

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: “Don’t take too long, Mrs. Cullen,” says Edward in one of the two clips shown this morning at the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” sneak preview at Comic-Con. The line appeared in Stephenie Meyer’s original book and is echoed in the film. The line was heard during the second clip shown to several thousand fans who gathered to see the preview and hear from director Bill Condon and some of the film’s stars. Here are a few details on what attendees saw:
The aforementioned clip took place on Isle Esme, and showed Edward carrying Bella over the threshold of the Cullens’ private home. On display were new (and mixed) emotions felt by Edward and Bella as they shared space as husband and wife. Alongside hesitation and shyness were joy and lust, (exhibited masterfully, with few words, by each actor). This scene shown leads up to one of the most anticipated (by fans) and most discussed (by Edward and Bella) character turning points: the consummation of their relationship. Fans particularly appreciated Condon’s injection of humor into Bella’s anticipation of intimacy with Edward, showing a mini-panic attack through extreme body language (e.g., balking at the skimpy lingerie Alice has packed); and quick, energetic editorial cuts made the scene come alive.
The other clip (which was shown first) did not originally appear in Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn,” Condon admitted, but was essential to highlighting Jacob’s predicament of deep allegiance to both saving Bella’s humanity and honoring the wolf pack and the beliefs of his tribe. The clip showed an initial interaction between Jacob, Carlisle, and Esme, during which Jacob dubiously aligned himself with the Cullens. Directly following, he was shown telling the wolves that he must break from them for the time being in order to get close enough to the Cullens to save Bella and achieve his goal. The scene showcased Jacob’s sense of duty, while highlighting, through conflict, his character’s growth.
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‘Breaking Dawn’ set to go to Comic-Con

HollywoodNews.com: For all the hardcore ‘Twilight’ fans out there, get excited because ‘Breaking Dawn’ will be headed to Comic-Con.
The film will be involved in a panel on July 21st at the event that will take place at the San Diego Convention Center, states E! News.
At this time, it is unknown which stars will appear, but it is rumored that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and director Bill Condon will be involved.
Lautner will also be there for his upcoming film ‘Abduction.’
Do you want to see them there?
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“Twilight” team asks fans to avoid leaked “Breaking Dawn” imagery

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a publicity balancing act. Studios, writers and directors rarely step out and ask fans to avoid watching leaked footage or viewing pirated set photos. Any publicity is still publicity for a film in the pipeline, and while some filmmakers choose to keep all details under lock and key (see: Christopher Nolan) others are a little more flexible when it comes to using the Internet to generate buzz.
But not Team “Twilight,” who made an impassioned plea to fans to avoid “Breaking Dawn” spoilers that are creeping across the ‘Net.
In a statement released to the media, “Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer and “Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon said:
As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ as a work in progress have leaked on the internet. We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage.
The film and these images are not yet ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012.
Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don’t view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you.
What do you think? Can fans wait? Are pirated images off limits, or just part of the larger publicity machine? I think if a filmmaking team comes out and asks fans to hold off on spoiling a film, it’s a fans’ obligation to follow through. But spoilers aren’t going to go away.
Not that it matters too much. “Twilight” fans are going to “Breaking Dawn” no matter what they see online in advance. But kudos to Meyer and Condon for trying to maintain some element of surprise, which is harder and harder to come by at the modern multiplex.
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Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson arrive in Vancouver to conclude “Breaking Dawn”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re entering the final stretch for the “Twilight Saga.”
The final scenes for Bill Condon’s two-part “Breaking Dawn” are being filmed in Vancouver, and lead actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson arrived in the Canadian metropolis on Monday to begin shooting. People has reported that the celebrity couple “flew in on the same plane and then took separate cars to the Sheraton Wall Center Hotel.”
They weren’t alone. Mackenzie Foy, who has been cast as Edward and Bella’s daughter, Renesmee, as well as Mia Maestro (who plays vampire Carmen), arrived in Vancouver yesterday.
Expect plenty of set visit rumors, around-town sightings, and more as “Breaking Dawn” wraps its well-covered shoot.
“Breaking Dawn” will be released as two separate films. Part one arrives in theaters on Nov. 18, while the franchise finally concludes on Nov. 16, 2012.
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