April 18, 2014

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What’s opening this weekend? The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The long-awaited (expected) journey back to Middle Earth finally sets off with the first installment of Peter Jackson’s imminent The Hobbit trilogy (still baffled as to how this turned into a hat-trick). As Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf and the rest of the Dwarves make their way to the Lonely Mountain, so too will the film soar to the top of the box office this weekend. Not in the mood for second breakfast? Skip right to lunch with a handful of other menu options…
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage
In his younger years, sensible Bilbo Baggins finds himself somehow convinced to venture out of the Shire to accompany a band of Dwarves on a dangerous quest to reclaim a treasure stolen by the evil dragon, Smaug. See what Terrence had to say about this first act.
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Kristen Stewart hoping to work with Robert Pattinson again

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson shot to fame in ‘Twilight,’ and now it seems that fans may be getting even more of them together.
Stewart recently opened up about wanting to work with her boyfriend once again on a movie set, states UsMagazine.com. “I’m dying to make another movie with Rob, I think that we’re a good team,” Stewart commented.
Some want the two starring in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but it will have to impress Stewart first: “I haven’t read the book yet — so I don’t know.”
Do you think they will act together again?
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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 teaser Trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Summit Entertainment’s highly anticipated THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will debut a teaser trailer in theaters with Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.
The next and final chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will arrive in theatres on November 16, 2012. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

About THE TWILIGHT SAGA film series
THE TWILIGHT SAGA film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together…even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story TWILIGHT, the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON was released November 20, 2009 the third installment, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was released June 30, 2010, and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 was released on November 18, 2011.
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“Twilight” DVD “Breaking Dawn” notches great sales figures

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Breaking Dawn” is coming close to breaking “Twilight” DVD records, hitting – and subsequently flying off of – shelves.
Summit Entertainment announced that the home entertainment release of “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” sold an estimated 3.2 million DVD and Blu-ray units during its first weekend of release.
According to a release, DVD sales for the film are roughly 18% ahead of the opening weekend of the third film in the franchise, “Eclipse.” The film also performed well via digital platforms, notching approximately 50,000 Electronic Sell Through transactions, a 47% increase over its predecessor; and approximately 80,000 Video on Demand transactions, a 142% increase over ECLIPSE.
“The incredible fan support for the characters and story that author Stephenie Meyer has created never ceases to impress,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a statement. “We thank all of the fans for continuing their journey with us beyond the big screen and look forward to bringing you ‘Breaking Dawn: Part 2’ later this year.”
More from the release:
The home entertainment release plans surrounding THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 continue the franchise’s pattern of building community among fans by once again holding midnight opening weekend launch events at retailers including Target and Walmart. The two nationwide retail chains each offered exclusive versions of the DVD’s contents and packaging. In comparison THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE sold 2.7 million units on DVD and Blu-ray in its first weekend. The price point per unit for this release was higher than in past installments leading to increased revenue dollars related to the franchise.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 has grossed over $700 million worldwide at the box office to date since its theatrical release on November 18, 2011. The next chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will come to theatres on November 16, 2012. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.
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Peter Jackson concludes “Hobbit” casting with Billy Connolly

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You would think that Peter Jackson had buttoned up his “Hobbit” casting, given the fact that filming has been underway for weeks (maybe months) now, and we’ve already seen extended footage and a full trailer.
But the great Billy Connolly has landed a key role, according to a press release, and should finalize the casting on what’s without question one of the most anticipated one-two punch for 2012 and ’13.
Connolly will play Dain Ironfoot, a great dwarf warrior and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield, in Jackson’s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”
“We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself,” Jackson said in a statement to THR. “With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of ‘The Hobbit’ is now complete. We can’t wait to see him on the Battlefield!”
Connolly joins Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Andy Serkis, who will return as Gollum in the films.
We’ll see the first part, “An Unexpected Journey,” on December 14, but then will have to wait a full year for the conclusion, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” which reaches theaters on December 13, 2013.
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“Twilight: Breaking Dawn” DVD parties coming to Walmart

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Twi-hards! Save the date. In preparation for the DVD and Blu-rayt release of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” Walmart announced that select retail locations will hold special “Twilight” celebrating the marriage of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
On Feb. 10, in more than 2,700 stores, “Twilight” fans at Walmart will get the following exclusive content with every purchase of the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” a 2-disc DVD or Blu-ray:
• Bella’s Wedding Special Edition featuring the collectible wedding dress packaging
• Fabric poster of Bella and Edward’s big day
• Music videos from Bruno Mars and Christina Perri
More from the release:
Starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, Walmart will throw the ultimate “Twilight” party with special giveaways, movie trivia and a bakery stocked with Twilight­-themed treats such as cupcakes and cakes. Walmart shoppers can also catch a cameo appearance from Rosalie Cullen on the retailer’s in-store television network while waiting for the midnight unveil.
“When it comes to entertainment, Walmart is the destination for new movie releases, video games, music and more,” said Seong Ohm, senior vice president and general manager of entertainment for Walmart U.S. “We’re excited to give the millions of Twilight fans a place to unite, celebrate and receive exclusive Breaking Dawn collectibles at a great price.”
A perfect Valentine’s Day gift for fang-y friends and families, the DVD will be available for $22.96 and the Blu-ray for $26.96. For a full list of stores holding midnight events, please visit http://see.walmart.com/moviecenter/twilight-breaking-dawn-pt-1
Walmart’s other hard-to-resist Twilight products include:
• Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 National Edition DVD – $19.96 / Blu-ray – $22.96
• Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack – $11.88
• Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Dance Poster – $5.00
Books from the Twilight Series including Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn – $7.64

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“Twilight: Breaking Dawn” scene to be teased at Target

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Twilight” fans lining up to get a copy of “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” on DVD will want to book their viewing parties at Target.
The retail corporation just revealed that fans who show up at one of more than 500 Target stores on Feb. 10 to pick up a copy of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” will be treated to an exclusive scene from “Part 2.”
Beginning at 11 p.m., according to a release, fans “will be treated to the exclusive world-premiere of a scene [that] will not be available on Target’s exclusive Limited-Collector’s Edition DVD … [but] does, however, come with an authentic prop flower from Bella and Edward’s wedding scene.”
To search for participating stores, go to Target.com/Twilight.
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Kristen Stewart Photos: 2011 Hollywood Hot Female Movie Star of the Year

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity/actress to be included in our “2011 Hollywood Hot Female Movie Star of the Year” is Kristen Stewart. She is best known as the leading lady, Bella Swan, in the “Twilight” series. Enjoy her gallery!

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The latest movie of this phenomenon is “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I” which was released in theaters last November 18, 2011. In addition to that, Stewart will be playing Snow White in “Snow White and the Huntsman” which will hit the big screen in 2012.

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Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth in first look “Snow White” photos
Kristen Stewart on her one struggle with ‘Snow White’
Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron spar at Comic-Con
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Peter Jackson posts fifth “Hobbit” production diary

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Can we pencil Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” into next year’s Oscar race?
I know, I know. We’re getting way ahead of ourselves here. But the charge of nostalgic electricity that jolted through our systems last week when Jackson unveiled his first official trailer for “The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey” only continues with the release of the fifth production diary from the New Zealand set of the ongoing adventure.
And from an awards perspective, I wouldn’t be that surprised to see “Hobbit” pick up the baton passed by “Return of the King” and continue competing in key categories (meaning “outside of the technical categories,” where it’s sure to be a powerhouse).
Few directors treat their fans to type of in-depth access Jackson is giving LOTR supporters in these “Hobbit” videos. In fact, I’d almost worry that Jackson’s revealing too much … but he knows his loyal fanbase is showing up nearly one year from now to see part one of the two-part “Hobbit” adaptation, and these production videos are simply appetizers meant to set the table and keep audiences entertained. It’s amazing how beautiful New Zealand looks in these simple features. And the scope of the behind-the-scenes information on a massive production such as this are a crash course for potential filmmakers.
Here’s the latest “Hobbit” production piece. More on this blockbuster as it continues to reach the Web!

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Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter influence a decade of blockbusters

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This is the final entry in a handful of essays that will be dealing with the various trends that were kicked off during the 2001 calendar year, and how they still resonate today.
Yesterday (the 19th) marked the tenth anniversary of the US theatrical release of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. It was just over a month after the US theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which had debuted with a record-breaking $92 million opening weekend. Debuting with a December-record $72 million five-day haul, The Fellowship of the Ring parlayed superb reviews and splendid word of mouth to break a number of Christmas and New Year’s season records and show off some of the best legs this side of Titanic and The Sixth Sense. These two films, which closed out the year, would directly or indirectly pave the way for the next full decade of would-be blockbuster filmmaking. At last, we had reached a point where basically anything was possibly onscreen if you had enough money and (ideally) enough talent. The culmination of every trend discussed in the prior essays (the gutting of the R-rating, the explosion in opening weekend box office potential, the emergence of overseas box office dominance, the mainstreaming of ‘family entertainment’ etc) was personified in the massive success of these two big-budget fantasy pictures. Whether based on a novel, a comic book, or a theme park ride, big-budget fantasy spectaculars were about to become the dominant tentpole of choice.
I’m not going to spend paragraph after paragraph discussing why Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter resonated with audiences (IE – why they were both so damn good), both because I’ve done so on several occasions and because if you don’t believe it now, this essay isn’t going to change your mind. But the two noted blockbuster films and their respective massive successes had a number of effects, for better or worse. They normalized the $300 million domestic-earner, they basically sent every studio scrambling to find their next fantasy franchise, and they led to what I like to call ‘the trilogy trend’. Obviously this applies to the Lord of the Rings trilogy more than the eight-part Harry Potter series, but what followed in ‘blockbuster-land’ was an incessant need to turn every big-scale picture not just into a series of continuing [...]

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