April 23, 2014

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Which “Twilight” stars will attend Comic-Con in 2011?

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: After non-existent official participation in Comic-Con 2010, the “Twilight” franchise will finally return to the mega-event in 2011. Though Summit Entertainment has not confirmed exactly which stars will participate in Thursday’s Twilight-related events, other outfits have named Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Kellan Lutz for appearances to promote their new movies.
Stewart will appear alongside Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, and Sam Haflin to promote “Snow White and The Huntsman;” Kellan Lutz will appear on Relativity Media’s “Immortals” panel with Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, and Luke Evans. Taylor Lautner will also appear, to promote his forthcoming movie “Abduction.”
Though partial details about the appearances have been released through studio press engines, the official Comic-Con schedule is not confirmed until 7 to 10 days prior to the event.
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Coldplay gets into the holiday spirit with ‘Christmas Lights’ music video

HollywoodNews.com: Coldplay have gotten into the holiday spirit with the release of “Christmas Lights,” and now the band has just released a music video for the single.
The video makes you feel as if you’re watching a little puppet play put on by your brother in the middle of your room on Christmas day. The video is more complex than it looks, but features everything we love about the band. Take some time to watch this four minute beauty take you away into the Christmas spirit. The video was directed by Mat Whitecross and filmed in London on Thursday November 25th, 2010.

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Comic-Con: “Scott Pilgrim” advance screens for small army of lucky fans

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Comic-Con attendees who packed into Hall H late Thursday to hear director Edgar Wright and his “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” cast — including Michael Cera, dressed as Captain America — discuss their upcoming comedy-romance received an extra special treat.
Well, some of them did, anyway.
At the end of the panel, Wright announced that nearly 6,000 people who had received a specific button upon arrival at the Hall were invited to follow him to an exclusive, advanced screening of the film, according to the L.A. Times. The crowd quickly dispersed from Hall H and converged on the nearby Balboa Theatre, where the anticipated Universal Studios film was screened.
“I’m so, so glad I made it,” fan Jennifer Gladwell told The AP. “I didn’t know where we were supposed to go!”
The movie wasn’t the only surprise. Once it finished, alternative rock band Metric — whose appear on the film’s soundtrack — took the stage for a musical performance.
Only at Comic-Con, folks. The rest of us can see “Scott Pilgrim” when it opens on Aug. 13.
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‘A Marine Story’ is one of the highlights of Outfest 2010

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: With Dreya Weber as the star and a producer along with JD Disalvatore and writer-director Ned Farr behind this film, I knew going in that A Marine Story was probably going to be a pretty good movie.
It turned out to be a superb movie and one that is sure to be one of the highlights of Outfest 2010, The 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which opens Thursday and runs through July 18.
Here’s a synopsis: A Marine Story is set against the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy of the United States Military. A decorated Marine officer (Weber) unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen (Paris Pickard) prepare for boot camp. But when the true reasons for her return become known it threatens the future for both of them.
The movie features first-rate acting by Weber and the storytelling and production values are top-notch. We find out through a few key flashbacks why this marine, named Alexandria, is discharged just before she was to have gotten her military pension. She had taken great pains to hide the fact that she is a lesbian – even marrying a fellow soldier – but someone has it out for her.
It’s infuriating this policy and I’m glad there are movies like this dramatizing it.
A superior officer says to Alexandria: “Just so we’re clear, I don’t see how you being a lesbian makes a damn bit of difference … it’s not a matter of unit cohesion or troop morale, it has to do with [gay] marriage.”
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Box Office Roundup: ‘Last Airbender’ debuts with $16 million

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The Last Airbender parlayed its devout fanbase, the marquee value of M. Night Shyamalan, and a pretty solid marketing campaign into a $16 million-grossing opening day, which includes $3 million in midnight showings. That’s the fifth-biggest opening Thursday of all time, and the fifteenth-biggest Thursday on record. Yes, the 3-D ticket prices helped a bit, but if the product doesn’t entice audiences, it won’t matter how much the tickets cost. Of course, it’s no secret that the film is abysmal, so it’s a little disheartening to see M. Night Shyamalan rewarded with such a massive opening day (only Signs and The Village opened better, with $20 million on their respective opening days). Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess.
The worst five-day weekend multipliers on record are for the last two Harry Potter films. Half-Blood Prince opened to $58 million and ended the five-day sprint with $159 million (2.74x), while Order of the Pheonix opened with $44 million and ended its five-day weekend with $139 million (3.15x). Those two multipliers are certainly possible, with poor word of mouth canceling out the smaller opening day (the higher the opening day, in general, the lower the multiplier). Respective multipliers would give the picture $44 million or $50 million. Something more akin to the five day take of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (3.22x) or The Matrix Revolutions (3.4x) would give the picture a five-day take of $51 million or $55 million. On the other hand, the prior five-day opening weekends that started on Thursday are Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (6x), Terminator: Salvation (5x), and Sex and the City 2 (3.6x) Such respective multipliers would give The Last Airbender five-day totals of $96 million, $75 million, and $57 million.
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Tom Cruise’s ‘Knight and Day’ drops 8.7% in one day

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Tom Cruise is not having a good week. “Knight and Day” dropped 8.7% from Wednesday to Thursday, its second day of release. That’s the biggest single drop in top 10– and all the other movies have been out for a week or more.
Something is turning people off to “K&D” in a big way. It did only $3.4 million on Thursday, which means a long, hot weekend is beckoning.
At the same time, for example, “Toy Story 3″ dropped only 3%, “Karate Kid” 5.9%, and “Shrek 1000″ was up 10%. Even relative dogs like “Sex and the City 2,” “Get Him to the Greek,” and “Killers” were up a little. Of all things, “Robin Hood” was even up 14%!
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“Sex and the City 2″ beds $14.2 million in first day early estimates

Hollywoodnews.com: “Sex and the City 2” posted an enticing first day at the box office, charting $14.2 million in early morning estimates from 3,445 engagements.
Among Thursday openings, “Sex 2” slots the sixth spot in a list that’s topped off by a $50 million first day for 2005’s “Star Wars, Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith.”
First day of “Sex 2” is also close to 50% lower than the first chapter’s day at the B.O. which minted $26.8 million, and a three-day weekend of $57 million – a stellar bow for an R-rated chick pic. However, expect throngs of females to crowd theaters tonight, for Friday night is ladies night.
While “Sex 2” is expected to hold the number one spot through Monday, industry estimates initially saw the film seducing $80 million in five days. They have downgraded their estimates to the low 60s.
First day of “Sex 2” also includes $3 million generated from midnight showings, Wednesday into Thursday. Actual figures for “Sex and the City 2″ are expected to be released later today.