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Monday
Feb252013

Final "Twilight" Movie Wins Seven Razzies

Summit Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The fifth and final Twilight movie was named worst picture Saturday night at the 33rd Annual Razzie Awards, recognizing what it believes to be the least enjoyable films of the past year.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which entered the ceremony with 11 nominations, earned seven awards total.  Kristen Stewart was given the prize for worst actress, and Taylor Lautner picked up the awards for worst supporting actor and worst screen couple, for his performance alongside 12-year-old Mackenzie Foy.

In addition, the entire Twilight cast took the worst screen ensemble category.

Adam Sandler, whose comedy Jack & Jill won 10 awards at the 2012 ceremony, received the title of worst actor for the second year in a row, this time for That’s My Boy.

Pop star Rihanna was named worst supporting actress for her role in Battleship.

The Razzie winners were announced in Los Angeles, on the eve of the Oscars.

Here’s a complete list of winners:

Worst Picture
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2

Worst Actress
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and The Huntsman & Twilight S.B.D. #2

Worst Actor

Adam Sandler, That's My Boy!

Worst Supporting Actress
Rihanna, Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor
Taylor Lautner, Twilight S.B.D. #2

Worst Screen Ensemble

The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2

Worst Director
Bill Condon, Twilight S.B.D. #2

Worst Screen Couple
Mackenzie Foy (as "Little Renesmee") & Taylor Lautner, Twilight: S.B.D. #2

Worst Screenplay
That's My Boy!

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel Nominations
Twilight: S.B.D. #2

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Never-Before-Seen Footage Included in Extended Edition "Twilight" DVD

Andrew Cooper© 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC(NEW YORK) -- The Twilight series may have ended, but we haven't seen all that there is to see from Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and company.

Fans will be treated to eight minutes of never-before-seen footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 when an extended edition of the film is released on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as digitally, on March 2.

Director Bill Condon said in a statement posted on the official Twilight Facebook page, "As Twilight series devotees know, there was a lot of ground to cover in adapting Breaking Dawn to the screen....I wanted to make sure that for all the Twihards out there, there was a chance to see some of these cut scenes -- several of which are fan favorites from the book."

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 was initially released on DVD last February.

The series ended with the release of the fifth and final film, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, in theaters last November.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec032012

Final "Twilight" Film Edges "Skyfall" for Another Box Office Win

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The final Twilight film won the box office for the third weekend in a row, earning an estimated $17.4 million.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 has now made over $250 million at the domestic box office and over $700 million worldwide.

The James Bond flick Skyfall finished a close second, with $17 million.  It has made the most money worldwide of any Bond movie, with $869 million and counting.

The Brad Pitt drama Killing Them Softly had a soft debut -- it opened in seventh place, collecting $7 million.

The horror flick The Collection bowed in 10th place, with $3.4 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $17.4 million
2. Skyfall, $17 million
3. Lincoln, $13.51 million
4. Rise of the Guardians, $13.5 million
5. Life of Pi, $12 million
6. Wreck-It Ralph, $7.02 million
7. Killing Them Softly, $7 million
8. Red Dawn, $6.6 million
9. Flight, $4.5 million
10. The Collection, $3.4 million

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov262012

"Twilight" Tops Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Moviegoers feasted on the latest Twilight and James Bond films during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

For the second consecutive weekend, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 was the box office champ, earning an estimated $43.1 million.  It raked in $64 million from Wednesday through Sunday.

The Bond flick Skyfall ranked second, with $36 million raised over the weekend and $51 million over the same five-day period.

Among the new films, the animated Rise of the Guardians debuted in fourth place, collecting $24 million from Friday through Sunday.

Life of Pi was close behind in the fifth spot, with $22 million.

The Red Dawn remake opened in seventh place, earning $14.6 million over the three-day weekend.

Overall, the box office raked in about $290 million from Wednesday through Sunday -- a new Thanksgiving-week record.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $43.1 million
2. Skyfall, $36 million
3. Lincoln, $25 million
4. Rise of the Guardians, $24 million
5. Life of Pi, $22 million
6. Wreck-It Ralph, $16.8 million
7. Red Dawn, $14.6 million
8. Flight, $8.6 million
9. Silver Linings Playbook, $4.6 million
10. Argo, $3.9 million

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov192012

Final "Twilight" Film Opens with $141 Million

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The final Twilight film broke through the competition and cruised to an easy box office victory over the weekend.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 earned an estimated $141.3 million in its debut weekend, a total that ranks eighth of all-time.  It's more than what Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 raised in its opening weekend last year, but just a shade less than what New Moon pulled in when it premiered in 2009.

Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 also raked in nearly $200 million overseas.

Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 replaced the James Bond film Skyfall in the top spot.  Skyfall fell to second place, collecting $41.5 million.

Lincoln, which expanded into wide release Friday, finished third, with $21 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, $141.3 million
2. Skyfall, $41.5 million
3. Lincoln, $21 million
4. Wreck-It Ralph, $18.3 million
5. Flight, $8.6 million
6. Argo, $4.1 million
7. Taken 2, $2.1 million
8. Pitch Perfect, $1.3 million
9. Here Comes the Boom, $1.2 million
10T. Cloud Atlas, $900,000
10T. Hotel Transylvania, $900,000
10T. The Sessions, $900,000

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov162012

Final "Twilight" Film Now in Theaters; "Lincoln" Expands

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Your local movie theater will be packed with teens all weekend long, because the fifth and final Twilight film has made its debut.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 reunites stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.  Stewart's Bella has given birth to her daughter with Pattinson's vampire character, Edward.  She survived the delivery and is now a vampire herself.

The couple's family is threatened when the ancient vampire council, the Volturi, finds out about their child, which is half-human, half-vampire.

Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Peter Facinelli also star in Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which is rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

How big of a weekend will Breaking Dawn –- Part 2 have?  Well, consider this: the film represented 92 percent of all ticket sales on Fandango for Thursday.  There are predictions that it could rake in as much as $150 million.

ABC News Radio caught up with some fans after a late Thursday night screening in Manhattan, and their reviews were mostly positive. 

A woman named Joanna initially screamed with excitement as she spoke to a reporter, then, after composing herself, said, "I thought that it was the perfect marriage of all of the series, and it came together nicely."

A 22-year-old female fan named Alex gave the film a "B," explaining, "It was blatantly obvious that it was forced, a lot of it.  The sex scenes were horrible.  And the fight was really good."

A man named Jorge -- who clearly was not a "Twi-hard" -- was less enthusiastic.  He said, "It was the least bad of the Twilight movies.  Like -- it was nowhere near any of the awesome summer blockbusters: No, Batman, no, Avengers, no.  It's the least bad, the least girly movie."

If Twilight's not your thing, you can check out Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which expands into wide release this weekend.  Daniel Day-Lewis stars as the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov162012

Movie Review: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2"

Summit Pictures(NEW YORK) -- To callously belittle the Twilight franchise is to insult thousands of people who have truly invested their hearts and souls into a movie franchise that, in many ways, has had a very real and profound impact on their lives.

So what if Bella Swan served as a poor role model?  So what if the actors seemed so uncomfortable on screen you thought they might actually jump off it, run down the aisle and leave the theater?  Sometimes, poor role models are the easiest to relate to.  They usually have issues, and who among us doesn’t?  As for the acting: if you have a few days, I can tell you all about the movies I love that feature some of the worst performances you’ll ever see.

In other words, it’s OK to like bad movies.  Which brings me to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, a Twilight movie that is NOT BAD.  Not bad at all!  

Well, maybe a little bad.

When we last left Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan, her true love, Edward Cullen, had turned her into a vampire to save her life.  Giving birth to their demon child, Renesmee, killed Bella Swan the human but birthed Bella Swan, the vampire.  It also, thank god, killed Bella Swan the boring, whiny, lightning rod for monster love and birthed Bella Swan, the kick-ass, lightning-fast, I can-now-beat-Kellan-Lutz-at-arm-wrestling vampire.

When Bella wakes up as a vampire, she’s actually waking up for the very first time in her life -- or in this case, afterlife.  Our heroine quickly discovers she has tremendous strength and speed and incredibly keen senses, especially her ability to smell human blood.  Unfortunately, this is when we experience our first of several CGI effects fails in the film.  It’s Bella and Edward running through the forest as Bella hunts for blood (animal blood, of course) for the very first time.  Wow, we are talking serious second-rate, high cholesterol cheese.  Awful?  Yes, but, sure to please everyone who's blinded by their love for these characters.  Besides, Bella’s new attitude is so intriguing, we can forgive this kind of neglect. 

That is, until Bella meets her half-blood baby, which is a complete CGI bobble-headed freak.  Like Kenan Thompson’s character on Saturday Night Live would say, “What’s up with that?”  Even so, it's when Bella meets her baby that she really starts to impress.

See, Bella had no idea that Renesmee is being protected by Jacob following that moment in the last movie when he, as a werewolf, imprinted on Renesmee.  I know what you’re thinking: “Ewww.”  However, as Jacob explains to Bella, “It’s not what you think.”  With her new-found strength, Bella slaps Jacob around and gets some laughs in the process.

And with that, we have finally moved on from the bizarre love triangle that was Bella, Edward and Jacob.  It’s now Edward and Bella forever, while Jacob will devote his life to the half-blood princess.  The End.  Right!

Renesmee is growing fast; 15 minutes into the movie she’s the size of an 8-year-old girl, and of course, this girl has special powers.  She can touch your cheek and make you see the truth (a potential presidential debate moderator for 2016?).  She can also float in the air.  When one of the Cullens' cousins sees Renesmee floating and catching snowflakes, she assumes Edward and Bella have turned a child into a vampire and, according to vampire law, that's illegal.  Who knew?  So she runs to Italy and tells Aro (Michael Sheen), head of the Volturi, which gives him and all of his delightfully beautiful, creepy underlings something to do -- kill the Cullens!   By the way, Sheen is so fantastic in this role, it's obvious he enjoys playing it.

I’ll stop with the plot details here.  Instead, I’m going to tell you that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 contains about the best 20 minutes of the entire franchise.  It's content so surprising, so thrilling and so shocking that it’s completely incongruous with the rest of the franchise and is, quite frankly, did-not-see-that-coming awesome.  My jaw literally dropped.  Suddenly, the sanitized, teen emo porn that had been the Twilight franchise turns into a Robert Rodriguez-inspired climax rich with excitement and an emotional depth previously unseen in these films.

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, and the final moments of the Twilight franchise finish very well.  Bella, although she had to die and become a vampire to do it, changes for the better and morphs into an admirable metaphor and role model.

Three-and-a-half out of five stars.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov142012

"Breaking Dawn" Director: I'm Done with "Twilight," No Matter What

Summit Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- At a press conference earlier this month, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer left the door slightly open for more books -- and potentially more movies -- in the series' future. 

If she does create a new Twilight story, though, don't expect Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 director Bill Condon to adapt it for the big screen. Condon, who helmed the final two Twilight flicks, says he's not interested in continuing with the franchise, should the opportunity arise.

Speaking on the black carpet of the Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 premiere this week, he said, "I really enjoyed doing this but I liked the fact that I was able to bring this story to a conclusion.  I don't think I'd want to start on another one."

Condon says he and the screenwriter of Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, which opens Friday, were sensitive to the fans' wishes to some extent while crafting the film.

He said, "I think there's a sense when you're working on the script...of like what they don't want to miss and what's become special favorites of theirs."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov132012

Fans Sink Their Teeth into "Twilight" Premiere

Summit Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans who had been camping out for days finally got a chance to feast their eyes on the stars of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 in Los Angeles Monday night.

Walking the black carpet were Kristen Stewart and co-star/boyfriend Robert Pattinson, as well as the series' other stars, including Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Maggie Grace.

More than 2,000 diehard fans started lining up in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, setting up their tents in front of L.A.'s Nokia Theater ahead of the premiere of the final installment of the Twilight franchise.

One of those fans, 36-year-old Cora, got emotional Monday night, telling ABC News Radio she and her fellow "Twi-hards" have "grown as a family," and expressed she'd like to thank Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer, "because we have more friends for it."  Cora explained she and her friend agreed they "can't wait to have kids, so we can tell them" about their evening.

Grace said she was impressed by the "culture" of Twilight fans she came across.

Stewart explained the series is something "we all put everything we had into," and "I will have that forever.  We don't have to say goodbye, it's not going anywhere."

The cast has a busy promotional schedule this week. 

As Pattinson explained, "We're gonna go...to London, and then that night we're going to go to Madrid.  It's so annoying -- I think we end it in Germany in two days.  But it's nice to see everyone's kind of really sweet about it."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov062012

Kristen Stewart Says "Twilight Saga" Ends with a Huge 'Twist'

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(BURBANK, Calif.) -- On Monday's installment of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Twilight series star Kristen Stewart plugged the saga's upcoming final chapter, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.  Not surprisingly, she didn't mention her relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson, which apparently weathered a cheating scandal.

However, the actress, often seemingly indifferent towards promoting the vampire films that made her a household name, gushed about the ending of the series.

"It's just so shocking to be honest," Stewart said of a twist that apparently ends the final film.  "I couldn't be more inside of it, I couldn't be more in the loop, and every time I see it, or even think about it, I get like giddy, it freaks me out."

For the purists of Twilight author Stephanie Myers' books, Stewart insists the shocker is on the level.

"It's easy to skim over, but you can find the root of our little twist," she explained.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 hits theaters Nov. 16.

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