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With four blockbusters in the bag and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 ready to cap off the hugely profitable film series, Summit Entertainment could probably market the last film in the franchise with nothing more than classified ads reading, "One last Twilight, November 16th." Nonetheless, there will be giant marketing campaign to ensure that the second half is Breaking Dawn is appropriately huge, and today's two new images are but a hint of the promotional fatigue that will set in by Thanksgiving.
First time feature film director Rupert Sanders brought his highly anticipated re-imagining of the Classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White to WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, California this year and the film received an enthusiastic response from fans and critics alike. Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens in theaters on June 1st retells the iconic tale in what has been described as “Lord of the Rings-style” starring actress Kristen “Don’t call me Bella” Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1) in the title role.
The film’s impressive cast also includes Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (Young Adult) as the Queen, Chis Hemsworth (Thor) as the Huntsman, and actors Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Johnny Harris (Atonement), Bob Hoskins (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Ray Winstone (Edge of Darkness), and Nick Frost (Attack the Block) as the Dwarves, which there are now eight of.
After the Snow White and the Huntsman presentation and panel, which featured some of the first footage to be seen from the film, as well as stars Kristen Stewart, and Charlize Theron, director Rupert Sanders had a chance to speak with IAR and several other members of the press about the upcoming film, the classic story it is based on, the cast, magic, and the possibility of a sequel.
Ladies and gentlemen – but let's be honest here, mostly ladies – here we have a teaser to a teaser trailer for a movie based on half of a book. By which I mean to say that a video excerpt from the teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
It's a really quick look, clocking in at under twenty seconds and consisting of basically five shots. Not a word of dialogue is spoken, nor does anything overly dramatic happen, but presumably fans of Stephenie Meyer's novels and the films will see much to get them psyched.
Universal Pictures held court for an hour at WonderCon to present footage and host a panel for the movies Snow White and the Huntsman and Battleship.
First on tap was Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristin Stewart (Twilight), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Charlize Theron (Young Adult). A movie that comes out later this year, it was directed by Rupert Sanders (a relative directorial newcomer), who stepped on-stage to speak with the panel moderator about filming his own raw medieval take on a story that is traditionally known as a rosy-cheeked fairy tale.
You may have thought that, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 having dominated the box office and gone on its merry way, you'd not be seeing any Twilight-related items until later this year when the hype for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will inevitably begin in earnest. Well, you thought wrong. Part 1 arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in ten days, and in order to build some awareness for this consumer event, Summit Entertainment has released an online tease of a special feature from the Breaking Dawn Blu-ray.
Summit Entertainment has formally announced a home entertainment street date for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. For the most part, Blu-ray and DVD releases take place on Tuesdays, with certain titles occasionally dropping on Fridays. This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday, so you'd think, "Twilight + Valentine's Day = money avalanche." You're almost undoubtedly correct, but Breaking Dawn won't be dropping on February 14th. Instead, it will be available for purchase on February 11th. That's a Saturday, which is pretty odd. It makes perfect sense that Summit wants to give consumers several days before Valentine's to get those Blu-rays purchased and wrapped, but why not Friday? Either way, now you know exactly when the latest round of Kristen Stewart on Robert Pattinson action will be at a store near you.
Over the next few weeks, we'll treated to an onslaught of big event movies in time for Christmas, while the prestige pictures currently in limited release will expand and be joined by more. It'll be a veritable moviegoing cornucopia, with all manner of variety to suit anyone's holiday tastes. For now, though, the number one movie in America is New Year's Eve, a film that is basically the cinematic equivalent of KFC's Famous Bowl: a calculated yet sloppy mash of starch and heart disease.* The mega-ensemble debuted in first place, followed by The Sitter, and, in third place, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, which sat atop the box office heap for three consecutive weeks.
When we're not mercilessly trampling helpless employees or pepper-spraying our fellow citizens in order to ensure that we get the cheapest possible consumer goods, the citizens of this great land are wont to see movies during their Thanksgiving holiday away from work. This is doubtlessly owed, in large part, to the fact that Thanksgiving is a holiday that necessitates much familial contact, and going to the movies is an efficient means of spending two hours in the dark without actually having to talk to your family. A preponderance of new family-oriented releases over the holiday couldn't derail The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, with the sequel dominating the American box office in its second weekend, outgrossing The Muppets, Hugo, and Arthur Christmas.
In 2005, author Stephenie Meyer's first novel kicked off what would become a massive pop-cultural sensation across multiple media with a simple story aimed squarely at young adult readers. Meyer played with erotic vampire tropes that go back further than Bram Stoker's Dracula, upending them for a tale of quasi-symbolic sexual repression and idealized, melodramatic love that allowed the love story of vampiric Edward Cullen and human Bella Swan to become a publishing sensation well beyond its original audience.
By the time Twilight arrived in theaters in 2008, fans were already displaying an unusual fervor for the material, and the film series from Summit Entertainment caused both the breadth of the audience and its passion to increase exponentially. Since that first film became a surprise hit, its sequels, New Moon and Eclipse have arrived in consecutive years and the franchise has grossed over $1.8 billion dollars globally, making international superstars out of the young cast pretty much overnight. The teenage romance became a commercial juggernaut, one that has proven polarizing even as it pervades the culture and rakes in massive amounts of money.
Now, the penultimate installment of the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, is about to debut, and fans are characteristically ecstatic. The new film, adapting roughly half of the final novel in the series by Meyer, is directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon, and takes the story in both more outrageous and more mature directions, as Bella and Edward finally get hitched, forcing them deal with the unforeseen consequences of their union, including a vampiric pregnancy and some very angry werewolves. At the Los Angeles press day for Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Myer and Condon were present to discuss this latest entry in the series, as were stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Read on to discover their thoughts on this sequel, shooting two movies simultaneously, vampire birthing, imprinting on newborns, and the impending end of the series.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is mere hours away from playing in front of sold out crowds all over the nation, and with that in mind, let's all ride the anticipatory gravy train just a tiny bit longer by checking out a new clip from the film. The waters are probably about as chummed as they could possibly be to ensure a massive turnout for the penultimate Twilight, but Summit Entertainment has nonetheless dropped a last-minute clip that takes a different tack than most of its predecessors. To wit: Kristen Stewart is nowhere to be found, as Bella's presumably recovering from her vampire-birth. Instead, this 30-second clip features Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, and Jackson Rathbone going up against a bunch of pissed-off werewolves in an attempt to defend the Cullen household.