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Weekend Box Office: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Ignites Moviegoers Worldwide, The Descendants Delivers

Christmas arrived early this year at the box office as Summit’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One” racked up the fifth biggest opening weekend in boxoffice history with an estimated $139.5 million. On Friday alone the total was some $72 million, marking the third biggest single-day gross of all-time, after Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” ($91.1 million) and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($72.7 million).
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • November 20, 2011 1:15 PM
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Bill Condon Talks Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Stewart and Pattinson Grow Up, 2-D vs. 3-D

At the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn -Part One" premiere Monday night in downtown Los Angeles, Summit put the ensemble led by Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner through the usual endless labyrinthine gauntlet of fans and global media, all broadcast inside the huge fan-packed Nokia Theater. When the stars finally arrived inside the house, ripples of screaming began and continued throughout the movie--screams when any of the lead trio remove their clothes, or kiss, or make love. Before the overscaled rooftop after party for 2700 guests (complete with sets of the honeymoon and wedding), the "Twilight" cast flew off to the London premiere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2011 3:47 PM
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Early Reviews: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One; Marriage, Sex, Pregnancy, Vampire, Bill Condon Talks

At Comic-Con, "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon talked about how he approached "Twilight: Breaking Dawn (November 18), which I will see at Monday's premiere. Condon had been eager to direct a horror movie, and landed the finale to this mother of all horror epics, which he and Summit agreed to break into two parts, "Harry Potter"-style. "It's all third act, which does make it easy," he says, "and scary too, there are some pretty crazy things." The film wound up earning a PG-13 rating after trims of a scene where Bella and Edward have sex for the first time, which features some nudity, and when she gives birth to their baby, with blood flying around the room.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2011 4:30 PM
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AFM News Briefs: Seyfried as Lovelace, Farrell & Rapace's Violent Spree, Lautner Gets Van Sant

- Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard are now in talks to star as porn star Linda Lovelace and her pornographer husband, Chuck Traynor, in Lovelace, an adaptation of Eric Danville’s book The Complete Linda Lovelace, from Howl directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. W. Merritt Johnson (TV's In Treatment, Temple Grandin) and Andy Bellin (Trust) wrote the adaptation. After Lovelace and Traynor’s notorious Deep Throat became a porn classic, she left her husband and accused him of forcing her into pornography and prostitution.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 2, 2011 5:47 AM
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Rio Int'l Film Fest Winners; Rio Seeks More Premieres Like Twilight, More Fast Fives and Woody Allen

The Rio International Film Festival and its host city are pushing to get their close up, reports Matt Mueller:Rio de Janeiro’s annual film festival wrapped today, but the city wants to keep the spotlight shining, forking out $500K for “picture-postcard” advertising in Twilight: Breaking Dawn and courting Woody Allen to shoot his next film there.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 19, 2011 7:31 AM
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Trailer Watch: Marriage, Sex & Pregnancy in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 TV Spots

The latest in the Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn: Part 1, hits theaters November 18. Check out two new TV spots below. In this film continuation of Stephenie Meyer's vampire/human romance, Bella and Edward get married, enjoy a romantic honeymoon in Rio, and give birth to a very strange child. We can hear the teenagers screaming already.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2011 8:18 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Oscar Talk, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moneyball, Gordon-Levitt Interviewed on 50/50

WEEKEND PREVIEW:
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 23, 2011 10:29 AM
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Taylor Lautner: What Happens If Abduction Fails?

Taylor Lautner, the Twilight teen idol, has been poised for movie stardom. But what if his first solo attempt, the upcoming action film Abduction, fails? Lautner's agents at William Morris have posed the ripped 19-year old at a big star, lining up multi-million dollar roles (he will receive $5 million for Abduction), but what if he can't move past Twilight? (Neither Kristen Stewart nor Rob Pattinson has scored in a big way on their own outside the Twilight franchise.)
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 23, 2011 8:19 AM
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Comic-Con: Bill Condon Talks Twilight Breaking Dawn, Horror, Rating, Intensity

Comic-Con: Bill Condon Talks Twilight Breaking Dawn, Horror, Rating, Intensity
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn kicked off Comic-Con as the fans who had started lining up on Sunday finally got into the first Comic-Con panel in Hall H Thursday morning after an early breakfast and visit from the cast, including stars Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson, who signed autographs and took pictures with the twihards. As the stars gave a press conference, I sat down with director Bill Condon for a flip cam interview, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2011 10:30 AM
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Comic-Con: Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn: Stewart, Pattinson & Lautner Talk: Ten Fun Facts UPDATE

1. Robert Pattinson: "Shooting in Brazil, people would literally stop and try to grab you [on the streets]."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 8:00 AM
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