Archive for November, 2009

Ashley Greene @ LAX

Posted in Los Angeles, New Moon with tags on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
Ashley Greene: Dakota Fanning is Amazing!

Ashley Greene shows off her million dollar smile as she arrives at LAX airport in Los Angeles on early Monday morning (November 30).

The 22-year-old starlet, with her fave yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, recently chatted with EW about her admiration for her New Moon costars, Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen.

Ashley shared, “Dakota Fanning is fantastic. I was watching her movies before I was even acting. I got to work with Michael Sheen and he’s an incredible, phenomenal actor. It was great to be able to learn from him and watch him do the scene and how it translates to the screen.”



New Moon’s Success Is Good 4 Everyone

Posted in Movies, New Moon on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens

The Twilight sequel, which held on to the US box-office crown for a second consecutive week, has given the independent sector a genuine shot in the arm

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight Saga: New MoonStill No 1 … Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight Saga: New Moon

The winner
New Moon by a whisker. In its second weekend, Summit Entertainment’s vampire saga just about held on to the North American box-office crown, thanks to an estimated $42.5m (£25.7m) three-day haul over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that boosted the running total to $230.7m. This was only a few million dollars ahead of Warner Bros’ true-life tale The Blind Side, which held firm in second place and delivered $40.1m to propel Sandra Bullock to her second $100m movie of the year after rom-com The Proposal and the fifth of her career (six if you include her voice part in The Prince of Egypt). It’s been quite a year for La Bullock.

  1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  2. Production year: 2009
  3. Country: USA
  4. Cert (UK): 12A
  5. Runtime: 130 mins
  6. Directors: Chris Weitz
  7. Cast: Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
  8. More on this film

Still, the weekend belonged once again to New Moon as the Twihards made themselves heard and reiterated the might of female moviegoers. New Moon eased past the $200m mark in its eighth day of release and has already soared past the $192.3m final tally of Twilight, which took 20 weeks to get there. How much further can New Moon go? None of the new releases coming up on Friday are in the same genre, romantic vampire franchises being a relatively rare beast, so it should stick around in the top 10 for a few more weeks. A final result of at least $275m would seem within reach and $300m is by no means out of the question.

The loser
New Moon’s box office dropped 70%, which wasn’t a big surprise bearing in mind that it was never going to match last weekend’s huge launch. However, to use this metric as the sole determinant of success or otherwise seems churlish in this case because New Moon is massive. There wasn’t really a loser this weekend.

The real story
The significance of New Moon’s heavyweight performance – it’s grossed $474m worldwide in less than two weeks – cannot be understated. At a time when the independent sector is overcrowded and perilous, a success story like this provides a welcome boost to everyone. Producers, financiers and distributors will remain committed when they are reminded that there is the potential for quality non-studio fare to deliver the kind of blockbuster results that we’re used to seeing from the Warner Bros and Sonys of this world.

It’s a similar story overseas, too. Summit’s well established international sales division licensed rights to New Moon all over the world and the movie’s runaway success sends out a message to international distributors that independent cinema made at a price with high-value elements (cast, script, director, production values) can prosper. It’s a message that goes a long way towards sustaining a vibrant international marketplace, which is vital in these uncertain times. It would be remiss to think of the overseas market as an arena defined solely by risk-averse banks and cash-strapped film-makers: the growing success of local-language movies from all over the world and emerging entertainment powerhouses in Asia, Latin America and eastern Europe will only benefit from the story of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen.

The future
Next weekend sees Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne and Jean Reno go to work in Sony/Screen Gems’ heist thriller Armored. Lionsgate is finally releasing Brothers, the remake of Susanne Bier’s stunning Danish drama of the same name, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire and directed by Jim Sheridan. Miramax, which will be little more than a fond memory by next spring, releases the road movie Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore.

North American top 10, 27-29 November
1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, $42.5m. Total: $230.7m
2. The Blind Side, $40.1m. Total: $100.3m
3. 2012, $18m. Total: $138.8m
4. Old Dogs, $16.8m. Total: $24.1m
5. A Christmas Carol, $16m. Total: $105.4m
6. Ninja Assassin, $13.1m. Total: $21m
7. Planet 51, $10.2m. Total: $28.5m
8. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, $7.1m. Total: $32.5m
9. Fantastic Mr Fox, $7m. Total: $10.1m
10. The Men Who Stare at Goats, $1.5m. Total: $30.6m


Property Of Team Jacob

Posted in New Moon with tags , on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
In the latest  offensive by the forces of Team Jacob, now those affiliated with the side of Twilight‘s native hunk of wolfdom can show their true colors. Just affix this vinyl decal to whatever place you want to leave your Jacob mark — be it the top of your laptop, the side of your locker or car, or the wall right above your bed — and your deed will have been done.

OK, cute content is over, here’s the dealio: Etsy designer vinylfruit is cashing in on the Twilight/New Moon madness by selling their Team Jacob decals for $10 a pop. The sihlouette does sorta look like Taylor Lautner doing his Twilight stance so maybe it’s money well spent if you feel the need to visually declare whose Twilight hunk’s camp you’re in.

Just one question: what kind of sticker does Team Edward get?


Eclipse @ Post Production Phase

Posted in Eclipse with tags on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Summit Entertainment

Boy if director David Slade isn’t filling some big shoes . . .

With The Twilight Saga: New Moon in theaters busting up records and expectations, it’s no wonder post-production work for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is in full swing.

Slade, who’s been an absolute powerhouse in Twitter Twilight fan updating, has issued some new information about what’s going on in the Eclipse world.

“The Eclipse post crew have been on Thanksgiving break, all back in Monday, some of us earlier, until then we drink coffee, plan & prepare,” he said on November 28th. Sure enough, just a few hours ago, he updated his followers once again, saying “Working Sunday, battle sequences coming together, first half of film feeling very emotional, still early days.”

When Eclipse wrapped earlier this fall, Slade made mention of the long road ahead in post. It seems he and his crew are certainly hitting the ground running on that end, and hopefully – once all the news about New Moon‘s box office beatdown grows stale – some photographic stills, trailers, and clips will begin to surface.

In the meantime, these tweets and cast interviews are all the insight that’s available on the film . . . for now.


Twi Life Tour Next Weekend

Posted in New Moon, twilight with tags , , , , , , on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
Daniel Cudmore, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Summit Entertainment

The Fantasy Twi-Life Tour, a Twilight fan convention series, is heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida next weekend to bring the stars of The Twilight Saga: New Moon into reach for Twilight fans.

“I always thought it was cool for you to be able to meet the actors, celebrities and writers that you like and want to meet,” says Mike Broder, promoter of the tour group, to the Miami Herald.

The all-star roster for the event had to shift a bit as “Alex Meraz . . . step[ped] aside due to a scheduling conflict.” Joining the tour in his stead will be one of the Volturi actors, Daniel Cudmore (“Felix”).

Also featured on the line-up are Chaske Spencer (“Sam Uley”), Gil Birmingham (“Billy Black”), Justin Chon (“Eric Yorkie”), Tyson Houseman (“Quil Ateara”), Tinsel Korey (“Emily Young”), and Kimbra Hickey (“The Hands of Twilight“).

In addition to photo and autograph opportunities, there’ll also be a line-up of Q&As with the cast and others, musical guests, trivia, discussion panels, a cocktail party, a banquet, a prom, and other contests and activities.

Says Broder, “Access and time with the stars is only part of what the fans want. The convention is a party for the fans. We celebrate all things relating to the Twilight exerience. The line will wrap around the room for autographs and photo ops with the stars, but we’ll also run trivia events and conduct panel discussions relating to the books and movies to entertain the fans while they wait.” It’s all part and parcel of the “Twi-Life,” it seems, to this tour’s promoter.

The last time the Twi-Life tour had a show was in September’s collaboration with EyeCon Orlando. The atmosphere at these shows, to be sure, is relaxed and involved, and it seems that fans and guest stars alike can kick back and enjoy the weekend.

The show starts on Friday, December 4th, and runs until Sunday, December 6th at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six. Ticketing and other information on the show is available here. Note that I will be at the event moderating panels and enjoying the weekend as well . . . please be sure to say hello! A full report on the event will follow.

UPDATE: Twilight Lexicon has a feature on upcoming Twilight tours that you’ll want to check out as well. You can view that here.


Chaske’s Mom Talks About Chaske’s Fame

Posted in New Moon with tags on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
Chaske Spencer, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Summit Entertainment

Twilight fans know him as the cliff-diving alpha-dog from The Twilight Saga: New Moon, but there’s still one lady that thinks of Chaske Spencer as “son.”

In a recent interview with the Great Falls Tribune, both Spencer and his mother reflected upon his successes coming off of the release of New Moon.

“It was really wild and crazy, lots of screaming,” she said of the New Moon premiere where she accompanied Spencer.

HIs roots in thespianism, she revealed, derived from his knack for and interest in the right-brained side of the world.

“He wanted to audition and had a real interest in acting, movies, arts, music — down that line,” she said.

In addition to gaining a glimpse of how Chaske Spencer’s success is viewed by his family, the article also details Spencer’s greatest influences and struggles up to becoming an actor in one of the biggest films of the year.

Makes you respect him even more, doesn’t it?


New Moon Scores Overseas Too!

Posted in New Moon on November 30, 2009 by chasingcullens

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” may be waning in the U.S., but moviegoers overseas continued to lap up the vampires-and-werewolves drama.

“New Moon” cruised to the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit this weekend, grossing an estimated $85 million from 8,476 locations in 56 markets. While the film has taken a 70 percent slide off its domestic open, it only dropped 31 percent in its second week overseas.

It also didn’t have to compete with the “The Blind Side,” now a $100 million film in the U.S. – but one that was never meant to play strong overseas, where American football is still very much a novelty.

The second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s teen vampire saga has grossed $243 million overseas since its No. 1 open last weekend.

Roland Emmerich’s worldwide disaster “2012” also held up fairly well, totaling $61.6 million in its third weekend. That was a 40 percent drop over its previous offshore weekend haul, but enough to boost it to $455.8 million in foreign markets since its Nov. 11 release.

“2012” was the top draw this weekend in key Asian markets, including China ( $8 million), Japan ($4.26 million) and Korea ($4.18 million).

“New Moon” played best in Germany ($18 million, the second-best Germany opening this year behind the latest “Harry Potter” film), and was also the top draw in Paris, the U.K. and Spain.

Meanwhile, Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” bowed in seven markets for an additional $20.4 million in overseas gross. The animated Robert Zemeckis adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic has now accumulated $90.8 million in foreign markets.

Another Disney offering, “Old Dogs,” was released in Mexico and South Africa only, tallying about $1 million total.