Archive for December, 2009

Anna On The Cover Of Entertainment Weekly

Posted in Magazines, Movies with tags , on December 31, 2009 by chasingcullens

New Moon human Anna Kendrick (aka Jessica Stanley) is on the cover of the newest edition of Entertainment Weekly promoting her new flick Up in the Air.

In the latest issue of EW, Anna’s co-star George Clooney has a piece of advice for Anna when it comes to campaigning for an Academy Award –

EW asked him what Farmiga and Kendrick need to do to campaign effectively. “Kiss a lot of babies,” says Clooney. “I’m enjoying watching people talk about Vera and discovering Anna. I’ve been in good movies that were not successful. Out of Sight bombed, Three Kings really didn’t do well. O Brother, Where Art Thou? did okay, not great. The problem is that if they don’t [perform at the box office], then it really is going to be just Transformers. I’m not making any judgment on Transformers, I’m just saying [Hollywood will only make] those tentpoles.”

Great things seem to be happening to Anna!

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Stephenie Meyer Recommends New Book

Posted in Random, stephenie meyer with tags , , on December 31, 2009 by chasingcullens

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New Moon author Stephenie Meyer has updated her site to give out a new book recommendation, The Lonely Hearts Club, and she says–

I hope you all are enjoying your holidays! Just a quick update about a book—arriving in bookstores tomorrow!—that I’m very excited about: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg. If you’ve ever been out to one of my signings, chances are you’ve already met this debut author. If you haven’t, but you’ve read the acknowledgements in any of my books, you’ve been introduced to her there. Elizabeth has been the publicist for my books from the very beginning, and has (clearly) done an amazing job. She’s also worked with scads of other YA authors. Now her own YA novel is coming out and I’m so proud of her. Well done, Lizzy! I look forward to reading more from you soon!

Amazon describes the book by saying:

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It’s a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there’s this certain boy she can’t help but like. . . .

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Win Bella’s Backpack

Posted in New Moon, twilight with tags , on December 31, 2009 by chasingcullens

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Contest Time! Just in time for the New Year, we’ll be giving away five of the Copper Brown Jansport Right Pack Backpacks that Bella sports in New Moon–a $60 value! The exclusive distributors of the bag, eBags.com, will be providing these awesome prizes. Be the envy of your friends with this sporty and durable bookbag and show your love for Twilight in a subtle way at the same time.

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Daniel Cudmore On Blog Talk Radio

Posted in Eclipse, New Moon with tags on December 31, 2009 by chasingcullens

Daniel Cudmore made an appearance on Blog Talk Radio, on Artists on Demand Radio yesterday to talk about New Moon. Daniel talked to the hosts on Blog Talk Radio for quite some time. He started by talking about how he got into the acting business, how being in Vancouver was a good way to learn the business, stunt work, his stunts on New Moon, the Twilight phenomenon, getting the part of Felix, the Italy New Moon experience and much more. You can listen to it all below:

You can listen to Daniel’s interview here.

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Eclipse Release Dates?

Posted in Eclipse with tags , on December 31, 2009 by chasingcullens

According to IMDB.com the worldwide release dates are out for the Twilight Saga – Eclipse. Check them out –

Argentina –  June 30, 2010

Brazil – June 30, 2010

Egypt – June 30, 2010

Finland – July 2, 2010

Germany – July 15, 2010

Kazakhstan – June 30, 2010

Netherlands – July 1, 2010

New Zealand – July 1, 2010

Norway – July 2, 2010

Sweden – June 30, 2010

Turkey – July 2, 2010

UK – July 9, 2010

USA – June 30, 2010

Whether or not those date are official, unfortunately I am unable to confirm that at this time. IMDB is very credible. However, they are not perfect and have been wrong before. There are quite a few countries missing from that list, so I would be wary until we hear something official from Summit.

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Twilight Among Most Pirated Downloads

Posted in Movies, twilight with tags , , on December 30, 2009 by chasingcullens

Pirated Movies

Remember the big debacle with the Wolverine piracy stunt?  It stirred quite the debate across the net between classic respectful consumers vs the modern-day internet consumer with the oddest of excuses for what is known as stealing.  But then the movie still made its money.  They all make their money no matter what pranks people pull.

Me, in case you didn’t know…  I actually pay for the products I use.  It’s the old fashion thing to do!

But what of pirated movies?  Was there a more popular movie to steal than Wolverine? There certainly was and we have the list of the top 10 most pirates movies of the year along with top 10 lists for total domestic box office earnings and top DVD sales.

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The most pirated movie out there was J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, edging out Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with almost 11 million illegal downloads. The 3rd most downloaded film was Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.

With RocknRolla, people wonder if the mere $26 million it made could have been more if WB actually marketed it properly or if people had actually gone to see it instead of steal it. But alas, you know how we here at Screen Rant feel about the matter.

The article on THR esq. makes a great debate about how the process of a movie release potentially contributes to the process instead of just releasing everything at the same time to the theater, DVD etc.

So what were the top 10 illegally downloaded movies?

Movie Est. Downloads (Mil) Worldwide Box Office ($Mil)
Star Trek 10.96 385.5
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 10.60 835.0
RocknRolla 9.43 25.7
The Hangover 9.18 459.4
Twilight 8.72 385.0
District 9 8.28 204.6
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 7.93 929.4
State of Play 7.44 87.8
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 7.20 373.0
Knowing 6.93 183.3

For those who have made a habit out of stealing, they’ll pitch their argument that the movie still made money.

It’s an interesting top-10 list, that’s for sure.  And if these movies were the most illegally downloaded, does this portend to a brand new kind of top-10 list we have to start reporting on?

So this got me to thinking.  How do the illegal downloads add up with legitimate sales numbers?  Is there a trend in theft that can be applied to legitimate numbers?

Let’s take a look and see what we see:

TOP DVD SALES Sales Revenue for 2009 ($ millions)
1 Twilight 175.3
2 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 187.2
3 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 107.0
4 Up 101.4
5 Bolt 80.9
6 Monsters vs. Aliens 73.8
7 Star Trek 60.6
8 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 70.3
9 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 68.8
10 The Proposal 66.5

chart source: The Numbers

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TOP U.S. BOX OFFICE B.O. for 2009 ($ in mil)
1 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen $402
2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $302
3 Up $293
4 The Hangover $277
5 Star Trek $258
6 The Twilight Saga: New Moon $231
7 Monsters vs. Aliens $198
8 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $197
9 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $180
10 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $177

chart source: The Numbers

Closing Thoughts

Star Trek was the top grossing illegal download, but Star Trek was 7th and 5th in the DVD and Box Office Charts.  Hmm.  I’m starting to think that some of you who say you’re previewing a film illegally to know you’ll buy it, aren’t following through on that line.  Yet it looks like Transformers then contends in the other direction.  Then The Hangover looks to go in either direction.  The Hangover was 4th on the illegal download chart, but non-existent in the top-10 of DVD purchases while it was 4th in 2009 of Box Office performers.

That is, if these charts could be compared to each other.  Initial review makes me wonder, but scientifically, there’s so much more that can go into this little comparison that we could go on and on for a while.

Source:  THR esq

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Kellan @ Klutch Club Opening

Posted in Awards/Events, New Moon with tags on December 30, 2009 by chasingcullens
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