Archive for Dakota Fanning

Dakota Taking A Tour Of NYU

Posted in Movies, Random with tags on May 3, 2010 by chasingcullens

Dakota Fanning touched down at LAX last night after a quick trip to NYC. The 16-year-old was spotted taking a tour around NYU, as the homecoming queen starts thinking about life beyond high school. While Dakota was off exploring colleges, her Eclipse costars like Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner reconvened in Vancouver to start reshoots on the film — think you can tell the difference between images from the third Twilight film and New Moon? Test your knowledge with our new game!



Dakota Fanning Channels Jane In Read Poster

Posted in Eclipse with tags on April 21, 2010 by chasingcullens

American Library Association Dakota Fanning Eclipse poster
ALA ‘Eclipse’ poster

The American Library Association, ironically the same organization that listed the Twilight series on its “most challenged books” list for this year, has released a new Twilight “READ” poster – this time featuring Dakota Fanning (“Jane”) and a portion of the logo artwork from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

The ALA has done “READ” posters with the Twilight series cast for the past couple of years, having issued one for Twilight with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as “Edward and Bella” and one for The Twilight Saga: New Moon with Taylor Lautner as “Jacob Black.”

Additionally, Dakota Fanning appeared in an ALA “READ” poster a few years back for Charlotte’s Web.

The new Eclipse poster can be purchased here.

The posters are intended to encourage readership among fans of the respective series encapsulated by them, and it seems that whether “challenged” or not, the ALA regards the Twilight series as a viable tool for their campaign.


Sisters Day Out

Posted in Movies with tags , on April 12, 2010 by chasingcullens
Elle & Dakota Fanning: Gum-Chewing Girls

Dakota Fanning and her younger sister Elle chew on some bubble gum after visiting a friend’s house on Saturday afternoon (April 10) in Studio City, Calif.

Earlier in the morning, Elle took a private ballet class and then was picked up by her dad Steve.

Dakota’s latest movie co-starring Kristen Stewart, The Runaways, is still in theaters now!


Dakota Fanning On Lopez Tonight

Posted in Movies with tags on March 26, 2010 by chasingcullens

The Runaways Doesn’t Rock, According To Box Office

Posted in Movies with tags , on March 22, 2010 by chasingcullens
Kristen Stewart at the world premiere of "The Runaways"

Kristen Stewart at the LA premiere of “The Runaways.”

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
// What constitutes a hit at the box office these days is open to debate.  Media perceptions of what is actually profitable and what is not are often way off base.  Therefore, it’s not surprising that many will be labeling “The Runaways,” the highly-hyped rock biopic starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, as a dud after it’s limited debut.  While the jury is technically still out on this one, the media may be right this time around.

Distributor Apparition made a calculated decision to open the Sundance Film Festival selection in only 244 theaters this past weekend and the rock biopic grossed a fair $803,000 for a per screen average of $3,291.  That’s below a number of high profile expansions or openings around the same theater count over the past few months. The problem is that it’s incredibly rare for a film’s per screen to increase as it expands.  Case in point, the recent release of “The Ghost Writer.”

Roman Polanski’s acclaimed theater opened in very limited release in February and by it’s fourth weekend was up to a similar 224 theaters for a per screen of $5,469.  With a jump of 595 theaters to a wider 819 count “Writer” had it’s biggest weekend gross to date — $2.1 million — but it’s per screen dropped (as expected) to $2,564.  The lower your per screen, the lower your life expectancy in theaters as you can only expand to so many screens (1,500 is considered nationwide).  Movies such as “The Blind Side,” “Paranormal Activity” and “Avatar” are the extremely rare exceptions of word of mouth driving box office to flat drops or even increases weekend to weekend.  “Runaways” would have to be a sensation for that to occur and that seems doubtful at this point.

“Runaways” also has the disadvantage of being an R-rated girl-power flick.  Not a good fit with Stewart’s core fanbase, a chunk of whom are under 18 and have difficulty getting buying a ticket from their local multiplex..  The budget for the rock saga may have only been $10 million, but based on this opening it will be lucky to hit that figure or a bit more when all is said and done.  Based on commercial potential, many in the industry would have seen “Runaways” as a stronger player, especially based on the strong reviews for the Stewart and Fanning’s performances.  Instead, it’s another picture featuring “Twilight” “superstars” Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner or Stewart that has come up limp with audiences.

Just last week, Robert Pattinson’s “Remember Me,” disappointed with only $8 million on over 2,000 screens.  After two weekends, “Remember” is now at $13 million dropping 60% from its first to second frame (typical drops are 45-50%).  Summit Entertainment will remind the press and “Twilight” fans the movie only cost $16 million, but the studio spent well past that in marketing the drama.  If it breaks even in DVD it will be of sweet relief to the studio.

Taking into account the lackluster limited openings of Pattinson’s “Little Ashes” and Stewart’s “Yellow Handkerchief,” it’s clear a pattern is developing here.  The “Twilight” trio may sell magazine covers and boost award show ratings, but outside of their vampire franchise they don’t sell tickets.  At least, not yet.  Now, for someone as artistically inclined as Stewart that might not matter much, but any of the executives at Universal and Hasbro who signed the $7.5 million paycheck for Taylor Lautner to star in “Stretch Armstrong” will be sweating bullets unless the potential toy franchise becomes a hit.

As for “The Runaways,” Apparition plans on going nationwide in April.  The question is whether enough moviegoers will still want to see it by then.


More Interviews Of Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning

Posted in Breaking Dawn, Eclipse, Movies with tags , on March 17, 2010 by chasingcullens

Dakota Fanning On Tonight Show

Posted in Movies with tags on March 17, 2010 by chasingcullens