November 15, 2012
Sinking Our Teeth Into Twilight, Day 4: Breaking Dawn Part 1
It's had its share of detractors and naysayers, but Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, a popular and lucrative franchise that has raked in over $2 billion at the box office and spurred a renewed obsession with vampires and werewolves. Unfortunately for its fans, however, the series will draw to a close this weekend with the release of its final chapter, Breaking Dawn, Part 2. As such, we thought it would be a good time to hunker down and examine what it is, exactly, that makes the series such a hit. To that end, we've commissioned two dedicated RT staffers -- one fan and one neophyte -- to trade observations on The Twilight Saga. Today, we bring you part three of the discussion, which focuses on Breaking Dawn Part 1, based on the first half of the final book.
April 11, 2012
Five Favorite Films with Maggie Grace
After her stint on the island of J.J. Abram's Lost, Maggie Grace has taken to the big screen with roles in a series of high-profile movies -- including Faster, Twilight: Breaking Dawn and, most famously, Taken, in which she played Liam Neeson's kidnapped daughter. It seems movie villains never learn, however. In this week's Lockout (also from Taken producer Luc Besson), Grace plays the President's daughter, dispatched as an emissary to a floating space prison where -- you guessed it -- she's taken hostage, prompting Guy Pearce's mercenary mission to rescue her. We spoke with Grace this week for a conversation about her five favorite films.
February 7, 2012
RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I
Last week was especially robust with new releases, so it's not surprising that only a few new items of note are hitting shelves this week. Among the rereleases are the George Cukor classic A Star Is Born, the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale, the 1963 ensemble screwball comedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and the romance Love Story. The new releases include the latest installment of a certain vampire love saga, the third film starring a lovable stoner duo, and Roland Emmerich's pseud-historical period thriller. Then, we've got the highest rated documentary of 2011, another Disney classic in hi-def, and a couple of films from a French New Wave auteur. Click through for the full list!
November 28, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Twilight Tops Turkey Frame, Muppets & Marty Solid
A hot leftover ruled the Thanksgiving holiday frame despite the opening of three new dishes all aimed at kids and families. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 tumbled 70% in its second weekend but still sold enough tickets to lead the competition with an estimated $42M over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Across the five-day Wednesday-to-Sunday session, the Summit blockbuster pulled in $62.3M bringing the ten-day total to a stellar $221.3M. The drop was identical to the decline that New Moon suffered two years ago on the same weekend. The latest Bella-Edward story is running 4% behind the domestic pace of New Moon which is not bad for the fourth film in a series. But thanks to an accelerated global release schedule, Breaking Dawn's current international cume of $268M (including $71.5M this weekend) is 10% ahead of New Moon's at the same point in time. Worldwide, the new saga's $489.3M is 3% ahead of Moon which ended its run with $713M.
November 21, 2011
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Twilight Destroys the Competition
This weekend, the wedding of the year attracted Bella and Edward fans around the world as the highly anticipated vampire sequel The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 crushed the competition across the globe debuting at number one. Not as warmly received in their return were the animated penguins of Happy Feet Two which opened in second place with only half the debut of its predecessor ahead of what will be a very competitive holiday season for kidpics. George Clooney's The Decendants rocked the specialty box office and even made it into the top ten despite playing in very few theaters. Overall, Twilight led the marketplace to a healthy improvement over last year which is quite a statement given that a new Harry Potter film launched at that time.
November 17, 2011
Critics Consensus: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Doesn't Shine
This week at the movies, we've got a vampire wedding (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), and dancing penguins (Happy Feet Two, with voice work by Elijah Wood and Robin Williams). What do the critics have to say? As the Twilight Saga comes into the home stretch, it looks to go out with a whimper rather than a bang, say critics, who find Breaking Dawn Part 1 to be full of limp pacing and unintentional laughs. Those jovial aquatic birds are back with Happy Feet Two, though critics say the sequel lacks the easy charm of Happy Feet.
September 20, 2011
Five Favorite Films With Taylor Lautner
Not too many actors get to headline an action thriller while still in their teens, but then career trajectories can be a little different when you're an alumnus of a certain billion-dollar vampire franchise. Still just 19, Taylor Lautner was always the most likely of the Twilight triangle to embrace the action genre: his chiseled physique and Cruise junior profile suggest a screen life of tangling with bad guys, which is precisely what he does in director John Singleton's Bourne-like paranoid escapade, Abduction . With Abduction in theaters this week, we had the chance to chat with the personable Lautner about working on the film, where he sees his career heading, and his experience living inside the crazy celebrity bubble of the Twilight series. But first, he talked about his five favorite films. Take it away, Team Jacob.
July 22, 2011
More Twilight: The Stars Discuss Breaking Dawn
With the first part of Breaking Dawn arriving in theaters on Nov. 18, The Twilight Saga is again a big deal at Comic-Con International in San Diego, with devotees of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire-romance novels looking forward to seeing the series' final chapter play out on the big screen. Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, along with director Bill Condon, settled in to face the media and talk about the movie Friday before the Summit Entertainment presentation in Hall H.
July 21, 2011
Twi-Hards Go Nuts at Comic-Con Breaking Dawn Panel
Here I am at The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn presentation in Hall H at Comic-Con International. This is my first time at the convention, so I figured the best way to approach reporting on this panel would be a firsthand, in-the-moment response. I'm at the back of the room, so good seats can be left free for actual fans. This has the added benefit of being removed from the center of the shrieking Twihards. the whole panel gives fans an opportunity to interface with these mega-stars on a personal, if somewhat distanced, perspective. The audience was absolutely respectful (aside from the occasional lewd shout directed at the male actors), hanging on tightly to every word the stars uttered.
June 11, 2010
Summit Confirms a Two-Part Breaking Dawn
Confirming expectations, Summit has announced that its adaptation of the final "Twilight" book, "Breaking Dawn," will be split into two parts, with the first installment coming out in November of next year.