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from MediaFile:

Newest “Twilight” film flies into theaters

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner pose ahead of German premiere in Berlin

Twihards are breathing new life into movie theaters this weekend.

The passionate "Twilight" fans already are turning out in droves to see the beginning of the end for the hugely popular vampire and werewolf series. Midnight screenings early Friday generated $30.3 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1," according to studio Summit Entertainment. With many showtimes already sold out, box-office watchers predict the weekend tally will reach a massive $140 million through Sunday. Summit's more conservative projection sees $110 million to $125 million for the first of the franchise's two-part finale. Either way, the movie, which features a vampire-human wedding and pregnancy, looks set to record the year's second-highest debut behind boy wizard Harry Potter's summer farewell. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" opened to a staggering $169 million in July.

For families, dancing penguins return in 3D for "Happy Feet Two." Box-office watchers forecast about $30 million domestically for the animated movie from Warner Bros. Elsewhere, new drama "The Descendants" starring George Clooney as a Hawaiian father grappling with a family crisis hits 29 theaters this weekend. The Fox Searchlight film, touted as an Academy Award contender, opened in five locations on Wednesday.

(Photo credit: Reuters)

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Stake Night on the Vampire Cruise?

Blog Guy, I know you're a travel expert, and I need some advice. I am a vampire. I would like to go someplace where I don't feel, you know, different.

Maybe I can help. I just saw a story saying hundreds of vampire enthusiasts are planning a vacation cruise on the the Zuiderdam, tailored to their interests. It's called "Vamps at Sea." Maybe you should try it.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Duchess, the sun never sets on the British vampire…

I'll admit I was skeptical when I saw photos of the cast of yet another TV movie about Prince William and Kate Middleton. Did we really need this? I mean, I guess maybe if they found a dead ringer to play Kate... Nope, that's not it...

Let's see, according to IMDB, the movie was shot in ROMANIA? Huh? Well, that's different. Now I get it! These clever folks have added an element of horror to the story:

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Let the nightmares begin…


Blog Guy, we need some of your parenting advice. We're having problems with our small daughter.

MEXICO/I'm sorry to hear that. What's the trouble?

She's way too normal. Totally well-adjusted, happy, never cries or has nightmares. What can we do?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Dracula down for the Count?


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Blog Guy, please help settle a bet with my step-mother's tattooist.

dracula poster 220Your step-mother has her own... oh, never mind, go ahead.

Could Count Dracula still be alive today?

No. These days, when there are countless cameras everywhere, somebody would have spotted  him.

You can't hide that slick, sculpted black hair, that widow's peak and swarthy visage. Trust me, we'd know about him.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Another president taken down by vampires?


Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for attending the Insurance Salesman of the Year Dinner.

Tonight we honor one of our own - you know him as Lamar - who has set new standards for  insurance salesmanship this year.

from Tales from the Trail:

Steven Chu: Energy Secretary, Nobel Laureate, Zombie

67613_449706237290_79707582290_5525360_4352855_aYou sort of have to like a U.S. cabinet secretary and Nobel Prize winner who knows how to have a little fun while getting out a message.

That would be Steven Chu, who posted a picture of himself as a green-faced, blood-dripping zombie on his Facebook page. Just in time for Washington's scrupulously-observed Halloween weekend, Chu used his own zombification as a platform to point out power-sucking appliances -- energy vampires, he called them.

from Fan Fare:

“Paranormal Activity” scares up most movie frights at Halloween

Vampires may be one of the most popular current themes in entertainment, but movies that feature exorcisms and Satan give audiences the biggest scare.


With Halloween fast approaching, a poll on website found that vampires  give moviegoers less of a fright than creepy kids or Zombies.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You here for business or pleasure, Mr. Stinky?


Man, the actual news is so goofy this week, I don't even have to invent my own.

You take for instance this true story about a truck driver I like to call Mr. Stinky, who got caught trying to smuggle 28 TONS of garlic from Norway into Sweden. Jeez, what do you suppose tipped them off?

"Pssssssssst! Lamar! Come in here! Close the door."

garlic fashion 240"Sure Boss. What do you need?"

"I want you to handle a little smuggling job for me, like you've done in the past."

from Oddly Enough Blog:

A dab of Kiwi wax on those Florsheims, Mr. Dracula?

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Blog Guy, I need help. I have an overwhelming fear of being bitten by a vampire. What can I do to protect myself?

You could buy this handy 19th century Vampire Killing Kit that went up for auction in London today.