Entertainment behind the scenes
We knew it would be big. We still don’t know how big, and we won’t until after the upcoming debut weekend. Read about the box office here.
But we do know that even before it has played one full day in theaters, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” has already broken a record. The film’s midnight screenings on Wednesday raked in more than $30 million at North American box offices. Read about that here. In fact, you can read about the movie here, a review here, our interview with Taylor Lautner here, and a story about Native Americans in the film, here.
We were in Hollywood to talk to some of the “Twi-hard” fans, and some folks who were not so excited. Watch the video to see what we learned.
(video by Marc Price)
from Photographers' Blog:
Reuters had been approved for a ten-minute portrait session with Taylor Lautner, the heartthrob of millions of teenagers, my editor Sam Mircovich informed me the day before the shoot.
Reporter Alex Dobuzinskis had a one-on-one interview with Taylor scheduled ahead of the premier of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Before the release of a film, the production company organizes press junkets in which the cast is available for media interviews and occasionally for a quick photo session. Photo access is rare so whenever it's granted to us, it's welcomed.
Twilight fans can be fiercely divided in their loyalty to the vampire Edward or the werewolf Jacob but do they know why? Mindset Media, the makers of something called psychographic ad technology, has conducted an online survey of 2,000 Twilight fans or Twihards and claims that personality may play a major role in which team people are drawn to.
“The diehard fans of each team share the personality traits of the character they support,” said Stephanie Wang, Director of Business Development at Mindset Media, in a statement.
We really couldn’t resist the thought, and we know it seems silly. But it is rather funny. With 3D being all the rage at movie theaters these days, we were dreaming up ideas for special effects that the major movie studios could put into their upcoming summer flicks. And among the first we thought of was Taylor Lautner’s stomach muscles. After all, so much was made of his rock-hard six pack when “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” landed in theaters last year, and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” hits theaters this June.
It just so happened that today we talked on the phone with one of the “Twilight” producers, and we asked about the prospect of a “Twilight” movie in 3D. He said that, so far, the producers hadn’t considered it, and that if it were to ever happen, they would shoot it in 3D and not convert the film after shooting in 2D. (You can read about that 3D/2D controversy here). Then we told him what we’d been talking about Lautner’s abs, and he wondered aloud: aren’t they in 3D, already?
Call it Oscar’s equivalent of hiring a really good Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon to nip a wrinkle here and tuck a chin there.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday said four of today’s hottest young actors and actresses — Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron — will be presenters at this year’s ceremony for the world’s top film honors on March 7.
“New Moon” star Taylor Lautner and “Fearless” singer Taylor Swift are no longer on a first name basis — for the celebrity media that is. The two Taylors set the media world looking for a new couple nickname when they shared some dates this fall, with the mathematical Tay-Squared coming out as the preferred tag for the young romantics.
But Us and People magazines reported on Tuesday that the couple is no longer an item. “It wasn’t really developing into anything, and wasn’t going to, so they decided they were better as friends,” a source close to Swift told Us magazine.
Vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” took the top spot at North American box offices for the second straight weekend, sinking its fangs into ticket sales and drawing out $66 million over the 5-day U.S. Thanksgiving holiday ($42.5 million for the three days). It’s two-week total in the U.S. and Canada now stands at just under $231 million. Add to that an international haul of $243, and global sales hit $474 million.
Perhaps in this season of swine flu we have a new virus, “New Moon Flu,” which mostly women seem to get. It turns them into zombies (no disrespect, but it seemed appropriate when talking about movies with monsters) who then march into theaters.
Since when did girls start liking guys that stay up all hours at night — drinking? Blood, no less. Since when? Since always. And if a vamp knows how to bite more than her neck, all the better.
Vampire flicks have come a long way since Bella Lugosi, and while we’re a little young to have seen Lugosi in theaters, we do remember Jim Carrey and Lauren Hutton in “Once Bitten” (Today, that would be titled “Cougar Vampire”). We remember “An American Werewolf in London” and “Teen Wolf” — we’re allowed to mention werewolves given “New Moon” and its pack. And we can say, the beasts are doing far better today romancing the gals.
They’re “really good friends” with major chemistry and “a multitude of feelings for each other”… BUT “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart say they are getting really, really fed up with persistent media reports claiming they are in love, or secretly dating.
“It doesn’t make any difference what you say (to the tabloids). I’ve literally been across the country (from Kristen) and it’s like, ‘Oh, they were on secret dates!’ It’s like, ‘Where? I can’t get out of my hotel room!’” Pattinson tells Vanity Fair in its December issue.
Some celebrity hookups are hardly worth the ink used to write them up in the tabloids, especially when they involve two stars who clearly shouldn’t be together, or they end quicker than a sumo wrestling match.
But then there’s Taylor and Taylor. Singer Taylor Swift, the top selling female artist of 2008, and actor Taylor Lautner, the “Twilight” teen idol, have been seen out together, first at a hockey game on Sunday and later this week in Beverly Hills, for what the media has described as a dinner date.