Hard to believe, but there was a time before "The Twilight Saga." Five long years ago, Stephenie Meyer's books were best-sellers, but most people didn't know about her sparkly romantic vampires. "Kellan Lutz" and "Jackson Rathbone" were not household names. And Kristen Stewart was still best known for playing Jodie Foster's asthmatic little girl in "Panic Room."
All that changed five years ago this week, on November 21, 2008, with the debut of "Twilight." The vampire romance made instant A-listers out of Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. It went on to earn about $400 million worldwide and spawn four similarly huge sequels (total worldwide gross: $3.3 billion). It put independent studio Summit on the map (where it was eventually gobbled up by Lionsgate) and launched a vogue that continues to this day for fantasy movies that appeal to teenage girls (notably, the "Hunger Games" franchise).
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- Gary Susman
Taylor Swift has a slew of celebrity ex boyfriends and many of them have been targeted in her songs. The beautiful country- pop singer and songwriter recently dazzled at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and Taylor says she is never afraid to show her ''raw, real emotions'' in public. The '22' hitmaker is famous for the personal content of her songs - which include a number of tracks written about her famous ex-boyfriends, which include Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and One Direction's Harry Styles - and she hopes they send a message her fans can empathize with. She told New York magazine: ''I think allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do. ''Hopefully that's the case, if I can remain a real human. I'm fine with being honest with my fans about the »
Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg ‘Maps to the Stars’ gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke’s Mfa+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire at the American Film Market, recently held in Santa Monica. Mfa+ also picked up Vincent Grashaw’s feature debut Coldwater and Tobias Lindholm’s Danish thriller A Hijacking / Kapringen, which has a similar premise to that of the Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks hit Captain Phillips. (Photo: Robert Pattinson on the set of Maps to the Stars.) In Map to the Stars, John Cusack (replacing Viggo Mortensen) plays a Los Angeles analyst and self-help guru whose wife (Olivia Williams) is immersed in the career of their teen star son (Evan Bird), fresh off of rehab. Their daughter (Mia Wasikowska »
- Andre Soares
‘Catching Fire’ movie box office: Strong Brazil opening points to bigger international hit than ‘The Hunger Games’ (photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’) Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, toplining Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson, debuted in Brazil last Friday, November 15, 2013. A national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic"), November 15 has proven to be a highly profitable "opening date" in Brazil; in 2012, Bill Condon’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 broke both single-day and opening-weekend records at the Brazilian box office. Now comes Catching Fire, which far surpassed the box office take of its predecessor. Surely it’s no coincidence that both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchises currently belong to the Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Pictures combo. Or that both franchises have been/are being distributed in Brazil by Paris Filmes, possibly that country’s biggest homegrown film distribution entity. »
- Andre Soares
For a while there it seemed there really would be a live-action Stretch Armstrong movie based on the action figure first launched by Hasbro in 1976. For the longest time Taylor Lautner was attached to star and Breck Eisner (The Crazies, Sahara) was going to direct for an April 2014 release. However, last month it was announced Relativity had abandoned the film altogether. Probably for the best, but the story isn't quite over. A nearly five-minute animatic detailing what the film may have looked like has come online. It was directed by James Rothwell who has worked in the art department for movies such as Rise of the Planet of the Apes and several Marvel movies including the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, based on storyboards by Collin Grant who worked in the art department of The Matrix and on the upcoming Jurassic World. Check it out below. yt id ="8HtNzFnS »
- Brad Brevet
Remember when Twilight star Taylor Lautner was supposed to play Stretch Armstrong in a live action feature film? Me neither. Apparently, the cause of its abandonment was that Lautner's action vehicle Abduction failed at the box office, as well as another toy movie Battleship.
Thanks to FilmSketchr, we have an alleged storyboard for the film by illustrator Collin Grant and animatic creator Jim Rothwell. This hasn't been confirmed by a studio but it looks pretty legit. Here's the storyboard...
I surprisingly love this footage. I know it seems really derivative, but keep in mind this is a storyboard, which usually doesn't have a director's voice and are made to be pretty generic. Maybe if Lautner wasn't attached this could've been something. Guess we'll never know... Anybody else like the storyboard? Would you still like to see a Stretch Armstrong movie? Let us know in the comments...
- Gary Collinson
Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin starring for Joe Dante in ‘Burying the Ex’ Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin are slated to star in Burying the Ex, to be directed by veteran Joe Dante (Gremlins). As per various online reports, the indie horror comedy is to start shooting on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Ashley Greene) In Burying the Ex, Anton Yelchin and Ashley Greene play lovers — he’s really nice; she’s really overbearing — whose relationship go fast downhill once they move in together. How to find a way out? Luckily, the girlfriend suffers a freak accident and dies; unluckily, she rises from the grave. Besides Ashley Greene and Anton Yelchin, Burying the Ex also features Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper. Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures is involved in the film’s production. Among Chartier’s other recent producing credits (in various capacities) are Robert Redford’s little-seen The Company You Keep, »
- Anna Robinson
Peter Facinelli knows a thing or two about genetically and supernaturally gifted families after six years of leading the Cullen clan in The Twilight Saga. Now Facinelli is focusing on a new bad-ass brood with Protocol: Orphans, a graphic novel he created with writer Michael Alan Nelson, illustrator Mariano Navarro and ... Jeff Probst?
"To be honest, I was inspired by Survivor," Facinelli told ETonline. "I was watching Survivor and wondering why I was so addicted to it. I realized I liked it so much because it's about a group of strong-thinking people that were thrown together and have to work together as a group. That idea inspired me to create this comic about a bunch of highly trained orphans that, to save the world, have to work together as a family. A big dysfunctional family."
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Just last month, we learned that Relativity Media had killed the big screen adaptation of Hasbro's elastic toy Stretch Armstrong. The project had been developing at Relativity after the property fell away from Universal, which once attached Taylor Lautner to lead it, but no one has been able to make it work (we wish the same thing happened with Battleship). We'll never see the story that might have been, but we do get to see one particular scene for Relativity's action adventure that would have been called Armstrong in the form of a five-minute animatic directed by James Rothwell, and there's cool, surprisingly violent, action. An animatic scene from the defunct Stretch Armstrong movie from Film Sketcher (via The Playlist): It's pretty interesting that the story takes place in a universe where other people have powers, making Stretch Armstrong not all that special. That sounds like a cool way »
- Ethan Anderton
Hey, remember when they were seriously considering making a Stretch Armstrong movie with Taylor Lautner as the title character? Well, the disappointing box office returns for Lautner’s Abduction and the Battleship feature have apparently killed the project, but that doesn’t mean you can’t marvel at what might have been – and count your blessings that this thing never got past the early stages of development – with this animatic storyboard sequence from the unmade film. What’s most interesting about the animatic -- created by James Rothwell, based on Collin Grant’s storyboards -- isn’t the bizarre imagery of an animated Lautner swinging through the city like Spider-Man (although seeing his arms stretch out in the sequence is pretty...
- Mike Bracken
Remember that Stretch Armstrong movie that Taylor Lautner was supposed to be in? Well since that was abandoned by both Relativity Media and Hasbro it looks like some of the storyboards have been leaked. There's been no official confirmation on this but I can't imagine who would want to. According to a blog called Film Sketchr, the storyboards were created by Collin Grant (I Am Legend, The Matrix) and were brought to life by James Rothwell (Iron Man, Thor). I love the art, however, this »
- Niki Stephens
Remember that time when Hollywood thought Taylor Lautner was going to be the next big thing? Yeah, that didn't last long. At one point he was attached to star in a ton of big budget movie projects, one of which was an adaptation of the Stretch Armstrong toy. The movie ended up not happening after his movie Abduction tanked at the box office. Who knows if the movie will ever happen at this point.
Thanks to FilmSketchr, we have the storyboard animatic from the film for you to check out. It was created by storyboard illustrator Collin Grant and Animatic creator Jim Rothwell. I have to say, the movie looks like it would have been absolutely ridiculous. But then it's Stretch Armstrong, so what would you expect? I think maybe there is some potential in seeing some very interesting visuals in a film like this, but the movie as a whole probably would suck. »
- Joey Paur
The sexy ‘Sons of Anarchy’ star dropped out of the steamy flick and now E.L. James is discussing why she was disappointed when she learned he didn’t want to play Christian Grey. Read on for her shocking interview.
Charlie Hunnam dropping out of Fifty Shades of Grey did not sit well with E.L. James. In fact, the author is speaking out about the shocking moment when she learned that she had to hunt for a new hunky actor to play the sex-obsessed billionaire.
The author spoke out to Entertainment Weekly in their latest issue, featuring Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. She admits she was upset when Charlie dropped out but goes on to reveal much more.
“It was disappointing, but it is what it is,” she says. “I wish him well.”
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- Chloe Melas
A few weeks ago I reported that a film adaptation of Stretch Armstrong had been indefinitely scrapped. This, after it had been in some form of production for almost 20 years. The project had taken many twists and turns over the years, switching genres, directors, and stars as studio execs tried feverishly to find the right take. When Relativity Media, the current holder of the film rights, dropped it from its slate I’m sure many hearts were broken. This could’ve been a classic on par with “Battleship,” and now we’re all just left to ponder about what might have been.
Well, io9 has posted what they suspect to be an animatic by Jim Rothwell and Collin Grant, based on the storyboards for one of the abandoned takes on the film. If this is true, it looks like it’s most likely from the version that would’ve starred »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The Disney Channel star, 15, poses with her pup Cujo in a new campaign, and HollywoodLife.com has your exclusive first look!
China Anne McClain is proving that even the tiniest of A.N.T.s can make a big difference in the world. The star of Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm is the latest face of Peta‘s youth division, Peta2, and her new campaign — obtained exclusively by HollywoodLife.com – aims to stress the responsibilities that come with welcoming a new dog or cat into your life.
“You have to really pay attention to them and take them to the vet,” says China, who poses with her adorable pup Cujo in the campaign photo. “Get your dog spayed or neutered,” McClain says. “That’s one of the first things that you should go and do.”
(Spay and neuter your pets? Bob Barker would agree!)
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- Andy Swift
For much of the last five years, attempts were made to turn Hasbro's "Stretch Armstrong" toy into a feature. The toy, a 13-inch, blond-haired muscled figure whose limbs could be stretched to nearly four feet, was launched by Kenner in the '70s.
Disney had a go at a film adaptation with Jackie Chan in 1998, Universal tried one with Taylor Lautner in 2008, neither of which got off the ground. Relativity was the last to have a go, with Breck Eisner linked to direct, but they officially gave up on the project last month.
- Garth Franklin
News broke last month that Relativity Media and Hasbro would no longer be teaming up for a Stretch Armstrong movie. Their deal was announced two years ago, but if you remember, an even earlier deal had Universal Pictures teaming with Hasbro to make a movie that would star Taylor Lautner. That movie never went anywhere, but now an animatic sequence from that first version of the project has made its way online. The sequence features storyboards by Collin Grant and was animated by Jim Rothwel. You can check it out below, thanks to Film Sketcher (via io9 ). Grant has worked on films like The Matrix , X2 and I Am Legend , while Rothwell's credits include Iron Man , Thor and Spider-Man 2 . »
I can’t lie — when Jamie and Dakota were confirmed to play Christian and Anastasia, I was hesitant. However, all that’s changed after seeing their first super sexy shoot together.
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Casting Is Perfect
Entertainment Weekly‘s new cover has won me over. I had my doubts about Jamie and Dakota — they’re both gorgeous but would they have that awkward-but-sexual chemistry that Christian and Ana have in the epic series?
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- Emily Longeretta
Wondering what Jamie and Dakota will look like as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele? Put your mind to rest — the first photo shoot of the couple in their risqué roles is out, and they look hotter than ever!
The hottest control freak and most gorgeous submissive ever have landed their first cover. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are getting into character as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on Entertainment Weekly – and revealing why the S&M roles work for them.
‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ — First Cover Revealed
Please allow yourself to take a few minutes to soak in the glorious cover photo of Jamie, 31, and Dakota, 24, hugging in their first-ever pic together. In true Anastasia Steele style, Dakota looks like an average, yet stunning brunette, who feels uneasy in her gorgeous skin. Jamie portrays Christian is crisp suit jacket over his white shirt (with the first button undone, of course »
- Emily Longeretta
Which loser films will win at least one prize this year: the Razzie Award for worst of 2013? Could one of last year's champs - Adam Sandler - return to defend his crown with "Grown Ups 2"? The Johnny Depp bomb "The Lone Ranger" certainly will be high on some voters' lists. The original Planet Hollywood trio of aging heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis each have a load of movies to consider. The final "Twilight" film was the overwhelming least favorite film at the 2012 Razzie Awards. Out of its 11 overall nominations, "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" picked up seven prizes: Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Kristen Stewart), Worst Supporting Actor (Taylor Lautner), Worst Ensemble, Worst Director (Bill Condon), Worst Remake/Rip-Off/Sequel, and Worst Onscreen Couple (Lautner and Mackenzie Foy). Not to be outdone, Razzie regular Sandler was chosen as Worst Actor for &quo »
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