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Twilight Tops British Box Office Charts

24 December 2008 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Vampire movie Twilight has shot to the top of the U.K. box office charts, biting off an impressive $3.7 million (GBP2.5 million) in its opening weekend.

The teen film, about a girl who falls in love with a vampire, pushed last week's number one, sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, to fourth place.

Animated movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa came in second with takings of $2.7 million (GBP1.8 million), ahead of festive comedy Four Christmases, which made $1.6 million (GBP1.1 million).

Rounding out the top five was children's adventure movie The Tale of Despereaux, starring Matthew Broderick. »

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Stewart Struggles To Cope With Newfound Fame

23 December 2008 12:18 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart is struggling to cope with her newfound fame - because she has yet to adjust to crazed fans recognising her on the street.

The 18-year-old was catapulted into the spotlight with co-star Robert Pattinson when the epic Vampire love story stormed into international box offices last month.

But Stewart admits their sudden success is overwhelming.

She says, "I'm really not good at it. Some people are great at it. It's like the other side of the job. I can't believe I have to do it.

"It makes it easier because I'm really proud of the movie and I'm a fan of the book as well.

"It's weird to see people mainly my age flipping out over Rob walking into the room. He shifts in his seat and they all just go crazy. It's a little daunting." »

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Fox, Jackman And Depp Top Sexiest Stars Poll

22 December 2008 7:57 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Megan Fox, Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp have topped a new online poll of the world's sexiest screen stars.

Transformers star Fox came first in the sexiest woman poll, topping the list voted for by both men and women.

Jackman was voted the most attractive male star in a poll of other men, while women chose Depp as their favourite movie hunk.

The men who voted in the survey of more than 2,000 readers put Jessica Alba at number two and Scarlett Johansson at number three. The girls handed second place to Jennifer Aniston and third to Halle Berry.

In the guys polls, men scored Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt in second and third place behind Jackman, and the women voted Twilight star Robert Pattinson into second place and Denzel Washington into third. »

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Lautner Fights To Keep Role In Twilight Sequel

18 December 2008 5:27 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Twilight star Taylor Lautner is hitting the gym in a desperate attempt to convince the movie's producers he should reprise his role in the forthcoming sequel.

Launter has yet to be signed to star in New Moon, due for release in 2009, reportedly because franchise bosses fear he's not strong enough for the role.

But the 17-year-old is desperate to keep the part of Jacob.

Lautner tells MTV News, "I have been working out. I've been working out since the day we finished filming Twilight. I just weighed myself and I've put on 19 pounds."

To sell himself further, Lautner adds he is "guaranteeing (New Moon director Chris) Weitz 10 more (pounds) by filming."

Fellow cast mate Ashley Greene is cheering him on saying, "We all love Taylor. He's such a sweet guy, and I think that he understands the part." »

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Indiana Jones Comeback Tops Blunders Poll

18 December 2008 4:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull has topped a new poll of this year's most gaffe-prone movies - with a staggering 64 continuity blunders.

Harrison Ford's whip-cracking return to his hit adventurer franchise came first in a new survey by film website

Fans spotted a huge number of mistakes in the Steven Spielberg movie - including the use of a Harley Davidson motorbike from 2000, despite the fact the film is set in 1957.

Other blunder-filled films include box office smash Mamma Mia! and Heath Ledger's last full acting role as The Joker in Batman movie The Dark Knight - with 44 and 43 mistakes respectively.

Jon Sandys, Moviemistakes editor, says, "With the budget of many movies, you'd think they could avoid mistakes like this, or at least use computers to cover them up, but they keep cropping up, and eagle-eyed movie fans keep spotting them."

The full list of 2008's continuity-challenged films is as follows:

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 64 mistakes

2. Mamma Mia! - 44 mistakes

3. The Dark Knight - 43 mistakes

4. Twilight - 41 mistakes

5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 41 mistakes

6. Journey to the Center of the Earth - 31 mistakes

7. Quantum of Solace - 23 mistakes

8. Get Smart - 22 mistakes

9. Step Brothers - 22 mistakes

10. Iron Man - 21 mistakes »

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Movie Bosses Speed Up Twilight Sequel

16 December 2008 9:24 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviegoers' hysteria for vampire love story Twilight has prompted studio bosses to rush the release of its sequel, less than 12 months after the film made its global debut.

The film, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, has sucked $150 million (GBP97.9 million) from U.S. moviegoers alone since it was released on 21 November.

Movie maker Chris Weitz will take over the directing role from Catherine Hardwicke for the forthcoming follow-up, New Moon.

Summit Entertainment spokesman Paul Pflug has confirmed the sequel will open to American audiences on 20 November. »

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Weitz 'Will Stay Loyal To Twilight Story'

16 December 2008 8:14 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker Chris Weitz has promised to stay true to the original story while shooting the sequel to hit vampire film Twilight - because he doesn't want to enrage loyal fans.

The Golden Compass director was taken on to helm New Moon, the follow up to the bloodsucking blockbuster, in place of Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.

And Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the Twilight series of books, insists there is no need for fans to turn on Weitz with "torches and pitchforks" because he will not be changing the plot.

Writing on her official website, she tells fans: "I've had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible.

"He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary)."

She adds: "I'm excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table... I'm really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon."

And Weitz confirms his intentions: "I will devote myself to making the very best and most faithful version of New Moon that can be brought to the screen." »

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'Twilight' sequel release is set

15 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

November is for vampires.

That seems to be the thinking at Summit Entertainment, which Monday slotted the film "New Moon" -- the sequel to vampire romance "Twilight" -- for Friday, Nov. 20. "Twilight" opened with a huge $69.6 million in domestic boxoffice in the Nov. 21 frame this year, and distributors tend to return to the scene of such happy events with future franchise installments.

"Same time, same place," Summit distribution boss Richie Fay said. "If it's also the same gross, we'll be very pleased. Hopefully, we'll have even better results."

Execs at Summit -- which announced plans for a sequel on just the second day of release for "Twilight" -- just confirmed that Chris Weitz ("The Golden Compass") will direct "New Moon." The minimajor recently parted ways on the project with Catherine Hardwicke, who helmed the original.

Both vampire pics are based on books in the teen literary series by Stephenie Meyer. »

- By Carl DiOrio

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Chris Weitz explores 'New Moon'

12 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chris Weitz is in negotiations to helm "New Moon," the sequel to Summit Entertainment's vampire breakout "Twilight."

Summit declined to confirm the director's attachment, but Weitz is believed to be close to a deal to helm the second installment based on Stephenie Meyer's four-book series.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are starring, while Melissa Rosenberg is writing the picture which, like the first, centers on the ordinary teenager Bella and the vampire Edward, but adds a werewolf character who figured less prominently in the first film.

Catherine Hardwicke directed "Twilight" but could not reach a deal with Summit on "Moon." There have been conflicting reports about her departure from the project, with some noting creative and other differences.

Summit has cited scheduling as the reason Hardwicke would not direct the new pic and noted that other franchises have also switched directors for a sequel.

The budget for "Moon" is »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Rowling Ends Twilight Writer's Reign At The Top Of U.S. Book Chart

11 December 2008 4:12 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has ended Twilight writer Stephenie Meyer's stranglehold on the top of the U.S. book charts.

The Tales of Beedle The Bard, Rowling's first book since she closed the Potter series, has rocketed to the top of USA Today's Best-Selling Books list, ending Mormon mum Meyer's reign at the top.

But the four books in Meyer's teen vampire Twilight series place second, third, fourth and fifth on the new book countdown. »

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Summit replants 'Bloom' to May

11 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Summit has decided to postpone the release of Rian Johnson's quirky con-man pic "The Brothers Bloom" just a week ahead of its limited release.

The company will move the buzz title out of the Dec. 19 slot and open it in limited release May 15, widening the film two weeks later. The film originally was slated to widen Jan. 16.

Summit has had one of the fall's biggest breakouts in "Twilight," which has generated a significant amount of revenue and become a priority for the company. A spokesperson, however, said the decision to move "Bloom" was not influenced by "Twilight" but by the glut of specialized titles during the holiday season.

The second half of May is populated with several big releases, including "Angels & Demons," "Night at the Museum 2" and "Terminator: Salvation" but is lighter on adult-oriented fare.

Johnson's film, which he wrote and directed, revolves around two brothers and a series of cons and double-cons. »

- By Steven Zeitchik

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Pattinson's Masculinity Ended His Modelling Career

9 December 2008 8:13 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson was forced to end his modelling career at the age of 16 - because he started to look too manly.

The British actor was a child model from the age of 12 but had to give up his life in front of the camera when work dried up just four years later.

And Pattinson, who subsequently turned to acting, blames growing into a man for his modelling rejections.

He tells British magazine Closer, "When I first started I was quite tall and looked like a girl, so I got lots of jobs, because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool. Then, I guess, I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modelling career." »

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Pattinson Fears For His Life

9 December 2008 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Twilight star Robert Pattinson fears for his life after shooting to fame with the hit film - because he worries fans will take the movie's dark storyline too far.

The British actor plays vampire Edward Cullen in the new movie and has been besieged by teenagers asking him to bite their necks.

And Pattinson is worried that some fans of the cult picture will confuse fiction with reality and try to harm him.

He says, "People ambush me in public and ask me to bite them and want to touch my hair. I just don't want someone to have a needle and give me AIDS and I don't want to get shot or stabbed. This is my life."

Pattinson admits that his fears reached new heights following the film's Los Angeles premiere last month - because of the deafening noise of all the screaming girls.

He adds, "I thought, 'Oh my God. Are they going to blow the place up?'" »

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Ta Talks Back - Addressing The Latest Gossip

8 December 2008 5:07 PM, PST | | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Mature Content Not Suitable For Our Younger Audienceta forum member Meghan tackles some recent rumors about a few of the Twilight cast.nbspDrunks Potheads and Lesbians Oh My!It seems that the paparazzi and young Hollywood are at it again. The latest in the gossip headlines seems to be surrounding our beloved twilight cast including KStew RPattz and Nikki Reed. Disclaimer First of all let me just say that these are my observations and information pulled from other sites reporting. This is not by any means my official opinion on these topics but I do add a little side thought. Feel free to share your opinions!On to whats been said! According to Gossip Teen there have been some interesting happenings with our favorite cast members. Firstly that RPattz likes to indulge in a few too many alcoholic beverages from time to time while having a smoke. Now let me »

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Articles About Catherine Hardwicke Not Directing New Moon

8 December 2008 5:07 PM, PST | | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Since the news came out yesterday that Catherine Hardwicke is not directing New Moon several articles were posted online. Here are a fewFrom Msni am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon Hardwicke said. Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel it is a great story.More hereFrom ManiaThe sequel whose start date has not yet been set but is rumored for March 2009 will reunite writer Melissa Rosenberg and actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Summit has not named a new director but it is likely to want to move relatively quickly on the sequel after the original earned nearly 139 million in three weeks of release.The Guardian UK posted thisCatherine did an »

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Catherine Hardwicke Not Returning For Twilight Sequel, New Moon!

8 December 2008 12:10 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Hot of the heels of the announcement that shooting on the Twilight sequel New Moon could begin as early as March of 2009, Variety reports that director Catherine Hardwicke will not be returning to helm the second feature. The following Variety piece explains all the details:

"In an unusual move after the successful launch of a franchise that has already generated $138.6 million, the upstart distrib (Summit Entertainment) is not bringing director Catherine Hardwicke back to direct New Moon. Summit and Hardwicke cite Summit's wish to rush the movie into production as one reason for their split. Summit wants to release the picture, which will demand substantial CGI work, by the end of 2009 or the start of 2010. A former production designer, Hardwicke wanted more prep time."

"Twilight" scripter Melissa Rosenberg handed in a draft of "New Moon" the weekend that "Twilight" opened. Hardwicke wanted more time to work on it; Summit announced »

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Rant: Catherine Hardwicke Was Fired Because She's A Woman

8 December 2008 10:27 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I'm no Twilight fanatic, but I too am outraged that Catherine Hardwicke has been tossed out for sequel New Moon. Set aside the fact that she trimmed the overlong book into two mostly watchable hours, or that she was the one who cast Robert Pattinson, the face that launched 1,000 teenage crushes. Catherine Hardwicke was fired because she's a woman, and that's bullshit. Official explanations abound, from Hardwicke having a different vision for the screenplay to Summit's official explanation that it doesn't fit into her timeline. But you've got to look into the language used by Nikki Finke's "inside source" to find the real story. Hardwicke is described as "difficult" and "irrational," and her female agent is tagged as "alternately ineffectual and hysterical." Those are just four of the words are constantly used to denigrate women in power, reducing them to the stereotype of the helpless, flighty, overemotional victim who doesn't »

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Sugar Bits — Twilight Director Drops Out of Sequel

8 December 2008 9:30 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Catherine Hardwicke, the director of Twilight (which has your current sexiest group of 2008), announced she will not be working on the sequel, New Moon, because of "timing." — BBC News Four Christmases scored the top spot at the box office again with $18.2 million, and Twilight came in second. — BuzzSugar Chris Klein and Big Love's Ginnifer Goodwin broke up after dating for two years. — Us Weekly Eli Stone's Jonny Lee Miller and his wife Michele had a baby boy named Buster Timothy on Wednesday in La. This is their first child. — AP Alyssa Milano filed a temporary restraining order against a man she says is stalking her and attempted to break into her house. The court date is set for Jan. 21. — Entertainment Tonight The host of Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls, injured his shoulder in Antarctica on Friday while on a private expedition unrelated to his show. — E! Online Eric Mabius »

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Catherine Hardwicke not directing New Moon

8 December 2008 9:04 AM, PST | | See recent Filmonic news »

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will not be directing it's sequel, New Moon. The news first broke on Deadline Hollywood, where it stated that Hardwick "was 'difficult' and 'irrational' during the making of Twilight". However, Summit Entertainment quickly released a statement on the matter: Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the…

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'Four Christmases' retains box office lead

8 December 2008 8:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Four Christmases has maintained its lead at the top of the Us box office. The Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon festive comedy pulls in $$18 million to secure the number one spot, while Twilight rises a place to number two. Bolt, Australia and Quantum Of Solace complete the top five. Of the two new entries, comic adaptation Punisher: War Zone lands at number eight with a $$4 million take and Beyoncé's Cadillac Records performed well with $$3.5 million in (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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