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I’d imagine that just about everyone who saw the final Twilight movie wondered why scenes featuring baby Renesmee used a CG infant. I certainly did. Despite being part of a weird film that caps off a weird series, that digital baby seemed way out of place.

That solution to putting the character on screen wasn’t always the plan. Producers commissioned an animatronic baby to use for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and even filmed a few scenes with it. But the thing was so unsettlingly odd that director Bill Condon cut it from the picture. How creepy is the doll? So much so that everyone on set dubbed it “Chuckesmee,” after the demon doll Chucky from the Child’s Play films. See some wonderful footage below. Read More »

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Have you ever flipped your TV to a movie and been delighted it was one of those presentations with facts that pop up on the screen? If so, you might want to know about a new site just launched that provides that sort of presentation all the time.

The site is called Yeah! and is run by AMC Networks, which own AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films. Basically, the site allows you to stream movies like Scream, Reservoir Dogs, 300, The Terminator, Clerks, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pulp Fiction, and This is Spinal Tap. Along with each film are 400-500 pieces of new, original context and facts that appear on the screen during the film. Check out a video and read more below. Read More »

We’ll be hearing arguments over which film really deserved the Best Picture Oscar for months, if not years, to come, but if the Razzie results are any indication there’s a firm consensus on which movie was the worst of 2012.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II swept this year’s proceedings, as seven out of their record-tying eleven nominations turned into wins. Keep in mind that that’s eleven nominations out of ten categories — that’s how bad Razzie voters thought this thing was. That’s My Boy and Battleship got a little love (hate?) as well. Hit the jump to read the winners.

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Yes, you read the headline right. Bill Condon‘s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II was nominated for every single Razzie category. 11 nominations in 10 categories. It’s by far the leader for the 33rd annual “award” show that commemorates the worst films released in the past year. The rest? You can basically imagine. Lots of hate for Battleship, That’s My Boy, The Oogieloves, Tyler Perry, Nicolas Cage – all the expected culprits. Check out the nominations below. Read More »

If you ever want to feel bad about your paltry salary, looking into what you favorite A-listers make per film is a good way to do it. No doubt Kristen Stewart works hard on her Twilight movies — it can’t be easy saying some of those lines with a straight face — but can her $25 million payday for Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2 really be worth it?

Actually, yes. Forbes has compiled a list of the actors whose movies offer the highest returns for their hefty paychecks, and Stewart comes in at an impressive #2 on the list. The only person who makes a better investment is Natalie Portman, whose Black Swan ultimately grossed 25 times its $13 million budget. Read the full list after the jump.

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Pandas and hobbits and singletons, oh my! After the jump:

  • Marc Webb hints at costume changes for The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Guillermo del Toro offers Puss in Boots 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3 updates
  • Author Helen Fielding has a third Bridget Jones novel due out next fall,
  • Listen to Howard Shore‘s full score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 almost received an R rating

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Time for a quick rundown of the latest sequel news. After the jump:

  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 ending is different from the book’s
  • Also, Stephenie Meyer has more ideas for Twilight tales
  • Universal’s The Best Man 2 is coming next November
  • DreamWorks is “looking at” How to Train Your Dragon 3
  • Fox will air a How to Train Your Dragon special in December
  • See the tracklist for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Three incredibly different sequels have news updates in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about:

  • Michael Apted‘s 56 Up will hit theaters January 4.
  • The Hangover Part III has turned Nogales, Arizona into Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Ticket sales for The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 are outpacing the last film, plus a new poster.

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