Twilight

Given that the five Twilight movies raked in a collective $3.5 billion (adjusted for inflation) over five years, it was only a matter of time before Lionsgate tried to bring the franchise back from the dead. What’s surprising is how they’re doing it.

The studio will team with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer to select five aspiring female filmmakers to direct a series of shorts based on characters from the Twilight universe. The mini-movies will debut on Facebook next year. Hit the jump for more about the Twilight shorts.

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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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While VHS and DVD really hurt the theatrical re-release business for quite a while, in recent years there has been a resurgence of films going back to the big screen, if only for very limited runs.

The latest rereleases coming up this fall are a very brief — one night only! — booking for Steven Spielberg‘s classic E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and the full Twilight Saga in advance of the opening of the final chapter in the series. Info on both follows. Read More »

The publicists that be kept Kristen Stewart off the stage at MTV’s VMA ceremony tonight when some of the Twilight cast assembled to present a new 90-second trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. So the most awkward part of the Twilight portion of the evening was just the effects in the trailer, and that’s not such a big deal. In fact, the film’s dodgy effects are almost charming at this point, as they’ve been so thoroughly embraced by the films over the past few years.

The difference here is that, with the core romantic drama resolved in the last film as Bella and Edward (Stewart and Robert Pattinson) finally married and had their weird super-baby Renesmee, this movie is about resolving the drama between vampire clans. And that means battle, and more effects sequences than in previous chapters.

Indeed, this short trailer makes the movie look like the final buildup to one big fight scene. It also reveals a bit more of Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee, as vampire rule-keepers the Volturi prepare to attack. Read More »

Those in the anti-Twilight camp can come up with a million and one reasons to hate the series in about five sconds, but even those who don’t out-and-out loathe it have to groan at some of the franchise’s more painfully overwritten dialogue. I remember going to see the first film with a friend who lived for girly, romantic movies, and even she couldn’t help but laugh at Robert Pattinson‘s mortified reading of “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”

So maybe it’s for the best that the first installment of the series has now received the Bad Lip Reading treatment. No more Bella chewing her lip and sighing about how gosh-darned pretty Edward is. Now their stilted flirtations have been turned into gibberish like “You slapped a fish. You punched it” and “That cake’s my most bestest creation. Why’d you eat it?” I’m not saying the new dialogue is any smarter (it most definitely is not), but it is about a hundred times funnier. Watch the brilliantly stupid video after the jump.

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Bruce Willis has a lot on his mind. Not only does he appear in The Expendables 2, he has Rian Johnson’s Looper coming out in a few weeks, G.I. Joe Retaliation out next year and recently finished shooting on A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth film in the Die Hard franchise. Talk show host David Letterman recently asked the star about his latest turn as police officer turned action hero John McClane and Willis surprised Letterman by saying he’d brought an exclusive clip. He was lying.

Instead, Willis showed a video of himself as McClane very distraught over the recent break up of Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. It’s pretty funny. Check it out below. Read More »

From the moment that Lionsgate bought Summit, talk of more Twilight has floated around. Lionsgate clearly wanted Summit’s chief cinematic asset when it made the purchase of the smaller studio, and even with Lionsgate launching its own tremendously successful teen series this year with The Hunger Games, two massively successful franchises is always better than one.

A report cropped up over the weekend that Lionsgate/Summit is definitely planning to reboot the series, and Summit has now released a strong, but uniquely worded response. Read More »

With The Twilight Saga dominating at the box office and The Walking Dead leading TV ratings, we can argue ’til the cows come home about the relative merits and failings of each type of paranormal creature. But for one iconic filmmaker, at least, there’s no question. “I happen to like vampires more than zombies,” Martin Scorsese revealed in a recent interview. Hit the jump for his musings on what makes bloodsuckers superior to brain-eaters.

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