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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Twilight Saga: Eclipse going IMAX

Los Angeles, CA - December 9, 2009 - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Summit Entertainment announced today that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the studio’s Twilight franchise, will be released to IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film’s launch on June 30, 2010. Directed by David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, HARD CANDY) and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie. The film franchise is based on the book series by Stephenie Meyer.

Twilight moviegoers will have a whole new way to experience this next installment of the series, with the enhanced image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience putting them IN the movie,” said Richie Fay, Summit Entertainment’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution. “The IMAX release puts us on the event film calendar for 2010, and we’re very excited to work with IMAX to bring a new kind of film to the IMAX theatre network.”

“Our 2010 film slate continues to fill out with strong titles, and a film from this incredible franchise is a very welcome addition,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “This title fills a valuable spot in our 2010 summer release window, and will no doubt thrill IMAX audiences.”

“We’re very excited to work with our new partners at Summit Entertainment to transport the very loyal and enthusiastic Twilight fans into the world of the Volturi via The IMAX Experience,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “With our growing theatre network, we’re poised to take advantage of the rapidly growing fan-base devoted to this dynamic, cutting edge series.”

In The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

About the TWILIGHT film series

The TWILIGHT film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together…even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story TWILIGHT, the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, was released November 20, 2009 to a record breaking opening. The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is due in theaters on June 30, 2010.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

KStew Talks About Bryce Dallas Howard's Work in Eclipse

Portraying the firey-haired (and eyed) vampire with a knack for escape artisty was easy, according to co-star Kristen Stewart, for Bryce Dallas Howard in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

According to a recent interview Stewart did with MTV, Howard was able to pull off the Victoria-ness just right for the film.

Bryce is scary. She is really oddly sweet as well, so it's weird to see her switch back and forth. Victoria, for Bella, is an ever-present fear — even when Victoria isn't around, she is scared that she is coming back. Bryce is such a good actress, and it was easy to be scared of her.

You've no doubt seen exactly what Stewart is referring to with Howard's work in films like Lady In The Water and The Village. She's definitely a versatile and dynamic actress who can pull off all walks, so it'll be interesting to see how she brings Victoria's uber-evil to the big screen in Eclipse.

This is especially true given the intensity of the character shifts in the storyline. If it's anything like you might imagine from the book, there'll be dramatic points at times and suspenseful and frightening portions in others.

As Kristen Stewart mentioned, there are a few of Howard's films in particular which really exemplify her ability to bring such a character to life. Only a few months until everyone gets to see for themselves!

~Twilight Examiner

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Rob: I'm A Bore

...Says the Sexiest Man Alive, Robert Pattinson, even as he discloses how he loves all the attention, and why he did a bare all in

How did you prepare for your role?
Getting in to character was the first thing I needed to do and for that Physical fitness was the priority and my only concern. I remember, before Twilight, I never worried much about exercising my abs out, but for being Edward, I did every freaking thing possible. Regularly for 2-3 months, I ran for two hours daily and had a three-hour long session of kickboxing followed by hitting the gym for some weight training and abdomen crunches. In addition, I was on a stringent diet regime too. I was just trying to lose every ounce of body fat, so when I took off my shirt, I would look like an alien.

Are you enjoying all the attention that you are getting?
Before Twilight people use to complain about a lot of things in me like my chest hair and I must say post Twilight it’s about me wearing same clothes. I got more compliments over complaints though, when I heard people say, ‘He wears same clothes, wow that’s so cool and real.’ Actually, I don’t mind wearing what I have worn before; after all they are all my clothes I am wearing. It has got nothing to do with keeping the paparazzi away. I do not desperately repeat the clothes. It is just by chance and sometimes in shortage of time, in fact a couple of times while promotion. I guess people like me as I am. And yeah, I am enjoying all the attention I am getting, ’coz it was my choice to be an actor first. So whatever the results, I have to accept.

How do titles like – sexiest man alive, make you feel?
Who won’t like being called the sexiest person? Well, actually I don’t know whether I am sexy or not. How could I comment about myself? Ask others I guess. I am ok with such tags as far as there is no stereotyping. But yes, I would like to rename the title to The Sexiest Actor instead of just Man. After all I am an actor first.

Your favourite stars – male and female? Whose position do you envy? Who would you like to be?
Jack Nicholson in male, I always wanted to be like him since my childhood. I used to try and be like him in whatever I did. I copied his accent, dressed like him. I do not envy him but yes he was my source of aspiration I must say. Among favourite actresses, actually there are many but yes, Kristen Stewart has impressed me and the whole world, with her acting skills at such an early age.

You have flaunted your bare body a lot in the Twilight...
That was ’coz the character demanded it. In my opinion, it is the USP of Edward Cullen.

You have been linked up with a lot of women. Who’s your girlfriend?
I do not have any girlfriend and neither do I want one, considering the environment I am in now. I am only reading books and watching films always. I am quite a bore kinda person you know. If I’d have a girlfriend, why would I shy away from the media glare and letting my fans know?

Have you watched any Bollywood movies? Do you know any people from Bollywood?
No, I haven’t seen any Indian film yet. Though I have seen a couple of Hollywood films having an Indian touch and that’s where I see Indian actors and they are great-great performers. Names are hard to recall you know. Then this year’s Oscar showed us glimpses of Indian actors and India in Hollywood while Slumdog swept all the awards, so I guess it is needless saying how far the Indian cinema has come.

Have you been approached by any Bollywood movie makers for a film, except by Mira Nair for Vanity Fair?
Not yet, but I won’t mind working abroad if it is a good project and has some potential for me to perform as an actor instead of adding just a name. There is no reason though for this choiceBut at this time, I am too busy with my current commitments. And once these projects are over, I must look for a short break for making some music may be.

Any plans of visiting India? What do you know about this country?
Yes, I know in bits about India. Also the ongoing Indian and Hollywood associations have a lot to keep an eye on. Our actors are moving East and so is the Indian film industry moving here. Well it’s really good to have an exchange of cultures through the world’s strongest medium of communication, Films, which influences heterogeneous masses. Yes, I’d love to be there in near future, and why not? It is such a nice place. I went to Japan for promotion of our film, I wish I could have come to India too then. Apart from films, I know there is some real cool music in different genres and food that stirs the taste buds in India.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Breaking Dawn" Dilemma

Splitting last novel into two films means expensive talks

The two-week $481 mil­lion world­wide gross of “New Moon” has vaulted Sum­mit Enter­tain­ment into the big leagues, but it also has cre­ated a high-class chal­lenge for top­pers Rob Fried­man and Patrick Wachsberger.

They will likely have to cut a few big checks if they decided, as rumored, to split Stephe­nie Meyer’s final “Twi­light” novel, “Break­ing Dawn,” into two pic­tures. Sources said Sum­mit has set Melissa Rosen­berg — who wrote the first three films — to fin­ish the series, but Sum­mit has to clear sev­eral hur­dles before Rosen­berg learns how many more scripts she’ll write.

One of those hur­dles is fig­ur­ing out whether “New Moon” direc­tor Chris Weitz will respond favor­ably to over­tures from the film com­pany and the cast to shoot two more films, back to back.

Sum­mit execs would not com­ment, but mul­ti­ple sources said the com­pany wants to go the two-film route, which means reopen­ing nego­ti­a­tions and secur­ing approval from the author. It also means mak­ing new deals with a prin­ci­pal cast that is only locked up for four films. If “Break­ing Dawn” becomes two pic­tures, all of the key cast mem­bers will get fat raises, and the three prin­ci­pals — Robert Pat­tin­son, Kris­ten Stew­art and Tay­lor Laut­ner — could land pay­days in the eight-figure range.

That’s what hap­pened with key cast mem­bers when Warner Bros. extended its block­buster “Harry Pot­ter” fran­chise by turn­ing J.K. Rowling’s last book, “Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows,” into two films that will be released in Novem­ber 2010 and July 2011. The global suc­cess of the fran­chise made the pay­days worthwhile.

While the solu­tion to most of Summit’s chal­lenges will be deter­mined by its will­ing­ness to open its wal­let, the prospect of a Weitz return is more complicated.

While the solu­tion to most of Summit’s chal­lenges will be deter­mined by its will­ing­ness to open its wal­let, the prospect of a Weitz return is more complicated.

After feel­ing vio­lated by New Line’s alter­ing of his pic “The Golden Com­pass,” Weitz said he felt redeemed and rein­vig­o­rated by the suc­cess of “New Moon.” Yet, just before the film’s release, Weitz was stead­fast that he would next direct “The Gar­dener,” a com­par­a­tively tiny film scripted by Eric Eason, with Paul Witt and Chris­t­ian McLaugh­lin pro­duc­ing. At the time, he said Sum­mit was in dis­cus­sions to fund that film.

Sum­mit hasn’t closed a deal for “The Gar­dener,” prob­a­bly because the film com­pany wants Weitz to post­pone it and work on “Break­ing Dawn” instead. Can Weitz resist the chance to fin­ish a global fran­chise he helped build, even though it will mean more time away from his fam­ily for a long shoot? That’s the ques­tion the helmer and his reps will weigh shortly. Though Sum­mit hasn’t offi­cially made Weitz an offer, sources said the job is his if he wants it. After bring­ing in “New Moon” at around $50 mil­lion and keep­ing the cast happy, he’s the log­i­cal choice.

David Slade directed the next install­ment in the “Twi­light” series, “Eclipse,” which bows June 30.

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