The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

by (@shalapitcher)

Breaking Dawn Part 1 On Track To Be Highest-Grossing Twilight Pic

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was beloved by fans for a lot of reasons: the wedding, the honeymoon, the honeymoon, the honeymoon, and a whole lot of drama and blood and guts at the end. But it was still lagging behind its older Twilight siblings in box office numbers. New Moon had a bigger opening weekend ($142.8 million vs. $138.1 million), and both Eclipse and New Moon had bigger overall domestic box office grosses (Eclipse raked in $300.5 million, New Moon $296.6 million, Breaking Dawn Part 1 $280.3 million), according to

But per Deadline, Summit announced that the global box-office gross for the fourth flick is $701.3 million so far, and once the final tallies are in, including the receipts from China and Japan, it will top New Moon’s $709.8 million worldwide gross. So is that a big vote for Bill Condon from the international audience? Does it reflect the gradual growth of Twilight fandom over the years (we imagine young kids catching onto their older sisters’ enthusiasm, friends giving into other friends’ relentless endorsements, etc.)? Is it the lure of Edward and Bella finally doing it? That extra foreign boost usually goes to big, explosive action movies that don’t need a whole lot of translation, and Eclipse was the movie with all the big battle scenes, so we’re curious about this number. Share your theories in the comments and on Twitter! And while you’re at it, let us know what you’re excited to rewatch when Part 1 comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 11.

[Photo: Summit Entertainment]

by (@katespencer)

The 30 Best Rob And Kristen Photos Of 2011

Another year has passed of

2. People’s Choice Awards, January:


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4. Holding hands in Vancouver, March:


5. Date night at the movies, March:


6. Breaking Dawn wrap party/Kristen’s birthday celebration, April:


7.Water for Elephants premiere in NYC, April:


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20. Hand and foot print ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, November:


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25. Breaking Dawn: Part 1 premiere in Los Angeles, November:


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by (@shalapitcher)

Our 25 Favorite Vampires Of 2011

We’re not shy about our vampire obsession around here. And even as angels and werewolves and dystopian battlefields take over the screens and bookshelves, it doesn’t look like sexy bloodsuckers are going anywhere. Sure, they experience a bit of boom and bust, but a look back at the last 100 years in pop culture proves their undying staying power. In 2011, our blood was stirred by a nice crop of undead seducers, from Eric and Bill on True Blood to Damon and Stefan on The Vampire Diaries to the entire morally upstanding Cullen family. There were others who leapt from the pages of books whose racy covers we sometimes had to keep hidden — Bloodlines, the spinoff of YA series Vampire Academy, made its debut; Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series is still going strong, and in City of Fallen Angels, the latest from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, vampire Simon went from best friend to hot commodity. There were even a couple of “nonfiction” vamps who made it onto our 2011 list.

Before you check out our 25 faves, watch who such celebrity vampire experts as True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and Twilight’s Elizabeth Reaser, and non-experts like Andrew W.K., Robin Thicke and Questlove would nominate for Vampire of the Year. Because we just declared that a thing.

Now, take a look at our top 25, vote on your faves and let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites.

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by (@hallekiefer)

James Franco Rips Into Breaking Dawn Over All That “Teenage Sex”

James Franco may have once watched a gay prostitute straight-up have sex with a client to prepare for a role (seriously, how was that not a bigger story? He talked about it on Inside the Actor’s Studio!), but that doesn’t mean he’s down with the fictional Breaking Dawn sex scene. In a scathing review for the Paris Review, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes actor tore the latest entry in the Twilight series apart like so many pillows in a honeymoon suite over the supposedly massive amounts of teenage sexuality on display.

“For a film that claims to be sexually responsible, the Twilight movies are awfully dependent on teenage sex to attract viewers,” Franco complains. “The actors prance about like pieces of meat, their disturbingly developed bodies on full display; Taylor Lautner’s rippling teenage chest is just a little better than the child beauty-pageant stars at the end of Little Miss Sunshine.” Wow, we don’t agree with James’ assessment at all! Well, except maybe the Taylor Lautner thing; the man-boy was shirtless within the first 45 seconds of the movie. What do you think? Is Franco right to be outraged, or does the star of the upcoming porn-themed indie film Cherry seem just a little bit hypocritical?

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@katespencer)

The Breaking Dawn Sex Scene: Was It Good For You?

By now you’ve probably seen Breaking Dawn: Part 1 over 50 times (what, just us?) and have every caress, every crooked smile and every half-thrust from the sex scene memorized. (Again, just us?) It’s obviously the must-see scene in a movie in which a lot of crazy goes down; the cast discussed it in every interview imaginable and it was all people could talk about at the premiere. Producer Wyck Godfrey even gushed over Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart‘s connection while shooting the scene, which was brought to life by Sleeping at Last‘s lovely song “Turning Page.”

It’s obvious what we thought of it (we even gave the scene a glowing review), but we want to know if Edward and Bella’s inaugural bone lived up to your wildest dreams. Were you put off by the PG-13-ness of it all, or did the amount of back scratching and O faces satisfy your every need?

by (@katespencer)

Mackenzie Foy Says Rob Pattinson And Kristen Stewart “Like Family”

Okay guys, we’re friends so I feel like I can be honest with you and tell you that I was maybe most nervous to interview Mackenzie Foy at the Breaking Dawn premiere. When her publicist brought her over to me I squealed. Audibly. And I am a grown woman.

Mackenzie, who plays the Twilight golden child Renesmee, was an absolute delight to talk to. She was so precocious and kind and thoughtful in her answers, she kind of reminded me of another Twilight actress who started out in the biz as a kid and is cool and beautiful with great hair. (It should be obvs who I am talking about.) She filled me in on the on-set swear jar, Rob’s goofy ways, what it’s like playing a half-vampire and how the screaming fans make her feel. She also told us that Rob, Kristen and the Breaking Dawn cast feel “like family” to her.

You totally get why I squealed, right?

by (@katespencer)

Breaking Dawn Soundtrack Artists Dream Of Collaborating With “Amazing” Musician Rob Pattinson

We’re loving the Breaking Dawn soundtrack and were really excited to chat with the musicians featured on the album at the premiere last week. So many interesting, unique artists who were mostly unknowns before their songs were chosen got to go watch their music play in a blockbuster film. How surreal! We were lucky enough to speak with Christina Perri (a major Twilight fangirl), Imperial Mammoth, Sleeping at Last (OMG that song! Tears) and Cider Sky and asked them all if they’d ever consider collaborating with another Twilight musician — actor Rob Pattinson. They were all, obviously, gung-ho and complimented his talent as a singer-songwriter and musician.

“He’s an incredible singer and guitar player,” Perri said. When asked if she’d love to work with him she replied, “I would be so down.” So would every other artist we talked to. Check out their Rob love in the clip above.

Rob Pattinson Says Snow White And The Huntsman Looks “Amazing”
5 Things We Really Want From Breaking Dawn, Besides Bella’s Gown

by (@katespencer)

Rob Pattinson Says Snow White And The Huntsman Looks “Amazing”

The Breaking Dawn premiere black carpet was crazy, and it got especially nuts when the big stars came through. Time gets tight with the actors talking to press and fans, so often they group reporters together for interviews. “Two questions!” we were told as Rob Pattinson saddled up in front of us. A lady to the right of me jumped in first. “Rob, the fans! This is crazy, right?” she asked, which almost caused me to have a tantrum. The poor dude’s answered that question 987654321 times since 2008, why not throw us all a bone and ask something interesting? Ever the gentleman, Rob gave  a very gracious answer, and then I pounced, asking him about Wyck Godfrey‘s admission that they were working together. You can see Rob’s answer above. I then asked another question because I’m feisty like that. “Have you seen the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer?” I shouted as he was whisked away. “Yeah,” he said with a serious, supportive smile. “It’s great. Amazing.”

An opinion with which we totally agree.

Charlize And Kristen Fierce Off In The Snow White And The Huntsman Trailer

by (@shalapitcher)

5 Things We Really Want From Breaking Dawn, Besides Bella’s Gown

The fact that Bella’s Carolina Herrera wedding gown will now be available via Alfred Angelo was great news for Twi-hard brides-to-be whose husbands don’t mind being compared to Edward Cullen. But what about those of us who aren’t getting married anytime soon (or who don’t have vampire maids of honor to work those buttons)? Here are five things we could really use from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Merchandizing execs, take notes!

1. Our own speedboat, with a dock in Brazil.
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by (@shalapitcher)

Breaking Dawn Star Nikki Reed Returns To Screenwriting Roots

Breaking Dawn Part 1 didn’t quite bring in as much box-office cash as the biggest Twilight movie so far, New Moon, but its $139.5 million opening places it at #5 of the all-time biggest debuts. It’s hard to remember that this mega franchise comes from humble indie roots — but one of the biggest reminders of that is how some of the stars are planning their post-Twilight futures.

Take Nikki Reed, for example. The actress who first came to Hollywood’s attention as the 13-year-old co-writer and co-star of Catherine Hardwicke‘s Thirteen wants to return to her first passion, writing.

“I’m working on a screenplay now,” she told TheFABlife last week. “It’s not autobiographical, but it’s based on a distant, distant family member. And I’m writing music with Paul, and I write on my blog all the time. And I’m thinking about a novel idea right now, so writing is probably my number one priority.”

After all the kerfuffle over Nikki’s quote in Seventeen magazine about not being best friends with the entire cast, we asked which co-stars and directors she’s dying to work with again.

“All of them for different reasons. Right now I’m such a huge fan of Bill Condon‘s, that’s right there in the forefront of my mind. He’s so talented. I was a fan of his long before the series. But all of them for different reasons — Chris Weitz is so talented, David Slade, Catherine Hardwicke who I’ve worked with numerous times. Being in Breaking Dawn and having so many great scenes to work on with Kristen was so great. She and I have been close for many years. It was really exciting to be able to do that with her. And Elizabeth Reaser and Michael Sheen. It’s like, gosh, I don’t know. There is not one!”

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