TWILIGHT FOREVER: THE COMPLETE SAGA Blu-ray Review

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Here’s what I can tell you about Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga: no box-set will ever recreate the excitement you had while seeing these movies for the first time among hundreds of your peers.  Having seen every one of them at a midnight showing, I can attest that there is very little a Blu-ray can do to recreate the experience.  Twilight Forever sure tries, however, adding in fan-friendly bonus features and packaging it all up in a photo album flipbook that holds each movie and bonus feature disc in a different cast vignette.  If you’re into Twilight, there’s a good chance you already own all of these movies – but let’s be honest, you’re probably going to want this box-set anyway.  Hit the jump to read my full review of Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray, the newest addition to your Twilight collection.

Watch: Meet the Incredibly Creepy Animatronic Baby from TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

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One of the creepier parts from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, aside from a grown man falling in love with a baby, was the very strange CG-created face that was grafted onto the child actors playing Bella and Edward’s offspring Renesmee.  It was downright weird, but it turns out that things could have been a whole lot creepier.  A new extra from the Twilight Forever Blu-ray box set reveals the animatronic version of Renesmee that was initially used on set for filming before eventually being tossed out.  The nickname for the doll was “Chuckesmee”, and it became clear that this thing was absolutely horrifying and would never work onscreen.  All of this was done in service to the source material, which describes the child as aging very rapidly.  The disturbing result begs the question: how did no one realize this was a terrible idea sooner?

Hit the jump to watch the video of the animatronic baby on the set of Breaking Dawn – Part 2Click here to purchase the Twilight Forever Blu-ray set, which came out today.

Director Bill Condon Reveals He Created a Supercut of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – Parts 1 and 2

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Although he was in attendance at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to talk about his great new film The Fifth Estate, when I spoke to director Bill Condon at the press junket, I landed an interesting bit of news about his last two films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2.  Even though there’s a huge box-set for the complete series coming out this fall, Condon revealed the existence of his own personal cut of the last two films that merge them into one, epic supercut.  He says this was to combine both parts into one movie to be more like reading the final Twilight novel in a single issue, and for fans who might be interested in seeing it.  Unfortunately, there’s no word on just when this supercut will see the light.  Hit the jump for more.

New to Blu-ray: THE MASTER, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2, SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D and More

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This week’s list of new Blu-ray titles is rather short, but a few 2012 films that were much loved (for very different reasons) get a home video release.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Cleans Up at Razzies with 7 Awards Including Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Actress

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While the 85th Academy Awards will honor the very best of what 2012 had to offer in film tonight, the opposite end of the spectrum (supposedly) has been singled out this morning.  The Razzie Awards named The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 the Worst Picture of 2012, handing the film a total of seven awards including Worst Director for Bill Condon, Worst Screen Couple for Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy, and Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart (she shared this award with her work in Snow White and the Huntsman).  Though I’m not the biggest fan of the franchise, if you think Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was the worst film of 2012 then you need to see more movies; the pic almost kind of works because of Condon’s direction, not in spite of it, and the final battle scene is legitimately entertaining.

Elsewhere at the Razzies, Adam Sandler was named Worst Actor for That’s My Boy and Rihanna “won” Worst Supporting Actress for Battleship.  Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 2; Special Features Announced and Trailer Released

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It looks like Twilight fans will be in for a pricey treat at the beginning of March.  Hot on the heels of the announcement that an extended edition of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 2nd comes the news that the home video release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will also take place on the same day.  Part 2 will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download on March 2nd, and the disc comes complete with a seven-part “making of” documentary called “Forever: Filming Breaking Dawn Part 2,” a featurette documenting the back-to-back production of Part 1 and Part 2 called “Two Movies at Once,” and audio commentary from director Bill Condon.  We can also safely assume that an extended edition of Part 2 will be released at a later date, so start saving up, Twihards.

Hit the jump to check out the artwork, a trailer for the Blu-ray, and to read the complete rundown of special features.

2013 Razzie Nominations Announced; TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Gets Nominated in Every Category

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As we await the 85th Academy Award nominations announcement on Thursday morning, we now have a look at the opposite end of the 2012 film spectrum.  The 33rd Golden Raspberry Award nominations have been announced, celebrating the very worst of what 2012′s movie slate had to offer.  Leading the pack is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 with 10 nominations, as the film landed a nomination in every single category.  The Twilight closer will go head-to-head with Battleship, A Thousand Words, That’s My Boy, and The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure for the Worst Picture title.

It’s easy to beat up on the Twilight franchise, and even though I wouldn’t go so far as to call Breaking Dawn – Part 2 a good movie, it’s in no way the worst movie of the year.  The sheer amount of beheadings alone in director Bill Condon’s climactic fight sequence is enough to make the movie worth watching.  Anyway, hit the jump to check out the full list of Razzie Awards nominations.

2012 Box Office in Review: A Look Back at the Highest Grossing Films of the Year and More

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It’s January 1, 2013, which means that 2012 is now officially in the rear-view mirror.  Quality-wise, it was a stellar year in film, and with over a month to go before the Oscars there’s still an exciting air of unpredictability surrounding the awards contenders.  2012 wasn’t so shabby box office-wise either, and we thought today would be a nice time to take a look back at the year’s highest grossing films, lowest grossing films, and everything in between.  This year saw a few comedy surprises, the highest grossing Steven Spielberg drama in a long time, a couple of superhero megahits, and the glorious disaster that was Oogieloves.  Hit the jump to take a look at 2012’s Box Office in Review.

Weekend Box Office: SKYFALL Tops Holdovers on Quiet Frame; PLAYING FOR KEEPS Settles for Sixth

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With only days remaining before its much-anticipated return to Middle Earth, the box office was a relatively quiet place. Once again, holdovers ruled and grosses were small. In fact, the only real surprise was which of the week’s seasoned veterans came out on top. That would be Skyfall: the James Bond blockbuster that last held the top spot four weeks ago.

Title Weekend Total
1. Skyfall $11,000,000 $261.6
2. Rise of the Guardians $10,540,000 $61.9
3. Breaking Dawn Part 2 $9,200,000 $268.7
4. Lincoln $9,115,000 $97.3
5. Life of Pi $8,300,000 $60.9
6. Playing for Keeps $6,000,000 $6
7. Wreck-It Ralph $4,900,000 $164.4
8. Red Dawn $4,200,000 $37.2
9. Flight $3,130,000 $86.2
10. Killing Them Softly $2,748,000 $11.7

Weekend Box Office: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2, SKYFALL and LINCOLN Claim Top Three for Third Week in a Row

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Box office rankings were frozen in time this weekend as the top three films remained unchanged for a third straight frame. Once again, top honors went to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, closely followed by Skyfall.  Spielberg’s Lincoln claimed third. There were also two new releases, though neither hailed from a major studio. The Weinstein Co.’s Killing Them Softly had the most promise, but not even Brad Pitt’s presence could push the drama to $10 million on this notoriously low-grossing weekend.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Breaking Dawn Part 2 $17,400,000 $254.5
2.  Skyfall $17,000,000 $246
3.  Lincoln $13,509,000 $83.6
4.  Rise of the Guardians $13,500,000 $48.9
5.  Life of Pi $12,000,000 $48.3
6.  Wreck-It Ralph $7,020,000 $158.2
7.  Killing Them Softly $7,000,000 $7
8.  Red Dawn $6,550,000 $31.3
9.  Flight $4,140,000 $81.5
10.  The Collection
$3,400,000 $3.4

Friday Box Office: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN Part 2 Stays on Top; KILLING THEM SOFTLY Falls Flat

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After a record-setting Thanksgiving frame, the domestic box office is headed towards its traditional, post-holiday slump. Though weekend receipts should top 2011 levels, there is little to get excited about at the multiplex: no new, major-studio releases and no change in the domestic top three. That means that, for the third straight week, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be on top, followed closely by Skyfall, which now ranks as the highest-grossing spy movie in US history. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will remain in third place while Rise of the Guardians continues to struggle entering its sophomore frame. Even with its very modest expectations, The Weinstein Co.’s Killing Them Softly is being called a disappointment. On its first day in 2,424 locations, the R-rated film starring Brad Pitt is expected to earn just $7 million over its first three days. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1. Breaking Dawn Part 2 $5,610,000 $242.7
2. Skyfall $4,880,000 $233.9
3. Lincoln $4,040,000 $74.2
4. Life of Pi $3,300,000 $39.6
5. Rise of the Guardians $2,970,000 $38.4

Weekend Box Office: Record-Breaking Thanksgiving Holiday Led by Holdovers BREAKING DAWN PART 2 and SKYFALL; Slow Start for RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

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After a slow start on Wednesday and Thursday, the domestic box office roared to life on Black Friday and ended with the highest five-day Thanksgiving frame of all time. Holdovers were the main course, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Skyfall and Lincoln claiming the top three spots. But audiences also made room for new arrivals, including Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, the long-delayed Red Dawn remake and the CGI-animated Rise of the Guardians.

Title Weekend Total
1. Breaking Dawn Part 2 $43,070,000 $226.9
2. Skyfall $36,000,000 $221.7
3. Lincoln $25,020,000 $62.1
4. Rise of the Guardians $24,025,000 $32.6
5. Life of Pi $22,000,000 $30.1
6. Wreck-It Ralph $16.760,000 $149.5
7. Red Dawn $14,600,000 $22
8. Flight $8,600,000 $74.8
9. Silver Linings Playbook $4,623,000 $6.4
10. Argo $3,875,000 $98.1

THE COLLISION – Episode 25: The TWILIGHT Legacy and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

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This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking about the end of The Twilight Saga, its appeal, and its legacy.  We then move from talking about the franchise as a whole to its final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Spy Movies and Skyfall), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: $141.3 Million Debut for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Falls Just Short of Franchise Record

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No records were broken but The Twilight Saga went out the way it came in: huge. From 4,070 locations, Breaking Dawn Part 2 took in an estimated $141.3 million – topping the $138.1 million of last year’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 but falling slightly under the series’ record of $142.8 million set by New Moon. Worldwide, Twilight’s swan song has brought in over $340 million since its release which makes you wonder – how long before Summit can get a prequel in the works?

Title Weekend Total
1.  Breaking Dawn Part 2 $141,300,000 $141.3
2.  Skyfall $41,500,000 $161.3
3.  Lincoln $21,000,000 $22.4
4.  Wreck-It Ralph $18,312,000 $121.4
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 Flight $8,615,000 $61.3
6.  Argo $4,070,000 $92
7.  Taken 2 $2,100,000 $121.6
8.  Pitch Perfect $1,260,000 $61
9.  Here Comes the Boom $1,200,000 $41
10.  Cloud Atlas $900,000 $24.8

TOP 5: THE TWILIGHT SAGA Comes to an End, Read Damon Lindelof’s Draft of PROMETHEUS Script, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, More STAR WARS: EPISODE VII News

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I try and heed the wise words of Conan O’Brien and resist the urge to be cynical. I really do. But while digging through our The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 coverage in anticipation of this week’s post I stumbled across this poster for the film and all of my best laid plans went to waste. There is just no excuse for a franchise of its stature to have a poster that terrible. I’m far from an expert in graphic design, but mercy…I re-read Adam’s original post several times hoping to find the sentence where he points out that the poster was the Grand Prize winner of Summit’s “Design the Worst Damn Movie Poster Possible” contest. Sadly, there was no mention of such a contest. This was real and it made my heart hurt.

All cynicism aside, in this week’s Top 5, The Twilight Saga comes to a merciful end with interviews and things of the like, Damon Lindelof‘s draft of the Prometheus script becomes available for your reading pleasure, news regarding the debuts of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ first trailer and first 9 minutes of the film surfaces, a handful of images and a video from the set of Thor: The Dark World make their way onto the Interwebs, and believe it or not, more news regarding Star Wars: Episode VII gets discussed. I trust you know where to find a brief recap and link to each.

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