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Bill Condon to Direct Live-Action ‘Beauty & The Beast’ Film

BeautyDisney has hired filmmaker Bill Condon as the director for a Beauty & The Beast live-action film adaptation. Variety reports that screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos has signed on to pen the script.

According to Nerdist, the details of the plot have not yet been revealed. Some speculate that the story for Condon’s production will be similar to the one featured in Disney’s 1991 animated movie. The screenplay for that project is based on Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont‘s classic French fairy tale.

As of late, Disney has been working on a number of live-action fairy tale movies. Maleficent hit the silver screen last week and has received great reviews. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella has a release date set for March 13, 2015Jon Favreau will helm a live-action/CG hybrid remake of The Jungle Book. What fairy tale would you like to see get the live-action movie treatment?

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2′ Wins Seven Razzie Awards

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 has “won” seven Golden Raspberry Awards (a.k.a. the Razzies). The film “emerged victorious” in the following categories:

Worst Picture – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Actress – Kristen Stewart for Snow White & the Huntsman and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Supporting Actor – Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Ensemble – the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Director – Bill Condon for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Prequel, Ripoff, or Sequel – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Couple – Mackenzie Foy & Taylor Lautner for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2′ Trailer Released

The teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn, Part 2 has been released, giving a glimpse of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the end of the vampire trilogy.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? In five hours, the trailer has already earned 170,000 likes and more than 9,000 comments on Facebook. The film comes out November 16th.

Here’s more about the movie: “The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer‘s best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS’ Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.”

Melissa Rosenberg on Adapting ‘Breaking Dawn’

Twihards around the world will watch The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 this weekend. In the latest installment of the blockbuster series, fans can expect to see a dramatic vampire wedding and eventful honeymoon.

We caught up with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to talk about writing scripts and the adaptation process. The highlights follow below…

Q: Describe the writing process when you are charged with adapting a book for a script versus writing an original script.
A: Each comes with its own challenges, but nothing is more difficult than starting with a blank page, as a writer does with an original project. I had the good fortune to start with an already fully fleshed out universe and mythology. But an adaptation comes with its own challenges: Honing a 500 page novel into a 110 page script. Externalizing very internal character arcs. Not pissing off the millions of fans around the world who don’t understand, or frankly care, that a book and a movie are very different animals, and that one can’t simply transfer the entire text into screenplay format and shoot it.

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The Hobbit Release Dates Revealed

Release dates have been announced for the Peter Jackson‘s two Hobbit movies.

According to VarietyThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will come out on December 14, 2012 and The Hobbit: There and Back Again will hit theaters on December 13, 2013. The video embedded above features a tour of The Hobbit‘s set.

Here’s more from the article: “Jackson began shooting the two films in New Zealand in 3D in mid-March with a cast including Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bloom joined the cast Friday to portray the elf Legolas.”

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Breaking Dawn Movie Photo Released

Entertainment Weekly released a still photo from the film set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. The picture depicts a honeymoon scene shared between the two main protagonists, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.

The photo has already earned more than 1,800 “likes” on Facebook. The video embedded above shows actor Robert Pattinson reacting to the magazine while speaking with an MTV News reporter.

The magazine also included a gallery of 18 other movie set photos shot at the Rio de Janeiro location. Director Bill Condon tweeted a racy photo back in November.

Mackenzie Foy Lands Renesmee Role in Breaking Dawn

Stephenie Meyer confirmed on Facebook that 9-year-old actress Mackenzie Foy (pictured) will play Renesmee Cullen in the forthcoming adaptation, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

The Hollywood Reporter has more: “Director Bill Condon is expected to use similar special effects as David Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to show Foy aging 17 years over the span of seven years.”

Condon recently posted this racy photo from the movie set. Below, a spoiler-filled description of Renesmee from the novel.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Photo Released on Twitter

Director Bill Condon released a photo from the movie set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn on Twitter last week. The suggestive post generated nearly 580 comments.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was the first official photo from the shoot. Part one of the movie adaptation will be released on November 18, 2011.

The novel Breaking Dawn was released in 2008. Author Stephenie Meyer cited two Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as influences for the story. Below, some spoiler-filled speculation about what the image represents.

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New York Post Profiles ‘Twilight’ Cover Hand Model

twilight-cover.jpegParts model Kimbra Hickey landed a hand modeling job where the end product was re-printed 17 million times. Her hands hold the apple on the cover of Twilight, the first book in Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire saga.

In a New York Post interview, Hickey confessed she wished for a little more fame from the cover job. The forty-year-old model admits to having acted “a bit goofy” about her lack of status.

Hickey sometimes haunts the Barnes & Noble nearby her New York City apartment to alert customers reading the books. She has even gone so far as to carry an apple in her purse so she can re-create the pose upon request. Right now, she works mainly as a massage therapist and she performs parts-modeling a few days each month.

Hickey told the New York Post: “It was major exposure for my hands, but nobody knew who I was…I see people reading it on the subway, and I say, ‘Those are my hands! I’m a hand model!’ I’m sure they think I’m crazy–a crazy lady on the subway.”
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn to be Directed by Dreamgirls Director Bill Condon

breakingdawn23.jpgAcademy Award-winning director Bill Condon will direct the fourth Stephenie Meyer vampire adaptation, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Blast Magazine has more about the deal. The director has long and varied resume, directing the musical Dreamgirls, writing the Oscar-winning screenplay for Gods and Monsters, and writing/directing the biopic Kinsey, and finally, directing the horror movie Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.

Summit Entertainment president of production and acquisitions Erik Feig had this statement: “Bringing Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand, and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity.”