Top 12 Film Industry Stories of 2009:#2: New Moon Eclipses Box Office

Once in awhile, a box office story occurs that almost exists outside of its individual achievement. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is such a situation in that its box office behavior not only exemplifies a franchise on the rise but also simultaneously encapsulates a decade worth of box office trending with one event.

I speak of course of the opening weekend of New Moon. There are twin aspects to this discussion. The first is an individual examination of the success of the Twilight sequel. The second requires a bit of box office history. Let’s discuss this portion before talking about the Summit Entertainment side of the story. More here.

Promo for Rachelle Lefevre’s ‘The Deep End’

 Premiering on ABC on January 21st is The Deep End, a television show that focuses on the experience of four young lawyers as they enter a tough associateship program at a top-notch law firm.

Rachelle Lefevre (“Victoria” in Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon) portrays “Katie” in the show, and she’ll be appearing in the series pilot.

Promotional videos for the show, while focusing on the principle actors for the series, have shown Lefevre in character, and you can check them out below!

Another video and more here.

Anna Kendrick From ‘Twilight’ and ‘Up in the Air’: Who Is She Again?

You know that cute little brunette from ‘Twilight’? Nope, not Kristen Stewart, the other one. No, not Ashley Greene, the other one. She plays Bella’s best non-vampire friend. Yes, that one! That’s Anna Kendrick and she’s taking Hollywood by storm.

The movie industry is officially buzzing: this talented actress is poised to become Hollywood’s next “It” girl. Kendrick already stars in the phenomenon that is the ‘Twilight’ saga. And not only is she part of one of this award season’s most buzzed-about flicks, ‘Up in the Air’, she’s been nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG award for her role. There might even be an Oscar nod in her near future. More here.

Twilight’s Peter Facinelli talks Vampire Transformer application for iPhone – ‘something for fans’

The star of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Peter Facinelli discusses his latest creation, the Vampire application for iPhone, which Facinelli says is “for the fans.”

Facinelli, featured in the following, was interviewed by The Wrap.

Why did you decide to throw your hat in the app ring?
I wanted to make something for the fans that I thought they would enjoy. What better than to have them be able to make their own coven in a fun, artistic way?

More here.

Films compete for Sundance awards

Your ticket to the film festival, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Provo, Utah.

Vying for awards

The stars come out
‘Welcome to the Rileys’ – Director Jake Scott’s New Orleans drama, which co-stars James Gandolfini and “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart.

‘The Runaways’ “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” co-stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning team up for director Floria Sigismondi’s portrait of rocker Joan Jett as she forms her band in the 1970s.

More here.

Exclusive Interview: Kirsten Prout is Lucy in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

Nineteen-year-old Canadian born actress Kirsten Prout has been making a name for herself in film and television, since getting bitten by the acting but at the very young age of two. After her feature film debut in 2005 as Abby, sidekick to Jennifer Garner’s character in the superhero flick Elektra, she went on to play Amanda, the girl-next-door love interest for Kyle on the ABC Family drama Kyle XY.
This June, Kirsten Prout will be in her most visible project to date, as vampire Lucy in the highly anticipated The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In the third installment of the popular film franchise, her character is seen in flashbacks that give insight into the backstory of Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and how he was created.

In this exclusive interview, the rising star talked to IESB about the experience of playing her darkest role yet, in such a high-profile film. More here.

I am so excited to begin watching ‘The Deep End’. I absolutely love Rachelle and I don’t think I saw enough of her in ‘Twilight’ so I would love to see her stretch her acting legs some more for us! Do you plan on watching the premiere episode on January 21st?

The buzz for Anna Kendrick is really great. She definitely has a bright future and I can’t wait for her next projects!

Do you have the iPhone Transformer app? What do you think of it?

I am pleased to see another fresh face for ‘Eclipse’. Kirsten Prout seems to have a good head on her shoulders and is pretty modest about her career thus far. I can’t wait to see her performance!

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