By Tony Rizzo
HOLLYWOOD — “The Twilight Saga” fans are anxiously awaiting “Breaking Dawn,” Part 1, due out this month. However, Part 2, won’t be released until November 2012. The original “Twilight” cost $37 million and grossed $392.5 million. The second in the series, “New Moon,” cost $50 million and grossed $709.7 million. The third episode, “Eclipse,” cost $68 million and grossed $698.5 million. “Breaking Dawn,” parts 1 and 2, cost $263 million. There’s no doubt this saga has made big stars of its three leads — Robert Pattison, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart — but somehow it hasn’t transferred to other films.
Pattinson’s $38 million “Water For Elephants,” despite Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon as his co-star, grossed only $117 million worldwide. He has “Cosmopolis,” directed by David Cronenberg from his screenplay, with Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, and “Bel Ami,” with Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, coming out soon. The same problem befell Lautner, whose $35 million “Abduction” grossed only $71.6 million.
Stewart has fared even worse. Her $10 million film, “The Runaways,” brought in a paltry $4.6 million. She has two films due out, “Snow White and The Huntsman,” with (“Thor”) Chris Hemsworth, as the Huntsman, due out in June (the first of a trilogy), and “On the Road” with Sam Riley and Viggo Mortensen. It looks like they’ll have to make more films in the same vein as “The Twilight Saga” if they want their fans to support them!
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The Liberace bio film, “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, has found a home at HBO. Producer Jerry Weintraub made his bestselling book, “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead”, about handling Elvis, Frank Sinatra and John Denver, among others, into the hit HBO documentary, “His Way.” “I knew Liberace when I was a kid,” Jerry said. “He was Elton John and Lady Gaga before they ever dreamed of it! I picked HBO because of its huge subscription base.” Steven Soderbergh will direct and shoot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Palm Springs, where Liberace had homes.
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Goldie Hawn’s second husband, Bill Hudson, has written a tell-all book about his four-year marriage to Goldie and his relationship with their two actor children, Kate and Oliver. Goldie and Kate aren’t thrilled with the content of the book, and in fact, Kate and her father aren’t even on speaking terms. No word if the book will include his 18-year marriage to “Laverne and Shirley” star Cindy Williams and their two children.
Look on the bright side, Goldie, he’ll be telling all your secrets just for money, but you’ve always had more fame and money than he’s ever had, which makes him nothing more than a … Gold-ie-digger!
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