Christian Bale Bailing On Batman After Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises will the last Batman film for Christian Bale, the actor announced in a recent interview. Christian Bale has played Batman on the big screen in three movies, more than any other actor who has stepped into the role. George Clooney and Val Kilmer both played the Batman in one film, while Michael Keaton played the the crime-fighter in two.

Speaking to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale said that while playing Batman was “enjoyable,” he is done with the role after The Dark Knight Rises.

“I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl [Batman hood] off,” he said. “I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”

While Christian Bale may be bailing on Batman, his fans will have plenty more chances to eyeball him on the screen soon. Bale will be up next in Zhang Yuimou‘s film drama The Flowers of War and co-starring in two films with Cate Blanchett from director Terrence Malick.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway, is due out in the summer.

Breaking Dawn Wedding Dress for Sale to Rabid Fans

Want to walk down the aisle looking just like Bella Swan from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1? Just have to have the Breaking Dawn wedding dress for your very own strange and possibly disturbing reason? Well now you can! Yes indeed, the official replica Bella Swan Breaking Dawn wedding gown is now on sale at Alfred Angelo stores nationwide for a relatively inexpensive $799.

The official Breaking Dawn wedding dress replica, designed by Michael Shettel, is inspired by the Carolina Herrera original gown worn by Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn during the Bella and Edward wedding scene. The dress and matching shoes retail for approximately $800 and have been officially sanctioned by Summit Entertainment. The original dress was made of silk, but the ‘Twilight Bridal’ replica is made of satin. The dress will be available in sizes from 0 to 30W.

Hererra will also include her version of the gown in her 2012 collection and sell it in her CHNY boutiques next year. No word on how many of those gowns will be produced or how much they will cost.

The Alfred Angelo Breaking Dawn wedding gown replica dress features “a dramatic plunging cut-out illusion back detailed with a soft Chantilly-inspired lace appliqué trim and full-length lace trimmed sleeves, self-fabric-covered buttons and a Chapel train,” according to a press release.

Herrera’s original Breaking Dawn wedding dress design was inspired by the gown worn by Bella Swan in the book. “I was called by Stephenie Meyer. We had to discuss a lot, but I was very inspired by her book and the description of the wedding,” Herrera said at the Breaking Dawn premiere. “I was very flattered I was asked to do it; it’s a big scene for me.”

Kristen Stewart’s Vampire Pregnancy Transformation

Here’s a bit of behind-the-scenes info. The latest Twilight installment has Bella (Kristin Stewart) marrying vampire Edward Cullen and unexpectedly getting pregnant while on their honeymoon. As one would logically assume, a vampire baby carried by a human causes a lot of trouble. As the baby gets bigger, Bella withers away, unable to eat. In order to produce this haunting transformation, a special effects team worked arduously. The result is so believable that many wondered if Stewart really lost a bunch of weight.

She didn’t. Instead, she had to sit through hours of prosthetics and makeup application to make her eyes look more sunken and her ears larger. It was a bold move by the studio – to commit to making the main character of a hit movie look – well – grotesque for much of the film. But Stewart was game, saying the prosthetics made her feel like she had a “big, skinny head” for many of the scenes.

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Tickets Sales Fail to Reach New Moon Record

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, starring Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, was the overwhelming winner at the weekend box office, but the film failed to break the film franchise’s previous opening record of $142.8 million for New Moon. In a shock to no one, more than 80 percent of the weekend box office opening crowd for Breaking Dawn was female.

 

The latest Twilight film may have not been a record-breaker, but it did manage to rake in $139.5 million at the weekend box office. This whooping total in ticket sales landed Breaking Dawn the fifth-largest opening weekend in the U.S. after Harry Potter and The Dealthy Hallows – Part 2, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Even though The Twilight Saga books and films have a huge teenage following, more than 60 percent of the audience for Breaking Dawn‘s opening weekend was over 21. Only 30 percent of the crowds for the film’s opening weekend were under 18.

Even though Breaking Dawn wasn’t a record-breaker, Summit Entertainment is still on track to pull in an estimated $300 million in box office revenue from the latest Twilight film frachise installment. Breaking Dawn has also grossed $144 million in ticket sales in 54 foreign territories, according to CNN.com, making it’s worldwide opening revenue an astounding $283.5 million.

Coming in a far distant second at the weekend box office was Warner Bros. 3-D animated film Happy Feet Two at only $22 million. Rounding out the top five were Immortals at $12.3 million, Adam Sandler‘s Jack and Jill at $12 million and Puss in Boots at $10.7 million.

Twilight on Track to Break Records

Less than 24-hours after it opened, Twilight is on track to have the second highest-grossing opening weekend in 2011. Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is set to take in $65 to $75 million this weekend after being released at midnight last night. It’s inaugural midnight show alone brought in #30.3 million. Breaking Dawn  has a big enough following that it’s already taking business away from other films out this weekend.

Until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released this summer, the last two Twilight movies set records for best midnight performance.  Deathly Hallows earned $43.6 million for its midnight showings, making Breaking Dawn number two in terms of all-time midnight best.

As if you need us to tell you, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

 

Twilight Fans Tune In To Breaking Dawn Premiere Live Streams: Watch Here!

If you are not one of the incredibly lucky fans attending The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn premiere tonight, you can still watch the action live as it happens. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 premieres tonight in Los Angeles. The latest installment in the Twilight film series hits theaters nationwide on Friday at midnight. If you can’t be there in person, you can tune in to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn premiere live streams video to get your fix on.

More than 1,400 Twilight fans have been camping out near the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles for the Breaking Dawn premiere, hoping to catch a glimpse of the film’s hot young stars. Author Stephanie Meyer is astounded by the dedication of the film fans. “There’s not much I would sleep out on the street for,” she told USA Today.

This Twilight premiere has fans salivating for three of the most pivotal and intense scenes from the book series to be translated into film. In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, fans will finally see Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristin Stewart) get married, have sex during their honeymoon and bear witness to Bella giving birth to her half-vampire baby spawn.

Fans will, however, not get quite as much out of the Edward and Bella sex scene as was originally shot. Apparently Robert Pattinson got a little too ‘involved’ in his “thrusting” and the film almost ended up with an R rating. So Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon had to cut the hot rating of the sex scene down a bit to avoid getting an R rating slap down. Because, of course, Twilight is all about getting the teens in the theater!

Fear not, fans of blood and gore though. Apparently the MPAA ratings board didn’t go for the sex scene “thrusting” but didn’t care a bit about Bella’s bloody birthing scene. So that will be full on gross and nasty for everyone to enjoy.

Most of us will have to wait until Friday to enjoy the Breaking Dawn premiere. Meanwhile, however, Twilight fans can tune in to the Breaking Dawn premiere live stream videos below and get a glimpse of the action at the Los Angeles premiere. The streams won’t go live until tonight, so bookmark the page and keep checking back for it to launch!


Bond is Back

Daniel Craig returns as Bond, James Bond in the 23rd installment of the franchise. Production has begun on the delayed film, Skyfall, and is being directed by  Sam Mendes and shot in London, Scotland, Turkey and China. The film had been postponed after MGM filed for bankruptcy last year and the future of the series looked uncertain. However, MGM’s new management decided the spy would live on. (They’d be foolish to put the kibosh on such a cash cow!)

In this latest installment, Craig will be joined by Javier Bardem as Bond’s nemisis, while British actors Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw will appear as well. And what would Bond be without spy chief M, for which role Judi Dench returns, and the film introduces two new Bond girls — English actress Naomie Harris as a field agent named Eve along with French performer Berenice Marlohe.

And in true Bond fashion, Mendes reveals there will be “a lot of surprises.”