2012 Movies Preview: If you only see a dozen movies this year…
Last year at this time, we were talking about all the upcoming movies that have numbers after the titles: 2011 was going to be a year of sequels. Well, looking over the 2012 slate, what do we find but a lot of movies with numbers after the titles. Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again, a sequel of sequels, but what are you going to do? In Hollywood, familiarity breeds content. Fortunately, we don’t have to travel that road. Here, in the order they are set to open, Jay Stone takes a look at 12 to look forward to in 2012:
The stars of Twilight Breaking Dawn – Part 1 descended on the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday Night for the premiere of the second last film in the Twilight film series. Click through to see photos of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and, of course, their legions of fans arriving at the theatre.
Appetite for destruction: Say bye to vampires and hello to Hell-on-Earth Earth may not have ended this past May 21, as a small-but-confident group of religious zealots had hoped, but our planet fares much worse in a new crop of teen fiction: Thanks to Suzanne Collins’ mega-selling Hunger Games trilogy, dystopian and post-apocalyptic kid lit has replaced vampires as the biggest thing in YA publishing. (Ilustration: Steve Murray)
Scrooge McDuck, the “penny-pinching poultry” with a fortune in gold coins whose estimated worth is US$44.1-billion, headed the list of Forbes‘ “Fictional 15″ wealthiest imaginary characters. But despite his riches, McDuck still trails Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ US$53-billion.
Vampire-themed franchises have become big business, so it’s no surprise that Carlisle Cullen, the 370-year-old vampire from the Twilight books and films who has been accruing interest on a small savings account since 1670, came in second with US$36.2-billion.