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Kate Beckinsale's return to the franchise propelled Underworld: Awakening to a big box office win this weekend. George Lucas' Red Tails came in second in revenue.

Those out to see Kate, who plays leather-clad vampire warrior Selene, kick some serious behind managed helped the film bring in $24.3 million its opening weekend.

Was it worth it, though? Movie Fanatic's Underworld: Awakening review is mixed, but in strictly financial terms, it easily topped Red Tails' $19.4 million haul.

Mark Wahlberg's Contraband grossed $12.2 million, causing it to fall from first to third in the box office. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close pulled in $10.5 million.

Nos. 5-10: Haywire ($9.0 million), Beauty & the Beast 3D ($8.6 million), Joyful Noise ($6.1 million), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol ($5.5 million), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ($4.8 million), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ($3.8 million).

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With just over two months to go until the release of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has released the final poster for this sure-to-be blockbuster.

It features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and it's just as awesome as all other promotional material so far:

Final Hunger Games Poster

But while the excitement over The Hunger Games builds each day, and while its core audience may also be comprised of teenage girls, Josh Hutcherson recently spoke to E! News and stopped the comparisons to another franchise right then and there.

“I’m not a huge fan of the comparisons to Twilight just because I think it’s a very different world," the actor behind Peeta said. “I understand why people make the connection just because it’s a popular teen book... but the story is really more about Katniss and her survival. There’s definitely less romance.”

Find out for yourself on March 23 when Suzanne Collins' novel hits the big screen.

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The higher-ups at Volkswagen must be big Star Wars fans.

For the second straight year, the car maker is using George Lucas' epic saga as inspiration for a Super Bowl commercial. A year ago, Little Darth Vader was a huge hit.

So much so that the company released a teaser for the ad early here in 2012. The sequel, featuring a canine chorus barking a familiar tune, may be even better:

Barking along to the ominous "Imperial March" dressed as Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and an Ewok, these mutts will surely get people talking.

Or howling, one might say ... see what we did right there?

The appropriate title for the spot: "The Bark Side." Amazing.

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Might November 16, 2012 not mark the beginning of the end for The Twilight Saga after all?

While we're still nearly a year away from the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2, Lionsgate President Jon Feltheimer is already looking at life beyond the final installment of Stephenie Meyer's novels - and he has an idea for how to milk the franchise for all it can produce.

  • Robert Pattinson Promo Photo
  • Breaking Dawn Poster: Jacob

“It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn’t have ongoing value,” Felthemier said of the possibility that another film could be made. “It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration."

But the source material is tapped out. How could the studio back another Edward and Bella-based saga?

“Maybe go back into some of the back stories,” Feltheimer suggested. “There’s been talk of shorts and different new media, too.”

Only time, and screaming Twihard reaction, will tell. But what do you think of this plan? Do you want to see Twilight extended beyond Breaking Dawn?

 

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Johnny Depp is having problems with long-time girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, according to tabloid reports.

But there are no such issues between the A-lister and the American public, the results of a new Harris Poll make clear: Depp has been voted the country's favorite actor for the second year in a row.

  • Johnny Depp Photograph
  • Denzel Washington Picture

Depp tops the ball over two second-place heavyweights, Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood; while Tom Hanks and, apparently, John Wayne round out the top five.

Completing the top 10, in order of finish: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Adam Sandler, meaning no voters actually saw Jack and Jill.

Do you agree with these results? Who from the top five, is your favorite?

 

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For at least one night next month, Target will be the most popular store on earth. And not simply because you can pick up school supplies, a new wardrobe, a basketball and a week's worth of groceries in its aisles.

The chain has reached an agreement with Summit Entertainment to premiere the first clip from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Bella and Edward Photo

The major event will take place at approximately 500 locations around the country and kick off at 11 p.m. on February 10. At midnight, those in attendance will have a chance to purchase another exclusive:

A Limited-Collector's Edition DVD of Breaking Dawn Part 1 that includes... wait for it... a prop flower from Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward's (Robert Pattinson) wedding! You might say this promotion is right on target, eh, fans?!?

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Lindsay Lohan is ready to sign on to play Elizabeth Taylor, according to reports.

It looks like she's nearing a deal to make it official, as she's also working to complete her community service faster than required to clear the way for filming.

At Lohan's probation progress hearing, she is expected to receive glowing reports as a model morgue employee. If that goes as planned, she should be good.

The plan is to sign the deal early next week, barring unforeseen setbacks.

Lindsay Lohan at Golden Globes

The Lifetime film will focus on Taylor's tumultuous relationship with two-time husband Richard Burton, and producers were reportedly keen on Lohan - like Taylor, a star at an extremely young age and often maligned - to star as the icon.

This is just one of many projects LiLo is reportedly considering.

We made fun of the notion that Lindsay Lohan Playboy photos could revive her career, but she made nearly a million bucks, and is actually getting more offers than she's received in years due to her popularity - and growing maturity.

Consider THG humbled.

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The Artist grabbed its first wins of Hollywood's awards season at the Critics' Choice Awards, presented by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The black and white film won the top prize of best picture at the Thursday night affair, as well as honors for best score, costume design and director.

The Help, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's novel about black maids speaking out about white employers during the civil-rights movement, won three honors.

Viola Davis won best actress for The Help, while Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress and the film's cast won best acting ensemble. Impressive.

Others who accepted top trophies were George Clooney as best actor for The Descendants, Christopher Plummer as best supporting actor for Beginners and Thomas Horn as the best young actor for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Additional Critics' Choice winners included:

  • Bridesmaids as best comedy movie
  • Drive as best action movie
  • Rango as best animated feature
  • Midnight in Paris as best original screenplay
  • Moneyball as best adapted screenplay
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for best editing
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for best makeup and sound

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Forgive us for a moment, but: EEEEK!!!!!

Okay, sorry. We're back.

But Lionsgate has released its first official promotional photo of Elizabeth Banks in the key Hunger Games role of Effie Trinket and it's safe to say we're a tad bit excited over it.

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket

"A fun part of being an actor and a chameleon is taking on those looks," Banks told The Huffington Post of the transformation into this Capitol spokesperson. "Effie has a really theatrical, over-the-top, completely not me look to her. I'm very excited for people to see my portrayal. I have no idea if people are going to be into it. I hope they are."

The Hunger Games trailer, of course, has already been released; while the film comes out on March 23.

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Bridesmaids 2 is looking like a go, and star Kristen Wiig is looking like she may be involved in the sequel after all, despite earlier reports to the contrary.

Co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey says Wiig "never said that she didn't want to do it… All she said was that she's not working on it right this minute."

"Someone gave her the opportunity to write and direct her own film so, duh, she's going to do that first,” McLendon-Covey said, according to Movie Fanatic.

“So no. I think all she's waiting for is for her and Annie [Mumolo] to come up with an idea that's equally as good. It just won't happen in the next six months."

Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow has also added his two cents and his only hangup is from an artistic standpoint - can the sequel be as good as the first?

“We don't want to do it unless it's great,” Apatow said. “I don't think anyone has the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year."

McLendon-Covey then offered a few rough ideas.

"There's always divorce parties," McLendon-Covey said. "There's always baby showers. There's all kinds of hideous things like that that women do."

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