"Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" Devours Box-Office Competition! 


As expected, the tween generation ruled at the Thanksgiving box-office! "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" sold $42 million worth of box-office tickets for the three-day weekend, and $62.3 million from Wednesday to Sunday. So far, the "Twilight" flick starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Jacob Lautner raised its domestic total to $221.3 million just in the U.S. alone, and $268 million international for a woldwide total of $489.3 million!

("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" movie review)

Entering at No. 2 was Disney's "The Muppets!" Co-written and starring Jason Segel, along with Amy Adams, and much, much more (it's star-studded!), the seventh film of "The Muppets" franchise earned $29.5 million for the three-day weekend and $42 million from Wednesday to Sunday. (Enter to win exclusive "The Muppets" prizes from Walt Disney Pictures, click here)

Not bad for a film with a budget of $40 million!

At No. 3 was the Warner Bros. flick "Happy Feet Two" with a three-day total of $13.4 million and $18.4 million for five days. Sony's "Arthur Christmas" debuted at No. 4 with $12.7 million for three days and $17 million for five days.

(For my fun one-on-one interview with Robin Williams, click here, for Elijah Wood, click here, and for Hank Azaria, click here)

But one of the good news of the weekend was Paramount's Martin Scorsese masterpiece, "Hugo!" Opening at only 1,277 theaters, the fantastic film earned $11.4 million for three days and $15.4 million for five days! (Enter to win exclusive "Hugo" prizes from Paramount Pictures, click here)

And here's the clincher -- 75% of "Hugo's" box-office take came from 3D! Yup, you guys have to watch this in 3D for Scorsese used the technology, not as a gimmick, but a raw part of the narrative!

Click here for my “Hugo” movie review
For my written movie review of "Hugo," click here
Sir Ben Kingsley "Hugo" interview, click here
Chloe Grace Moretz "Hugo" interview, click here
Emily Mortimer "Hugo" interview, click here

Some good news in the indie front -- "My Week with Marilyn" (I love this film, and I'm betting on Michelle Williams to be nominated and take home Oscar gold!) opened with a $1.8 million three-day weekend, and $2.1 million for five days. At just 244 theaters! (Check out my fun interview with producer Harvey Weinstein about "My Week with Marilyn" right here)

Another good news for Weinstein Company, their excellent black-and-white silent film, set to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, "The Artist" had a bountiful three-day total of $210,414 in just four New York City and Los Angeles theaters.

And "The Descendants" from writer-director Alexander Payne ("Election," "Sideways") entered the Top 10 with $7.2 million! I love this film, it deserves nods for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Actor for George Clooney. And gasp, perhaps, a Best Supporting Actress nod for Judy Greer who emerged as the heart of the film!

Here's the Top 10 box-office films for our glorious Thanksgiving Weekend:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," $42 million

2. "The Muppets," $29.5 million

3. "Happy Feet Two," $13.4 million

4. "Arthur Christmas," $12.7 million

5. "Hugo," $11.4 million.

6. "Jack and Jill," $10.3 million.

7. "Immortals," $8.8 million

8. "Puss in Boots," $7.5 million

9. "Tower Heist," $7.3 million

10. "The Descendants," $7.2

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Win Exclusive “The Muppets” Prizes from Walt Disney Pictures! Find Your Own Rainbow Connection! 


New on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, it’s all about “THE MUPPETS!” I enjoyed this film for its big heart, and the razzle dazzle of the great production numbers!

Jason Segel co-starrred and also co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”). From director James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show,”) the 7th installment featuring the Muppets also boasts a great cast which includes Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Donald Glover, Danny Trejo, and Rashida Jones. (For my "The Muppets" movie review, click here)

Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures, one lucky winner will get:

*** “THE MUPPETS” T-SHIRTS (ONE ADULT AND ONE FOR KIDS)
*** “THE MUPPETS” SUNGLASSES
*** “THE MUPPETS” STICKERS
*** “THE MUPPETS” BUTTONS
*** “THE MUPPETS” JUNIOR NOVEL
*** TALES OF A SIXTH GRADE MUPPET NOVEL


How to enter:
1) Go to my Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like the page, and then like the contest post, and just like me! :)

That's it! One lucky winner will win all these prizes! Drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 2nd!

Winner will be notified via Facebook, so come back to my page to find out if you won!

Sorry international friends, but this contest is limited to U.S. residents.

For more info, and to see the prizes, check out my video below!

GOOD LUCK!



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Win Exclusive “Hugo” Prizes from Paramount Pictures! Better Than Black Friday! 



New on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, it’s all about “HUGO!” Have you seen this fantastic Martin Scorsese movie yet? I love this film, and no one can make a movie about the history of cinema better than Scorsese can!

Click here for my “Hugo” movie review
For my written movie review of "Hugo," click here
Sir Ben Kingsley "Hugo" interview, click here
Chloe Grace Moretz "Hugo" interview, click here
Emily Mortimer "Hugo" interview, click here

Thanks to Paramount Pictures, one lucky winner will get:

*** “HUGO” PLAYING CARDS
*** “HUGO” JOURNAL WITH COLLECTIBLE PEN
*** “HUGO” GLOVES
*** “HUGO” BOOKMARK
*** “HUGO” BOOK BY BRIAN SELZNICK


How to enter:
1) Go to my Facebook page -- www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like the page, and then like the contest post, and just like me! :)

That's it! One lucky winner will win all these prizes! Drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 2nd!

Winner will be notified via Facebook, so come back to my page to find out if you won!

Sorry international friends, but this contest is limited to U.S. residents.

For more info, and to see the prizes, check out my video below!

GOOD LUCK!



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Producer Harvey Weinstein Raves About Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn!" Check Out My Fun Interview! 


Call this "My Five Minutes with Harvey," that's Mr. Harvey Weinstein -- a great producer and a surprisingly good man! I interviewed the guy who changed the way we view independent movies via his Miramax banner (with brother Bob Weinstein) for his entertaining and thought-provoking film, “My Week with Marilyn.”

Based on two books by Colin Clark, “My Week with Marilyn” takes a snapshot of the icon while making the 1957 film, “The Prince and the Showgirl.” The glorious Michelle Williams embodies Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh stars as Sir Laurence Olivier, and Eddie Redmayne is Colin Clark. The film is told from his perspective, but it’s Williams’ who will receive all the honors for her honest portrayal of Monroe. She’s at once vulnerable and strong, petulant and pleasant. Williams deserves a Best Actress nomination, and yes, perhaps, the Oscar itself! She’s long overdue!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What made Weinstein interested in producing “My Week with Marilyn?”

*** Michelle Williams’ performance

*** The many sides of Marilyn Monroe – yes, she suffered for her art!

*** Did Michelle do her own singing and dancing?

*** The upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival where Michelle is being honored, truly deserving!




Here's more info from Weinstein:

Colin Clark met Marilyn Monroe while working as a young assistant on Laurence Olivier's "The Prince and the Showgirl." When Marilyn experienced emotional difficulties during shooting, the 23-year-old third assistant director came to her aid and romance developed. But one week of honesty and fun was not enough to save the doomed star from self-destruction.


Genres: Adaptation, Drama and Art/Foreign

Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.

Release Date: November 23rd, 2011 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for for some language.

Distributors: The Weinstein Company

Cast and Credits

Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott, Emma Watson, Judi Dench

Directed by: Simon Curtis (II)

Produced by: David Parfitt, Mark Cooper, Jamie Laurenson

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Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!! Eat Lots of Turkey!!! 


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