"Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" Tops Record Thanksgiving Box-Office Weekend 

Vampire Bella helped Hollywood with a record-breaking Thanksgiving box-office weekend! "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" emerged as the No. 1 movie again with $64 million box-office take for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend that began Wednesday.


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But Bella was not the only one who helped Hollywood this weekend, James Bond's "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" also helped. The 23rd Bond movie and the one that was fittingly released during the franchise's 50th anniversary came in at No. 2 with $51 million.

Meanwhile, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, "Lincoln," was at No. 3 with $34.1 million.

The three films helped Hollywood to a record $290 million box-office revenue that topped the previous record of $273 million from 2009 when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" was the No. 1 champion.

Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Sandman, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny were no match for Bella, Bond, and Lincoln. "Rise of the Guardians" which put Santa and the gang together to help fight the boogeyman (Jude Law as Pitch) opened at No. 4 with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million for the five-day stretch.

Ang Lee's visually-splendid drama "Life of Pi" debuted at No. 5 with $22 million over the weekend and $30.2 million since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, "Red Dawn" tanked! The remake of a 1980s flick debuted at No. 7 with $14.6 million and $22 million since Wednesday.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for 2012 Thanksgiving weekend:

1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $43.1 million ($97.4 million international).

2. “Skyfall,” $36 million ($41.3 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $25 million.

4. “Rise of the Guardians,” $24 million.

5. “Life of Pi,” $22 million ($17.5 million international)

6. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $16.8 million ($2.1 million international).

7. “Red Dawn,” $14.6 million.

8. “Flight,” $8.6 million.

9. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $4.6 million.

10. “Argo,” $3.9 million.

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Win Exclusive Prizes for “Rise of the Guardians” 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away a bunch of super-cool and totally collectible “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS” prizes courtesy of our friends at Paramount/DreamWorks Animation.

All you have to do is like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy), like the post of the contest, and you have a chance to win them all! (Check video of the prizes below)

One lucky winner will be chosen on Saturday, Dec. 1st, the 23rd, and that winner will get (sorry international friends, but this is only limited for US residents):


Lots of cool stuff!

Again, here’s how to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:


It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!

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"Rise of the Guardians" Movie Review 

DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” opens on Thanksgiving weekend, and it’s a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. It features the voice talent of Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus), Hugh Jackman (Easter Bunny), and Isla Fisher (Tooth Fairy). Jude Law voices the villain of the film, Pitch Black. Based on the book by William Joyce, “Rise of the Guardians” also stars Dakota Goyo (“Real Steel”) as Jamie Bennett, the source of light. Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Ramsey, find out how many kisses the movie gets by watching my review below. Have fun!

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Naomi Watts to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival! 

Naomi Watts, who gave a wonderful performance in the upcoming "The Impossible," is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival will run from January 3 to 14. I live in Palm Springs, and I live for this event :happy

Here's the full press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 19, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.

“We're delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,” said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “The Impossible, the true story of the tsunami that stunned the world with its fury, is the vehicle for Ms. Watts to display the talent and sensitivity that cinema lovers have come to expect and appreciate from her. It is our honor to present the 2013 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award to Naomi Watts, for a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.”

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, and Kate Winslet. Ms. Watts was previously honored at the Festival for her Academy Award-nominated performance in 21 Grams.

Watts stars in the Summit Entertainment film The Impossible, based on the true story of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Directed by J.A. Bayona, The Impossible also stars Ewan McGregor and newcomer Tom Holland, with a screenplay by Sergio G. Sánchez adapted from the story by María Belon based on her experiences. The film releases on December 21, 2012.

After getting her start on Australian television, Naomi Watts has proven to be a force in Hollywood. With her breakout appearance in Mulholland Drive she went on to star in the critically acclaimed 21 Grams, for which Watts received a best actress Academy Award®- nomination. Her other work includes King Kong, The Painted Veil, J. Edgar, The Ring, I (Heart) Huckabees, Eastern Promises and Fair Game. She will next be seen in Movie 43, with Liev Schreiber; Two Mothers with Robin Wright; and Sunlight Jr. with Matt Dillon. Watts recently completed shooting the highly anticipated biopic Diana in the lead role as the iconic Princess Diana.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, in the City of Palm Springs. Presenting Sponsors are Spencer’s, The Desert Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, Bank of America and Wintec. Major sponsors are Panavision, Ocean Properties Development, Raymond|Lawrence, Chihuly, Telefilm Canada. The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

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