Saturday, July 10, 2010

::Team Eclipse:: Worldwide Box Office Surpasses 319 Million.

Posted July 04, 2010 by Larry Richman
Eclipse heads into 2nd Saturday with $214M+ domestic, $319M+ 
worldwideUPDATE SATURDAY, JULY 10 4:00 PM:

Updated box office estimates are in for Friday, July 9. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $11M from 4,468 domestic locations for a per theater average of $2,462. This represents a 38.7% increase from Thursday and gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $214.662M after 10 days in release. It comes in second place behind Despicable Me, which opens with $21.69M at 3,475 locations for a per theater average of $6,240.

Keeping track of records, the film with the least number of days to reach $200M was The Dark Knight, which hit $203,773,518 after five days. New Moon is in fourth place, having taken eight days to reach $205,788,929. Eclipse stands in tenth place, taking nine days to reach $203,662,377. This puts the film ahead of Spider-Man, which took nine days to hit $202,035,007, and Avatar, which didn't break the $200M mark until its 10th day when it hit $212,711,184.

The record for the first 9 days in release is held by The Dark Knight with $290,119,997. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is #5 with $222,312,298. Eclipse finishes at #9 with $203,662,377. So far, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has set all-time box office records for Opening Wednesdays, Single Day Wednesday Gross (non-adjusted), and Single Day Wednesday Gross (adjusted for inflation). It is in second place for Opening Day Gross, Single Day Gross, and Non-Opening Thursday Gross. Release records include Widest Releases, Widest Independent Releases, Widest Opening Independent Releases, Widest PG-13 Rated Openings, and Widest PG-13 Rated Releases.


Early box office estimates are in for Friday, July 9. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $11.08M from 4,468 domestic locations for a per theater average of $2,479. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $214.74M after 10 days in release. It comes in second place behind Despicable Me, which opens with $21.75M at 3,475 locations for a per theater average of $6,258.


Early industry estimates predict a $35 million weekend for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This would put it in second place behind Despicable Me, which is expected to win with a $55-60M opening.


Box office numbers are in for Thursday, July 8. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $7,931,087 from 4,468 domestic locations for a per theater average of $1,775. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $203,662,377 after 9 days in release. It still sits in first place at the top of the charts, ahead of Toy Story 3 and The Last Airbender. Updated foreign box office of $104.6M gives Eclipse a worldwide cumulative total of $308,262,377.

Here are the weekly numbers for the period from Friday, July 2 - Thursday, July 8. In its first full week, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $110,917,399 from 4,468 locations for a per theater average of $24,825. Despite being the widest release, this was the highest average of all 82 films measured. It finished in first place for the seven-day period ahead of The Last Airbender and Toy Story 3.


Box office numbers are in for Wednesday, July 7. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has now surpassed $300 million worldwide. It took in another $8,781,208 from 4,468 domestic locations for a per theater average of $1,965. This gives the film a cumulative domestic total of $195,731,290 after 8 days in release. It still sits in first place at the top of the charts, ahead of Toy Story 3 and The Last Airbender. Updated foreign box office of $104.6M gives Eclipse a worldwide cumulative total of $300,331,290.

The record for the first 8 days in release is held by The Dark Knight with $261,847,503. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is #4 with $205,788,929. Eclipse finishes at #8 with $195,731,290.

Theater counts for the week of Friday, July 9 - Thursday, July 15 reflect no change for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse with 4,468 locations. The film will still have the widest release ahead of Toy Story 3 with 3,753 locations, a decline of 275. In third place is this week's widest opener, Despicable Me with 3,474 locations.

Meanwhile, there's been some confusion over why Eclipse's first two days didn't count towards its first weekend. It makes sense on the face of it, but let's look back at the last movie that opened on a Wednesday, June 30 on the eve of a 4th of July weekend, Spider-Man 2 in 2004. As you can see here, its first two days in release, Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 1, aren't counted in the weekend numbers. As you can see above, there are two listings: the 3-day weekend of Friday-Sunday and the 4-day weekend of Friday-Monday (the Independence Day holiday). So they don't count the first two days it was in release as part of the weekend although, as you can see, they are included in the film's cumulative total and they are counted towards record-keeping. If there is any movie that Summit (and the media and public) should be comparing Eclipse to it should be Spider-Man 2, not New Moon.

They do tabulate records for films that open on a Wednesday or Thursday of a Monday holiday weekend. There is a 5-day holiday weekend record from Thursday-Monday for films that opened on a Wednesday or Thursday and a 6-day holiday weekend record from Wednesday-Monday for films that opened on a Wednesday. There are also 3-day (Friday-Sunday) and 4-day (Friday-Monday) records for holiday weekends, of course, as well as non-holiday records for 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-day opening periods (and on and on...). But these are all records which would only allow Eclipse to be compared to other films which were in theaters at the time, not against films which hadn't even come out yet. Now that the film is in competition with the rest of the movie marketplace, we'll be able to begin to judge the success of the film's early days.

Then why did Summit release the film on a Wednesday? To get the jump on the competition. Most new movies open on a Friday. If Eclipse had opened the same day as all the other new holiday weekend films it would obviously have been competing with all of them. By opening earlier, on Wednesday, it only had to go up against the "old" films that were already out. There was no competition against anything new (and The Last Airbender certainly didn't give it much competition).

So the idea was not to compete against or beat New Moon's early numbers. That may be a goal of some people but the idea is to make money, and maybe set some records in the process. The fact is, there is no way that a "weekend" that begins on a Wednesday can be compared to a "normal" 3-day weekend (when New Moon opened). So any comparison between the two simply isn't valid -- not until at least another week has gone by. Even then it will be difficult to put one up against the other since their release patterns are so different.

Is Summit happy with the first days' box office returns? I don't know but I'm fairly sure they must be. Again, the goal was not to "beat New Moon." That may be something the press or some others will latch on to but it's simply not a fair comparison. It was very easy to compare Twilight to New Moon since they opened at the same time one year apart. Not so much New Moon to Eclipse. Let's wait a week...or a few...or a month or more...before starting to compare the two. Better yet, let's just see how the film does over time in its own right, and maybe see if it sets more records. And, if you like it, tell your friends.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

::Team Twilight:: Fan Fiction Friday

How is everyone's Twilight fever this week? Getting any relief? I personally have seen Eclipse three times. How about all of you? I think I'm gonna have an Edward marathon tonight. Care to join me? The cookies and Cullentinis are ready!

First though, you might want to check these stories out. They are guaranteed to raise your temperature.

Fan Fic acronyms to know: AU=Alternate Universe, AH=All Human, OOC=Out of Character, Canon=As Stephenie Meyer wrote it, M=Rated Mature. Stories are ranked from 1-5 Sparkles for writing skill, story and plot and overall story quality as it relates to the Twilight Universe.

The following reviews are from Cullen Sister:

---I am gaga over this first story. A shy, British actor? hmmmmm....wonder who it could be? I think each and every one of us will be putting ourselves into this Bella's place. One thing I really love is that this Bella is 31 & Edward is 23. Since Bella's aging was one of her biggest issues, I find this take on it truly enjoyable. (especially when he calls her Granny or Miss Daisy...hehehehe) Read it and leave the author some love!! Be sure to tell her we sent you.

A Matter of Trust
by quietruby

Rated: M
Type: Romance/Hurt/Comfort---AH/OOC/AU---Canon Couples
POV: Bella
Status: Work In Progress (11 chapters)
Shack Rating: * * * * *(5 sparkles!)

A Matter of Trust

After playing by the rules and losing the game, Bella Swan sleepwalks through her life. Can a chance meeting with Hollywood's hottest actor on a stuck elevator reawaken her?


---Keeping with our English Edward theme here is another one. Very sweet!

Across the Ocean
by Annilaia

Rated: T
Type: Romance/Humor---AH/OOC/AU---Canon Couples
POV: Bella
Status: Complete (20 chapters)
Shack Rating: * * * * *(5 sparkles!)

Across the Ocean

In one quick and thoughtless act, Bella Swan sends a letter in a bottle across the ocean. It reaches England, where Edward Cullen finds it, and begins their correspondence, one that leads to more than either of them could expect.


The following reviews are from Forks Pixie:

Slow and Steady by LilyoftheValley77

Rated: M
Type: Romance/Comfort/Hurt/Supernatural---AU/OOC---Non-Canon Couples
POV: Jasper and Bella
Status: Complete (42 chapters)
Shack Rating: * * * * *(5 sparkles!)

Slow and Steady

It's been five years since Edward left Bella in the forest. She has almost recovered fully from that night, but when someone re-enters her life unexpectedly, will memories come flooding back causing pain or help her move on once and for all?


Innocence Lost by cullen818

Rated: M
Type: Romance/Angst/Supernatural---AU/OOC---Non-Canon Couples
POV: Jasper and Bella
Status: Work In Progress (34 chapters)
Shack Rating: * * * * *(5 sparkles!)

Innocence Lost

Edward finally gives into Bella's desires, but it alters him so completely. Can Bella handle this new side of Edward? It gets so bad that Jasper finally has to step in and save her from the darkness. Eventually a Team Jasper story. Lots of Darkward!


That's it for another week my sparkly ones. Remember to send us any stories you're either writing or reading via the Discussions tab on our Facebook page. Sweet Cullen kisses to you all!

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::Team Breaking Dawn:: Summit Entertainment's THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN To Be Filmed In Louisiana And Vancouver

Summit Entertainment’s THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be filmed in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Vancouver over the next year starting this fall. The next chapter of THE TWILIGHT SAGA will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011.

Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.

The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, is currently in theatres.

About the TWILIGHT SAGA film series
The TWILIGHT SAGA film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together...even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. The action-packed, modern day vampire love story TWILIGHT, the first film in the series, was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 to a blockbuster reception. The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON was released November 20, 2009. The franchise has grossed over $1.4 billion in worldwide box office ticket sales to date.

About Summit Entertainment, LLC
Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC releases on average 10 to 12 films annually.


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::Team Eclipse:: Interview with Eclipse Costume Designer: Secrets Revealed talks to Eclipse costume designer Tish Monaghan. Here she reveals a few secrets including a deleted scene, Rob's Karate pants, Gap T-shirts and the secret to showing your muscles:

• Robert Pattinson wanted to wear karate pants for the training sequence. “So we got him some karate pants, and it’s like the crotch hangs down to the knees, and I just thought, Ugh. Who’s gonna go for this? Because everything has to be approved by Summit,” Monaghan says. “We took them in a little bit, and they loved the karate pants. Who knew? I was so surprised.”

• Even at the film’s premiere, people squealed when Taylor Lautner turned around in that black T-shirt. “It was almost embarrassing. I felt so bad for him,” Monaghan says, with a laugh. “They were screaming and going ‘Wooooo!’”As she's done on New moon, her M.O. was to put him in smaller size Gap or Banana Republic T-shirts to emphasize his biceps, tightening the tees around the arm holes and taking them in down the side. (Pattinson wore Gap T-shirts, exclusively, she adds. “They were what fit him best. They had the best colors. So that’s what he ended up wearing, even when Edward takes Bella up to the tent. It may strike people as odd, but he doesn’t feel temperature, so that’s why we only put him in a shirt, and Bella’s all bundled up, and Jacob, of course, is running around shirtless.”

• Rosalie’s wedding dress was the star of a deleted scene: For Rosalie’s flashback to the 1930s, Monaghan’s department both rented original period dresses and made two ensembles — the one she wore when she was attacked, and her wedding dress. “Unfortunately in the film, we only see her arriving at the door,” Monaghan says, of the latter’s entrance. “I’m not sure why the scene with her floating down the hallway was cut out — maybe it’s because the element of surprise had a stronger impact. They didn’t want us to know in advance who was coming to the door. But we made a silk train for her that floated down the hallway as she kind of hydroplaned down the carpet. [Actress Nikki Reed] was mounted on a contraption, almost like a bicycle seat, and the camera was in front of her and to the side, and she just when whoooooooosh. She was rolled down the hallway at quite the speed and a fan would blow up her veil so that it was trailing behind her. It looked wonderful. The train itself was probably about 10 or 12 feet, and then the veil went beyond that.”

• Riley (Xavier Samuel) has great taste in victims: “The sensibility of all of the newborns, including Riley, is that they’re scavengers. They’re going to steal pieces from whomever they find. Riley just happened to find somebody who was wearing a G-Star jacket and some really cool jeans,” Monaghan says, with a laugh. “Once he was turned, I just wanted to put him in something that was edgy and very contemporary. We wanted to make him young and powerful but still have this kind of dark sexiness to him. We found this great G-Star jacket for him and tight, tight jeans and a beautiful Paul Smith shirt. And then he had one other change after that, which was the same jacket and tight reddish maroon jeans, which for us was important because once he got into battle with the Cullens and the werewolves, we had to separate the newborns from the Cullens color-wise. We had to make sure that there wasn’t any confusion as to who was on whose team when a body was flying through the air. So with the Cullens, we intentionally put them in black, dark navy or dark gray. With the newborns, we put them in earth tones and hints of brighter colors.”

• There’s a bit of old Victoria in new Victoria. “Because of the transition from Rachelle Lefevre to Bryce Dallas Howard, we decided that the first time that we saw Victoria, we should definitely put her into pieces of the costume that we had last seen Victoria wearing in New Moon, just so that the audience, aside from her large mane of tangled red hair, would definitely know that this is who that character is. There’s all these things that you work on so hard, and then it ends up becoming such a subliminal thing,” Monaghan says. “Gradually, we transitioned out of that into something a little bit different to make it Bryce’s own character. Because she was going to be courting Riley, I wanted something that was dark and foreboding but still sensual, because she has to lure him. We made a black lace top with a zipper that kind of went around her neck, and you could unzip it as far down the front as was necessary. Just a romantic/punk look. It works really well with her red hair, and her skin showed through, and you could see that she was being a little bit of a siren and trying to work her magic on Riley.”

• Emmett wears lighter colors than the other Cullens to showcase Kellan Lutz’s muscles. “Absolutely,” Monaghan says, when asked if this theory about his Old Navy hoodie is correct. “I also knew that the focus was going to be on him and his chase with Victoria in the woods, so I just really wanted to make sure that he stood out amongst all the dark backgrounds…. You probably won’t notice, but I made a very conscious decision to have the Cullens move through the color palette. They’re in lighter colors when they first hunt Victoria. The next big scene, when they’re in their workout wear, they’re in sort of midtones. Then when they have the final battle, that’s when I put them all in black, because I wanted them to be more stealth-like.”

• A lot of work goes into seconds of screen time. Take the newborn army Jasper (Jackson Rathbone, in a uniform purchased from a company that clothes reenactment societies, then aged as though he’d been riding in the desert for months) trained in his Civil War flashback. “It’s so fast, but for us, we have to do the work and prepare for that scene just as much as we would for any character,” Monaghan says. “They were scavengers from the 1800s, so it was a mix of garments that they grabbed from different armys, bankers, merchants, hookers.” The siren who turned him and leads the army is actually wearing his jacket and sash over her skirt. “That’s just me trying to show the link between the two of them,” she says. “For us, it’s the challenge in doing all of these thematic linkings that makes our job worthwhile. It’s important to do it, even if nobody else notices.”

• It takes a village to build a village. Unearthing what the Quileute tribe would have been wearing in the 1700s, before photography, was another challenge. Monaghan turned to ship logs from explorers who landed on the Pacific Coast and described the natives’ jewelry, their cedar bark clothing, and their dog-haired blankets. She looked at works by artist Paul Kane, and visited two Canadian museums of archeology with extensive native artifacts unearthed from burial sites. “We took all of this, and we said, ‘How are we gonna make this cheaply?’ Because we found someone was selling a recreated cedar cape online for $25,000 a garment. We ended up making them out of ground cover used in landscaping. We got something like 200 feet for $25,” Monaghan says. “So I had a whole team of people who made it one-time wear. We went to a taxidermist, and we got bones. We went to restaurants and got mussel shells. We went to another place and got abalone shells, which we used for our jewelry. We made hats out of straw baskets from Chinatown. We used wool blankets and raw silk. I was so happy with the outcome of recreating the Quileute village in the 1700s. I just thought it worked spectacularly for its, I think, 10 seconds of screen time.”

• You almost saw Kristen Stewart in a swimsuit. That’s what Bella was wearing in the script when she was saying goodbye to her mother and the sun. “Realistically, that’s never gonna look good on anybody if they’re just lying there. If they’re gonna dive into a pool and swim, maybe,” Monaghan says. “I just approached the director and said, ‘Listen, can we just do cutoffs or something instead?’ I think originally, we were going to shoot on location [in Florida], but instead, we shot in Vancouver. The temperature was not warm at all, and we wanted to keep them comfortable as well.”


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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::Team Eclipse:: Behind The New and Improved Wolves

If you’ve seen The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, odds are you left raving about the wolves — particularly the scene in which Jacob, in wolf form, saddles up to Bella during the training sequence. It’s one of the moments Phil Tippett — a two-time Oscar winner for Jurassic Park and Return of the Jedi whose visual effects house, Tippett Studio, handled the wolves for both Eclipse and New Moon — is most proud of. “That was an unusual thing for us in that most of the time, we are doing these ‘god awful animals start tearing each other apart,’” Tippett told us recently, phoning from England where he’d just celebrated Ray Harryhausen’s 90th birthday. “So it was great to have a quiet moment. A tender scene that telegraphs a budding and suppressed relationship was tricky. In fact, the entire training sequence was difficult in that the wolves do nothing. A bunch of wolves standing around watching vampires train and trying to portend some kind of anxiety was tricky. It’s tricky for any actor when you have to carry a certain part of the scene where you do nothing, because you have to figure out a way of filling up the nothing with something.”

It was important to Eclipse director David Slade that Taylor Lautner actually film that scene with Kristen Stewart so she was able to establish eye contact with him instead of with a golf ball that could’ve been used as an eyeline and painted out later. The wardrobe department dressed Lautner in a neutral grey leotard and hoodie — primarily so his skin tone wouldn’t bounce back onto Stewart and create lighting issues when Wolf Jacob was added, Tippett says. We, however, like to believe someone was already thinking about the DVD extras. That will be great, won’t it?

The tender moment was made more challenging by the fact that Slade had a different vision of the wolves than New Moon director Chris Weitz. For starters, Weitz wanted the wolves to have their actor’s eyes. “He kind of wanted the performance to feel like the wolf behavior was being filtered through a human brain,” Tippett says. Slade wanted the wolves to have wolf eyes to de-anthropomorphize them. “David wanted the performances to be more feral, twitchy, and agitated. He wanted to see wolves that were more photographically representational, which had to do with things like getting more hair follicles, making the paws smaller.”

The believability of the wolves was equally crucial in the climactic fight sequence with the newborn vampire army. “We had to come up with a rationale for what happens when a 1,300-pound wolf that’s running 35 miles an hour crashes into a newborn vampire [played by an actor that weighs 165 lbs], how we justify that,” Tippett says. “David allowed us the transgression of saying, ‘Well, let’s just say that the newborns, since they’re not made of human material but some kind of a more marble-like material, have an actual mass of something like 500 pounds, so they have a lower center of gravity.’ And that allowed us to begin thinking about how to make all of that palpable, without thinking that they’re existing in two different physical universes.” Watch a clip of how that action gets put together below.

Which wolves did you prefer: New Moon‘s or Eclipse‘s?


::Team Eclipse:: Videos: Twilight Saga: Eclipse Cast and Filmmaker Chat

::Team Riley:: USA Today profiles Xavier Samuel

When Australian actor Xavier Samuel shipped off an audition tape to Twilight producers, insta-fame seemed oceans away.

"It's kind of strange because you send them off into oblivion and you don't know if anyone watches them," says Samuel, 26.

That was last year.

Fast-forward to the Eclipse premiere, where thousands of fans are not only screaming but are screaming for him. "It's kind of 360 degrees of hysteria," Samuel says just hours before the Los Angeles premiere of the third film installment of Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster series. "The sound (of Twilight's fans) does really knock you off your feet."

BOX OFFICE: Nothing Outshines 'Eclipse'

Samuel steals not only the first five minutes of one of most anticipated movies of the summer, but much of its finale. He plays newborn vampire Riley Biers, who, alongside vengeful vamp Victoria, leads a bloodthirsty army of young vampires with one goal: killing human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and those who protect her.

Hailing from Adelaide, he now joins Hollywood's short list of hot young Aussie men in the spotlight, including brothers Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) and Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), and Sam Worthington (Avatar).

There was only one problem en route to the Eclipse set.

"I was going through the book going, where's Riley?" says Samuel, whose character gets a major upgrade in the screenplay version of Eclipse. But director David Slade slipped him an early top-secret copy of Meyer's recent novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, in which Riley and Victoria's relationship is more deeply explained.

Joining the ranks of Robert Pattinson, Stewart and Taylor Lautner, "I ought to feel ostracized, but everyone was wonderfully down to earth," says Samuel, who found battling a CGI werewolf in the wilds of Canada more challenging than making friends. "You're just working with a piece of fur on the end of a stick just kind of poking you," he says with a laugh.

The son of parents who teach history and English, the dry-humored Samuel, whose younger brother Benedict is finishing up acting school and whose sister Bridget is an opera stage manager, cut his teeth playing Hamlet in college, later appearing in a smattering of movies on the film festival circuit, including Newcastle, September and The Loved Ones.

Mom Maree now keeps tabs on his Google status (a quick search for her son's name snags upward of 900,000 hits). "She's kind of made it her mission to monitor the info on me on the Internet, which is an impossible task," he says.

That includes the rumor that Samuel ditched his supposed band to follow his film career. "Completely untrue," he says, though he did tote his acoustic guitar to Vancouver to relax between shoots and workouts. "I don't have a burning ambition to be a rock star or anything," he says, instead listing other musical favorites: The National, the Very Best and the Magnetic Fields.

Fellow Eclipse newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, 29, (who takes over the role of Victoria from Rachelle LeFevre) seduces young Riley in the film.

In real life, Samuel calls the two especially good friends. "She's so professional and she works harder than anyone I've ever met in my life," he says of Howard, who even offered the temporarily homeless actor her couch in L.A. once filming wrapped.

Samuel spent two weeks hanging out with Howard's young family, "really wonderful people," he says of her husband, Seth Gabel, and their young son, Theo. Although he's now renting in West Hollywood, he recently attended Theo's third birthday party and noshed on barbecue with Bryce's rather famous father, director Ron Howard.

Did he schmooze his way into a film? "I don't know if I'd be so lucky," he quips. "I haven't really broached the subject with Ron yet."

Famous friends aside, navigating a new career post-franchise can be tricky, but so far, Samuel is taking the offers as they come, having just returned from shooting historical thriller Anonymous in Berlin, which decodes the true author of Shakespeare's works.

"I went from playing an evil vampire to an Elizabethan aristocrat, which is a great thing to do," he says.

And now? "I don't have a plan of action," he says. "I just want an experience that challenges me as an actor and pushes me to get better."


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