Spielberg, Fincher put big bang into holiday films

Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:52am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Toss out the turkey and send Santa back up the chimney. The holiday movie season is upon Hollywood, ushered in by the vampires and werewolves of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

When the new "Twilight" romance debuts in theaters on Friday, it sets the tone for a blockbuster-filled season dominated by big name movie directors such as Steven Spielberg and David Fincher and high-profile film franchises like "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" (December 21) and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" (December 16).

"The last six weeks of of the year play out almost like a mini-summer," said Entertainment Weekly movie writer Dave Karger. "Kids are out of school for holidays, and movies are on the brain a lot more than they were in September or October."

The period encompassing the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays make for the second-biggest moviegoing season of the year after summer. Things officially start November 18 with "Breaking Dawn" -- the first half of the fourth and final chapter of the mega-successful "Twilight" film series based on Stephenie Myers' novels. "Part 2" hits theaters in 2012.

"This one picks up at a place where you think, 'Where could this story go now?'" the film's star Kristen Stewart told Reuters. "I think lots of milestones are crammed in to it, and there's a very accelerated bit of life lived in this movie."


"Breaking Dawn" is directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, who is in high-profile company with several top filmmakers taking over the season: Steven Spielberg is a double threat, directing the performance-capture 3D film "The Adventures of Tin Tin" (December 21) and the period drama "War Horse" (December 25).

Joining them is Martin Scorsese with his first 3D effort, the children's period piece "Hugo" (November 23), and Cameron Crowe stages a comeback with the feel-good family film "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon (Dec 23).   Continued...