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'Dark Shadows' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' writer takes criticism (like a stake) to heart

When it comes to vampires, reflection just isn’t something they do.

The same is true of Hollywood, which is why it’s unusual — and kind of reassuring — anytime someone accepts the criticism and vows to do better when a movie fails to connect.

Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of the books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night, started the summer with two promising projects, having written the screenplays for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and the historical fantasy mash-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was directed by Timur Bekmambetov and based on his own novel.

Then both films ended up underperforming. “On one hand I got to make two movies with some extraordinary visionary filmmakers,” Grahame-Smith says in a surprisingly frank interview with the Los Angeles Times‘ Gina McIntyre. “On the other, the movies didn’t work. So while it’s great to be on the scoreboard, you also have to own the fact that you’re now 0-2.”

So how does he plan to pull things together for his real-life second act?

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Box office report: 'Brave' hits the bullseye with $66.7 million; 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' gets staked

For the third time this year, following strong openings from The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman,  a movie with a tough female protagonist topped the box office in a major way.

Disney-Pixar’s Brave was right on target in its debut weekend, opening to $66.7 million — the fifth-best debut ever for a Pixar film, and a faster start than last year’s Cars 2, which opened with $66.1 million. Brave continued Pixar’s streak of number one debuts, as all 13 of the studio’s releases have reached the peak position during their first weekend of wide release. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Brave' slashes competition with $24.5 million on Friday

Pixar will earn yet another number one debut this weekend.

Their latest effort, Brave, topped the box office on Friday with an estimated $24.5 million — far above the rest of the competition. While the result is a touch behind Cars 2‘s first day of $25.7 million (on the way to a $66.1 million debut), since Brave is not a sequel, it will likely hold up a bit better over the rest of the weekend. The Scottish adventure will reach the box office highlands with about $67 million this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'Brave' targets No. 1 debut

Blockbuster animated movies are usually few and far between, but after two weeks of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted reigning at the box office, another animated film is ready to take first place, and neither a vampire hunting emancipator nor an outright apocalypse will get in its way.

Disney-Pixar’s Brave should easily top the box office this weekend, thanks mostly to the tremendous amount of goodwill that Pixar has shored up with audiences over the last 15 years. READ FULL STORY

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' sneak peek: Vein wreck on the way to Gettysburg -- VIDEO

Train rides provided important benchmarks to Abraham Lincoln’s political career. First, during his election campaign in 1861. Later, on the 1,654-mile funeral tour after his 1865 assassination. But according to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the 16th president (Benjamin Walker) defined his legacy by a decidedly shorter ride on the rails.

“It’s 80 miles from here to Gettysburg,” he tells his faithful wingman (Anthony Mackie). “Eighty miles will decide whether this country belongs to the living or the dead.” With Honest Abe’s Illinois-bred ax skills and distinct height advantage, we’re betting on the living. Check out the choo-choo carnage below.

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'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' trailer: It's a history lesson, with vampires!

If last week’s red-band trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter played up the last two words of the title, the newest, green-band trailer emphasizes the first two. This preview, in other words, is all about history. “Whatever history remembers of me, if it remembers anything at all, it shall only be a fraction of the truth,” says Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) in voice over. “For whatever else I am — a husband, a lawyer, a president — I shall always think of myself first and foremost as a hunter.”  Then, well, all hell breaks loose, intercut with the moment in Lincoln’s presidency that history remembers best of all: His famed Gettysburg Address. Check out the trailer below:

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The 16th president gets medieval in 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' red-band trailer

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree,” Abraham Lincoln once said, “and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Well, in this just-released red-band trailer for the upcoming genre mash-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the 16th president is hacking away at bloodthirsty undead creatures, not trees—but, judging from the fountains of blood on display, his axe looks mighty sharp.
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Power Slam! Movie to chronicle war between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse

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You may not guess by looking at these two, but in a movie about Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, sparks will fly.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov is developing plans to direct The Current War, a historical drama pitting the two titans of industry against each other at the dawn of the age of electricity as both competed for control of the American power grid.

Written by playwright Michael Mitnick (The Sex Lives of Our Parents), the script was featured on the 2011 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. That is, until a lightbulb went on over Bekmambetov’s head — so to speak.

So who should play these two pioneers of technology?

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'Dark Shadows' screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith on trailer reaction: 'We wanted to have fun with it'

The next three months are going to be a whirlwind for writer Seth Grahame-Smith. On April 10, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author’s next foray into genre-tweaked revisionist fiction, Unholy Night — about the Three Kings of the Nativity — arrives in bookstores. On May 11, his big screen version of the beloved horror soap opera Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, hits theaters. And on June 22, Grahame-Smith’s adaptation of his hit novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, will open.

“It’s going to be a very interesting, crazy spring and summer,” he tells EW with a laugh, minutes before stepping onto the stage at WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif. for the big panel on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Grahame-Smith is especially aware of what’s in store for him at the multiplex, with two dark, gothic debuting within six weeks of each other. “The good news is that they’re extremely different,” he says. “One is much more of an entertainment, much more overtly funny. And one is a kick-ass period action movie.”

The bad news? Reaction to the Dark Shadows trailer has been, in Grahame-Smith’s words, “mixed,” with many fans of the TV show crying foul over the trailer’s jokey, winky tone. It’s a reaction that Grahame-Smith says he understands, although it took him a bit by surprise. Check out our interview about it below: READ FULL STORY

WonderCon: 'Prometheus' debuts new trailer, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' new footage -- VIDEO

The brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus officially debuted today in Anaheim, Calif. at WonderCon, the fan convention little sister of Comic-Con. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof hosted the panel that featured Scott, and Prometheus costars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, and before screening the trailer, they promised the two-and-a-half-minute clip would help resolve many pressing questions fans have about the film.

The trailer does indeed illuminate a bit more of the film’s storyline. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

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