Today we have a couple of Twilight Saga news items – but unfortunately it’s a good news/bad news kind of situation. Advanced tickets go on sale for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soon, while the fourth movie, Breaking Dawn, is reportedly being held up by money-hungry cast members.

Eclipse Early Ticket Sales

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that two major online ticket retailers, Fandango and Movie Tickets, will begin selling tickets for Eclipse six weeks in advance, employing a similar technique as Warner Bros. with its Sex and the City 2 (another movie that will have a largely female audience).

Although websites for major theater chains will link to Fandango and Movie Tickets, ticket selling at actual theaters won’t begin until a lot closer to the release of Eclipse at the end of June. The reason Eclipse advance tickets are being sold so soon is partly in response to a poll on Fandango‘s website, which revealed that 36% of 14,000 responses (that’s 5,040 for you non-math whizzes 😛 ) named Eclipse as their most anticipated summer movie.

And here we are at Screen Rant – writers and readers alike – falling over ourselves to see movies like Inception and The Last Airbender

A Fandango spokesman, Harry Medved, had this to say:

“The latest trailer has gotten great buzz among the fan sites as there’s clearly a lot more fast-paced action this time around… There’s also great curiosity about seeing some of ‘The Twilight Saga’s’ new characters coming to life on the big screen for the first time.”

Many people around the blogosphere have been trying to predict which films are going to take top prize at the summer 2010 box office, with Iron Man 2 and Toy Story 3 listed as early favorites. Will Eclipse beat out both of those films and rake in the most dough this summer? We’ll be keeping an eye on these advanced ticket sales for an early indication.

Advance tickets go on sale for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at Fandango and Movie Tickets on Thursday, May 13th at midnight. The movie itself hits theaters on June 30th, 2010. Will you be buying your tickets in advance?

Continue to Breaking Dawn casting issues…

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Breaking Dawn Hold-Up

Now that you’ve gotten your good news, I’m afraid we have to move on to the bad news: According to THR, Esq., some of the Twilight Saga supporting actors are being sticks in the mud by holding out for more money than is being offered.

Deals are close to being in place for main cast members Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner (they were only signed for four films, and now Breaking Dawn is being split in two). Deals are already done for supporting actors like Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen) and Billy Burke (Bella’s father).

However, the actors and actresses who portray the Cullen kids – Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene are singled out in particular – are holding things up by trying to get bigger paydays for Breaking Dawn. Reportedly Summit’s offer is about 10 times what those actors previously earned, but the figures were deemed “offensive” because of the money the franchise has made. It might even get to the point where “one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point.”

Cullen kids (left to right): Jackson Rathbone (Jasper), Alice (Ashley Green), Kellan Lutz (Emmett) and Nikki Reed (Rosalie)

Despite Summit making an absolute fortune on The Twilight Saga – so far on relatively small budgets – the studio isn’t willing to pay a hefty chunk of change for actors who only play supporting roles. Just look at Rachelle Lefevre: She played the vengeful Victoria in Twilight and New Moon but was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard for Eclipse, supposedly due to money and scheduling issues.

Although Summit is definitely eager to get things moving as quickly as possible with Breaking Dawn, they can’t really do so until deals for at least the main cast members are signed. But I don’t think the same can be said for the supporting actors. I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon hear news that Lutz or Greene (and unnamed others) are up for replacement the same way as Lefevre was.

After all, the fans might be a bit upset at first, but really it’s Stewart, Pattinson and Lautner that they care about keeping in their respective roles. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a Twilighter’s outburst if any of those three were replaced…

On a side note, it’s still looking very likely that Breaking Dawn will be split into two movies, released a year apart from one another, but nothing is official yet. Sources say there’s still a chance it could just be one movie, as Summit is holding on to that option. But sources say they’d be shocked if it wasn’t split in two – “This thing is gonna’ be two movies… with or without the cast intact.”

What do you think of all this hold-up business: should these supporting actors be allowed to demand such high salaries or should they be replaced for their greed?

If all goes to plan, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be shot back-to-back this Fall under the direction of Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) with Part 1 being released in November 2011 and Part 2 released one year later in November 2012.

Source: THR (via Collider)

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