Ah, remember all those good times? Arguing with ‘Harry Potter’ fans over which franchise was better? Arguing with each other over which ‘Twilight’ star was hotter? Well, all that good, clean fun came to an end this year, as the ‘Twilight’ phenomenon reached its hotly anticipated conclusion with ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.’ Just what lies in store for stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart—not to mention author Stephenie Meyer's wildly popular characters Edward, Jacob and Bella—has yet to be seen, but one thing is sure: It will be a long time before we see another pop culture phenomenon as overwhelming as ‘Twilight.’ Just ask Katniss.
'The Hunger Games' Mania
Speaking of which, just as ‘Twilight’ came to an end this year, a new young adult heroine with a new film franchise and a new love triangle to argue over hit cinemas worldwide like an arrow to the knee. Like ‘Twilight,’ ‘The Hunger Games’ first built momentum as a popular series of novels (by author Suzanne Collins) before exploding onto the big screen in March. By the time ‘The Hunger Games’ left theatres, it and star Jennifer Lawrence had become genuine pop culture phenomena. And this is just the beginning: Taking a page from the ‘Twilight’ playbook, the folks behind ‘The Hunger Games’ have already announced they are turning the trilogy of books into four films, just to make sure you get as much Katniss and company as possible. Out with the old and in with the new.
Channing Tatum's Amazing Year
There have been stars in the past who have had big years, but it's rare that someone has had a year as amazing as the one Channing Tatum just completed. Not only did Tatum headline no less than three different films in three completely different genres—‘The Vow’ was a romance, ‘21 Jump Street’ was a comedy and ‘Magic Mike’ was a drama—but all three went on to become massive box office hits. It wasn't long ago that Tatum was just that guy from ‘Step Up;’ now he's a bona fide A-list international superstar. We can't wait to see what he does next.
'The Avengers' Dominates World Box Office
After years of build-up, 2012 finally gave us the payoff to one of the biggest gambles in film history: Marvel's attempt to create a shared universe comprised of several intersecting franchises. And that gamble provided an even bigger payoff than Marvel could have possibly anticipated, as Joss Whedon's epic superhero crossover ‘The Avengers’ racked up over $1.5 billion worldwide, instantly turning ‘The Avengers’ into the preeminent action franchise on Earth. With ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘Thor 2’ set to hit theatres next year and ‘Avengers 2’ already in the works, we may look back at 2012 as the year when Marvel took over Hollywood for good.
'The Hobbit' Is Here ... and It's a Trilogy!
Nine long years ago, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ debuted and went on to rake in over a billion dollars worldwide and earn 11 Oscars. So it seemed like a no-brainer that director Peter Jackson would follow it up with an adaptation of ‘The Hobbit.’ Now, almost a decade of legal wrangling and false starts later, that dream has finally become a reality. And it comes with a surprise twist, as Jackson announced earlier this year that ‘The Hobbit’ was going to be a whole trilogy rather than just the originally planned two films. That's what we call making up for lost time. ~ More on the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy
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