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Taylor Lautner on the red carpet THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

Premiere night with Taylor Lautner on the red carpet THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

According to those people keeping track at the studios — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which has a surprise ending racked up $141.3 million domestically over this opening weekend. Additionally, teenage phenomenon earned $199.6 million overseas for a global opening of more than $340.9 million.  We don’t want to give away the movie, but it does have
a surprise and happy ending.

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On premiere night there were lots of exciting events, but the
most interesting observation focuses on the fans – Social Media.

Robert Pattinson engages fans before turning around to media.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 breaks new ground in Social Media

ROBERT PATTINSON ON THE RED CARPET PREMIERE NIGHT

Normally when such blockbuster movies as Liongate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Park 2 premieres, the movie stars eyes are all on the flashing cameras and TV crews in the press box on the red carpet. But on this big night (Nov. 12, 20212), at the Nokia Center L.A. Live Theater in downtown Los Angeles, stars like Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor LautnerPeter Facinelli and other celebs spent more time signing autographs and allowing fans to take their pictures more than the media.

The U-shape setup is a trademark of Lionsgate’s style. Unlike The world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, where fans traditionally line up across the street on Hollywood Blvd.,  LA Live at Nokia Center in downtown LA allows the screaming fans to camp out for five days opposite of the media, but close enough for autographs and digital cameras.

The stars know too well they wouldn’t be where they are today without the fans. Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and other social networks globally expose stars to a new fan base so when this epic finale premiered in London and Europe later this week, fans already knew what to expect. The much anticipated teenage phenomenon film opened nationwide on Friday Nov. 16th. A record $1.42 million for the weekend opening.

Long shot of Kristen Stewart on the red carpet at movie premiere

Kristen Stewart poses for the media on premiere night of THE TWILIGHT SAGA:
BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Premiere at the Nokia LA Live Theater, downtown LA.
Underneath all those screaming fans are shout outs from cameramen in the press box,
“turnaround Kristen, over the shoulder Robert and look over here Taylor.” The advance
of high speed access, smart phones, Ipads and other handheld devices has change the
traditional style of covering celebrities at premiers. Fans first, media second.

The film and teenage phenomenon premiere attracted 2,000 fans.

This is the epic finale of novelist Stephenie Meyer’s four best sellers and this is probably the most violent of the teenage phenomenon movie about the girl-vampire-werewolf love triangle. The worldwide blockbuster is sure to please obsessive fans, which spent a week camping out on the sidewalk just to get in the front row for a photo together with their idol stars. The fans are sure to love this mega hit that has made three actors overnight sensations. The last two adaptations of the book were actually split into projects “Breaking Dawn-Part 1 and this Friday “Break Dawn Part 2.” The both last year and this years hit was directed by Bill Condon, who is has mastered horror movies. This one is no different.

Short synopsis (imdb):

Bella is enjoying her new life and new powers, after the birth of their daughter, Renesmee. Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. Vampire Irina believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi. As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens – together with any allies they can assemble – are preparing to fight a crucial, ultimate battle, to protect their family.

TAYLOR LAUTNER ON THE RED CARPET PREMIERE NIGHT THE TWILIGHT SAGK PART 2

 

Far from the Volturi leaving Forks, they engage the Cullens and Wolves in a fierce fight, for some reason. Not to ruin it if you haven’t seen the movie, but it does have a happy ending, and a real twist or spoiler.

 

 

image of downtown
Courtesy METRO

Article first published as <ahref=’http://technorati.com/business/article/nearly-35-million-to-be-invested/‘>Nearly $35 Million to be Invested in Bus Improvements According to U.S. DOT</a> on Technorati.

Greyhound Bus coined the phrase, “Take the bus, and leave the driving to us.” Now, the federal government is banking on it with a $34.7 million dollar program announced Friday (Oct. 28, 2011).

Angelenos and Los Angeles area visitors will soon have better transit options and less congestion thanks to money from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) 2011 Bus Livability and State of Good Repair competitive discretionary programs.

METRO BUS AT NIGHT
Courtesy Metro

“Investing in America’s transit systems, rails, roads, ports and airports is the perfect way to generate tens of thousands of construction-related jobs and put more money into the pockets of working Americans,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“But we must do more. Congress needs to pass the transportation portion of the American Jobs Act so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects like these, and to repair and modernize our nation’s transportation systems.”

FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan was at Metro headquarters in Los Angeles to make the announcement and to encourage Congress to support the transportation investments proposed under President Obama’s American Jobs Act.

Union Station Downtown
Aerial shot of Union Station in downtown LA
(Courtesy Metro)

She was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Metro CEO Art Leahy and other officials. “As a native Californian, I know first-hand just how crowded our highways and roads are and how without these federal investments our cities’ buses will continue to age and break down,” Deputy Administrator McMillan said. The U.S.

Senate is expected to vote on the transportation proposals made under the President’s American Jobs Act next week.

El Monte station under constructions

The transit grants are expected to help Metro purchase new energy-efficient compressed natural gas buses and construct a new Patsaouras Plaza Bus Station adjacent to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, which will serve El Monte Bus way passengers and other transit riders.

The project is part of the Metro Express Lanes Demonstration Program, a larger strategic effort to reduce traffic congestion along the I-10 and I-110 freeways in Los Angeles County.

Some 2,400 jobs are expected to surface from $210 million federal grant awarded by the DOT four years ago. DOT, Metro and the California Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans), is currently under construction on those projects.

TTA is providing more than $126 million for 41 projects in California. A complete list of successful project proposals can be found athttp://fta.dot.gov/grants/13094.html.