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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.

 

 

Downtown Film Festival rec carpet event.

LAEDC Report Says  Southern California,  California, U.S.  Economic Recovery is Underway, Stronger Growth in ’12

In L.A. County, international trade, entertainment and tourism leads regional economy.

A separate report shows striking economic and personal ties with Japan

Dr. Nancy Sidhu

Los Angeles — The economic recovery is  under way led by increased international trade  and growth in the high-tech sector,  entertainment and tourism, according to  the 2011-2012 Economic Forecast and  Industry Outlook report released today by  the Kyser Center for Economic Research at  the Los Angeles County Economic Development  Corporation (LAEDC).

The Los Angeles economy “appears to be past the bottom of the recession and is starting up the recovery path during 2011 and 2012,” said LAEDC Chief EconomistNancy D. Sidhu, Ph.D. “Many industries are back in the black and employment is rising in some areas.”

Imports and exports have rebounded around the world. Increased international trade activity in 2011 will benefit the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which both posted strong years in 2010.

Hiring is also expected to  grow as well for the region’s  tourism and entertainment  sectors as a result of  increased filming and more    visitors to the region,  helped by the new  convention center hotel at  L.A. LIVE.

However, there is little likelihood the housing sector will escape another difficult year, even though 2011 is expected to bring some improvement. Housing activity will only see incremental improvement even though it has improved from the 2009 lows.

California, which had the second highest unemployment rate in the country in 2010 at 12.5 percent, will see employment growth in 2011. However, much like the national picture, California’s jobless rate will remain relatively high, with the LAEDC forecasting an average unemployment rate of 12.1 percent this year and the rate coming down to 11.5 percent by next year.

“We project that the California and U.S. economies will grow moderately in 2011 and 2012,” said Sidhu. “But the recession was so deep, 2011 won’t feel all that good despite improvements in most industries. However, the state is headed in the right direction, and the economy will seem even better by 2012.”

First-time US Japan Study by Kyser Center for Economic Research out today (LAEDC image)

Growing Togetherreport highlights L.A. County’s personal and economic ties with Japan

The LAEDC also released a separate, new report, “Growing Together – Japan and Los Angeles County”. The report describes many of the close ties that have developed between Los Angeles County and Japan, the number one source of foreign direct investment into L.A. County.

U.S. – Japan trade has increased dramatically over the past 50 years jumping from $3.2 billion to $211 billion at its peak in 2000. Japan is the second largest trading partner of the Los Angeles Customs District with the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach together handling nearly 25 percent of total trade between Japan and the U.S.

The report also documents the growing importance of foreign direct investment in this relationship, reviewing both investments made by Los Angeles area business firms in Japan and Japanese investments in Los Angeles County.

To discuss their investments made in the region, the LAEDC’s EconomicForecast event held at the Los Angeles Marriott on Feb. 16 features a panel of speakers from well-known Japanese companies. Representatives from Honda Motors, Union Bank and Yakult, makers of probiotic beverages, will discuss the significant impact of Japanese companies on the L.A. County economy.

For the full story  of the Forecast & Industry Outlook and  the first-time LAEDC  report Growing Together – Japan and Los Angeles County.

Please visit: http://www.mayocommunications.com/2011-NEWS%20RELEASES/NR-377.htm