Kaleidoscope 2009: Important Movie Events (Part 1/4)

Kaleidoscope 2009: Important Movie Events (Part 1/4)

Taylor Lautner securing his Jacob Black role in 'New Moon', Heath Ledger winning posthumous Oscar and Jonas Brothers' concert failing to score big at the box office were the highlights of early 2009.
2009 is drawing to a close. Although the year isn't marked with any crippling writers' strike or a shocking death of a Hollywood young talent like Heath Ledger, it does have a story of its own. Kate Winslet winning her first two Golden Globes, "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" logo being unveiled and Mickey Rourke finally aboard "Iron Man 2" are only a few events shaping up the film industry during the year's first three months. Here, AceShowbiz presents a look at the occurrences happening in movie biz over the first quarter.


Taylor Lautner has become the talk of the town for 'New Moon'

January is highlighted with one significant news that sent many of the "Twilight" fans sighing for relief. After weeks of uncertainty, the question whether or not Taylor Lautner reprises his Jacob Black role in sequel "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" had been met with a satisfying answer. On January 8, director Chris Weitz confirmed that the teen actor will still play Jacob despite Summit Entertainment's earlier consideration to replace him with a more mature actor.

  • Other major events of the month:
  • Jan 04: "Marley & Me" was #1 at box office for the third weekend in a row.
  • Jan 07: "The Dark Knight" grabbed most kudos at the 35th People's Choice Awards.
  • Jan 07: Taylor Lautner was confirmed to reprise his role in "The Twilight Saga's New Moon".
  • Jan 11: After seven nominations, Kate Winslet finally took home two Golden Globes at its 66th Annual Awards.
  • Jan 15: The fate of "Watchmen" was determined as 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. settled their dispute over its rights for good.
  • Jan 21: "Tom and Jerry" was being developed into live-action feature film.
  • Jan 28: Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double was seriously injured during "Harry Potter 7" rehearsal.


Heath Ledger won Oscar for 'The Dark Knight'

Late Hollywood star Heath Ledger stole the spotlight in February when he became the second actor in Oscar history to win a posthumous Academy Award for acting. On February 22 at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, the Australian actor was dubbed Best Supporting Actor for his performance as lunatic Joker in "The Dark Knight", beating fierce competitors that include Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr. and Philip Seymour Hoffman. His family took the award on his behalf.


Jonas Brothers fails to secure box office's top slot with their concert movie

March is marked by "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" failure to live up to its expectation. Predicted to gross in the $25 million range, the concert movie top-lined by musical trio Jonas Brothers missed industry projections by a clear mile. What made it even worse, it did not even manage to get close to what its predecessor, "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour", hauled in 2008.

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