Fall 2012 Brings Highly Anticipated Movie Releases

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After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
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August 17th, 2012

Fall 2012 Brings Highly Anticipated Movie Releases

-- As the summer months come to a close, movie fans are looking forward to cooler temperatures and the excitement of fall movie releases. The fall of 2012 promises a wide range of highly anticipated movies, all of which are likely to do well at the box office. From vampires to hobbits, the final movies of 2012 offer something for every type of viewer.

For fans of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" books, fall can't come soon enough. The final installment in the set of the series' movie adaptations, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is due for release in November of 2012. The movie comes a year after the release of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," which came out in late 2011.

"Breaking Dawn - Part 2" continues the story of Bella, Edward and Jacob. It opens immediately after Bella completes the transformation from human to vampire. After a busy six months in which she got married, got pregnant, gave birth, and became immortal, Bella is ready to conquer the world. Viewers were given a small glimpse of her transformation at the end of the previous movie, but the moment was limited to a quick flash of pale, white skin and blood-red eyes. Some of the movie's most anticipated scenes involve Bella's first hunt as a vampire, the moment she meets her daughter, Renesmee, and her reaction upon discovering that Jacob has developed a special and controversial new relationship. Viewers will also get to see the new Bella as she meets her father, learns about special talents, and fights the all-powerful Volturi family of vampires.

Although the movie marks the end of the "Twilight" film series, Meyer sent fans into an excited frenzy at the 2012 Comic-Con, when she announced that "Breaking Dawn" might not be the end of the vampires and werewolves of Forks, Washington. She hinted that the story might continue in the future, most likely focusing on the exploits of Renesmee.

The movie season of 2012 continues in the realm of fantasy with the film version of J.R.R Tolkien's book, "The Hobbit." The movie, entitled, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is slated for release in early December. Tolkien fans have been waiting for the movie since the final film in "The Lord of the Rings" series came out in 2003. Actors in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" include some of the fan favorites from "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, including Elijah Wood as Frodo, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, and Ian McKellen as Gandalf. New characters include Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel. For fans of the British drama, "North and South," one of the most exciting casting choices is Richard Armitage, who plays the mighty Thorin Oakenshield.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" follows Bilbo Baggins as he sets out on an adventure in the company of a wizard and a pack of rowdy dwarves. The party encounters goblins, trolls, elves, and a wide array of mystical creatures. The movie is set many years before the action in "The Lord of the Rings," and fans are looking forward to seeing how Bilbo lays the groundwork for Frodo's great journey. Peter Jackson returns to direct the movie, which was shot on location in New Zealand.

The 2012 fall movie lineup offers more than fantasy characters, however-it also includes one of the most popular musicals of all time. "Les Miserables," which is scheduled for release in early December, tells the tale of the French revolution. The movie and the musical are based on Victor Hugo's novel of the same name. With an all-star cast, "Les Miserables" is certain to appeal to music lovers and fans of the individual actors. Hugh Jackman, who shot to fame with the "X-Men" movies and a stint on Broadway, stars as Jean Valjean. Coming off of her performance in the final movie of the "Batman" trilogy, an emaciated and close-cropped Anne Hathaway plays Fantine. Amanda Seyfried, who is best known for her work in the musical "Mamma Mia!" and a range of romantic comedies, plays the young Cosette. Other actors include Sacha Baren Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Russell Crowe.

Whether viewers are interested in fantasy or sweeping musical epics, the fall of 2012 promises a wide range of exciting movie releases. The collection of films marks a transition from the summer movies, which included such blockbusters as "The Avengers," "Battleship," "Magic Mike," "The Amazing Spider-Man," and "The Dark Knight Rises." In the fall, audiences can expect to see fan favorites and dramatic, larger-than-life emotional dramas that guarantee big numbers at the box office.