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Art and Culture1 Updated: 2012-08-30 12:00:00 KST

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And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. I hear she'll tell us about three films that already have audiences excited and a story about a pop star whose song release was out of this world.

Hello Michelle

[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young

So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] American movies have had a disappointing summer season at the box office in Korea this year, because local films with fast-moving storylines and A-list stars have been topping the charts. But three epic U.S. films set to premiere this fall could change that equation back in Hollywood's favor.


Hollywood is trying get back on track at the box office in Korea with star-driven films and new installments of tried and true franchises.
The previous four "Twilight" films have brought in over $4 billion U.S. dollars at the box office, and now with the final episode ready to be released in November, fans can expect to see not just the epic conclusion of this vampire drama, but also how the romantic scenes between the recently separated couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart play out.
Another epic is on the way in the form of the cinematic version of "Les Miserables," Victor Hugo's late 19th-century novel that later became the second-longest musical in the world. The film stars Hugh Jackman as the ex-convict Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, the man who pursues him, and Anne Hathaway as Fantine, a struggling young mother forced into prostitution. Directed by Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for his last project, 'The King's Speech," the film follows the novel's main themes of rebellion, revolution and redemption.
The epic that's expected to rake in the most money at the box office before the year ends is "The Hobbit." The director behind the film, Peter Jackson, brought in over $1 billion US dollars worldwide with his previous "Lord of the Rings" trilogy,.. and also took home the Academy Award for best picture for the third film in that series, "The Return of the King." Producers are banking on the idea that "The Hobbit" will be equally captivating.. and lucrative.
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