Kelsea Stahler
Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.
  • New Disney Short Too Adorable To Handle, Sends Minnie and Mickey to Paris
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    Believe it or not, this is not a remastered Disney cartoon. The clip below is the first in a brand new series of Disney shorts starring Mickey Mouse and aiming to return to the classic comedy stylings and aesthetics of the beloved animated Disney shorts of years past.  "Croissant du Triomphe" is the first of a long line of cartoons, all of which will send Mickey and friends across the globe to locales like Venice, Bejing, Tokyo, and even New York and California's carefree beach town of Santa Monica. Artist/director Paul Rudish (The Powerpuff Girls) is helming the project, and from the looks of "Croissants" these shorts are going to unleash dangerously high levels of nostalgia in many a Disney fan. RELATED: Disney Parks Celebrity Portraits Even in another language, Minnie and Mickey's epic love story plays out perfectly, with extra doses of impossible adorableness. Seriously, did you hear the way Minnie Mouse says "croissant"? What about "souffle"? "Omelette"?  After this jaunt through Paris, Mickey and Friends will go on to the Alps, where Mickey will find himself facing the threat of an avalanche coming between him and Minnie, who's safely at the top of the mountain. Next, Mickey and Donald will play beach bums just trying to get some lunch, but in a self-aware twist, the duo are tossed out because of the "No shirt, no shoes, no service" rule. (Funny though that the age-old rule doesn't specify that Donald should be wearing pants at this establishment.) RELATED: Watch 'The Paperman,' Disney's Oscar-Winning Short The wonderful cartoon below starts the series off right with a chase through Paris, a brief appearance from Daisy, an inanimate object with personality, and a cameo from a pair of classic Disney love birds who reside in France as well. It's in French, but it's enjoyable whether or not you know the language of love. And without further ado, appréciez "Croissant du Triomphe"! Croissant de Triomphe on Disney Video Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Disney] You Might Also Like:14 Movies That Are, Surprisingly, Not PornStars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • Calm Down, Taylor Swift Didn't Respond To Your Letter Because She Never Read It
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    Simmer down, sparky. Before this gets too out of hand, this is a tale of lost mail as far as we can tell, but the fact of the matter is that hundreds of unopened letters addressed to Taylor Swift were found in a dumpster outside a local Nashville school this week, according WKRN in Nashville. So yes, if your letter was in that batch, Swifty didn't read it.  RELATED: Taylor Swift or a Passage from 'The Bell Jar'? Hold up, though. It may not be her fault. The address on all the letters was for a nearby P.O. box checked often by a member of Swift's team, but this time, a sizable pile of letters wound up wasting away in a garbage dump. Before we all jump to blame Swift, pop culture's favorite punching bag, we must note that there are least a dozen people between her and those letters and it could have been any one of their mistakes. Of course, it could also be that Swift didn't want to read them, but we're just naming theories here, folks. Calm. Down. A spokesperson for Swift tells WKRN that it was probably just a simple mix-up. "The only explanation for any letters being unopened would be that a small batch of mail that was supposed to be delivered to Taylor was accidentally put with letters headed for the recycling center. We sincerely appreciate Channel 2 bringing this to our attention, and we plan to immediately pick up the mail," says Paula Erikson in response to the Nashville station. RELATED: Tina Fey to Taylor Swift: 'It Was a Joke' The letters are now on their way to Swift so that they may be handled properly, but I can tell there are many of you with furrowed brow out there. You've been conditioned by the Internet and you don't believe Swift is innocent in all this. The discarded fan letters decorated with glitter and hearts works too well for your cold-hearted narrative of Taylor Swift, the 1950s housewife and break-up artist whose mowed down so many heartthrobs she's had to seek out new horizons by entering into a relationship with her true love: Diet Coke.  To that, I offer this: Enjoy trying to boycott her ridiculously infectious songs, especially "Trouble." I give you five hours before you find yourself rocking back and forth in front of your computer and listening to the "Trouble (Goat Remix)." (It's the only acceptable remix that won't earn her any revenue. You're welcome.) Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • Ian Somerhalder is More Excited About Meeting Grumpy Cat than Meeting the POTUS
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    Sorry, ladies. Ian Somerhalder is off the market. And we don't mean because his Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev has stolen his heart — when it comes it comes to love, he only has eyes for one fuzzy little lady: Miss Grumpy Cat.  RELATED: Grumpy Cat Snacks on Filet Mignon At Photo Shoot The TV heartthrob met the adorably cantankerous Internet celebrity at SXSW and Instagrammed the glorious moment with the caption "Me and my new love..." (In our deeper reading, we take the elipses to read: "I'm sorry Nina and all other women of the TV-loving world. Damon Salvatore's heart has been stolen.") But it's not just Dobrev whose ego should be wounded right about now. Somerhalder also met President Obama this year, and he didn't show anywhere near the same level of ardor for the leader of the free world.  "Working with this guy," he writes as a caption for the Nov. 7 Twitpic of him meeting with the POTUS. Man, that must sting. Grumpy Cat is "my love" and the President is just "this guy." And he didn't even make it to Obama's inauguration? Brutal.  RELATED: Ian Somerhalder Thanks Fans For Birthday Donations Then again, Somerhalder has always been a big animal rights activist and cat lover. His Twitter profile picture has been making fans and fellow cat-lovers swoon for months now. "He brings his tabby cat in the cab with him?! He's sooooo sensitive! (Thud, as the girl thinking these thoughts faints from an overwhelming sense of attraction)." Of course, if we want to get really ambitious, there may be one way to make Somerhalder happier than Grumpy Cat telling you "NOPE." President Grumpy Cat, anyone? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Instagram; Twitter (2)] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • 'Bachelor' Ratings Rise, Prove a Happy Ending is Better Than One With Courtney Robertson
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    Last season on The Bachelor... "hunk" Ben Flajnik proposed to the girl America loved to hate, Courtney Robertson, and audiences responded by simply tuning out. But jump to 2013, where Bachelor Sean Lowe wowed fans with his heartfelt, "genuine" (Chris Harrison said it approximately 3.5 million times in one hour of television so it must be true) proposal to Catherine Giudici on the ABC reality staple, and the fans were out in droves, ready to fall in love with the happy couple.  RELATED: 'Bachelor' Contestant Arie's Advice to Castoff Lindsay The three-hour finale special saw a 15 percent jump from last year's ratings, which saw a modest seven percent increase from the 2011. While we could chalk up the increase to a lack of competition from last year's ratings hog, NBC's The Voice, we're going to choose to find a silver lining in all of this: maybe America, like Sean "Shirt Allergy" Lowe, really is open to finding love, too.  In fact, 10 million people (and a higher 10.1 million during the last, live hour) were open to falling in love with two people on a journey to find their soulmates on television for the right reasons (okay, I'm all out of Bachelor cliches).  RELATED: 'Bachelor' Recap: Married to Tears Perhaps this will bode well for Dancing With the Stars, which premieres in The Bachelor's Monday timeslot on March 18, with Lowe ready to shake his bon-bon (and yes, take off his shirt) in an attempt to win America's heart as well.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: ABC]  You Might Also Like:8 Male Stars With Tramp StampsStars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • Is 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Offensive to Professional Magicians?
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    It’s pretty easy to make jokes about Steve Buscemi and Steve Carell clad in spandex and sparkles, donning self-tanner and oversized wigs, presenting big budget illusions on a Las Vegas stage with the help of a busty blonde. But what about the part where you remember that while The Incredible Burt Wonderstone may make you giggle, it’s poking fun at a very real profession? What about the part where you realize most career magicians don’t have the protection of a huge stage or large television production and are actually working hard, day by day to make their chosen profession a lucrative one? Is it still funny, or does it cross the line? We spoke to a few well-known magicians to find out. Magician Jeff Grow from New York has performed his act for events at Lincoln Center in Manhattan and he’s won numerous awards to boot, and he says he’s planning on seeing the Carell comedy this weekend. “I would say that [the movie is] sort of accurate in the sense of you know there’s a lot of competition amongst magicians as far as staying relevant in the public eye,” he says about the film, which pits Burt Wonderstone (Carell) against Tommy Lee-esque rock star illusionist Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) as they vie for the biggest magic show on the Vegas strip. RELATED: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Review And while the particular magicians in this comedy are the spandex-loving set, they don’t represent everyone in the community of professional magicians. “It seems to me at the outset that it’s not exactly parodying magicians but it’s parodying their personality types,” says Grow. It’s something Mario Marchese (also known as Mario the Magician) is picking up on as well. “If you think of chefs or drummers, they’re all kind of weird and that’s kind of like magicians. There’s this weird eclectic kind of thing and I guess the movie is just exploding those things,” he says. < Mario Marchese, a.k.a. Mario the Magician Whereas we’re inclined to remember TV and showy magicians of Burt Wonderstone’s ilk as the face of the profession, it’s important to remember there are performers of all sorts in the field of magic, like Marchese, who repurposes items to “Build Magic” as a part of his act for children. Then there’s Grow, whose bread and butter is illusions with a side of entertainment. Neither of these guys ever feels the need to paint their faces with translucent glitter and ditch their button up shirts for velour suits. RELATED: 'Burt Wonderstone' Trailer: Steve Carell is Very Orange Adding to the diversity is the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s magician in residence Steve Cohen, whose cocktail-attire only show includes illusions as well as the practice of mind-reading. And even Cohen has a sense of humor about Burt Wonderstone’s take on the world of professional magic. “Burt Wonderstone pokes good-natured fun at magicians in the same way that [This is] Spinal Tap teases rock music,” he says. Cohen brings up a good point. Countless “fringe” professions have endured the scathing jokes of a pointed parody movie, from ice skating in Will Ferrell’s polarizing Blades of Glory to NASCAR drivers in Will Ferrell’s also polarizing Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Ferrell apparently likes to test the very specific waters on the regular). Both films featured cameos from professionals in the fields Ferrell was poking fun at including NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and former Olympic ice skaters Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano. In a similar vein, David Copperfield not only posed for pictures with Burt Wonderstone’s Carell for publicity (above), he has a cameo in the film and acted as a consultant during production. But what about depictions like G.O.B. (Will Arnett) on Arrested Development? His character is one of the little guys, someone trying to make it as a magician in his daily life and failing spectacularly (although that one time he accidentally cut off Buster’s prosthetic hand, things worked out alright), and his character seems to be built from similar cloth to that of Mr. Wonderstone. “[Arnett] was making fun of someone, but it wasn’t a parody, per se. They weren’t saying that all magicians were like that it,but this one particular guy was, it was his character,” says Grow, who is asked about his opinions on the clumsy character almost daily. It’s a distinction that almost applies to Carrell and Carrey too: They are taking on the world of professional magic in this movie, but as two very singular people in the realm, not as flag-waving representations of an industry as diverse as any other entertainment profession, including Spinal Tap's beloved rock scene.  RELATED: Steve Carell in Sequins - 'Burt Wonderstone' Pics The world of magic as a profession is something that will likely never be totally understood on a mainstream level, but it doesn’t seem to worry Marchese, who’s less concerned about people confusing his job with Carell’s outlandish parody and more concerned with the benefits of the small, yet diverse profession he’s chose. “It’s definitely a sub thing, it’s kind of like one of those underground things you fall in love with and you never blow up and you’re sort of just happy inside,” he says. While Burt Wonderstone may poke fun at the magicians we’ve seen time and again on television (think Copperfield, David Blaine, and even Criss Angel), the movie doesn’t speak for the whole community and in that way, makes it more likely to elicit a chuckle from even the most serious and sensitive magic man (or woman). From Ferrell’s endless B-comedies to Christopher Guest’s line of parodies including This is Spinal Tap and its folk music equivalent A Mighty Wind, comedy has a long tradition of sticking it to the world’s most entertaining professions. Thankfully, as we approach yet another movie in that vein, we can all watch and giggle without guilt. For the most part, even the folks on the receiving end of Burt Wonderstone’s ruthless parody can find the lightheartedness of it all.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures; Twitter] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 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  • 'The Great Gatsby' to Open Cannes Festival With Opulence and Gimlets Galore
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    The roaring '20s are coming to Cannes Film Festival, which in my imagination means everyone attending the yearly Hollywood gathering will be draped in gorgeous beaded gowns, impeccable short tuxedos and double-breasted vests, and hands that never go without a mint julep or a gin gimlet to swirl around with panache. The Great Gatsby has been named the opening film of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 15-26.  RELATED: Steven Spielberg is the 2013 Cannes President: Will He Pick a Spielbergian Winner? An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved 1925 text, the Baz Luhrmann film stars Leonardo Dicaprio as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as the beguiling object of his affection, Daisy. The film also stars Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher and features a hyped score from rapper/producer (and guy who generally needs no introduction because he basically rules the world with Queen Beyonce at his side) Jay-Z.  "It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival," says Luhrmann in a statement in Cannes' official announcement. "We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël."  RELATED: Jay-Z To Score 'The Great Gatsby' The film will be screened in 3D and will be released to worldwide audiences that same day, May 15. Get all jazzed up (Get it? Because it's the jazz age? Maybe I've had one too many juleps...) and watch the latest trailer for visually stunning film. [Photo Credit: Warner Bros]
  • Melissa McCarthy Joins Bill Murray Flick, Finally Nabs a Good Role
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
      Melissa McCarthy is hilarious. She's talented. She's charming. Why then, is McCarthy constantly relegated to roles that require her to be burly, messy, and a prisoner of her own brand of physical comedy? The woman has more to offer, and finally it seems she'll be able to let us see that. According to Deadline, McCarthy has nabbed a role opposite Bill Murray in the dramedy St. Vincent de Van Nuys.  RELATED: Melissa McCarthy Will Host 'SNL' Again Finally breaking free of her borderline vulgar characters in movies like February's monumental hit Identity Thief and even her hilarious character in Bridesmaids, McCarthy will get the chance to show us her range stretches beyond the sort of comedianne who's willing to pour ranch dressing all over her head for an SNL sketch. She'll share the spotlight with Murray as a single, working mother who entrusts her son her neighbor (Murray). Writer/director Ted Melfi pits McCarthy's character's 12-year-old son against Murray's grumpy old man, who corrupts the kid, teaching him to fight and drink, but as the film is billed as a comedy-drama, we can imagine both characters will eventually learn something from the debaucherous behavior.  RELATED: Film Critic Angers Melissa McCarthy Fans With Cruel Description True, these circumstances will definitely require McCarthy's classic look of exasperation, but the hope is that it also gives her room to take her career to new heights, and if things go really well, to elevate her out of her seemingly stalwart typecasting bubble.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: FayesVision/WENN] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • The Marvin Gaye Biopic Is Actually an Extended Episode of 'Law & Order'
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
    Ka-chung. That's the sound of a Law & Order reunion in the form of Marvin Gaye's life story. The upcoming biopic, Sexual Healing, already stars L&O alum and Broadway buff Jesse L. Martin, but the cast has just added 19-year Law & Order vet S. Epatha Merkerson to the production as Gaye's mother Alberta, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lucky for both actors, this project will at least feature some good music (and something without a predominant use of electric piano). RELATED: Jesse L. Martin Replaces Lenny Kravitz as Marvin Gaye The production, which is helmed by English director Julian Temple, originally starred Lenny Kravitz in the title role, but in early March uncanny Gaye lookalike, and fantastic singer, Martin took on the role. The will take audiences through Gaye's recovery and attempt to regain his career with the help of Freddy Cousaert (Brendan Gleeson). The movie begins filming in late March, with this added dose of comfort, courtesty of Merkerson. RELATED: Lenny Kravitz to Play Marvin Gaye in Biopic In her years at Law & Order, Merkerson's Anita Van Buren always seemed to be a bit of a cantankerous mother figure to the detectives, always setting them straight as their Lieutenant. It will be no surprise to see her slip into this role as Gaye's mother.  [Photo Credit: NBC]  You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • It's a '90s Baby Boom: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Ian Ziering Both Have Babies on the Way
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 12, 2013
     If I had Zack Morris' ability to freeze time, you could bet I'd be using it right now. Not only is the former Mr. Steve Sanders, playful antagonist of Beverly Hills High, Ian Ziering, having his second child (People reports) but Morris himself, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, is joining the '90s TV star in the realm of fatherhood. In a statement to Us Weekly, Gosselaar revealed that he is expecting his first child with his wife, Catriona McGinn. Join me in saying a big ol' Joey Lawrence "Whoa" why don't you? RELATED: Dear Mark-Paul Gosselaar: 'Saved By the Bell' Was Great Sure, just as we've grown up, attended college or some school of life, moved on and become adults, learned to pay bills and mortgages, we had to know that our '90s stars were growing up and turning into mature adults as well. But let's be honest. This is weird. Ziering has been a father for some time now (he and his wife Erin already have a two-year-old daughter), but now that Zack Morris is becoming a dad it might be time to acknowledge that we're all adults now.  RELATED: '90s Couples We Adore I'm going to go home, learn how to balance a checkbook, vow to eat more fiber, and convince myself it's worth it to wake up before noon on a Saturday. If the stars of Saved by The Bell and Beverly Hills 90210 have gone domestic, maybe it's finally time to actually grow up.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Fox; NBC] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • 'Oz' Is Officially a Hit! Is March The New Huge Movie Month?
    By: Kelsea Stahler Mar 11, 2013
    For years, March was a month that fared little better than the box office wastelands of January and February. After the endless rom-coms and schmaltzy dramas would come the awful horror flicks, cheesy kids movies, and thrown-together comedies, a slowly rising slope up to the big box office successes of May and the following summer months. Enter the year 2012, when The Hunger Games (over $408 million total and over $150 million on opening weekend), Dr. Suess' The Lorax with an opening of $70 million, and even the hilarious, clever comedy 21 Jump Street (just over $138 million total) swooped in and made all the March numbers that came before them look bad. Now, with Disney's James Franco-starrer Oz the Great and Powerful raking in the highest weekend box office numbers of 2013 with $80, 278,000 (for context, that's not far from November 2012's mammoth Skyfall box office numbers which came in at just over $88 million), a question starts to arise: is March the next big movie month?  RELATED: 'Oz' Proves to Be 'Great and Powerful' at the Box Office The answer isn’t exactly cut and dry for many reasons, the most important of which is that Oz is just the first of many opportunities for big box office bucks this month. Still, its earnings do make it the third-highest March opening weekend in history and when the box office totals from March 2011 to March 2012 have increased by a whopping 73.9 percent, according to numbers from's own Paul Dergarabedian, in addition to 2012 seeing the biggest single March box office success in The Hunger Games, it’s worth taking a look at the month's potential for further greatness. In the past, March has proved a fertile spot for films that might have had trouble standing out in great expectations periods during summer and late fall. A quick look at the two films standing between Oz and the top spot as March's biggest ever release, are The Hunger Games  at number one and the Disney 3D adventure Alice in Wonderland at number two, with a record $116 million and change during its 2010 debut. The easiest comparison is that of Alice to Oz. Both visually stunning Disney flicks debuted in March, a sort of safe place for films whose premises may not be able to compete with the action and superhero power of a May or July movie. But the safety of a March release also provides fertile ground for potential expansion upon each fantasy flick. After seeing a billion dollars worth of international success, Alice was slated for a sequel almost immediately, and though Disney's potential dollars bonanza has yet to secure returns from director Tim Burton or star Johnny Depp, the film is still on its way. And after a strong opening weekend like Oz's, a sequel isn't far behind (after all, the continuation of this tale makes just about as much sense as the sequelization of Alice's journey). In fact, the Mouse House was already on track to develop a sequel before audiences flocked to the theaters this past weekend.  RELATED: 'Oz The Great and Powerful' and The Possibilities For the Sequel The Hunger Games enjoyed a similar, but far more fruitful debut. Suzanne Collins' Young Adult fiction series had already sold 26 million copies when the film adaption was released to a mass audience, so its success was fairly expected. For the violent story of young people killing each other in a heartless national gameshow, March served as the perfect place for a trial offering to a wider audience. The film, whose plot wasn't exactly accessible, may have been swallowed up in a more saturated month, but in March, it served as the event for the first half of 2012. It's this financial success that allowed its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to shift to the covetted Thanksgiving weekend release slot formerly enjoyed by big-time adaptations like many films from the Harry Potter series and The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009.  And while the Alice in Wonderland slot has already been filled by this year's Oz, the potential for a high-grossing Young Adult adaptation and flashy, 3D kids cartoon are still up for grabs. March has been a fertile month for fantastical computer-animated cartoons with big-name stars for years, going back to Ice Age in 2002, its sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006, and even the soon-to-be-sequelized How to Train Your Dragon in 2010, all of which have been splintered off into cartoon series and one-off DVD movies as well. With the exception of 2012’s Hunger Games sensation, the last five years have been won by kid stuff (with the exception of Alice in Wonderland,  though it was arguably a bit of a hybrid of a goofy kids cartoon and a stylized action movie — don’t blame me, blame the Futterwacken). And since 2009, those big flicks are always presented in 3D, adding even more money to their sizable incomes. Even last year, The Lorax presented an opportunity for a little quick 3D cash (over $214 million in total). In 2013, The Croods, a visually stunning cro magnon-man tale featuring top of the line 3D animation and the voices of Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds steps up to try to take up the mantle of its Dreamworks Animation predecessors.  And while its premise doesn't have the nostalgic draw of The Lorax, it could be creative enough to pull in Dragon-level numbers (the Dreamworks flick raked in a total of $217,581,231 in 2010).   And on the Young Adult front comes an adaptation of Twilight mogul Stephenie Meyer's followup to her vampire saga, the alien romance The Host. While The Host doesn't include an audience as robust as Twilight or Collins' Hunger Games series, which was out in completion before the films even started rolling, it does bear Meyer's name which is inextricably tied to the concept of consuming romantic drama. Plus, the book did spend 26 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. It has an audience — though the rabidness of that audience is less certain. Where the Hunger Games' March release was taking advantage of the March market, taking the chance to be the big fish in the small pond, The Host is a little more of a gamble, banking on the hope that Meyer's name can help get viewers past the complicated alien plot and into the turbulent romantic world of the author's latest heroine. The placement of The Host in this month further solidifies March as an exciting moment in the carousel of new releases each year.  RELATED: 'Oz' Earns $24.1 Million On Its First Friday March has become the place for the potential next big thing. In 2010, Alice in Wonderland was bested in overall box office only by Toy Story 3. Despite critical opinions, the film out-grossed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Inception, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Iron Man 2 that year. Likewise, in 2012 The Hunger Games enjoyed a bigger opening weekend than Twilight's saga-ending Breaking Dawn Part 1, and the Jennifer-Lawrence-starrer was bested only by the trilogy-ending The Dark Knight Rises ($158,411,483 in its first weekend) and Marvel's The Avengers (a staggering $207 million in its first few days).  If the past few years have taught us anything, the year's biggest movies don't just hit during the summertime and during holidays anymore. March has gotten in on that game and in a big way. From now on, it appears we can look to March as the breeding ground for potential hits and phenomena, and while it doesn't hold the guaranteed income of a Thanksgiving weekend, it's proved that it can yield something just a great and, in some cases, even greater.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures (2); Open Road Films] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! 15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)