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Buzz for "Twilight" finale, Oscar hopes for "Les Miserables"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The final installment of "The Twilight Saga" is the most anticipated film this fall, and fans are hoping for Oscar glory for the adaptation of stage musical "Les Miserables", according to a survey by movie going destination website Fandango.

According to the site's 2012 fall film survey released on Monday, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," earned 32 percent of votes for "most anticipated fall movie" and 51 percent of the "best date night movie" votes. The survey polled more than 1,000 moviegoers.

Based on Stephenie Meyer's novels about a young girl's torn affections between a vampire and a werewolf, the "Twilight" film series has grossed $2.5 billion at the global box office to date.

"The 'Twilight' franchise has delivered some of the all-time top advance ticket sellers in Fandango's history, so it's not a huge surprise that moviegoers are most looking forward to the final installment," said Fandango Editor-in-Chief, Chuck Walton. "'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2' is sure to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the fall season."

"Breaking Dawn Part 2", the fifth movie in the series, will be released on November 16.

If Fandango users were members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, then bring out the gold statuettes for the December release of "Les Miserables," starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

The film, an adaptation of the hit stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, was voted by 49 percent of those questioned as the "film that could sweep the Oscars".

"We caught a glimpse of 'Les Mis' stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman singing at the Oscars a few years ago, and clearly movie fans liked what they saw and are highly anticipating the film's December release," said Walton.

And who says there is no such thing as bad publicity? Sixty one per cent of those surveyed said that Clint Eastwood's speech to an empty chair at the recent Republican National Convention, made them more interested in seeing the actor-director's upcoming baseball film, "Trouble With Curve".

"Curve," which also stars Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman," is due out in the U.S. on September 21.

The survey also saw Judd Apatow's "This is 40" (December 21) starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as the funniest, and the Jennifer Lawrence horror film "House at the End of the Street," (September 21) as the scariest movies of the fall season.

When it comes to individual actors, Daniel Day Lewis' performance in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 16) was voted most anticipated, while Joaquin Phoenix's turn in "The Master" (September 21) was picked as the most welcome return to the screen.

(Reporting By Zorianna Kit, editing by Jill Serjeant and Andrew Hay)

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