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Edward Protects Bella 'Eclipse' Image, Chris Hemsworth as Thor

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Edward saves Bella Eclipse
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Eclipse

Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) tries to protect Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) from a tree with vindictive Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) hanging precariously on top of it. The tree will not be standing for long. (Watch the final Eclipse trailer.)

This screen grab from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is one of the many screen grabs that have been circulating the Internet. As mentioned before in previous posts, Summit is clearly making sure that US moviegoers know that Eclipse has lots of action.

Here's hoping it'll have as much emotional depth as suspense and thrills. Else, Summit will end up alienating fans of the novels. Those fans, after all, form the core of Twilight's moviegoing public. The studio has to strike a fine balance between attempting to reach the widest possible audience while maintaining Eclipse faithful to the book's spirit.

Now, much like the meadow setting featuring Bella and Edward making love, this snow scene looks incredibly beautiful. Javier Aguirresarobe is truly a master of his craft. (I'm assuming that Aguirresarobe, not some second-unit cinematographer, shot both scenes.)

Directed by David Slade from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States on June 30. The world premiere will be held at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on June 24. Pattinson, Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and others involved in the making of Eclipse are expected to attend.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Oscar winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, the Chicago adaptation) has been announced as the director of the next installment of the Twilight Saga franchise: Breaking Dawn. Melissa Rosenberg is penning the screenplay adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel, the last (to date; possibly ever) in the series. Breaking Dawn should start filming in the fall.

Photo: Summit Entertainment

Chris Hemsworth Thor

Chris Hemsworth has the title role in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Thor, the fantasy-adventure written by Ashley Miller and Don Payne, and based on the Marvel comic books. The above is the first online photo from the film, which will be released by Paramount next year.

In addition to Chris Hemsworth, the Thor cast includes Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Adriana Barraza, Colm Feore, and Matt Battaglia.

I vaguely remember watching some of the Thor cartoons on television. But just vaguely. In the film version, Hemsworth (of Star Trek and brother of Liam Hemsworth, currently on the big screen with Miley Cyrus in The Last Song) plays a partially disabled medical student, Donald Blake, who uncovers his alter ego, the mythical Norse god Thor, so as to fight a powerful enemy threatening the Earth. (As if the planet needs more enemies...)

Thor will be released on May 6, 2011, kicking off the summer movie season next year, much like Paramount-Marvel's Iron Man 2 is kicking off the summer movie season this year.

Photo: Marvel / Paramount

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