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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]

'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]

'7 Faces of Dr. Lao': Tony Randall Brilliantly Shows Things Are Not As They Seem

'7 Faces of Dr. Lao' with Tony Randall delivering a 'bravura performance': Things are not as they seem. '7 Faces of Dr. Lao' movie: 'Things are not as they seem' Director George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao surprises on multiple levels: its witty screenplay by Twilight Zone writer Charles […]

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a […]

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' Quiz Question: Is CGI (Enough) Magic?

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state of the art CGI equal movie magic? Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of […]

'The Huntsman': Frank Darabont In, Kristen Stewart & Snow White Stupidly Out

Chris Hemsworth in 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' 'The Huntsman' release date announced as 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' drops Snow White a.k.a. Kristen Stewart Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the “sequel” to Rupert Sanders' 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the […]

Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules' Movie: Terrible Critics' Rating

Shirtless Kellan Lutz in 'The Legend of Hercules,' with Gaia Weiss. Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules': New Summit release has 0 percent Rotten Tomatoes approval rating Starring Kellan Lutz, best known as the hunky and likable vampire Emmett in the Twilight movies, The Legend of Hercules opens today, January […]

'The Hobbit 2' Box Office: Trailing Predecessor + Will Ferrell 'Anchorman 2' Bigger or Smaller?

The Hobbit 2 a.k.a. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. The sequel to the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened below expectations – and below its predecessor – in the U.S. and Canada. The […]

'Oz the Great and Powerful': James Franco Fantasy One of Biggest March Openings Ever

'Oz the Great and Powerful' with James Franco and Michelle Williams. James Franco 'Oz the Great and Powerful': Below expectations, but one of biggest March openings ever March 11, '13, update: Starring James Franco as the magician who becomes The Wizard of Oz, Sam Raimi's $200m+-budgeted Oz the Great and […]

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Breaks Brazil Record, Top Six Movies Ever

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 among top six movies in Brazilian box office 'history' Jan. 6, '13, update: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are back together for the last time in Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The […]

'The Hobbit': Domestic Blockbuster or Box Office Disappointment + Surprising Victor Hugo Musical Hit

The Hobbit with the Gollum a.k.a. Andy Serkis. Starring Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the first installment in the cinematic trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's (not all that long) 1937 novel The Hobbit – is both a domestic blockbuster and […]

'The Hobbit' Trailer / Clip: Gandalf Offers Philosophy (and Merchandising-to-Be?)

The Hobbit movie clip: Gandalf lectures on True Courage The Hobbit movie adaptation (see clip below) is one of the most anticipated releases of 2012 (as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) – and 2013 (as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and 2014 (as The Hobbit: There and Back Again), […]

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2': Biggest Worldwide Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Hit?

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2': Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella Swan-Cullen and Edward Cullen. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Most successful Twilight movie worldwide? Dec. 10 Breaking Dawn - Part 2, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, is now officially […]

Kristen Stewart Bella Swan vs. Feminists: Passive Wimp? + Michael Welch Letter to 'Twilight' Fans

Bella Swan: Kristen Stewart in 'Twilight.' Kristen Stewart Bella Swan in Twilight not a 'feminist' move heroine: Should that be a problem? When Gary Ross' The Hunger Games opened last March, some film commentators, usually women, declared it the first real major female movie franchise – The Hunger Games: Catching […]

'Breaking Dawn' Trailer & Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson Marathon

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer Sept. 8 '12: The Breaking Dawn - Part 2 trailer – the final one – has been released online. (Please scroll down to check it out.) Two days ago, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner introduced a 90-second trailer of the trailer at the MTV […]

'Snow White and the Huntsman' Box Office vs. Budget: Hit or Flop?

'Snow White and the Huntsman' Kristen Stewart & Rupert Sanders 'cheating' scandal helped Snow White and the Huntsman box office? July 31, '12, update: In the United States and Canada, despite the loss of nearly 15 percent of its venues, Snow White and the Huntsman was down less than 8 […]

'Midnight Sun': Stephenie Meyer to Finish Twi-Sequel Book? + Comic-Con 'Twilight' Event

July 12 update: Stephenie Meyer Midnight Sun: the unfinished Twilight book to be completed? Stephenie Meyer may or may not finish Midnight Sun, the Twilight book that allows readers to follow the story through the eyes of vampire Edward Cullen. (Image: Robert Pattinson as Edward in Eclipse poster.) A few […]

'Snow White' Movie Surpasses Expectations: $400 Million Worldwide?

July 3 update: Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman worldwide box office to surpass $350 million? To date, the Rupert Sanders-directed period fantasy adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart (Snow White) Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman), Charlize Theron (Evil Queen Ravenna), and Sam Claflin (Prince Charming / […]

Imprinting Psychology 'Twilight' Style: Jacob & Renesmee Controversial 'Pairing'

Imprinting psychology Twilight Style: Jacob and Renesmee (Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy) in Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Jacob and Renesmee's 'imprinting' Twilight beginnings Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) falls in love with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) in Chris Weitz's New Moon, the second installment in the Twilight movie franchise based […]

'Snow White and the Huntsman' Sequel: Fast Track?

Kristen Stewart as Snow White: Snow White and the Huntsman sequel in the works? June 9, '12: Snow White and the Huntsman sequel in the works and on a fast track? That's the growing rumor. As early as July 2011, SWATH (and Alice in Wonderland) producer Joe Roth said that […]

SWATH: 'Snow White and the Huntsman' & Kristen Stewart Get Mixed Reviews

Rupert Sanders director Snow White and the Huntsman reviews. Snow White and the Huntsman reviews have been mixed in the British and American media. (Please see link below.) Most critics have enthusiastically praised the film's visuals and fairy-tale atmosphere, while complaining about its length and lack of dramatic cohesiveness. Directed […]

'Snow White' Film: Cast Images & Kristen Stewart 'Is the One'

'Snow White and the Huntsman': Kristen Stewart and the White Stag. 'Snow White and the Huntsman' movie clip: 'She Is the One' May 17, '12, update: A magical white stag bows before Kristen Stewart's Snow White in the Snow White and the Huntsman clip “She Is the One.” (See below.) […]

Kristen Stewart Latest News: Juggling Film Projects

Robert Pattinson: Breaking Dawn 2 'reshoots.' April 29, '12, update: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Michael Sheen are back in Vancouver for the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 “reshoots” – or rather, “pickup shots.” A couple of weeks ago, Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon announced that he, Pattinson, Stewart, and […]

'Mirror Mirror' 2012: Snow White Spoof Disappoints

April 3 update The Hunger Games passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Monday, April 2, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Although Gary Ross' futuristic adventure tale reached that milestone one day after the studio had predicted, that's an impressive feat all […]

'Snow White and the Huntsman' Trailer: Kristen Stewart = Joan of Arc

Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman Snow White and the Huntsman is one of the (very) few Hollywood movies I'm eager to watch next summer – Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises are the other two that come to mind. Directed by feature-film newcomer Rupert […]

Kristen Stewart Hair: Curious First Look & 'Breaking Dawn Part 2' Teaser Trailer

Breaking Dawn 2 teaser trailer: Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen and the mysterious Kristen Stewart/Bella Swan's hair March 21, '12, update: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 teaser trailer (please scroll down) – actually a flash-teaser of the upcoming BD2 teaser trailer – doesn't offer much to see or hear: […]

'The Hobbit' Movies Behind the Scenes & Controversial Peter Jackson-Produced Documentary Acquired

The Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' movies are prequels to TLotR trilogy. 'The Hobbit' movies: Behind the scenes with Peter Jackson In one of The Hobbit movies' video blog/vlog, Peter Jackson explains that location shooting on […]

Bella Wedding Dress Behind-the-Scenes Video + 'Twilight' Series on TV?

Bella Wedding Dress: Pomp & circumsntace as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson tie the knot in 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1.' Bella's wedding: Behind the scenes Feb. 1, '12: The The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 video below (please scroll down) shows a couple of brief behind-the-scenes moments […]

Daniel Radcliffe Hot After 'Harry Potter' Oscar Snub

Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter vs. the Academy Awards Among recent revelations and assertions ranging from the highly personal to the highly political, Daniel Radcliffe has publicly complained that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 2011's biggest worldwide blockbuster and the very last Harry Potter movie, is […]

Channing Tatum & Alex Pettyfer Shirtless Strippers + Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Magic Mike. Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer play strippers in Steven Soderbergh's next, a comedy entitled Magic Mike. Back in 1983, The Blue Lagoon's Christopher Atkins played a “sexy” dancer in John G. Avildsen's drama A Night in Heaven; it flopped. Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls (1995) was […]

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Trailer + Leonardo DiCaprio Is F. Scott Fitzgerald Antihero

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Martin Freeman. Following the enormous worldwide success of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, it was inevitable that someone – why not Peter Jackson himself? – would turn J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit into a movie. But why only one […]

Carrie Fisher ('Star Wars') vs. William Shatner ('Star Trek') + George Takei vs. 'Twilight'

Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Princess Leia is ready to tackle Captain Kirk. The daughter of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds (Singin' in the Rain, Best Actress Oscar nominee for The Unsinkable Molly Brown), Star Wars franchise actress Carrie Fisher has humorously taken on William Shatner – Captain James T. Kirk […]

'Breaking Dawn Part 1': 'Tis the Season for Interspecies Breeding But BD1 Trailing Previous Sequels

Breaking Dawn Part 1: Bella and Edward wedding with blushing bride Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is edging closer to the $700 million worldwide milestone. But dragged down by the domestic market, will it manage to beat its two preceding Twilight […]

Henry Cavill 'Immortals' Workout Pays Off & 'Twilight Saga' Rules Via Greek Mythology

The Kellan Lutz workout in 'Immortals': Poseidon's pecs. 'Immortals' tops North American box office: Henry Cavill & Kellan Lutz star Nov. 13, '11, update: These days, it doesn't take much to “easily” top the North American box office. But then again, if money is scarce – like it is for […]

Lily Collins Snow White Project Titled 'Mirror Mirror'

Lily Collins, Mirror Mirror: Snow White and Seven Dwarves Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark, Martin Klebba, Joe Gnoffo Tarsem Singh's Snow White project for Relativity Media has finally been baptized: Mirror Mirror. Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer star as, respectively, Snow White, […]

Justin Bieber Going to Jail? + 'Harry Potter' DVDs to Be Removed from Stores

Justin Bieber, pop icon and the star of the documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (right), has come out against the Commercial Felony Streaming Act (S.978), which would make unauthorized online streaming of copyrighted material a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Some have been (jokingly) concerned […]

Julia Roberts Evil Queen: Eye-Popping Costume Design

Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen in Snow White movie 'Mirror Mirror.' Remember the sweet Julia Roberts of Pretty Woman? Well, you don't want to mess with this Julia Roberts. Definitely, not with that cleavage. Or those hands on hips. Or that upside-down tiara. Or that bright red dress. Or […]

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1' Trailer & Hysterical Fan Reaction

Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Elisabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 poster July 28 '11 update: This The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 poster isn't exactly the most creative or most original movie […]

Order of 'Harry Potter' Movies: Most Popular?

The Harry Potter box office chart on the next page was culled from figures found at Box Office Mojo. I've also used BOM's inflation-ratio chart to calculate domestic 2011 grosses for the previous six Harry Potter movies. The United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics was used to […]

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2' Trailer: The Best

I don't believe you have to be a Harry Potter fan to marvel at this Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 trailer – with French subtitles. Sure, the fact that the Harry Potter movies are coming to end adds poignancy to the proceedings, but Warner Bros.' marketing department […]

Kristen Stewart & Chris Hemsworth New Franchise? 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Trilogy

Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins in Kenneth Branagh's Thor Like The Lord of the Rings and, ahem, Transformers (for the time being), Snow White and the Huntsman may become the first movie of a trilogy according to Alice in Wonderland producer Joe Roth. Perhaps as befits a storyline featuring three characters/stars: […]

Ian McKellen Gandalf: 'The Hobbit' First Pictures

Ian McKellen as Gandalf, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Ian McKellen looks pensive – or perhaps just plain tired – in the picture above, found in Entertainment Weekly. It's a “first look” at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, part one of two prequels to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the […]

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Final Trailer

Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the final installment in the Harry Potter film franchinse – and the first in 3D. The video […]

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Honeymoon Scene Photos Leaked: BD Drama

Bella and Edward honeymoon on Isle Esme: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson at resort house. 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1': Bella and Edward honeymoon on Isle Esme May 9, '11, update: In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, after their wedding ceremony Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) takes Bella […]

'The Hangover 2' Trailer & Chris Evans 'Captain America'

'The Hangover 2' trailer. 'The Hangover 2' trailer: Funny? Does it make you want to watch the full movie? In The Hangover 2, the same three unbearable jerks who found themselves stranded in Las Vegas in The Hangover, which happened to be one of the biggest worldwide box office hits […]

'Pan's Labyrinth' Review: Imagination vs. Mind Control

Sergi López in Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth “If you expect to get laid after this screening,” Guillermo del Toro told the midnight (actually, closer to 1 a.m.) audience at the AFI FEST Los Angeles 2007 premiere of Pan's Labyrinth, “it ain't gonna happen.” Indeed, del Toro's “adult fairytale” is […]

'Stairway to Heaven' & 'Orpheus': Two Radically Different Fantasies Tackle That Mysterious Space in Between

Orpheus with Jean Marais. Starring Jean Cocteau's muse, protégé, and (for some time) lover, Jean Marais, Orpheus traces the otherworldly trajectory of the titular, modern-day Parisian poet as he falls in love with Death. Worse yet, his feelings are reciprocated. As both the mysterious Princess and the lovestruck Death, Spanish-born […]

Christmas Movies: The Good, the Bad & the Weird - From Bette Davis & Gary Cooper to Santa Claus & Serial Killers

Christmas movies on TCM: Black Christmas with Olivia Hussey. Considering the image above and the gory goings-on at its sorority house setting, perhaps “Red Christmas” would have been a more appropriate title for Bob Clark's 1974 slasher cult classic. Olivia Hussey never quite became a major film star, but she […]

'Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Dethrones 'Twilight' Movies & Russell Crowe Has Decade's 2nd-Worst Debut

Burlesque with Cher. Steven Antin's eventual Golden Globe nominee has enjoyed a relatively modest run at the domestic box office. Burlesque – along with The Tourist – is in the running in the Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category. 'Burlesque' + 'Love & Other Drugs' fading away Next in […]

Taylor Lautner Shirtless for Rio Honeymoon Threesome?

Shirtless Taylor Lautner. Taylor Lautner shirtless in Rio honeymoon? Don't bet on Taylor Lautner shirtless or fully dressed showing up in the next few days to shoot The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in Rio de Janeiro, reports to the contrary notwithstanding. Along with fellow Twilight Saga players […]

'Twilight Saga': To Brazil or Not? + 'Eclipse' Goes Dark

'Eclipse' with Dakota Fanning as Jane: Starving eyes. 'Eclipse' goes dark after remarkable global run Oct. 22 update: David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, and adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from Stephenie Meyer's novel has officially ended its run this late Oct. 2010 […]

Michelle Yeoh Martial Arts Fighting & 'True Grit' Trailer + 'Blue Valentine' Sex Excess?

Michelle Yeoh gets some martial arts practice in 'Reign of Assassins.' Michelle Yeoh martial arts skills displayed in 'Reign of Assassins' Chao-Bin Su's upcoming Reign of Assassins marks the return of Michelle Yeoh, 48, to the martial arts genre. Yeoh hadn't kicked, fought, and flown on screen since her ferocious […]

'Twilight' Movies' Milestone + Rio Crime Frightens Filmmakers & Beware of Celebrity Malware

Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Sept. 30, '10, update: We all know that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, members of the Cullen Clan (Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, and Kellan Lutz), the Volturi Clan (among them Dakota Fanning, […]

'Eclipse' Movie: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson Romantic Fantasy Shatters Records

July 16 update: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the romantic fantasy-adventure starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Thursday, July 15 '10. Directed by David Slade, Eclipse took in $3.72 million on Thursday, totaling $251.37 million after 16 […]

Taylor Lautner Almost Steals 'Eclipse'? Critics' Comment

“It took three films,” says Kirk Honeycutt in The Hollywood Reporter, “but The Twilight Saga finally nails just the right tone in Eclipse, a film that neatly balances the teenage operatic passions from Stephenie Meyer's novels with the movies' supernatural trappings.” Honeycutt then proceeds to laud David Slade's direction (Catherine […]

Artistic License: How Far Can It Go? The Robert Pattinson 'Libishomem' Nonsense

Artistic license in 'Breaking Dawn': Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (top); Robert Pattinson, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed in Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (bottom). Does this man look like a “Libishomem” to you? In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, officially two […]

Peter Facinelli & Elizabeth Reaser + Jackson Rathbone & Ashley Greene: Expletives Explained

Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen and Elizabeth Reaser as his wife Esme Cullen. The “vegetarian” Twilight vampires will be returning in David Slade's upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Peter Facinelli: Carlisle Cullen background June 10: Born in England about three or four centuries ago, Carlisle is by far the oldest […]

Demi Moore Age? Actress to Publish Book of Memoirs + Penelope Spheeris & Guillermo del Toro News

Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze in Jerry Zucker's Ghost Demi Moore Memoirs Coming Out Demi Moore's memoirs will be (tentatively) published by HarperCollins in 2012, according to The Associated Press. Moore, whose age is reported to be 47 – old enough for her to write a book of memoirs, it seems […]

Kristen Stewart (Unfortunately) Apologizes for Rape Metaphor & Robert Pattinson-Taylor Lautner Kinky Twi-Moment

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart together in Eclipse meadow scene June 3: Kristen Stewart has opted to issue an apology for her use of the word “rape” as a metaphor for having her personhood unrelentingly assaulted by paparazzi no matter where she goes. Personally, I find that an unfortunate – for […]

Edward Cullen: Robert Pattinson vs. Henry Cavill & Shirtless Taylor Lautner vs. Climate Change

Edward Cullen a.k.a. Robert Pattinson ready for his 'Eclipse' close-up. Edward Cullen Twilight: Robert Pattinson handsome photo May 4: In the promotional image above, Robert Pattinson is seen as the vampire Edward Cullen in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. That's an unusually good picture of Pattinson as Edward. The […]

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Kiss & 'Twilight' Marathon

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson kiss: Bella attempts to seduce Edward in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse May 13: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's kiss in the picture above is a consequence of the very human and very, very confused Bella Swan's attempt to seduce the vampire Edward Cullen […]

'Breaking Dawn' Oscar Strategy? Plus Ashen-Faced Robert Pattinson & 'Elephants' Academy Pedigree

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart embrace in 'Eclipse': Expect more of same in 'Breaking Dawn.' Oscar chances for 'Breaking Dawn'? The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the final installment in the Twilight movie series, will be released on Nov. 18, '11, Summit Entertainment has announced (May 5, '10). Melissa Rosenberg is […]

Bella and Edward Kissing: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson 'Twilight' Romance

Edward and Bella kissing. That's Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in the by now famous The Twilight Saga: Eclipse meadow scene. Directed by David Slade, best known for Hard Candy, Eclipse is supposed to be a darker, more action-filled installment in the Twilight franchise. Even so, I believe it's the […]

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Kissing, 'Weirdo' 'Twilight' Actor Dream Casting

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. While Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fall in love in this midsummer day's dream, director David Slade is busy at work on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse score. On his Twitter page, he tweeted the following on April 15 '10: “In London overseeing the film score […]

'Twilight' Book Saga Among 'Most Challenged' & 'The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner'

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson Twilight Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book series has a number of elements in common with J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter novels: both book franchises involve teens, mysteries, otherworldly creatures, and supernatural powers; both are worldwide bestsellers mostly aimed at young readers; and both are on the list of […]

'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'

'Avatar' set with James Cameron and Sam Worthington. Avatar inflation-adjusted domestic box office chart James Cameron's socially conscious sci-fi/fantasy/adventure mix Avatar hasn't been the top grosser at the North American box office for nearly two months. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, Avatar was initially dethroned by the […]

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Box Office & Reviews: Who's Tops?

Robert Pattinson: Actor's box office appeal tested in 'Remember Me.' Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson box office comparison Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson? Who came out on top at the North American box office in March 2010 – or about three months prior to the June 30 opening of mega-blockbuster-to-be […]

'Eclipse' Trailer + Robert Pattinson Provocative Photo Essay & Kristen Stewart 'Email Attack'

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' 'Eclipse': Love is eternally having to say … “Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment forever.” That's Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) telling said Swan (Kristen Stewart) what most people anywhere would like to hear – and believe – at […]

'Hatty Potter,' 'Clash of the Titans' in 3D: Film History Repeats Itself

Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.) Fans of Daniel Radcliffe will be able to see him in 3D after Warner Bros. converts the last two Harry Potter flicks, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part II, to 3D at […]

'Avatar': Movie Racist & Paganistic? & China Ban

In James Cameron's Avatar, a white human is turned into a blue Na'vi, the inhabitants of a far-off moon. He eventually turns against the human invaders, becoming the leader of the Na'vi in their fight to preserve their way of life. Some people are pissed off because the human is […]

Robert Pattinson 'Remember Me' + Kristen Stewart Meadow Madness & Spider-Man Rumors

'Remember Me' poster I don't know if Remember Me will be any good, but I gotta say that I'm looking forward to checking it out. Besides Robert Pattinson, the Allen Coulter movie has Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Martha Plimpton, and it was co-written by Jenny Lumet […]

'Avatar': James Cameron Fantasy Is Global Blockbuster But December Record Goes Unbroken

Avatar: James Cameron directed and wrote the environmentally conscious futuristic action-adventure fantasy known as Avatar, a 3D extravaganza that has captured the imagination of popcorn-gobbling moviegoers the world over. British-born, Australian-raised actor Sam Worthington stars as paraplegic U.S. marine Jake Sully, who, once on the planet of Pandora, goes – […]

'Field of Dreams' Movie: Kevin Costner + Baseball, Ghosts & Corn in Sentimental Iowa Fantasy

Field of Dreams movie with Kevin Costner. Between 1987 and 1992, Kevin Costner was one the top box office draws on the planet. Phil Alden Robinson's sentimental Field of Dreams (1989) was one of the hits that helped to solidify Costner's standing, which would reach its acme with the 1990 […]

'New Moon' Breaks Box Office Records Except Key One + Debilitating 'Twilight' Weakness

New Moon with Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and Kristen Stewart. The second installment in The Twilight Saga movie franchise, New Moon has surpassed expectations, having become one of the biggest global blockbusters of the year – while nearly seizing from The Dark Knight (and runner-up Spider-Man 3) the title of […]

'Born of Hope': 'The Lord of the Rings'-Inspired 'Prequel'

Beginning tomorrow, December 1, the Lord of the Rings-inspired Born of Hope will make its exclusive debut on Dailymotion. Directed by Kate Madison, and written by Alex K. Aldridge with the assistance of Christopher Dane, who also stars as Arathorn, Born of Hope is an original prequel based on the […]

Classic Movie Costumes & L.A. Jewish Film Festival + Liam Neeson in 'Clash of the Titans'

Left to right: Costume worn by Danny Kaye in The Inspector General (1949), designed by Travilla. Costume worn by Viveca Lindfors in The Adventures of Don Juan (1948), designed by Leah Rhodes. Costume worn by Natalie Wood in The Great Race (1965). designed by Edith Head. Costume worn by Judy […]

'The Thief of Bagdad' 1924: Douglas Fairbanks' Restored Fantasy Classic Returns

The Thief of Bagdad 1924 with Douglas Fairbanks. At least nominally directed by Raoul Walsh, the Douglas Fairbanks production and United Artists release The Thief of Bagdad was in preparation/production for 65 weeks, ultimately costing $1.13 million (approx. $16 million today) – an impressive sum back in the silent era. […]

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' Movie Images: Colorful Creatures and Selma Blair

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' with Selma Blair, Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien. 'Hellboy II: The Golden Army': creatures galore A new set of images from Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which opens in North America on July 11, 2008, is now available […]

Fantasia Film Festival

The 12th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, North America's premier genre film festival, began on July 3 and continues until July 23 in Montreal. This year, the Fantasia Film Festival has been showcasing films from Japan, Spain, South Korea, Italy, Hong Kong, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, France, Russia, India, New […]

'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring': Overextended Hobbit Road Movie

Peter Jackson's 2001 blockbuster and best picture nominee The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The fantasy-adventure tale will be screened on Monday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. […]

'Sleeping Beauty' Academy Screening

As part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Gold Standard series, the premiere screening of a newly restored digital version of the Walt Disney Studios' 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty will be presented on Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly […]

'The Golden Compass' vs. Catholic Archbishop & Vatican + 'Moonstruck' with Olympia Dukakis

The Golden Compass with Nicole Kidman as the powerful and (most likely) untrustworthy Mrs. Coulter. Is Chris Weitz's bowdlerized film version of Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights anti-Catholic and/or anti-Christian? In fact, is the meandering fantasy film anti- or pro-anything? As for the sparklingly dressed Mrs. Coulter, is she a villainess? […]

'ET: The Extra-Terrestrial' 25th Anniversary Screening

Henry Thomas, E.T. Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the saga of an outer-space creature that – quite understandably – wants to get the hell out of Planet Earth, will have its 25th anniversary celebrated with a screening on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture […]

'War-Gods of the Deep' Review: Jacques Tourneur Cult Classic

War-Gods of the Deep is one of those films whose title makes no sense, but is right in keeping with the whole tenor of the film itself. Made in 1965, this American International Pictures production the studio's first non-Roger Corman release based on a Edgar Allan Poe's story, and was […]

'Heaven Can Wait': Warren Beatty Ethereal Blockbuster Screening

A remake of Alexander Hall's far superior 1941 supernatural romantic comedy Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Warren Beatty and Buck Henry's 1978 Best Picture nominee Heaven Can Wait will be screened as the next feature of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. Heaven Can […]

'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad': Kerwin Mathews Adventure Classic

By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica Perhaps I was five or six when I first snuck into one of the cheapo movie theaters off of Myrtle Ave., in Queens, to see The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). Or perhaps I saw it first on WABC-TV's “The 4:30 Movie,” or late at […]

Dark Fantasy Tops NSFC + Transgender Drama & Raunchy Kate Winslet Movie Top Ireland & Iowa

Pan's Labyrinth: The Pale Man (Doug Jones) in underground, dark fantasy. Guillermo del Toro's post-Spanish-Civil-War-set Pan's Labyrinth / El laberinto del fauno was the National Society of Film Critics' surprise Best Film winner. Perhaps even more surprising, its two runners-up were both movies featuring non-English-language dialogue, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Letters […]

'Testament of Orpheus': Jean Cocteau Ends Heavy-Handed 'Orphic Trilogy'

Testament of Orpheus with Jean Cocteau. The filmmaker's “Orphic Trilogy” spanned nearly three decades: The Blood of a Poet (1932), with Enrique Riveros as The Poet; Orpheus (1950), with Roger Blin, in a supporting role, as The Poet; and Testament of Orpheus (1960), with Cocteau himself as the time-traveling Poet. […]

'Funny Girl' & 'Labyrinth': Barbra Streisand & David Bowie on Big Screen + Old Hollywood in New Jersey

Funny Girl Press Release: The 1968 Best Picture nominee Funny Girl will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. Director William Wyler's only musical will be shown on Monday, June 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy's […]

'The Lake House' Review: Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves in Unconvincing Time-Bending Romance

In The Lake House, Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves play two pen pals (a.k.a. platonic lovers) separated not by physical or emotional space, but by an even more gigantic obstacle: time. Two years to be exact. (See synopsis.) You can put the blame for this cosmic mess on the U.S. […]