“Brave” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Movie Reviews – Which One is My Pick of the Week? 

Two big films are opening this weekend, we have “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” for action fans and “Brave” for the entire family. “Abraham Lincoln” is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book (he also wrote the screenplay) and Benjamin Walker stars as our beloved 16th President who moonlights as a vampire slayer. From “Wanted’s” Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” has a head-scratching premise that you have to believe in order to enjoy the film.

“Brave” features the first ever female heroine in the Disney/Pixar cannon. And I say, it’s about darn time! Kelly McDonald voiced the lead role of Merida, a reluctant princess who wants to choose her own path in life. Emma Thompson voiced the Queen Mother, and for the first time, Disney/Pixar focuses on a mother-daughter relationship instead of the usual father/son drama.

But only one movie is my pick of the week, which one? Take a look:

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Will Justin Timberlake Join "Baywatch" the Movie? 

Paramount is set to make a big screen version of "Batwatch" and they want Justin Timberlake to star according to Twitch. Will he bring the sexy back to the beach? Saving the world one swimmer at a time?

Ivan Reitman, Beau Flynn, and Tripp Vinson are producing the movie and yes, they have roles for David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, if they want them.

Will you watch a "Baywatch" film? Do you even care?

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Let's Go to Where the Air is Sweet! "Sesame Street' Movie in the Works! 

Sunny day is sweeping the clouds away for "Sesame Street" fans.

20th Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the beloved children's television show and has hired longtime "Street" writer, Joey Mazzarino, to pen the script according to Heat Vision.

This would not be the first big screen version of "Sesame Street." In 1985, "Follow That Bird" was released featuring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Dave Thomas. And in 1999, "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" was released.

Now, with the success of "The Muppets," FOX seems to think that it's the right time to bring out our favorite residents of "Sesame Street" such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo.

Shawn Levy ("Date Night," "Night at the Museum," "Real Steel") is attached to produce but will he direct and tell us how to get to "Sesame Street?" Stay tuned...

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So Long "Dumb and Dumber!" Jim Carrey Leaves Planned Sequel! 

First of all, why make a "Dumb and Dumber" sequel? The first one was funny, but the prequel was horrible! And the Farrelly brothers, I love them but they haven't really made a good comedy in a while!

So, is that why Carrey is leaving the planned sequel that was set to shoot this fall? According to Movies.com by way of Entertainment tonight, Carrey was supposedly upset that no one at New Line or its big sister, Warner Bros., was enthusiastic about the sequel.

Um, can you blame them?

Through his publicist, Carrey said, "I would have thought Dumb and Dumber Two was a no-brainer, after all it's implied in the title."

Oh, I got it!

Are you hearbroken about Carrey leaving the franchise?

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What to See at 2012 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival! My Picks of the Best! 

I am a big fan of the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. All the filmmakers have unmitigated passion for their craft which gives the festival a grassroots feel waiting for community support.

Most of the entries submitted to the ShortFest move on to bigger and better things such as being nominated for an Academy Award. This year, the selections are wide-ranging with varying themes from love to the horrors of war. Here are my picks to help you enjoy the fest.

“Friend Request Pending”

Dame Judi Dench stars in this funny and smart look at the world of social media. Directed by Chris Foggin, “Friend Request Pending” is part of the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh and Modern Communication lineups. You will laugh and fall in love with this movie. Wait until you see Dench toss online acronyms like LOL and OMG. Even “The Avengers’” Loki aka Tom Hiddleston shows up for a funny cameo.

“The Missing Key”

A splendid, beautifully-drawn animation that’s part of the Short Stories from Down Under series. Directed by Jonathan Nix, “The Missing Key” is about the power of music and the things people do to harness it. This mostly silent film is a surefire Oscar Best Animated Short Film contender!

“What You Looking At”

A fierce drag queen and an even fiercer burka-clad woman get trapped inside an elevator. What follows next is a comic and endearing look at how opposites can be truly alike. Directed by Faryal, “What You Looking At” is part of the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh and Gay!La series.

“Jesus Loves Youssef”

A young boy on the verge of adolescence must find the perfect balance between Catholicism and puberty. Lebanon’s Ephrem Kossaify creates an honest portrait of a boy trapped between construed good and evil. This is part of the Rites of Passage series.

“Hot in the Zipper”

I thoroughly enjoyed this campy tale from director James Westby about three distinctly different women vying for the affections of a piano-playing single man. Set in 1947 Manhattan, this witty homage to the tough dames of the past mixes humor and music to great effect! “Hot in the Zipper” is part of the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh and Love, Lust…and Other L Words series.

“Road to Peshawar”

Set in 1988 during the last days of the Soviet-Afghan war, “Road to Peshawar” tells the tale of a father and his injured Afghani girl who must walk towards the Pakistani border for medical help. This unpredictable and affecting look at the horrors of war is also thoroughly heartfelt. Directed by Hammad Rizvi, “Road to Peshawar” belongs in the War and Remembrance festival series.

“Johnny Loves Dolores”

The plight of Filipino migrant workers is explored in this bold and affecting film from director Clarissa De Los Reyes. Johnny (Raul Arellano) is a money-remittance clerk who falls in love with Dolores (Princess Punzalan), a mother who entered the U.S. illegally so she can provide a better future for her daughter in the Philippines. The melodramatic nature of illegal immigrants is washed away by the splendid performances. “Johnny Loves Dolores” is part of the Love is in the Air series.

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