Watch "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" Movie Review 


Find out why I'm calling this film the best of the franchise so far, plus see interview snippets with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner about the series' characters. (to read my full "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" movie review, click here)



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Weekend Movie Round-Up: "Knight and Day," "Grown Ups" Movie Reviews 


"Knight and Day" and "Grown Ups" are set to battle for box-office supremacy with "Toy Story 3." But from the looks of it, the Disney/Pixar threequel will take the crown.

"Knight and Day," which opened last Wednesday, comes with a great pedigree. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and director James Mangold, the guy who gave us "Walk the Line" and "3:10 to Yuma" among others.

How can you go wrong right? Well, "Knight and Day" is a fun, entertaining film, that's just a wee bit short on logic.

Here's the plot: Diaz is June Havens, who suddenly finds her daily routine interrupted by being entangled with a secret agent named Roy Miller played by Cruise. He has a latest mission that he instinctively feels he's not supposed to survive.

Soon, the couple find themselves in a globe-trotting adventure in an attempt to avoid capture by the feds. But the big caveat -- Cruise's secret agent is not who he says he is...or is he?

"Knight and Day" is one of those movies that makes its plot so unnecessary complicated as a cover for its brainless and illogical narrative. But much like this summer's "The A-Team," "Knight and Day" is thoroughly charming though its lacking in the brains department.

But thanks to Cruise, yes, Cruise, and his palpable chemistry with Diaz, "Knight and Day" is fluffy fun with lots of action scenes thrown in. Just check your brains out the door in order to enjoy this movie.

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If "Knight and Day" is illogically entertaining, then "Grown Ups" is immaturely annoying. When I first heard about this movie's cast, I thought it was brilliant!

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, heck even Maya Rudolph, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn and Tim Meadows make appearances.

But wait, there's more! Maria Bello and Salma Hayek even show up.

You expect more from a powerhouse cast like that. But sadly, "Grown Ups" is immature and unfunny.

The plot? Five friends, Sandler, James, Rock, Spade, Schneider, reunite at the funeral of their high school basketball coach and decide to reminisce about the good old days while spending a wild 4th of July weekend together.

"Grown Ups" tries so hard to be this year's "The Hangover" but fails miserably. You see, "The Hangover" knew what it was -- a raunch-fest with a heart, a big heart -- while "Grown Ups" has an identity crisis. It so wants to be a raunch-fest but also courts the young kids (it's PG-13). It doesn't work, and never will work.

Co-written by Sandler himself and directed by Dennis Dugan, the guy who gave us the horrible "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Grown Ups" never quite matched the "awesomeness" of its great cast -- lots of funny people.

Saddled with a lazy script, lazy plotting and lazy direction, you will not want to spend your Independence Day weekend with this crew.

The one thing the movie did miraculously? David Spade is the funniest part of the movie and that's not saying much.

"Grown Ups" :15k

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Peter Jackson to Return to Middle Earth, May Direct "The Hobbit" 


It has come full circle for Peter Jackson. The director is in talks with Warners/New Line to direct the two "Hobbit" movies according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Lord of the Rings" director has been developing the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece as producer of the planned two-film adaptations. Guillermo del Toro was initially set to direct until when the director left in March citing MGM's shaky financial future as an excuse.

Since del Toro's departure, Warners/New Line has been paging Jackson, more like begging him, to helm "The Hobbit." And why not? Jackson created one of the best trilogies in cinematic history with "Lord of the Rings" and he can spread his Gandalfian wizardry to the project.

So please return to Middle Earth Mr. Jackson, it would be quite magical!

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"Avatar" Conquers Saturn Awards 


James Cameron's "Avatar" dominated the 36th Annual Saturn Awards winning 10 trophies including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Actor for Sam Worthington and Best Actress for Zoe Saldana.

Cameron also won for Best Writer and Best Director categories, and was honored with the Visionary Award. Presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, the Saturn Awards is an acknowledgment of fine work in those genres.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 36th Annual Saturn Awards:

Best Science Fiction Film: Avatar
Best Fantasy Film: Watchmen
Best Horror Film: Drag Me To Hell
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: Inglourious Basterds
Best Actor: Sam Worthington (Avatar)
Best Actress: Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
Best Supporting Actor: Stephen Lang (Avatar)
Best Supporting Actress: Sigourney Weaver (Avatar)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
Best Director: James Cameron (Avatar)
Best Writer: James Cameron (Avatar)
Best Music: James Horner (Avatar)
Best Costume: Michael Wilkinson (Watchmen)
Best Make-Up: Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow (Star Trek)
Best Production Design: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg (Avatar)
Best Special Effects: Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones (Avatar)
Best International Film: District 9
Best Animation Film: Monsters vs. Aliens
Best Television Series: Lost
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Breaking Bad
Best Presentation on Television: Torchwood: Children of Earth
Best Actor on Television: Josh Holloway (Lost)
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Televison: Julie Benz (Dexter)
Guest Starring Role on Television: Leonard Nimoy (Fringe)
Best DVD Release: Nothing But the Truth
Best DVD Television Release: Lost (The Complete Fifth Season)
Best DVD Special Edition: Watchman: The Ultimate Cut
Best DVD Collection: Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection
Best Local Stage Production: Fantasy/Musical: Mary Poppins (Ahmanson Theatre)
Best Local Stage Production: Play/Dramatic Musical: Parade (Mark Taper Forum)
Best Local Stage Production: Small Theatre: Fellowship: The Musical (Falcon Theatre)
The Visionary Award: James Cameron
The George Pal Memorial Award: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
The Producers Showcase Award: Lauren Shuler Donner
The Life Career Award: Irvin Kershner

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"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Edward, Bella, and Jacob Get? 


I was ready to hate the third installment of the popular “Twilight” franchise. While I appreciate the book series by author Stephenie Meyer, I thought the movie adaptations of the first two novels were horrible. So to my surprise, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” was actually good.


Gone are the cringe-worthy dialogue, acting, and shots of Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) walking in slow-motion. Instead, we get an intriguing premise, and for the first time, I actually believe the love story between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward. Read More...

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