Summer Movie Preview! Hot, Hot Films I'm Dying to See! 


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First Look: "The Twilight Saga; New Moon's" Wolf Pack! Look at Those Abs! 


From Left: Paul (Alex Meraz), Sam (Chaske Spencer), Jared (Bronson Pelletier) and Embry (Kiowa Gordon)

Back in March, we revealed the identities of the actors hired by Summit to join "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" as the Wolf Pack.

Now, here they are, in all their half-naked glory! Isn't it hard to shoot in freezing Vancouver without your shirts on? :happy

Director Chris Weitz revealed to USA Today:

"It's not pleasant for the actors. But they have all been good-natured. They show up on location in drenching, cold rain, and I say, 'OK, off with the robes.' "

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" howls in theaters near you Nov. 20!

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It's Quentin Tarantino vs. Ang Lee! Take a look at the Cannes Film Festival Lineup!  


Okay, can I just tell you now, that I wish I can go :sad

But work schedule prevents me from going to Cannes (May is ratings period for TV and thou shall not leave your post!). So, I'll just regale myself with fantasizing I was there, or, by counting the days before I can see the films in/out competition!

And this year? It's great! Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") will face off with Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock") while fighting Pedro Almodovar ("Broken Embraces") and kicking Jane Campion ("Bright Star") to the curb.

It's going to be fierce!

But before all the competition hoopla, Disney/Pixar will entertain everyone by opening the event with "Up" (the first ever animated film to kick off the festival!).

Oh, and out of competition? The last film made by Heath Ledger, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" by Terry Gilliam.

Here's the complete line up, oh, and if you're going to Cannes, take pictures for me while I drown my sorrow in Sweeps!

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

OPENER

"Up," U.S., Pete Docter, Bob Peterson

CLOSER
"Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky," France, Jan Kounen

IN COMPETITION
"Bright Star," Australia-U.K.-France, Jane Campion
"Spring Fever," China-France, Lou Ye
"Antichrist," Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier
"Enter the Void," France, Gaspar Noe
"Face," France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang
"Les Herbes folles," France-Italy, Alain Resnais
"In the Beginning," France, Xavier Giannoli
"A Prophet," France, Jacques Audiard
"The White Ribbon," Germany-Austria-France, Michael Haneke
"Vengeance," Hong Kong-France-U.S., Johnnie To
"The Time That Remains," Israel-France-Belgium-Italy, Elia Suleiman
"Vincere," Italy-France, Marco Bellocchio
"Kinatay," Philippines, Brillante Mendoza
"Thirst," South Korea-U.S., Park Chan-wook
"Broken Embraces," Spain, Pedro Almodovar
"Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," Spain, Isabel Coixet
"Fish Tank," U.K.-Netherlands, Andrea Arnold
"Looking for Eric," U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy, Ken Loach
"Inglourious Basterds," U.S., Quentin Tarantino
"Taking Woodstock," U.S., Ang Lee

OUT OF COMPETITION
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," Canada-France, Terry Gilliam
"The Army of Crime," France, Robert Guediguian
"Agora," Spain, Alejandro Amenabar

MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS
"A Town Called Panic," Belgium, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar
"Ne te retourne pas," France-Belgium-Luxembourg-Italy, Marina de Van
"Drag Me to Hell," U.S., Sam Raimi

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
"Petition," China, Zhao Liang
"L'epine dans le coeur," France, Michel Gondry
"Min ye," France-Mali, Souleyumane Cisse
"Jaffa," Israel-France-Germany, Keren Yedaya
"Manila," Philippines, Adolfo Alix Jr., Raya Martin
"My Neighbor, My Killer," U.S., Anne Aghion

UN CERTAIN REGARD
"Samson & Delilah," Australia, Warwick Thornton
"Adrift," Brazil, Heitor Dhalia
"The Wind Journeys," Colombia, Ciro Guerra
"Demain des l'aube," France, Denis Dercourt
"Irene," France, Alain Cavalier
"Air Doll," Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda
"Independance," Philippines-France-Germany, Raya Martin
"Le Pere de mes enfants," France-Germany, Mia Hansen-Love
"Dogtooth," Greece, Yorgos Lanthimos
"Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats," Iran, Bahman Ghobadi
"Eyes Wide Open," Israel, Haim Tabakman
"Mother," South Korea, Bong Joon-ho
"The Silent Army," Netherlands, Jean van de Velde
"To Die Like a Man," Portugal, Joao Pedro Rodrigues
"Police, Adjective," Romania, Corneliu Porumboiu
"Tales from the Golden Age," Romania, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru
"Tale in the Darkness," Russia, Nikolay Khomeriki
"Tzar," Russia-France, Pavel Lounguine
"Nymph," Thailand, Pen-ek Ratanaruang
"Precious," U.S., Lee Daniels

FEATURE FILM JURY
Isabelle Huppert (president), actress, France
Asia Argento, actress, director, screenwriter, Italy
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director, screenwriter, actor, Turkey
Lee Chang-dong, director, author, screenwriter, South Korea
James Gray, director, screenwriter, U.S.
Hanif Kureishi, author, screenwriter, U.K.
Shu Qi, actress, Taiwan
Robin Wright Penn, actress, U.S.

LA CINEFONDATION AND SHORT FILM JURY
John Boorman (president), director, author, producer, U.K.
Bertrand Bonello, director, France
Ferid Boughedir, director, Tunisia
Leonor Silveira, actress, Portugal
Zhang Ziyi, actress, China

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"30 Days of Night" Director to Helm Third "Twilight" Film "Eclipse" 


First we heard the third "Twilight" film is going to be directed by Drew Barrymore, then Juan Antonio Bayona (my choice, if you ask me). Now, it's official, David Slade is going to direct "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

Summit Entertainment made it official, and they've always chosen a different director per film (Catherine Hardwicke directed "Twilight," Chris Weitz is currently helming "New Moon").

I think the third film is the more dramatic of the bunch where Bella (Kristen Stewart) must choose between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner).

You can see all the drama when "Eclipse" is released June 30, 2010.

Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the first two films, is penning the third. Characters Miss Melissa, characters please? My biggest complain about the first film is its poor character development.

But Slade may be a wise choice. I love "Hard Candy" (if you guys haven't seen this yet, go check it out -- female teenage angst at its finest!), and "30 Days of Night" is fast becoming a cult hit with its constant cable showing (the mood! the atmosphere!), so I think Slade will do a great job!

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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Karate Chops Back to the Big Screen 


Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael are making their way back to the big screen! This time, the focus will be their origins, including their master Splinter.

The Mirage Group is planning to release the film in 2011.

I grew up with this franchise, and I have a soft spot for the Turtles. So this is a welcomed news.

"TMNT" released in 2007 was just okay, but I think going back to their origins can make the characters more interesting.

By the way, the Turtles are celebrating their 25th anniversary which kicks off Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival where the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will be unspooled.

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