LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Twilight" fans will get their final taste of
the vampire series when the second half of the finale hits theaters
at the end of 2012.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," is scheduled for
release Nov. 16, 2012, Summit Entertainment announced Tuesday. The
first half is coming out Nov. 18, 2011.
Bill Condon is set to direct both movies, based on the fourth
and final book in Stephanie Meyer's series about vampires,
werewolves and the teenage girl caught in between them. Stars
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are all set to
return. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.
Part three, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," has made over $288
million in its five weeks in theaters.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber is adding movie star to his
Paramount Pictures, MTV Films and Bieber's record label, Island
Def Jam, say the 16-year-old pop star has signed on to appear in a
feature film about his life and
The yet-to-be-titled movie is set for release on "Valentine's
weekend" of 2011, the companies said Tuesday.
Bieber will also be producing the film, along with mentor Usher,
manager Scooter Braun and Island Def Jam Music Group chairman LA Reid.
The movie will offer a "VIP backstage pass" into Bieber's life
and will feature 3-D footage from
his "My World 2.0" concert tour.
The ubiquitous teen sensation is also bringing his life to
readers: HarperCollins announced Monday that it will publish his
memoir in October.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Megan Fox has tied the knot with longtime
boyfriend Brian Austin Green.
Fox's publicist Dominique Appel said Tuesday the couple was
The 24-year-old actress became engaged to Green earlier this
month for the second time. The pair was previously engaged in
Fox and Green, 36, have been dating for several years. It's the
first marriage for both.
Fox's film credits include "Transformers" and "Jonah Hex," which
opened earlier this month. Green was a star of of the 1990s TV hit,
"Beverly Hills 90210."
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Introducing an exciting new talent: Tom Cruise. Sure, we know
Tom Cruise after his three decades in the business. We know way too
much about Tom Cruise, actually, thanks to his well-documented
off-screen antics the past few years. "Knight and Day" is a
refreshing reminder, though, of why he is a superstar: He has that
undeniable charisma about him and he really can act, something for
which he doesn't always get the credit he deserves. Here, he plays
a Vintage Tom Cruise Role: He gets to be charming but also toy with
the idea that he might be a little nuts. As secret agent Roy
Miller, he has that twinkle in his eye and that sexy little smile
but he's also strangely calm in the middle of elaborate car chases
and shootouts — relaxed, articulate and abidingly courteous when
most mortals would be freaking out. That's part of the fun of the
character and the movie as a whole, that contradiction. Cruise's
presence also helps keep James Mangold's film light, breezy and
watchable when the action — and the story itself — spin
ridiculously out of control. Cruise and Cameron Diaz make an oddly
appealing pair as a (possibly) rogue spy and the innocent woman he
must now protect. But the romance between them feels forced and is
one of the movie's chief weaknesses. PG-13 for sequences of action
violence throughout, and brief strong language. 109 min. Two and a
half stars out of four.
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"I Am Love" — Words like "lush" and "gorgeous" don't even begin
to scratch the surface in describing Italian director Luca
Guadagnino's retro-styled melodrama. It's more like the most
sumptuous design porn, lingering over every detail in the palatial
home of a Milanese industrialist and his family, allowing plenty of
time for us to ooh and ahh over the impeccably tasteful clothes,
the rich furnishings, the exquisite meals. (Don't see this movie
hungry.) From the sweeping, old-fashioned opening titles, "I Am
Love" signals that we're in for a long, luxurious ride. This is a
visual medium, after all, and in the tradition of Visconti and
Sirk, Guadagnino expertly throws in everything he's got. But
despite these aesthetic trappings, an even more compelling factor
is the most fundamental: the tour-de-force performance from its
star, Tilda Swinton, speaking fluent Italian and even a little
Russian in a couple of scenes. Swinton's transformation from
perfect, moneyed wife and mother to ... well, we don't want to give
too much away, but we'll just say her character becomes a purer
form of herself when she finds true love. She becomes free. The
camera has always loved her striking, porcelain features: those
formidable cheekbones and wide-set blue eyes. She's ravishing as
Emma Recchi, flawlessly turned out for all occasions. But it's the
subtle changes within her that drive the film, and allow the
staggeringly versatile Swinton to prove there's more to her than we
ever could have imagined. R for sexuality and nudity. 120 min.
Three and a half stars out of four.
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"Grown Ups" — Shockingly inept even by the standards we've come
to expect from a Happy Madison production, this feels as if it were
made without considering whether an audience would ever actually
see it. It assaults us with an awkward mix of humor (which is
rarely funny) and heart (which is never touching), but even more
amateurishly, it features copious cutaways to characters laughing
at each others' jokes. For long stretches of time, Adam Sandler and
Co. sit around a New England lake house goofing on each other,
telling stories and reminiscing about old times. Given that these
other characters are played by Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade
and Rob Schneider, you would hope that some of the lines would work
(from James and Rock, at least). One gets the distinct impression
that these guys, four out of five of whom are "Saturday Night Live"
alumni, improvised most of their insults and one-liners, and there
just happened to be a camera or two rolling. The plot, which is
essentially "The Big Chill" with jokes about flatulence and
bunions, finds these five childhood friends reuniting for the
funeral of the basketball coach who led them to a championship in
1978. PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references,
language and some male rear nudity. 98 min. One star out of
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Roberts' new film has gained a wider
potential audience now that the rating has been lowered from R to
The filmmakers behind Roberts' upcoming drama "Eat Pray Love"
got the R rating overturned by the Classification and Rating
Appeals Board for the Motion Picture Association of America.
The Sony Pictures release had been rated R for "brief strong
language." It now has a PG-13 tag for "brief strong language, some
sexual references and male rear nudity." The film comes out Aug.
An R rating prohibits those under 17 from seeing a movie unless
accompanied by an adult.
The appeals board lowered the rating Wednesday after hearing
arguments from the film's director, Ryan Murphy, and producer Dede
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Fellow children of the '80s: Merely pondering the possibility of
a "Karate Kid" remake tears at the very fiber of our
No one else needs to say the words "wax on-wax off" ever again.
No teen bully could possibly be as slickly menacing as Billy Zabka.
And as climactic showdown songs go, nothing could beat the cliched
bombast of "You're the Best Around." (Now it'll be stuck in your
head the rest of the day, just like it's stuck in mine. You're
Sure, John G. Avildsen's original 1984 movie was formulaic, but
it was OUR formula. There was no doubt Daniel-San was ever going to
lose to rich, arrogant Johnny, leader of the Cobra Kai, in the
finals of the big karate tournament. But that was OK. He had heart
on his side — and the crane kick. Avildsen also directed "Rocky,"
so he knew a little something about playing up the underdog theme
for maximum emotional impact. We were sucked in despite
Nevertheless, a new version of "The Karate Kid" is upon us.
Director Harald Zwart ("Agent Cody Banks") hits all the same notes
and adheres closely to Robert Mark Kamen's original script, down to
a sweep-the-leg moment in the finale. Details have been tweaked in
Christopher Murphey's new script, including the setting: Instead of
moving from New Jersey to Los Angeles because of his single mom's
new job, our young hero moves from Detroit to Beijing, where he
promptly incurs the wrath of the local thugs and learns martial
arts to protect himself. (And by the way, it's now kung fu.)
But one of the biggest changes of all is the character's
Ralph Macchio was what, like, 35 when he played Daniel? But he
looked 16, as his character was, so he seemed like a good fit. Now
the character, Dre, is 12 — as is the film's star, Jaden Smith, son
of Will and Jada (both executive producers). But with his pretty
face and slight build, Smith looks about 9. It's inescapably
distracting. And so neither the fighting nor the romance with a
girl who's out of his league — two key components of "The Karate
Kid" — makes sense.
Even after the obligatory training montage, Smith is still a
tiny, lean kid. Macchio didn't exactly bulk up, but he had an
attitude about him, an East Coast swagger, that helped make his
transformation into a karate master believable. Plus it's just
uncomfortable watching kids this age beat each other up to the
point of serious injury; there's no one to root for in that.
Still, we must watch Dre go through the motions of learning from
Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), the handyman in the building where he and
his mother, Sherry (Taraji P. Henson) now live.
Dre hates it in China — doesn't understand the language, can't
use chopsticks, etc. — but when he meets a pretty violinist named
Mei Ying in the park, he's smitten. School bully Cheng (Zhenwei
Wang) doesn't like this development, though, and goes on a mission
to make Dre's life even more hellish than it already was. Enter Mr.
Han, who not only fights off Dre's enemies, he heals the boy's
injuries and puts him through his own peculiar training
We all know where this is headed: The Big Tournament. But first,
"The Karate Kid" stops at the Great Wall and the Forbidden City —
you know, just because they're picturesque — which contribute to
the movie's overlong running time. Still, Chan is solid in an
extremely different role, one that's much more serious and
understated than his well-known, playful persona. All the trademark
acrobatics are there, but without the cheerful mugging. After
decades on screen, it's refreshing to see Chan shift gears like
Functioning in the Mr. Miyagi role, Chan also has decent
chemistry with Smith. But things are awkward between Smith and
Wenwen Han, the Chinese version of Elisabeth Shue's Ali-with-an-I.
Their ages, her shy demeanor, her English (which is sometimes hard
to understand) — all these factors conspire against them, and the
The ending is still rousing enough to make the film a
crowd-pleaser, though. But after this, hopefully some '80s classics
like "Sixteen Candles," ''Better Off Dead" and "Revenge of the
Nerds" will remain off-limits.
"The Karate Kid," a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG for
bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language.
Running time: 135 minutes. Two stars out of four.
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A clear line will be drawn in the sand — or the sandbox, if you
will — when it comes to the way people respond to "Babies."
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood heroes are expanding their age
demographic this summer.
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Deadly only in its dullness, the coma-inducing,
comic-book-adapted action flick "The Losers" aims to serve as a
placeholder until "Iron Man 2" arrives with the summer's heavy
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Didi Benami has a reason to be brokenhearted
on "American Idol."
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