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Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

After three immensely successful productions, why would Summit Entertainment change their formula now? Of course the studio wouldn’t, but you’d think bringing aboard an Oscar-winning director would almost naturally warrant some changes for the better, but sadly, Bill Condon’s prowess was entirely consumed by the drone of The Twilight Saga and he actually winds up delivering a piece that’s rather sub-par to two of the previous installments.

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson). Yes, the time has finally come for Bella to put an end to that pesky love triangle and seal the deal with Edward, but, in true Twilight fashion, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) holds a grudge and brooding ensues. Regardless, after the I dos, the newlyweds wave goodbye to the friends and family we’ve met in the films over the years and hop a plane to Rio de Janeiro after which they board a boat to the secret island de Cullen. Forbidden vampire on human mating goes down, beds break and, shortly after, Bella grows a baby bump.

The problem is, this isn’t just any old baby. As Bella’s baby grows, it destroys her from inside. As Bella’s health deteriorates, the Cullens do whatever they can to prolong her life. Meanwhile, over at camp werewolf, the dogs are in an uproar over the bun in the oven. Pack leader Sam (Chaske Spencer) calls for the baby’s execution and, in turn, Bella’s, which, of course, Jacob will not stand for. With brother and sister duo Leah and Seth Clearwater (Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart) by his side, he separates from his pack to come to Bella’s rescue.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Double Dose of ‘Twilight’ Courtesy of ‘Breaking Dawn’ and ‘Warm Bodies’

Not only is it a blast to have a week packed with solid trailers, but that enjoyment extends far beyond the present as it means we could have a series of solid films on the way. This week’s three best pieces of promotional material snagged easy wins, but there’s also a handful of other trailers that are absolutely not to be missed.

Horror

Kicking this introduction off on the darker side, it’s the latest from Ti West, The Innkeepers. West gained some steam with his modest haunted house creeper, The House of the Devil, and based on The Innkeepers’ trailer, it looks as though he’s keeping his style alive while offering up a brand new and seemingly intriguing story. Then we’ve got the return of Underworld. As someone who’s merely glanced over this franchise, just going for a single viewing as they hit theaters, this brand new trailer for Awakening is surprisingly appealing, especially as I was positive I’d had enough after The Rise of the Lycans.

Animation

On the kid-friendly horror side, we’ve got the teaser for the ParaNorman. Not only does this piece rock some rather novel animation, but the teaser itself is quite unforgettable courtesy of Donovan’s background tune, “Season of the Witch.” Also in the animation department is the very first trailer for The Lorax. Between the bubbly animation, bright colors, The Polyphonic Spree’s “Light & Day” and, of course, seeing a childhood favorite come to life, there’s no way to watch this trailer and not wind up with a smile on your face.

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How To Dress Up as a Twilight Character

It ain’t easy dressing up as a movie character for Halloween. They’re either too tough to sell without being painfully obvious or not obvious enough. However with the franchise’s incredible following and Breaking Dawn – Part 1 right around the corner, not only are the Twilight characters rather simple to pull off, but then you can spice them up with the details to appease the hardcore fans. Like the series itself, going Twilight this Halloween could be an instant crowd-pleaser.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Shame’ And ‘Breaking Dawn’ Keep Things Sexy, One Unassumingly And The Other By Breaking Bed Frames

What better way to kick off this week’s Promos of the Week piece than with one of the most highly anticipated trailers, The Avengers? Gasp! Yes, that means the first trailer for the superhero mash up did not make the promotions section, but that’s not to say it’s not an exciting advertisement. It should come as no surprise that this film is leaning on the fact that it’s the ultimate superhero conglomeration. After years of seeing our favorite heroes fly solo, they finally unite and Marvel delivers a trailer that simply brings the gang together.

In other trailer news, we got the first full one for the apocalyptic survival film, The Divide. The piece presents the feature as something that could be a little all over the place, but this is an end of the world film we’re talking about here; as sick as it sounds, it’s inherently intriguing. On a lighter note, we’ve got the first domestic trailer for Carnage and while the international one simply uses the dialogue and well-timed cuts to bring out the comedy, this one throws in some title cards and appropriate music to bring us something with even more laughs and an impressive build. The first trailer for The Raven also arrived and while that one boasts an interesting story and all-star cast, the trailer comes across as too much of a Sherlock Holmes and Saw combo for my liking.

The Adventures of Tintin spices things up with a new set of clips – for the sake of this introduction at least. While the animation is notable, the material comes across as a bit too juvenile. On the other hand, The Muppets is as juvenile as they come, but, oddly enough, have an intense appeal to adults. People seem to be eating up all this viral marketing for the film, so I figure Disney is thinking, “Why stop here?” Sure enough, we’ve got two new videos to add to the collection, one a continuation of the Facebook “like” effort via Gonzo and another, in conjunction with AMC, in which the Muppets run through a list of theatergoing no nos.

Not the best of the best, but still, all worthy of your time. However, we do have six promotional items you absolutely must check out – some for the good and some for the bad.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Keeping It Real Pays Off For ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Descendants’

Two rather lame weeks in a row. How disappointing? While the promotions section nearly fell short, we’ve got a slew of mediocre material to share. Okay, so that’s not saying much, but at least these items aren’t demotions-worthy.

The new trailer for We Bought A Zoo is a bit too ABC Family for my taste, but there’s a hint of some heartwarming holiday fun to be had. Similarly, Goon looks a bit like playtime for Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber, but with names like those and Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill attached, how bad could it be? And while The Raid is making waves at TIFF, I’m somewhat unenthused with the trailer. Sure, there’s a ton of fantastically bloody action, but where’s the story?

Also worthy of taking a look at is the new clip from Real Steel, not so much because it’s a solid clip rather because it provides insight into what this whole robot boxing world is like. Still, this one will tear you in two as you won’t know whether to cheer on your favorite bot or laugh at the goofy dialogue Hugh Jackman is spitting out. Speaking of laughing, there’s a whole lot of happy giggling going on in a new featurette for New Year’s Eve. It’s actually more of a trailer-featurette hybrid, as it’s merely a few short snippets of interviews spliced together with the trailer, but for fans of this kind of filmmaking, anything that lists that massive all-star cast is enough.

As for posters, we’ve got four vibrant designs that are sure to both get you in the holiday spirit and excited for Harold and Kumar’s big return. That taglines are pretty amusing, too. A new motion poster for Chris Gorak’sThe Darkest Hour also arrived. While the imagery is cool, the lack of audio is a bit disappointing as is the awkward format. If you’re releasing a motion poster, why make it a video clip? Oh, maybe it’s because the embeddable poster format is too big for your web browser.

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Thursday Wrap Up And Photos

And that’s a wrap on my first full busy day at San Diego Comic Con. I kicked things off at the press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which featured Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart after which Bill Condon, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner took the stage. Before wrapping up things with Summit Entertainment, I spoke with the writer of one of the studio’s next book-to-film adaptations, Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion. Keep an eye out for that interview later this week.

From there it was off to the convention center where I spent some time checking out the goods including vendor booths like MIMOBOT (more to come from them later this week) and studio presentations like Lionsgates’ booth which is all decked out in Hunger Games’ flaming glory.

Time flew fast, so from there it was a brisk walk over to Ballroom 20 where author George R.R. Martin proudly presented the cast and writers who brought the first book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series to life, Game of Thrones. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were all on hand to talk about their experience working on the show’s first season, the goodies that will come with the season one DVD as well as a bit of what to expect for season two and beyond.

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