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'Twilight' vs. 'Harry Potter': Which clip looked better?

twilight-harry-potterLast night’s MTV Movie Awards brought the premiere of clips from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Watch them below, then tell us which one looked better.

Pros for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:
Taylor Lautner’s wet and/or gelled hair.
Robert Pattinson’s golden eyes.
Wolves that finally look scary when they snarl.
Includes the inevitable winner in next year’s Best Kiss category.
Also includes a shot of Jasper that doesn’t make us giggle. (Always worth noting.)
The action sequence at the end gets the job done.

Pros for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
Daniel Radcliffe’s wet hair.
Daniel Radcliffe’s stubble.
The drama of two friends turning on one another is greater than the drama between vampire and werewolf. (So is the acting.)
Includes the inevitable runner-up in next year’s Best Kiss category.
The voice of Voldemort, which makes Harry fans want to rally behind him.


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Kristen Stewart leads the Week of Apologies

In refreshingly non-cynical news this week, looks like owning up and taking the high road is a trend. First, we have Eclipse star Kristen Stewart, who has apologized for comparing the experience of being photographed by paparazzi to that of a woman being raped in an interview with British Elle. “I really made an enormous mistake — clearly and obviously,” Stewart told People while in Korea to promote Eclipse. “And I’m really sorry about my choice of words. ‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought,” she added. Stewart played a rape victim in 2004′s Speak, has done public service announcements for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN). “People thinking that I’m insensitive about this subject rips my guts out,” she said. “I made a big mistake.”

Meanwhile, in a phone interview this morning with Today‘s Matt Lauer, MLB umpire Jim Joyce talked about his emotional apology to Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga for an admittedly blown call that cost Galarraga a perfect game Wednesday night. Joyce told Lauer his emotional state had quickly transitioned from “an all-time low” right after the game to “an all-time high.” READ FULL STORY

'Eclipse' Australia premiere: Kristen Stewart's just not that into your blinding flashbulbs

kristen-stewart-yellow-skirtImage Credit: Don Arnold/WireImage.comEclipse premiered in Sydney, Australia, and everyone came! But not even the affable pecs of Taylor Lautner down under could sneak the weekend’s headlines away from Kristen Stewart’s increased aversion to the paparazzi. She ended up flipping off photographers in multiple locations Sunday and running in terror down a wharf. She’s so bummed about the whole experience that she’s likened it to rape.

“All you see is an actor or a celebrity lit up by a flash,” she said in an interview with British Elle. “It’s so…the photos are so…I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can’t handle it…It’s f—ed. I never expected that this would be my life.” [news.au]

The rest of what you “need” to know is after the jump. No one’s making you click — if you’re not into it, hike up your skirt and move on to the next item in our flashy flagship blog.
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Epic 'Eclipse' spot: The music might be a little much

eclipse-wolfWatching Summit market The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a new form of entertainment. If memory serves me right, I caught an all-romance TV spot during The Bachelorette premiere. Now, we have the “epic” battle TV spot below. I can’t wait to see how the vampire army/werewolf fight actually comes off on screen. You want to feel like you’re caught in a frenzy of creatures that can rip you apart. But when I watched that airborne vamp and the pouncing wolf this time, I almost giggled. I think it’s because of the music. It’s so dramatic. Like something you’d expect to hear in a trailer for a period Russell Crowe action film. The previous Twilight movies have not earned that right. Do you think the Eclipse action can live up to this music? READ FULL STORY

'Twilight: Eclipse' clip: Dakota Fanning finds your lack of faith disturbing

There’s a new clip from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse making the rounds, and if nothing else, it makes a convincing case for Dakota Fanning as the freakiest immortal teenage vampire ever. (Sorry, Kirsten Dunst!) The clip also highlights the new directorial stamp of David Slade, who looks to be emphasizing the franchise’s horror roots a bit more than past directors Chris Weitz and Catherine Hardwicke. Check out the video: READ FULL STORY

'Twilight' on 'Oprah': Eight things we learned

twilight-oprahImage Credit: Oprah.comOprah Winfrey’s sit-down with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner finally aired today. Here, a few of the things we learned:

• Human nature says if a Twilight star shows up at your front door, you can hug him without asking; if you meet her in public, you must ask. By far the best segment of the hour was Pattinson going door-to-door to invite Twihards to the Oprah taping. (Watch the video here.) Even though he was jetlagged, he was an amazing sport. He had to knock for a while at the first house because the teens were in the basement. They saw him, screamed, and immediately all plowed into him. They had no idea what to say to him. Then, he went to the door of a birthday girl. “Oh god, they’ve got a dog,” he said as he heard it barking from outside. Reactions here: the teen was stunned into near composure, her mother, not so much. “Ohmygod, he is so hot! He’s so hot!,” she shouted with her arm around him. Finally, he went to the home of a Twifamily. The dad answered the door with an “Oh my god!” But again, the mother was the most vocal, telling him “You’re beautiful.” He posed for a family photo and as he left, said, “That was nice. I kind of wanted to stay there and have dinner.” Lautner’s outing was to a sorority house that’s so obsessed with Twilight that they have a “Twilight room.” Watching the footage (catch it here), Oprah admitted she was concerned about sending Taylor in there — they might’ve ripped his shirt off. Thank god they were sober. There was screaming, and automatic hugging, but again, it seemed as though they really didn’t have much to say to him. At least from what we saw. Stewart’s superfan was a 15-year-old from the Caribbean who loves Bella because she doesn’t change herself to fit in. (Except for becoming a vampire!) She got to meet Stewart onstage, and asked if she could hug her. They posed for a photo, and Stewart gave her a ring she wears in the film. READ FULL STORY

'Eclipse' Volturi clip: Do not mess with Dakota Fanning

In advance of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse tickets going on sale tonight at midnight — and the airing today of Oprah Winfrey’s sitdown with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner – a clip of the Volturi from the third film has been released. The headline tells the moral of the story. Dakota Fanning’s Jane does not take well to being questioned. Love her detached delivery. READ FULL STORY

'Eclipse' tickets go on sale at midnight Thursday

twilight-eclipseImage Credit: Kimberley FrenchTickets for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will go on sale at midnight Thursday on Fandango and MovieTickets.com, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The timing coincides with the May 13 airing of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner’s sitdown with Oprah Winfrey. The third film in the franchise has a lot to live up to: In November 2009, the second movie, New Moon, set all kinds of advance-ticketing records for the online outlets, selling out more theaters pre-release than The Dark Knight and movies from both the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises for Fandango, and becoming MovieTicket.com’s No. 1 advance ticket seller of all time, breaking a nearly five-year-old record set by Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.

Does Eclipse have that kind of traction? Let’s see…

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Eclipse trailer in front of Iron Man 2: Best reaction you heard?
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'Eclipse' trailer in front of 'Iron Man 2': Best reaction you heard?

twilight-iron-manImage Credit: Kimberley French; Industrial Light & MagicThe trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was among the previews played before Iron Man 2 over the weekend (at least in the theater where I saw it). It’s a brilliant idea: Try to show the men in the Iron Man audience — who are, essentially, captive — that the third film in the Twilight franchise is about an army of vampires, not the love triangle. Did it work in your theater? What’s the best reaction you heard — good or bad? After the jump, the NSFMD (Not Suitable for Mother’s Day) conversation that took place behind my mom and I: READ FULL STORY

DollWatch: Twilight of the Non-Skanky Idols

My first thought upon seeing doll versions of two office temps practicing casual Friday (top) was “Hey, these Barbies aren’t skanky at all!” Then I decided to read the words that accompanied the picture on the web page, even though this is a casual Friday, and learned that the two dolls are supposed to be Victoria and Alice from Twilight.

I emailed the online edit staff: “Check it out: non-skanky Barbies,” to which our resident straight guy and multicultural doll historian Mike Bruno almost immediately replied with a rather rude “Uh, hello?” and a link to Burka Barbie. It’s a good thing I allowed his observation to eclipse my singular vision of the doll world!

But we must be missing some other conservatively dressed Barbies. Got any?

Earlier: ‘Mad Men’ character don’t just look like Barbies…

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