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'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse': A hater's guide

twilight-eclipse-haterWARNING: The opinions printed below do not necessarily reflect those of the EW staff — or anyone else on Planet Earth. Instead, this piece of work comes courtesy of a professional Twilight hater. So prepare yourselves, spider monkeys.

You can see why the folks at Summit Entertainment recruited David Slade to oversee this third movie in the stupefyingly successful vampires-and-werewolves-and-Kristen-Stewart-looking-like-someone-just-shot-her-kitten-in-the-face franchise. The director has crafted a genuinely frightening movie from a beloved work of vampire fiction that makes the most of its snowy northern setting. Unfortunately, the film he did all that crafting on was 2007’s 30 Days of Night. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse stinks worse than Taylor Lautner’s werewolf Jacob apparently does. (Note to Taylor Lautner: It’s probably best from now on to avoid films that make a plot point out of your character’s b.o.). And the fact that those of the lycanthropic persuasion have a stench problem is pretty much the only thing I learned from this interminable snoozefest. Needless to say, I don’t speak for EW — you can read Owen Gleiberman’s B+ review here — but speak I must. (And you can read my previous Twilight hater’s guides here and here.)

Those who saw last year’s New Moon and weren’t lucky enough to slip into a coma before the end, may recall that the film’s third act featured both Robert Pattinson’s bloodsucker Edward Cullen asking Stewart’s Bella to marry him and the introduction of Michael Sheen’s vampire head honcho. Thus, the movie strongly suggested that its successor would feature (a) some sort of the resolution to the Edward-Bella-Jacob love triangle, and (b) someone who can actually act. READ FULL STORY

BREAKING: Elena Kagan will not choose sides in Edward v. Jacob case

Psh. Why question Elena Kagan about military recruitment bans and gun rights when America has more important issues on its mind? Apparently, that’s what Senator Amy Klobuchar — from my native state of Minnesota — thought when she asked the Supreme Court nominee to comment on “the famous case of Edward vs. Jacob.” And you thought the Democrats would be hurling softballs at Kagan!

I suppose I can’t blame Klobuchar for having Twilight Saga: Eclipse on the mind, since her daughter apparently hosted a sleepover to commemorate today’s opening of the film. But I don’t come to work describing my night drinking Whitesnake wine while watching DVR-ed Charmed re-runs. Oh wait, I just did. Okay, maybe I should take it easy on Klobuchar.

Either way, I think Kagan deserves a place on the Supreme Court purely for this “b–ch, pleeze” look and her response: “I wish you wouldn’t [ask].” Good move, Kagan. Keep the tweens guessing. (Because you just know she’s totally a Potter-phile.) Let’s just hope you’re a little more decisive once (and if) you don your black robes.

Any other Minnesotans feeling the least bit ashamed right now? Let’s soften the blow by eating some cheese curds, shall we? [TPM]

Stephenie Meyer is 'burned out on vampires.' We triple-dog-dare her to make zombies sexy.

Rob-Pattinson-zombieImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosIn an interview with twilightseriestheories.com, Stephenie Meyer admits that she hasn’t done any work on Twilight sidequel Midnight Sun because she’s just plain “burned out on vampires.” First of all, let’s all join together in a hymn of agreement: “You and us both, sister!” But cynicism aside, this is actually a pretty cool admission for an author with such a famous franchise to make. We’d probably all feel much better if Frank Herbert had gotten burned out on sandworms before he wrote Heretics of Dune, or if George Lucas had gotten burned out on lightsabers before he did everything he has done after the year 1983.

More importantly, this admission offers the tantalizing possibility that Meyer might work her teeny-bopping love-magic on another supernatural being. She’s already taken a detour into sci-fi with The Host, and the mind races with possibilities. A fantasy-adventure about a captive princess who falls in love with an angsty dragon? A love affair between teen robots who like Paramore and crying? A young angel girl falls in love with a secretly-nice demon boy, but his father (Lucifer) disapproves?

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'Eclipse' L.A. premiere: Rob, Kristen and Taylor hit the red carpet

pattinson-stewart-lautnerFans were waiting with bated breath — some since Monday at 6 a.m. — for the big L.A. premiere of Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight series, for those of you living under rocks. The franchise’s trio, Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner walked the red carpet, and, I must say, their fashion choices have me feeling mixed.

On the one hand, Pattinson dared to be different in a maroon (!) Gucci suit. The risk had a huge payoff though, since the actor looked dashingly dapper, which was thanks, in part, to his new ‘do. (Though you could tell he, or someone from his team, made sure to get maximum height out of his new cropped look for the sake of all the Twi-Hards.)

Stewart’s asymmetrical Elie Saab mini was nice in theory — its cut was edgy and, more importantly, it wasn’t black — but overall, it looked more like she was missing a sleeve than making a statement, not to mention the fact that, for someone with porcelain skin like that, ivory isn’t really the go-to color. I wish she would’ve worked a brighter hue, which we know she can most certainly do.

Meanwhile, Lautner was clearly on his way to a meeting with J.P. Morgan, judging by his business-style suit suit. Isn’t he the one with the most red carpet charisma?

Elsewhere on the red carpet, Dakota Fanning looked, once again, lovely, but, once again, the same.

What do you guys think of the Eclipse fashion? Who has the best look?

Photo: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com

Lunchtime Poll: Is Robert Pattinson really a vampire?

real-vampireImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Everett CollectionResearchers have determined that through a connection to the British royal family, Robert Pattinson and Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the main character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, are related. It’s so weird that this news would surface now, but you can’t fight genealogy. And until a few seconds ago, I couldn’t spell it. In other news, I should probably let you know that I am a zombie. I wasn’t born one, but look at me now. Look at what I’m doing. Right now. [Yahoo! News]

'Eclipse' actress Elizabeth Reaser: Five moments she loved filming

Elizabeth-ReaserImage Credit: http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/100617/Elizabeth-Reaser_240.jpgWhen Elizabeth Reaser dropped by EW HQ last month, she was just happy to be wearing blush — portraying a vampire mom in three movies as part of the Twilight franchise would cause anyone to develop an appreciation for looking alive.

But while dead was always part of the deal — she was playing a vampire after all — what came more unexpectedly was Reaser’s turn as an action star in Eclipse, opening June 30 (as if we needed to remind you…). “It’s definitely an action movie, which I never anticipated being in, and I didn’t even really realize it until they said, ‘Ok, you’re going to fight training five days a week, and then you’re going to a personal trainer for two hours after that every day,'” Reaser said.

The actress, who plays Cullen matriarch Esme, had yet to see much footage from the final product at the time of our chat, but if her instincts translate well onscreen, she said she’s going to be one badass mom. “Esme’s the most loving character in the whole series, in my opinion, but — pardon my French — if you f— with one of Esme’s children, you are going down,” she said, laughing. “…That stuff can so quickly turn into Saturday Night Live if you’re not doing it well. Hopefully, we pulled it off.”

Read on for five of Reaser’s favorite moments filming Eclipse. READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: 'True Blood' heats up our list of Hot Summer TV

EW-1107-coverSummer is heating up and so will television screens with Sunday’s return of HBO’s sexy and scandalous vampire series, True Blood. We’ve got the scoop on the new season, which includes scary werewolves, even scarier new vampires, and the search for Bill Compton. We’ve also got your introduction to all the key new players, including werewolf Alcide, played by Joe Manganiello. And Manganiello tells EW that — shocker! — it didn’t take long for his clothes to come off. “Having been a fan of the show, you know you’re going to be naked at some point,” says the newcomer. “I will say that I was welcomed into the brotherhood of the sock. When you’re naked on the show, you have to wear a sock, and it’s not on your foot.” READ FULL STORY

Hilary Swank may have found another movie I want to see: 'Fangland'

Hillary-SwankImage Credit: Johannes Simon/Getty ImagesWhen was the last time you wanted to see a Hilary Swank movie? (No, you do not have to count that moment of weakness when you ordered P.S. I Love You off of pay-per-view for Gerard Butler.) Swank will star in the big-screen adaption of the 2007 John Marks novel Fangland to be directed by John Carpenter, The Wrap reports. Sure, anything vampire-related feels a little bandwagoning at the moment, but the cool of Carpenter could balance the scales there. She’ll star as Evangeline Harker, an associate producer of a 60 Minutes-style show, who has been sent to Transylvania to scout a possible story on a gangster, Ion Torgu. 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]

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'True Blood' season 3 trailer: 'Invite me in. Now.'

In the new trailer for season 3, Bill does not wish to be found, Sookie looks like dinner (again), Jason needs to know if there’s a Santa Claus, Tara gets her face licked, I will never believe that Alcide is not played by Scott Foley, and Sookie totally undresses for Eric at 1:42. Unless I’m blind? I don’t know. Marvel at the fang symmetry between Eric and a werewolf! READ FULL STORY

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