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Twilight Eclipse Sets Sights on Spider-Man 2 July 4th Weekend Record

What's going to happen this July 4th weekend? Moviegoers are going to wake up and recharge the box office, thanks to the potent power of the Twilight franchise, writes Anthony D'Alessandro, who digs deep into the Twilight numbers. Yes, Eclipse, the third Twilight Saga installment, could challenge Spider-Man 2's $180.2 million opening record, set back in 2004.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 29, 2010 7:22 AM
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Stewart Does Letterman, Likely Can't Do Girl with Dragon Tattoo

It looks like Twilight star Kristen Stewart is too busy to even chase after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She'd love to do the role, but hasn't talked to David Fincher about it and may not be able to squeeze it into her crazy schedule anyway. (Meanwhile, in The New Yorker, Nora Ephron channels Lisbeth Salander.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2010 5:52 AM
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Carell Leaves The Office, Forbes' Most Powerful Celebs, Top Gun Sequel, Paramount Breaks Records

-It will be a sad day in TV history when Steve Carell ends his reign as Michael Scott when the 2010-2011 season of The Office wraps in May. While walking the red carpet for the premiere of Despicable Me last night, he confirmed to E! that the end was in sight. "I just thought it was time for my character to go," he said, now that his seven season contract is almost up. He doesn't see it as a "huge deal." He actually believes it is a good thing, a chance to add "new life" to the show. With the strong ensemble cast and writers, he has no doubt "it'll continue as strong if not stronger than ever." Sorry Steve, but the Michael Scott faux-humility has no place here. Without you, the show should end. Pajiba lists the seven most likely candidates to replace him.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 29, 2010 5:24 AM
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Entourage Season 7: Give it a Chance

Entourage Season 7 is upon us. Is it worth watching? Don't judge the show by the first episode, warns TOH reviewer Tim Appelo: "the season is still promising and could turn out a winner."
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • June 29, 2010 3:46 AM
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Cruise vs. Cruise, Kimmel Rides Zipline, Knight and Day B.O.

Compare the real Tom Cruise doing stunts on Jimmy Kimmel -- and the fake Tom Cruise below. @TomCruise is all over Twitter with his blog posts. Not missing a trick. (Again, I think he should pull back on trying to get people's attention.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2010 1:10 AM
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Trailer Watch: Harry Potter Finale Looks Very Lord of the Rings

The trailer (below) pushing Warner Bros.' November 19 release of the Harry Potter finale Deathly Hallows: Part I (Part II comes July 15, 2011) looks dark, dangerous and epic: Lord of the Rings scale. (It looks even more expensive than the last one, which was $250 million.) Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort chills my spine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2010 11:09 AM
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Peter Parker/Spider-Man Poll

Who will play the next iteration of Peter Parker?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2010 8:19 AM
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SPC Nabs Cannes Pic Life, Above All

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Oliver Schmitz's Life, Above All, winner of the Cannes Fest Francois Chalais Prize. The South African director is known for Mapantsula and his recent contribution to Paris, je t'aime. Life, Above All is based on Allon Stratton's young adult novel, Chanda's Secrets.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 28, 2010 6:28 AM
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James Franco Shows Three Shorts in Palm Springs, Explains Career Plan

James Franco (Milk, Pineapple Express) is a tad mysterious, mainly because we all want to know why he's doing so many things on top of his acting.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2010 3:20 AM
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Vanity Fair Cover Girl Jolie Talks Home vs. Career, Bier Teases Haevnen, Kick-Ass Power Petites

- Angelina Jolie graces the cover of August's Vanity Fair, amping up for the release of Salt on July 23rd. The mag posted a taste of the interview today. It's not the first time she's said it, but Jolie was clear about acting not being the most important thing to her, and she does not anticipate doing it much longer, even though it helped her to learn about herself while growing up.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 28, 2010 3:10 AM
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