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The Twilight Phenomenon : The List
The final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn: Part 2, opens Nov. 16, as Hollywood struggles to transition audiences to a new paranormal-romance franchise.

5 shameless attempts to make the next Twilight

Werewolf love triangles? Sexy zombies? Hollywood has tried — and, so far, failed — to find a box-office successor to the Twilight franchise

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays bike messenger Wilee in Premium Rush, and even does some of his own stunts.

Premium Rush: Finally, a great CGI-free action movie?

If you're tired of predictable computer-generated blockbusters, indie darling Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings back the concept of... actual stunts

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
Robert Pattinson: Still pale, still well-dressed, still affectless.

Goodbye, Twilight: Robert Pattinson's chillingly crude turn in Cosmopolis

In the new film, the young actor transforms his image as an amoral moneybags who perfects shallowness as the global economy collapses around him

 
The Twilight Phenomenon : Burning Question
Kristen Stewart and her admitted fling, Rupert Saunders, who directed Stewart in Snow White and The Huntsman, attend a screening of the film in Los Angeles in late May.

Will Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal hurt Breaking Dawn's box office?

The actress admits to an affair, prompting her live-in boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson to move out. With traumatized fans bemoaning the split, is the franchise at risk?

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Opinion Brief
In The Dark Knight Rises, villain Bane leads a "ragtag movement with the propensity for violence" against the wealthy, a group that echoes Occupy Wall Street.

Does The Dark Knight Rises have a political agenda?

With its exploration of terrorism and class warfare, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy appears to channel 2012's headlines

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Opinion Brief
In The Dark Knight Rises, which opens Friday, Tom Hardy's Bane does epic battle with Christian Bale's Batman.

The Dark Knight Rises: An epic letdown?

The early reviews of Christopher Nolan's final Batman film have been mostly positive, but the bad notices have fans worried — and livid

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Fact Sheet
When fully extended, Batman's cape is only half the length of a real-life glider, according to a new study.

The Dark Knight Rises: Could Batman really survive a leap off a skyscraper?

A team of British physicists does the math on the masked avenger's use of a hang-gliding cape, and the results aren't pretty

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Best Video
Fans eagerly awaiting the July 20 premiere of The Dark Knight Rises have busied themselves by creating clever and creative video mash-ups.

The Dark Knight Rises: The viral video roundup

Eager fans are remixing elements from Christopher Nolan's buzzed about trailer with everything from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to My Little Pony

 
The Dark Knight Rises : Analysis
For the keen and/or delusional listener, The Dark Knight Rises' musical score is offering up clues to Batman's fate.

Dissecting The Dark Knight Rises' musical score: 8 talking points

Batman kills? Batman dies? Film commentators are jumping to conclusions about the upcoming film based on their first listen to Hans Zimmer's brooding soundtrack

 
The Dark Knight Rises : The List
The Dark Knight Rises is no brightly painted comic book blockbuster, and it's part of trend towards murky and edgy cultural products, cleaning liquids, and even soft drinks.

The 13-minute Dark Knight Rises featurette: 5 talking points

The internet's buzzing over a new teaser that features behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews, and an intimate look into director Christopher Nolan's vision

 
Summer Movies : Analysis
Oliver Stone's Savages is a violent, sexual exploration of drug culture from Southern California to Mexico.

Savages: Does Oliver Stone redeem himself?

Coming off a string of critical busts, the once-celebrated director tries to win back audiences with an adrenaline-charged, drug-fueled, shoot-em-up pulp movie

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
The Amazing Spider-Man's $35 million first day is the best Tuesday opening in Hollywood history, easily outpacing Transformers' $27.8 million in 2007.

Is the new Spider-Man reboot really a hit?

The Amazing Spider-Man set a Tuesday record with its $35 million debut — a number that's less eye-popping when compared to past Spidey blockbusters

 
Summer Movies : The List
Your Sister's Sister is a charming reprieve from the summer's onslaught of big-budget, action-packed movies.

4 quiet movies to enjoy this summer

Moviegoers looking to avoid explosive 3D blockbusters would be wise to check out several less clamorous films that are still flying under the radar

 
Summer Movies : Opinion Brief
While Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield give memorable performances, for many critics, The Amazing Spider-Man simply comes too soon after a recent Spider-Man trilogy.

The Amazing Spider-Man: An impressive but unnecessary reboot?

It's been just five years since Spider-Man 3 swung into theaters, leaving critics wondering whether the new Spidey film comes too soon — even if it is exhilarating

 
Summer Movies : Burning Question
Channing Tatum poses for a picture with a female fan at the Magic Mike premiere: 73 percent of the film's opening-weekend audience was composed of women.

After Magic Mike, will Hollywood cater more to female audiences?

A whopping 73 percent of those who flocked to see the male-stripper flick were women, fueling the film's surprising $40 million opening-weekend haul

 
Summer Movies : Instant Guide
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's big-screen project, Ted, killed over the weekend, becoming the third-best opening ever for an R-rated comedy.

Ted, Magic Mike, and the surprisingly strong weekend box office

A foul-mouthed teddy bear and men in G-strings help mark the first time ever that two R-rated films grossed more than $21 million in the same weekend

 
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