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Last week, MTV released a new television promo for the upcoming 2010 Movie Awards featuring Tom Cruise not only reprising his role as Joel Goodsen from Risky Business, but also donning the fat suit to reprise his much talked about role as studio executive Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder. Now Grossman has returned for another couple television spots where he advises Twilight series stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Watch the videos now, embedded after the jump.

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LOL: Why Twilight is Popular

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Last year, The Oatmeal published a comic titled “How Twilight Works” . Epipheo Studios decided to write/produce a three minute video adaptation of the comic strip. The video can be watched right now, after the jump.

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Twilight Moms

It’s not easy going through life with an unremarkable name like “Dave Chen.” I know three Dave Chens personally, one of whom works in the same office as me, making e-mail mix-ups a frequent occurrence.

But despite reservations about my own name, I can take comfort in the fact that I wasn’t named after a Twilight character. Recently released data from the Social Security Administration (via The New York Post) indicates that the number of children named after Twilight characters might be on the rise.
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A Nightmare on Elm StreetIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley respond to Ebert’s diatribe against 3D, and reflect, as usual, on the future of the Twilight series. Special guest Joseph Kahn, the director of Torque, joins us for this episode.

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So we’ve got Oscar-winner Bill Condon directing Breaking Dawn, the final stretch of The Twilight Saga, which may be one film or may yet be split into two. Today Condon published a note to Twilight fans via Facebook, more or less as a way of saying ‘hello.’  Read More »

Summit Entertainment has released a press release confirming what we’ve been hearing for awhile now: Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) will be directing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
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bad-lieutenantIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess whether or not Joss Whedon would make a good Avengers director, try to figure out what Summit Entertainment is trying to do with the final Twilight films, and discuss why the Green Lantern’s CG-only suit…actually makes a lot of sense.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week on Tuesday night  at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Kick Ass.

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It’s been a hell of a day for rumors and doom and gloom reports. There is word that Sony isn’t happy with The Green Hornet, and that Warner Bros. is rather down on The Losers (about which I’ve heard good things) and Jonah Hex, which has led to a disinterest in pursuing Lobo. (According to Anne Thompson, Sony called the Green Hornet report ‘complete garbage’ and ‘unfounded.’)

Then there was a report that said Summit was about to embark on reshoots for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Not a serious deal, because reshoots happen all the time and are often planned into the schedule and budget. But in this case, the rumor said that Eclipse director David Slade would not be involved, and that Summit is reaching out to prior Twilight directors Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz to handle the reshoot.

So, as we’ve asked before: is this bullshit or not? According to Summit, the reports of someone other than Slade directing are definitely bullshit. Read More »

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The ‘who will direct Breaking Dawn‘ stories are getting pretty crazy. Not long ago, Summit reportedly started approaching a pretty high-minded list of directors to direct the last two-part chapter of The Twilight Saga: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Stephen Daldry and Bill Condon, among others.

Stephen Daldry recently took the Jonathan Safran Foer adaptation Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close instead. (Good choice.) Now it seems like other projects Bill Condon had lined up may be stalled, and that he’ll be the man for the final chapter(s) of Twilight. Read More »

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It looks like Summit are trying to extend their reach even further than Eclipse‘s David Slade in picking a director for Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight film (or maybe films). Amongst their picks are three Academy Award nominated directors typically associated with more widely respected fare: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon.

Now, if you subscribe to the auterist idea that a director might be well matched for a job with thematic and stylistic similarities to their prior successes, then surely Sofia Coppola is just what the doctor ordered. She might be a more ‘serious’ director than Twilight seems to suit but she’s definitely charted these choppy teen waters before. Filter Twilight through The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation and I’m sure many of you would find it at a lot more palatable.

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