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The Vampire Strikes Back: ‘Eclipse’ Brings Out the Best in the ‘Twilight’ Saga

By now, you’re either invested in the Twilight movies or you’re not.

If you’re a reader of Stephenie Meyer’s novels, eager to see her ever-expanding world of ageless vampires, hotheaded werewolves and hormonal teenagers evolve on the big screen, or merely seduced by Robert Pattinson’s smoldering glower and Taylor Lautner’s sculpted physique

Oscar Watch: ‘Up in the Air’ Star Anna Kendrick Considers Herself a Long Shot

Anna Kendrick doesn’t expect to win an Oscar for her ferociously perky supporting turn as a corporate terminator in Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air. That, she says, is an honor earmarked for another actress, though she coyly declines to reveal the mystery winner’s identity.

Even if Kendrick, 24, is right, it would take nothing away from her remarkable breakthrough starring opposite George Clooney in Reitman’s meditation on the value of human contact in an age of digital communication. Nor would it diminish the impact of her scene-stealing performance as a vapid, shopping-obsessed teen in one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, New Moon.

Heartbreak Kids Take Center Stage in 'New Moon'

A newcomer to the Twilight series, I confess myself unfamiliar with Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novels, except for what I’ve gleaned from two screen adaptations. In the first, we witness the birth of a potentially timeless romance, as young, mortal Bella (Kristen Stewart) falls madly in love with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a vampire whose taste for blood is rivaled only by his reluctance to draw it from his lover’s neck.

Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson Prepare to Unveil 'New Moon'

For hundreds of hardcore Twilight fans who stood in line for hours at this year’s Comic-Con, pining for a peek at their heroes, the choice was simple: Team Edward or Team Jacob.

Last year, it was Robert Pattinson who captivated Stephenie Meyer’s loyal readers as the on-screen incarnation of Edward Cullen, the brooding vampire who falls madly in love with a mortal teenager named Bella. This year, Edward’s got competition. In The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Jacob, a rugged wolfman played by Taylor Lautner, makes a play for Bella after her bloodsucking beau splits town.

'Twilight Saga: New Moon' Stars to Appear at Stonestown Galleria Mall

Almost a year to the day after an appearance by Twilight star Robert Pattinson, 23, sparked a virtual riot at the Stonestown Galleria mall, leaving at least one of the nearly 3,000 in attendance – mostly teenage girls – injured, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz (TV's 90210) of the upcoming Twilight Saga: New Moon will participate in a special question-and-answer session there on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Notes from a Darkened Theater: The Return of Michael Jackson, a New Trailer from Michael Moore

Sony Pictures announced yesterday that Michael Jackson’s This Is It would be released exclusively for a limited two-week engagement worldwide on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Tickets will go on sale in San Francisco beginning Sunday, Sept. 27.

Separately, the film’s producers have announced that Kenny Ortega has been tapped to direct.  The Emmy Award-winning director was previously responsible for visualizing Disney’s High School Musical movies, as well as directing the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He will begin work on the long-rumored remake of Footloose this fall.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If the idea of a Da Vinci Code sequel fails to move you – join the club – here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation at a San Francisco indie theater near you.

1. Rudo y Cursi
Where: Bridge Theatre, 3010 Geary Blvd., 415-751-3213
When: All Week
Why: Eight years after Y Tu Mamá También effectively launched their international careers, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna reteam for Carlos Cuarón’s slyly amusing tale of two ultra-competitive brothers whose primary interests are limited to playing soccer and drinking beer, though not necessarily in that order.

2. Outrage

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Not wanting to boldly go where millions are already planning to be this weekend? (Hint: We're not talking about Ben Vereen's Saturday night gig at Hotel Nikko.) If so, there are plenty of alternatives to space-based fantasy awaiting you at the city's indie theaters.

1. Sita Sings the Blues
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: May 8-12

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