The Black Dots on "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson's Face Explained! The Diamond Effect! 


So why was Robert Pattinson's face covered with black dots? This picture was part of the "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" shots released last week.

Calm down "Twilight" fans -- it's all for the diamond effect! You know, the film's (and the book's) conceit that vampires glisten, no make that glitter, under the sun! The scene in "Twilight" where Edward shows off his diamond skin to Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the forest.

So the black dots are for the effects for the sake of the Edward Cullen character.

Radar Online is reporting:

Animation pro Mar Elephano says the dots are for Moon's CGI team, used as markers in creating the diamond effect that Twilight saga vampires experience when exposed to sunlight.

"These are markers to help the person who is creating the effect put the diamonds on his body later and it will be composited,˛ Elephano, production supervisor in the animation department at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, tells us.

"When he moves the diamonds stay with him in 3-D space, farther and closer, the shape of the diamond will change depending on how far or close he is when he moves from the camera.˛

While the effect certainly makes audiences swoon, it doesn't come cheap.

"This CGI can cost $5,000 a second!" Elephano reveals. If last week's shots of Kristen Stewart's
Bella running into Edward's arms by a fountain in Montepulciano is about eight seconds long--that's $40,000!


What? It cost that much? Well, I hope that the diamond effect in "New Moon" is better than "Twilight" because frankly, I don't think it was well conveyed in the first film, as much as it was gloriously described by author Stephenie Meyer in the book.

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Sam Raimi is a Genius! "Drag Me to Hell" Single-Handedly Restored my Faith in Horror Genre 


Sam Raimi returns to his "Evil Dead" roots with "Drag Me to Hell." A movie so funny it's scary, or is it the other way around?

Alison Lohman shines in the role of Christine Brown who, initially, only have one thing in mind -- to become the Assistant Manager at the bank where she works.

Justin Long adds the funny and the heart with his role as Christine's supportive boyfriend.

When Christine fails to extend a mortgage loan to an old lady (the talented Lorna Raver), thus evicting her from her home of 30 years, an evil curse falls upon our heroine. Will Christine be dragged to hell?

I LOVE THIS FILM! You can practically see Raimi's evil eyes squinting with monstrous glee as he's concocting this scary flick with his co-writer, brother Ivan Raimi.

"DRAG ME TO HELL" IS WHAT HORROR MOVIE IS ALL ABOUT! This puts all the other horror films to shame with its return to the purest form of the word horror -- to entertain you while scaring you.

No cell phones or homes with grudges, no vengeful ghosts coming out of wells, "Drag Me to Hell" is all about one thing -- the curse!

In the hands of less-gifted directors, the film would have been schlocky at best, but Raimi knows how to manipulate sound, visuals, characters, and narrative arcs to give a truly compelling and satisfying movie!

GO DRAG YOURSELF TO SEE "DRAG ME TO HELL" -- or you'll be cursed :happy

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"Up" Soars to Great Box-Office Heights! 


"Up," one of my favorite films of the year, so far, flew high atop the box-office with a stellar $68.2 million opening! The animated adventure comedy, Disney/Pixar's 10th film, continues their box-office and critical success!

(Watch my "Up" movie review here, and my interviews with the cast and director Pete Docter right here)

"Up" stole the box-office thunder from the previous No. 1 film, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian." The Ben Stiller-starrer slipped to No. 2 with a still strong $25.5 million.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures' horror flick, "Drag Me to Hell," debuted at No. 3 with $16.6 million. (Watch "Drag Me to Hell" interviews right here)

At No. 4, "Terminator Salvation." The fourth film of the franchise made a modest $16.1 million at the box-office.

And Trekkers rejoice! "Star Trek" is the first 2009 film to cross the magical $200 million mark! It's also the current top-grossing movie of the year so far. Woo hoo, a film that's beloved by both critics and moviegoers alike! The sci-fi flick sold $12.8 million tickets landing at No. 5.

I'm glad though that "Up," with its not-your-typical-animated-film plot, made money because Pixar will continue to break creative boundaries!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of May 29th:

1. "Up," $68.2 million.

2. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $25.5 million.

3. "Drag Me to Hell," $16.6 million.

4. "Terminator Salvation," $16.1 million.

5. "Star Trek," $12.8 million.

6. "Angels & Demons," $11.2 million.

7. "Dance Flick," $4.9 million.

8. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," $3.9 million.

9. "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," $1.9 million.

10. "Obsessed," $665,000.

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Natalie Portman Joins James Franco, Danny McBride in Medieval Fantasy Comedy 


Natalie Portman will star with Danny McBride and James Franco in the medieval fantasy comedy "Your Highness" for Universal Pictures.

Franco's "Pineapple Express" director, David Gordon Green, is set to helm the production which begins shooting in Ireland in July.

McBride, who also wrote the script with Ben Best, will play a lazy prince who, together with his brother (Franco), must go on a quest to save their kingdom and those they love. Portman will star as a warrior princess who falls in love with the lazy prince.

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Who's Replacing Nicole Kidman in New Woody Allen Film? 


British actress Lucy Punch is replacing Nicole Kidman in the upcoming untitled Woody Allen film.

Kidman left the production because of scheduling conflict. The actress is prioritizing to star in "The Rabbit Hole" with Aaron Eckhart to be directed by John Cameron Mitchell which she's also producing.

The role Kidman gave up in Allen's film is that of a high-priced call girl similar to Ashley Dupre, the gal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

But Kidman's "The Rabbit Hole" is also intriguing, and this is a blessing in disguise for Punch who will join Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts, and Freida Pinto in the Allen film that is about to shoot in London.

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