The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Wed.)
Deciding on a college is hard enough, but high school senior Bella Swan is also deciding whether or not to become immortal. As she finds herself caught between sparkly vampire Edward and hunky werewolf Jacob, an ominous series of murders in nearby Seattle further complicates her decision. Like the first two films, Twilight 56 and New Moon 44, the new Eclipse (out Wednesday) will succeed regardless of critical acclaim, but director David Slade’s deft, dark touch (Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night) could elevate the fantasy-romance.
Organize your Eclipse viewing party and choose your team on the official website.
In this PC-only third-person shooter MMO from the creator of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, you can customize your character to be a member of either the good guys (the Enforcers) or the bad guys (the Criminals) as they battle violently in the meticulously detailed urban settings of San Paro. The Criminals in APB engage in nefarious activities, gaining notoriety along the way, while the Enforcers combat them at every turn. Both hourly and monthly subscriptions are available for this highly anticipated multiplayer.
Find out more at APB's official site.
The Last Airbender (Thur.)
After two disastrously reviewed movies in a row (The Happening 34, Lady in the Water 36), former wunderkind M. Night Shyamalan is taking on an established property, the critically acclaimed Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Last Airbender, a 3-D live-action production rumored to have cost $280 million, follows the adventures of Aang, who can control the elements and wield mad martial arts skills to boot. The Asian-influenced PG fantasy comes out on Thursday and is the first of a planned trilogy.
Find showtimes and theaters for this family-friendly movie at the official website.
Expo 86 by Wolf Parade (Tue.)
With the exception of the vocals, the Montreal band Wolf Parade’s third album Expo 86 was recorded mostly live to tape -- with all band members playing live in the same room -- giving it a visceral, more upbeat vibe than 2008’s At Mount Zoomer 78. Songs like lead single “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” manage to be both danceable and slightly menacing. The album, which comes out Tuesday, is named for the 1986 Vancouver World’s Fair.
Check out current North American tour dates and listen to tracks from the album on the band’s official MySpace page, or read a dubious account of their time at the actual 1986 Vancouver Exposition at the Sub Pop website.
Like Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm, comedian Louis C.K. plays a version of himself in his new self-titled series, which premieres on FX Tuesday night at 11 pm. In this adult dark comedy, the writer, director, and producer plays a divorced stand-up comic who lives in New York City, struggles to succeed, and finds himself in cringe-inducing situations. Like Seinfeld, the show alternates between scenes of the comic’s life and bits of his standup act, and the early word from critics is that Louie is an improvement from his short-lived HBO series Lucky Louie..
Despite its well-paced mix of sci-fi, violence, and intrigue, Activision has let this first-person shooter from Raven Software slip under the radar. Stylish period graphics reminiscent of Bioshock and a multiplayer third-person mode enhance this tale of a Russian Cold War experiment gone wrong. A Time Manipulation Device allows protagonist Captain Nathaniel Renko to slip back and forth from 1950 to the present day on a creepy abandoned island compound whose mutated inhabitants make Lost’s Smoke Monster look like Cookie Monster in comparison. Singularity is out Tuesday for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
Closing the book on last week
|Most Popular Title on Metacritic.com|
|Transformers: War for Cybertron (360) 77||Week ending 6/26/2010|
|Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)|
|Toy Story 3 91||$59 million; 2nd week at #1|
|#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)|
|Drake: Thank Me Later 78||1st week at #1|
|Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)|
|NBA Finals Game 7 (ABC)||28.2 million viewers; week of 6/14-6/20|