Six Picks for the Week Ahead in Entertainment

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Wed.)

ImageBella with Mr. Sparkle

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.

APB (Tue.)

ImageA MMO GTA for PC?

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.)

Image Not that Avatar

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.)

ImageYou call that a parade?

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.

Louie (Tue.)

ImageWill he get lucky this time?

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..

Read a few early reviews from Time and Variety.

Singularity (Tue.)

ImageSingularity is near

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.

Check out Raven Software’s website or read the fascinating developer’s diary to learn more about the game.

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

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Comments (5)

  • Dave  

    Wolf Parade's Expo 86 and APB are the only two interesting picks on this list. The Last Airbender doesn't interest me at all. Just looks like another overblown Hollywood action flick, based on the trailers I've seen.

    Given Twilight's track record of shallow characters and only having any appeal to 12 year old girls, goths and lonely, delusional mothers, I think it's safe to say I'm passing on that one.

    I've never found Louis C.K. to be the least bit entertaining, and Singularity looks decent, but really I'm not in the market for yet another shooter. Seems as though both Louie and Singularity are going to have a worthy enough narrative, and they definitely have their audience, just not my cup of tea.

  • stab116sucks  

    Based on the fact that you've never heard wolf parade, then I would have to say that your opinion is invalid. Also, the trailer for The Last Airbender looks amazing! I don't really see how you couldn't think that looks cool... even if M. Night is directing it...

  • stab116  

    for me, there's nothing worth attention with the exception of apb. i don't like twilight, judging by the trailer airbender sucks, i've never heard about wolf parade, curb your enthusiasm will send louie into oblivion and singularity doesn't impress me. what a boring week.

  • Cain  

    Heh - Clinton administration...and your name is Bill. I giggled.

  • Bill  

    It's hard to believe that APB is finally coming out. Wasn't that announced during the Clinton administration?

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