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Come to 'Breaking Dawn 2' For The Romance, Stay For the Numerous Decapitations!

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2'/Photo © 2011 Summit Entertainment
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2'/Photo © 2011 Summit Entertainment

One good reason to go see the new "Twilight" movie? It has twelve on-screen decapitations. Comics Alliance has deemed the movie "completely insane and actually worth watching," based partly on that absurd data point. As they helpfully point out, "Breaking Dawn Part 2" contains more beheadings than "Crank" and "Crank 2" combined. That's an important fact to note if you find yourself trying to convince a skeptic to go see it with you.

First Joaquin Phoenix, and now Anthony Hopkins! The year-old "Silence of the Lambs" and "Hitchcock" star told the Huffington Post he's not interested in "kissing the backsides" of the Hollywood elite to in exchange for attention during awards season. As he points out, he's already gotten an Oscar -- everything since must seem like one long victory lap.

Lifetime's "Liz and Dick" -- starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor -- will finally be unveiled this weekend. Haven't we been through all this before? Sherilyn Fenn starred in a TV movie called "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" back in 1995. Not only did she actually physically resemble Taylor (which producer Larry Thompson naively insists is not that important), but you got the perverse thrill of watching her act opposite her former "Twin Peaks" costar Ray Wise. Sorry Lohan, but you were as good as upstaged fifteen years ago.

Sorry, I'm not done talking about the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot that Michael Bay keeps insisting is a good idea, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. His creative cohort Kevin Eastman spoke this week about all the recent movies they intend to rip off in order to make theirs interesting: "We’re talking about being inspired by movies like ‘The Avengers’ for scope and roots origin and ‘The Raid: Redemption’ for fight scenes and ‘Rise for the Apes’ as far as computer-quality style.” While he means to be reassuring by pointing out that he and Bay can identify certain components that contribute to movies being "good," they've still got a lot of work ahead of them when it comes to encouraging "Turtles" fans to get their hopes up.

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