See what I did up there? With the "New Moon" trailer? All due respect to "Bandslam," the release this week which will exclusively feature the latest trailer from the next adaptation in the "Twilight" series, but we've got a little bit of a "Meet Joe Black" situation going on here. For those who don't remember: "Meet Joe Black" hit theaters in 1998 along with the very first trailer for "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." People went nuts over it, with many freely admitting that they bought their ticket just for the trailer.

Granted, this is the second "New Moon" trailer. And according to all reports, "Bandslam" is a far better movie than "Meet Joe Black" was. But Twilighters rival "Star Wars" fans with their fervor. Before we dive in with the rest of the week's releases, why not take one more peek at that first "New Moon" trailer?


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G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraWe now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Sort of. Twitter-Wood and Around the Blogosphere will not be seen today; Warmoth is out and I'm too bummed about the late John Hughes to start digging through a Blogosphere's worth of remembrances. Normally I'd try to fill Warmoth's giant Twitter-Wood shoes, but the outpouring of grief today is pretty impressive. Then again, it's not everyday a living legend passes from our midst.

Something incredible happened with this week's Box Office Poll. Not only did the clear blockbuster favorite for the week not take the top prize, it was pretty much crushed by the second place winner. I don't get it either. Did the controversy really deter so many people? Enough vagaries! More to come after the break. Read More...

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GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" is the big-ticket item this week, but it is far from your only option. The two other wide releases are joined by a trio of attention-worthy limited openings. In short, there's a lot of good stuff on tap for this weekend. So start planning for multiple trips to the theater now.

First up of course is "Joe." I saw it on Saturday. Shhhhh! You know how there's been some negative buzz following it around, along with a dash of controversy? Forget the hype, forget the controversy. Sommers deserved the gig, and he did a great job. The trailers and clips have totally undersold this movie. "Joe" fans of old: buy your tickets now. Remember-- knowing is half the battle. Read More...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceThe majority of you -- 60% -- will forego the week's latest movie releases in favor of witnessing the IMAX Experience for the summer hit "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." I'm not expecting to see another record-breaking weekend along the lines of what happened when "Prince" opened a couple of weeks ago however. Mainly because there's some stiff competition this week.

The other favorite is Judd Apatow's "Funny People," which earned 21% of your votes. The story of a dying comedian and his young protege has garnered some mixed reactions. Apatow rarely disappoints when he brings the funny, but "People" supposedly has a more serious bent. We'll get to see starting today if it measures up to the filmmaker's previous hits "Anchorman" and "Knocked Up." Personally, I'm expecting good things. Read More...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceThere's kind of a crazy number of releases dropping on our heads this week. Even if you put aside the 800 lb gorilla in the room -- the arrival of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" on IMAX screens -- there are still a great many options to choose from.

The biggest of them is probably Judd Apatow's contribution to summer '09, "Funny People." A more serious comedy, "People" follows superstar comic George Simmons (Adam Sandler), who is afflicted with an incurable disease and has less than a year to live. He hires a young up-and-comer named Ira Wright (Seth Rogen) to be his personal assistance/protege, and the two form a close friendship. It's good to see Apatow branching out a bit from the usual zany comedy. He has a light touch when he wants to; it shines through in "Knocked Up" and I'm excited to see how it plays in "Funny People." Read More...

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