For the second time this week, the morning's Daily TwitPic showcases Brett Ratner's special relationship with pop legend Michael Jackson. Like the posting from earlier this week, today's pic comes courtesy of Twitter user @MJJalways.

As tragic as the circumstances are, I've been enjoying the flood of candid Jackson photos we've been seeing in the past months. In life, he was notoriously withdrawn from the public eye. It's easy to refer to him now as a "legend" because he was so untouchable and set apart even when he was still with us. So candid photos like the one from earlier this week and the one seen after the break give us a better picture of who Jackson was as a person. He gets pretty silly in today's pic too, wearing a giant afro wig that harkens back to his younger performance days with the Jackson 5. Read More...

Veteran's Day brought no shortage of veteran appreciation today in Twitter-Wood, prompting thanks and memories from across the board, as well as a personal note from "Twilight" actor Gil Birmingham.

Meanwhile, Jason Schwartzman's on his way to the NYC debut of "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which as a Wes Anderson follower, I am anxious to see myself this weekend. Another new release, "Precious," really got a hold of Tyrese Gibson, who said the film's been keeping him awake. Check out their thoughts along with pictures from Peter Facinelli and John Stamos and a Henry Winkler autograph to be jealous of after the jump. It's all in the Twitter-Wood report for November 11, 2009. Read More...

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Episode Title: "Landing at Point Rain"

Written By: Brian Larsen

Tagline: "Believe in yourself or no one else will."

The Story: It's like a return to "Attack of the Clones," but in a good way. Ever since the opening shots of the Clone Wars were fired on Geonosis in the rescue of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, the Separatist forces there have been shoring up their military assets with help from a newly established planetside robot factory. The key to the Republic's assault on the planet rests in the hands of three Jedi generals -- Skywalker, along with Masters Kenobi and Ki-Adi Mundi -- who are charged with leading an advance force to take out the facility's shields, allowing walker tanks to bring it down with their heavier guns. Read More...


1. "A Christmas Carol" ($8.9 million)
2. "The Fourth Kind" ($5 million)
3. "The Men Who Stare At Goats" ($4.6 million)
4. "Michael Jackson's This Is It" ($4.1 million)
5. "Paranormal Activity" ($2.8 million)

The opening day for Robert Zemeckis' "A Christmas Carol" wasn't exactly worthy of a "bah humbug" reaction, though the folks at Disney might be lacking some Christmas spirit this morning. The 3-D holiday film, which stars Jim Carrey as the infamous grouch Ebenezer Scrooge and a whole slew of other characters, opened to $8.9 million on Friday with a projected $31 million weekend, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily's Nikki Finke. Read More...

Yesterday, concert documentary (sort of) "Michal Jackson's This Is It" opened wide in theaters. The pop legend passed away suddenly in June in the midst of his preparations for a 50-show residency at London's O2 Arena. The doc collects snippets of his rehearsal footage for those performances, presenting viewers with a unique glimpse of Michael Jackson's final days. You regular readers should know this well alredy, as we've been covering the crap out of it.

In honor of this week's Jackson fanfare, today's Daily TwitPic is a very special one for Tyrese Gibson. Said his tweet yesterday: "Here's a pic of the very MOMENT I met Michael Jackson.. (RIH) Rest In Heaven.." It's not the best shot you'll ever see, captured from a high angle and with neither man fully facing the camera. But it's a meaningful one, freezing what must be a very memorable moment for Gibson in time. And hey... isn't that Yoko Ono off to the left? Read More...

The festivities surrounding the world premiere of "Michael Jackson's This Is It" may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the sights and sounds. Fresh from the red carpet, MTV is happy to bring you an image gallery chock full of stars, including "High School Musical" star Ashley Tisdale, Jermaine Jackson, brother of Michael, and "This Is It" director Kenny Ortega.

In the pic below you can see "American Idol" sensation Adam Lambert escorting pop star Katy Perry into the screening. Click right there to be whisked off to our red carpet flipbook gallery.

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One of the better event blockbusters of the year was undoubtedly J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot of "Star Trek." It's been a lot of months and a lot of movies since that May release, but it's still a heavily anticipated home video release for this holiday season. He's got an auteur's sensibilities, and each successive bit of work he turns out brings that fact into clearer focus.

As a man who straddles both film and television, "Star Trek" is an amazingly good fit for Abrams. And now that he's well and truly nailed the movies side of things, one has to wonder what his plans might be for the small screen. After all, that's really where he defined himself, with series' like "Felicity" and "Alias." So when MTV's Josh Horowitz got to speak with Abrams earlier this week, one of the big questions was obviously what plans might be in store for a "Trek" TV series. Read More...

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For Friday's Daily TwitPic, I'm sending you readers off into your weekend with a heartwarming scene. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka The Gubernator!!) met with a group of kids to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. If Schwarzenegger's accompanying tweet is to be believed, the organization put in 35 million hours of service in the past year.

The centennial anniversary for the Boy Scouts of America is technically not until February. The photo op you'll find after the jump really came about to honor the Senate-approved creation of "Boy Scouts of America Day," the first of which will be on February 8, 2010. While it's great that Schwarzenegger takes the time to honor momentous occasions such as this, I'll be happier when the big lug finishes his term and gets back to what really matters: kicking ass and blowing up robots. Who's with me? Read More...

A week from next Wednesday, "Michael Jackson's This Is It" hits theaters. The pop star passed away suddenly over the summer while in the midst of preparing for a lengthy residency at London's O2 Arena. A few months later, Sony picked up the rights to the amassed hours of rehearsal footage and passed them off to "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega to craft into a behind-the-scenes documentary/final look at the beloved pop star.

As the release date draws nearer, fans everywhere are gearing up for one last dance from Jackson. Even celebrities are getting excited, and they're talking to MTV about it! In the video below, you can hear Common's thoughts on the movie and Jackson's legacy.

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One remade Hitchcock's "Psycho," the other wrote the novel "American Psycho." and they each often explore screwed up young characters, but otherwise Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant ("Milk") and author Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero") have little in common. The most significant contrast between them is that Van Sant's characters tend to have good souls, while Ellis' seem to have no souls at all. This makes it all the more exciting and curious to see how the duo collaborates on a script about the tragic true story of artists Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake.

The lovers, who both ended their lives in 2007, were not household names, but they were important figures in the art world, and they both made contributions to cinema. Duncan, one of the first designers of video games for girls, made an animated short titled "The History of Glamour" (watch it here), and Blake did the abstract interludes seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch-Drunk Love." Read More...

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