Breaking Dawn – Part 1, commercially super-successful and critically panned, was the most anticipated of all the installments in the saga, aside form Part 2. But was it really bad? Let’s review it unbiasedly!

The Good:

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s performances:

OK, to be fair, Stewart’s performance was pitch-perfect. She didn’t overact any scene nor did she underplay the character. Every expression, every movement was what you would expect Book-Bella to do if she were real. Bella’s character is awkward and self-conscious, but in Breaking Dawn, especially Part 2, she becomes less awkward and more open which Stewart portrays well. The birth scene should well-silence her haters. (see video below, pitched to avoid removal)

By the end of the film, you truly feel that Bella has transformed emotionally and psychologically from the young woman we’ve seen in Twilight to a full grownup. Pattinson delivered a good performance too, sounding appropriately sincere in the wedding scenes and convincingly frantic in the birth scene. It would be fair to give Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter, applause this time for getting almost all of Bella and Edward’s dialogue right.

The anticipated scenes:

The anticipated scenes were the wedding, the birth and the transformation. Each of them was well-acted, well-written and well-shot. The editing, set design and cinematography were always strong and effective throughout those scenes. The wedding was touching and beautiful as it should be and the bittersweet speeches were good sources of comic relief.

The birth scene was terrifying and unforgettable; I can still remember watching it in the movie theater while sitting on the edge of my seat (until someone sneezed so loudly and the whole theater laughed, ruining the experience). The transformation was better than I expected, but has nothing on the way it’s written in the book. It was bittersweet seeing one of the characters I like and followed throughout all the movies and books broken this way, but apparently all the girls sitting behind me cared about was how good her eye shadow was.

(See clip here)

The production design and the cinematography:

Guillermo Navarro excelled at the cinematography. His imagery was beautiful and full of life, but dark and shocking when necessary. The angles from which he chose to take the close ups on the characters faces were remarkably good. The production design was the best of the Twilight films since Summit decided to finally spend money on the movies. Seeing as most of the film was shot using green screens, the sets were remarkably eye-grabbing and atmospheric, like in the wedding and honeymoon scenes.

The Bad:

Taylor Lautner’s performance:

This was the worst performance in the whole saga. Nothing’s ever been worse. Lautner was fine in New Moon and Eclipse, not perfect, but acceptable, and then he made an awful turn in this film. His acting is full of expressions, he uses the same expressions. He just does faces. He has the happy Jacob face, the sad Jacob face, the bitter Jacob face, etc. If his voice could act on its own accord, it would probably tell him to improve his phrasing and delivery, and give his larynx a good kick in the butt to drop the over-husky and nasal timbre.

The screenplay:

The screenplay has a few, effective problems. It dragged in the first hour, which could’ve been shorter. Some of Lautner’s dialogue had to be erased from the script, if not burnt to the extent that no one can ever get close to figuring out what’s written on the paper. (ex. “I always knew you would kill her” in the birth scene. Leah’s story could’ve been more fleshed out in favor of the downright stupid “This a family scene”. There were many available chances for drama concerning Jacob that were left unseized, like how he leaves the Cullen house, in the book, to try to imprint.

The montages:

Bill Condon’s problem comes here. Not every montage has to sound like a music video. Rock songs placed over dramatic montages isn’t the only effective way of doing an attention-grabbing montage. It worked well for the honeymoon and the sick-looking Bella montages, but then it got repetitive.

The Verdict:

3 out of 5 stars. The film could have been better.

What to expect:

With Breaking Dawn – Part 2 six months away, Condon has a long time to correct the mistakes in Part 1, to be sure to that the film has better pacing, dialogue and score. Personally, I expect a film better than Part 1, with better performances and screenplay.  A different and even more satisfying interpretation of vampire Bella by Stewart.

So, what are you expecting in the Twilight film finale?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.

After filing for divorce from Johnny Depp earlier this week, Amber Heard has now filed a restraining order against the actor after alleged domestic abuse.

TMZ reports Heard went into a Los Angeles courtroom this morning to file the restraining order and shared photos of physical abuse by Johnny Depp, including bruises from this past weekend. “Heard claims after he allegedly hit her he offered her money to stay quiet, but instead she filed for divorce first thing Monday morning,” TMZ says. Heard reportedly “has video of one of the beatings.” TMZ’s report includes a graphic photo of the bruises the actress received from Depp.

Update: The restraining order has been granted.

Heard says she’s been physically assaulted “various times during their marriage,” according to TMZ, and believes there’s “an immediate threat of harm.” Hence the restraining order.

The report adds, “We’re told cops told Amber they would find Johnny and arrest him if she gave a statement about the alleged violence, but she refused. Officers told her if she changed her mind she could call them. As far as we know, she has not gone back to the cops.”

Johnny Depp is currently in the middle of promoting Alice Through the Looking Glass, which opens in theaters Friday.

Depp and Heard married last year after three years of dating. A photo of the couple at this year’s Grammy Awards is below.

DCOM marathon schedule: See full list of movies and when they air

The mega marathon begins Friday, May 27 and runs into June!

10:00 am EDT, May 27, 2016

The highly-anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie marathon began Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. eastern and runs through the holiday weekend. See the complete DCOM marathon schedule here!

When Disney Channel says they’re running a DCOM marathon, they mean it. The network will be airing 51 DCOMs from Friday to Monday ahead of this summer’s release of their 100th DCOM, Adventures in Babysitting (debuting June 24). Who needs Memorial Day festivities when you can sit inside and enjoy Disney Channel classics all weekend?!

After Monday they’ll continue to air a couple more movies every night until they eventually air all 100 DCOMs. That’s right! Every single one of ’em is returning to television between now and late June.

Below is the complete list of DCOMs airing from Friday, May 27 into the middle of June. Since many are airing in the overnight hours, you’ll probably want to set up your DVR. Or in case you want to watch them again. And again.

DCOM Marathon Schedule

Friday, May 27

10:00AM Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20AM Read It and Weep
12:55PM Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40PM Jump In!
4:15PM Lemonade Mouth
6:15PM Zapped
8:00PM High School Musical 2
9:55PM The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45PM Zenon the Zequel
1:25AM Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55AM Twitches Too
4:25AM Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM You Wish!
8:05AM The Proud Family Movie
9:50AM Quints
11:25AM Horse Sense
1:10PM Cow Belles
2:50PM Twitches
4:30PM The Even Stevens Movie
6:15PM Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
8:00PM Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50PM Princess Protection Program
11:30PM The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05AM Zenon: Z3
2:40AM Halloweentown High
4:20AM The Thirteenth Year

Netflix DCOMs High School Musical

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM Right On Track
7:45AM Full-Court Miracle
9:35AM Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20AM Brink!
1:10PM Double Teamed
2:55PM Rip Girls
4:35PM Motocrossed
6:20PM Cloud 9
8:00PM Teen Beach 2
9:55PM Bad Hair Day
11:40PM How to Build a Better Boy
1:20AM Pixel Perfect
2:55AM The Other Me
4:30AM Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30AM Halloweentown
1:05PM Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
2:55PM Smart House
4:25PM High School Musical
6:15PM Camp Rock
8:00PM Descendants
10:05PM Teen Beach Movie
11:55PM Cadet Kelly
1:50AM The Cheetah Girls
3:35AM Johnny Tsunami

Camp Rock DCOM

After Memorial Day Weekend, Disney Channel will air two more DCOMs each night. Here’s the schedule so far (again, set your DVRs because these air late!)

Wednesday, June 1
12:00AM Return to Halloweentown
1:40AM Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2
12:00AM Going to the Mat
1:40AM Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3
12:00AM The Suite Life Movie
1:40AM Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4
12:00AM Invisible Sister
1:40AM Now You See It…

Sunday, June 5
12:00AM Girl vs. Monster
1:40AM Phantom of Megaplex

Monday, June 6
12:00AM Tru Confessions
1:40AM Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7
12:00AM Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
1:40AM Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8
12:00AM Den Brother
1:40AM Go Figure

Thursday, June 9
12:00AM Avalon High
1:40AM Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10 and beyond
As of right now Disney Channel hasn’t released the schedule beyond June 10.

Which DCOMs do you plan to watch during the Disney Channel Marathon?

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Next week we’ll be launching a fun new game here on Hypable where we’ll seek your help in ranking every single DCOM in the history of DCOMs. It’s probably a good idea to watch as many of these as possible so you can brush up on your knowledge base and rank them accurately!