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Best bets: ‘Eclipse’ is on its way

MoviesThe third film in the "Twilight" saga, "Eclipse," opens this week. To the uninitiated: This is the film based on the third book in the series, otherwise known as the last book of relative sanity before everything goes completely insane in "Breaking Dawn." The red-headed vampire, Victoria, is back hunting Bella, and Edward and Jacob are determined to stop her. In this installment, Victoria ha
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Movies

The third film in the "Twilight" saga, "Eclipse," opens this week. To the uninitiated: This is the film based on the third book in the series, otherwise known as the last book of relative sanity before everything goes completely insane in "Breaking Dawn." The red-headed vampire, Victoria, is back hunting Bella, and Edward and Jacob are determined to stop her. In this installment, Victoria has been recast and is now played by Bryce Dallas Howard. (Opens June 30.)

Also opening this week: "The Last Airbender," directed by M. Night Shyamalan. This live-action adaptation is based on a Nickelodeon TV series, and has been slightly controversial for casting white actors to play Asian characters. But if you're in the audience for this one, you don't need convincing. (Opens July 1.)

TV

Summer camp can mean misery for many kids, but fat camp? Even worse. New ABC Family series "Huge," based on Sasha Paley's popular young-adult book, dares to dive into this world. It's got good cred: Winnie Holzman, the creator of the much-beloved "My So-Called Life," co-wrote the pilot, and "Hairspray" star Nikki Blonsky plays the lead. (June 28, 9 p.m., ABC Family.)

Torn down more than 20 years ago, the Berlin Wall continues to fascinate. "The Wall — A World Divided" chronicles the infamous barrier's construction and destruction. PBS promises a fascinating look at its life, ranging from "the secret plans to erect the wall in the middle of the night to the chaotic human events that tore it down." The factoids are fascinating — on one city street, the front doors of apartment buildings opened on West Berlin and freedom — while the back doors opened into Communist East Berlin. (June 28, PBS, check local listings for times.)

DVD

“Hello, Mrs. Cleaver, you sure look nice today.” “Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver.” You know the lines, you know the cliches and the jokes. June in her pearls, Eddie Haskell perfecting smarminess, Beaver's little-kid antics and clean-cut Wally's attempts to save his little brother from himself. Now you can watch the entire "Leave it to Beaver" series on DVD, all 234 episodes spread across 37 DVDs. Aw, gee, Wally, that's swell. (Out on DVD June 29.)

Many people thought Germany's "The White Ribbon" would win the Oscar for best foreign language film this year. Instead, the award went to Argentina's "El Secreto de sus Ojos," but the critically acclaimed "Ribbon" is now on DVD, so you can check it out for yourself. Time Magazine calls it "a kind of mashup of 'Our Town' and 'Village of the Damned'," and if that's not an endorsement, we don't know what is. (Out on DVD June 29.)

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is msnbc.com's movies editor. You can follow her at www.popculturejunkmail.com or www.genxtinct.com.