Good morning from San Diego, from where the sun is shinning and the pop culture nerdery is as mouthwatering as the bacon the MTV Movies team just wolfed down in preparation for our first full day at Comic-Con. What a day it’s going to be.
You want “Game of Thrones” goodness? The panel for HBO’s breakout drama is coming up in a few short hours. You want “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”? Star Andy Serkis and director Rupert Wyatt will be stopping by our headquarters for a chat. How about some throwback MTV animation? “Beavis & Butthead” creator Mike Judge will be giving us the lowdown on his show’s return to the airwaves. Then there’s Mr. Damon Lindelof, who’ll shoot us the inside scoop about “Prometheus,” the upcoming resurrection of the “Alien” franchise.
FROM MTV MOVIES: "Green Lantern" was in out of development since the 1990s when Warner Bros. scooped it up and finally brought the comic book adaptation to the big screen. And the studio seems to have found the right superhero formula. Despite tepid reviews, the Ryan Reynolds-starring flick nabbed $3.3 million during midnight screenings on Thursday and is looking at an opening weekend total of as much as $70 million.
While that's not quite "Iron Man" territory ($98.6 million in 2008), it's impressive nonetheless, especially when you note how strongly critics have hit back against "Green Lantern."
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FROM MTV MOVIES: We're as surprised as anyone that the folks behind "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" have been able to transform their epically troubled musical into a satisfying piece of Broadway entertainment. In January, as news of the show's creative and safety issues turned the then $65 million production into one of the Great White Way's most spectacular disasters, we admitted that while there were some enjoyable aspects, you were better off popping in a DVD of a Tobey Maguire "Spider-Man" flick than trekking to New York to see the musical.
What a difference a few months — and a new creative team — makes. Out went Julie Taymor, in came writers like comics vet Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and the results are just what the web-slinging wonderboy needed. We're not the only ones who feel that way. As "Turn Off the Dark" officially left its preview phase behind and opened on Tuesday, reviews have been pouring in, and many have been positive. Not all, mind you — not even close.
Continue reading 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark': The Reviews Are In! at Movies.MTV.com.
Before "X-Men" visual-effects guru Tim Miller landed in the director's chair for "Deadpool" last month, rumors were flying that Robert Rodriguez was in advanced negotiations to take on helming duties of the Marvel adaptation set to star Ryan Reynolds.
There's only one problem with this development narrative: it's not true. That's what Rodriguez told MTV News when we caught up with the filmmaker recently.
"I was working with Fox already on 'Predators' and I asked what other movies they had coming up," he explained. "It was 'Planet of the Apes' and other stuff. They said I might want to see 'Deadpool.' So I said, 'Sure, send it to me.' Almost just out of curiosity. And if I really, really wanted to do it, maybe I could figure out a way to do it. But that wasn't really going to happen. I just couldn't fit it in with other projects." Read More...
FROM MTV MOVIES: Long in development, shuffled schizophrenically from release date to release date and given a post-production conversion to 3-D, "Priest" is finally here. Critics, alas, haven't seemed to welcome its belayed arrival very warmly.
Based on a manhwa that never really connected with comics readers, the film has been dinged for its hackneyed dialogue and shallow story development. Yet "Priest" is not without its fans. Some reviewers have praised the movie's popcorn-action pleasures and starkly beautiful visual aesthetic. Weak reviews aside, the vampire flick finds itself facing off against a fanboy favorite in "Thor," and the God of Thunder (even in his second week in theaters), will easily vanquish the bloodsuckers of "Priest."
Read on for a deep dive into the reviews — the good, the bad and the ugly — of "Priest."
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FROM MTV MOVIES: "Priest" may spin a story about interactions between humans and vampires, and it may feature former "Twilight" star Cam Gigandet, but enough already with the comparisons between this new 3-D action flick and teen-oriented supernatural dramas on TV and the big screen.
Yet the "Priest" cast continually gets asked the same tiresome Twi-questions. As star Lily Collins put it to MTV News, "A lot of people are asking why another movie with vampires, what's so different?"
Her answer to those feeling that pop culture has become saturated with vampires is that you haven't seen anything quite like "Priest," which hits theaters on Friday. "It's post-apocalyptic, Western, action, sci-fi, and it's in 3-D," she explains. "[Director] Scott Stewart's vision of these vampires is very much as alien creatures. They shriek and have their own language and they're the stuff of nightmares and they're all CG."
Continue reading Lily Collins Says 'Priest' Is Not Just 'Another Movie With Vampires' at Movies.MTV.com.
Back in December, some "Amazing Spider-Man" set photos gave us a glimpse of a very dour looking Emma Stone in character as Gwen Stacy in the midst of what looked to be a police funeral. The pics had savvy fans wondering if we were possibly getting a sneak peek at the funeral of Gwen's father, George, given that Captain Stacy dies in the midst of a high-flying tussle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus in the comics.
As far as we know, Doc Ock doesn't factor into Sony's reboot of the storied franchise, but there was still speculation: did these photos suggest George Stacy dies in the film? That's the question we put recently to Denis Leary, who plays Stacy — and his answer could merit a SPOILER ALERT. You've been warned!
"I'm not allowed to say anything about the ending of 'Spider-Man' — or the ending of 'Rescue Me,' " he told us at the opening festivities for the Tribeca Film festival. "It's verboten! I can't tell you!" Read More...
FROM MTV MOVIES: "Thor" made landfall in Australia over the weekend, as Chris Hemsworth and the cast of this Marvel adaption arrived for the film's premiere in Sydney on Sunday. Coinciding with the flick's debut is the release of the first wave of reviews from around the globe.
The early word is very good for fans of the Asgardian superhero.
"The Marvel universe moves into the cosmic realm with 'Thor,' a burly slab of bombastic superhero entertainment that skitters just this side of kitschy to provide an introduction befitting the mighty god of thunder," writes The Hollywood Reporter in a typically positive review. "It's a noisy, universe-rattling spectacle full of sound and fury with a suitably epic design, solid digital effects and a healthy respect for the comic-book lore that turned a mythological Norse god into a founding member of the superhero team known as The Avengers.'"
Continue reading 'Thor': The Early Reviews Are In! at Movies.MTV.com.
These days Margot Kidder lives in a small Montana town of 6,000 people, spending her days as a political activist and a grandmother, far from the hubbub of her former life in Hollywood and her portrayal of the love interest of the most iconic superhero on earth.
But every so often her old career as Lois Lane pops up in the news, as happened earlier this week when Amy Adams was cast as Lois Lane in Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot.
When MTV News spoke to Kidder about the casting, she explained what it takes to be a great on-screen Lois, and expressed some serious jealousy that she won't get to be carried up, up and away in Henry Cavill's arms. Read More...
FROM MTV MOVIES: Henry Cavill might have been getting a little lonely in Metropolis. Two months after landing the role of Superman in Zack Snyder's reboot of the superhero franchise, the 27-year-old actor still hadn't found out who'd become his Lois Lane.
The answer arrived on Sunday: Amy Adams will be play the Daily Planet reporter and Superman love interest. In a statement, Snyder called Adams "one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today."
That's hardly an overstatement: The 36-year-old star has performed in indies and blockbusters, musicals and animated fare, solemn dramas and bawdy comedies. Along the way she's managed to earn three Oscar nominations, the latest for her supporting turn last year in "The Fighter."
Continue reading Amy Adams: From 'June Bug' To Lois Lane at Movies.MTV.com.