Based on Shane Acker's Academy Award-nominated short film of the same name, "9” follows nine ragdolls on a quest to save humanity in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Yup, you read that right, and while the description may cause you to scratch your head, one look at the film is all it takes to know there's something here worth watching.

Featuring the voice talents of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer, "9” hits theaters in limited release on September 9 (in other words, 9/9/09). Below, take a look at the very first clip from "9," exclusively right here on (click here to watch it in glorious high-definition). And when you're through with that, check out the equally spellbinding trailer here.

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'Damon Lindelof'He's credited as the mind behind one of television's most talked-about and acclaimed series of the past few years (ABC's "Lost"), and one would assume he got the geek out of his system writing Marvel's "Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk," but as Damon Lindelof has discovered, the siren song of comics can be a hard thing to ignore. Now, it looks like he's setting his sights on Marvel's crosstown rival for his next potential project.

"I think it's everybody’s dream to write a 'Batman' story," Lindelof told MTV News. "He remains the coolest comic character in my reckoning. As a kid, my favorite character was Green Lantern. My extrapolation of his superpower was that his super power was imagination. I am scrawny and weak but if I had that ring I could come up with some clever things to do with it." Read More...

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'Green Hornet'Ever since Michel Gondry landed the gig as director of Seth Rogen’s highly-anticipated “Green Hornet” movie, we’ve been eager to get any details we can on the project. Now, the casting is coming together -- and includes a special cameo by the old Hornet.

“Yeah, I think we’re going to have Van Williams,” Gondry revealed to MTV News during a recent interview. “We’re going to find a cameo for him.” Read More...

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'Too Cool To Be Forgotten'There's been no shortage of comic books jumping from the shelves to the big screen lately, but as any true comics fan will attest, there are still a lot of great books out there flying below Hollywood's radar. In this weekly feature, we'll take a look at a story that should merit attention from filmmakers -- and offer some thoughts on why (and how) it should be brought to the big screen.

THE STORY: "Too Cool To Be Forgotten" by Alex Robinson

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In "Too Cool To Be Forgotten," acclaimed writer Alex Robinson tells the tale of Andy Wicks, a 40-year-old man who agrees to undergo hypnosis to quit smoking, only to wake up from his trance in the body of his 15-year-old self, forced to re-live his late-'80s high school experience. Yet, while various films over the years have sent their adult leads back in time to learn valuable lessons about appreciating their future lives (including this week's "17 Again"), "Too Cool" offers a dramatically different take on the old standard. Read More...

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A new trailer for the upcoming "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" game based on the much-anticipated movie has arrived online, and anyone wondering whether their favorite movie characters would make it into the game should be pleasantly surprised. Along with an extended peek at Logan's interaction with the card-chucking Cajun, Gambit, the new trailer also features some scenes of Wolverine brawling with Sabretooth, Blob, and... a sentinel? Check it out:

Since we're pretty sure the massive, mutant-hunting robots won't be making an appearance in the "Wolverine" movie, it's nice to know that there will be some surprises in the game to go along with all of limb-severing action I described in my previous "Wolverine" game demo report. Read More...

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Five new exclusive "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" character profiles arrived on MTV tonight, and each clip offers a sneak peek at one of the mutants in Wolverine's upcoming big-screen romp (watch them all here). Sure, the May 1 release is Logan's solo debut, but anyone who's been paying attention knows his super-powered supporting cast is generating a lot of buzz, too.

For example, Marvel's "Merc With The Mouth," Wade Wilson (or, as he's better known, Deadpool), has quickly become the most mysterious and controversial character in the film. His exact role in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has been obsessed over by everyone here at Splash Page HQ since the first images of actor Ryan Reynolds in costume were revealed. So, now that we have the chance, let's get to know Wade Wilson, shall we?

"All I wanted was to travel to far-off exotic places, meet new and exciting people... and kill them," deadpans Reynolds in the new character profile for Wade Wilson. "So I became I mercenary." Read More...

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Remember when "The Dark Knight" actor Michael Caine told MTV News back in September that he believed Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman would be playing The Riddler and the Penguin, respectively, in Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie? It was the scoop heard 'round the InterWebs -- but unfortunately, it turned out to be one big misunderstanding.

While we were quick to follow-up with Hoffman himself, who denied the casting, MTV News finally had a chance to catch up with the veteran actor who first informed us of the villainous Batman casting rumor this week. In town to promote his new film "Is Anybody There?" Caine sat down for a frank chat with MTV Movies Editor Joshua Horowitz about the Depp/Hoffman hub-bub and how all of the casting rumor chaos began.

"I read it in the newspaper and then I got told off," Caine told MTV News. "It was in the newspaper in Toronto about The Riddler and all that, and I thought, 'Well, they announced it.' And then I met this reporter who asked me about it, and the sh-- hit the fan." Read More...

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Terrence HowardThough his part in “Iron Man 2” was recast with Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard isn’t down for the count. In town to promote his new film "Fighting," Howard shared his thoughts on the "Iron Man 2" change and explained that he might change his focus from Marvel to the Distinguished Competition for future films.

“I think they always wanted Don Cheadle from the very start,” Howard told MTV News, “and it’s nice that they get what they want. They could be a little nicer about it. You don’t make 800 million dollars and then try and shake everyone down. That’s not nice.” Read More...

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Three years ago, “300” Spartans dined in hell -- and judging by the more than $200 million the film grossed domestically, a lot of fans found their meal to be quite delicious. But -- spoiler alert! -- since almost everyone died at the end, can there ever be a sequel? And if so, would director Zack Snyder be interested in getting behind the camera?

With one simple word, Snyder addressed all of the above: “Sure,” he grinned.

About a year ago, news broke that Frank Miller was developing a “300” quasi-sequel. Snyder, who was in Las Vegas this week to pick up a Director of the Year award at ShoWest, revealed that he has indeed heard Miller’s idea for a graphic novel about the events that followed the key battle of “300” -- and he likes it. Read More...

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Robert Downey Jr. in 'Iron Man 2'With “Iron Man 2” shooting set to begin on Monday, Robert Downey Jr. was rocking the Tony Stark look at the “Soloist” junket today, where he had an update for MTV News about the plot of ol’ Shellhead's sequel.

Fans were anxious earlier this years when news broke of the films (I kid you not) toilet design, and knowing that the film will open to Iron-vomiting caused many of to speculate that the blockbuster's follow-up might go for the famous alcoholism storyline, “Demon in a Bottle,” which originally appeared in “Iron Man” issues #120-128 in 1979.

When asked if the film was based on this famous story arc, Downey told MTV News, “Not really.” Read More...

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