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Cowboys and Aliens

It seems safe to say that "Cowboys & Aliens" was not the box office success director Jon Favreau hoped for. In a new interview, he opened up about why he didn't think the movie was as big a hit with audiences as "Iron Man" was.

"'Cowboys and Aliens,' it didn't bomb but it was definitely a 'pillow party,'" Favreau told the WTF Podcast, via Comic Book Movie. "You always feel this way about the latest project you've done but I feel like it's the most evolved work I've done. Plus, the experience of working with Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, 'Kurtzman and Orci' and Damon Lindelof and then Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, it was one of those things where when you achieve a certain amount of success, you're the expert. You're going to decide and give these platitudes of 'if it bends its funny.'"

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Cowboys and AliensFROM MTV MOVIES: Industry watchers predicted that "Cowboys & Aliens" would easily top the box office over the weekend. But not so fast, partners! It wasn't little green men who fought hardest against Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford's cowboys, but rather little blue woodland creatures.

"The Smurfs" finished neck-and-neck with the Jon Favreau-directed sci-fi Western with an estimated $36.2 million opening per movie at press time, tying the flicks at #1 for their respective debuts. "Captain America: The First Avenger" settled for #3 in its second weekend of release with $24.9 million. Its 10-day $116.8 million total is less than Marvel's "Thor" had earned in the same period but still a better second-week performance than "Green Lantern."

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"Cowboys & Aliens" might have Jon Favreau's name on the billing as director, but the movie certainly has other strong filmmaker's influences on it as well.

When MTV News caught up with Favreau at the "Cowboys & Aliens" junket in Montana, he said that he gained a lot of the inspiration for the creatures in the movie from the alien films he loved as a kid. So if you see some "Alien," "Aliens" and "Predator" references in the creature design, then don't be alarmed.

All the effort was spent in the attempt to not make "Cowboys & Aliens" feel like a one-joke movie. Favreau said he wanted to make sure that the approach they took on the flick worked for its entirety, which meant figuring out what type of alien movie they wanted to make and what type of cowboy movie.

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Cowboys & Aliens"Cowboys & Aliens," the big-budget blockbuster film starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, hits theaters today. Many fans are likely aware that the film has been billed as based on a graphic novel, like so many other recent blockbusters. But what they may not be aware of is just how tangled and torturous a path it was for "Cowboys & Aliens" to reach the big-screen, and how very different its origins are from other comic book films.

To shed some light on that, we're taking a look at the trail this property blazed all the way to the Wild West of Hollywood.

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Looking for some reasons to go check out "Cowboys & Aliens" in theaters this weekend? Well, lucky for you, leading lady Olivia Wilde has a whole slew of them at the ready just for this moment.


MTV News caught up with the actress at the Montana junket for "Cowboys & Aliens" and asked her why she thinks her flick is the must-see summer blockbuster this season. Her answer? Because the cast is awesome and the story is original.

"We have so many amazing people," Wilde said. "We have Daniel Craig who's, I think, embodying Steve McQueen in this role. I think he's so badass it's unbelievable, and I think he's really, really smart and interesting in this role."

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"Cowboys & Aliens" gallops into theaters this weekend chased by an armada of gold seeking monsters from space. On the surface, all the ingredients are in place for an all-out wall-to-wall actioner for the books: the director of "Iron Man," the stars of "James Bond" and "Indiana Jones," and a seemingly impossible mash-up of genres. Nothing could possibly go wrong there, right?

Make no mistake, there's a lot to juggle in "Cowboys," and Jon Favreau's task is not an enviable one — so how did he hold up under the pressure? Your mileage may vary, but for this movies writer, I walked away quite pleased with the wild, wild west's suddenly slick space-born sheen.

Check out five reasons you should see "Cowboys" past the jump!

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Cowboys and Aliens” will hit theaters before the month is over, and a second clip and a featurette have been released to help get you in the mood.

Originally posted over at Superhero Hype, the clip is pretty self-explanatory when you watch it, and mainly shows Daniel Craig on horseback chasing an alien ship.

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Cowboys & aliensThere's just over a month until "Cowboys & Aliens" hits theaters, and that means the marketing campaign will be switching into high gear in the near future. We got our first taste of what's to come today, thanks to a new one-sheet promo poster for the film.

The new poster features stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, and has the pair staring off into the distance, as if they're wondering, "Hey, what's that in the distance? Is that... an alien?"

Okay, maybe that's not what they're thinking in the photo — but you can see it for yourself below and form your own opinions. Read More...

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A few members of the MTV News team arrived in France this week for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and from the looks of things, they got right down to business, snapping photos of some of the movie posters and promotional images peppering the city.

Among the movies getting the big promotional push at the festival is Jon Favreau's upcoming sci-fi western mash-up "Cowboys & Aliens." The film was represented in a big way at Cannes, judging by the photo we received from our festival team.

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Click on the image above to check out a larger version of this photo, as well as more of the promotional imagery around Cannes — including a new poster for “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn."

Let us know what you think of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival posters in the comment section or on Twitter!

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Summer Movie Preview Week continues here on MTV Splash Page with yet another peek behind the curtains at one of this year's big comic-to-movie adaptations. This time around, the spotlight is on "Cowboys & Aliens," Jon Favreau's upcoming blockbuster based on the Platinum Studious comic book of the same name.

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MTV News spoke to "Cowboys & Aliens" co-writer Roberto Orci, who not only filled us in on the the film's faithfulness to its source material, but also dropped a few hints about the as-yet-unseen aliens terrorizing the Old West. Read More...

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