FROM MTV MOVIES: Here at MTV, we embrace the outrageous, celebrate the bizarre and fist-bump everything that is thoroughly head-scratching in pop culture. That's why we've introduced a brand-new category for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards: Best WTF Moment.

The requirements for this category can no more be defined than comprehended, so let's just set the stage. You're sitting in the theater enjoying a flick, when a scene flashes across the screen that is so outlandish, so hilarious, so mind-bogglingly fantastic it becomes an instant classic. It's the scene you're talking about when you leave the theater, the scene you're telling everyone about the next day, the scene that compels you to keep asking yourself and others, "What the f---?!?"

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Yancy Butler in 'Witchblade'Years ago the original Witchblade, Sarah Pezzini, made the transition from mystical (and half-naked) armored warrior to civilian mom. Now, it seems, acting is imitating comics with the former star of TNT's "Witchblade" television series Yancy Butler taking on a more matronly role in the movie adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s "Kick-Ass."

In an interview with Comics Continuum, Butler discussed her roughly week-and-a-half trip to London in November during which time she filmed her scenes and took in the large scale production and its special effects. Read More...

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'Witchblade'"Witchblade," the long-running Top Cow property created by Marc Silvestri and Michael Turner (among others), has enjoyed a celebrated comic book run for the past two decades and has even seen anime and live-action television adaptations -- but as the Splash Page archives will tell you, there's been very little movement on a big screen version of the sultry comic book heroine.

Newsarama sat down with Top Cow's Matt Hawkins to figure out why it is that Sara Pezzini and her scantily-clad but nonetheless mystical armor has veered away from movie theaters. According to Hawkins, it's not for lack of trying -- they just don't have the right material to work with yet. Read More...

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Jeff KatzLate last year, I spoke to comic book writer and former studio exec Jeff Katz about "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the various characters he helped bring to the big screen during the last decade. Along with co-writing DC's "Booster Gold" series and work on other titles, Katz has been a driving force in bringing comics to Hollywood as adaptations received well by both comics fans and mainstream audiences alike (including the "Blade" and "X-Men" franchises).

That's why today's announcement about American Original, the new entertainment company created by Katz for developing genre content across comics, movies, television, gaming, toys and just about every other possible medium, really didn't come as much of a surprise.

I spoke with Katz about the American Original announcement to get a "Hollywood-to-English" translation of what his new company will involve, and how it's likely to affect comic book readers and creators in the future. Read More...


'Wanted 2'Last month, it came as a bit of surprise that a new screenwriter would be brought in to script the sequel to "Wanted," 2008's live-action adaptation of Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' comic book series. The studio's choice of "Pooh's Heffalump" writer Evan Spiliotopoulos as the scribe for the next chapter of the violent, R-rated tale came as an even bigger surprise.

While Millar has already seen fit to voice his support for Spiliotopoulos' role in crafting the "Wanted 2" story, I spoke to original "Wanted" screenwriter Chris Morgan to get some details on why the change was made.

"I'm actually still involved with 'Wanted,'" Morgan told MTV News, explaining that his current workload made it necessary for him to step aside from primary writing duties on the film. However, he'll still have input on the sequel's creative development -- which includes the "global" angle to the story he revealed last year. Read More...

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'The Dark Knight'Voting is officially open for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, and you've never had more opportunities to let your votes do the talking when it comes to comic book movies.

Last year's wealth of films based on comic book properties is indeed reflected in this year's list of MTV Movie Award nominees, with 11 nominations spread over 7 categories -- from the grand "Best Movie" all the way to the most head-scratching "Best WTF Moment."

You can log in and cast your votes for all of the categories before Wednesday, May 27, but voting for "Best Movie" will remain open right up until the big show on Sunday, May 31. Read on for a roundup of the categories and nominees comic book fans should pay extra attention to this year. Read More...

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'Wanted'To the surprise of many, "Pooh's Heffalump" screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos was announced last week as the new writer for "Wanted 2," the sequel to the 2008 film based on Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' comic book series.

Spiliotopoulos appears to have taken over the writing duties from original "Wanted" movie scribe Chris Morgan, who told MTV News back in November that he was working on a more "global" story for the sequel.

Earlier this week, Millar addressed concerns about the former "Pooh" writer on his website's message boards, explaining the basis for Spiliotopoulos' selection and teasing that there's blockbuster-level money at play in the development of "Wanted 2." Read More...

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Wanted 2When "Wanted" proved to be a surprising financial success, it was clear that moviegoers wanted more. But with Mark Millar and J.G. Jones' graphic novel limited in issues, it's hard to identify source material that could be mined for a sequel. But, as we learned from "Wanted" screenwriter Chris Morgan last year, that wasn't going to hinder a return to the story's supervillain-filled world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Evan Spiliotopoulos, co-writer of "Pooh's Heffalump Movie," has been pegged as the screenwriter for "Wanted 2." The sequel's script stems from a story idea by Morgan, previously tapped to be penning the sequel. Read More...

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Megan FoxBy Mel Caylo

Earlier this month, news broke that "Transformers" star Megan Fox was attached to star in a live-action adaptation of the "Fathom" comic book series published by Aspen MLT. "Fathom" tells the story of a beautiful marine biologist and former Olympic swimmer named Aspen Matthews who discovers she’s a member of a race of aquatic humanoids.

In an interview with Wizard Universe, Aspen president and "Fathom" Executive Producer Frank Mastromauro explained why Megan Fox was the right choice for the role in the Fox Atomic film.

“She knows so much about 'Fathom,' which is spectacular," said Mastromauro. "Growing up, she was a huge fan of the book and a huge fan of [late 'Fathom' creator] Michael [Turner]. When we met her, she was already well versed in ['Fathom'] volume one and [was] asking us questions about the book." Read More...

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WantedUniversal Pictures and The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are butting heads over Angelina Jolie's gunplay in an advertisement for the big-screen adaptation of "Wanted" that was recently launched in the UK. The film, based on the Top Cow comic by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones, doused itself in bullets and over-the-top violence when it hit theaters in 2008, but the regulation agency now says Jolie makes guns look way too attractive for television.

"We concluded the ad could be seen to condone violence by glorifying or glamorising the use of guns," stated the ASA in a comment to (You can check out the offending advertisement and more on the legal scuffle surrounding it after the jump.) Read More...

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