The much anticipated full-length trailer for "The Hunger Games" premiered yesterday on "Good Morning America" and promptly set the Internet on fire. Whether you're a huge fan of the book or not, chances are you stumbled across the clip and have an opinion about the hotly awaited film, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen, who takes her sister's place in a televised to-the-death battle in a not-too-distant dystopian future.
Pretty much everyone in the MTV Newsroom is obsessed with the bestselling book series by Suzanne Collins and can't wait to see this movie. Reaction around the Newsroom to the trailer was pretty much universally positive (and it's worth noting that we are in the business of nitpicking about all things entertainment). We were treated to a good look at some important moments from the book – from the Reaping to the tributes training for the arena – and got a glimpse of pretty much all of the important characters (is it just us, or does it seem like Elizabeth Banks is going to be perfection as Effie?).
But why trust us? Our sister over on Hollywood Crush reached out to "Hunger Games" fan groups and experts to get their thoughts on this first long form look at the film. Check out what they had to say below.
This can't be good. If you were hoping the recent public backlash against the Kardashian Klan finally meant we'd start seeing a little less of Kim and Co., think again.
Kim Kardashian, whose $10 million circus wedding and 72-day marriage were all about true love and not media attention, you guys, is currently hard at work (a sensation she's not familiar with) on Tyler Perry's latest sure-thing Oscar contender "The Marriage Counselor." To make sure the devastation over the end of her marriage to Kris Humphries wouldn't seep into her performance in
Madia's Perry's flick, Kardashian is working with Susan Batson, the acting coach thanked by Nicole Kidman during her Oscar acceptance speech, who has also worked with Oscar winners Juliette Binoche, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Connelly.
Take that in for a second. Read More...
By Kara Warner
If you've seen the trailer for "A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas," you know that there is a lot going on there: Sex, drugs, rock and roll, babies high on cocaine and, most importantly, Neil Patrick Harris.
The always-charming NPH is billed in the trailer and in the film as "America's Sweetheart," so when MTV News sat down with Harris' co-stars and the man himself recently, we had to ask them why that title is a perfect fit.
"Uh, Why isn’t he? My goodness he can do everything," Kal Penn said. "He hosts 'Regis and Kelly' when Regis is out. He hosts the Tonys, and he does crack in 'A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas.'
By Zachary Swickey
Did you know that overall album sales dropped 13 percent in 2010, but that vinyl sales increased by 14 perfect for the same year (a new record for the format since 1991)? My dad called me just a few weeks ago and asked confused, “What the hell is Best Buy selling records for? They still make those?” Yes, they most certainly do and the majority of album packages released today include vinyl editions in their bundles. This is just one of the many examples of nostalgia’s continued popularity in today’s pop culture world.
What do “Hot Tube Time Machine,” “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Drive” all have in common? Well, how about mad love for the '80s! One of the finest jokes from “Hot Tube Time Machine” came when “The Office” star Craig Robinson asked a woman what color Michael Jackson was – a classic “era” joke. “Take Me Home Tonight” may not have been the best flick but there were plenty of '80’s clichés to go around: neon, popped collars, headbands and more neon! If you’ve seen Ryan Gosling in “Drive,” then you are already aware of his bitchin’ retro satin cream-colored jacket with a giant scorpion emblazoned on the back, which is sure to inspire some outfits for this Halloween (or guys who simply want to look like a badass).
Let’s not forget about all of the band reunions that are hot commodities right now – covering nostalgia for every music era. In quite possibly the oldest reunion ever, the Beach Boys recently announced a 50th anniversary reunion (senior citizens around the globe rejoice!) and even hinted that they may end up back in the studio to produce a new album. Hipster faves Pulp finally reunited with their frontman Jarvis Cocker this year for a round of festival dates. And, of course, Blink-182 released that new album, Neighborhoods which we were beginning to think we’d never hear. The most random reunion (although still well-received) goes to indie noise rockers Death From Above 1979, who only have one 2004 album to their name, but came back to rock many a face off during 2011 (notably causing a small riot at this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival during their first performance back).
What about television? The days of yesteryear have been infiltrating the networks too. The 80’s classic “Teen Wolf” has been revamped and adapted into a new television series here at MTV. The iconic MTV program “120 Minutes” that focused on rising rock acts originally aired for 14 years from 1986-2000, and this summer the show was brought back to life with host Matt Pinfield and all. My generation was thrilled to see Nickelodeon bringing back several of its classic shows from the '90s for a block of programming appropriated dubbed “The 90s Are All That,” which includes all of the channel’s greatest hits – "All That,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Doug,” and soon the Christine Taylor-starring (Ben Stiller’s wifey) “Hey Dude." One of the newest and most anticipated revivals belongs to VH-1’s “Pop-Up Video,” which was brought back just this week after a nine-year absence. Now, you’ll finally know all the details behind OK Go’s treadmill romp “Here It Goes Again.”
By Zachary Swickey
Earlier this year, we saw the WTF pairing of the millennium when Jack White teamed up with the loud and crude Insane Clown Posse for a one-off track. In another perplexingly rando collab, it appears that the surviving members of The Doors have gotten together in the studio with dubstep king Skrillex.
The collaboration comes compliments of a new documentary, "RE:GENERATION," which finds five popular DJs/producers working with artists from five very different genres: Pretty Lights got country with Leann Rimes and Ralph Stanley; DJ Premeire joined Nas for a composition with the Berklee School of Music Orchestra; digital masterminds the Crystal Method spent two days in Detroit recording an R&B number with Martha Reeves; and super producer, Mark Ronson recruited Erykah Badu along with some members of the Dap Kings to join Trombone Shorty in his home town of New Orleans for a jazz tune.
Somewhat surprisingly, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek hit it off wonderfully with Sonny Moore – the 23-year-old we know was Skrillex. “[Sonny] plays his beat; all he had to do was play the one thing. I listened to it and I said, ‘Holy s**t, that’s strong,’” Manzarek told Rolling Stone. “Basically, it’s a variation on ‘Milestones’ by Miles Davis, and if I do say so myself, sounds f**king great, hot as hell,” he elaborated excitedly. Read More...
In things you never knew you wanted until you heard they were in the works news, casting has reportedly begun for a biographical Lifetime movie on the life of Lady Gaga.
Showbiz 411 reports the film is said to be an adaptation of Maureen Callahan's Mother Monster bio "Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga" and a casting call (below) has gone out for the role of Stefani Germanotta/Lady Gaga:
“[STEFANI GERMANOTTA (LADY GAGA)] is a bright rebellious Catholic school girl who dreams of fame. The story covers her from age 16 to 22. When we first meet her she is a dark haired, off beat, very talented and intensely ambitious teen. She comes from a Italian/American well off, close knit, Upper West Side NYC family. She never felt she ‘fit in’ with her fellow students in high school and was disappointed when her college experience at NYU didn’t meet her expectations. So, with her parent’s reluctant permission at 19, she drops out and moves downtown to the Lower East Side where the artists are. Independent and strong willed, Stefani learns she must be something more than a talented young girl and to really stand out, she must change. The story covers the ups and downs of her amazing rise and eventually to her transformation to Lady GAGA. We are seeking an actress who can physically resemble Lady GAGA (see photo) and who can believably span ages 16 to 22. Singing is preferred but not required.”
After the jump, our thoughts on some young starlets who would be a perfect fit to play Gaga. Read More...
From MTV Movies Blog:
In a nutshell, "50/50" is movie about an otherwise average 27-year-old guy named Adam who gets diagnosed with cancer, and what happens to his life and the people in it when faced with 50/50 odds of survival.
Unlike most of the generic, forgettable fare that Hollywood churns out each year, this film is something special. With an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Huston, you will actually care about the characters, get swept up in the story and actually feel something when you walk out. "50/50" is one of the best movies I've seen this year, and here are a few reasons why it will be one of your favorites as well. Read More...
Have you ever been in a tight situation where you needed a handy insult? Need a good go-to line?
If that's the case, there's a great extended scene on the "Bridesmaids" Blu-Ray of the jewelry store fight between Kristen Wiig's character Annie and a snotty teenage girl played by Mia Rose Frampton – daughter of legendary rocker Peter Frampton! – that is perfect for you. (See it here.)
The pair spar in a 10-minute improvised riff that includes some pretty great insults and comebacks. We've collected a few of our (safe for work) favorites after the jump. Read More...
By Henna Kathiya
Jonah Hill's appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" was ostensibly to promote his new movie "Moneyball," but all anyone is talking about is his revelation of a bit of bad blood between himself and "Glee" star Matthew Morrison. It all went down at the FOX upfronts, where Hill was promoting a new show he co-created, which is set to air on the network later this season.
"I realized it's like high school and I'm the new kid in this FOX high school and they separate you on two sides of the room alphabetically by show," Hill said. "So I'm like the dorky new kid, I have no one to be cool with."
So while Jonah is feeling all insecure and awkward about being there in the first place, a woman at the event told Hill to stop talking even though he wasn't and in typical high school fashion, Morrison – apparently the "jock" in this situation (weird, right?) – begins to pick on the "Superbad" funnyman.
"It gets worse," Hill said. "This guy [Matthew Morrison] piggybacks on this woman calling me out. I never met this guy before in my entire life, and he is like, ‘Yeah Jonah can you stop talking for one second?'"
Apparently, Morrison's comment inspired several people to begin laughing at Hill. Read More...
From MTV Movies Blog:
Have you ever been so relieved that no matter what else is going on in your life, no matter how hectic your day, you pause and breathe and everything is just right?
That is how I feel right now. Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly unveiled an official first look at the full cast of Tim Burton's hotly anticipated big screen take on the classic Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows," and coming just weeks after paparazzi shots of star Johnny Depp looking ghastly and weird in heavy white makeup leaked online and sparked a massive (and generally negative) fan response, the image is a sight for sore eyes.
I grew up watching reruns of the late-60s melodrama and have been excited about this film since I first heard it was being made. The dark aesthetic that made many of Burton's best films pop made him seem like a good fit to direct for "Shadows," and the cast, from Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins to Michelle Pfeiffer as family matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and Jackie Earle Haley as groundskeeper Willie Loomis, was perfection. Read More...