Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? Oscars 2012: 10 Spot answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.
Director Jonathan Levine's affecting "50/50" would be worthy of recognition if, for no other reason, than transcending an unfortunate shorthand (It's a cancer comedy!) to earn its place as a well-regarded piece of cinema. But what makes the dramedy truly Oscar-worthy (and a decided snub on the part of the Academy) is that it's a film greater than the sum of its (very good) parts, touching on a buffet of themes (life, death, love) without the oft-requisite side of stinky cheese.
Inspired by his real-life battle with a rare form of spinal cancer, screenwriter Will Reiser introduces us to 27-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who's facing his own diagnosis and 50/50 odds. And the young man's support system is a motley crew to say the least—well-meaning best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen), high-strung mom Diane (Anjelica Huston) and therapist-in-training (and potential love interest) Katherine (Anna Kendrick).
Forget the Volturi. In "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli's screenwriting debut, "Loosies," the actor's traded in villainous vamps for a more real (albeit, less toothy) foe: NYPD's finest. Facinelli plays Bobby, a charismatic pickpocket who roams the New York City subway looking for hapless marks while alluding the cop whose badge he pilfered. The script took Facinelli only three weeks to write, but seven years to bring to the big-screen, giving him plenty of time to prepare—including mastering his character's career skills.
"I worked with a magician. I tried to keep it all on the up and up," Facinelli told MTV News when asked if he consulted any real-life lifters for authenticity. "His forte was pickpocketing, so he taught me how to swipe watches. It's very much a distraction. You distract them in one area and go for the other area. And then I just practiced on crew members."
As Mavis Gary lounges in her Hello Kitty T-shirt, swigging a 2-liter of Diet Coke for breakfast while the Kardashians drone in the background, it's clear the title "Young Adult" (out today in limited release) refers not just to Mavis' occupation as a teen-lit author, but to the protagonist herself, whom at the age of 30-something, has never quite grown up. And she doesn't apologize for it.
The Diablo Cody-penned, Jason Reitman-directed comedy follows Mavis as she returns home to Mercury, Minnesota, to win back her high-school sweetheart Buddy Slade (played by Patrick Wilson), who's now married with a newborn baby. But, again, Mavis doesn't care too much about that. The film is a hilarious (and at times cringe-inducing) tale of perpetual adolescence that you won't want to miss. Here are five reasons to see "Young Adult."
FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: With exactly one month standing between us and the hotly anticipated premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" on November 18, Summit is both rewarding our patience and stoking our burning lust with several last-minute sneak peeks.
The studio released a series of seven new stills today, giving us fresh looks at the wedding, honeymoon and contentious pregnancy.
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Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. These are some of ours.
Ryan Gosling will complete his cinematic hat trick this weekend with the political drama "The Ides of March," playing a hungry press secretary on the campaign trail with George Clooney's earnest presidential candidate, Mike Morris. The film, based on the Beau Willimon play "Farragut North," is getting the kind of approval rating a world leader would kill for, but before you slap down your $10 and load up on the Junior Mints, I suggest you check out another of Gosling's intrigues, 2007's "Fracture."
In fact, I'd call the underrated crime drama a companion piece of sorts to "Ides of March." I mean, after the events of "Fracture," I could totally see Gosling's Willy Beachum eschewing the district attorney's office in favor of a political position supporting a man he believes could change the country. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Grab those tissues—the trailer for the heart wrenching "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, is here.
Buckle your seat belts because Nicolas Winding Refn's action-drama "Drive" speeds into theaters this weekend. One of the buzziest films of the year, the moody thriller stars Ryan Gosling as the laconic nameless "Driver," a stunt performer and mechanic by day and getaway wheelman by night, who becomes enamored of his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a sort-of-single mother who's raising a son while her husband serves time. Driver vows to do anything to protect the little family—including helping the just-released-from-prison husband (Oscar Issac) pull an ill-fated heist.
The film gained almost-instant critical acclaim when it debuted in May at the Cannes International Film Festival—and for good reason. This white-knuckle ride boasts an all-star cast, a gritty L.A. attitude and plenty of blood-drenched action that will leave you either queasy or begging for more. We've kicked the tires on this beauty and are pleased to report five reasons you need to see "Drive." Check them out after the jump!
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In today's mouth-watering news you can use, actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are teaming with chef brother Paul Wahlberg to open the eponymous Wahlburgers restaurant, which will serve—you guessed it!—hot-off-the-grill hamburgers.
The news comes from the Boston Herald, who report that the brothers had to secure naming rights from a Rochester, N.Y.-based restaurant that already sold something called the "Wahlburger." (Who knew?!) The 4,300 square-foot restaurant is set to open "soon," across from the brother's Italian restaurant, Alma Nove, in Hingham, Mass.
We, for one, can't wait to hang tough with a juicy Wahlburger, but why stop there? Plenty of celebrities have food-friendly names that we could see printed on those little paper placemats. Check out our epicurean suggestions after the jump!