It might seem like the GOP primary season has been stretching on since the day Barack Obama entered the White House — with the seemingly endless blather about socialism-inspired domestic initiatives and terrorist-sympathizing foreign policy, about how gay marriage will destroy the moral fabric of society, about how asking for heath care-provided contraceptives makes you a slut — it's only just beginning.
Because today is Super Tuesday — the biggest, baddest day on the GOP nominating calendar. Primaries and caucuses in 10 states (Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia) will be held today. 419 GOP convention delegates are up for grabs. Mitt Romney is vying to re-solidify his front-runner status. Rick Santorum is hoping voters will coalesce around a guy with a 1950s moral compass and a 21st-century hatred of government. And Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still hanging around because, well, what else have they got to do?
It's exhausting to try and keep track of all this stuff. It's depressing, too. Which is why on Super Tuesday, I'll be fleeing to my favorite escapist wonderland: the multiplex. In that spirit, let's take a look back at Super Tuesday as it applies to the box-office: the 10 highest-grossing Tuesdays in movie history (all figures come from Box Office Mojo).
10. "Night at the Museum": $13,506,030 (12/26/06)
Days after opening with a $30.4 million weekend, Ben Stiller's fantastical romp through the American Museum of Natural History continued to dominate on its way to becoming the comedian's second highest-grossing film of his career. Stiller's number-one slot belongs to "Meet the Fockers," proving that, much like in the voting booth, there's no accounting for taste at the movie theaters.
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.
Front and center at the 2012 Oscars is a heartbreaking film — one nominated in five categories, including Best Picture and Best Actor — about a family reeling from the tragic loss of its matriarch. The father is at a loss as to how to pull his children — the elder acting up, the younger not quite mature enough to grasp the enormity of unfolding events — up from the depths of grief and move them toward something resembling a new normal. The patriarch's eventual solution? A wild adventure. The result? A family learning, at times happily and at times with tears, to be whole again.
I'm talking, of course, about "The Descendants." Here's the thing: there was a second film this past year that followed a largely similar story arc (far more successfully, which is to say far more gut-wrenchingly and believably) and yet it hasn't factored at all into awards-season chatter. The film in question is "We Bought a Zoo," and it absolutely deserves a Best Picture nomination.
Oscar predictions are well under way here at MTV. By which we mean, the arguing, the smack talk, the occasional points of agreement, but really just the arguing and the smack talk has been consuming all of our movie-obsessed brains in the lead up to the February 26 ceremony.
While we blaze forth in this spirit at MTV Movies, our friends over at NextMovie invited me over for their own series of Oscar prediction videos. Hit the jump to check out our picks for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
In a move three decades in the making, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone finally followed through on the promise of their intersecting action-movie careers and had their bodies surgically fused together for their upcoming 3-D sequel, "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot a Siamese Warrior."
At least that's what we hoped was going on in the above photo. That, or confirmation that while Arnie and Sly's cyborg doppelgangers have been out making movies and governing California for years, the two men have in fact been holed up in side-by-side hospital beds, recounting the glory of a time when a "Batman" movie villain could actually utter the line, "Ice to see you!"
But: no. None of this is true. Instead what we're seeing is two sexagenarians having the time of their lives while getting their creaky bodies fixed up.
You might think “Arbitrage” is a staid affair, one more film about financial shenanigans in a long line of them — each one about men with expensive suits and bankrupt morals, about buying low and selling high, about the money, money, money.
Well, it is about all those things. But as Richard Gere put it to MTV News before the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s also about “the cocaine rush” of success. He’s not kidding. Gere plays Robert Miller, a billionaire hedge fund manager who seemingly has the perfect life, the perfect family, even the perfect mistress. That is, until he turns 60 and the fact that he’s been running a massively fraudulent empire is about to be exposed.
If this all sounds a bit familiar, that’s no mistake. “You just need to know Bernie Madoff and Teddy Kennedy,” Gere said. “That's all you need to know.”
“He's never had any failures,” he added. “It's all success. It's all adrenaline, cocaine rush of success.”
I’ll say this about “Red Lights,” the Cillian Murphy- and Robert De Niro-starring thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night (January 20): I don’t think I’ve talked as much with people about a movie after seeing it since “Inception.”
Which is not to suggest writer/director Rodrigo Cortés’ feature (his follow-up to 2010 fest fav “Buried”) is anywhere near as perfectly conceived and executed as Christopher Nolan’s escapade within the dream world. In fact, “Red Lights” is honestly not a very good movie, though it’s difficult to say why without giving away all the twists, turns and what-the-eff moments.
Beautifully shot and with a memorable, tough-guy-meets-vulnerable-dad performance from Joel Edgerton, "Wish You Were Here" keeps threatening to become a first-rate mystery tale about secrets, lies and sex.
Its story flits back and forth through time, unspooling a tale about a Cambodian holiday gone bad and the ramifications of an ecstasy-fueled party that leaves one man missing and the lives of his vacation mates in shambles. But there are a few weakly drawn characters and a rushed ending that leaves the timeline-hopping plot strands in an unsatisfying cinematic heap. It all made for an entertaining opening to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday (January 19), but one that left us itching for some truly great festival films in the days to come.
Let's not pretend that Rickey Gervais was his old, flame-throwing self on Sunday night at the 2012 Golden Globes. He left his scorching commentary, vicious jokes and devil-may-care hilariousness in 2011, and instead delivered a funny performance that left most feathers unruffled, all egos in tact, and many viewers disappointed.
Yet Gervais on a so-so night still makes for an entertaining experience. He called Colin Firth, arguably the nicest man on Earth, a racist puppy puncher. He compared the Globes to Kim Kardashian: loud, trashy, drunk and easily bought. He questioned Justin Bieber's manhood. Good times, all.
Over at MTV Movies, Ryan J. Downey counted down the host's finest moments of the evening. So check out his full list of Rickey Gervais' best Golden Globes jokes now!
And check out the 2012 Golden Globes winners!
I'd say 2011 was the year of the superhero if 2012 wasn't also set to gift us with a staggering array of caped and non-caped crusaders. Let's just say the last 12 months have delivered the world, to varying degrees of success, "The Green Hornet," "Green Lantern," "Captain America: The First Avenger," and "Thor."
The best of the bunch, however, is without a doubt "X-Men: First Class." What separates the mutants from their comic-book brethren is not story or visual effects or dope fight sequences — though "X-Men" has all of those things in spades — but something much rarer in this genre: characters you actually care about.
And so we honor "X-Men: First Class" as our #6 pick in MTV's best movies of 2011 list. Listen, I enjoyed "Thor" but never for a second did I buy the love story between the God of Thunder and Natalie Portman's earthy scientist. Though "Green Hornet" was a hoot, I never felt invested in Seth Rogen's bad-boy-gone-good arc. "X-Men," by contrast, gave us a level of character development you simply don't see often in superhero flicks, regardless of the year.
The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and for all the talk of outrageous snubs — "Bridesmaids" scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy gets no love? David Fincher is denied for his work on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? — there's one omission that's not getting much attention: "The Muppets" was completely shut out.
"My Week with Marilyn" gets a Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical nod, but not Kermit and his felt-covered pals? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association can't find a single slot in Best Original Song for any of Jason Segel's infectious tunes? I think the HFPA needs to look itself in the mirror and ask, "Am I a muppet or a man?"
At least MTV has decided to honor "The Muppets," which lands in the #7 spot on our best movies of 2011 list, joining "50/50" (#8), "The Descendants" (#9) and "Attack the Block" (#10). The full list — including MTV's pick for the best movie of the year — will be announced during a live stream at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday (December 16).