FROM MTV MOVIES: They both make the ladies swoon, and they both bring the bang to the box office. But only one can be Forbes' highest-paid leading man. This year that distinction goes to "Inception" star Leonardo DiCaprio, who beats out last year's winner, Johnny Depp.
According to Forbes.com, "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Depp topped the list in 2010 with $75 million but this year drops to #2, raking in a still-impressive $50 million. DiCaprio, however, was able to break his previous record by making $77 million in 2010 thanks to the success of flicks like "Shutter Island" and "Inception."
Both Depp and DiCaprio are sure to keep their profiles high thanks to a slew of upcoming projects on both their dockets. DiCaprio is set to star in "J. Edgar," "The Great Gatsby" and "Django Unchained." Meanwhile, Depp has upcoming films "Dark Shadows" and "21 Jump Street" on his plate.
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FROM MTV MOVIES: "The Smurfs" are three apples high, as the legend goes, and in this week's big-screen adaptation of the beloved children's cartoon, Hollywood takes a stab at re-telling the tale for a new generation of kids.
The 3-D tale (with some CGI) is voiced by an A-list cast, including VMA-nominated Katy Perry, George Lopez and Alan Cumming, to name a few. In the movie, the Smurfs land in the Big Apple, where they end up staying with expecting newlyweds played by Neil Patrick Harris and "Glee" star Jayma Mays. Of course, they're also trying to stay as far as possible from their nemesis, Gargamel, played by Hank Azaria.
The little creatures find themselves in some silly situations as they try to navigate the big city. When MTV News caught up with Harris, Mays and Azaria in New York, we asked what they would do if they suddenly found themselves having to survive the city in Smurf-sized bodies.
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It's not easy for anyone to just parody major summer films and have it come off as endearing, but when the Muppets poke fun at flicks like "Green Lantern" and "The Hangover Part II," it's really charming. But how did those little satires come to exist in the world?
"Well there was some discussion amongst all of us creatively involved, but I have to give a lot of credit to Disney and their marketing team," Jason Segel, who stars in the film and also wrote the screenplay for the flick which opens this November, told us at the "Bad Teacher" premiere in NYC on Monday. "They came up with those ideas and they're really brilliant. The official trailer came out and I just love it."
What does NKOTBSB (ed note: New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys, for those of you who don't immediately recognize the acronym
like me -JW) do on the road? Aside from perfect their harmonies and sweet boy band dancing skills, well, they also watch bizarre horror flicks like "The Human Centipede."
Well, at least New Kids' resident bad boy, Donnie Wahlberg does. The hot topic came up (we promise, we didn’t bring it up) when MTV News caught up with the guys during a tour stop in New Jersey and Donnie very frequently dropped the movie's title several times during the conversation, usually making everyone in the room giggle.
"Listen, this is therapeutic for me," Wahlberg reacted with a grin when the frequent mention of "Human Centipede" was called into question. "It may seem funny to you..."
FROM MTV NEWS: Ryan Dunn, the 34-year-old "Jackass" star, died in a fatal car crash on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, MTV News confirmed Monday (June 20).
According to TMZ, the accident occurred at 3 a.m. on Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township. While it's unknown who was driving at the time, an unidentified passenger also died in the crash. April Margera, the mother of Dunn's "Jackass" co-star Bam, broke the news to WMMR 93.3's "Preston and Steve" radio show.
In the last photo Dunn posted to Twitter, he and two friends are seen drinking what may be alcoholic beverages. TMZ also reported that the car caught fire in the crash. A tow truck was later sent to the scene to remove the car. A photo obtained by an NBC affiliate in Pennsylvania, showed the wrecked car on the side of the road. As of press time, no further information was known about the accident.
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FROM MTV MOVIES: There's no question that Reese Witherspoon has had a wide-ranging and accomplished movie career, and at Sunday's 2011 MTV Movie Awards, the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress will add one more award to her already-crowded mantle. Witherspoon will receive this year's Generation Award, previously bestowed upon superstars like Adam Sandler and last year's recipient Sandra Bullock.
"Reese Witherspoon is one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her time," MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement. "Our viewers admire her for taking risks and for the breathtaking range of her roles. She fearlessly moves between dramas and comedies and always leaves everyone guessing what she'll do next. We are thrilled to honor Reese with this year's 'MTV Generation Award.'"
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No lessons were learned the first time around in the Las Vegas-based "Hangover," and so the wolf pack is back for more antics and debauchery in "The Hangover Part II." Given the excitement around the Thailand-set flick, opening this Memorial Day weekend, is there any chance that Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis could be back for even more good times in another "Hangover" sequel?
We put that very question to director Todd Phillips, who has previously expressed his interest in another "Hangover," when we caught up with him at the New York City premiere of his latest comedy. And according to the filmmaker, he's definitely not closed off for one last shot.
"We've joked about a 'Hangover 3,' but no we haven’t made any decision," he said. "That wouldn’t be made for another few months until we saw you know how the audience responded and reacted. I'd be willing to do it just because I love these guys but that’s something that’s way off."
"The Office" bid Steve Carell's bumbling Michael Scott goodbye this season. In the process, they lost someone to take the reins at the Scranton Dundler-Mifflin branch, TV's most distinguished paper selling company. Several candidates were interviewed in the show's season finale (Will Arnett, Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervaise and Warren Buffett among the candidates), but the question of who will get the job still remains unanswered… though perhaps the answer is just a "Hangover" away.
When MTV News caught up with Ed Helms at the premiere of "The Hangover Part II," he weighed in on what might happen next season.
When MTV News was at the premiere of "The Hangover Part II" on Monday night (May 23) in New York City, we were pleasantly surprised to run into "Inside The Actor's Studio" host and the program's dean, James Lipton. We were even more pleasantly surprised when Lipton opened up about the movie's star, Bradley Cooper's, school boy days in the program.
"How about the fact that Bradley was my student?" he told MTV of his reasons for attending the "Hangover" premiere. "I was his Dean at the Actor's Studio Drama School and Bradley graduated from our school in 2000 and is the first of our students to come back and sit in that chair. He was superb. I knew then that he was going to be a star. I said so."
So, what did he study back in the day?
Oh vampires! They are everywhere these days and with at least one more vampire-esque flick in the works, "Vlad," it doesn't seem like they're going away soon.
MTV News recently chatted with director Anthony Mandler, the man helming the origin story about Vlad The Impaler — better known as Dracula, though the blood-sucking angle won't make the final cut of this film — and he seemed enthusiastic that there will be some big announcements on the movie's front very shortly. What kind of announcements, you ask? Well, like who is going to be in the movie!
"And I'm also deep into 'Vlad,' the origin story of Dracula," he told us last week. "I think kind of shortly things are going to start unfolding."