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"This Means War" owes much of its power to the chemistry between Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon, but there's another essential ingredient in place: screenwriter Timothy Dowling ("Role Models," "Just Go With It"). MTV News spoke with Dowling to get the scoop on the tools of his trade with regard to his work on "War."

Although the Hardy/Pine/Witherspoon action-comedy didn't bring in huge numbers in its opening weekend, audience polls at RottenTomatoes.com and CinemaScore reflect much higher satisfaction with the film than what the critics had to say.

"I always feel like writing scripts is putting a puzzle together," said Dowling. "The fun of ['This Means War'] was that we've all seen buddy action movies, so it would be kind of fun if we start out act one feels like typical buddy action movie and near the end of act one, we're thrown into romantic comedy. That to me was the initial hook."

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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.

My colleagues have made wonderful cases for several other qualified Best Picture nominees this year; "50/50," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Bridesmaids" are definitely deserving of recognition, but none of them top the cinematic achievements of the "Harry Potter" franchise, specifically "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

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Dave FrancoWe've been enjoying getting to know the multi-faceted-ness of actor/writer Dave Franco over the last few years via roles on TV ("Scrubs," "Privileged"), in films like "Fright Night," appearances in music videos and more. In addition to his scene-stealing performance in the upcoming "21 Jump Street" reboot, it was just announced that Franco's short film "Would You," which he wrote, will be premiering at the SXSW Film Festival next month as part of the Narrative Short Competition.

MTV News was lucky enough to get Franco on the phone recently to chat about the inspiration behind his big debut, the raunch factor and how having his mom be a part of the cast made for a very, very uncomfortable scene.

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Whether you loved or hated "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," it's fair to say that there were a few things that could be improved upon in a sequel (except Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance as "The Doctor"/Rex though. He was awesome). Now with a second film looming and a lengthy trailer we've overanalyzed it's time to find out what the stars of "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" are saying about the film.

When MTV News caught up with Channing Tatum during the press day for his new romantic drama "The Vow" recently, we asked him to dish on a few details about the film.

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When word got out back in October that charming and likable actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski were writing a movie together, we were instantly intrigued. Especially since the film was supposed to be Damon's directorial debut. And while the "We Bought A Zoo" actor's too busy schedule recently changed that plan, the fact that his "Good Will Hunting" director Gus Van Sant is now at the helm of the film only enhances our initial intrigue.

MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with actor/writer Krasinski recently during the press day for "Big Miracle," at which time we pressed him for a few details about the film, which follows a salesman who reevaluates his life after moving to a small town.

"It’s a really cool film, it’s a really special film," Krasinski said. "Having Gus Van Sant come on board to direct it is insane on so many levels. I still haven’t processed it quite yet. Matt unfortunately couldn’t direct because timing and he only has 60,000 projects going that he has to shoot tomorrow, so he couldn’t do it and Gus signed on like eight or ten hours later which was insane. It’s a really fun movie and having him at the helm will really make it perfect I think."

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For all of our fellow "Game Of Thrones" fans, that April 1 season two premiere date just can't come soon enough. What is going to happen in Westeros?!? Which beloved characters will live and die this time around?!? And while those of us who've read the books know a few answers to those questions, you never know when we'll get thrown a curveball.

Nevertheless, we've started to get some pretty good teases about what's going down in the upcoming season: Cersei's losing her mind, Tyrion is going into battle and now thanks to a recent chat with Emilia Clarke, we have some news of... dragons.

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For all of the things that we love and obsess over on HBO's brilliant "Game Of Thrones", there are definitely a couple elements that we love to hate. Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, is one of them.

George R.R. Martin gets the lion's share of credit here for Cersei's creation, but we also have to hand it to Headey and her wonderfully cold, calculated and often infuriating (in a good way) portrayal. MTV News caught up with Headey recently at HBO's Golden Globes after-party, where she gave a little preview of what Cersei will be up to in season two.

"She loses things that she loves and she loses her mind slowly," Headey said. "And she kind of goes to war with Tyrion."

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Just about all we need to know about a new Quentin Tarantino movie to be interested is the fact that he is making a new movie. With "Django Unchained," the latest project in question, we have been completely sold ever since the cast and plot synopsis were announced.

Part of what have made Tarantino's scripts so memorable in the past is the way the director handles violence: he doesn't shy away from it. Whether he's removing Nazi scalps or squishing eyeballs between toes, Taratino has made violence his own with the help of veteran makeup and special effects artist Greg Nicotero.

MTV News recently caught up with Nicotero, who worked with Tarantino on "Pulp Fiction," both "Kill Bill" films and "Inglourious Basterds," and the legend shared some insight into what we can expect from the auteur this time around.

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Fans of writer-director Steven Soderbergh know him to be one of the most interesting filmmakers in the biz. From his beginnings with independent films, to blockbusters and documentaries, the Oscar-winner is constantly thinking up new ways to tell unique stories with film.

For his latest effort, "Haywire," the idea came to Soderbergh after seeing MMA fighter-turned-first-time actress Gina Carano in action in the cage.

The film puts Carano front and center as a black ops super soldier who seeks the ultimate revenge after she is betrayed by her colleagues. Those colleagues are played by the very capable Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas.

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Although our beloved "Game of Thrones" didn't take home the top prize for Best Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday, we can be very happy for the continued support and recognition of Best Supporting Actor winner Peter Dinklage. People should get used to seeing him win awards actually, because as long as the series continues, he will very likely be blowing our minds with his brilliant portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.

MTV News was lucky enough to attend HBO's fancy Globes after-party Sunday night at which we encountered Dinklage and his bright, shiny new award. After offering our sincerest congratulations, we asked him how much battle action Tyrion will be seeing next season, particularly with regard to that little event at Blackwater...

"I think there were some fans that were disappointed that the end of the first season there wasn't a battle. We do not disappoint this season," Dinklage promised. "I think my character steps to the front in terms of fighting."

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