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We’ve all been burned by straight-to-DVD premieres promising big floating heads of familiar faces, edgy subject matter and an intriguing plot (Damn you, “Search & Destroy”!). Now, a new movie featuring cover box art of Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon and Ellen Page has hit video shelves with a truly shocking twist: It’s actually good.

So good, in fact, that super-producer Barry Mendel believes that his lead actor deserves an Oscar nomination. “I mean, it’s one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen in my life,” the “Rushmore” and “Sixth Sense” producer said of the thriller, which casts Murphy in a “Psycho”-esque dual role. “I have not been involved in a better performance in any of the films I’ve done.” Read More...

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As Dramarama once sang: “Everybody knows today is Earth Day, Merry Christmas, happy birthday to whoever’s being born.” And one major birth from the past year belonged to proud papa Jim Cameron, who gave the masses “Avatar,” arguably the most powerful environmental message ever unleashed upon our planet. Although it is sugar-coated in plenty of action, adventure and explosions, there is an undeniable "save Mother Earth" message throughout, and one that has already been seen by hundreds of millions of people. Not even a mid-'90s alternative rock band had that kind of influence -– sorry, John Easdale.

If you haven’t been to Pandora yet, today your second chance arrives in the form of shiny new home-viewing discs, and it certainly isn’t a coincidence that Cameron’s film is being unleashed on Earth Day. With that in mind, here’s a list of 5 Earth Day Lessons You Can Learn From ‘Avatar’: Read More...

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People, let me tell you about Nicolas Cage's best friend: It’s a warm-hearted '70s television show that he’ll love until the end. But will the veteran superstar ever get to play Eddie’s father on the big-screen?

"I think it would be a great movie," Cage told us this week, giving MTV a rare update on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” a pet project he’s owned the rights to for several years but never been able to get off the ground. “I really enjoyed Bill Bixby in the TV series.” Read More...

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We’ve seen veterans like Jeff Bridges, Christopher Walken and Burt Reynolds launch hugely-successful second acts in recent years, reminding fans that they’re talented folks who’ve survived decades in Hollywood and aren’t above laughing at themselves every now and then. But don’t be surprised if the next post-fame comeback is engineered by none other than… Crispin Glover?

A teen star turned blockbuster actor turned indie actor who has found himself at times ostracized by Hollywood, the 45-year-old recently celebrated the biggest opening of his career in Tim Burton’sAlice in Wonderland.” Having seen “Hot Tub Time Machine” recently, I can tell you that he steals every scene he’s in.

But that doesn’t mean he plans on giving up the eccentric, fiercely independent films he’s been making over the last few years.

“My next project is one I’m planning to do at my property in the Czech Republic that I bought six years ago,” revealed Glover, who has spent the last few years filming and touring in support of his surreal movies “What Is It?” and “It is Fine. Everything is Fine!” “There are horse stables next to this chateau that I bought that was built in the 1600s, and in those horse stables I’m making a small sound stage; it’s ready right now to start building sets.” Read More...

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FROM MTV.COM: In the eyes of the Academy Awards, "The Hurt Locker" was the Best Picture of 2009. But a loyal army of Twilighters feel differently — and this week, they're making their opinions known at one of Hollywood's most visible annual conventions.

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" has been selected for the ShoWest/Fandango Fan Choice Award, which will be presented Thursday at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas. The Fan Choice Award was voted on by nearly 50,000 moviegoers, who were asked on Fandango to select their favorite film of 2009.

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FROM MTV.COM: Back in the 1950s, it was an entertaining notion to imagine Major League Baseball as a world where record-breaking sluggers could appear overnight, selling their souls for the ability to crush a baseball in a world where those damn Yankees win every year. Now, Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are attached to a remake of one of the all-time classic movie musicals — and although the filmmaker has big plans for an update, he's quick to point out that the plot of "Damn Yankees" is actually more plausible in today's world.

"If a character like Joe Hardy — who's the character in 'Damn Yankees' — sprung out of nowhere and was hitting 70 home runs in a season, who would not think immediately 'steroids'?" said writer/director Todd Graff, who has cast Gyllenhaal in the Tab Hunter role of a baseball fan who sells his soul to become the greatest player. "So [steroids] is not even a side character for us; it's our main character. No one is going to think, 'Oh, it's because he made a deal with the devil!' They'd think, 'He's juicing!' "

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FROM MTV.COM: As fans, family and the Hollywood community continue to comprehend the news of Corey Haim's sudden death on Wednesday, details are emerging about some of the many projects the '80s icon had been working on. A peek at Haim's upcoming slate reveals plans for a big comeback, a desire to direct and an affinity for everything from slasher to political films.

Here's the latest information on Haim's rumored, finished and never-filmed projects, straight from the mouths of those who were working with him in his final days.

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These days, we can’t get enough of the newly-revealed “Nightmare on Elm Street” trailer, giving us our best look yet at Samuel Bayer’s take on Wes Craven’s original formula. With only a few months left before the April 30th unveiling of the film, we took a look back at Craven’s 1984 "Nightmare" and lined up 6 key side-by-side images. Read on for our analysis of what’s better, what’s not, and who might become this movie’s Johnny Depp. Read More...

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Nearly two years after would-be blockbuster “Earth vs. Moon” was snatched up following a bidding war between four studios, the writers of the red-hot script have become even hotter. But, now that they’re better known as the creators of “Zombieland” and have sequels in the works to that film, “G.I. Joe” and “X-Men” character Deadpool, where does that leave the sci-fi epic – and their hopes to someday film it with Will Smith?

“’Earth vs. Moon’ is in the background,” explained writer Rhett Reese, when we interviewed him along with partner Paul Wernick and asked for an update on the long-simmering project. “We’ve written a first draft. We’ll be writing a second draft at some point.” Read More...

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FROM MTV.COM: After collaborating on some of the most popular and distinctive films of the past two decades, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are celebrating a special milestone: 20 years together. Next month they'll be on the big screen once again with their seventh film, a new take on "Alice in Wonderland." But aside from the obvious — they're friends, fans love them, etc. — we has to ask: What is the process that keeps bringing these two talents together?

"I think we always treat each thing as what the project is," Tim Burton explained, insisting that it isn't simply automatic that any movie he makes star Depp (even though the last four have). "[Whether I cast Johnny depends on] what the character is."

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