Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" hits theaters this weekend with jacked-up Brit Henry Cavill stepping into the role of the last son of Krypton. As excited as we are for Cavill (any Tudors fans out there?), we thought we'd pay tribute to another great Superman: Christopher Reeve. Here are five things you may not have known about 1978's "Superman: The Movie."
1) Superman could have been played by Arnold Schwarzenegger: Though Reeve seemed tailor-made for the role (and certainly owned it, at least for the first two Superman movies — let's not think about the rest), he by no means had the role in the bag. In fact, Schwarzenegger was considered a frontrunner along with Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and Nick Nolte before the filmmakers decided to cast the relatively unknown Reeve. Rumor has it that Nolte was offered the part, but the actor refused to take it unless Clark Kent was made a schizophrenic.
2) Marlon Brando refused to memorize his lines: And instead read them off whatever prop was handy, such as baby Kal-El's diaper. He was paid $3.7 million for his trouble (plus a percentage of the profits, for a grand total of $14 million). Bonus Fun Fact: Brando reportedly suggested his image not be used on screen at all and that it instead be replaced with a glowing, levitating green bagel. The producers could never figure out whether this suggestion was in jest or not, and so they formally rejected it.
3) The "S" didn't stand for "Superman" then either: We all know that the stylized "S" on the "Man of Steel" suit means hope in Snyder's revised version of the comic book hero; however, in the 1978 movie the "S" was described as the family seal for the House of El. It was actually Brando's idea that he wear the "S" on his Kryptonian costume as well, thus denoting the glyph's origin.
4) The credits sequence cost more than most movies did: For the time anyways. Watch the opening below:
5) Gene Hackman was tricked into shaving off his mustache: At first, the actor refused to part with his facial hair. But then director Richard Donner made a deal with him: If Hackman cut off his mustache, Donner would get rid of his. Little beknownst to Hackman, Donner had no mustache. Moral of the story: Meet your director face-to-face before making any sort of bargain with him.
The girls from the breakout hit "Spring Breakers" are here to remind you that not only is the Blu-ray and DVD of their movie coming out on July 9, but that this Sunday, June 16 is Father's Day. And these girls know how to make their dads proud.
In lead-up to both occasions, we've been given an exclusive look at some "Spring Breakers"-theme Father's Day GIFs that are sure to show your pops that you could have turned out a lot worse. Feel free to download and share!
Seems like J. J. Abrams may not be the only one making the transition over from "Star Trek" to "Star Wars." "Ooooh, wouldn’t that be fun," commented Leonard Nimoy on whether he'd consider playing a role in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. "I would love to. I think it would work wonderfully. I think it would work just great. I think it would be a great idea, and somebody ought to tell him that."
If Nimoy, who's most famous for his portrayal of Spock on the original "Star Trek" series, made the leap over to a galaxy far, far away, it's fairly safe to say that both "Star Wars" fans and Trekkies would be absolutely ecstatic. But not as ecstatic, perhaps, as if J. J. Abrams were to include memorable minor characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy into "Star Wars VII." Take Greedo for instance, the Rodian bounty hunter that Han Solo shoots dead in "A New Hope."
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are reteaming after crashing a couple weddings back in 2005 for "The Internship," a workplace comedy that casts them as interns at the tech giant Google. The duo is up to their usual shenanigans, but as they told MTV News' Amy Wilkinson at Google HQ, there's also a heart to the story that makes it important right now.
"The movie is really about what's going on now," Vaughn said. "A lot of young people who are entering the workforce — there's a lot of fear about what kind of jobs are out there, and people who are older are losing jobs. So I think the movie really takes people who are put in a position that feels fearful or things have gone against them, that they're willing to kind of humble themselves and not give up on a dream and try to believe in themselves even when things present themselves not to be so easy. And I think that's something that all of us can really relate to."
Do you still covet your 1982 copy of the "E.T." video game for Atari? Yeah, we didn't think so. Even still, news broke earlier this week that a Canadian film company has secured the rights to excavate a landfill in New Mexico in search of old copies of the awful game, which has notoriously been named the worst video game in history (yep, even worse than "Grey's Anatomy: The Video Game"). Fuel Industries, the studio behind the big dig, hopes to make a documentary film out of the project.
Apparently this desert dumpsite, or the "Atari Graveyard," as it's been called, is the stuff of geek lore. Shortly after the "E.T." game flopped, Atari reportedly dumped 3.5 million copies of the game in the landfill. To the gaming world, unearthing this treasure trove of outcast cartridges would be akin to discoveries like Tutankhamun's tomb or the Rosetta Stone. Certainly the archaeological value of E.T. the video game is as great, if not greater than those other finds. Plus, how amazing would it be to learn more about the ancient civilization of the 1980s? Who were those people? What made them tick?
This weekend, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson leave wedding crashing behind and try their hands at finding gainful employment with "The Internship." The movie sees the man-boys competing with the world's best and brightest for the few full-time positions at Google. But what is it about Google that makes it so special? Here's all you need to know about the company before you hit theaters this weekend. Hint: It's so much more than a search engine.
There are few people who you can listen for 30 minutes and still find entertaining by the end of the interview. One of those guys is Adam Sandler, who just so happens to be sitting down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz for an exclusive first look at his upcoming comedy, "Grown Ups 2."
Starting at 7:56 p.m. ET on MTV, you'll be able to catch a never-before-seen clip from "Grown Ups 2," and then immediately after that, you can catch the interview with Sandler right here, where he'll answer your Twitter questions from the hashtag #AskAdam.
It all starts right here at 7:56 p.m. ET. "Grown Ups 2" opens in theaters on July 12.
There are a lot of pressures that come with hosting an award show. You could do something embarrassing on stage like flub a line, forget someone's name, or drop a trophy. Sometimes that pressure is so great that you can lose your grip on reality and need some help to pull it all back together.
In this leaked footage from a therapy session, Jason Aldean seeks some counseling from his CMT Awards co-host Kristen Bell, who has gathered a rogues gallery of celebrities and country stars to help him through the pressure.
Check out the footage in the player above.
The CMT Awards will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 Central) on CMT, live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, with performances from Hunter Hayes and others.
All anybody could talk about yesterday was that "Game of Thrones" episode. You know the one. The one that probably made you cry. We brought you MTV Geek's video recap, featuring Felicia Day, and today, we've done our best to collect reactions from celebrity fans on Twitter.
Click past the jump to see our roundup of Twitter reactions from celebrities and one very special Vine from a star of the show.