FROM NEXT MOVIE
The "Fast & Furious" series features some of the most powerful cars to ever hit the street, but what if you took away those rides? Would the franchise still pack the punch that has been entertaining fans for 12 years?
The folks over at Next Movie have done us all the favor of seeing what the crew from "Fast & Furious 6" would look like if you put them into children's toy cars. The results might surprise you.
By Chris Kim
Imagine a world where crime and unemployment are nonexistent because, for one night a year, all criminal activity is legal. Emergency services are suspended for this 12-hour period so that the whole country can regulate itself without fear of punishment. Take that premise, set it up as a home invasion thriller with stars Ethan Hawke and "Game of Thrones" star Lena Headey as a loving couple under attack, and you have "The Purge." (Think "Battle Royale" meets "Panic Room.")
Ethan Hawke plays James Sandin, a man who has made a small fortune selling home safety systems to residents in his gated, upper-class community. The story kicks off when their young son, Charlie, saves a black homeless man from a group of armed and masked intruders wearing prep school uniforms. The group descends on the house, demanding the Sandins return the man they are rightfully allowed to hunt or risk being hunted themselves. While we won't spoil the film, the film deals with both issues of class and race while also showcasing violent scenes involving young children.
By Tara Fowler
After Memorial Day's record-breaking weekend, how will proven summer star Will Smith (alongside his son Jaden — and, erm, M. Night Shyamalan, but let's forget about that) fare at the box office this coming weekend? Only time will tell, but until then, here are six facts you may not have known about the Fresh Prince.
This past Sunday (May 26) marked the 20th anniversary of the seminal film from the Hughes Brothers, "Menace II Society." To commemorate the occasion, the two stars of the film, Larenz Tate and Tyrin Turner, will be stopping by RapFix Live to sit down and talk with Sway about the film's influence, especially on rap culture, all of these years later.
RapFix Live begins today (5/29) at 4 p.m. ET, and that's when you'll be able to see our exclusive sit-down with Turner and Tate about the importance of "Menace II Society" and why it still matters today.
Check it all out in the video player above starting at 4 p.m. ET.
FROM NEXT MOVIE
For the past few years, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has made a hobby of joining a movie franchise already in progress and making it way better. "The Mummy Returns" may have been a rocky start to The Rock's movie saving, but the power of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," and the "Fast & Furious" series cannot be denied.
If you needed any further proof of The Rock's ability to instantly improve any movie, the folks over at Next Movie have edited him into classic movies just to make that point. Now you can see the former professional wrestler in films like "E.T.," "Casablanca," and, of course, "The Rock."
Check it out in the video above!
Things are ramping up for "Transformers 4." With the cast, featuring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Raynor, and the newly added T.J. Miller, now in place, production can kick off on what is promised to be the start of a new trilogy for the robot-car action series.
Our first official look at the production comes via director Michael Bay, who shared looks at some of the new cars that will be featured in "Transformers 4." He also kindly provided a look at the completely redesigned — expect for the 90s-era flames — Optimus Prime.
Head over to MTV News for a look at the rest of the cars!
By Ryan Rigley
With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford all rumored to be reprising their roles (as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo respectively), J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" is quickly shaping up to be the film that fans had hoped "The Phantom Menace" would be. Up until last week, the three "Star Wars" alumni were the only casting rumors out there, but now, thanks to the often-trustworthy Latino Review, the casting floodgates have been opened!
Jonathan Rhys Meyer, who has previously worked with J. J. Abrams on
"Mission: Impossible 3," is reportedly in talks to play an as-of-yet unknown character in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. While it's entirely likely that Meyer will be playing a new role tailor-made for the new trilogy, we can't help but wish he was playing one of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy. Take the Modal Nodes for instance, the band performing at the Mos Eisley Cantina in "A New Hope."
FROM MTV GEEK
Brad Pitt surprised fans in Hoboken, New Jersey two nights ago with a screening of his epic zombie flick, "World War Z." The actor wanted to throw a screening for the people that he made the movie for in the first place, so he decided to bring the film to New Jersey, one of the locations featured in "World War Z."
"I said OK but we can't do it without showing it to the people we made the film for," Pitt said. "We got to do a screening for the fans, so we decided there's no better place to do that than Jersey."
MTV Geek had a man on the ground for the screening, and he was able to see the movie and the fan reaction first hand. Head over there now to see how it all went down!
FROM MTV GEEK
There are only a handful of ways to experience the world of "Star Wars" for yourself, but most of them are pretty lame. You could buy a replica lightsaber, but it won't actually work. You could go to Disney World, but that Darth Vader is someone's nephew and will probably break into dance before long.
But for the 30th anniversary of the folks over at LEGO gave MTV Geek a chance to get close to an X-Wing that's as big of as the real thing... but you know, made out of LEGOs.
Fun fact: The entire thing took more than 5.3 million individual bricks to build and weighs (internal steel skeleton included) 46,000 pounds.
Head over to MTV Geek for more photos!
By Tara Fowler
This weekend sees the sixth (sixth!) installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise hit theaters (and it's not the last — a seventh is set for next summer). The action series received a blast of adrenaline in the form of Dwayne Johnson with 2011's "Fast Five," and "Fast & Furious 6" promises to be just as, well, fast and furious thanks to the big guy's return (and that's saying something, since there are quite a few "big guys" — sorry Vin Diesel!). Here are seven things you may or may not have known about Johnson and his 18-inch biceps below: