TheWrap's second annual "ShortList" Online Film Festival is currently underway, and voting is open for you to choose which two short films will play on one of MTV's networks for the world to see.
All you have to do to check out this year's slate of films and vote for a winner is head over to the "ShortList" site to view the 12 very different shorts that are up for the top prize, as judged by industry insiders like Destin Cretton, the writer-director behind the indie darling "Short Term 12."
TheWrap also has rundown on some of the entries and the stories behind them.
By Ryan Rigley
With over two years to go until the release of "Star Wars VII," fans have been clamoring for any little bits of news that they can get their hands on. Speaking of, here's a quote from Samuel L. Jackson on seeing J. J. Abrams at George Lucas' wedding: "J.J. was there, I was there. I was like (raises eyebrows) and he was like (noncommittal shrug), and he just went about his business. I don’t know what that means. Harrison (Ford) was there too, and he was like (shrug)."
Jackson goes on to discuss how incorporating characters such as Han Solo, or Mace Windu, could potentially ease the transition between the old "Star Wars" actors and the new. Obviously, this is something that we're all rooting for; with the rumored return of Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. That said, we can't help but wonder what other characters from the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe might show up. Take Kyle Katarn for instance, the main character of several notable "Star Wars" video games.
Bringing you the hottest acts in all of music in one night is apparently not enough for the folk putting on the Video Music Awards. That's why we're coming to you live from Brooklyn every day until Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, when the 2013 VMAs bring the Barclays Center down.
Tune in now to check out the nominated videos and interviews with nominees, performers, and more
The 2013 Video Music Awards are still a few days away, but for you, they can start a whole lot sooner thanks to the VMAs All Access Experience.
It sounds important, but it's actually really cool too. All Access is a five-day, multi-platform experience that will take you inside the world of the VMAs four days early with special guests appearances from people like Robin Thicke, Big Sean, and Ariana Grande.
The VMAs All Access Experience kicks off today at 4 p.m. ET with a special episode of RapFix Live coming to you from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the site of this year's awards, and continues non-stop all the way to the VMAs on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
Last year, we brought you an inside look at the "ShortList," an online film festival honoring some of the year's best works of short films. This year, TheWrap is once again partnering with MTV and Cinedigm to bring you a line-up of twelve incredible short films that have previous that have been previously featured in festivals like Sundance and LA Film Festival.
The entries for the second annual "ShortList" come from all over the globes including the U.S., Sprain, Israel, and others. The winner of the "ShortList" will have a world of opportunities open to them. The winning short will be aired on an MTV network, and the creator will receive a first-look deal with Cinedigm.
Click past the jump to learn more about this year's entries and find out where you can watch the short films.
If you take a look at "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" without knowing anything about Cassandra Clare's beloved series, you might confuse it for "just another" YA series. It's got a young female heroine that gets entwined in a supernatural love triangle.
But that doesn't take the specific of Clary, the hero of "Mortal Instruments" in to account. As MTV News learned when speaking with the actress who plays her, Lily Collins, there's more to Clary than haters might think.
Big news on the "Star Wars VII" front last week as Latino Review revealed two characters, from previous "Star Wars" films, that are rumored to return in the new trilogy. Apparently, both Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid will be reprising their roles as young Obi-Wan Kenobi and the infamous Emperor Palpatine respectively. However, since both of said characters are now deceased, they'll be re-appearing as Force ghosts.
Obviously, these are just rumors that could be based entirely on speculation. Odds are we won't be hearing any official news about "Star Wars VII" until a little closer to its 2015 release date. With all of these wild rumors buzzing around the Internet, we can't help but wonder what other characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe might pop up in the new trilogy. Take Grand Admiral Thrawn for example, the greatest Imperial officer that ever existed.
By Amelia Mularz
Because we just heard those bearded dudes from "Duck Dynasty" rake in $200,000 per episode, it might be time to ease off the reality TV and watch a movie instead. What to see? Here’s the scoop:
On the Big Screen: "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
So you shine Nixon’s shoes, your wife’s a tad boozy and your son dabbles in Black Pantherism (kids!). That’s just a typical day in the life of Cecil Gaines. In an epic Forest Gump-like style, "Lee Daniels' The Butler" follows Cecil’s life from his childhood in the '20s, through the civil rights movement in the '60s, and right up to Obama’s presidency. Forest Whitaker takes the lead and Oprah (yes, OPRAHHH!) plays his wife. Highlights include John Cusack doing his best Tricky Dick impersonation, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan and Oprah in a tracksuit.
By Ryan Rigley
With a new "Star Wars" trilogy and animated TV series currently in the works, Disney has bitten off quite a lot to chew. But that won't slow them down! Last Sunday, the president of Disney's ABC Entertainment Group, Peter Lee, commented on the highly-anticipated live-action "Star Wars" TV series. "We've started conversations with [Lucasfilm]," reveals Lee on the series. "I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate."
Lee is, of course, referring to J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" and "Star Wars Rebels," both of which are slated to be released in the near future. While the news of the "Star Wars" TV series is very exciting, we can't help but wonder about the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Specifically, which characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be popping up on screen? Take C-3PX for example, a modified protocol droid assassin that looks exactly like C-3P0!
Don't get stuck watching YouTube videos of cats riding Roombas all weekend. Check out these weekend movie picks.
On the Big Screen: "Lovelace"
Sure, Jennifer Aniston may be a drug-smuggling stripper in "We're the Millers" this weekend, but Amanda Seyfried turns it up to 11 as porn star Linda Lovelace. She's been all over town talking about how liberating the nudie scenes were and how much fun she had filming with a Popsicle prop. This will no doubt have guys zipping over to their local movie theater quicker than Leo DiCaprio with his jetpack.