On September 10th, 1993, the world was introduced to "The X-Files" and a pair of alien-chasing FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. For nine conspiracy-filled TV seasons (and two feature films) they fought to uncover The Truth about the existence of extra-terrestrials, along the way becoming iconic characters in pop culture.
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of "The X-Files," we present an update on some of its major players.
The new 3-D computer animated film "Epic" tells the story of a battle between the (very small) forces of good and evil in nature, where the very life of a forest hangs in the balance. It features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Beyonce Knowles, Steven Tyler and Pitbull.
In the movie, Ansari plays a cocky slug named Mub; O'Dowd is his brave snail sidekick, Grub. Together they form a comedy team in the grand tradition of animated duos like Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz and Woody, and Shrek and Donkey.
Though he brings a lot of funny to "Epic," Ansari described his serious (and very made-up) preparation for the role. "Pitbull and I took a few classes at a nearby university to learn as much as we could about the insect world," he told MTV News. "We learned quite a bit."
O'Dowd was slightly less academic with his own "research" —"I just watched telly," he said.
"Epic" is in theaters now.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi" (May 25th), we are celebrating all things Ewok. For those readers new to the "Star Wars" universe, the Ewoks are tiny tree-dwelling creatures who assist in the film's climactic battle between the good guys (the Rebel Alliance) and bad guys (the Empire) — on the good side, of course.
As a part of our celebration, the folks at Next Movie put together a handy infographic that can function as your quick guide to Ewoks.
Check it out after the jump!
If you've ever wanted to see Oz (the werewolf) and Dawn (the Key) from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" making out, then we've got something extra special for you!
If you're like us, you find the whole idea kind of distasteful. Even though Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg's stints on "Buffy" did not overlap, Oz and Dawn snogging just seems... wrong.
But we believe in Seth and Michelle and fully support their endeavors (we especially lament the fact that we might not get to see Seth's "Star Wars: Detours" for a long, long time). So let's try to put the icky feelings aside and enjoy this exclusive clip from the crime thriller "Sexy Evil Genius."
"Sexy Evil Genius," which also stars Katee Sackhoff, William Baldwin and Harold Perrineau, will be available on DVD, VOD and digital download on April 9th.
First, Netflix resurrected "Arrested Development." Now fans are helping to bring back "Veronica Mars." This revival trend seems like great news for Browncoats, who have been waiting since 2005 (when "Serenity" hit theaters) for more adventures with Captain Mal & Co.
It's not as if the fans — and the actors — aren't willing; the well-meaning attempt to "Help Nathan (Fillion) Buy 'Firefly'" as well as the turnout at last year's Comic-Con reunion panel proved that the passion is still there. But to make a Joss Whedon show or movie, the first thing you need is Joss Whedon. And he's been kind of busy.
Exciting news coming out of SXSW this past weekend — but it's not about a movie we'll see any time soon. It looks like a sequel to Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" may finally happen in 2016, just in time for the film's 20th anniversary.
Boyle has been talking about a possible sequel, based on author Irvine Welsh's own "Trainspotting" follow-up, "Porno," for years. But in Austin, where the director premiered new footage from his upcoming thriller "Trance," he said that his frequent collaborator John Hodge is currently working on a screenplay.
As the former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, who died today at the age of 88, was a prominent pop culture figure in his own right. He appeared in several movies and TV shows; "Sex and the City," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "The First Wives Club" and "The Hebrew Hammer" are just a few of the productions in which he appeared as himself.
But Koch was also a true movie lover. After his mayoral tenure, he became a bona fide critic, reviewing films for a New York area newspaper. And in 2009 he started an online video series called "The Mayor at the Movies."
Koch screened films with regular audience members, and his reviews (ending with either a "plus" or a "minus") reflected that Ordinary Guy ethos. These are highlights from a few of his video segments:
There is one thing that a "Star Wars" fan never has to worry about: a lack of merchandise in the marketplace. The licensing geniuses at Lucasfilm ensured long ago that the universe of "Star Wars" stuff extends well beyond t-shirts, mugs and posters. And now that there's another trilogy in the works, "Star Wars" merch will be hotter than ever.
So, for the fan on your holiday shopping list, we offer this handy "Star Wars" Gift Guide. On it you will find gifts for everyone from young Padawans to old Jedi Masters that will fit every budget.
Thanks to Messrs. Walt Disney and George Lucas, there will be more Star Wars movies headed toward your local megaplex. More Star Wars movies may mean more opportunities to see our favorite characters in the flesh— more Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca—but it also means a possible chance to see much more of the lesser-known "supporting" characters that we might have only glimpsed in the existing films.
These are the ten characters that MTV News would be most eager to see again. All of them have extended stories in the Expanded Universe—we may have read about them or seen them in animated form, but watching them come to life again on the big screen would be pretty awesome.
This year has been a good year for Fran Kranz. He starred in "Much Ado About Nothing," one of the most anticipated and well-received movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. He acted alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols' Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman." And "The Cabin in the Woods" finally hit theaters, after a long and frustrating wait (it's now available on DVD and Blu-ray).
Kranz says he had a great time playing wise stoner Marty. "There was something truthful and juicy that you could sink your teeth into and look at him as a three-dimensional, real human being."
But when he first read the script, he had a decidedly negative reaction, but it wasn't that he didn't like it. "It was so funny, far funnier than your typical horror film," he said. "And a lot of horror films have a lot of good humor, but this was like a great comedy on its own."