Who says the Sundance Film Festival is all about posh parties, star-studded red-carpet premieres and the best and brightest in independent film? That's right, we do -- which is why we've been posting tons of exclusive Sundance clips and reporting back with plenty of news scoops (such as Elijah Wood talking about "The Hobbit"). But apparently, Sundance is also about getting kicked in the nuts by Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson.

That very thing happened to MTV's own Josh Horowitz, who was chatting with Cheadle and Gleeson about their Sundance drug-smuggling thriller "The Guard" when things took a turn for the painful. Perhaps Cheadle and Gleeson weren't too happy with Josh's questions, or maybe they just needed a little bit of exercise to keep warm in the cold Park City, Utah, temps. Whatever the case, the end result was the two stars delivering a simultaneous swift kick to Josh's groin region... and we captured it on film just for posterity's sake. Check out the photo below.

Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson kick Josh in the nuts

What would you do if Cheadle and Gleeson kicked you in the groin?

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Submarine posterWhen you're a 15-year-old kid, your perception of yourself is rarely the same as the way the rest of the world views you. Such is the case with 15-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) in director Richard Ayoade's feature film debut "Submarine," playing at this week's Sundance Film Festival.

Based on the 2008 novel by Joe Dunthorne and produced by Ben Stiller, "Submarine" follows the aforementioned Oliver, who fancies himself a cool, well-liked literary genius but in reality is socially awkward and unpopular. With his 16th birthday on the horizon, Oliver wants to do just two things: lose his virginity to his arsonist girlfriend Jordana (Yasmin Paige) and prevent his mom (Sally Hawkins), whom he suspects of banging her New Age life/dance coach Graham (Paddy Considine), from leaving his depressed father (Noah Taylor). And so he sets out to break up his mother's affair and save his family... all while pursing the seemingly impossible dream of cashing in his V card.

Get your exclusive first look at the "Submarine" poster below! Read More...

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If you think the premise of "Kick-Ass" -- a normal teenager suiting up to fight crime as a masked vigilante -- sounds preposterous, perhaps you'd be interested to know that there are currently 300 registered superheroes living in the United States. That's right, there are no fewer than 300 (who knows how many aren't registered?) actual human beings who don masks and elaborate utility belts, wield clubs, crossbows and other weapons, and roam the streets looking to put the hurt on any criminals that cross their path. Below, check out an exclusive clip from the documentary "Superheroes," which is currently showing at the Sundance sister festival Slamdance and which follows the exploits of some of our country's most famous (and badass) true-life superheroes.

The clip introduces a crime-fighting quartet known as the New York Initiative, a group of four Brooklyn-based vigilantes who live and kick bad-guy ass together. The group -- kind of like a real-life Fantastic Four but, you know, without the ability to spontaneously burst into flames or stretch like plastic -- includes one butt-kicking female and a tatted-out, muscle-bound guy who goes by the handle "Lucid" and whiles away his days taking bow-and-arrow target practice on his roof.


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Paul Giamatti playing a stressed out attorney who moonlights as a high-school wrestling coach? Sounds about right. Giamatti's character suffering a panic attack while out for a run? Also not surprising. Fellow jogger Bobby Cannavale literally mounting Giamatti to warm him up after said panic attack? Well, we weren't exactly expecting that... but that's exactly the spectacle we're treated to in the below exclusive clip from the Fox Searchlight comedy "Win Win," currently showing at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Written and directed by Thomas McCarthy -- a.k.a. the guy who plays Dr. Bob from "Meet the Parents" and "Little Fockers" -- "Win Win" stars Giamatti as struggling lawyer and volunteer high-school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty, who takes on guardianship of an elderly client in a desperate last-ditch effort to keep his law practice afloat. Read More...

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Two weeks ago, news broke that Elijah Wood will be returning to Middle-Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) as beloved Shire-dweller Frodo for a small role in Peter Jackson's two-part "LOTR" prequel "The Hobbit" -- and now MTV News has scored some exclusive details on the cameo from Wood himself.

While at the Sundance Film Festival to promote the Adam Yauch-directed Beastie Boys short "Fight for Your Right Revisited," Wood opened up to MTV about why he's excited for his "Hobbit" role, what it might entail and why J.R.R. Tolkein purists need not fret -- or snarl like Gollum -- at the idea of Frodo's inclusion in the films (he wasn't in the book). Check out the interview below.

"It's a gift to be able to go back to New Zealand," Wood said. "I mean, it's largely the same crew and the same creative team. It's seven years since we finished on the last film, and it's an opportunity to go back and have a reunion with everyone." Read More...

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The 2011 Sundance Film Festival kicked off today in Park City, Utah, and you've probably noticed that MTV has already been featuring clips and set visits from many of the fest's most anticipated flicks. Well, we've got another one for you, and it's a doozy: the trailer premiere for Sundance's big closing-night film "Son Of No One," featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and -- in his first true dramatic role -- "30 Rock" funnyman Tracy Morgan. Check out the trailer below.

Directed by Sundance vet Dito Montiel ("A Guide to Recognizing Our Saints," "Fighting"), "Son of No One" follows two friends (Tatum and Morgan) forced to face the consequences of a murder they committed -- and got away with -- 16 years earlier. Tatum's character Jonathan "Milk" White has gone on to a successful career with the police force and has a happy home life with his wife (Holmes) and Child. Morgan's character Vinnie has kind of gone the other way. When Milk is assigned to the precinct where he grew up, his decade-and-a-half-old secret threatens to tear apart his life and his family. Read More...

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Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen has never been one to avoid controversy; in fact, he seems to crave it. Cohen's turns as Kazakh journalist "Borat" and gay Austrian fashion reporter "Bruno" (both characters from his HBO series "Da Ali G Show") drew criticism from various groups, as well as somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 lawsuits (OK, that's a slight exaggeration). But Cohen's latest film could prove to be his most controversial yet.

Paramount Pictures announced today that Cohen will play the title character in "The Dictator," a comedy based on the 2000 novel "Zabibah and the King" by Saddam Hussein. Yes, former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein (though, to be honest, ghostwriters probably penned it under orders from the ruler). According to the press release, the book "tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Great stuff. Read More...

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Even if you aren't aware of it, chances are you've seen a Roger Corman movie... and you've definitely seen a movie that was influenced by him. The so-called "King of the B-Movies" is renowned for making low-budget flicks with lightning-quick speed -- he cranked out 1960's "The Little Shop of Horrors" in a mere two days! -- and generous helpings of schlocky special effects, crazy monsters, gratuitous nudity and less-than-Oscar-worthy acting. And yet he can count among his proteges directors such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and James Cameron.

Director Alex Stapleton's new documentary, titled "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," hits the Sundance Film Festival this week, tracing Corman's legendary filmmaking career from his 1955 directorial debut "Swamp Women" to his most recent effort as producer, 2010's "Dinoshark" (which is just as awesome as it sounds). Above, check out an exclusive clip from the documentary -- featuring a bikini-clad beauty being chomped on by a gargantuan alligator (presumably on the set of the 2010 Syfy movie "Dinocroc vs. Supergator"). Read More...

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In 2004, the filmmaking team of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau captivated Sundance Film Festival audiences with the quietly creepy "Open Water." That film, about a couple who are left to grapple with sharks when they become separated from a scuba excursion, went on to become a critical and box-office success. Kentis and Lau are hoping the same is true for their new psychological horror-thriller "Silent House," which is playing as part of this year's Sundance Film Fest's Park City at Midnight series. Check out an exclusive clip from the film below.

Based on the acclaimed Uruguayan film "La Casa Muda," "Silent House" stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's younger sister Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young girl who returns with her father and uncle to fix up her family's summerhouse after it's violated by squatters in the off-season. It's an innocuous enough beginning, but things quickly take a turn for the sinister when Sarah begins to hear strange sounds emanating from the walls of the boarded-up house. Read More...

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Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks in the DetailsThe Sundance Film Festival kicks off in snowy Park City, Utah, today, bringing with it the promise of high-wattage celebrity sightings, single-digit temperatures and the best independent films the movie biz has to offer.

As in years past, the MTV News crew will be on the scene on Main Street, which during the festival just might boast the highest number of celebrities per square foot of any place in the world (yes, including Hollywood). We'll be reporting back with reviews of the fest's most anticipated films, covering red carpet premieres, interviewing A-list stars and hitting up all the biggest parties and swag suites. In short, we'll be your eyes and your ears on the snow-covered ground in Park City.

Among the actors and filmmakers jetting into town to promote buzzed-about films are Paul Rudd, Tobey Maguire, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks, Demi Moore, John C. Reilly and Kevin Smith.


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