Winter is here... in a manner of speaking, I suppose. That's my confusing way of telling you that if you're a "Game of Thrones" fan and a New York City resident (or if you're willing to schlep into the Big Apple), there's something pretty awesome happening in Times Square.
The HBO Shop on 42nd Street and 6th Avenue has put all sorts of "Thrones" props and costumes on display for the next month. If you head over there, you can see Melisandre's red robes and amulet, the cruel King Joffrey's royal garb, several house sigils (including the Kraken, representing the Greyjoys of the Iron Islands), and much more. Of course, if you can't make it there yourself, you can always click on the image above to see a photo gallery of all that "Thrones" goodness.
File this in the "boo-hiss" bin: "Avatar 2" likely won't hit its targeted 2014 release date.
In a new interview, producer and longtime James Cameron collaborator Jon Landau revealed that "2014 will be a tough date for us to make," despite previous indications that the two planned "Avatar" sequels would begin rolling out in that year.
"We're not naming dates," Landau told Empire. "To us, it's really about getting it right. 'Titanic' was supposed to be a summer movie, then it was a December movie. The first 'Avatar' was supposed to be 2008, and then it was 2009. You know, movies make release dates—release dates don't make movies. So we're going to get it right."
So, we can all pretty much agree that Liam Neeson is the most badass man working in Hollywood, right? From playing the man with a very particular set of skills in "Taken" to someone who tapes glass and wreckage to his hands to fend off wolves in "The Grey," Neeson's sudden reign over the "middle-aged man who can handily kick your ass" roles remains intact today, with the announcement of his newest film.
The Hollywood Reporter informs us that Neeson will once again give terrorists a very bad day in "Non-Stop," an airline thriller without a current plot summary, only this loose description: "a contained, gritty action thriller centering on an air marshal (Neeson) flying on a domestic flight." With Liam literally on board, he could honestly nap for the two hour runtime and it would still be a more watchable action movie than most others these days.
"Non-Stop" comes from DarkCastle and producers Joel Silver, Andrew Rona, and Alex Heineman. Jeff Wadlow directs from a script written by John Richardson and Chris Roach. Consider this one very high up on our yes-fly list.
Taylor Kitsch might not be the definition of a classy gentleman — he did too much boozing and womanizing on "Friday Night Lights" for us to ever look at him that way — but he's certainly as cool as they come. Even in the midst of all the backlash surrounding the whole lot of money "John Carter" didn't make, Kitsch is out and proud in saying he'd gladly return to Barsoom again.
"I would do 'John Carter' again tomorrow," he told CNN. "I'm very proud of 'John Carter.' Box office doesn't validate me as a person, or as an actor."
The late Whitney Houston's final film appearance is scheduled for this summer's "Sparkle," a remake of the classic 1979 movie of the same name. Featuring "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks and current "The Voice" judge Cee-Lo Green, "Sparkle" tells the story of a young woman struggling to become a star against all odds.
Houston appears in the film as the lead character's mother, Emma, a single mom doing her best to do right by her children. It's bound to be an emotional performance, not just given the tragedy surrounding Houston's death, but the first look at her character seen in the just released "Sparkle" trailer. Take a look below, and head to MTV News for more.
"Sparkle" is scheduled for release on August 17, 2012.
James Cameron's "Prometheuses" would be awesome. But… it's not happening.
A report surfaced over the weekend that Ridley Scott and Cameron were planning another "Alien" to "Aliens" handoff with the "Prometheus" franchise, with Cameron stepping in to direct the sequel after Scott's upcoming epic hits this summer. Not happening. It's an April Fool's Day prank that's gotten out of hand, nothing more, nothing less.
Well, maybe a little bit more: for me, it's the cruelest April Fool's Day prank you can possibly play.
If you were disappointed by the severe lack of Tom Cruise in the last "Rock of Ages" trailer, today's release of the musical film's second spot should take care of your ails. The Stacee Jaxx is front and center this time around, monkey in tow, even as plenty of other characters — played by Alec Baldwin, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand and more — get the spotlight as well.
But seriously, if today's trailer is any indication, Cruise really is going to light this place on fire — and that's judging only by one brief glimmer of "Dead or Alive." Fun stuff!
Check out the full trailer over here.
Movie pitch: two lifelong best friends hit the streets of Boston, Massachusetts. One of them is a smart-mouthed, super-ripped local (okay, he's Mark Wahlberg, obviously). The other, an even fouler-mouthed talking teddy bear. Sounds like a winning combo, right?
Somebody certainly thinks so, or else this gloriously red-band trailer for Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" would not exist. Thank the powers that be that it does: that scare-the-thunder-away song, vulgar though it may be, is going to be taught to little children everywhere come summer time. Get all of that and more on the new "Ted" trailer at MTV News!
This just in: the "Angry Birds" movie has been postponed. Boo! But in happier news, there's an "Angry Birds" animated series launching in the very near future. Hooray!
Deadline has the scoop that 52 animated "Angry Birds" episodes "will be flocking to all possible devices ahead of next fall." The episodes will be roughly two and a half to three minutes in length. Further, while a movie adaptation is still in the works, Rovio animation chief Nick Dorra revealed that it won't be ready for the "2013 or 2014" season, making 2015 (!!) the earliest we'll see pig-smashing action on the big screen.
When it comes to fledgling old '80s movies in desperate need of a modern makeover, I'm not sure how high "Total Recall" ranks on my list. As a lifelong Arnold Schwarzenegger super fan, I tend to believe that returning to the Austrian Oak's classics without Arnie in tow doesn't usually equal success. (See "Terminator Salvation" and "Conan" for more.) Plus, no one's face is going to react to the airless surface of Mars the same was as Arnold's -- assuming this one goes to Mars at all, which, by the sound of it so far, isn't happening.
All that said, if anyone can convince me that "Total Recall" is ripe for a remake, "Breaking Bad" super villain Bryan Cranston could well be the guy. Sure, he only appears for half a second in the brand new "Total Recall" trailer, but the very idea of Walter White in space is just too damn awesome to ignore.