"Game of Thrones" returns for its second season next Sunday (April 1), bringing a big mess of a war along with it. No fewer than five individuals have crowned themselves king in the great fantasy world of Westeros, each of them with their eye on the Iron Throne. All week long, we'll look at each of these would-be kings and catch you up on everything you need to know about them going into season two.
To kick things off, who better than the
man boy currently ruling in King's Landing?
Know Your King
You know him well by now: the cruel boy king Joffrey Baratheon. (Though he has no real claim to that last name, as you also know.) He sits upon the Iron Throne and rules King's Landing with ruthless, reckless abandon. Despite being surrounded by very capable (and very shady) advisors, Joffrey subscribes to the great Eric Cartman's "whatever, I do what I want" philosophy; he is the king, after all, and if he wants heads to roll, roll they shall.
Want some new "Game of Thrones" season two photos to go into the weekend? Of course you do. Click on The Dink's face to see a huge gallery of all kinds of "Thrones" goodness. You'll see new faces—Melisandre and Jaqen H'ghar, for two—and plenty of familiar ones as well including Dany, Jon, Tyrion (of course) and more. Not a bad way to pass the time until the "Thrones" season premiere on April 1, just over a week away.
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When it comes to "The Cabin in the Woods," anyone and everyone who's seen it will tell you the same thing: the less you know, the better. But I don't think there's any harm in watching the exclusive clip you'll see below — no major spoilers revealed, premise remains fairly basic, secrets are firmly intact by the end. But what you will get out of this, which I think is of great benefit to anyone mulling over a trip to the "Cabin," is a strong sense of the film's tone.
Yes, "Cabin" is a horror movie, but it's also hilarious. What more would you expect from a movie written by Joss Whedon and directed by Whedon regular Drew Goddard? Or starring "Dollhouse" fan-favorite Fran Kranz, alongside a big dumb jock turn from Chris Hemsworth, and as-yet-to-be-revealed roles for Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins?
You'll get plenty of laughs and chills in the video below. Go on, click away — we dare you.
"Cabin in the Woods" hits theaters on April 13. Click here for more on our "Cabin in the Woods" sweepstakes!
Surviving "The Hunger Games" is no easy feat. It requires discipline, killer instinct, and extreme fitness. I'm pleased to tell you that Amy Wilkinson, Hollywood Crush editor and friend of Movies Blog, has all three of those elements in spades. She also has a fourth key ingredient: willingness to thoroughly embarrass herself on camera for all the Internet to see.
Recently, Amy participated in New York Sports Club's new Train Like a Tribute workout, inspired by the events of "The Hunger Games." Join the fight alongside her in the epic video below!
As far as 2012's action movie offerings go, it's going to be very difficult to top "The Raid: Redemption," in theaters this Friday (March 23). No, there are no girls on fire, no mockingjay pins, no love triangles. But what "The Raid" has that its weekend rival "Hunger Games" does not, solid though it may be, is Silat. And that makes all the difference.
Silat, a form of Indonesian martial arts, is front and center all throughout "The Raid," directed by Gareth Evans. In the film, an elite team storms a crime-ridden apartment building to take out the seemingly untouchable crime boss Tama. But when a twist of fate alerts the building's criminals to the police squad's presence, all hell breaks loose, and the surviving cops go up against round after endless round of cracked-out bad guys in an all-out battle for their lives.
In "Intruders," director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo explores the ideas of fear and losing control. For his next film — potentially his next film, I should say — he'll dive into another form of horror: the possibility of living forever.
Immortality sounds glamorous to most, sure, but not to Fresnadillo — not in his vision of "Highlander," at least. The "28 Weeks Later" filmmaker is set to pick up the sword and bring "Highlander" back to the big screen for Summit Entertainment, and in his mind, it's the difficulties of everlasting life that's most interesting about the fantasy franchise.
"The idea about immortality as a curse, you know?" Fresnadillo answered when MTV News asked him about his attraction to "Highlander." "Immortality is a very difficult time in your life, if you become an immortal. If you think about that, it's impossible to be in love with anyone — you're growing, you're getting old, as a human, but not as an immortal. I think immortality could be a very lonely feeling [worth exploring]."
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo brings new meaning to the term "nightmare fuel" in "Intruders," his latest thriller about two young children being terrorized by a hooded humanoid creature without a face — appropriately dubbed Hollow Face — with one man, played by Clive Owen, to link them all together.
"Intruders," a fascinating examination of the power of fear and the consequences of losing control, was a deeply personal film for Fresnadillo, who looked inward before bringing the horror out to the big screen.
"I was trying to explore the idea there are some fears, some nightmares, that come from a very personal and human side," the filmmaker told MTV News about the film's origin. "To know how the family, sometimes, they create nightmares in a very unconscious way. The beginning of that nightmare comes from the people you really love, when you're a kid."
The Fuzzy Pack is backy-back once again with today's home video release of "The Muppets." If you still haven't seen Kermit the Frog and company's glorious return via Jason Segel… well, what's wrong with you? It was and remains my favorite movie of 2011, and I'm not just saying that because I got to talk with Kermit and new guy Walter about "The Avengers" last week. (Though that was pretty sweet.)
Even if you have seen "The Muppets," the newly released Blu-ray is a must-buy for any and all fans. Keep reading for five reasons to own "Muppets" on Blu-ray.
"Big things have small beginnings." I'm not exactly sure what Michael Fassbender is trying to get across there — the "Alien" universe that "Prometheus" now exists in was always huge… except now, it looks positively enormous.
The first full "Prometheus" trailer premiered over the weekend, giving fans a two-and-a-half minute look at director Ridley Scott's glorious return to the world of science fiction. Finally, some plot details for this sucker are starting to emerge, and I'm very pleased by what seems to be unfolding.
"Dark Shadows" fans desperate for footage from director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp's adaptation of the cult classic gothic soap finally got their wishes fulfilled this week with the first official trailer's release. Whether or not the arrival of that trailer is a good thing? Well, your mileage may vary.
First appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before hitting the web, the first look at "Dark Shadows" makes one thing very clear: this is a comedy. Burton, Depp and the gang are going for laughs, big ones, in their take on the vampire Barnabas and the other strange denizens of Collinwood manor. Fans looking for a dark, serious version of "Dark Shadows" are likely to walk away disappointed.