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Gary Ross has left Panem, but a new face for the rebellion has been selected: none other than filmmaker Francis Lawrence.

The "I Am Legend" and "Water for Elephants" director has been tapped by Lionsgate to direct their upcoming "Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire." Lawrence wins the hotly coveted job over an incredible assortment of industry vets including "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller, "Children of Men" director Alfonso Cuaron, and so on. He's not necessarily my favorite pick for the job — I still maintain that a Steven Soderbergh-directed "Catching Fire" would be out-of-control levels of awesome — but it's nice to see the project moving forward all the same.


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It just keeps getting better and better for "Prometheus" fans this week. Was the David-8 viral video not enough to satisfy you? No sweat, then: how about several images of the various other new technologies launching on the USCSS Prometheus?

Collider has a look at various new viral posters showing off medical equipment, transportation vehicles and, or course, the Prometheus itself. All of the photos are packed with information about what each vehicle/technological marvel can do, and the designs should be familiar to any and all "Alien" fans. The strands of DNA connecting Ridley Scott's two scifi horror flicks are becoming more and more evident with every passing day, though not at nearly a fast enough pace to match my excitement for the movie.

"Prometheus" launches on June 8. I might not make it until then.


Sometimes, dreams do come true, no matter how ridiculous, impossible or—dare we say it—odd they seem. Just ask Cindy and Jim Green, who quite possibly dreamed their 10-year-old son into existence.

Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton star in "The Odd life of Timothy Green" as two parents struggling to have a child. One night, they imagine what their son would be like, writing down his attributes and quirks on a sheet of paper and burying it in their backyard. What began as a way to vent frustration becomes something rather miraculous, when a 10-year-old boy named Timothy (CJ Adams) arrives on their doorstep to claim the Greens as his own.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

We have a feeling that the less revealed about "Odd Life," the better. So in the spirit of pictures being worth a thousand words, enjoy this exclusive still from the Disney fantasy drama, part of our ongoing Summer Movie Preview week. The film hits theaters on August 15, 2012.


FROM NEXT MOVIE: Accidents happen, even when the world's greatest spy is involved. James Bond returns to the big screen later this year with "Skyfall," the 23rd movie in the storied franchise, and when it lands, it'll have left a whole lot of destruction in its wake... and not just the fictional blow-up-the-bad-guys kind.

Agent 007's latest adventure has left a 330-year-old shop in Istanbal's iconic Grand Bazaar destroyed, and it's no cinematic trick: a stuntman lost control of his motorcycle and thoroughly destroyed the store, and the shop owner is now one very unhappy customer.

"It is very nice for the Grand Bazaar to be chosen as a location for shooting this kind of movie. But the bazaar's administration… didn't notify us the shooting would be like this," said store owner Mete Boybeyi. "This place is regulated by the Council of Monuments. We can't even change our window without their permission."

Get much more on story over at NextMovie.

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Have I said yet that there's no movie in 2012 I'm looking forward to more than "Prometheus" already? Oh, I have? Just last week, you say? You'll have to forgive me — I'm going to be saying that a whole lot more, especially if the "Prometheus" viral campaign continues churning out the hotness like today's introduction to the Weyland Corp's David 8 model.

Just as Guy Pearce promised us, a new "Prometheus" viral video has indeed landed, this time focusing on Michael Fassbender's character, David. David is an android, described by the notorious company as the "next generation Weyland robot." The eighth model in the series (the Weyland website has a lot of information on the model's development) can "do almost anything that could possibly be asked of me," can "understand human emotions" without feeling them himself, among other perks.

Learn more in the video below.


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Cabin in the Woods

If you haven't yet seen "The Cabin in the Woods," first of all, our friendship is over until you've fixed your mistake. It's horrifying, it's hilarious, it's outrageous and inventive. Whedonites, horror buffs and comedy lovers (who can stand a good dose of blood and boobs) need to see the movie immediately.

Also, if you've yet to see the film, you might want to turn away right around... well, now.

That's right, this one is purely for the people who've already visited the "Cabin." Badass Digest has posted a beautiful shot of Richard Jenkins' character in the film standing in front of the white board. Yes, the white board. If you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about. This clear cut image of the white board gives you a sense of everything that could have been had things gone differently.



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FROM MTV MOVIES: The odds -- and the sweet, sweet money -- are ever in "The Hunger Games''" favor. Director Gary Ross' adaptation of the much loved novel from Suzanne Collins isn't just a critical darling, it's a huge commercial hit as well. "Hunger Games" once again topped the box office over the weekend, making it the reigning champ four weeks running. That's the first time since "Avatar" that any one movie has held the box office crown for four weekends in a row. Did I mention it's crossed $500 million worldwide, too? Not too shabby.

It's an impressive feat by any standards, but even more impressive considering the strong competition in "Cabin in the Woods," another Lionsgate picture; the Joss Whedon-penned horror comedy scored a third place finish worth $14.9 million. Just the mere fact that this movie is even in theaters is nothing short of a small miracle, since it's been delayed since 2009. Even if it didn't exactly wow the box office, it's doing a heck of a number on the viewers who've seen it, I'm sure. If you haven't yet, please, do go see "Cabin." It's so good.

Check in with MTV Movies for more on the weekend's box office results!

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Westeros has seen better days. Franky, it's never been pretty over there, but the Seven Kingdoms are in even rougher shape than usual, as evidenced by the third episode of "Game of Thrones" season two, titled "What is Dead May Never Die." The Arya Stark-heavy affair saw the brutal deaths of two recurring characters, not to mention the reintroduction of Renly Baratheon, now fancying himself a king. With his return came the debut of Brienne of Tarth, the six-foot-four warrior woman now serving as part of the king's Rainbow Guard.

Get more of our thoughts on the latest "Game of Thrones" in this week's episode of "Watching the Thrones," our weekly video recap!


"Looper," starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as younger Bruce Willis, is very high up on my list of movies I'm psyched to see this year. It boasts a cool, complicated but far from indigestible premise backed up by excellent talent: not just JGL and Willis, but also co-stars like Emily Blunt and Paul Dano, as well as Rian Johnson, director of the incredible high school noir tale "Brick."

Johnson's the man of the hour around these parts, as he saddled up with the MTV Movies team for an exclusive "Looper" trailer commentary track. See everything he had to say about the recent trailer in the video below.




A prison break. In space. How bad can that be? Your mileage may vary, but it's hard not to at least appreciate the premise of "Lockout," the EuropaCorp action flick entering theaters this weekend.

Guy Pearce stars in the film as Snow, a former special forces operative now working on his own. When he's set up for a crime he didn't commit and subsequently left facing a drastically long prison sentence as a result, Snow's presented with a mission as his one last chance to free his future: go into outer space, infiltrate the sacked maximum security prison MS One, and save the president's daughter from the inmates now running the asylum. Needless to say, that order is easier said than done, but it's enough to fill out a 95-minute movie.

"Lockout," directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, has an amazing cast and an amazing premise. Even if it never fully lives up to its potential, there are certainly still reasons to see it. We've got five of them after the break.


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