Mickey Rourke and Darren AronofskyNEW YORK -- Fox Searchlight Pictures threw the first big movie-biz holiday party of the season on Wednesday night, in the Library of the Hudson Hotel. (It's a "library" with a bar, a billiard table and giant framed cow portraits thick on the walls.) The company had much to be festive about, two of its latest features being the focus of much, as they say, "Oscar buzz."

Director Danny Boyle was on hand to absorb back pats and congratulatory chatter for "Slumdog Millionaire," his quasi-Bollywood love story/adventure movie, which was shot in Mumbai and features, among several other things, one of the year's great soundtracks (by famed Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman). Also in attendance was the film's cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle, a madly affable Englishman, who attempted to explain the special camera he'd invented for the picture -- a sort of mini-Steadicam rig, it sounded like, amid the din -- and expressed his great love of India, a country where he's spent a considerable amount of time. Mumbai, especially, he said, is an extraordinarily crowded place ("You open up a cupboard and a family of fifteen comes tumbling out"), and it's a challenge to shoot in, but he'd go back in a minute. Not right this minute, though. First he has to hook up for a new picture with his longtime colleague, the Danish curmudgeon/director Lars Von Trier. Read More...

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Friday at midnight, at theaters across the country Twilighters lined up in droves to finally catch the loooong-awaited opening "Twilight." Front and center was our own Twilighter Kim Stolz, who returns with this report.

It's 3:15 in the morning, and I've just returned to the office to reflect on seeing "Twilight" after a year of anticipation and approximately 2500 pages of the series. Knowing the characters to the extent that I do, I'm not sure what I was expecting. The concept of capturing the lives of Bella and Edward in a two-hour movie seemed like an overly ambitious task. Despite the respect I have for Catherine Hardwicke, Stephenie Meyer's attention to detail and the complex emotions clearly experienced by her characters was never going to be met by a film version of the story. Read More...

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Tobin Bell in 'Saw'Alright, I admit it: I’ve been a bad, bad boy.

We have a pair of wonderful, eager-to-please, eternally optimistic interns who work in our newsroom named Summer (she goes to USC) and Kristen (she goes to UCLA). And when I heard that Lionsgate and AMC Theaters were hosting “Saw Fest” events across the country that would unspool not one, not two but all the “Saw” movies (including the new “Saw V”), I had to wonder: What does 10 hours of torture porn do to the human mind?

Naturally, I just had to send our duo of happy interns into a darkened theater to watch all those decapitations and dismemberments until 2 in the morning. You can check out their demented diary here, and the two girls are now back in their dorm rooms fast asleep, hopefully not dreaming of waking up with keys hidden behind their eyeballs. Read More...


Maybe this diminishes the work of the massively talented Fernando Mereilles ("City of God" and "The Constant Gardener" make a hell of a one-two punch) but I've taken to describing "Blindness" to others as a high brow "Dawn of the Dead". It's a convenient short-hand for a haunting and harrowing film. We've gotten our hands on a couple exclusive images from the film opening wide tomorrow. Check them out.


(Check out one more pic after the jump!)

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Lawyers for late actor Heath Ledger's 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, have filed a lawsuit against an insurance company that held a $10 million life insurance policy on the actor. According to a report, the insurance company is claiming the actor's death may have been a suicide — even though officials said it was accidental — and has not yet paid out on the policy.

Read more about the Ledger insurance lawsuit here.

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Draco and the MalfoysHow do you know you're at a wizard rock show and not just any ol' Muggle concert?

- When members of the audience wear witch hats.

- When, instead of throwing panties, girls yell out to the resident hearthrob, "Alex, you're my Patronus!"

- When the Ramones' "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" becomes "Ginny Is A Punk Rocker"...

- When drink napkins have brooms on them and read, "Don't drink and fly."

- When bands introduce a song by saying, "This is about the coolest gay wizard I've ever known..."

- When people in the crowd wear ties to signify whether they're Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin -- and the bands ask them questions like, "Are there any Slytherins in the house?" and warn them, "If there are any Hufflepuffs, we might kick you in the face." Read More...

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By Dave Harrison

Being a movie star sure seems easy. Free screenings, hanging out with other celebrities and parties at the Playboy Mansion are just part of a day in the life.

Well, this ascent onto the silver screen is something Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects is just getting used to. And let me tell you, after spending several hours on Ritter detail at the premiere of "The House Bunny" (which marks the head Reject's film debut) I found out firsthand that superstardom does take its toll ... on your patience and endurance, at least. But you would never know our little outing in Westwood, California, was Tyson's first premiere, as he handled the evening — Playboy Mansion and all — like a true veteran. Read More...

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By Nicole Guanlao

I’m crushing on fictional characters. So what if one is a tall, dark, and handsome guy with a temper who morphs into a werewolf, and the other is a “vegetarian vampire” who runs really fast, hears people’s thoughts, and sparkles in the sun?!

As a huge fan of the “Twilight” saga, imagine my utter elation when I was approached with a ticket to attend Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” Concert Series, which took place last night at the Nokia Theatre (read all of our "Breaking Dawn" release coverage here). After the hyperventilating was over, I started to fantasize about how awesome it would be if Stephenie Meyer introduced us to the real life Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. With that thought, I hyperventilated some more.

Of course, I eventually snapped back to that horrible thing called reality, but I was still extremely excited to get the chance to mingle with fellow Twilighters, hear from the super talented Stephenie Meyer (I owe her many sleepless nights of page-turning heaven and giggle-fests), and watch a performance by Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. THAT is what I call a great night. Read More...

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All year long, “Twilight” fans have been preparing themselves for the December movie, as well as the three sequels that will inevitably follow. But could the series actually go five movies deep?

“I really think they’d have to do five movies,” Stephenie Meyers revealed exclusively to MTV News Thursday morning, sitting down with us on the eve of her “Breaking Dawn” release and mini-tour. “Because you can’t do ‘Breaking Dawn’ in one movie, you’d have to split it up.”

Don’t worry, Twilighters – all of our “BD” coverage will remain spoiler-free over the next few days so you can grab the book and read it at your own pace. Read More...

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With my "Twilight" obsession reaching new levels every day, you can only imagine my excitement to sit down with Stephenie Meyer, the author of the series, which now has an exponentially growing fan base. She wasn’t at liberty to talk about "Breaking Dawn" just yet (the fourth and final installment of the series, told from Bella’s perspective, comes out tomorrow), but I was able to talk to her about everything else, such as the pressure of her newfound rock star status, the influence that writers such as the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen had on her writing, and of course, the development of Bella and Edward.

Kim Stolz and Stephenie Meyer

Within the first few minutes of having a conversation with Stephenie, it is impossible not to be struck by her humble excitement for extraordinarily broad fan base paired with her passion and integrity as a writer. Read More...

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