Remember the "Charlie's Angels" movies? Directed by McG? Starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz? No? Could be because it's been more than half a decade since the second movie in the series, 2003's "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." It wasn't half-bad either, especially if you're into the whole "grrl power" blockbuster vibe.
So where has the series gone? "Full Throttle" didn't review so well, but the worldwide gross of $259 million more than doubled its $120 million budget. You'd think that with three hot leading ladies, a veteran blockbuster director and lots more money to be made, a third "Charlie's Angels" would be a foregone conclusion. Too bad the trio of "Angels" stars have a work ethic that "sucks." At least according to Cameron Diaz, who spoke with MTV on the series at San Diego Comic-Con.
Speaking with MTV's Josh Horowitz at San Diego Comic-Con last week, "Avatar" director James Cameron demonstrated his understanding of the fan community. "I think that what people like... a fantasy they can invest in, characters that they recognize, that they can feel for... then they want to see kickass action."
It sounds as though that's exactly what Cameron intends to deliver in "Avatar," a healthy mix of absorbing narrative and "kickass action." He even goes as far as putting one of the action sequences shown at SDCC on the same level with previous hits "Aliens" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," films which many would agree fall under the heading of "best action films of all time."
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This is kind of amazing. Here's a video clip of San Diego Comic-Con "Twilight" madness. For those who hadn't heard, there were some special screenings of "Twilight" in San Diego during the show. Kellan Lutz, Peter Facinelli and Taylor Lautner all showed up to surprise the crowd at one of those screenings and the results are... well, they're pretty astonishing. I love the cute bit at the end with the little kid named Jacob in a "Twi"-branded BK hat.
Do any of you ever wonder if the "Twilight" cast members wear earplugs for their public appearances? You Twilighters do worshipful shrieking better than any fanbase I've ever encountered. And I've seen Phish. Big ups for that.
That headline kinda says it all, doesn't it? With "Jennifer's Body," Megan Fox is taking on a more challenging role than her character in Michael Bay's "Transformers" movies has demanded. She plays a possessed cheerleader who directs her murderous intentions towards male classmates. Her best friend and classmate Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried), not to be confused with "Transformers"' Sam Witwicky, is the only one trying to convince her newly homicidal pal to step back from ledge.
In the video below, Fox talks to MTV's Josh Horowitz about the challenges of taking on this new role. In her own words, "Jennifer's Body" is "f--king really good." What more endorsement could you possibly need?
Here's my last little bit of San Diego Comic-Con '09 round-up before we move on to newer material. SDCC is a "had to be there" sort of experience. Between the rampant cosplay, the outlandish PR stunts and the left-and-right celeb sightings, the San Diego convention hall becomes a world of scenes and photo ops. It's a good thing then that the MTV Movies team went in strong with cameras of all varieties. They shot a lot of video, but they also took a lot of pictures, as you'll see in the galleries below.
"New Moon" Cast Crashes San Diego Comic-Con
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The 2009 edition of San Diego Comic-Con is over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying the bountiful gifts it has brought us. We have a ton of interview footage that you've seen, quite a bit less that you may have missed and hours upon hours of material that has yet to be digitized for Internet consumption.
Then there are the trailers. Like this ridiculously badass one for "Ninja Assassin." And more after the jump, from "Pandorum," "Tron Legacy" and "Alice in Wonderland."
The movies team working on location at San Diego Comic-Con this year did a kickass job. They flat-out crushed it. In addition to all of the coverage we've been rolling out since last Wednesday, there are literally boxes of tape just waiting to be digitized and served direct to your waiting eyeballs.
Since the onslaught has really only just begun (seriously, you have no idea), I figure now might be a good time to remind you of a few delectable video nuggets that you may have missed. I hadn't even seen some of these until yesterday. SDCC is a big show and the amount of coverage we have from it is almost overwhelming. So peep these vids before the next giant load rolls through. Read More...
Well there's certainly a theme in these videos. "Twilight" coverage very nearly sweeps our top San Diego Comic-Con video clips from the past week. Only one mainstream comic book-related property even breaches the top five, and it still falls a couple thousand clicks short of the next highest performing video.
You Twilighters impress me, but you also scare me a little. You showed up in force at a veritable Mecca of geek culture, outdoing a very driven assortment of fan communities with your fervor. Again (let's not forget last year). I'm starting to think that watching "Twilight" may have this "Ring"-like effect on people, and that every day more and more of us are being forcibly inducted into your vampire army. But to what end? You watch these videos while I try to work through your nefarious plans. Read More...
I've never seen Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse." Not a single episode. Don't get me wrong, I want to. The premise -- the exploits of blank human slates who can be "imprinted" with new personas and then hired out for a variety of purposes -- is cool. And the confirmation of a coming second season makes me feel better about investing in the young series. I'm still feeling wounded after the passing of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
In the below video, Whedon and "Dollhouse" star Eliza Dushku discuss the San Diego Comic-Con premiere of "Epitaph One," the unaired thirteenth episode from season one. I have no idea what they're talking about. It sounds like the ep was shot as a "just in case we're canceled" ass-saver, to give disheartened fans some closure. From the sound of things though, Whedon left it open enough that "Epitaph One" still fits into the continuing timeline.
Head over to MTV.com for more video coverage from San Diego Comic-Con!
You want to know when the next “Star Trek” will start shooting? Look out for paparazzi shots of co-star Zoe Saldana wearing some sweaty workout gear as she leaves the gym. Why? Because, as the woman who played alien linguistics expert Uhura explained to MTV’s Josh Horowitz at Comic-Con, when “Star Trek” ramps up, she’ll be forced to hit the weights again.
So has she renewed the gym membership yet? Saldana revealed that producers have indeed been in touch, making sure the actress is clearing out space on her 2010 calendar.