FROM MTV NEWS: Taylor Lautner is ready to abduct the title of Hollywood's resident action star when "Abduction" hits theaters September 23, but he didn't get there without a little inspiration from some of the genre's greatest actors.
When MTV caught up with the "Twilight Saga" star at San Diego Comic-Con this week, he revealed that he did more than admire the top action actors: He studied them. Considering "Abduction" is being described along the lines of the "Bourne" movies and "Minority Report," it makes sense that Tom Cruise and Matt Damon are among Lautner's biggest role models.
"I studied film with John Singleton while preparing for the movie, and I chose Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford; we just went down the list," Lautner explained. "It would be an honor to have a tenth the career that those guys have."
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When Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried stopped by MTV News' San Diego Comic-Con headquarters yesterday, they came directly from their Hall H panel for "In Time," and were therefore full of the Comic-Con-fueled adrenaline and giggly energy that comes from appearing in front of 6,000 screaming fans.
We did our best to get them to talk seriously about their Andrew Niccol-directed thriller, but first they engaged in a back-and-forth about their Hall H experience and the use of the phrase "sizzle reel" to describe teaser trailers and footage.
"It was really short and I stood there and got nervous and didn’t say anything," Seyfried said of their "In Time" presentation.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited for "The Hobbit," from Peter Jackson's directorial return to Middle Earth, to the awesome-looking dwarf costumes, to the return of some fan-favorite characters like Elijah Wood's Frodo. But Andy Serkis has his own specific reason: he's Jackson's second unit director.
"He's always been aware that directing is an area that I want to move into, as well as acting," Serkis said of Jackson while at San Diego Comic-Con. "It was a wonderful opportunity and made sense."
He wasn't clear on which scenes he'd be behind the camera for, but we're assuming it won't be any of the moments when Gollum is around.
Day two of "MTV News: Comic-Con Takeover" continues after yesterday's "Twilight" focused live stream, though even today, you won't be free of the supernatural. "Breaking Dawn" star Taylor Lautner is joining us today to talk about his breakout leading man role in "Abduction," the "Bourne" inspired action flick dropping soon.
We've got other stars here as well: Justin Timberlake is in the house to talk about "In Time," his sci-fi thriller co-starring Amanda Seyfried, and we also have Jon Favreau, director of "Cowboys & Aliens" and everybody's favorite "Iron Man," dropping by. All that plus an exclusive look at a new clip from "ThunderCats." Not a bad lineup, eh?
The fun starts right now, so please, tune in! And it's never too late to send along your questions, so tweet them to @MTVNews using the hash tag #mtvsdcc!
FROM MTVGEEK: That's a slightly misleading title. There is no Beavis and Butt-Head prequel. I repeat, there is not a Beavis prequel.
The one-on-one event at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was moderated by "Jackass" star, Johnny Knoxville.
Judge charted his course from being an engineer, musician, and a teacher to an animator. MTV gave Judge his start by airing his first four animated shorts in Liquid Television, with the series premiering in 1993 after the success of the "Frog Baseball" short.
Explaining where the names of the characters came from, Beavis was the surname of a friend back in Judge's hometown while Butt-Head was the nickname of a local idiot. He didn't intend to give the town in which Beavis and Butt-Head is set a name, but he distractedly named the high school Highland (which is the name of the Alberquerque school where his mother taught).
Judge joked that he brought the show back because he felt like TV was getting too smart. He explained that originally, he ended the series after being burned out, stepping away from the characters in spite of offers for sequels to the movie, "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America."
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FROM MTV MOVIES: The "Breaking Dawn" panel and MTV live stream have come and gone, but the movie-friendly nerdery at San Diego Comic-Con is still in full swing. MTV News has a lot more excitement lined up for Friday's live stream at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT, including several surprises up our sleeves.
Looking forward to "Cowboys & Aliens"? We've got you covered. A sucker for the highly anticipated new "Thundercats" animated series? We have an exclusive clip under wraps. Plus, there's even more Taylor Lautner goodness to look forward to.
It all kicks off with MTV's Josh Horowitz sitting down with "Cowboys & Aliens" director Jon Favreau in anticipation of the film's release this weekend. And in case that's not enough Western-style alien-invasion goodness for you, we've been rolling out interviews from the "C&A" junket in Montana all week.
Read the full story at MTV Movies, and make sure to tweet your questions to @MTVNews using the hash tag #mtvsdcc!
Although I love San Diego Comic-Con with all my heart and soul, I don't always love fighting the crowds to attend the panels. Getting to HBO's "Game Of Thrones" event is another story, however. And naturally, the panel and its featured guests did not disappoint its rapid fans...myself included.
Before a very excited crowd of over 4,000 fans, with a reported 2,000 left waiting to get in, George R.R. Martin stepped to his moderator's podium sporting flame-patterned suspenders and was greeted with raucous applause, cheers, screams. Martin introduced a season-one sizzle reel, after which he brought out cast members: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke, plus producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Here are the highlights from this magical hour of "Game of Thrones" excellence:
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" has already invaded Hall H at Comic-Con, and now it's time to bring the fun of San Diego straight into your living room.
We're here live with MTV News: Comic-Con Takeover, speaking to Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and more of your favorite "Twilight" stars about bringing the supernatural romance series to a stunning end. It's not too late to ask your questions, either, so tweet them along to @MTVNews using the hash-tag #mtvsdcc and we'll try to fit them in!
It's that time of year again! Comic-Con International kicks off with Preview Night in just a couple of hours, then begins in earnest on Thursday (July 21). We'll be bringing you an awesome selection of live-stream interviews, but if you're at the show and wondering which panels to attend, we've got you covered with our full list of recommended movie and television panels at SDCC 2011.
Check out Splash Page and Hollywood Crush for their lists as well!
It's happening. It's really happening. Even though it feels like it was only yesterday, it's here again — Comic-Con 2011 is just around the bend!
One of my absolute favorite weeks of the year is almost upon us, where the MTV News gang will be magically transported to the wonderful world of Slave Leia cosplay and big blockbuster overload — or, as it's really known, the San Diego Convention Center in California that houses all of these wonderful gems.
There's a lot to look forward to with this year's programming, even if Marvel Studios isn't bringing "The Avengers" to Hall H (boo!). Take "Game of Thrones," for instance: HBO is going to have a huge presence at Comic-Con this year and we're guaranteed to see some new casting announcements (we've got our wish list!) and, hey, perhaps even some new footage. On the movies side, I gotta put Splash Page editor Rick Marshall's hat on for a moment and say that I'm most excited to see whatever's coming out of the "Ghost Rider" panel. Crazy Nicolas Cage meets crazy "Crank" filmmakers for an action movie about a demonic motorcyclist with a flaming skull for a head? You already know how much I loved "Drive Angry," so it goes without saying that I'm beyond psyched for this one.
But that's all just my take. Hit past the jump to see what some of your other favorite writers and outlets across the movies blogosphere are looking forward to come this year's Comic-Con!