The release date of “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” in 3-D has come and gone, and the news is not so great for Mr. George Lucas. Though the film didn’t exactly underperform in its opening weekend (it took in $22.5 million), three other new films did better. Fourth place: there’s not even a medal for that.

I can’t say that I’m surprised; most adults who have already seen the film probably wouldn’t care to see it again, even in 3-D. And the new generation of young moviegoers was likely distracted by “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.”

As for myself, there will be no trip to the megaplex to watch “Menace” once again on the big screen. But my avoidance of “Episode I” has little to do with midi-chlorians or Jake Lloyd or Jar Jar Binks. It’s because of the most heinous, sacrilegious act perpetrated by The Creator: the CG-ification of Yoda.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" deserved the tenth spot in the Best Picture category for reasons based in both quality and politics. Many Oscar analysts reasoned that the Tomas Alfredson film could pull off a surprise nomination based on the prominence of the British contingent within the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, a big factor in last year's win for "The King's Speech," but that was not the case.

The spy story, based on the novel by John le Carré, has been loved in the UK since its release and the famous miniseries adaptation starring Alec Guinness, so revisiting "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" on the big screen came with challenges already built in.

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Dragon Tattoo

Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" specifically points out what's wrong with the Best Picture race this year. Of the films in the conversation, David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel did deserve a nomination for the Oscar top prize in 2011, but in almost any other year, I think the snub would have been justified.

That is because "Dragon Tattoo" has one thing that all of the Best Picture nominees, with the exception of "Tree of Life," severely lack: an edge.

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The last we saw of Hannibal Lecter, he was disappointing critics and audiences in 2006’s "Hannibal Rising." Managers of the brand would be excited to get past that unfortunate stage, which just might happen now that NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Bryan Fuller’s "Hannibal," a show that will supposedly explore Lecter’s nascent mentoring relationship with FBI agent Will Graham, the original protagonist of the "Hannibal" franchise.

Appropriate for NBC's ever-active search to capture the zeitgeist, it will be a contemporary take. But who should the Peacock Network cast to play the iconic cannibal? We came up with a list of five actors who we’d like to see in the role.

Benedict Cumberbatch
Fine, fine, we will recommend Cumberbatch for everything. But come on! It would be a perfect fit -- he’s shown enough charm and suave to pull off Lecter’s insidious swagger, and he’s trained enough to embody the full facets of the cannibalistic psyche. With roles in the "Star Trek" sequel and "The Hobbit" set to break him stateside, this would be a big leap forward and sure to collect him a bunch of Golden Globes. If everyone loved Michael C. Hall’s performance on "Dexter," couldn’t Cumberbatch reasonably appropriate the same effect for a network audience?

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by Ryan Rigley

Kate Upton seems to be popping up everywhere as of late, from the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to the "Three Stooges" trailer. There's no getting around the fact that this blonde bombshell is a potential rising talent in the movie industry. With her recent stint in "Tower Heist" as Mr. Hightower's mistress, people all across the country have been practically begging to see more of the American model/actress.

Ms. Upton will, without a doubt, be cast in many of Hollywood's up and coming blockbusters because of her strikingly good looks and sense of humor. Why, she might even be the next Megan Fox! (But don't tell Megan Fox that.) Here's a list of movies that we think Kate Upton would be great in.

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50/50

Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? Oscars 2012: 10 Spot answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

Director Jonathan Levine's affecting "50/50" would be worthy of recognition if, for no other reason, than transcending an unfortunate shorthand (It's a cancer comedy!) to earn its place as a well-regarded piece of cinema. But what makes the dramedy truly Oscar-worthy (and a decided snub on the part of the Academy) is that it's a film greater than the sum of its (very good) parts, touching on a buffet of themes (life, death, love) without the oft-requisite side of stinky cheese.

Inspired by his real-life battle with a rare form of spinal cancer, screenwriter Will Reiser introduces us to 27-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who's facing his own diagnosis and 50/50 odds. And the young man's support system is a motley crew to say the least—well-meaning best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen), high-strung mom Diane (Anjelica Huston) and therapist-in-training (and potential love interest) Katherine (Anna Kendrick).

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Drive

Deciding which romantic movie to watch on the day of romance can be enough to ruin the entire day. There's no need to sweat over a simple movie to watch together, so we took the time to list the movies you both can enjoy for different reasons.

Here are the Valentine's Day movies everyone can fall in love with.

"Casablanca" (1942)
For her: This all-time classic, at its heart, is a love story. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in one of the most beloved love affairs in the history of film and shared one of the most memorable goodbyes ever. It's sure to dampen an eye or two.
For him: If any day of the year requires a positive male role model, it's Valentine's Day. Bogart will show you the ropes on how to woo women, smoke, and drink whiskey. We can't recommend the last two, but there's more than enough manliness to keep you interested if romance is not your thing.

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Michael Bay is directing "Transformers 4," as MTV News exclusively reported on Monday (February 13). The next outing in the robots-in-disguise franchise won't make its way to theaters until the summer of 2014, however, leaving plenty of time for Bay to figure out the particulars of his developing reboot.

That also gives us plenty of time to speculate on the story for "Transformers 4." With that in mind, here are a few story ideas and casting suggestions for Bay and company to consider!

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Bridesmaids

Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? Oscars 2012: 10 Spot answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

If there's a movie that made you laugh harder and more consistently in 2011 than "Bridesmaids," I'd certainly love to hear about it. For my money, no such film exists: the Kristen Wiig comedy was an instant classic with all the guffaws and gross-out jokes seen in the "Hangover" movies, but with considerably less bro-humor and a whole lot more brains.

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Phantom Menace

"Star Wars: Episode I" returns to theaters today, in 3D. But let’s flash back for a few moments to May 19th, 1999 – the day “The Phantom Menace” was originally released. If you were a die-hard “Star Wars” fan, like I was, you were going to see this movie regardless of what the critics wrote about it. You ached to hear, once again, that familiar yet exciting 20th Century Fox fanfare before reading the opening crawl. You may have camped out on a dirty sidewalk for hours, days, weeks even, just so you could be one of the first to experience it.

But if you weren’t one of “those” fans, you might have waited and checked out the reviews before making the decision to see “The Phantom Menace.” The following is a sampling of what you’d have read.

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