What is Sundance? It's not a film festival, we'll tell you that much.

At least it wasn't entirely a film festival for MTV Movies managing editor Josh Horowitz, not this year. Unsatisfied with the simple definition of Sundance as a film fest, our fearless After Hours host took it upon himself to speak with the finest filmmakers and most talented actors that Park City had to offer, gauging each of their opinions on what Sundance really and truly is.

Their answers are surprising. As surprising as a swift kick to the junk from James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, and more. No, really -- watch the clip and you'll see.

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The 2011 Sundance Film Festival kicked off today in Park City, Utah, and you've probably noticed that MTV has already been featuring clips and set visits from many of the fest's most anticipated flicks. Well, we've got another one for you, and it's a doozy: the trailer premiere for Sundance's big closing-night film "Son Of No One," featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and -- in his first true dramatic role -- "30 Rock" funnyman Tracy Morgan. Check out the trailer below.

Directed by Sundance vet Dito Montiel ("A Guide to Recognizing Our Saints," "Fighting"), "Son of No One" follows two friends (Tatum and Morgan) forced to face the consequences of a murder they committed -- and got away with -- 16 years earlier. Tatum's character Jonathan "Milk" White has gone on to a successful career with the police force and has a happy home life with his wife (Holmes) and Child. Morgan's character Vinnie has kind of gone the other way. When Milk is assigned to the precinct where he grew up, his decade-and-a-half-old secret threatens to tear apart his life and his family. Read More...

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Anne HathawayHoly casting news, Batman! Anne Hathaway has landed the role of Selina Kyle -- whose alter-ego is the slinky, leather-clad, very nimble Catwoman -- in Christopher Nolan's third (and supposedly final) Caped Crusader flick, "The Dark Knight Rises." Purr-fect casting, if you ask us (sorry, that's the only cat pun we'll make).

Warner Bros. made the announcement via an official statement today. The statement also revealed the long-debated identity of the villain that will be played by the previously cast Tom Hardy. He'll portray the well-muscled Bane, a guy so badass that -- according to his DC comics back story -- he was born and raised in a Caribbean prison, killed his first man at age 8 and famously broke Batman's back in the "Knightfall" story line. Sounds like Christian Bale's Dark Knight has got his work cut out for him. Read More...

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Ridley ScottTalk about pulling the old switcheroo.

You know that "Alien Prequel" that Ridley Scott has reportedly been in pre-production on for some time now, the one that was rumored to star Noomi Rapace, a.k.a. the original Swedish "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"? Well, turns out it's NOT an "Alien" prequel after all; it's a sci-fi flick called "Prometheus" that Scott says was borne of the "Alien" DNA but is a completely original idea.

Twentieth Century Fox made the announcement today, setting the film for a March 9, 2012, release date and confirming that Scott would direct, making his first foray into the sci-fi genre since "Blade Runner." Rapace is set to star in one of five major roles as a character named Elizabeth Shaw, while Deadline reports that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron are circling the other main female part of Vickers. Read More...

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Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesWe're still about four months away from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" sailing into theaters, but that hasn't stopped Disney from setting the wheels in motion for a fifth installment in the swashbuckling franchise.

Earlier this week, Johnny Depp told Entertainment Weekly that he's already had discussions about returning to the role of rum-loving, adventure-seeking Captain Jack Sparrow for a fifth go-around. "As long as we can put all the puzzle pieces together, I would most definitely consider it," he told the magazine.

Well, today Disney started trying to put the puzzle pieces together. According to Deadline, the studio has hired scribe Terry Rossio to write the script for "Pirates of the Caribbean 5."


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Andrew Garfield as Spider-ManIt's been quite the week for first looks at some of the most anticipated upcoming movies of 2011 AND 2012.

Yesterday, movie fans got their first ganders at Rooney Mara as "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"'s Lisbeth Salander. And, if you've felt your Spidey senses tingling today, there's a good reason: Sony has released the very first official photo of Andrew Garfield as a suited-up "Spider-Man" in the upcoming franchise reboot.

Hit the jump to see the full photo, and then head over to MTV Splash Page for tons more on the new "Spider-Man"! Read More...

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Rooney Mara vs. Noomi Rapace

The first official images of Rooney Mara as "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" heroine Lisbeth Salander hit the Web yesterday, courtesy of W magazine, and right now they're one of the hottest things the Internet has to offer. Millions of fans have turned to Google to find the images, propelling Mara's name onto the list of Google Hot Trends (quite a coveted honor). It's not hard to see why.

Sporting a jagged black hairdo, lip piercing, "Salander" tattoo across her exposed chest and a whole lot of blood on her hands, Mara looks every bit like the intelligent, emotionally damaged, badass Lisbeth I envisioned while reading Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy. She's even got that "I don't give a s---" look on her face and, more importantly, in her eyes. And so I'm quite excited to see if Mara does justice to the role when David Fincher's American adaptation of the book hits theaters next December. Read More...

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Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon TattooA few weeks back, some grainy paparazzi pics of Rooney Mara dressed as Lisbeth Salander for David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" adaptation hit the Internet. They were hard to read and, frankly, a bit of a letdown. Today, however, fans of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy are being treated to the real deal.

W magazine has just unveiled their new cover, offering the first official -- and, yes, sexy -- photo of Mara as the badass, lip-ring-sporting, tattoo-rocking investigator/computer hacker heroine. There are piercings, tattoos, blood and cleavage galore in this puppy, and anyone who's read the books must admit that Mara 100 percent looks the part.

Hit the jump to see the full W cover image. Read More...

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Keira KnightleyBarring some sort of miracle, Maggie Gyllenhaal's (and Katie Holmes') Rachel Dawes, the only major female character from Christopher Nolan's first two Batman films, will not be returning for "The Dark Knight Rises." And so, Nolan's third and supposedly final flick about the Caped Crusader is in need of some good old-fashioned girl power... or at least a lady to tame some of that out-of-control testosterone that's surely in store.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Dark Knight Rises" will be getting just that in the form of not one but two beautiful leading ladies: one a villain and the other a love interest.


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Daniel Craig as James BondJames Bond fans will have 007 reasons to be grateful next Thanksgiving: MGM has given the suave superspy an official date of November 9, 2012, for his big-screen return, according to Deadline.

MGM had stated this fall that audiences could expect the next Bond adventure in November 2012, but this is the first time the company has given a firm date for the film. Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the co-chairmen and chief executive officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, announced the film's release date, also confirming what has long been suspected: James Bond 23" film will unite Daniel Craig -- playing Bond for the third time following stints in 2006's "Casino Royale" and 2008's "Quantum of Solace" -- with director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road to Perdition"). Read More...

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