As someone who observes the film industry from a journalistic standpoint more so than a fan these days, it's easy to get jaded and cynical about all of Hollywood, full of overpaid actors with too-fragile egos, studios churning out quantity over quality, making movies to win awards, award season, etc. Thankfully there are ways to drown out that noise with little reminders of why movies and a lot of the people who make them are awesome. Case in point, Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman's innovative and wholly entertaining project Live Read, which brings together a group of known and working actors to read live a script from a beloved or classic film in front of an audience.
By Hannah Soo Park
Go deeper and deeper into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth and you'll realize that it's pretty tough to reach a dead end—the mystical world is complete with its own races, languages (spoken and written), geography and vast history. So when you're dealing with a series that involves such finely imagined details, it's almost inevitable that someone, somewhere, would feel compelled to make an actual database out of it all.
And that's exactly what Swedish chemical engineering student Emil Johannson did. Thanks to his painstakingly detailed pet project, the LotrProject, we can have a better grasp at the many moving parts of Middle-earth in the form of interactive pie charts, graphs, family trees, timelines and more.
So before you head into theaters to catch "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," do your homework and get familiar with the most surprising Middle-earth findings we pulled from the site's stats.
"Star Wars" has always had one of the most dedicated fanbases in all of geekdom. There are tomes of fan fics, hours of homemade movies, and galleries of art to prove that, but the news of "Episode VII" has once again brought them out in full Force.
We've been covering all of the news surrounding "Episode VII" on MTV News and over here on MTV Movies Blog, but let's use this wondrous occasion to look back at some of the wildest fan creations in recent years.
Click past the jump to see everything from a galaxy far away.
By Meg Malone
Anything presented by Quentin Tarantino is definitely worth checking out, and "The Man With the Iron Fists" is no exception. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA has taken on triple-threat duties, directing, co-writing and starring in this project, and we are psyched to show off an exclusive image from the film.
Those rich pink, red and gold background colors are absolutely striking, and the blurred effect definitely lends itself to the fast-paced action expected from a Kung Fu movie. Not sure I would be as calm as Lucy Liu seems if I only had a fan (albeit with spikes) to protect me from a guy wielding a claw on a stick, however, as we saw in the red-band trailer released last month, we already know she can definitely hold her own in the midst of action and extreme violence.
Welcome to Friendsy's, where everyone's your friend, and everybody is welcome — even wolves!
In this exclusive clip from "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," the impending-apocalypse dramedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, our two heroes find themselves in a shockingly jovial place considering that the world's about to end.
Arriving at Friendsy's, Carell and Knightley's characters can't help but grin at all the ridiculousness on display: public weed-smoking, endless congo lines, and waitresses who are "rolling really hard right now."
This is not the story of Snow White that you know, but it just might be the one you love. Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Sam Claflin star in "Snow White and the Huntsman" an epic revisioning that imagines the classic princess character as a not-so-helpless warrior.
A never-before-seen clip from the upcoming blockbuster is about to premiere on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET, and then immediately after, you can catch a 30-minute interview with the cast where nothing is out of bounds. The topics of discussion will include, but are not limited to, fighting, dresses, armor, skinny dipping and porn.
You can watch the stream as it happens right here on Movies Blog, and then stay here for all the "Snow White and the Huntsman" coverage you need.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" opens in theaters on June 1.
There's a war coming. Which side are you on: the giant mechanical aliens invading Earth with peg-shaped bombs and a massive armada at their disposal, or the crew of human resistance fighters populated by a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, the "Umbrella" singer, an ancient Swedish vampire, and Tim Riggins? Should be a no-brainer, people.
If you need further convincing, you can see all four of those heroes -- actors Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch, respectively -- join together as one for "MTV First: Battleship," airing right now on MTV and on MTV.com. See what Kitsch and the gang had to say about working with Peter Berg, bringing a board game to life, living it up in Hawaii and much more in the video below!
Last week, we premiered an exclusive "Expendables 2" photo featuring the man, the myth, the legend… Chuck Norris. You guys were, understandably, big fans of the first look at Norris in the star-studded action sequel. Which means you should be very big fans of what we've got in store for you today.
We're pleased to premiere the official Chuck Norris "Expendables 2" poster, featuring the bearded badass armed to the teeth and ready to dole out his unique brand of justice on those who oppose him. And as we all know, anyone opposing Chuck Norris doesn't stand a chance.
Get a look at the full poster past the jump!
Our Summer Movie Preview Week continues with an exclusive look at "Moonrise Kingdom" character Cousin Ben!
The Wes Anderson film follows two twelve year olds who fall in love in the summer of 1965. They flee from their home island off the coast of New England and travel into the wilderness. As the Sheriff leads a search party to hunt them down, a storm approaches and their once peaceful home is shaken beyond anyone's control—which might be the town's saving grace. The all-star cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman, who plays Cousin Ben.
Smart money says Zachary Quinto will live long and prosper as Spock for many a "Star Trek" movie to come. But failing his role as the world's most famous Vulcan (well, second to Leonard Nimoy), I think he'd do a pretty solid job as Robert Downey Jr.'s successor to the "Iron Man" franchise."
Photo by Eric Ford/On Location News
In the set photo seen above, Quinto is armored head-to-toe in a big, red metal suit that wouldn't be out of place in Tony Stark's wardrobe. But Quinto isn't auditioning for a role in the hugely popular Marvel franchise. Instead, it's him in character for "Star Trek 2," snapped on the set in what's described as a stunt scene involving a volcano.