It was a bit of a bummer when Jason Segel announced that he wasn't planning on reprising his role as actor and co-writer in "The Muppets 2." The "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" star played an integral role in returning "The Muppets" to the big screen, so needless to say his costars were a bit disappointed when they heard he wouldn't be coming back.
MTV News recently had the opportunity to sit down with Muppets Kermit the Frog and Walter to promote the DVD release of the film, and they shared their thoughts on Segel's decision to pass the keys off to someone else for "The Muppets" sequel.
"Well, as long as he passes the keys," Kermit joked. "We loved working with Jason. He's a very huge Muppet fan. Literally. He's like seven feet tall."
Happy Hunger Games! In just a few short days, "The Hunger Games" will at long last hit the big screen. And, though Lionsgate has held off on showing some of the more action-packed sequences from the film, it should be universally known that this is going to be one of the most badass movies of the year.
When it's a story about 24 kids between the ages of 12 and 18 fighting to the death, how could it not be badass? We already detailed earlier why Katniss is a kickass leading lady, but her fellow District 12 tribute Peeta gives her a run for her money in the coolness category.
So in anticipation of Friday's release of "The Hunger Games," here's the five biggest reasons why Peeta Mellark is a badass.
With "The Hunger Games" only days away from its long-anticipated release, we decided to reflect on one of the many reasons you should check out this film -- namely, that leading lady Katniss Everdeen is a total badass.
It's the case in the books, and it's definitely the case in the movie. Katniss frequently exhibits qualities of a true badass that continue to blow us away. Whether it's providing food for her family or shooting a tribute through the neck with her bow and arrow, Katniss is never afraid to let her action heroine flag fly. And for that, we salute her.
In honor of Friday's release of "The Hunger Games," here are five reasons why Katniss is a total badass.
by Joel Hanek
Until very recently, I hadn't paid much attention to "The Hunger Games" and all of the surrounding hullabaloo, dismissing it because I thought that I wasn't the right demographic or perhaps I was too old to get into it (to give you a hint of how old I am, I just used the word "hullabaloo"). Recently I picked up the first book, read it cover to cover in just a few days, and now I must admit: I am a fan. Depressing futuristic dystopias, cynicism of the media and how it’s consumed, and children murdering other children – what’s not to like?
Since the film adaptation doesn’t come out until Friday (March 23), here are some movies that share some similarities with Suzanne Collins’ hallmark franchise to whet your appetite. Consider them cinematic amuse-bouches.
1. "Battle Royale" (2000)
In "Battle Royale," fascist rulers punish teenagers by sending them to a remote area with deadly weapons. There, they must kill each other one by one until there is a sole survivor. Sound familiar? It’s a perfect combination of campy, bloody, creepy, and fun. Many have drawn comparisons between these two franchises so check it out and see for yourself.
"The Hunger Games" draws ever nearer with each passing day, and from the look of things, the odds of this film kicking all kinds of tail are ever in our favor. Case in point: this exclusive clip featuring Peeta in the hot seat opposite flamboyant Capitol mouthpiece Caesar Flickerman. Watch as the young baker fields questions about his survival odds, his charm and good looks, and his affections for a certain somebody that just might be at his side during this deadly do-or-die game.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in "The Hunger Games," hitting theaters on March 23, 2012.
The year ahead of Taylor Kitsch would be considered a big one for any actor. With "John Carter" and "Battleship," he's leading the charge on two big-budget adventure movies, but then he'll also work with one of the most revered directors of all time, Oliver Stone, for "Savages."
But before all of that, he'll be taking your questions as a part of "MTV First: John Carter." On Thursday, March 1, Kitsch will sit down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz to present a never-before-seen clip from "John Carter" on MTV at 7:56 p.m. ET.
Immediately after, their conversation will continue on MTV.com, where Kitsch will take questions from you. All you have to do is send in your questions via Twitter, using @MTVNews and the hashtag #MTVFirst or #AskKitsch.
Is "Silent House" the scariest movie of 2012? That depends on you: perhaps your arm hairs are triggered by something unconventional, like arctic wolves or Katherine Heigl in a wedding dress. But we're going to guess that based on its unnerving visual style, "Silent House" will be the most singular horror film you see this year, well worthy of the hype it's receiving as we head towards its March 9 release.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll be presenting a vault of exclusive material related to the film such as photographs, clips, and interviews with lead actress Elizabeth Olsen and director Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Today, you can look at a still showing Olsen slowly making her way through the house, lamp in hand, trying to figure out just what’s making all those gruesome noises (which might account for those watery eyes).
Are you longing for "The Hunger Games" to begin? Have you already planned your "Unexpected Journey" with "The Hobbit" this winter? Can you understand a single thing that Bane says in the "Dark Knight Rises" trailer? If so, we just might be looking for you!
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"Star Trek 2" is shrouded in secrecy. We don't have an official title, we don't know the plot, and we don't know who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing — though all signs point to a villain, especially in light of a new set photo that's just arrived at our door step.
In this first look at director J.J. Abrams' currently shooting "Star Trek" sequel, we see quite clearly that Zachary Quinto's returning Spock and the newcomer played by Cumberbatch are very much not friends. The two are locked in battle on top of what's being described as "a Space Barge set."
Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber beating the ever-loving snot out of each other, on ice no less? Yeah, that sounds like my idea of an awesome time at the movies.
That's precisely what "Goon" has in store for viewers when the hockey flick from Scott, Schreiber and Jay Baruchel hits theaters in select cities on March 30. Of course, you can get a load of "Goon" way before that release date -- it's currently available on VOD as of today (February 24)!
Ahead of your first "Goon" viewing experience, check out these "Goon" trading cards, exclusively here at MTV Movies. Check 'em out past the jump!