The MTV Movie Brawl 2012 is officially on!
After the initial play-in and wild card rounds, 16 films have been selected to compete in a series of head-to-head single elimination matches in our March Madness-style bracket. In the end, only one of these flicks can be crowned the can't-miss movie of the year, and the choice is entirely up to YOU.
After first-round voting closed on Sunday afternoon, the MTV Movies selection team locked itself in a room with a lot of food, a limited amount of oxygen, and one all-important goal: seed this bracket.
To that end, we weighed a number of criteria to select each film's ranking. We noted first-round voting totals, overall buzz, potential box-office performance and a slew of other benchmarks. The choices were tough. Some arguments were heated. But ultimately we walked away with a 16-team bracket we're proud to offer up for the inaugural MTV Movie Brawl.
But hey, don't agree with us? Show us we got it wrong by voting for your favorite can't-miss flick of the year. After all, YOU are in charge! Just click the bracket above and START BRAWLING!!!
Watch our MTV Movie Brawl 2012 analysis!
UPDATE: The Wild Card round is closed! Click here for the new competitors!
We're knee-deep in the MTV Movie Brawl 2012, our three-week tournament to decide which movie you're most excited about in the coming year. As it stands, 32 films are already slugging it out in the first round of the tournament, and only 16 will still be standing when our March Madness-style bracket tournament begins on Monday (January 9).
Of course, there are a lot more than 32 movies worth getting excited about in 2012, but we just can't fit them all into our tournament. We do, however, have a few more spots available for this first round – and that's where you come in!
We're opening up the one day only MTV Movie Brawl 2012 Wild Card round, where we're asking you to nominate FIVE more movies to be added to the tournament. Here's how it works...
Welcome to 2012 — and welcome to the Brawl!
Voting for round one of the MTV Movie Brawl 2012 is officially open, giving you the chance to pick the film you're most excited for in the coming year. Are you foaming at the mouth for comic book movies like "The Dark Knight Rises," "Marvel's The Avengers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man," or are the stunning "Twilight" conclusion and the death-defying "Hunger Games" more your speed? Perhaps it's one of the two dueling Snow White projects, or maybe you Kitsch fanatics have your eye on "Battleship" and "John Carter." No matter which movies you're most looking forward to, this is your chance to defend your champion before 2012 kicks off in earnest.
MTV Movie Brawl 2012 Has Begun!
Here's how it works: after the jump, vote for the films you're most excited to see in 2012 from our list of 32 movies. You'll be able to fight for your movie of choice in this play-in round until voting closes on Sunday (January 8th). Starting next week, we'll be down to 16 movies. That's when our bracket launches and the 16 flicks will start going head-to-head, March Madness-style, in single-elimination contests — until only one movie reigns supreme.
So, without further ado, click onward to start voting on your most anticipated movies of 2012!
Consider this a fair warning. When you see the image below move, that isn't you losing your mind or the devil taking over your computer screen.
This is an exclusive motion image from the upcoming horror film "The Devil Inside," the latest entry into the found footage subgenre.
Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy comes to an end, the "Twilight" saga reaches its conclusion and "The Avengers" finally assemble… those are just a few of the monumental events hitting the big screen in 2012, easily one of the biggest years for movies in recent memory for those reasons and more. In fact, it's virtually impossible to decide which film is the one we're most eagerly awaiting, which is why we're turning to you: which movie are you most excited about in 2012?
MTV Movie Brawl 2012 Has Begun!
We'll get to the bottom of that question in the MTV Movie Brawl 2012, a new tournament pitting 32 of the most anticipated movies of the coming year against each other, "Hunger Games" style!
Starting on Tuesday (January 3), we're asking you to vote for the movie you're most excited to see in 2012 based on our list of 32 titles. The following week, our list will pare down to a sweet 16 based on your votes. Those remaining movies will be pitted against each other in a series of single-elimination battles until only one film is left standing—the film that you're most excited about in 2012.
We'd say Sherlock Holmes has gotten himself into a rather surprising situation in MTV News' exclusive "Game of Shadows" clip, but then we'd be kidding ourselves: knowing what we do of Robert Downey Jr.'s brillz detective, there's nothing all that shocking about seeing Holmes, in drag yet shirtless, crawling along the outside of a speeding, occasionally exploding train as his pal, John Watson, complains that this is no way to spend a honeymoon.
And that's the big takeaway not only from this new footage, but from the sequel itself (which we managed to catch last week): director Guy Ritchie has taken everything that worked in the 2009 original and delivered way more of it.
by Jim Gibbons
Whether you're watching a cattle drive crew cook some baked beans over a campfire or a shootout in front of a saloon, odds are you're going to see a striking 'stache somewhere in that scene peeking out from under the brim of a Stetson. For our final Movember Mustache Movie Madness column during the international men's health fundraiser where hombres grow mustaches for a month to benefit the Livestrong and Prostate Cancer Foundations, let's focus on some of the most memorable mustaches to mosey across the big screen.
Robert Redford as Henry Longabaugh, a.k.a. the "Sundance Kid," in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
Unarguably one of Hollywood's handsomest leading men, people forget that Redford's good looks were aided by a thick mustache in his breakthrough role. And, while we're on the topic of truisms, let's take a look at that manly mustache. This 'stache not only starred in an undisputed western classic, were it not for this below-the-nose mo-growth, there wouldn't be a Sundance Film Festival. While on screen the Sundance Kid's 'stache ended up soaked in blood after going out in a blaze of glory, it formed the fuzzy foundation of a career that would help shape the movie industry for years to come.
It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights! It's time to meet the Muppets at… uh… "The Muppets," hitting theaters today!
Watch the "Muppets" trailer!
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of their delightfully bizarre pals are back in action at long last with this week's release of "The Muppets," directed by James Bobin and starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and an unstoppable array of celebrity cameos. Sporting a 100% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, "Muppets" absolutely deserves all of the credit it's been getting in the past few days and weeks. If you have any fondness at all in your hearts for these wonderful characters, there's no excuse for you to skip out on this one — for longtime fans and new ones alike, "The Muppets" is as close to a perfect family film as it gets.
Check out five reasons to see the movie after the jump.
The villain of "Star Trek 2" remains unknown, though director J.J. Abrams certainly has his eye on someone for the role: Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro. It's still up in the air as to who BDT might play in the "Trek" sequel, assuming he comes on board at all, but Abrams confirmed to MTV News that he's very much interested in bringing the "Traffic" actor on board for his next interstellar voyage.
"Well, we're just in negotiations, we're in discussions," Abrams told us on the red carpet for the "Super 8" Blu-ray and DVD release in Los Angeles. "It's not even negotiations — just in discussion. But I would love to work with him. I've wanted to work with him for years, and this felt like a good opportunity."
Even if you're not as smitten with "The Twilight Saga" as the legions of screaming tweens around the country currently skipping school to see "Breaking Dawn – Part 1," the movie might be worth checking out just for the bananas birth scene at the film's end. Young Bella Swan, impregnated with Edward Cullen's vampire seed, goes into labor, and when a scalpel can't penetrate the placenta and unleash the bloodsucking fetus, her hubby starts noshing on her tummy. The whole scene is bloody and campy and ridiculous and, while not exactly worth the price of admission, is undoubtedly one of the most memorably nuts movie sequences of 2011.
In this way, the "Breaking Dawn" childbirth joins a long and occasionally venerable list of gruesome movie birth scenes. Read about some of them below.