Considering the recent track record for live action attempts at capturing Catwoman on screen (sorry Halle Berry), it makes sense that "The Dark Knight Rises" star Anne Hathaway did her research for the role by watching cat videos on YouTube instead of studying previous Catwoman incarnations.
In a recent interview, Hathaway said that originally one of the assistant directors on the flick had tried to convince her to adopt a cat and have it live with her so she could "observe it," but then realized that was an awful idea (she couldn't keep the cat!).
Fortunately there's the Internet, and Hathaway turned to YouTube for help. Hathaway says she just watched a National Geographic video to inspire her performance, but we think there's no way she could have avoided spending hours upon end watching funny cat videos on YouTube. That's why we took the time and effort to dream up Anne Hathaway's Kitty Research Playlist.
Very suitable for work hilarity begins after the jump.
by Uptin Saiidi
Can you imagine waking up to find you’ve switched bodies with someone? Of course you can -- we’ve seen it happen in "Freaky Friday," "Like Father Like Son," and now "The Change-Up." Even the film’s star Jason Bateman joked on Jon Stewart this week by saying, “it is a tired, some would say pleasantly familiar premise.”
Isn’t that everyone’s dream to take a walk in someone else’s shoes only to realize you totally misjudged their life and have a new appreciation for your own? Let’s hope Hollywood continues riding the Point-Of-View wave, but why limit them to human swaps? Can’t we learn even more from swapping with another being rather than our own kind?
Yesterday, MTV Movies Blog editor Josh Wigler came up with five fictional characters he’d like to most switch places with. [Editor's Note: Sorry about that. -JW] And now here are five movies that could have main characters switch lives with a non-human!
When "Rise of The Planet of the Apes" swings into theaters this weekend, audiences may be surprised by it’s cutting edge special effects, but they won’t be surprised by how it ends.
Unless James Franco is pulling a huge James Franco-esqe prank, when the credits roll, apes will have risen and taken over the planet. While this title-spoiler may seem like a unique phenomenon, we’ve counted at least six titles that have done the unthinkable and given away their own ending. Check ‘em out after the jump.
In case you're not aware, Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman are both funny men in their own right. Put them together and you get comedic fireworks, a fact that Universal is banking on when their new raunchy comedy "The Change-Up" bows in theaters this weekend.
Now, in knowing the talents and rapier wit that both Reynolds and Bateman possess, one must approach an interview with them differently like, say, armed with some visual aids that depict Reynolds and Bateman photoshopped into each other's previous film roles. Naturally their reactions were priceless:
"The Change-Up" opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide, offering the moviegoing public a body-swap comedy in case they're not interested in rising for "Apes." Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star as two pals — one a lawyer and family man, the other a man-childish cad — who pine for the other's daily existence, only to find their wishes granted with disastrous results.
Honestly, there aren't a lot of people in my life that I'd want to swap lives with. I already blog about movies for a living, so hey, things aren't so bad. But that doesn't mean there aren't people in the fictional movie space that I wouldn't trade places with for a day. There are a lot of those people.
Check out the top five movie characters I'd body-swap with after the jump!
The Boy Who Lived is now officially the Boy Who Retired, having long ago completed his adventures in novel form and just this month finishing his epic eight-film journey.
But even with He Who Must Not Be Named out of the picture, don't think that Harry Potter is without enemies in his world. In fact, a new nemesis has emerged to challenge the boy wizard and his magical popularity — though, in fairness, this guy is no Lord Voldemort.
None other than real-life magician David Copperfield has thrown down the proverbial gauntlet against Mr. Potter in an all-new (and all-hilarious) video from Funny or Die. Copperfield wants to make it known that there is no greater wizard, and that all of the Chosen One's most prominent magical antics have their roots in Copperfield's work.
by Brian Phares
With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" making its final bow with today's big screen release, fans are surely finding themselves clamoring for more Potter. Sure, Pottermore is in the works. And sure, J.K. Rowling is inevitably writing, well, something. But even still, the fans no doubt want more "Potter," on the written page or on the screen.
So, powers that be, if you're thinking about giving us more "Potter," here's my list of five possible — and definitely not so possible — spinoffs for the series.
by Brian Phares
After hearing that Jason Statham may be a possible replacement for Shia LaBeouf as the lead in a fourth installment in the "Transformers" franchise, my mind began to race with awesome plot possibilities. Below are the first five that came to mind. Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section.
Jason Statham as... Optimus Prime?
Yes, that’s right. In some bizarre twist of fate, the Autobots have discovered a new technology allowing them to transform into humans, T-1000 style. First in line to try this new technology? Optimus Prime. Who does he decide to transform into? You guessed it. Because other than Optimus, who on this planet is more badass than Jason Statham?
Amidst fireworks, barbeques, and a whole lot of celebrating America, it looks like a heck of a lot of you made it out to your nearest theater this Fourth of July weekend and watched "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The final weekend box office tally is $97.5 million, not counting its full total since opening last Tuesday. That's a hefty chunk of change, as is the trend with the "Transformers" franchise.
It also got us thinking... what else could your "Transformers"-loving heart buy with that kind of cash? With the help of our highly capable research and analysis department (aka our rusty math skills), we've unearthed a whole bunch of merchandise in disguise that you wouldn't even dream of buying unless you had, say, an extra $97.5 million to blow.
by Stefan Doyno
Acting, writing, directing, producing… and now Tom Hanks can officially add dancing to his list of talents. Hanks was on Univision's Spanish-language morning show Despierta America to promote "Larry Crowne," the story of a middle aged man who loses his job and decides to head back to college where he meets and falls for a teacher played by Julia Roberts. During a weather segment, the Spanish-challenged Hanks handled his language difficulties in the best way possible: with a dance routine.
The Oscar winner gave it his all (though he appears to be a bit winded at the end of his performance), and if he put half as much energy into "Larry Crowne," it's sure to be a great time at the movies. The flick hits theaters on July 1, 2011.