Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 276 people from in front of and behind the camera to join the organization and, more importantly, vote annually for the Oscars.

The list contains names of several great filmmakers and actors who broke through in the recent years, like "Looper" director Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, and Jack Huston from "Boardwalk Empire," but several of the invitees are pretty surprising, not in that they were invited, but that it took so long.

These are the actors we were surprised aren't already in the Academy — and how we imagine they reacted when they got the news.


Monsters University

Pixar has a few traditions they bring back for every film — aside from making us cry. The animation studio has hidden Easter eggs and references to their past movies in almost every one of their films.

With the release of "Monsters University" last week, Disney has now shared the secret with all of us on where we can find the hidden nods this time around.

Check out the "Monsters University" Easter eggs after the jump!


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Catching Fire

We are less than a month away from Comic-Con San Diego, and as the biggest celebration of fandom draws closer, plans for the convention are coming together. Thankfully for fans of "The Hunger Games," those plans now involve a brand new trailer for "Catching Fire."

Today, Lionsgate announced that two of their upcoming movies, "Catching Fire" and "I, Frankenstein," will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con. The press release sent out by the studio promises appearances by "talent" without specifically mentioning the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, or Liam Hemsworth, so we'll have to wait and see who shows up.

MTV News will be in the heart of SDCC when the convention starts on July 18, bringing you all of the news that you need to know.

Click past the jump to read the entire press release from Lionsgate!


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As we approach San Diego Comic-Con, the amount of toys being released around the event or exclusively at the gathering is piling up and forcing us to try to keep our inner child in check. But, as Brick Fanatics points, out there might be one set too tempting to turn down.

The "Back to the Future"-inspired LEGO set has been a few months in the making since it received the 100,000 votes needed to move into production, and now we're finally seeing the set that will go on sale this July 18. That's the first day of SDCC, but there's no direct indication that the set has anything to do with the convention.

So for now, get your finances in order for the mid-July release and start thinking of all the scenarios you'll play out with the set, which allows you to modify the Delorean to the various versions.

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Michael Fassbender The Counselor

When Ridley Scott snatched up Cormac McCarthy's first feature-length screenplay essentially the instant people knew it existed, we knew that "The Counselor" was a project worth playing attention to. That was all before it started attracting talent like Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz. This was definitely something that wasn't leaving our radar any time soon.

Now we have not only the trailer that dropped yesterday, but Entertainment Weekly just released two photos from "The Counselor" that do little else but prove that there are several good looking people in the movie. Still, this is one that we absolutely cannot wait to see.

Check out the trailer and two new photos from "The Counselor" after the jump!


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In the last few years, Jason Statham has taken on a role similar to Dwayne Johnson in that if you add him to an existing franchise, things tend to get a little more interesting.

His appearance after the credits of "Fast and Furious 6" set up what is sure to be a can't-miss turn as the latest villain for the car action franchise. Statham was a little hesitant to talk "Fast 7" details when he sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, but he explained why his near-miss appearance in "Fast 6" didn't happen.


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by Nakiya Morgan

Nineteen years after the first film's release, "Independence Day 2" is definitely happening. On Thursday, Twentieth Century Fox announced that the sequel to the blockbuster film "Independence Day" will make its big screen debut in 2015. The 1996 classic, “Independence Day” starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum set the tone for all the big-budget disaster movies that have since followed, and made director Roland Emmerich a big time movie maker.

"'Independence Day' was always like the king who leads his troops into battle against an evil force, and that stays like that," said Emmerich in a previous interview with MTV News.



by Andie Lowenstein

After many roadblocks, things are finally going right for Lloyd and Harry. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are confirmed to reunite for the long-awaited Dumb and Dumber sequel, "Dumber and Dumber To." Just over one week after New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. dropped the comedy, Universal Pictures and Red Granite Pictures have come aboard to revive the project.

Peter and Bobby Farrelly will return to direct the sequel. The sibling duo wrote on Twitter:




Whether you like it or not, it looks like a sequel to "Prometheus" is coming our way. At least, that's what a new article from Variety suggests.

Word of Fox and the producers' intention to quickly follow-up the $400 worldwide hit spread just months after the original film debuted, with THR naming 2014 or 2015 as potential targets.

Even though those date now seem unrealistic considering how long it takes a project like "Prometheus" to get going, there is progress. Variety is reporting that Jack Palgen, who wrote "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp, has been hired to write the script.


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Ever since "Veronica Mars" took to Kickstarter to get their movie going, there has been a very loud and confusing debate (mostly over Twitter) about whether all of this was okay. It only got worse with Zach Braff, who was a polarizing figure even before he decided to make his movie "his way," so it might interest those who aren't utterly exhausted by the conversation that an even more controversial figure has thrown his many hats into the ring.

James Franco just kicked off an indiegogo campaign to bring the three short stories featured in his first book, "Palo Alto," to the big screen. The actor has hand selected three of his favorite NYU filmmakers to each take on one of the stories. Franco put in money himself, but he needs an additional $500,000 to completely fund the project.

But before you start trying to fit your screed about how wrong this is into 140 characters, you might want to read the next part.



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