HalloweenHalloween is nigh, folks, and that means it's time to strip naked, paint yourself blue and go trick-or-treating as one of those Na'vi people from "Avatar." Or you could not shower for a couple days, grow out a homeless-man beard and celebrate the holiday by paying homage to Joaquin Phoenix's "I'm Still Here" alter-ego. Or, if you feel weird doing any of that, Halloween is also a fantastic time to dig out your favorite scary DVDs for a horror movie marathon.

But what will you watch? John Carpenter's original "Halloween"? Wes Craven's insomnia-inducing "A Nightmare on Elm Street"? Or something a little more current, like a "Paranormal Activity" or "Saw 37"?

Horror fans are a very particular bunch, loyally devoted to the films they love and willing to vehemently argue the cause for why their favorite slasher, thriller or scary movie is the best of all time. So, rather than slap up a top-10 list of our own favorite horror flicks -- thus giving everyone the opportunity to rip us apart Freddy Krueger/Jason Vorhees/Michael Myers-style -- we're simply going to let you guys duke it out amongst yourselves. So vote for your favorite scary movie of all time in our poll, and then hit the comments to make a case for WHY it's the most terrifying, gory and downright bloody awesome movie ever! Read More...

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The Dark KnightChristopher Nolan gave Batman fans quite a bit to chew on this morning, when he revealed that the movie we've heretofore known as "Batman 3" a) will not feature the Riddler as its villain and b) will bear the not-so-different-from-its-predecessor title "The Dark Knight Rises."

OK, take a moment to shed a tear for the Riddler (and for Jim Carrey, who no doubt would have loved to play him again). Got that out of your system? Good -- now let's talk about that title, "The Dark Knight Rises." "The Dark Knight" was a brilliant title for the 2008 sequel to "Batman Begins" because, in addition to referencing one of Batman's moniker's from the comics, it foretold of the Caped Crusader's descent into loneliness, self doubt and exile in that film. In naming the follow-up "The Dark Knight Rises," Nolan seems to be hinting that a little something called redemption lurks ahead for our tortured hero.

"The Dark Knight Rises" also calls to mind the great sequel title "Return of the Jedi": Both titles suggest a return to glory for our down-and-out heroes. Just as Luke and co. were left Solo-less, emotionally scarred (Vader was Luke's father!) and on the lam at the end of "The Empire Strikes Back," so too was Batman left friendless, girlfriendless and a fugitive from the law at the end of "The Dark Knight." These were the dark middle chapters our protagonists had to go through to emerge the stronger, better heroes we always knew they could be in the third chapter. Of course, while most franchises of this sort play best in trilogy form, I welcome Nolan to keep making Batman movies as long as he wants.

All of that said, what do you think of "The Dark Knight Rises" as a title and how does it stack up to some of the other all-time great sequel titles? Hit the jump to vote for the best and worst sequel titles ever in our poll. Read More...

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Paranormal Activity 2It was a scary good weekend for Paramount Pictures and its horror sequel "Paranormal Activity 2." Made for a modest $3 million, the film set records for the biggest R-rated midnight opening ever and the biggest R-rated opening night ever en route to terrorizing the weekend box office to the tune of $41.5 million and a No. 1 B.O. ranking. But did the movie live up to the hype and high fan expectations?

The rabid fans that MTV interviewed after early midnight screenings seemed to think so. They called it "really scary," "better than the first one," "ten times scarier than the first one" and "worse than the first one, but good ... in a good way." Now that you've seen "Paranormal Activity," do you agree? Take the poll after the jump and let us know! Read More...


The summer is almost over -- cue the chorus of boo's and hisses -- but the silver lining is that there's some excellent fall television just around the corner. Certain shows have already made the rounds over the past few years, with Fox's "Fringe" chief among them. We'll be covering that series again as soon as the third season premieres next week, but there are plenty of new shows premiering that are also worth talking about.

In celebration of the new television season, we've got the rundown on five of the fall's most exciting new offerings. But that's not all -- you'll also have the opportunity to tell us which shows you're most excited about, thanks to a handy dandy poll! So what are you waiting for? Read on and cast your vote after the jump! Read More...

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I just hate this. Alfonso Cuaron is a talented filmmaker and his son Jonas wrote a sci-fi script for a movie called "Gravity" which sounds pretty great. They were going to do it with Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr in starring roles, with plans to shoot after Downey finished his work on the "Sherlock Holmes" sequel.

I speak of all of this in the past tense because that may no longer be the case. The word today is that Jolie has dropped out completely, the better to focus on her other commitments, Deadline reports. Downey is still a big name of course, but the story -- which follows two astronauts left stranded in outer space after their space station explodes, with one of them making desperate plans to get back to her daughter on Earth -- frames the female lead as the one responsible for carrying the story. Read More...

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Believe it or not, there's still plenty of fight left in the old dog known as Sylvester Stallone, as seen by the success of "The Expendables," the actor, writer and director's 1980s action cinema throwback that secured box office gold this past weekend. With victory in mind, it's clear that Stallone and the studio executives at Lionsgate are already thinking about sequel possibilities. But really, there's only one sequel idea that makes any kind of sense: expanding on the team led by Trench, Stallone's mercenary rival played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in an all-too-brief cameo role.

It's the perfect comeback movie for Schwarzenegger, and it opens up all sorts of doors for further casting excellence. After the jump, we've got a few suggestions for who could saddle up alongside Trench as part of the "Expendables" sequel's new team! Read More...

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San Diego Comic-Con is over and so we begin a week-plus of wrap-up and catch-up. What were the biggest surprises for you? What would you have liked to seen or heard more from? MTV's Movies team still has an exhaustive amount of material to sort through, but before that all starts to roll out, I'd like to hear from you. What were your SDCC highlights, the things that you were most excited about. I've assembled a poll below identifying the show's biggest reveals, so let us know. As always, we want your comments too; what worked/didn't work for you with regard to this year's Comic-Con? Is there any coverage from us specifically that you would like to have seen more of? Your feedback here is very valuable, as we'll use it to help in building a gameplan for next year and beyond.


We've been quiet on the Mel Gibson front here on MTV Movies Blog. Not for lack of material of course; more for being a loss as to how this recent turn of events should be digested. While I would have preferred to think of Gibson forever in his goofy and charming "Maverick" character...

...I can't help but wonder what the future holds for Mel Gibson movies. Especially because I was excited to see his next film, "The Beaver," which re-teams him with his "Maverick" co-star Jodie Foster. Now that excitement has been replaced with uncertainty. Read More...


Seriously, how can anyone keep track of the ridiculous number of "Wizard of Oz" sequel, prequel and spin-off projects that are currently in development? There's "Oz, The Great and Powerful," starring Robert Downey Jr. and possibly being directed by Sam Raimi, which explores the story of how the Wizard came to preside over Oz. There's also Todd McFarlane's rather unique vision of the universe, "The Twisted Land of Oz," which is set many years after the 1939. And "Oz: The Return to Emerald City," from "History of Violence" writer Josh Olson.

The big papa among them is also the one with the least development (as far as we know): an adaptation of Gregory Maguire's 1995 book "Wicked," which details the origins of the Wicked Witch of the West. The story has already been adapted into a hit Broadway musical, a movie version of which has long been in development. Now it seems there's some momentum building, as Deadline reports that some of the Broadway production's key figures have met with a number of talented filmmakers -- specifically James Mangold, Rob Marshall, Ryan Murphy and J.J. Abrams -- about taking on the gig.

Who would you choose? Why? After the jump I consider the four candidates (so far) and pit them against one another in a battle to the death! Or, you know, just talk a little bit about each one. Whichever works. Read More...

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I wouldn't have thought it would be, but it looks like there's quite a box office showdown shaping up for this weekend. The vampires of "Twilight" hit theaters on Wednesday with the long-awaited release of the David Slade-directed third entry in that franchise, "Eclipse." Seems like a surefire weekend winner.

Then "The Last Airbender" came along last night, thumbing its nose at a mounting number of so-so reviews to open at $16 million. And so, a "Last Airbender" weekend box office upset seems possible, if unlikely. The smart money this weekend is definitely on "Eclipse." And I guess I know how this poll is going to go before I run it. But I'm curious to know how many of you think "Airbender" has a shot at toppling the mighty "Twilight" vampires.

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