Over the weekend, as fans flocked to see "Predators," a minor controversy cropped up on the web as moviegoers noticed a discrepancy between the film's drool-worthy trailer and its theatrical release. As the folks over at i09 put it, "The coolest, holy sh---iest, moment in the trailers was this one. Adrien Brody's know-it-all, ass-kicking merc Royce gets a full-body temporary tattoo, courtesy of a buttload of Predator gunsights."
But in that scene in the movie itself, Royce is tagged with just a single laser sight. So what happened? MTV News actually put this exact question to 'Predators' Robert Rodriguez a few weeks ago.
The answer is that he needed a shot that would "crystallize the idea" of the humans being stalked by the predators and so filmed a scene specifically for the trailer. Read More...
I've been adhering to a self-imposed ban on all things "Inception." I found the first trailer to be utterly captivating in a non-revealing sort of way, in many ways reminiscent of how I felt after seeing the debut trailer for "The Matrix." Subsequent ads have spoiled some of the story particulars, most notably (spoiler alert?) that the wacky vistas we've glimpsed are quite literally the stuff of dreams. The story in some way deals with people who have the ability to explore sleeptime fantasies and nightmares. To what end I have no idea, but this isn't the first time we've seen Hollywood explore the REM state.
Dreams are an old motif in film, stretching all the way to Hollywood's earliest efforts. Sometimes they pop up in the midst of a story, the better to illustrate a particular character's fears and anxieties. Other times they serve as a framing device, with most of the story in question occurring in a sleep-created fantasy world. In honor of the Friday release of "Inception," I've decided to take a look back at some of my own favorite dreamscapes from Hollywood's past. Read More...
1. "Despicable Me" ($60.1 million)
2. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" ($33.4 million)
3. "Predators" ($25.3 million)
4. "Toy Story 3" ($22 million)
5. "The Last Airbender" ($17.2 million)
"The Dark Knight" and the "Iron Man" franchise have established that superheroes are back in business when it comes to box office success — but don't be so foolish as to discount the supervillains, as bad guy centric family film "Despicable Me" easily won first place this weekend, nearly doubling the total of its closest competitor, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Read More...
1. "Despicable Me" ($21.7 million)
2. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" ($11 million)
3. "Predators" ($10.5 million)
4. "Toy Story 3" ($6.7 million)
5. "The Last Airbender" ($5.2 million)
Repelling name aside, it seems that moviegoers are more than happy to embrace "Despicable Me," Universal's 3-D animated family film that easily took first place this weekend over producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal's incoming "Predators." Read More...
Steve Carrell isn't an actor we would typically think of as being despicable, but that seems to be the point of "Despicable Me." The villain he voices, Gru, actually ends up having a heart of gold -- as it turns out, he's not so despicable after all.
But there are quite a few other villains out there who are not as redeemable by the time their movies end. Here's a look at some of the most despicable bad guys in movie history, who we're sure will be keeping audiences terrified for years to come! Read More...
Second only to "Inception," producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal's "Predators" is at the very top of movies I've anxiously awaited all year long. Heck, it feels like I've been waiting for "Predators" for considerably longer than a year. Regardless, the Adrien Brody-starring reboot hits theaters today, with many reviews praising the film as a worthy successor to the original "Predator" thanks to its fast pace and healthy heaping of violence. What it doesn't do, according to MTV's very own Kurt Loder, is make any sense.
"'Predators' is a B movie that knows its job, and does it. Which means, among other things, that making sense is not on its to-do list," Loder writes in his review of the film. Though sense might be in short supply, Loder acknowledges that this isn't necessarily a problem. "The movie remains boldly nonsensical throughout — would we have it any other way?"
As long as there's plenty of action, memorable characters and pulse-pounding adrenaline throughout, "Predators" is going to be a success in my book, sense be damned. Check out Loder's full review on MTV.com for yourself, and if you've seen "Predators," let us know what you thought of it in the comments section!
Christopher Nolan is a one-project man. Even though a third "Batman" is in development with Nolan's brother Jonah and David Goyer tackling the screenplay, Nolan himself claims that he's too deeply engrossed in "Inception" to think ahead to the next project. But just because he isn't actively thinking about his future gigs doesn't mean that Nolan doesn't know what he'd like to do in the future — like a James Bond film, for instance.
At last night's London premiere of "Inception," Nolan described the Bond films as a major influence on his latest work — so much so that he would "love" to gain a license to shoot a 007 picture.
"I've loved the Bond films since I was a kid," he told the BBC (via Deadline). "For me, they're always about the expansiveness of cinema. The first Bond films set up infinite possibilities about the world they create. I'd love to do a Bond film." Read More...
With today's release of the highly anticipated "Predators," fans of the human-hunting aliens finally get to sit back and enjoy a full-length feature film showcasing the technologically advanced stalkers doing what they do best — and it only took twenty years to get here.
Not counting the two "Aliens vs Predators" films, "Predators" marks the end of a two decade wait for fans since the series' last installment. That's right, the Danny Glover starring "Predator 2" first hit theaters in 1990 — makes you feel old, doesn't it? Well, worry not, because we're about to make you feel even older.
"Predators" may be the most recent film decades removed from its franchise's previous installment, but it certainly isn't the first and it definitely won't be the last. Hit the jump to check out five other examples of sequels that were decades in the making! Read More...
Getting "Predators" into theaters wasn't easy — just ask Robert Rodriguez, who wrote his first draft of the screenplay in the early 1990s. Although the script never made it into production, the folks at 20th Century Fox turned to Rodriguez once again when the idea for a new "Predator" yarn came about. With gritty films like "Sin City" and "Grindhouse" under his belt, Rodriguez had plenty of new experience to bring to the table with "Predators" — but even then, he still needed a pair of fresh eyes on the material.
"It's almost like there's three movies in there," Rodriguez told MTV News about developing the plot of "Predators." "You could have split it up into three pictures. I didn't even know what to do with it, because I'd worked on it so long ago. I worked on it so long — about a year — that it was always tough to crack. I needed fresh eyes on it."
Those fresh eyes came in form of director Nimrod Antal, who joined the "Predators" project and offered his own unique take on the material. Read More...
Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is drawing frighteningly close to its July 16 release date. The film promises that "the dream is real," and you're about to see for yourselves just how real it is thanks to the following clip. Watch as Leonardo DiCaprio teaches Ellen Page in the art of shared dreaming -- an art that she's going to need some getting used to, by the looks of it!