All things considered with the lively contests that went down during our heated Harry Potter World Cup, it's been bloody good fun. Particularly the most unexpected victories and defeats of J.K. Rowling's most beloved characters. Neville Longbottom is a great example and although his fans put up a great fight, Longbottom eventually fell to the titular boy wizard.

Throughout the tourney the man behind the humble and courageous Griffindor, actor Matthew Lewis, has been gracious enough to indulge us here at MTV News and do a little campaigning for his character, followed by some insightful Potter World Cup bracket analysis. Now today, thanks to another chat with Lewis during the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" press day, we had him weigh in on Longbottom's tournament run and being ousted by Harry himself.

"If we had to go, [losing to] Potter, I can understand that and accept that," Lewis said humbly, adding that he was just honored to be a part of things and especially grateful to his fans for their support.


With the dynamic duo of "Incredibles" director Brad Bird and A-list action man Tom Cruise bringing us a new chapter of Ethan Hunt's impossible missions, it's safe to assume that the fourth installment of this blockbuster franchise will be bigger and badder than the first three.

When MTV News caught up with Bird at the "Super 8" premiere, we asked the Oscar winner just how crazy the film will be, in terms of stunts and action sequences - especially given the photos that surfaced online of Cruise atop Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

"It's big and it is crazy," Bird said. "I think the craziest thing is that they're real they're not digital. That's Tom Cruise on the tallest building in the world, he's doing all that stuff," Bird said of Cruise's death-defying stunts. "People won't believe it, but we shot it in IMAX so it's there for everyone to see."


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By Ryan J. Downey

Aziz Ansari has delivered brilliant one-liners, barbs and tomfoolery in small supporting roles in movies like "Get Him to the Greek" (2010), "Funny People" (2009) and "I Love You, Man" (2009). But "30 Seconds or Less" sticks the 28 year-old South Carolina-born standup comic in multiple scenes, providing a welcome expansion of the "Parks and Recreation" star's movie screen-time.

Speaking with MTV News at a Q&A following a Sneak Peek Week screening of "30 Seconds or Less" (which costars Jesse Eisenburg, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center, last year's MTV Movie Awards host told us about the pressures of tackling a leading role.

"I had to shoot a lot more since I was in the movie more," he pointed out. "It was a lot of work."


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Neil Blomkamp's much buzzed-about upcoming film "Elysium" had many of us sold even before its stellar cast was announced. Mostly because his first film, "District 9," was SO great! But now with all the star power of Matt Damon, Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura and my favorite, William Fichtner, the movie is pretty much a must-see. Even if we have to wait until March 8, 2013, to see it.

Although details are scarce, I managed to get Jodie Foster to talk briefly about her role as an alien head of state during the press day for "The Beaver" on Tuesday.

When asked whether her character will be a good or bad alien ruler, Foster said she'll be a little bit of both.

"I'm kind of evil-ish, yes, I'm kind of evil-ish, which you know I love," she said. "I'm just excited to work with Neil Blomkamp, the director of "District 9," which I think is pretty much as close to a perfect film that I can think of, and Matt Damon, who I'm a big fan of, and Sharlto Copley."


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Although we still have quite a ways to wait for Tarsem Singh's sweeping, stylistic, sword and sandals epic "Immortals" to arrive in theaters, stars Henry Cavill and Luke Evans recently hit up WonderCon to start building some fan excitement.

We don't know too much about the film, other than the fact that it revolves around characters from Greek mythology and also stars Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz and Freida Pinto, so when we sat down with Cavill and Evans, we asked them to explain their characters and how they fit into Singh's world.


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The last time we checked in on Jason Segel's "Muppets" movie, he saddened us with news that Paul Rudd will NOT be in the film, but teased the fact that we can expect a bunch of other celeb cameos (maybe Lady Gaga, probably Michael Cera. Hooray for ambiguity!).

Anyway, one lady that audiences will indeed see in the film is Segel's "Gulliver's Travels" co-star, Emily Blunt. When MTV News caught up with the charming actress recently, while she was doing press for "Gnomeo and Juliet" with fellow voice talent (and Patrick Stewart impressionist) James McAvoy, we asked about her day on the film. What followed was a hilarious exchange between Blunt and McAvoy — the latter of whom did a fine job of helping prod Blunt for more information.

"I did do a day on 'The Muppets,' yes," Blunt told us.

"Who do you play?" McAvoy cuts in.


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Jackass 3DThe end of "Mad Men" Season 4 threw a few viewers for a loop Sunday night. Damon Lindelof attempted to contribute to that confusion, which sounds like it was shared by Elizabeth Banks.

In theater reaction tweets from the weekend, Paris Hilton and Gillian Jacobs both showed some love to "Jackass 3D," even if their affection came accompanied by shock. You can read what they thought down below where it's retweeted along with director Toby Wilkins' outlook on directing MTV's new "Teen Wolf" series, Ludacris' motivation for getting up early and Jon Favreau's favorite part of filmmaking.

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I'm not sure I can handle the awesome that is the just-announced "Havana Heat." Joey Lawrence (whoa!), Wesley Snipes (always bet on black...) and Michael Dudikoff (the one and only American Ninja) will come together (finally!) to star in the indie action flick, which Dean Hamilton will direct. The story revolves around an undercover Homeland Security agent who is murdered in Havana, Cuba.

It doesn't matter, really. Anything that brings this trio together on screen is fine with me. I haven't seen Lawrence in a long time, but who can forget "Blossom"? He also stars in the new ABC comedy "Melissa & Joey" with former "Clarissa Explains It All" star Melissa Joan Hart which launched this week. Snipes has been doing a lot of direct-to-video work in recent years, though he turned in a strong performance in last year's cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest." Dudikoff has been off the acting grid since 2002's "Quicksand"; fans of "American Ninja" will be pleased to see him in action again.

Variety reports that producer Tayrona Entertainment Group is angling for a summer 2011 release.

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It's been awhile since we've had any news of the Jack Ryan reboot, for which Paramount tapped "Star Trek" star Chris Pine to take over the Ryan role last year. Now, according to New York Magazine's "Vulture" blog, the new film is apparently close to officially locking in a director: "Lost" executive producer and frequent director Jack Bender.

The film's plot reportedly revolves around a fresh-from-the-Marines Jack Ryan as he goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, only to be implicated in a U.S. economy-crippling terrorist plot that sends him on the run and on a mission to clear his name.

As Vulture points out, Bender is an interesting choice to direct given that his last feature was "Child's Play 3" and his other directing credits were on the J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot TV productions: "Alias," "Felicity" and "Lost." He's also got a one-year gig with Bad Robot to develop a TV pilot for WB TV. However if Abrams has given Bender his blessing, it's likely Paramount will do the same. Read More...

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I'll make you a bet. Pick up Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," make it about 50 pages in, and I promise you'll never want to put the book down again. You'll be pissed when it's over, in fact, even if you're thankful there are two more installments of the Swedish crime thrillers already available at your local bookstore.

"Dragon Tattoo" introduces us to two unforgettable characters: Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist hired to solve a 40-year-old missing person case, and Lisbeth Salander, a dark and damaged hacker who joins the investigation. Sony is deep into preproduction on an American film adaptation set to open on December 21st, 2011 — following the successful Swedish version — and seems to have located its preferred Blomkvist in Daniel Craig (no decision has been made, and there are reportedly potential scheduling conflicts for the actor involving the next James Bond flick and Jon Favreau's "Cowboys and Aliens").

A wider net is being cast for Salander, a role that has become one of the most sought after in Hollywood. Actresses such as Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska and Kristen Stewart have been mentioned as possible candidates. But now Thompson on Hollywood is reporting Sony and director David Fincher have focused on five mostly unknown names: Rooney Mara ("The Social Network"), Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch"), new Australian faces Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook (interview), and an unnamed Frenchwoman.

Who would make the best Lisbeth Salander? After the jump, let's hop on the casting couch and evaluate the candidates. Read More...

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