by Perri Nemiroff

Now that the candy is gone and the flowers have wilted, Promo Police is going to spread a little love by sparing you from suffering through unwarranted advertising.

Just picture a heart-shaped box of chocolates, but with the following inside instead: “The Crazies,” “Defendor,” “The Killer Inside Me,” “Kick-Ass,” “Despicable Me,” “Cop Out,” “Wall Street 2” and “Why Did I Get Married Too.” Now, imagine the beauty of not having to sift through that box blindly and bite into something that’s filled with something unexpectedly awful. Lemon buttercream, perhaps? The force has mapped out the sweet and the bitter, for your promo pleasure. Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" didn't quite wield the power of the gods when it arrived in theaters this weekend and came in second at the box office to "Valentine's Day," so what does that mean for its star, Logan Lerman, and rumors that he's up for the lead role in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man"?

As regular readers are already aware, Lerman set the 'Net on fire recently when he mentioned in passing that he was in talks to play Peter Parker. Even though Lerman backed off that statement a bit in a subsequent interview with MTV News, we pondered exactly what might be at stake when Lerman makes his debut in "Percy Jackson" — and now it's time to figure out whether playing a god means he'll be playing a superhero.

Continue reading What Does The 'Percy Jackson' Opening Weekend Mean For Logan Lerman's 'Spider-Man' Chances?

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: Following the smash success of “Avatar,” James Cameron is Hollywood’s new guru of greatness. It’s no surprise, then, that filmmakers looking to master the complexities of 3-D, science-fiction and state-of-the-art special effects are seeking him out for guidance as if he were a bearded man sitting atop a mountain.

Now, in a new development that should thrill fans of our friendly neighborhood webslinger, MTV News has learned the name of the latest filmmaker to meet with Cameron: "Spider-Man" director Marc Webb.

“Last [week] we met the director of [the next ‘Spider-Man’ film],” Cameron’s producing partner Jon Landau revealed to us when he stopped by the MTV studio, explaining that the “Avatar” filmmaker and Spider-Man’s new gatekeeper compared notes Wednesday evening. “[Webb] wants to do the next one in 3-D, which they’ve announced that they want to do. So, we want to try to support that as much as possible.”

Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: James Cameron And Marc Webb Meet, Discuss 3-D 'Spider-Man'

It's a busy weekend at the box office, and not just because it's my birthday. Three big movies are opening, and now that there's no pressure to unseat "Avatar" -- "Dear John" accomplished that over the weekend -- we can just focus on which one will be your favorite.

My own pick for the weekend is "The Wolfman." Universal is reviving their classic creature feature, and all reports I've heard point to a bloody, terrifying good time. Sweeeeet. Benicio Del Toro stars as the titular man-canine, which is a perfect bit of casting. There's also Anthony Hopkins, who appears to be playing the "Wolfman" equivalent of Dr. Abraham Van Helsing. This is funny since Hopkins played just that role in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" back in the '90s. Read More...

One of the first bits of news to sneak out of Hollywood at the beginning of 2010 was the word that John Carpenter's horror classic "The Thing" would be remade with "Battlestar Galactica" Syfy reboot showrunner Ron Moore producing and newcomer Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. directing. A couple weeks later, the first casting breakdowns emerged, failing to excite MTV contributing editor Josh Wigler.

Maybe he'll be pleased now that there are some names to pin to two of the roles. The lead roles, in fact. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton will star in the "Thing" reboot, The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reveals. Read More...

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While Sony and Lionsgate fight a bidding war for the rights to the "Terminator" franchise, "Terminator Salvation" director McG is looking for his next movie in lieu of not going on to helm the series' fifth installment. Though he's still linked to the Broadway musical adaptation "Spring Awakening," according to Variety he has also been in talks to helm a "priority project" for Fox titled "This Means War."

The comedy already has two stars in place, Bradley Cooper and Reese Witherspoon. It is expected to begin shooting this spring, which would make it the director's next movie, rather than the musical. The screenplay for "This Means War" has reportedly been rewritten so many times that it's difficult to say who the author is anymore, but the most recent draft is by "Role Models" scribe Timothy Dowling (who interestingly enough acted in a "Terminator" movie -- the third one). Read More...

We hope you guys have been enjoying our “A-Team Week” festivities, as we’ve teamed with director Joe Carnahan to unveil exclusive details about B.A. Baracus, “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock, the villainous Lynch and the Face Man.

Now, it’s time to take a closer look at the leader of the gang, both literally and fictionally: Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson as the cigar-chomping commando who loves it when a plan comes together.

“The important parts of Hannibal were obviously the cigar, and I wanted that same kind of [authority] for Liam,” explained “Smokin’ Aces” director Carnahan, comparing Neeson’s performance to the Col. John “Hannibal” smith role originated on '80s TV by George Peppard. “And beyond that, I think Liam was insistent that 'I'm not going to do a George Peppard imitation.' This is Liam Neeson, you know?” Read More...

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Over at MTV Movies main, we posted an article exploring whether the Oscar nominations for “District 9” and “Avatar” could finally snap the Academy’s long-held sci-fi stigma. While writing it, I took a look at the list of the greatest sci-fi films of all time on IMDb -- ranked by hundreds of thousands of votes from moviegoers -– and was floored by some of the titles that earned little or no Oscar recognition.

Below are some particularly egregious crimes against the genre – with the actual Best Picture winner listed in parenthesis. You tell me – all these years later, which film is better remembered? Read More...

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Johnny Depp tried his hand at directing once. In 1997, he wrote, starred in and helmed a movie called "The Brave," which also turned out to be one of the final screen performances for the legendary actor, Marlon Brando. It wasn't very good by most accounts and it never saw any kind of theatrical release in the United States.

Depp shifted back to acting again, and proceeded to star in a string of features that propelled him to superstardom, starting with the deft adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" in 1997 and culminating, of course, with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" in 2003. He's been flying high ever since, but he's not stepped back behind the camera since "The Brave." Until now. Read More...

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Title: "Chuck Versus the Nacho Sampler"

Story: Things are definitely progressing quickly for Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi), super spy-in-training. Just a week ago, he was making newbie mistakes on his first solo mission before finally getting the hang of tapping into the Intersect at will. This week he's acquiring assets, going to Dubai... making some tough choices. Team Bartowski is tasked with finding out what a young computer geek named Manoosh knows and what he's working on. A connection to The Ring reveals itself, Manoosh slips away and a pursuit ensues which takes the team across the world. Meanwhile, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) become suspicious of Chuck's increasingly erratic behavior, setting in motion a chain of events that are sure to have repercussions throughout the rest of the season. Read More...

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