Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy comes to an end, the "Twilight" saga reaches its conclusion and "The Avengers" finally assemble… those are just a few of the monumental events hitting the big screen in 2012, easily one of the biggest years for movies in recent memory for those reasons and more. In fact, it's virtually impossible to decide which film is the one we're most eagerly awaiting, which is why we're turning to you: which movie are you most excited about in 2012?
MTV Movie Brawl 2012 Has Begun!
We'll get to the bottom of that question in the MTV Movie Brawl 2012, a new tournament pitting 32 of the most anticipated movies of the coming year against each other, "Hunger Games" style!
Starting on Tuesday (January 3), we're asking you to vote for the movie you're most excited to see in 2012 based on our list of 32 titles. The following week, our list will pare down to a sweet 16 based on your votes. Those remaining movies will be pitted against each other in a series of single-elimination battles until only one film is left standing—the film that you're most excited about in 2012.
After the release of an impressive first trailer, expectations for "Snow White and the Huntsman" shot sky high. All of the sudden, a film that people knew almost nothing about aside from its star-studded cast led by Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, became one of the most anticipated movies of 2012.
But the question lingers for many fans: can Kristen Stewart carry a film that isn't "Twilight"? She didn't speak a word in the trailer, which depended largely on a perfectly evil Charlize Theron to sell the film, and potential Twi-hard backlash could sink "SWATH" before it even hits theaters.
One of Snow White's trusted dwarves, Nick Frost, assured MTV News that Stewart does more than enough to prove herself.
Believe it or not, it’s once again time to gear up for that contentious season when the Academy picks its best movies of 2011. And as “for your consideration” campaigns are launched, we figured we’d throw our hats into the ring in hopes of adding one critical category to the famed ceremony. There’s a group of hard-working unsung heroes that has yet to be recognized by the Oscars – they act in multiple languages, do their own stunts, play well with special effects teams and require minimal on-set pampering. Also: they’re adorable.
Ladies and gentleman of the Academy, for your consideration: Best Supporting Canine!
But, wait – hear us out! It was an incredible year for dogs in cinema – here, we plead the case with our ten favorite four-legged thespians of 2011 (in order of preference).
Plenty of movies are split into two in order to give the story more room to breathe. "The Hobbit." "Twilight: Breaking Dawn." "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows." Why can't the "Fast and Furious" franchise join all the fun?
Vin Diesel, star of the franchise and one of its producers, announced that upon planning the sixth "Fast and Furious" film, the team realized that they would prefer a seventh movie to wrap up every storyline.
"With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space," he told The Hollywood Reporter. The sixth and seventh movies will be written simultaneously, though he gave no details on a possible production schedule.
Next year will be a great one for films. The blockbusters alone have us with too many movies to be looking forward to. With epic superhero flicks, returns to old franchises and the ending of others, we are in for a real treat next year.
But we need your help. We want to know what movie you can't wait to see next year. Vote in the poll below to help decide which is the film to beat next year.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were no sexy vampires whose skin sparkled in the sunlight--and that's exactly how some fans prefer it. A new, unexpected rivalry seems to be heating up between two science fiction franchises against the "Twilight" series, and the person leading the charge is an equally unexpected party.
Get details on that new feud and more as we look around the blogosphere today!
Vampires and werewolves are apparently as popular as ever, seeing that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1" is still the box office leader after three weekends in theaters. The first part of the "Twilight" conclusion netted $16.9 million this weekend for a $247.3 million domestic total to date. But there's no reason to be so green: "The Muppets" hung in there with a $11.2 million second place finish, bringing Kermit and friends up to $56.1 million total after two weekends.
Get the rest of the weekend box office results at MTV Movies!
If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, a movie's cast is only great as its worst actor. This year we saw some of 2011's best films held together, not by one stand-out star, but by a group of amazing actors working together to make one great movie.
As we here at MTV News start to look back on the year of movies, we want your input for what you think are the best films of the year. Today, we kick things off for the award for Best Ensemble. Come back every day this week for a new poll and a new chance to decide which movies ruled the multiplex this year.
Films like "Snow White and the Huntsman," "Jack the Giant Killer" and last year's "Red Riding Hood" all are part of Hollywood's recent trend in taking popular fairy tales and turning them into grown-up fare. Not to be exempt from the fun, Hansel and Gretel turn their interests from eating candy to killing witches in the upcoming film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," due out on March 2.
The film has certainly evolved since it was first announced. At one point producer Adam McKay told MTV News he was eyeing some actors from the "Twilight" cast to star in the film under director Tommy Wirkola ("Dead Snow"). But that notion never moved forward. Ultimately Wirkola found his leading man and lady in the form of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, and the movie finished shooting earlier this year.
I caught up with Renner when he was promoting "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," and he admitted that the film was definitely a spin on the classic fairy tale for the MTV generation. And that's exactly why he took it on.
We recently brought you news about "Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood headlining a remake of William Lustig's sleazy horror classic, "Maniac." It did seem strange that the sweet and gentle Frodo would be playing a perverse psychopath hunting women in his spare time, but we were — dare we say — kind of excited to see how he'd pull it off.
Alexandre Aja ("Piranha," "Haute Tension") is producing the remake that finds Wood as a creepy killer working at an antique mannequin shop (of course). He hunts for his victims through the Internet, and like the original character Frank, has massive mommy issues. The Daily Mail grabbed some stabby snaps of the actor in action (his victim is played by Genevieve Alexandra), so click on over to see Wood get his "Maniac" on.
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