Pacific RIm

Empire just released two new pictures from Guillermo del Toro's monsters-and-robots epic, "Pacific Rim." The photos once again emphasize the scale of the movie and how badass it's going to be.

Also, see Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in today's Dailies!


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UPDATE: Deadline is reporting that Sam Mendes is likely to return, so there's that.

For our money, if you're a warm-blooded movie lover, things don't get much cooler than "Drive," the 2011 Ryan Gosling movie from director Nicolas Winding Refn. The duo premiered a new movie, "Only God Forgives," at the Cannes Film Festival last week that is set for release in July, but an interview the Danish director game has people already speculating about what's next for the director.

While speaking with First Showing, Refn fielded a question about "Bond 24" and whether he's in the mix to direct it. He said nothing other than that he "loves Bond," but leaves it at that. (He smirks, which was enough to get nerdy imaginations filling in the blanks.)

Shortly after article went up, sources including Variety, posted updates on where the search for a new Bond director stood, complete with a shortlist of directors EON is considering.


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Fresh Prince

We have yet to see what kind of summer movie fruits the latest collaboration from the father-son duo of Will and Jaden Smith, M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," will bear when it hits theaters this Friday (5/31), but the pair have already been doing some good work during their press tour in the UK.

During their recent stop to the "Graham Norton Show," Will and Jaden decided to do a little live collaboration on a classic from dad's past. When he last stopped by for "Men in Black III," Will performed the theme from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and it went viral. To top that last video, he brought his son into the fold, and the two brought down the house with another rendition of the theme.

Check out the video after the jump! (And stick around until the end for a little surprise!)


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Hangover 3

A couple strange things happened at the box office this past weekend. The third installment of a comedy series whose first two films each made over $200 million was left in the dust by the sixth movie a hit-and-miss racing series. Why did "The Hangover Part III" fall flat while "Fast & Furious 6" (or "Furious 6, if you go by the title card) marked a series high?

There were a few factors that led to "The Hangover's" rough morning after that also spelled success for the increasingly popular Vin Diesel led franchise. (Yes, Vin Diesel is still a major box office draw.) Here's what "The Hangover" could have done differently to capture some of that "Fast and Furious" magic."


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While you were outside grilling, probably see "Fast and Furious 6", and celebrating a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend in general, an ocean away, the Cannes Film Festival wrapped up and handed out of some awards. The big winner, a three-hour drama about a relationship between two young women called "Blue Is the Warmest Color," blew audiences away and claimed the Palme d'Or from the jury led by Steven Spielberg.

The latest effort from the Brothers Coen, "Inside Llewyn Davis," didn't do so bad for itself either. The jury named the story of the 1960s folk singer as the runner up to "Blue." sent critic Jordan Hoffman to France to cover all of the festivities. We've done a quick roundup of some of the higher profile premieres.


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By Ryan Rigley

With Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford all rumored to be reprising their roles (as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo respectively), J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" is quickly shaping up to be the film that fans had hoped "The Phantom Menace" would be. Up until last week, the three "Star Wars" alumni were the only casting rumors out there, but now, thanks to the often-trustworthy Latino Review, the casting floodgates have been opened!

Jonathan Rhys Meyer, who has previously worked with J. J. Abrams on
"Mission: Impossible 3," is reportedly in talks to play an as-of-yet unknown character in the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy. While it's entirely likely that Meyer will be playing a new role tailor-made for the new trilogy, we can't help but wish he was playing one of those memorable minor characters from the original trilogy. Take the Modal Nodes for instance, the band performing at the Mos Eisley Cantina in "A New Hope."


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In the battle of two franchises, only one was able to walk out with its head held high. "Fast and Furious 6" punched the nitro and cruised past expectations to a four-day total of $120 million over Memorial Day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. The Wolfpack, on the other hand, scored an impressive pile of cash, but "The Hangover Part III" fell short of its predecessor, only managing $63 million in its first five days.

That amount of money for "The Hangover Part III" might not sound like a huge disappointment, but once it's compared to the totals from "Part II," the difference becomes clear. Though it became the bane of critics who called foul about the identical structure to the first film, "The Hangover Part II" cleared $135 million in its first five days in theaters.

Comparatively, "Fast Five," the installment in the car racing series from two years ago, is credited with revitalizing the series both in fan appreciate and ticket sales. During its first four days, "Fast 5" made $92 million. So while "The Hangover Part III" certainly looks like the end of the road for that franchise, this might only be the beginning for the "Fast and Furious" crew.

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The new 3-D computer animated film "Epic" tells the story of a battle between the (very small) forces of good and evil in nature, where the very life of a forest hangs in the balance. It features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O'Dowd, Beyonce Knowles, Steven Tyler and Pitbull.

In the movie, Ansari plays a cocky slug named Mub; O'Dowd is his brave snail sidekick, Grub. Together they form a comedy team in the grand tradition of animated duos like Timon and Pumbaa, Buzz and Woody, and Shrek and Donkey.

Though he brings a lot of funny to "Epic," Ansari described his serious (and very made-up) preparation for the role. "Pitbull and I took a few classes at a nearby university to learn as much as we could about the insect world," he told MTV News. "We learned quite a bit."

O'Dowd was slightly less academic with his own "research" —"I just watched telly," he said.

"Epic" is in theaters now.

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Today "Fast & Furious 6" hits theaters. Meanwhile, "Fast & Furious 7" already has a release date. So is it safe to assume that more movies are in the works in the "Fast & Furious" franchise? It's not much of a stretch, if Vin Diesel is to be believed.

"I don't want to go too far ahead. I found myself talking about '8' yesterday and I had to stop myself," Diesel told MTV News, adding, "I will say that '7' is a reset."


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It's not a spoiler to say that there is going to be a good deal of naked Ken Jeong in "The Hangover: Part III." Leslie Chow is back and crazier than ever in the new film, and Jeong believes that being naked is a necessary part of his character's personality.

"He's entering the world in this kind pantheon of chaos in a certain way," Jeong explained to MTV News. "When I think of a 'Hangover' movie, I think of 'loving chaos.' Like Chow loves chaos, and he enters the world loving chaos -- you know, of the 'Hangover' movies -- and then he finishes the trilogy with he still wants to show everyone that he still loves chaos. That to me is a bigger kind of message that I got from that, which I love."


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