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MadeaIt's Good Friday, and not just because Robert Pattinson has a new movie out. The Easter weekend has officially kicked off and the tweets are alive with celebratory glee. You don't want to miss how Hollywood's funniest comedians are celebrating the good-est Friday of them all!

While a ton of big name films are opening today, only one has been trending for the past 24 hours. "Madea's Big Happy Family" has taken over the Internet but not everyone is excited. One TV personality has a complaint to file with the concept of justice.

I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 22nd, 2011.


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JGLWe reported on it weeks ago, but it was made official yesterday: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotilliard will be joining the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises." And if it wasn't for Twitter, we'd have no idea how meta this casting really was.

According to the James Cameron blockbuster "The Terminator," the artificial intelligence in the Skynet program went live yesterday, which means that our inevitable destruction is just hours away! Since we're all about to die, you might as well read a few predictions for what might be in store for the robot apocalypse.

And a beautiful actress talks about filming love scenes! We won't give it away, but it involves lots and lots of high fives.

I'm @TravisHelwig and this Twitter-Wood for April 20th, 2011.


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I'm going to level with you: "Inception" can't hit theaters soon enough. Chris Nolan is one of the most inventive filmmakers working today and the July 16 release is his first original effort since "Memento" in 2000 ("The Prestige" and "Insomnia" are both adaptations). That said, he's done great work with the Batman character and many are looking forward to seeing how he follows up 2008 hit, "The Dark Knight." In the below video, MTV's Josh Horowitz gets Nolan to set the record straight on where things are at and where they're heading. Head over to MTV Splash Page for more on this story.

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When "Iron Man 2" arrived in theaters last week, a new trailer for "Inception" showed up with it. Followers of this blog know that I've made a concerted effort to avoid finding out too much about this movie; trailers and TV spots are fine, but I've shied away from the more spoiler-y leaks and breaking news.

This latest trailer though... I'm disappointed now, after watching it. Which isn't to say that it's bad; it isn't. It just happens to be very revealing. Like "here's where the 'Matrix' rabbit hole goes revealed in a trailer" revealing. So in short... watch the following trailer at your own risk. Chris Nolan has cooked up some crazy stuff for his coming movie. I just wish I'd been able to steer clear of the particulars until the movie arrives in July.

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I've got a problem, friends. On one hand, I am a movies reporter; my job is based around bringing you the latest news on the most highly anticipated upcoming films. As you might expect, I love it, both the entertainment medium and the job that requires me to watch and comment on it. On the other hand, a lot of the mystery leading up to big releases is stripped away for me. In the course of covering a movie, spoiler-y facts inevitably slip out. There are trailers of course, but there are also interviews, rumors and all manner of other surprise-ruining facts. I've accepted this.

That said, I decided some time ago to take a stand with "Inception," the July 16 release coming from "Memento" director Chris Nolan. Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard were exceptionally cagey in early interviews. More information about the plot has leaked out since then, but I swore it all off after I saw the first trailer. This is a movie that I will see with the mystery still firmly intact as the lights dim. Will I be alone in that though? Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: If "Incredible Hulk" star Edward Norton had his way, not only would his former director Louis Leterrier direct Marvel's upcoming superhero team-up "The Avengers," but he'd get a similar level of creative control as Christopher Nolan did for "The Dark Knight."

"I loved Louis Leterrier," Norton told MTV News during the South by Southwest Film Festival. "I thought he was just the greatest guy. I wish they'd given him more free reign than they did."

Continue reading Edward Norton Says 'Avengers' Director Should Get 'Dark Knight'-Level Creative Control

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: This week's announcement of Christopher Nolan’s involvement in the newly rebooted Warner Brothers “Superman” franchise has reinvigorated the interest in seeing another Man of Steel flick come to the big screen. With one massively successful DC reboot under the director’s belt, it’s clear that the studio hopes that Christopher Nolan still has the Midas touch.

While the terms of his tutelage still remain vague as to how it will affect the franchise moving forward, fans might be able to get an idea of what to expect based on Nolan’s previous cinematic works. Way back in 2008 during the junket for “The Dark Knight” MTV News had a chance to discuss Nolan’s philosophy on the genre of comic book movies and whether the film was a superhero movie or just a movie that happens to have superheroes.

“I think of it as a film that just exists in the cinematic realm," said Nolan, "I don't think of it as a comic book movie or just a comic book movie — and that's something that in the whole process — where from the screenwriting point of view or the production point of view and with all departments and everything we would never let people off the hook with the notion 'it's a comic book movie.'"

Continue reading Christopher Nolan Explains His Philosophy On Comic Book Movies

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FROM MTV.COM: Will "Dark Knight" god Christopher Nolan swoop in to carry the Man of Steel back toward big-screen glory? That's the rumor swirling around the Internet following a report that Warner Bros. had conscripted Nolan into a "godfather" role to mold "Superman" once again into an enduring film franchise.

The report is just the latest in a string of Metropolis-based gossip that has cropped up around this iconic superhero following the four Christopher Reeve-led "Superman" films starting in the late '70s. After the middling reception in 1987 of "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," Warner dithered for years as it attempted to reinvigorate the franchise. Writers and directors who took a crack at the franchise included Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Tim Burton, Brett Ratner and McG. Among the names floated to play prominent roles were Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Jack Nicholson, Shia LaBeouf, Scarlett Johansson and Johnny Depp.

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan is making room for another superhero franchise — none other than the Man of Steel himself, Superman.

A report from Deadline Hollywood states that Warner Bros. has tasked Nolan with a "godfather" role in shepherding a "Superman" relaunch following the poorly received "Superman Returns." The site also reiterated its report from yesterday that Nolan is currently working on the third "Batman" screenplay with David Goyer and brother Jonah Nolan.

According to the report, Nolan isn't likely to direct the new "Superman" film, which won't be a followup to "Superman Returns." Curiously, the report mentions that "Returns" collaborators Brandon Routh and Bryan Singer aren't officially off the relaunch yet.

Continue reading Christopher Nolan To 'Mentor' New 'Superman' Movies, Unlikely To Direct

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There's a new trailer up online for "Inception." Just one catch though: it's in French. Given how little we've seen of Chris Nolan's summer 2010 sci-fi adventure starring Leonardo DiCaprio, I'll take what I can get. It's not like anyone's been forthcoming about the plot. The visuals in this new trailer are damn cool however. Check it out, courtesy of MakingOf.

Sadly, the trailer has been pulled. We'll see it again soon I'm sure, and in English.

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