Since the debut of the teaser trailer a few weeks back, interest in Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn's prequel X-Men: First Class has spiked dramatically, in accordance with Fox's ramping up of promotion for the June 3rd release date. Now, a new pair of what appear to be international posters have made their way online, and the give good looks at the Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as the youthful incarnations of Magneto and Professor Xavier, respectively. Take a good look right here:
The tide seems to have turned against Zach Galifianakis. Since he became a big deal in the biggest comedy of all time, The Hangover, he's popped up in a lot of movies, and none of them have endeared him to the movie going public the way that film did, not even Due Date, his reunion with Hangover director Todd Phillips. He's now seen as something of a one-trick pony, but the comedian has years of bizarre and funny stand-up indicating that we've yet to see him reach his full cinematic potential. Regardless, there's about to more Galifianakis out there, as he's hosting next week's episode of Saturday Night Live.
The episode will mark Galifianakis' second time as host of SNL. His first hosting gig, he shaved his trademark beard, and starred in this unfailingly funny digital short:
If you've ever heard the song theme song 'Best That You Can Do', from the orginal Arthur, starring Dudley Moore, then you're aware that it's a musical abomination from which your ear drums and your sense of decency will never recover. That song was the product of an unholy alliance between Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen. With the Arthur remake starring Russell Brand as the title character, who could possibly create a hopefully-improved theme for the billionaire misanthrope with a heart of gold? MTV News made inquiries with co-star Greta Gerwig on the Independent Spirit Awards red carpet, and though she was far from certain, she said that none other than Cee Lo Green might be working on a tune for the film.
By now, you've probably heard that Detroit is getting a statue to commemorate its greatest fictitious hero, the cybernetic crime stopper RoboCop. The whole thing started when Detroit mayor David Bing tweeted that the city had no plans to erect any sort of monument to the good cop turned-super cop, and the internet disagreed with Mayor Bing. A subsequent crowd-sourced funding of the statue raised $50,000 in no time at all, and all corners of the internet reveled in the surreal beauty of a RoboCop statue becoming real. Now Peter Weller, the actor who portrayed Alex Murphy in the first two films, is in a video from Funny Or Die, sharing his thoughts on his visage becoming a statue. Check it out:
For some reason, every time I think of Black Swan, I think immediately of Vincent Cassel yelling "Attack it! Attack it!" Seems an odd detail to conjure from a film that includes stunning cinematography, top notch performances, ballet like crazy, revolting body-horror, psychotic breaks, and of course, lesbian sex. 20th century Fox Home Entertainment has announced you'll be able to enjoy all that and more when the film hits DVD and Blu-Ray on March 29th. As usual, the DVD will have a fraction of the special features afforded to the Blu-Ray, so you're going to want to break open that piggy bank and drop some cash on the newfangled format. Check out the press release and full list of special features:
The Oscars may not have been a bundle of surprises, but the weekend box office provided a few of its own. Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet managed to make its way to the first place spot over the pretty-slow Oscar weekend, according to estimates. After slowly moving into a striking position after debuting in third place, then jumping up to second place last weekend, the animated picture rose to first with $14.2 million over a weekend that apparently stands as the lowest attended late-February weekend in 16 years. The new Farrelly Brothers comedy Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, underperformed in second place with an estimated $13.4 million, and last week's number one film Unknown dropped 43% to $12.4 million.
This year's winners of Golden Raspberry Awards, meant to recognize the very worst in mainstream film making, were announced on Saturday night, the day before the pomp and circumstance of the Academy Awards. The lion's share of Razzies this year went to The Last Airbender, writer and director M. Night Shamylan's adaptation of the Nickelodeon animated series. Airbender took home Razzies in the biggest categories, including Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Director, and a new category, Worst Eye-Gouging use of 3D. The year's other most-nominated film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse made it out unscathed, securing not a single Razzie. Sex and the City 2 was not so lucky, earning three not-award-awards, including a Worst Actress Razzie for Sarah Jessica Parker. Check out all the Razzie winners right here.
By now, the whole world is probably well aware that last night's Oscars went down pretty much precisely as anticipated, with The King's Speech taking home the award for Best Picture. You're now feeling like you used to on Christmas afternoon, when all the presents are unwrapped and the anticipation is kaput. Because we care, we've helpfully provided a full list of the 2011 Academy Award winners in order to console you.
Last night, Matt Dentler tweeted to announce the passing of Gary Winick at just 49 years old. The director and producer would have turned fifty next month. Indiewire reports that Winick endured a long battle with the brain cancer that took his life yesterday. Winick is probably most well known for his directorial work on family friendly crowd pleasers, including 13 Going on 30, Charlotte's Web, and Letters to Juliet, but he emerged from the independent film world with a low budget horror picture Curfew, and also directed the indie Tadpole, starring Aaron Stanford, Kate Mara, and Sigourney Weaver.