MTV Movie Awards Are Back!


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MTV (Photo credit: Gnal) Fans will fall in love with their favorite movies from the past year all over again and get a first-look at films to come when MTV returns to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” The 21st annual award show will air LIVE on Sunday, June 3rd at 9PM (ET/PT). MTV also announced that this year’s telecast will be executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves for the first time.

Known as one of the most outrageous and distinctive televised award shows, the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will feature its trademark individuality and irreverence. Fusing the network’s musical core with the wonder, scale and energy of the movie-going experience, the telecast is set to provide more laughs, surprises and one-of-a-kind moments with Hollywood’s biggest stars gathering to honor fan-favorites from the past year and beyond.

“Just as Jesse has done with our ‘Video Music Awards’, we know he’ll infuse this year’s ‘Movie Awards’ with creative, musical and cinematic elements that fully tap into the sense of awe our audience experiences in a movie theater,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “In his inspired hands, this year’s show will be re-imagined to deliver a telecast that reflects our audiences’ favorite films, music and stars.”

The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.

Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves has served as executive producer for the “MTV Video Music Awards” for the past five years, including the “2011 Video Music Awards” that scored MTV’s biggest audience in the network’s history.

The “2011 MTV Movie Awards” delivered a 3.9 rating among P12-34, averaging 4.5 million viewers, and its largest audience among teens since 2004 – a 5.4 rating overall, and whopping 8.3 rating among female teens.

The show kept its tradition as Hollywood’s most atypical and irreverent awards show, with host Jason Sudeikis providing laugh-out-loud moments, a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber, a naughty-but-nice presentation by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, GENERATION AWARD winner Reese Witherspoon providing a message of female empowerment, and the stars of the night’s big winner “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” – Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner – lip-locking as Pattinson went to accept his BEST KISS golden popcorn.

To watch video of last year’s biggest moments, get the full list of past show winners and check out fashion and commentary from the shows’ red carpets, please go to


About MTV:

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John Carter’s Director Andrew Stanton Talks


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Newly released talk from JOHN CARTER Director Andrew Stanton discussing his life in story last week in Long Beach, CA.

Andrew Stanton is the writer behind the three hugely successful Pixar Toy Story movies as well as the writer and director of WALL-E, the opening sequence of which will go down in, well, my personal history as being one of the most beautiful animation pieces of all time. His new live action movie, John Carter, comes out in March. He takes to the TED2012 stage and starts with a bang: telling a long-winded, accent-strewn, expletive-filled joke that promptly sets the crowd on fire. Storytelling, you see, is joke-telling. And now he continues to challenge himself to see if he can accord his own greatest storytelling commandment–”make me care”–by telling us his own life story … backwards.

“And that’s what ultimately led me to talking about story here at TED.” Two big laughs in a row; Stanton really is a comedian, as well as everything else!

So the story, naturally, starts with John Carter, based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, of which Burroughs is the narrator. “The book is fundamentally making a promise; this story will lead somewhere worth time,” he says. “A well told promise is like a pebble being pulled back in a slingshot that propels you through the story to the end.”

2008 After showing us a clip from Wall-E, Stanton says he used everything he had, wanting to experiment with the idea that storytelling without dialogue was the purest form of cinematic storytelling. That led to another realization: “We all want to work for our meal when we watch a movie; we just don’t want to know that we’re doing it.”

2002 When Stanton worked with Bob Peterson on Finding Nemo, their unifying theory was 2+2. The twist; to make the audience put things together. “Don’t give them 4. Give them 2+2.” No, it’s not an exact science. Stories, he says, are not a widget. “Stories are inevitable if they’re good but they’re not predictable.”

2001 Stanton took an acting seminar with Judith Weston and learned that all well-drawn characters have a spine. ”They have a dominant unconcsious goal that they’re striving for, an itch they can never scratch.” This was a huge moment for Stanton, who took this on as a dominant theme for his own storytelling.

1998 Hooked on storytelling, he read everything he could, and found the phrase by William Archer: “Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.” This incredibly insightful definition helped him to understand how to fuse short-term and long-term tensions in narrative.

1993 The early days at Pixar were freeform. “We were a group of guys going on gut,” he says. “It’s interesting to see how that led us places that were actually pretty good.” Particularly given that successful animation at the time looked like nothing they were doing. But despite early hiccups, they stuck to their course. “Thank goodness we were too young, rebellious and contrarian,” to do otherwise, Stanton says.

1970 When he was five, Stanton’s mother took him to see Bambi. Cue “awes” from the audience as we watch a beautiful clip of the classic animation. “I walked out of there wide-eyed with wonder,” remembers Stanton. “That’s what I think the secret sauce is. Wonder is honest, innocent, it can’t be artificially invoked.”

1969 Yet there’s more. When he was four, Stanton recalls asking his father about two scars on his ankle. He told him he’d been born prematurely. “The doctor took a look at this yellow kid with black teeth and told my mother I wouldn’t live. I lived in the hospital for months. And I did live, and that made me special.” As to whether he believes that, he doesn’t know, but he does know he wanted to strive at being worthy of the second chance he was given. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what ultimately led him to speak here at TED2012 today.

Teen starts petition against anti-bullying film’s ‘R’ rating


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Katy Butler, a high school student and onetime victim of bullying, delivered more than 200,000 petition signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America, urging the group to lower the “R” rating of the anti-bullying documentary “Bully” so young people can view the film. Butler discusses her efforts with msnbc’s Thomas Roberts.

>>> have you heard about it? it is the must-see documentary for kids and kids can’t even see it. it is called bullying examining the impact of bullying and it is getting push-back. it is rated “r” making it off limits to the intended audiences, but one 17-year-old recently started a petition to change all that. and she’s got some big support on her side.

>> a petition has been started by a high school student in michigan to change the rating. her name is katie butler and is in the audience today. hi, katie . good for you. i’m proud of you.

>> over 200,000 people have signed katie ‘s petition, including ellen, but will it make a difference? katie butler is joining me now. nice to see you today.

>> you too, thank you so much for having me.

>> absolutely. you, yourself, had a personal reaction to bullying, the experience that you suffered in your own life and now seeing this film, what can you tell us about your own personal experiences and why you want a petition to make sure kids see this film?

>> well, when i was in seventh grade, i came out as a lesbian to my school, and a lot of people in any school didn’t like. that they bullied me and pushed me into lockers and ended up one daybreaking my finger. and that was a really horrible experience. so when i saw that the new movie “bully” was coming out, i though thing. it was so exciting because it could be such a new take on bullying in the united states .

>> so, katie , when you decided to do this petition, did you ever think you would get the attention of ellen degeneres , and how has that changed the media onslaught you have gotten since?

>> i had absolutely no idea it would get this big. i’m so glad it did because bullying is such a real issue. and i think so many more people are paying attention to it now that ellen is supporting it. it’s so great. i’m so thankful for it.

>> i want to play a little clip of the film. take a peek.

>> and i think he got to the point where enough was enough.

>> he had a tragic situation.

>> a boy just 11 years old desperate enough to take his own life.

>> boys will be boys . they are just cruel at this age.

>> here what we get is, nothing is wrong, we didn’t do anything, everything is fine.

>> they would punch me, strangle me, take things from me, sit on me.

>> give it to him hard!

>> he’s not safe on that bus.

>> i’ve been on that bus. they are just as good as gold.

>> katie , that’s just part of the film from the trailer. it’s really a raw and emotional look. it does have the “r” rating because of profanity in the film. do you think they should take it on the chin, basically, the company that’s producing this, and re-edit the film to sanitize the language? or do you think they can win and you can win as well by having the rating changed to pg-13?

>> i think we can definitely win. i think taking out the language in this movie is taking away from the message. the message is so strong. and the language in the movie is the language kids hear every day and the language kids are bullied with. if we go in and take it out, it is definitely taking away from that. nobody goes into schools and edits out the language kids hear in schools, it just doesn’t happen.

>> the film comes out on march 30th nationally. we’ll see what shall happen between now and then about whether or not it is going to get lowered to the pg-13, but your efforts need to be harrowed. katie butler, i appreciate it.

The Lorax” wins weekend box office, becomes top-grossing film released this year


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CBS/AP) “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax” took the No. 1 spot for the second-straight weekend at the box office,raising its domestic total to $122 million and  making the movie the top-grossing film released this year.


The animated adventure based on the children’s book took in a total of $39.1 million over the weekend. Right behind “The Lorax” was Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” opening with $30.6 million. Not the best start, given the whopping $250 million that Disney reportedly spent to make the star-less  “John Carter,” which also earned generally poor reviews that will hurt its long-term prospects.

“We would have hoped for more, considering the larger economics of the film but are still encouraged with how it’s been received by audiences that have seen it and hope to see that generate positive word of mouth for the balance of the run,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution.

“John Carter” casts “Friday Night Lights” co-star Taylor Kitsch in the title role as a 19th century Civil War veteran whisked away to Mars, where he falls for a beautiful princess and becomes a hero in the red planet’s own civil war. His  was the most recognizable name in the cast.

The Warner Bros. teen comedy “Project X” held up well in its second weekend with $11.6 million to finish at No. 3 and raise its domestic haul to $40.1 million.

Elizabeth Olsen’s horror tale “Silent House,” released by Open Road Films, opened modestly at No. 4 with $7 million. Olsen plays a young woman terrorized inside her family’s spooky summer home.

Eddie Murphy’s comedy “A Thousand Words,” a leftover shot in 2008 and finally dumped into theaters by distributor Paramount, was a dud at No. 6 with just $6.4 million.

The movie features Murphy as a fast-talking literary agent and neglectful family man who gets a lesson on the important things in life after discovering he has only a thousand words left to utter before he dies.

Overall, domestic business rose again as studios continued their 2012 box-office roll. Revenues totaled $140.5 million, up 8.7 percent from the same weekend last year, according to

Receipts have climbed every weekend this year, with domestic revenues inching above $2 billion so far in 2012, an 18 percent increase over last year’s.

Paramount Release Shakeup: Tom Cruise’s ‘One Shot’ to Christmas; Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ to Summer


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Rearranging its release calendar in a major way, Paramount is moving Tom Cruise starrer One Shot from February 2013 to Dec. 21, 2012–the same frame that Cruise’s box office blockbuster Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol opened last year. As a result, the studio is pushing back Brad Pitt zombie action pic World War Z to June 21, 2013. The film had occupied the date that One Shot now opens on. The third major headline See more »

Jeremy Irons Joins Alcon’s ‘Beautiful Creatures’


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Jeremy Irons is in final negotiations to join the cast of Beautiful Creatures, Alcon’s adaptation of the young adult novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Irons joins a cast that includes Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and relative newcomers Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert. The latter duo are the centerpiece of the coming-of-age story about two star-crossed teens — one a local boy, the other

HBO Not Moving Forward With Spike Lee/Doug Ellin’s ‘Da Brick’


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Doug Ellin is 0-for-2 this pilot season. HBO has passed on its Spike Lee/Ellin-produced boxing drama Da Brick, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The premium cable network has opted to pass on the boxing drama, which was described as a contemporary explorating of what it means to be a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America. The news comes more than a week after the network passed on Ellin’s 40, a comedy pilot about a See more »

American Idol’ Contestant Jermaine Jones Disqualified From Competition


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Jermaine Jones has been disqualified from further participation on American Idol after it was discovered that he concealed “multiple crimes,” TMZ reports. Jones announced his departure on Twitter, tweeting, “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” Photos: ‘American Idol‘ Season 11 Top 13 Finalists Jones was reportedly charged with two crimes in 2011, one involving violence. In both arrests, Jones gave a fake name to police. He additionally did not reveal to producers that he has outstanding warrants. Jones departure will pan out in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night’s broadcast. Fox had no comment. Later on

Flying High: A conversation with filmmaker Brad Bird


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Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Brad Bird… “In the period before The Iron Giant [1999], when I was trying to get movies made, and running against all the walls a lot of filmmakers run up against, half the projects I had on the runway were live-action,” reveals Oscar-winning American filmmaker Brad Bird who won Best Animated Feature for The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007). “It’s something that I’ve been circling for a long time.” When the Great California Earthquake tale 1906 failed to get made, the native of Kalispell, Montana was offered an opportunity to helm the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise by producer J.J. Abrams (Super 8). “With animation you’re pushing people toward a finished state,” states Bird who decided to direct Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). “You keep pushing the shot forward whereas live-action you’re rolling the dice on catching the shot. You get a » – flickeringmyth

Finally A Really Good Dark Knight Rises Action Figure Released


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Sideshow Collectables has released a photo of a really awesome Batman action figure. The upcoming film “The Dark Knight Rises” by director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento) stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins, Terminator Salvation, The 13 Women of Nanjing), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart, Alice in Wonderland, The Silver Linings Playbook), Tom Hardy (Inception, RocknRolla, Bronson), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Elektra Luxx, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, Se7en), Gary Oldman (The Professional, The Fifth Element) and Michael Caine (Cars 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, Inception, Harry Brown). Click Here to check out our Top 30 photo gallery from Dark Knight