One of the highlights of the new "Star Trek" films has been Zachary Quinto's performance as Spock, despite having to follow the incomparable Leonard Nemoy. Quinto understands how to play the character both seriously and for laughs in a way that is unexpected and, frankly, delightful.
During "MTV First: Star Trek Into Darkness," MTV News' Josh Horowitz put a challenge to Quinto, to see if he could turn any phrase, no matter how un-Spock-like, into something that sounds like the most famous Vulcan.
Well, Quinto took on the challenge with great enthusiasm and managed to turn some ridiculous sentences into classy Spock talk. Check it out in the video above!
Have you ever wondered what you would look like suiting up in the good ol' white and black of an Imperial Stomtrooper? Short of the buying your own suit—the going rate is between $500 and $700 on eBay—or an above average Photoshop job, there are few ways to get that authentic Stormtrooper feeling.
But now (via io9), you have a chance to create a Stormtrooper action figure with your very own face. At Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida for a limited time, you can purchase a 3-D printed Stormtrooper action figure modeled off of a scan of your face. The figure will cost you $100 and about 10 minutes of your time to complete the 3-D face scan. (No matter how excited you might be, try not to smile too much. Stormtroopers have to be serious.)
The offer only lasts for a limited time. You'll have to get to Hollywood Studios during "Star Wars" Weekends 2013, which are the weekends of May 17, May 24, May 31, and June 7.
The viral campaign for the new season of "Arrested Development" is picking up steam, and today Ron Howard tweeted out the sweetest morsel yet. Tobias Fünke has created a series of green screen videos for an internet audition tape.
According to the doctor-actor, these audition videos will give directors like James Cameron the opportunity to see him, like his acting, and simply insert Tobias anywhere that he pleases.
Check out the audition reel after the jump!
Be sure to check out his official site, where Tobias also shows off a few different characters like an action hero and a cowboy, so that he can be inserted in a wide variety of places. There's also an ad on the site for a juice company that Tobias did an ad for. ManGo juice is "like having a Mango in your mouth."
The new season of "Arrested Development" premieres all at once on Netflix on May 26.
Mac Miller's next album, "Watching Movies with the Sound Off," drops on June 18, and in the lead-up the album, he stopped by MTV News to talk to our friends at RapFix to act out the name of his record.
Watch the video above to see Mac Miller literally watch movies with the sound off, but since that would be totally awkward, he adds in a few lines to the most famous scene from "The Notebook."
In the newest version of the modern romance classic, Ryan Gosling is about to leave Rachel McAdams, but she has to convince him to stay in order to star in "Drive" and explain to people why he doesn't talk that much. He, on the other hand, has some issues with her performance in the bedroom. It's way better than the older version.
Lionsgate has debuted an awesome new poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." In it, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen wears her bow and arrow and stands on top of a mountain as the mockingjay symbol forms in the clouds behind her.
"The sun persists in rising, so I make myself stand," the tagline of the new poster reads. It was posted by the official "Hunger Games" Instagram account.
This is the first we've seen of "Catching Fire" since MTV premiered the trailer at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. If it's not already clear from the poster, this sequel is going to be a very different beast than its predecessor. Not only does it have a new director in the form of Francis Lawrence, but it also has a new sort of heroine.
While Katniss Everdeen was coming into her own in "The Hunger Games," here she has seen the true darkness of the Capitol and knows what she's up again. The tagline on the poster implies that she will continue to stand against Panem's government, and the image makes us think she'll be forced to use her bow and arrow once again.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is due in theaters on November 22.
Do you like this new poster? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
"Warm Bodies" might be zombie movie, but it's also a romance. And you can't have a zombie romance without having some self-aware humor in the thing. That would be too ridiculous, otherwise.
That being the case, it should come as no surprise to find a guy like Rob Corddry showing in "Warm Bodies" as one of the zombies that give the movie a fun sense of humor.
In this exclusive extra from the Blu-ray, we see Corddry and leading man Nicholas Hoult interacting as the walking dead, and thanks to some improvising, they're also the laughing dead.
"Warm Bodies" is available for digital download today and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on June 4.
"This Is The End" is shaping up to be one of the most insane movies of 2013, and also one of the ones we're most excited for. The cast of the film tease what craziness lie in wait for unsuspecting viewers in a new featurette for the movie.
"It's really a movie about the group dynamic between friends," Seth Rogen said. "But what it's really about is the end of the world happens and a bunch of friends barricade themselves in a house together, and then all their problems kind of come to the surface."
Rogen said that he has been intrigued by the idea of actors playing themselves in films, and James Franco was on board with the concept from the get-go. "I just felt like the character of James Franco would be just more interesting and less of a cartoon if he had that kind of affection for Seth," he said. Franco clarified, "I wouldn't say I'm like obsessed with Seth to the point that I make paintings to like win his love."
The featurette shows how some of the celebrity cameos will come into play before the apocalypse hits in "This Is The End." Emma Watson, for instance, calls Jay Baruchel out on being a hipster during Franco's house party, while Rihanna. Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse listen to Craig Robinson sing a song called, "Take Your Panties Off" (it's sweeter than it sounds).
Just don't think that "This Is The End" will stay close to the party-turned-apocalypse premise. Everything the cast has teased about the movie promises that we have no idea what we are in for.
"I think we realized as we were doing it that the more we pushed it, the more it worked," Rogen said. "The movie goes pretty far. I don't know if people expect it to go as far as it does. ... I think people will probably be surprised at what the actors have been willing to do in the movie. I have been anyways."
"This Is The End" hits theaters June 12.
Are you looking forward to "This Is The End" as much as we are? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
We are now outrageously close to the premiere of a whole new season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. As you prepare to binge watch all 15 episodes in one sitting, more sneak peeks have popped up online as the stars promote the new episodes.
Portia De Rossi stopped by Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about "Arrested Development" and share a clip from the new season it. In it, we see Ed Helms return as the real estate agent who Lindsay tried to seduce in the show's original run. Based on this clip and the preview we saw earlier in the week, thing are looking good for the Bluths.
The new season of "Arrested Development" goes live on Netflix on May 26.
Like most summer tentpole movies, the promotional material for "After Earth," the upcoming sci-fi adventure starring the father-son duo of Will and Jaden Smith, has focused almost squarely on the action elements of the film. Essentially, it's been a lot of space ship crashes and Jaden Smith running through the jungle away from highly evolved human killers.
While director M. Night Shyamalan's hot streak is more than a decade in the rear-view mirror, there was a time when he excelled at putting quieter moments on the screen, in between shocking revelations. In the first clip from "After Earth," we get such a moment that drives home the stakes of the film.
Jaden's character Kitai Raige must retrieve a homing beacon from the tail end of their crashed ship, since it appears that his father, the perfectly name Cypher Raige, is unable to.
Check out the clip (via Collider) after the jump!
"After Earth" opens on May 31.
International man of mystery boxes J.J. Abrams stopped by "The Daily Show" to have a little chat with Jedi hopeful Jon Stewart last night, and the late night host was able to pry some actual information from the secretive director.
The two geeked out over both "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" during the two parts of an extended interview, and during the most interesting part of the segment, Abrams shared his perspective on how the two series differed. "'Star Trek' was overtly an allegory of today, where 'Star Wars' always felt like more of an epic. It didn't even feel like science fiction to me, which sounds crazy, but 'Star Wars' never felt like a sci-fi thing, where 'Star Trek' did," he said. "We tried to make a 'Star Trek' movie that doesn't suffer from—. The original show was static because they couldn't afford to go anywhere or do anything. We had a slightly larger budget."
From the sounds of it, Abrams views the two properties as inherently different, so this should come as welcome news to those who feared that there would be too much overlap between the diametrically opposed franchises and fan bases.
You can watch the entire interview after the jump!
"Star Trek Into Darkness" opens in theaters this Thursday, May 16.
"As I Lay Dying," James Franco's adaptation of the classic William Faulkner novel, is all set for its Cannes debut, but you can get a sneak preview thanks to the first trailer, which premiered online today.
Also, it's the "Casino Royale" opening as told in Legos in today's Dailies!
» Watch the opening scene from "Casino Royale" acted out with Legos. [YouTube]
» The three fence gags from Edgar Wright's Three Flavour Cornetto Trilogy [Film Drunk]
» Trailer for James Franco's "As I Lay Dying" [Yahoo! Movies]
» A look at Mondo's Paul Thomas Anderson series. [/Film]
» Trailer for "Fruitvale Station" [Yahoo! Movies]
» Trailer for "August: Osage County" [ABC News]
Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, odds and ends that are fit to print! From awesome fan art to obscure casting news, this is your place to feast on all the movie leftovers you didn't know you were hungry for.
To create this sparkling version of the 1920s in "The Great Gatsby," director Baz Luhrmann dove deep into history to discover how that world could possibly speak to the audiences of today. Part of that research has been made available on an interactive web site, but there's still more to come.
We have an exclusive look at some of the yet-to-be released chapters, which includes an extensive studio of 1920s slang terms and never-before-seen photos.
Take a look after the jump!
"The Great Gatsby" is in theaters now.
Caesar and his ape followers have evolved quite a bit since the events of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." As seen in a Twitter photo posted by director Matt Reeves, a "new dawn" is coming in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" where apes can ride horses.
The image Reeves posted shows Andy Serkis' Caesar facing having a conversation with Jason Clarke's character. Serkis and another man can be seen wearing motion capture suits, but interestingly their characters are seen on horses. That's a nice nod to the original "Planet of the Apes" movies, where horses were a main means of travel for the apes.
Hopefully this is a sign that the rebooted "Planet of the Apes" films will continue to bring this series closer and closer to the original. The first movie definitely set up the shape of things to come, and it will be interesting to see how that evolves going forwards. This teaser reveals Reeves is definitely off to a good start.
The plot synopsis for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" was also recently revealed. The movie is set 15 years after the events of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and Caesar still acts as the leader of a group of genetically enhanced apes. However, the humans who survived the virus that spread following the events of "Rise" now serve as a threat to the apes' survival. Though a truce is formed, a war soon breaks out as both sides seek to rule of the planet.
Toby Kebbell and Enrique Murciano were added to the cast that includes Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Clarke, Judy Greer and Kodi Smit-McPhee. It's due in theaters on May 23, 2014.
Are you glad that "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is staying true to the original films? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
Kristen Wiig made a welcome return to "Saturday Night Live" as the host of this past weekend's episode. Aside from reprising some of her favorite characters, Wiig starred in some original segments that made it really apparent how much we miss her.
The stand-out from the group was obviously "Aw, Nuts! Mom's A Ghost," a commercial for a new show on the Disney Channel. In the sketch, Wiig plays mom to the show's two rambunctious leads, who just so happens to die a terrible death in Korean, only to return as a water ghost.
We'll let the video above take it from there. Come back, Kristen, America misses you!
Warner Bros. is inviting fans to take "Pacific Rim" into their own hands. The studio has launched a "Jaeger Designer" that allows users to go online and style their own version of Earth's massive defenders in anticipation of the movie's upcoming release.
The website, which can be found here, allows fans to customize their own Jaeger by giving it different visors, decals and effects. The visors give the Jaeger various strengths, while the effects show how battle hardened it is. Though there are only limited options for each specialization, each Jaeger created will likely turn out looking quite different.
"In 2013 the world was torn open by transdimensional aggressors known as the Kaiju," the site reads. "A bold new initiative was formed, combining military might with technical innovation to create the guardians of our future... the Jaeger. Extinction is not an option. Join the fight."
Though "Pacific Rim" isn't based on a video game, it's interesting that Warner Bros. has opted to promote it through the type of character creation often found at the beginning of video games. It would be cool if these individual Jaeger avatars can be used in future "Pacific Rim" marketing moves, though it's unclear if they'll carry over beyond this "Designer." "Pacific Rim" is due in theaters on July 12.
What did you think of this "Jaeger Designer"? Do you like the way it's similar to video games? Tell us in the comments section below or on Twitter!
There are two things you should know about "The Kings of Summer," if you haven't already heard of it. First, back when it was called "Toy's House" at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, it was a huge crowd pleaser and one of the favorites of Park City.
Second, it stars some serious comedy talent that you might know from NBC's Thursday night line-up, including the awesome husband-wife duo of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally from "Parks and Recreation" and Alison Brie from "Community."
In this exclusive clip from the film, which opens in theaters on May 31, Offerman and Brie play a father and daughter, who get some Chinese take-out. Much to the chagrin of Offerman's character, the wontons that come with the food are too big to eat, leading to a confrontation with the delivery man.
The preview gives you a quick look at the brand of humor working here and a better idea of why "The Kings of Summer" won over so many audience members at Sundance.
"The Kings of Summer" opens on May 31.
By Ryan Rigley
Last week, "Star Trek Into Darkness" director J.J. Abrams had a few words to say on the status of the upcoming "Star Wars" films. "There are discussions about what would happen later and how to make this thing," explains Abrams in a recent interview with MTV News. "You can't look at it in a binary way. It's obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that's something you have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy."
Clearly, the proposed Yoda, Boba Fett, and Young Han Solo spinoff films all rely quite heavily on the success of "Star Wars VII." But with a release slated for summer 2015, it seems as if the answers to our questions are still pretty far off. Chief among those questions being which characters will be making an appearance in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Not C-3P0 or R2-D2. I'm talking obscure characters like IG-88; a bounty hunter droid that makes a brief appearance in "The Empire Strikes Back."
Built on the planet Halowan as a part of Project Phlutdroid, the IG-88 assassin droids were designed by an Imperial officer named Gurdun with the hopes that his new murder machines would bring him wealth and fame. However, as soon as the first IG-88 model (IG-88A) is turned on, it immediately deems itself superior to all organic beings and proceeds to kill all 15 scientists in a matter of seconds.
Quickly conceiving a plan for galactic conquest, IG-88A transfers its memories and sentience programming to the remaining three IG-88 models (IG-88B, IG-88C, IG-88D); effectually creating a hive mind. IG-88B would go on to become the second deadliest bounty hunter in the galaxy (right after Boba Fett) as a means of distracting the organics from IG-88A's true plans for droid superiority.
Cold, calculating and efficient; the IG-88 assassin droids are truly a force to be reckoned with. They are always thinking of the bigger picture, looking for any way they can to eliminate all forms of organic life from the galaxy. In fact, at one point, IG-88A had plans to upload his consciousness to the hull of the second Death Star which would essentially make the already unstoppable killing machine ten times as powerful and ten times as unstoppable. Luckily for the rest of the galaxy, the Rebel Alliance managed to blow up the second Death Star during the Battle of Endor; mere seconds before IG-88A could complete the uploading process.
After the destruction of the second Death Star, the original IG-88's body is found on the droid factory world of Mechis III and reprogrammed as a less sentient, more traditional assassin droid. That being said, this version of IG-88 could totally make an appearance in "Star Wars VII" as somebody's personal bodyguard. Alternatively, I think it's fairly safe to say that the whole droid uprising storyline could make for one hell of a plot for the next "Star Wars" trilogy. What say you, Mr. Abrams?
When Warner Bros. decided to move Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" from Oscar season 2012 to summer 2013, it seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. An adaption of a literary novel by one of the more eccentric stylists working in film today would be out of place alongside superheroes and intergalactic starships. Who would see "Gatsby" then? The answer: Lots of people.
Leonardo DiCaprio and company pulled off a shocker of a second place finish, taking in $51 million in ticket sales in the U.S. alone. That total made for the third biggest opening weekend that didn't result in a first place finish.
That honor went, once again, to "Iron Man 3." Marvel Studios continued its world-wide domination, adding $72 million to its domestic total, as it inches closer and closer to the $1 billion mark.
Head over to MTV News for a full box office breakdown.