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'American Reunion': The Final, Final Slice Of 'Pie'?

6 April 2012 8:18 AM, PDT

'Jay-z retired; he's back,' Eddie Kaye Thomas tells MTV News when asked about 'American Wedding' being billed as the last 'Pie' flick.

By Ryan J. Downey

Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein and Eddie Kaye Thomas in "American Reunion"

Photo: Universal Pictures

"American Wedding" was billed as "the thrilling climax" of the "American Pie" franchise back in 2003. But as every fan knows, a handful of "American Pie Presents" direct-to-dvd movies followed, and this weekend, the original cast returns to theaters in the appropriately titled "American Reunion." So what gives?

When MTV News posed this question, Eddie Kaye Thomas (better known to fans of the beloved comedy franchise as Finch) was quick with a killer response. "Jay-z retired; he's back. Why don't you ask him that question?" he said with a wide smile, to much laughter from co-star Seann William Scott.

In fairness to the entire cast, »

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'Bully' Gets PG-13 Rating After Edits

6 April 2012 5:37 AM, PDT

The Weinstein Co. removed offensive language from the bullying movie to achieve a PG-13 rating.

By Gil Kaufman

Scene from "Bully"

Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Just a week after announcing that it would be released unrated
 in a protest to the R rating slapped on it by the ratings board, the Weinstein Co. said on Thursday that an edited version of "Bully" will hit theaters with a PG-13 rating.

The anti-bullying documentary has unleashed a fierce back-and-forth between legendarily pugnacious Weinstein boss Harvey Weinstein and the board, which gave the film the restricted rating on the basis of multiple four-letter words heard in the film.

According to the Associated Press, the edited PG-13 version will be released on April 13 with the blessing of the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA originally tagged the film with an R rating and refused to change that ruling after the Weinstein Co. appealed. »

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'American Reunion': The Reviews Are In!

6 April 2012 3:53 AM, PDT

Critics say 'American Pie' sequel 'should have graduated up to bigger and better things.'

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan in "American Reunion"

Photo: Universal

As far as teen comedies go, "American Pie" is a fan favorite. Audiences found Stifler (Seann William Scott) endearing and couldn't stop talking about Jim's (Jason Biggs) infamous scene in the kitchen humping a pie. Now, an unlucky 13 years later, "American Reunion" transports the crew back in time to celebrate, with the whole cast reassembling for their East Great Falls High class reunion.

Unfortunately, it looks as though critics wished the characters let their reunion invitations get well acquainted with their trashcans. What had potential to restore the franchise after four straight-to-video spinoffs only left subtle feelings of nostalgia. We don't even think Biggs' full-frontal scene can save this one. Here's our roundup of what the critics are saying about »

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'Dark Shadows' Score A Far Cry From Slapstick Trailer

6 April 2012 12:54 AM, PDT

Is Tim Burton's vampire flick darker than the campy trailer had us believe?

By John Mitchell

Johnny Depp in "Dark Shadows"

Photo: Warner Bros

So we've been talking a lot about that gonzo first trailer for "Dark Shadows." It's got its defenders and its detractors and that's all pretty well documented , so we're not going to spill any more ink on it. But now Warner Bros. has muddied the waters a bit by releasing Danny Elfman's full score for the film — and it's definitely not the score to a slapstick comedy.

First things first, the trailer unquestionably makes "Dark Shadows" seem like a farce. We've argued that's not necessarily a bad thing — sometimes a radical overhaul is what it takes to reinvent something old for modern audiences (see: "Charlie's Angels," "Mission Impossible") — but the tone set in the trailer is a complete departure from what everyone expected, while Elfman's score, »

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Katy Perry's 'Part Of Me' Film Inspired By Madonna

6 April 2012 12:54 AM, PDT

Perry says Madge's 'Truth or Dare' is 'amazing, because it caught her at a time when she was a bit more vulnerable.'

By James Dinh

Katy Perry in the "Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D" trailer

Photo: Paramount

Much like her pop-star peers, Katy Perry cites Madonna as a big influence, especially on her "Part of Me" 3-D concert movie, which hits theaters July 5, which was partially inspired by the Queen of Pop's 1991 film "Truth or Dare."

In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, the always-colorful starlet spoke about her upcoming big-screen adventure and how "Truth or Dare" led to its creation.

"Madonna is everything to me, and that movie is amazing, because it caught her at a time when she was a bit more vulnerable," Perry said of the film, which chronicled the icon's Blond Ambition Tour. "I wanted to do that too, to capture a »

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Can 'American Reunion' Or 'Titanic' Top 'Hunger Games' At The Box Office?

5 April 2012 10:50 PM, PDT

We speak to box-office experts about whether the 'Games' will continue to rule over the weekend.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Jason Biggs in "American Reunion"

Photo: Universal Pictures

Almost three weeks into "The Hunger Games" 's run at the box office, two worthy competitors have stepped up to challenge the aging champion. "Titanic 3D" and "American Reunion" pose the first real threat to "The Hunger Games" and its reign as the top money maker of the weekend. "The Hunger Games" has, however, performed strongly all week and could very well earn a third straight victory.

We spoke with box-office experts to see where they think "The Hunger Games" will land come Monday and whether "Titanic 3D" or "American Reunion" could rule the weekend instead.

James Cameron's 3D conversion of "Titanic" got an early start on the competition with a Wednesday opening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. »

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'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross Not Returning For 'Catching Fire'?

5 April 2012 10:38 PM, PDT

Lionsgate and a rep for Ross have no comment on Playlist report.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Gary Ross

Photo: MTV News

That sound you hear is a cannon firing in the distance, because a new report is claiming "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross will not be returning for the sequel, "Catching Fire."

The Playlist is reporting that Ross informed Lionsgate and Summit earlier this week that he would not return to direct the sequel to the box-office smash, which has made $263 million to date.

This directly contradicts a report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week that indicated that negotiations between Ross and the studio were ongoing but tough. According to that story, the issue simply came down to money, something the Playlist story calls a "small part of the motivation." Lionsgate reportedly paid Ross a relatively low $3 million for "The Hunger Games," with 5 percent of the back end.

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Exclusive 'Savages' Trailer: Blake Lively Tells One Sexy Story

5 April 2012 9:57 AM, PDT

See the first trailer for the new Oliver Stone flick, starring Blake Lively and Taylor Kitsch, right here.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Blake Lively and Taylor Kitsch in "Savages"

Photo: Universal Pictures

On Wednesday, we revealed the first scintillating bits of footage from Oliver Stone's next movie, "Savages," and if you're looking for more, you are in luck. We have your exclusive first look at the full trailer for "Savages."

"Savages" is a story about the 99 percent and the one percent. As Blake Lively's O explains, her two boyfriends, Ben and Chon, played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch, respectively, represent two halves of a successful drug business. "Ben went to Berkeley and double-majored in business and botany. He takes 99 percent of the violence out of the business. Other one percent? Well, that's where Chon comes in."

Things are all sunshine and ménages à trios for O, Ben »

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Exclusive: Judd Apatow Talks 'Anchorman 2' Dream Cameos

5 April 2012 9:16 AM, PDT

'Now is the moment where Adam McKay and Will Ferrell disappear into a small room and write it,' producer tells MTV News.

By Amy Wilkinson

Judd Apatow

Photo: MTV News

In grand, mustachioed style, Will Ferrell made a surprise appearance on "Conan" last week to announce the long-awaited sequel to his 2004 hit comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy." But before San Diego's favorite newsman can indulge in the scotchy scotch scotch, there's a lot of work to be done, according to producer Judd Apatow.

"Now is the moment where Adam McKay and Will Ferrell disappear into a small room and write it," he told MTV News on Wednesday at the red-carpet premiere of HBO's new series "Girls," which he also executive produces. "So I'm as excited as anybody to hear what they want to do this time." (MTV Movies blog has plenty of plot ideas if you need help, »

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Taylor Lautner To Join Adam Sandler In 'Grown Ups 2'

5 April 2012 6:16 AM, PDT

'Twilight Saga' star will take on 'fun' role in sequel to the hit 2010 comedy.

By Jocelyn Vena

Taylor Lautner

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Film Magic

If you've been itching to see Taylor Lautner flex his comedy chops more on the big screen, this news is for you.

The "Twilight Saga" star has just nabbed a role in the sequel to 2010's "Grown Ups," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lautner will join most of the original cast in the sequel including its leading man Adam Sandler, as well as Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek. "Project X" star Oliver Cooper also recently joined the cast. Director Dennis Dugan will be back to helm "Grown Ups 2."

Sources say that the big-screen werewolf "will make an appearance in a 'fun' role, in which he goes toe-to-toe with Sandler."

The role marks a departure for Lautner, who previously angled more »

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First 'Avengers' Clip: Joss Whedon Perfects Black Widow

5 April 2012 4:22 AM, PDT

On 'Talk Nerdy,' the resident MTV Movies nerds debate the first 'Avengers' clip, tackle Liam Neeson's 'Dark Knight' return and more!

By Josh Wigler

Scarlett Johansson in "The Avengers"

Photo: Disney/ Marvel

Five films and years upon years of buildup later, "The Avengers" is finally happening.

The movie that was first teased back in 2008 will assemble in front of theatergoers everywhere May 4, less than one month from now, though several questions still linger: Who are the aliens Loki's bringing to Earth? What's the deal with that massive dragon-spaceship thing tagging along? Which of our beloved heroes is going to die? (Because, as I already wrote elsewhere, this is a Joss Whedon movie; we're all but guaranteed to lose someone along the way.)

What's less unclear, however, is how Whedon plans to approach some of his characters — specifically Black Widow. The fiery-haired S.H.I.E.L.D. agent first introduced in "Iron Man 2 »

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Jason Biggs Goes Full Frontal In 'American Reunion'

5 April 2012 3:53 AM, PDT

Cast talks to MTV News about seeing everything in the fourth theatrical flick of the 'American Pie' series.

By Ryan J. Downey

Jason Biggs in "American Reunion"

Photo: Universal Pictures

Jason Biggs famously humped a dessert in what became the most memorable scene in "American Pie." Now, more than a dozen years later, an older (but obviously not much wiser) Jim Levenstein ups the ante in "American Reunion" by going full-frontal in that very same kitchen.

"My penis — the nerve, you ready? — went and got an agent after the first test screening of the movie," the actor joked with MTV News while doing press for the fourth theatrical "American Pie" flick, on which he served as a co-executive producer in addition to reprising the role that made him famous. "It tested through the roof, my penis did. It was the highest-scoring character in the movie. It scored a »

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'Catching Fire' Director: Who Could Carry The Torch?

5 April 2012 2:13 AM, PDT

As Gary Ross' 'Hunger Games' future becomes uncertain, Hobnobbing scopes out other directors well-suited for the film.

By Amy Wilkinson

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"

Photo: Lionsgate

Gary Ross' future with "The Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire," seemed a foregone conclusion — so much so that the helmer felt comfortable discussing his preliminary vision for the follow-up with MTV News recently.

So it was a rude awakening for fans when The Hollywood Reporter reported on Wednesday that Ross was embroiled in "tough negotiations" with Lionsgate regarding his contract, and that the studio might opt to go the way of "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" and have a different director oversee follow-ups.

It's evident from interviews that Ross has a strong passion and deep insight into Suzanne Collins' source material, so it would be a shame to see him go — a sentiment many fans share, according to a poll on MTV's Hollywood Crush. »

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'Captain America 2': What We Know So Far

5 April 2012 1:28 AM, PDT

Disney has announced a release date in April 2014, but what else can we predict about Cap's return to the big screen?

By Kevin Sullivan

Chris Evans in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Captain America might be only getting ready to strap on his shield for "The Avengers," but Disney has already announced definite plans for his next solo adventure.

In a press release on Thursday (April 5), Disney set the debut of "Captain America 2" for April 4, 2014 and gave a brief explanation of where the story will take us. "The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated 'Marvel's The Avengers' (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world."

The news comes hot off talk of a short list for director candidates, so we've broken »

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Exclusive 'Savages' Teaser Trailer: Things Are Getting Hot

4 April 2012 9:01 AM, PDT

First trailer for Oliver Stone flick debuts on MTV.com Thursday at 1 p.m. Et.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch in "Savages"

Photo: Universal Pictures

What's a summer movie season without a little heat? "Savages," the movie that could be the sexiest of the season, is set to hit this July, and MTV News has your first look at the trailer.

The first trailer for "Savages," starring Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively, will debut right here tomorrow at 1 p.m. Et, but be sure to check out our teaser if you can't wait and need a small sneak peek.

In "Savages," Johnson and Kitsch play Ben and Chon, marijuana dealers and fellow boyfriends to their shared girlfriend, O, played by Lively. After the partners turn down a Mexican drug cartel, which wants in on their operation, the rival gang kidnaps O and demands a ransom. »

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'Mad Men' Creators Used Fat Suit For Betty Draper's Weight Gain

4 April 2012 8:10 AM, PDT

January Jones' character piled on the pounds in the second episode.

By Gil Kaufman

January Jones in "Mad Men"

Photo: AMC

If you followed the arc of "Mad Men" actress January Jones' real-life pregnancy, you know that the slim TV star never looked ... that big. And by that big we mean the really full-figured look Jones' character, Betty Draper
, showed off during Sunday night's second episode of the show's fifth season.

That Betty was, well, big all over: in the face, the arms, middle. And while we still don't know the identity of Jones' real-life baby daddy, one mystery was solved on Monday when it was revealed that Jones was wearing a fat suit and prosthetic face and neck appliances to make her character look heavy duty.

While Jones was pregnant with her now-six-month-old son Xander during filming, instead of writing that into the plot, series creator Matthew Weiner »

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Katy Perry's 'Part Of Me' Concert Film Gets Personal

4 April 2012 7:03 AM, PDT

Trailer for singer's 3-D flick touches on her divorce from Russell Brand and includes confessions about her career strife.

By Jocelyn Vena

Katy Perry in the "Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D" trailer

Photo: Paramount

In between dazzling shots of her onstage, in her music videos and getting dolled up in sparkling costumes, Katy Perry also addresses some real issues in her first full trailer for her 3-D concert film, "Part of Me," set for release in July.

While she doesn't directly discuss her divorce from actor/comedian Russell Brand in the teaser, the split is referenced by a news headline as Perry is seen getting ready for one of her shows. And that's not the only personal subject the colorful pop star will open up about in the film.

Katy's Religious Background

Perry, now best known for her candy-coated, flirty persona, grew up in a strict, religious family. In the trailer, »

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'Titanic 3D': The Reviews Are In!

4 April 2012 3:53 AM, PDT

Critics are overwhelmingly impressed with James Cameron's 3-D conversion.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Kate Winslet at the "Titanic 3D" premiere

Photo: Getty Images

James Cameron has never been known for taking things halfway, and the new 3-D conversion of his epic "Titanic" is no exception.

Cameron and his team spent years adding computer-generated depth to each frame to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. When the director screened 20 minutes of footage for journalists last October, they responded with warm reviews, but now the final product is ready to set sail.

Cameron has always stood by 3-D technology for film, through seemingly endless criticism, and now the reviews for his latest 3-D product are coming in as raves.

Drew McWeeny from HitFix doled out high praise for "Titanic 3D," calling it "the very best 3-D conversion of a film that I've seen so far." Though the quality of the 3-D impressed McWeeny overall, »

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Rihanna Had 'Guts To Take Chances' In Big-Screen Debut

4 April 2012 3:53 AM, PDT

'There's probably no more single important skill that you can ask for in an actress,' 'Battleship' director Peter Berg tells MTV News.

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Rihanna in the "Battleship" poster

Photo: Universal Pictures

With the much-anticipated "Battleship" set to release May 18, some are still skeptical as to whether Rihanna can make a successful transition from music to film. But even in the beginning stages of the movie, director Peter Berg never doubted the pop singer's talent.

"I'm a big believer in musicians-turned-actor," Berg told MTV News, proceeding to list many of the musicians who went on to make it on the big screen.

"You could do a great MTV special about all the musicians that have acted," he continued. "It starts for me with Frank Sinatra, who won an Oscar for a movie called 'From Here to Eternity.' Mick Jagger was in a film called 'Performance. »

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'Katy Perry: Part Of Me' Trailer: Five Key Scenes

4 April 2012 12:57 AM, PDT

Trailer for upcoming 3-D concert movie shows singer hard at work and interacting with fans.

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Katy Perry in the trailer for "Katy Perry: Part Of Me"

Photo: Imagine Entertainment

It's here, KatyCats! Paramount Pictures debuted Katy Perry's "Part of Me" trailer for her 3-D concert movie Tuesday night. The trailer offers a glimpse of what audiences can expect from the film, in theaters July 5.

The movie gives fans a peek into the "Firework" singer's personal life. When Perry sat down with MTV News, she said, "Literally, this film is basically like you're seeing it from my best friend-buddy perspective." Perry's always been open with her fans, interacting with them on Twitter and holding meet-and-greets at every show. But the trailer reveals a side of Perry that's sure to be new to fans. To show you what we mean, here are five key scenes from the trailer. »

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