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Jennifer Lawrence's 'Screw PETA' Remark Peeves Animal Rights Org

11 April 2012 8:08 AM, PDT

'When people kill animals, it is the animals who are 'screwed,' not PETA,' organization's president Ingrid Newkirk says.

By Jocelyn Vena

Jennifer Lawrence

Photo: Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence opened up recently about that squirrel-skinning scene in "Winter's Bone" during her Rolling Stone interview. When asked if it was real or courtesy of movie magic, the actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the film, said, "I should say it wasn't real, for PETA — but screw PETA."

PETA isn't taking her comments lightly. They released a statement to E! News responding to the actress' apparent dis. "She's young and the plight of animals somehow hasn't yet touched her heart. As Henry David Thoreau said, 'The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.' When people kill animals, it is the animals who are 'screwed,' not PETA, and one day I hope she will »

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'Hunger Games' Star Josh Hutcherson Calls Director Gary Ross 'My Guy'

11 April 2012 7:08 AM, PDT

'I think he's a genius,' Hutcherson told MTV News hours before Ross departed franchise.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Kara Warner

Josh Hutcherson

Photo: FilmMagic

Before it was confirmed that rumors were at a fever pitch, Hutcherson didn't want to imagine the second film without Ross there to direct it. "I have talked to him. I think Gary's my guy," Hutcherson told MTV News at the "Detention" junket.

With Ross' fate now decided, the young actor only had high praise for the man who directed the blockbuster first film in the series, "The Hunger Games." "I think he's a genius. He's an incredible writer and director, so I'm excited to see kind of what he ends up coming up with for the second one," he said, adding that he had no other names he wanted to toss in the directorial ring if and when Ross shouldn't return.

"No, »

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'Avengers' Exclusive Clip: Tony Stark Confronts Loki

11 April 2012 5:58 AM, PDT

Robert Downey Jr.'s character warns the villain: 'You've managed to piss off every single one of us.'

By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Tom Hiddleston in "The Avengers"

Photo: Marvel/Disney

For a guy going up against Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, you wouldn't think Loki would be so cavalier.

In our exclusive clip from the highly anticipated "The Avengers," Robert Downey Jr., as Tony Stark, breaks down the teams for Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and the good guys have quite the lineup.

"Your brother, the demigod. A super soldier, a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend. A man with breathtaking anger-management issues. A couple of master assassins. And you, big fella, you've managed to piss off every single one of us," Tony Stark says.

Audiences will finally be able to see which side prevails when the long-awaited "Avengers »

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'Cabin In The Woods' Is A 'Shiny Toy,' Joss Whedon Says

11 April 2012 4:04 AM, PDT

Writer/producer tells MTV News the horror thriller has an ' absurd integrity that appeals to us.'

By Kara Warner

Kristen Connolly in "The Cabin in the Woods"

Photo: Lionsgate

If you haven't yet heard the buzz surrounding the upcoming horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods", than you must be avoiding Internet and television entirely. Everyone is talking about it, in a roundabout, non-spoilery way!

In a nutshell, the film mostly revolves around four friends who drive to a distant relative's cabin in order to spend a relaxing weekend away from their college campus. Unfortunately the group's goals are not at all met and a series of shocking and unbelievable things happen — to everyone.

When MTV News caught up with writer/producer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard, we asked them how in the heck they came up with the story and if any specific element or occurrence inspired the chaos that unfolds. »

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'Hunger Games' Not First Franchise To Go Through Director Shakeup

11 April 2012 1:34 AM, PDT

'Twilight,' 'Spider-Man,' 'Iron Man' among other high-profile series that changed directors along the way.

By Josh Wigler

Gary Ross

Photo: WireImage

"The Hunger Games" franchise, just like the fictional games themselves (minus all the death and bloodshed), has lost a much beloved player in director Gary Ross, who has decided not to return for the developing sequel, "Catching Fire."

Persistent rumors that Ross' days in Panem were numbered concluded with the director's official departure Tuesday night, leaving the continuing tales of Katniss, Peeta and Gale without a visionary to guide them for the time being.

Though Ross' decision is a blow for "Hunger Games" enthusiasts everywhere — yours truly included — it's certainly not the first time that a director has stunned fans by leaving a high-profile franchise at an unexpected time. From your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the Boy Who Lived, here are five other filmmakers »

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Miley Cyrus' 'Lol' Trailer: 5 Key Scenes

11 April 2012 12:14 AM, PDT

Remake of 2008 French film finds Cyrus seeking revenge on a cheating ex-boyfriend.

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Miley Cyrus in "Lol"

Photo: Lionsgate

It's been a long time coming for Miley Cyrus' remake of the 2008 French film "Lol." Since the announcement back in 2010 that the film is being distributed by Lionsgate, news on the movie has been lacking. Well, not anymore, Cyrus fans.

On Tuesday, the official trailer for the film dropped, which gives fans a preview of what the movie has in store. In a generation that spends more time updating the world about their problems than their families, 17-year-old Lola's (Cyrus) status is constantly changing. As an attempt to get back at her — now ex — boyfriend Chad for cheating on her with Ashley (Ashley Greene), Lola starts seeing his best friend, Kyle (Douglas Booth).

Her life begins to spiral downward as her grades drop while she experiments with drugs and sex, »

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With Gary Ross Out, Who Should Carry 'Catching Fire' Torch?

10 April 2012 10:13 PM, PDT

With 'Hunger Games' helmer Gary Ross leaving the franchise, MTV Movies staffers make their picks for his successor.

By MTV Movies team

Gary Ross on the set of "The Hunger Games"

Photo: Murray Close

"The Hunger Games" fandom was dealt a Cato-sized blow Monday when director Gary Ross confirmed rumors that he would not direct the franchise's follow-up "Catching Fire" (set for a November 22, 2013, release).

"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct 'Catching Fire,' " Ross said in his statement. "As a writer and a director, I simply don't have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule."

With roughly 19 months to cast, film and cut the sequel, Lionsgate is no doubt in hot pursuit of a worthy contender to Ross' throne. »

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'Dark Knight Rises' Rated PG-13 For 'Some Sensuality'

10 April 2012 8:31 AM, PDT

MPAA's ratings explanation offers hints at Bruce Wayne's relationships with Selina Kyle and Talia al Ghul.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Tom Hardy as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

With a little more than three months to go until the release of Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, describing the fans as starved for information would be a criminal understatement. We are now at the point where any intel about "The Dark Knight Rises" is scrutinized beyond recognition. The latest piece of info to analyze comes from the Motion Picture Association of America.

The MPAA bestowed a PG-13 rating upon "The Dark Knight Rises," the same rating given to "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight."

The rating appeared on the Warner Bros. exhibitor services site with a brief explanation for the classification. "PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language," the site reads. »

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'Hunger Games' Director Gary Ross Out For Sequel

10 April 2012 8:10 AM, PDT

'After difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct 'Catching Fire,' ' Ross says in a statement.

By Katie Byrne and Kara Warner

Gary Ross

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/ Getty Images

A roller-coaster week for "The Hunger Games" just got even bumpier: Director Gary Ross has officially announced he won't direct the sequel, "Catching Fire."

The week began positively enough, with "The Hunger Games" topping the box office for the third weekend in a row, earning nearly $303 million since its debut. But that news was quickly followed Monday with a surprising Playlist story claiming Ross wouldn't return for the movie adaptation of "Catching Fire," a report that has now been confirmed via statements from Ross himself and "Games" studio Lionsgate.

"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct 'Catching Fire,' " Ross said in his statement. »

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Is Kristin Wiig Leaving SNL?

10 April 2012 5:29 AM, PDT

'When I do leave, it will be the hardest thing,' Wiig tells Alec Baldwin of her eventual departure.

By Gil Kaufman

Kristen Wiig on SNL

Photo: NBC

No more Target Lady. No more Gillie. No more boozy Kathie Lee Gifford. No more loopy Bjork. On Monday, break-out "Saturday Night Live" star Kristen Wiig heightened speculation that her seven-year run on the show may be coming to an end.

Just days after rumors surfaced that Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg could be flying the coop at the end of this season, Wiig was interviewed on Alec Baldwin's popular podcast on Monday and hinted that the end may be nigh.

"I don't know," Wiig said when Baldwin asked if her run on "SNL" could be "winding down" soon. "Everyone has to leave...and I will say that when I do leave, it's not because I'm sick of it and »

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Daniel Craig Talks 'Bigger, Better' Bond On 'Skyfall' Set

10 April 2012 3:53 AM, PDT

Javier Bardem's villain 'gives the whole film a richer content,' Craig tells MTV News.

By Christina Garibaldi

Daniel Craig

Photo: MTV News

As the James Bond franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary, fans are eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated new film "Skyfall." Out this fall, the flick has Daniel Craig back as Bond, taking him on a new adventure in what is sure to be an action-packed spy thriller.

MTV News recently visited the set of "Skyfall" at London's legendary Pinewood Studios, where director Sam Mendes re-created the city's famous underground Tube to capture Bond in action.

We sat down with Mr. Bond himself moments before he began shooting, and even though he couldn't tell us everything about the plot, he was more than willing to share his excitement about returning as Bond for the third time.

"It's great," Craig said of playing Bond. "It's been awhile, and we've been »

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Why 'The Hunger Games' Franchise Should Stick With Gary Ross

10 April 2012 3:53 AM, PDT

Plus, 'The Cabin in the Woods' is a must-see, and stop hating on 'Titanic.'

By Josh Horowitz

Director Gary Ross on the set of "The Hunger Games"

Photo: Murray Close

It's been a hectic few weeks for "Hunger Games" fans, to say the least. After seeing their beloved book realized at last on the big screen and opening to great reviews and record-breaking box-office numbers (it only took three weekends for the start of this franchise to overtake any of the "Twilight Saga" films — amazing!), some backroom Hollywood negotiations went public when Gary Ross was reportedly in and then out and then maybe back in again for helming the second installment, "Catching Fire."

I'm not privy to any insider information on this one, but I will say I hope Ross is retained for the sequel and all the installments to come in the series. First of all, »

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Bella And Katniss: Analyzing Their Literary Appeal

10 April 2012 12:30 AM, PDT

For 'Twilight' Tuesday, we chat with experts about why young readers relate to the Ya heroines.

By Kara Warner

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"

Photo: Lionsgate

No matter how you feel about "The Twilight Saga" as a film franchise, Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance inspired millions of young readers to pick up a book and read. Anything that gets young people to lose themselves in the written word — whether it's "Twilight," "The Hunger Games" or "Game of Thrones" — is a positive step.

This week's "Twilight" Tuesday is all about understanding what it is exactly about the characters in these books, particularly the very popular Ya genre, that gets us obsessed and day-dreamy about them. Why do we love Bella and Katniss? What does that say about young readers today and the future of the genre? I took my questions to a few very informed experts.

"The thing with the Bella phenomenon, »

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'Game Of Thrones' Renewed For Season Three

9 April 2012 10:39 PM, PDT

HBO announces a third season for 'Thrones' after only two episodes of season two.

By Josh Wigler

Nikolaj Coster Waldau as Jaime Lannister in "Game of Thrones"

Photo: Helen Sloan/ HBO

Like winter, we all knew this one was coming.

Baby-killing, incest and decapitations aplenty aside, the world at large really, really loves "Game of Thrones." So much so, in fact, that HBO has already ordered a third season of the critically acclaimed fantasy series, a decision made just two episodes into the currently airing second season.

"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them," HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said of the renewal in a press release. "We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we've received for the series, and can't wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season."

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Happy 22nd Birthday, Kristen Stewart!

9 April 2012 9:19 AM, PDT

With 'On the Road,' 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2,' it looks like 22 may be KStew's biggest year yet.

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Kristen Stewart

Photo: Michael Caulfield/ Getty Images

That's right, "Twilight" fans, the actress who plays one of our favorite heroines turned 22 on Monday (April 9)! The past year brought Kristen Stewart plenty to be proud of with the incredible success of "Breaking Dawn - Part 1," and her upcoming year is looking to be even greater.

This summer, Stewart takes on a different role from the accident-prone Bella Swan in "Snow White and the Huntsman," where she will battle for her life as Snow White. With her shield and sword, Stewart teams up with the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to rid their kingdom of the wicked Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron).

And while Theron's and Stewart's characters may not get along, Theron »

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'Hunger Games' Shoots Down All-Time Records

9 April 2012 8:45 AM, PDT

After spending an elusive third straight week at #1, 'The Hunger Games' now ranks among the biggest box-office successes in history.

By Kevin P. Sullivan

Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games"

Photo: Lionsgate

For the third weekend in a row, "The Hunger Games" proved its power as a serious box-office champion. Two competitors stood a chance to take the top spot, but both "American Reunion" and "Titanic 3D" fell short, leaving "The Hunger Games" at the top with earnings of nearly $303 million since its debut.

Now that "The Hunger Games" has racked up its third consecutive weekend at #1, it seems like an appropriate time to see where the film stands among the all-time box-office champs, what records have been broken and what records still stand.

Consecutive Weekends

With so many movies coming out each week, it's often difficult for a film to retain the top spot in its second weekend, »

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Selena Gomez To Star In Action Flick With Ethan Hawke

9 April 2012 6:59 AM, PDT

Gomez says she's 'halting music for a bit' to focus on acting.

By Jocelyn Vena

Selena Gomez

Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

Selena Gomez is done being a "Spring Breaker" and now she's getting ready to film her next movie. In an online video Q&A with her fans, she opened up about her edgier movie roles, including her next film with Ethan Hawke.

"I'm doing another movie called 'The Getaway' with Ethan Hawke. It's really, really exciting," she shared. "I go to Bulgaria and then I start filming. It's more of an action movie, which is also different. So we're doing that and then hopefully another movie, but that hasn't really been confirmed yet. Then I'll start working on my fourth album, which will be the best album I'll ever do! But I'm just kind of halting music for a bit."

She added that she's "been really focused on more acting. »

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'Hunger Games' Passes $300 Million At Box Office

9 April 2012 6:37 AM, PDT

Film manages to fend off challenges from 'American Reunion' and 'Titanic 3D.'

By Ryan J. Downey

Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games"

Photo: Lionsgate

"The Hunger Games" won the box office for a third consecutive weekend, fending off challenges from tried-and-true romance and raunchy humor alike. Neither "American Reunion," the latest installment of the "American Pie" franchise, nor the 3-D re-release of "Titanic" were able to knock Jennifer Lawrence and company from atop the box-office perch as "Games" collected another $33.5 million and passed the $300 million mark.

"American Reunion" debuted at #2 with $21.5 million while "Titanic 3D" earned $17.3 million. "Wrath of the Titans" was #4 during its second weekend in theaters with $15 million for a $58.8 million total. "Mirror Mirror" rounded out the top five with $11 million for a $36.4 million total.

"The Hunger Games" ranked right behind "Avatar" in the all-time list of non-sequels to cross the »

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Justin Bieber's 'Born To Be Somebody' Backs New 'Bully' Ad

9 April 2012 4:54 AM, PDT

'My fans are always up for supporting a great cause,' Bieber says in a statement about his support of the documentary.

By Kara Warner

Justin Bieber

Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

On the heels of the very successful release of his new single "Boyfriend," teen phenom Justin Bieber is lending his star power and the song "Born to Be Somebody" to a very worthy cause: the TV ad campaign for "Bully."

The Weinstein Company announced Monday (April 9) that the Bieber-backed TV spot, which debuted on Fandango, will begin airing all over the U.S. ahead of the film's PG-13 release this Friday.

"My fans are always up for supporting a great cause. It's one of the things I'm most proud of as an entertainer," Bieber said in statement of his decision to be involved with the documentary. "I hope they see 'Bully' with their friends and help start the »

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Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent' To Hit Theaters In 2014

9 April 2012 4:18 AM, PDT

Live-action film will tell 'Sleeping Beauty' villain's side of the story.

By Fallon Prinzivalli

Angelina Jolie

Photo: Getty Images

Get excited, villain fans: Walt Disney Studios announced the U.S. release date for "Maleficent" — March 14, 2014! Based on Disney's animated classic "Sleeping Beauty," this live-action movie will delve into the origins of Maleficent and what caused her to curse Princess Aurora. The film stars Angelina Jolie as the title role and will show a different side to the evil fairy.

Before casting and filming was finalized, Jolie told MTV News' Josh Horowitz she would love to play the titular sorceress. "It's all new and being discussed, but I loved her when I was a little girl. She was my favorite."

When we caught up with the actress a year later at the red carpet for "Kung Fu Panda 2," she confirmed "there's a great script." The script was penned by Linda Woolverton, »

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