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New 'Broken City' Trailer Amps Up The Wahlberg Factor

16 December 2012 9:46 AM, PST

You know what we all need in our lives? A little more Mark Wahlberg. Seriously, think about it: No matter what's going on in your world right now, is there any part of it that wouldn't be made better by adding more Wahlberg?

Luckily, the folks who put together the new trailer for the upcoming thriller 'Broken City" seem to agree, because this time around they've definitely amped up the Wahlberg factor.

Merry Christmas, America.

So what's Wahlberg up to this time around, other than being the biggest badass in Hollywood? Well, he's a private eye type who gets caught in a web of intrigue between a corrupt politician (Russell Crowe!) and said politician's scheming wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones!).

The result appears to be a tense and twisty revenge thriller with a dash of that famous Wahlberg humor (though no teddy bears actually appear in this film). "Broken City" opens »

- Scott Harris

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'The Hobbit' Completes Its Box Office Quest

16 December 2012 9:07 AM, PST

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" absolutely dominated the box office this weekend, as according to Film.com, the first installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien novel brought in a staggering $84.8 million.

That was nearly twice as much as every other film combined, though there were some bright spots for the also-rans. "Lincoln," for instance, passed the $100 million mark domestically, while "Silver Linings Playbook" crept into the top ten thanks to award season buzz.

For a full rundown of this weekend's box office, including figures for returning hits "Skyfall," "Life of Pi" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2," head to Film.com. »


- Scott Harris

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10 Movie-Related Budget Gifts for Broke Asses

16 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

It's been a rough year. Whether you've been laid off or just laid around a bit more than you should have, you're counting quarters this holiday season.

And that's where we come in. We've rounded up 10 awesome gifts that come in under $20. And, no, we're not including any DVDs or Blu-rays in this one. Something tells us you already know your way around Amazon.com (but you can find the must-haves for the year here).

1. 'Lord of the Breeze' T-shirt

$14.95 at NeatoShop

2. 'Goonies' Tote Bag

$18 at CafePress

3. 'The Hobbit' Moleskine Journal

$16.95 at MoleskineUS.com

4. 'The Hunger Games' Rue's Lullaby Bracelet

$16.95 on Etsy 

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5. 'The Wizard of Oz' Emerald City Night Light

$16.95 on NeatoShop

6. 'Captain America' iPhone Case

$13.79 on Etsy

7. Yellow Lab 'Hangover' T-shirt

$18.99 on CafePress

8. 'Superman' and 'Harry Potter' Deathly Hallows Cookie Stamps

$11.95 each on »

- Breanne L. Heldman

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The 10 Best Blu-ray & DVD Holiday Gift Ideas of 2012

15 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

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Whether you want to save Gotham City, attend a crash course at Hogwarts or just hang out with Harold and Kumar, there's something for everyone on disc this holiday season.

Many of the 10 gift items listed here include the DVD, Blu-ray and a digital copy, so the movie you buy can play on a variety of gadgets, including computers, tablets and other portable devices. To sweeten the pot, many of these sets come bundled with books, lobby cards, figurines or limited-edition packaging that make Internet piracy a cheap (and lame) imitation.

We don't know if you've been naughty this year, but any of these discs would look nice wrapped in a big bow.

Also Check Out: The 50 Must-Have Movie-Related Gifts of 2012

(Originally published on Nov. 16, 2012) »

- NextMovie Staff

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Cool Clicks: The 12 Best Performances of 2012

15 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• There was some good movie acting this year, from Dane DeHaan in "Chronicle" to Abraham Lincoln as himself in "Lincoln." [Film.com]

Rupert Grint is filming a new "Harry Potter"! For a theme park, anyway. [Hypable]

• 5 reasons why "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is a disappointment. [The Week]

Sheesh, a lot of people seem to think "The Hobbit" kind of sucks. It's a brave new world. [Death and Taxes]

• Hollywood's 19 Most Dramatic Big-Screen Transformations. Wow, Anne Hathaway sure is skinny and dirty in that musical. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• A strip club has offered Lindsay Lohan a job to help pay off the $16,000 she owes to a storage unit. Take the gig, Lindsay. [The Celebrity Cafe]

• It's a good day for a new "A Good Day to Die Hard' poster. [Inside Movies]

• Are these the fresh new faces of "Transformers 4"? Michael Bay likes casting attractive people. [ScreenCrush]

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- Bryan Enk

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Tim Burton Gets Even Creepier with New Killers Music Video

14 December 2012 3:40 PM, PST

Some people go to therapy. Tim Burton makes a music video.

The "Frankenweenie" director seems to be working out some personal issues with the music video for The Killers' "Here With Me," the new single from the band's latest album, "Battle Born." Some of it's kind of cute. And some of it might make your skin crawl a little.

We agree with Shock Till You Drop that the whole thing has a "Love Object" (remember that movie?) and "Lars and the Real Girl" (we know you remember that one) kind of vibe with its tale of a young weirdo pining after some sort of inanimate object made to look like a woman (in this case, a sort of wax museum statue). But there's a little more going on here than just a twisted yet whimsical love story ...

Okay, is it just us, or has Burton made Craig Roberts ("Submarine") look »

- Bryan Enk

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Your Guide to Holiday Movies on the Boob Tube

14 December 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Rustle up some eggnog and mistletoe because it's that time of year again!

'Tis the season for your TV to be invaded by St. Nicholas & Co., and we don't want you to miss one minute of cinematic cheer this year. So, to service your DVR-ing needs, here's a ho-ho-holiday movie guide featuring the what, when* and where on your favorite Christmas flicks.

And, if these times aren't working for you, check our service provider's On Demand channels — most are offering some season's greetings of their own.

The Classics 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' (1966)

Saturday, Dec. 15: 5:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network

Tuesday, Dec. 18: 8:00 p.m. on ABC

Tuesday, Dec. 25: 8:00 p.m. on ABC

'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946)

Monday, Dec. 24: 8:00 p.m. on NBC

'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947)

Saturday, Dec. 15: 4:45 p.m. on AMC

Sunday, Dec. »

- Amanda Bell

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Studio Heralds Barbra Streisand's Globe Nomination That ... Didn't Happen

14 December 2012 2:23 PM, PST

She may still be a "Funny Girl," but Barbra Streisand's performance in the upcoming (middle-of-the) road comedy "The Guilt Trip" didn't nab her a much-anticipated Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Unfortunately, no one told that to an overly optimistic Paramount employee who posted a pre-prepared ad for the movie touting Barbra's nonexistent nod, which caused a stir and leaving the studio with enough egg on their face that you'd think they ordered a Denny's Grand Slam.

"Given Barbra's incredible performance in the film, there was certainly every hope in our mind that she would be duly recognized this morning," reads a Paramount statement (via Yahoo! Movies). "Like all studios, we create many advertising spots in advance of the key award nomination announcements so we are prepared in the event of a nomination. One such spot was inadvertently posted online and immediately taken down."

With a staggering 22 Golden »

- Max Evry

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Jon Stewart: Hugh Grant Is A Huge Jackass

14 December 2012 1:34 PM, PST

Hugh Grant has made a living playing characters that initially come off like jerks, only to later have their true nature revealed by that gal with the heart of gold. But according to "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Grant isn't just playing an assh*le on the big screen — he's actually an assh*le in real life, too.

And that's an act that Stewart has no interest in ever seeing again.

This all comes from a revealing one-on-one between Stewart and his good pal, "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert, who according to Third Beat Magazine recently sat down to interview each other for charity.

When asked who his least favorite guest of all time was, Stewart answered that it was Hugh Grant, "and we've had dictators on the show." Besides complaining that he had better places to be, Stewart said Grant was "giving everyone s**t the whole time, »

- Scott Harris

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The 50 Must-Have Movie-Related Gifts of 2012

14 December 2012 1:00 PM, PST

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'Tis the season, y'all. And we're not just talking about colored lights and carols. We're talking about presents.

Of course, after a year filled with "The Hunger Games," "Star Wars" news and "The Hobbit" anticipation, we searched high and low for the coolest stuff from the coolest movies, including those three and loads more. And we came up with 50 things every movie lover really must have.

A "Star Trek" oven mitt? It's in here. "Lord of the Rings" cufflinks? Check. The chance to sit on Ryan Gosling's face? That too. In other words, get clickin'.

Also Check Out: The 10 Best Blu-ray & DVD Holiday Gift Ideas of 2012

(Originally published on Nov. 19, 2012) »

- Breanne L. Heldman

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Pedro Almodovar Is 'So Excited' About His New Trailer

14 December 2012 12:25 PM, PST

There's nothing worse than a movie trailer that gives away the entire plot. So if you find that as irritating as we do, you'll probably be pretty excited to watch the teaser for Pedro Almodvar's latest film.

Because the trailer for "I'm So Excited" doesn't reveal anything at all about the movie.

Oh, sure, there are a couple of hints. For instance, we know the title, which is reinforced by the Pointer Sisters hit "I'm So Excited" playing throughout. Also, we know it's by Oscar winning director Almodovar ("Volver," "Talk to Her"), because it says so right on the screen. And there's something about an airplane and dancing flight attendants.

Otherwise, well, you got us. This is either some kind of outre European comedy or the cleverest viral ad campaign in the history of Old Navy. "I'm So Excited" doesn't yet have release date here in the U.S. but »

- Scott Harris

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Are You Most Likely to Win Our '10 Years' Prize Pack Giveaway?

14 December 2012 11:01 AM, PST

Who wouldn't want to attend a high school reunion with Channing Tatum (even if it wasn't necessarily your high school reunion)?

"10 Years," the "21 Jump Street" star's other 2012 back-to-high-school comedy, features an all-star cast of characters (including Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Mara and the seemingly forever twentysomething Rosario Dawson) coming together for their 10-year high school reunion, a gathering filled with startling revelations, bittersweet heartbreak and, of course, more than a few pratfalls.

One lucky winner (which could be you!) will get to spike the punch with their own copy of "10 Years" on DVD. That's not all, though — this giveaway is pretty well-attended, as you'll also receive Blu-rays of "Happythankyoumoreplease," "My Week With Marilyn," "Paper Heart," "Blue Valentine" and "Daydream Nation." It looks like you'll be skipping the reunion and staying home!

To enter, just shoot us an email at NextMovie@MTV.com and include your name, »

- NextMovie Staff

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MTV Movies Sounds Off on 2012's Best Flicks

14 December 2012 10:08 AM, PST

[From MTV.com] In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence entered the arena and emerged the victor, Christian Bale donned his Bat cowl one last time, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt became Bruce Willis — expressive eyebrows and all. With memorable performances, iconic moments and infinitely quotable one-liners, this year's celluloid spoils were rich indeed.

As we reflect on the films that left an indelible mark, it's almost impossible to narrow the field down to just 10. But we are, if nothing else, ambitious, so that's what we've done. Polling the entire MTV Movies team, we've compiled our list of the Best Movies of 2012. Check out the video — featuring Kevin Polowy and Brooke Tarnoff from NextMovie — and see the top 10 picks at MTV.com. »

- Kase Wickman

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The 10 Best Movie Tumblrs of 2012

14 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

There are about a billion tumblrs out there, covering everything from hilarious cat pictures (there are quite a few of those, actually) to how to restore a first generation Ford Mustang to stunning facts about the sun. If you have an interest in a topic — any topic — chances are someone's blogging about it, for better or worse.

There are quite a few movie-related tumblrs out there, too, and finding the ones that are worth a damn — either for valuable info or just as a way to pass the time in the most amusing way possible — can be a daunting task. Here are the 10 from this year that definitely warrant regular return visits. And don't forget to check out our official Tumblr in the meantime!

10. What If Adele Was Mrs. Doubtfire?

What if? Just imagine if everyone's favorite nanny was housed in the same body as Adele, who has won more »

- NextMovie Staff

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The 5 Best Animal Performances of 2012

14 December 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Awards season is now underway, which means for the next few months Hollywood will carry out its competitive annual tradition of putting roses on the noses, so to speak, of the year's decidedly best actors and actresses of the human variety. Looking back at some of the finest flicks from 2012, though, we noticed some pretty significant contributions coming in courtesy of the rest of the animal kingdom.

So, to throw our furry film friends a proverbial golden bone, here are our top five picks for tail-waggingest animal performances of the year.

5. Bella as Snoopy in 'Moonrise Kingdom'

The ensemble rallied up for Wes Anderson's jaunty "Moonrise Kingdom" made for one insanely impressive and electric group, but the talent on two legs certainly didn't overshadow Bella the fox terrier. The wily pooch, whose real-life survival story wins all the smiles as well, made excellent use of her screen »

- Amanda Bell

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This Happened: Amanda Seyfried Dresses as a Frog and Raps

14 December 2012 7:45 AM, PST

Note to self: What happens in Tokyo, does not stay in Tokyo. Amanda Seyfried found that out during her appearance on "Ellen" yesterday afternoon. Thanks to some serious sleuthing, DeGeneres had discovered that Seyfried and her "Les Miserables" co-stars had gone out for a night of karaoke while they were in Japan for a press tour. "So what?" you ask. Big whoop.

Well, dear friends, Seyfried admitted that she not only took her turn at the mic after a few rounds of sake, but that she was dressed as a frog at the time. Yes, we said she dressed as a frog. Naturally the talk show host happened to have a giant frog head handy so the 27-year-old starlet could reenact this special moment for a national TV audience.

Seyfried took it like a champ, grabbing the mic and declaring, "When in doubt, just do a little rap. I'm going to do this. »

- Elizabeth Durand

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The Year in Facial Hair: Our 12 Favorite 'Staches and Beards of 2012

14 December 2012 7:00 AM, PST

The year 2012, or, as we like to call it, the beard 2012, is drawing to a close. Awards nominations are being handed out left and right, top 10 lists being written and superlative statements being made all around. It felt only right that we here at NextMovie draw up our own list, one honoring the best examples what we feel was 2012's most ubiquitous accessory: facial hair.

So here, it is, our salute to the greatest flavor savers, 'staches, soul patches and beards that graced the screen this year, broken down by month.

January

Liam Neeson in "The Grey"

We're not sure whether the beard makes the eyes or vice versa, but can we just say that we shiver in awe of their combined effect? Neeson's character in the film may have a way with killing wolves, but we're only human — and we are slayed.

February

Denzel Washington in "Safe House"

Denzel may not be impressed, »

- Kase Wickman

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Casting Roundup: Williams, Ferrell and Edgerton Get the Gigs

14 December 2012 5:00 AM, PST

All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Never go home with the maid! Michelle Williams is the current frontrunner for the female lead in "Double Hour," a remake of the 2009 Italian film "La Doppia Ora," in which a hook-up between an ex-cop and a hotel maid at a speed-dating event turns deadly when they're ambushed by a gang of criminals. [The Wrap]

• A prison term requires meticulous preparation if one is to survive all the shivving, shanking and soap-dropping. Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart will be getting ready for the big house in "Get Hard," in which a convicted soft-handed investment banker recruits the services of the guy who washes his car to help him get through his upcoming maximum security prison sentence. [Deadline]

• They had us at "a Western starring Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender," but "Jane Got a Gun" just keeps getting better as "Warrior" star Joel Edgerton »

- Bryan Enk

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Cool Clicks: Why 'The Hobbit' Beats 'The Phantom Menace'

14 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• Why "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is better than "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." Apparently this needs to be discussed. [Moviefone]

• Speaking of which, Cate Blanchett kind of channelled Princess Leia at the UK premiere of "The Hobbit." [The Frisky]

• Sick of the awards season already? Get psyched again with The 1st Annual Filmies: Where (Almost) Every Movie Wins. [Film.com]

• The Shyamalan Hypothesis: What does your taste in M. Night Shyamalan movies say about you? A lot, actually. [Hypable]

• An interview with Matt Damon, a funny, smart, impassioned and about as "regular" a world-class movie star as one could ever hope to know. [Playboy]

• Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number: The 20 Hottest Celebs Over 40. [Hollywire]

• Whoa, the Dude lives? 15 classic movie and TV characters inspired by real people. [ScreenCrush]

• Give this kid a scholarship! Someone sent the University of »

- Bryan Enk

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How Tall Are the Dwarves in 'The Hobbit'?

13 December 2012 9:05 PM, PST

Kermit may have been right when he said it wasn't easy being green, but it's not so easy to be little, either. For the filming of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," filmmakers employed the same techniques of trick photography and scale models to make average-size actors appear, in many cases, feet shorter than they were in real life.

According to author J.R.R. Tolkien, dwarves are on average between four and five feet tall, towering over their tiny friends the hobbits, who measure in between two and four feet tall, according to the books.

However, not all of the 13 dwarves (none of whom were played by actual dwarves) necessarily had to shuffle around walking on their knees below the frame of the shot. Thorin, Fili and Kili (played by Richard Armitage, Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner, respectively), in particular, look to be just about man-sized in the movie, which will be released Dec. »

- Kase Wickman

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