District 6: Your wait is over! The Capitol has finally unlocked the official seal for your area and issued yours truly a very official-looking District Identification Pass with all of my credentials. Does this beat a press pass? I think so...
To be sure, not much is known about the sixth district in Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy beyond the smatterings we hear in "Catching Fire" (and that whole cannibalism thing...), but this seal does confirm that the area's chief industry is transportation. So you can thank all of us District 6ers for helping shuttle unwitting tributes to the Games! Or not...
Check out the seal and badge after the jump!
When he's not busy being mysterious and emotionally unavailable to Hanna on "Pretty Little Liars," actor Tyler Blackburn is fulfilling a childhood dream of playing Peter Pan in a retelling of the J.M. Barrie-authored classic. "Wendy" is a new web series, which you can watch on Facebook, brought to you by the same company behind "Gossip Girl," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Pretty Little Liars."
MTV News caught up with Tyler recently to talk about what it takes to play a darker version of Peter Pan, and what he enjoyed most about playing one of his favorite characters from childhood.
"The character of Pete is very—he's mysterious and he's dark, so I think I had that going on in my head," Tyler explained when asked how he channeled his inner bad boy. "And there's a certain body language and facial expressions that go with that. He doesn't do anything bad, he just has that edginess to him.
We don't often report on the goings on of super hero movies—that's usually the province of our brother blog Splash Page. But when it involves our favorite sparkly vamps, we obviously have to take note.
In a new video from CollegeHumor, Nikki Reed and Peter Facinelli—clad in matching tight purple get-ups—play Wonder Twins Jayna and Zan, whom, I'm told by resident comic book dude, Josh Wigler, are "real" DC Comics heroes. In a world where Hollywood's run out of A-list superheroes, the duo auditions to fill the well-worn spandex. (Metaphorically, of course. We don't encourage sharing spandex. Diseases and such.) Except, well, their talents aren't all that exciting. Zan can morph into water, and Jayna can turn into any animal, and their display of a turtle in a jar of liquid is lackluster to say the least.
Evan Rachel Wood fans are already well aware of the 23-year-old's singing talents. As are those who've seen the romancey Beatles cover fest that is "Across The Universe." What you might not know is that Evan is a total Justin Bieber fan. And does a pretty awesome cover of "U Smile." Check out the YouTube video for proof.
When I caught up with Evan recently to discuss the DVD release of period drama "The Conspirator," I had to ask about the impromptu karaoke performance, and how the online video came to be.
"That started off as a joke," she said, adding that she also did some Janis Joplin, for good measure. "Just doing the song and putting the video up, it wasn’t planned," she explained. "I was doing karaoke and I just wanted people to lighten up. You don’t have to take yourself seriously all the time. It’s okay to have fun," she said. "You can be Justin Bieber if you want."
Today in Things That Amuse Us: The all-new, exciting, action-packed "Funny or Die" trailer for "Field of Dreams 2: NFL Lockout"—featuring a dozen of our favorite NFL stars, that guy from the Allstate commercials and (WELL, HELLO THERE) Taylor Lautner! A spoof on the original film starring Kevin Costner, the video features Taylor as a simple Iowa farmer who builds a gridiron on his property at the behest of a mysterious, whispering Voice In The Corn... and is rewarded with the appearance of large, beefy celebrity athletes who want to play football on it.
And camp out in his living room.
And repeatedly knock him down for no reason, all the time!
We get such a kick out of seeing our favorite shirtless werewolf flexing his funny in projects like this... although obviously, this video gives rise to certain questions. Like, y'know, why is this not a real movie? And how amazing is Dennis Haysbert's James Earl Jones impression? And who knew that Taylor could be so entertaining with his shirt on?! ...Not that we want him to make a habit of it or anything. (And Taylor, if you're reading this, please stay as naked as possible at all times. Thanks in advance.)
Do you love seeing Taylor's funny side? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!
by Danielle Genet
Do you live in one out of the 12 districts of Panem? Are you between the ages of 12 and 18 and ready to fight to your death? Well, don’t worry…neither are we. However, the great news is that everyone is eligible to take part in "The Ultimate Hunger Games Fan Sweeps," so put those game faces on!
Starting tomorrow, Facebook users will have the opportunity to win a trip to visit the set of "The Hunger Games." Yes, you heard right! One very lucky winner will be able to swoon over Liam Hensworth (move over, Miley) and Josh Hutcherson, as well as watch Jennifer Lawrence show off her acting chops and her physicality as Katniss Everdeen.
We don't pull any punches here at MTV News. Especially when it comes to rippling stomach muscles. In the latest installment of our After Hours, host Josh Horowitz runs "Green Lantern" stars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively through a dizzying battery of questionable queries in "The Yes/No Show." (You may recall the awkward results of our last "Yes/No Show" with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in which we found out whether Matt has ever seen Ben Affleck's, uh, little gigli.)
Thankfully, the only piece of male anatomy in question this time is located above the belt. And what a fine piece it is. After asking about Serena van der Woodsen's "stupid name," Josh turns his gaze to Ryan asking, "Do you think your abs are better than Ryan Gosling's?"
If you were to dream up a group of actors to band together and make an environmentally conscious, nature exploration show, I think it's fair to assume that you would not expect those actors to be James Lafferty ("One Tree Hill"), Stephen Colletti ("One Tree Hill," "Laguna Beach") and Stuart Lafferty ("Death Sentence," "One Tree Hill").
The brothers Lafferty, Stephen and award-winning nature photographer and author Ian Shive star in a show called "Wild Life: A New Generation Of Wild," that is all about bringing the wonders of the great outdoors to a new generation. The adventurous guys have captured exploits varying from Everglades exploration to swimming with manatees.
Hollywood Crush caught up with Ian recently to get the lowdown on their buzzworthy project and why the show is meaningful (and not just "Celebrities Gone Wild").
With the "Breaking Dawn" publicity machine stretching its legs and rubbing the sleep out of its eyes in anticipation of part one of "The Twilight Saga" finale, it stands to reason that stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will soon be spreading vampire love all across this great nation of ours. And, of course, we would be remiss not to throw open the doors of MTV Headquarters and welcome them with open arms (and doggie treats for Bear). And you could just help get them here!
Twitter user @CSI_Robsten created a Twitition this morning to get "Twilight"'s first couple their own MTV First hosted by movies guy Josh Horowitz (in much the same vein as the solo chats he had with Robert and Taylor Lautner recently).
As of press time, the petition had just under 2,000 signatures, but we think the "Twilight" nation can totally do better than that. Head on over to the Twitition to add your John Hancock and let Summit Entertainment know you'd like Rob and Kristen to grace the MTV studio with their presence.
In the meantime, click on the video above to watch a clip from MTV First: Robert Pattinson.
Are you going to sign the Twitition?
Today in news that makes us feel very, very old: 2011 marks the 10-year anniversary of "Moulin Rouge"—a film which earned eight Oscar nominations, introduced the world to the wonders of Ewan McGregor's singing voice and made us seriously regret that "19th Century Parisian Singing Hooker" is no longer a viable career option. (So unfair! I would have looked fabulous in a corset.)
BUT! Today in news that makes us squeal with delight: On Monday, May 2, MTV News will celebrate the 10th birthday of this glorious film with an exclusive anniversary event! Moulin Rouge At 10: A Spectacular Spectacular MTV News Event will take us back to the elephant-shaped love nest with live interviews, special appearances and an in-depth look at all the ways in which "Moulin Rouge" changed the shape of the modern-day musical. (Hint: If not for this movie, "Glee" would never have come to pass.)
Josh Horowitz will be chatting with director Baz Luhrmann, stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and John Leguizamo and Oscar-winning artistic genius Catherine Martin (who did the costume design and art direction)—and fans can submit their questions on Twitter starting today, using @MTVNews and the #AskMoulin hashtag. Throw your most curious queries our way, and don't forget to tune in next Monday for exciting interviews, cool cultural analysis and lots of showgirls in Victorian-era underwear.
Will you be tuning in for this spectacular (spectacular!) event?