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<p>You see how he's smiling?&nbsp;That's because he knows he's going to be making these films as long as he is physically able.</p>

You see how he's smiling? That's because he knows he's going to be making these films as long as he is physically able.

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Watch: Sam Jackson talks about assembling 'The Avengers'

Is he feeling franchise fatigue yet?

Samuel L. Jackson carries a lot of iconography into a room with him when he arrives somewhere.

My own kids, for example, already know him as Mace Windu.  Allen's four, but he knows Jackson by sight and by sound.  All he needs to do is hear his voice from another room, and he'll walk in, ready to see what Mace Windu is up to.

That can make things complicated when I'm playing a film like "Jackie Brown," and his dulcet tones draw the kids to the TV just in time to hear Jackson lay down a stream of perfectly timed motherf**kers.  They're starting to realize he is in a lot of movies, and when they saw him on the posters for "The Avengers," they were excited.

He's got more to do this time around than in any of his previous appearances, and talking to him at the press day for the film, it seems like he's just warming up.  He's happy to keep playing Nick Fury as long as they'll have him, and he's got a good handle on the character's whole history, making jokes about the David Hasselhoff version at one point in the day, eager to step into the Hasbro room to see the action figures.  Right now, Marvel is working hard to bridge the classic rendition of Nick Fury into the Samuel L. Jackson image that they've developed.

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Jamar Rogers on 'The Voice'

Team Cee-Lo's Jamar Rogers performs on 'The Voice'

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Recap: 'The Voice' semi-final performances

It's down to the wire as Cee-Lo has a tough decision to make and Christina continues ragging on Tony Lucca

Carson welcomes us to the live semi-finals, where all eight (yes, all eight!) semi-finalists will sing.

At the end of the show the coaches will score the performances, and those scores are going to be combined with audience votes to determine the final four.

As Christina says, "It's truly go big or go home."

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<p>Batman's getting ready for his final curtain call in this summer's 'The Dark Knight Rises'</p>

Batman's getting ready for his final curtain call in this summer's 'The Dark Knight Rises'

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Final theatrical 'Dark Knight Rises' trailer revealed online in viral campaign

What do we learn from this last pre-release look at the mega-sequel?

It's such a tricky balancing act for a studio, deciding how many trailers to release for a big blockbuster movie and what to show, and I'm sure they feel nitpicked to death no matter what they do.

For example, I think the latest international trailer for "Prometheus" is very striking, filled with memorable images and lines, and I wish I'd never seen it.  Holy cow, does that thing feel like they're on the verge of giving away the whole movie.  They're not, and there are still some big surprises built in, but they've gone about as far as they can go at this point.

The folks over at Warner Bros. are walking a similarly fine line with "The Dark Knight Rises," the last film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.  All day today, fans have been playing along with a viral campaign that has required some real-world legwork if people want to unlock the trailer.  They've been hunting bat symbols painted all over the place, and once enough of them are found, the trailer goes live.

So what do we learn from this final trailer?  Or at least, I assume this is final.  They can't cut many more, can they?

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Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games".
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in "The Hunger Games".
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'Hunger Games' owns 'Breaking Dawn' with 8 MTV Movie Award nominations

Other big contenders include 'Bridesmaids', '21 Jump Street', 'Harry Potter'

Nominations for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards have been announced, with "The Hunger Games" and "Bridesmaids" tied for the most nominations with eight apiece.

Somewhat surprisingly, fan favorite "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" didn't receive as many nods as in previous years, with only two nominations, in the Movie of the Year and Best Kiss categories (the latter for one of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's steamy on-screen liplocks). However, neither of the actors managed to score a nod in the Best Female/Best Male Performance categories, a first for both.

Of course, "The Hunger Games"' big showing at the nominations this year (stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth all received nods) can be accounted for by its "next-'Twilight'" pop culture status currently, with the film recently crossing the $600 million mark in worldwide box-office.

As a point of comparison, in 2011 B.H.G. ("Before Hunger Games") "Twilight: Eclipse" received five nods and won three awards including Best Movie - a category taken by the first three films in the sparkly-vamp franchise. This year, of course, "Breaking Dawn" will have an incredibly tough competitor in "The Hunger Games", which begs the question: will the "Twilight" franchise's streak in the top category be broken by Jennifer Lawrence and company this year?

In case you were wondering, there are indeed three other films in the running for Movie of the Year, namely "Bridesmaids", "The Help" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2". But let's face it: none of them stand a chance against the aforementioned 'tween favorites (unless, that is, "Harry Potter" manages to score an upset due to its being the final film in the boy wizard franchise).

Other top nominees this year include "21 Jump Street" (6 nods), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (6 nods), "The Help" (4 nods), Ryan Gosling-starrer "Drive" (3 nods), "Horrible Bosses" (3 nods) and "Project X" (3 nods), the shaky-cam teen party flick that became a surprise hit when it was released this past March.

In addition to the shakeup among the nominees themselves, this will also be the first year for several new categories at the Movie Awards, including Best Cast, Best On-Screen Transformation, Best Gut-Wrenching Performance, Best On-Screen Dirtbag and Best Music. In that last category, artists including LMFAO ("Party Rock Anthem", featured in "21 Jump Street"), Kid Cudi (the Steve Aoki remix of "Pursuit of Happiness", "Project X") and Chemical Brothers ("The Devil is in theDetails", "Hanna") received a tip of the hat.

As for artists slated to perform at the ceremony, chart-topping pop band fun. are slated to hit the stage this year, with other acts to be announced at a later date.

You can find a full list of the nominees below.

The 21st Annual MTV Movie Awards are slated to air Sunday, June 3. Fans can vote on the winners beginning tomorrow over at the show's official website.

Follow me on Twitter @HitFixChris

2012 MTV Movie Awards nominees:

Movie of the Year
» "Bridesmaids"
» "The Hunger Games"
» "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
» "The Help"
» "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"

Best Male Performance
» Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
» Ryan Gosling, "Drive"
» Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"
» Josh Hutcherson, "The Hunger Games"
» Channing Tatum, "The Vow"

Best Female Performance
» Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games"
» Kristin Wiig, "Bridesmaids"
» Emma Stone, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
» Emma Watson, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
» Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"

Best Comedic Performance
» Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
» Kristen Wiig, "Bridesmaids"
» Zach Galifianakis, "The Hangover Part II"
» Jonah Hill, "21 Jump Street"
» Oliver Cooper, "Project X"

Breakthrough Performance
» Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
» Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
» Liam Hemsworth, "The Hunger Games"
» Elle Fanning, "Super 8"
» Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Cast
» "Bridesmaids"
» "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
» "The Hunger Games"
» "21 Jump Street"
» "The Help"

Best On-Screen Transformation
» Elizabeth Banks, "The Hunger Games"
» Rooney Mara, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
» Johnny Depp, "21 Jump Street"
» Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
» Colin Farrell, "Horrible Bosses"

Best Fight
» Daniel Radcliffe vs. Ralph Fiennes, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
» Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson vs. Alexander Ludwig, "The Hunger Games"
» Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill vs. Kid Gang, "21 Jump Street"
» Tom Hardy vs. Joel Edgerton, "Warrior"
» Tom Cruise vs. Michelle Nyqvist, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

Best Kiss
» Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
» Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
» Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, "The Hunger Games"
» Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, "The Vow"
» Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1"

Best Gut-Wrenching Performance
» "Bridesmaids" (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McClendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper)
» "The Help" (Bryce Dallas Howard)
» "21 Jump Street" (Jonah Hill and Rob Riggle)
» "Drive" (Ryan Gosling)
» "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (Tom Cruise)

Best On-Screen Dirt Bag
» Bryce Dallas Howard, "The Help"
» Jon Hamm, "Bridesmaids"
» Jennifer Aniston, "Horrible Bosses"
» Colin Farrell, "Horrible Bosses"
» Oliver Cooper, "Project X"

Best Music
» "Party Rock Anthem," LMFAO ("21 Jump Street")
» "A Real Hero," College with Electric Youth ("Drive")
» "The Devil Is in the Details," Chemical Brothers ("Hanna")
» "Impossible," Figurine ("Like Crazy")
» "Pursuit of Happiness," Kid Cudi (Steve Aoki remix) ("Project X")

 

 

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<p>Sarah Michelle Gellar is the chosen one in the first season of Joss Whedon's 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'</p>

Sarah Michelle Gellar is the chosen one in the first season of Joss Whedon's 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'

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Listen: 'The Buffy Project' kicks off a special eight-part podcast series

We join FEARnet critic Scott Weinberg for a look at Whedon's seminal work

What is "The Buffy Project," and why now?

Fair question.  The "why now" is a simple matter of timing.  And the "what"?  Well, that's going to take a little longer to explain.

Scott Weinberg is the lead film critic for FEARNet, longtime editor and contributor to Cinematical, now also at Twitch and Movies.com.  A hardworking dude who loves horror movies.  LOVES horror movies.  Is as passionate a critic of the genre as I've ever met.  And he recently admitted that short of a few episodes here and there in no particular order, he had never seen "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" or "Angel."

I think that's something that horror or comic book fans should do if they haven't… watch those two shows, and watch them in the right order, and check out this big weird lovely universe that Joss Whedon and his team of glorious big-brained writers thought up for seven full years.

I think horror fans will be amazed at just how dark and ugly the shows get at times, and how they play for keeps.  And comic book fans will recognize a certain shape to things that feels familiar as well.  It's the combination of the two and the language of it that makes it all feel special, and that make it worth consideration.

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<p>The &quot;Boardwalk&nbsp;Empire&quot; panel:&nbsp;from left, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Piazza, Terry Winter, Michael Shannon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and me.</p>

The "Boardwalk Empire" panel: from left, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Piazza, Terry Winter, Michael Shannon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Gretchen Mol and me.

Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire' Emmy panel reunites Nucky and Jimmy one more time

Highlights from an evening with Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and company

The "Boardwalk Empire" Emmy panel I moderated last Thursday night went very well, I thought. It was rare to have that many actors from the show in the same place, it was a chance to get some closure from departing castmember Michael Pitt, and the actors and creator Terence Winter were alternately eloquent and funny (one actor in particular) in discussing the first two seasons of the HBO drama. I had hoped to have some video from the event, but it turns out that the only material available to non-ATAS members are the red carpet interviews the actors did; I've embedded Pitt's below, and you can Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Gretchen Mol on our video page. As moderator, I couldn't take notes on what was being said, but after the jump I have a few paraphrased highlights from the event: 

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John Legend and Mary J. Blige join vocal competition summer shows
Credit: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf (Legend and Blige)

John Legend and Mary J. Blige join vocal competition summer shows

Lionel Richie drops out of 'Duets'

In with John Legend, out with Lionel Richie. Richie, who has experienced a staggering career comeback with “Tuskegee,” has dropped out of vocal competition “Duets.”

Citing “scheduling issues,” Richie will not appear on the show, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke as they search for singers across the country with whom to sing. The winner  will receive a recording contract from Hollywood Records, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show debuts on ABC this summer.

In other musical competition news, Mary J. Blige has linked with “American Idol” executive producer  Nigel Lythgoe for “Opening Act" on E!  The judges, which also include producer Antonina Armato, will scan the Internet to find unsigned acts and then reward them the chance to open for a big name after running them through a performance boot camp.

Among the acts who have signed on to allow the winner to open one of their shows are Nicki Minaj, Brad Paisley, Jason Mraz, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Jason Aldean and Gym Class Heroes.

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My Bloody Valentine
My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine tees up new album and EP in 2012

First new material since 1991

British band My Bloody Valentine, who built up a cult following in the U.S. before largely disappearing, will release a new album and EP, the group’s Kevin Shields told Mojo (via NME). It would make the group’s first new material since 1991’s “Loveless.”

The new album entails finishing a third album that the group never released after the set got caught in a web of both band and label politics. Shields told Mojo that as he listened to the tracks, “I decided it would be insane not to finish it.”

The new/old album will be followed by an EP of new material, all recorded this year.

The band is also remastering its first two albums, “Isn’t Anything” and “Loveless” for re-release, as well as “EPs 1988-1991,” comprised from previously unreleased material recorded at that time. All come out May 7 in the U.K.  

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 126

Dan and Alan talk 'Sherlock,' 'Smash,' 'Good Wife' and more

The

Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Initially, this installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast seemed potentially light, with only "Sherlock" premiering this week. But then we spent 15 minutes mocking "Smash" and 10 minutes wrapping up the season of "The Good Wife" and it became a regular-lengthed podcast. And then we tacked on 15-plus minutes of SportsTalk at the end. Just for fun.
 
So what could have been a wicked short podcast became rather long. [That, by the way, is what she said.]
 
Monday's breakdown:
Corrections (00:00:45 - 00:03:50)
"Sherlock" (00:03:50 - 00:19:50)
Listener Mail: "Smash" (00:20:10 - 00:37:40)
Listener Mail: Walton Goggins Performances (00:37:45 - 00:43:00)
Listener Mail: Jon Hamm in comedy (00:43:20 - 00:51:00)
"The Good Wife" finale (00:51:10 - 01:01:05)
"Mad Men" (01:01:30 - 01:16:30)
SportsTalk (01:16:30 - 01:32:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 126: 'Sherlock,' 'Mad Men,' 'Smash' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 126: 'Sherlock,' 'Mad Men,' 'Smash' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'The Good Wife' finale and answer your mail

The

It's a very long Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week, but a good chunk of that comes with our irregular sports talk segment at the end, so if you don't care about that, it's only slightly longer than normal! And that's with only one new show — and "new" should be in quotes, since "Sherlock" already debuted in the UK ages ago — to review. To keep ourselves busy, we revisited the trainwreck that is "Smash," we reviewed "The Good Wife" finale, and we of course talked about "Mad Men." 

The line-up: 

Monday's breakdown:
Corrections (00:00:45 - 00:03:50)
"Sherlock" (00:03:50 - 00:19:50)
Listener Mail: "Smash" (00:20:10 - 00:37:40)
Listener Mail: Walton Goggins Performances (00:37:45 - 00:43:00)
Listener Mail: Jon Hamm in comedy (00:43:20 - 00:51:00)
"The Good Wife" finale (00:51:10 - 01:01:05)
"Mad Men" (01:01:30 - 01:16:30)
SportsTalk (01:16:30 - 01:32:30)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Mark Ruffalo's version of The Hulk is winning over audiences and critics, and it looks like Marvel may take another shot at a film for him in 2015.</p>

Mark Ruffalo's version of The Hulk is winning over audiences and critics, and it looks like Marvel may take another shot at a film for him in 2015.

Credit: Marvel Studios

Will The Hulk get his own film in 2015?

An interview in Forbes reveals the company's shifting plans

It's not often that movie news breaks in Forbes, but in this case, it makes a perverse sort of sense.

When Mark Ruffalo signed on for "The Avengers," he had to sign the same kind of long-term deal that every actor signs for Marvel.  He told me at the press day that he was signed for six films, with "The Avengers" as the first of the six.  That doesn't mean he's absolutely going to actually make six full films, but Marvel has the option to press him into service several more times if they want to.

When I was at the press day at the Four Seasons, they had a Hasbro room set up, showing a number of products from their toy line this summer, and in talking with them, it was obvious that they had high hopes for the Hulk.  Evidently, even with the earlier films, the Hulk has always been a strong seller for them.  The new version of the Hulk Hands are flying off shelves already, and once people actually see the film, that's only going to intensify, since Ruffalo and his big green alternate identity are highlights of the film.

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<p>Gaslight Anthem</p>

Gaslight Anthem

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Listen: The Gaslight Anthem's new tune '45' from new album 'Handwritten'

Does the band's shift to a major label change its sound?

New Jersey rockers The Gaslight Anthem return on July 24 with “Handwritten,” their first album since 2010’s fine “American Slang.”

The set, the group’s fourth album—but first for Mercury Records— was produced by Brendan O’Brien, who has also helmed records for the band’s hero, Bruce Springsteen, as well as Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.

The band will be previewing new material from the album starting with a show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall on May 16 and Lost Angeles’s Roxy on May 18, with a number of festival dates, including Bamboozle, Metallica's Orion Festival, and Lollapalooza, to follow.

[More after the jump...]

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