April 19th, 2012

Robert Pattinson's 'Cosmopolis' Trailer: Five Key Scenes

Robert Pattinson’s ‘Cosmopolis’ Trailer: Five Key Scenes

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 at 4:03pm

Preview shows that ‘Twilight’ actor is far from Forks in new David Cronenberg flick.
By Fallon Prinzivalli

Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon in “Cosmopolis”

Photo: Alfama Films

One of Robert Pattinson‘s best career moves was accepting the role of Eric Packer in “Cosmopolis.”

It’s yet another shift away from the sparkly vampire who dazzles those around him. The role is gritty, sexy and no doubt allowed Pattinson to show off his acting chops. Typecast no more, critics. The “Twilight”
actor is getting as far away from Forks as possible.

The David Cronenberg film follows Packer in a futuristic, but not too far off, New York City. As he’s chauffeured through Manhattan on his way to get a haircut, he watches as everything falls apart around him. His empire decreases every second, riots take place on the city streets and he figure out clues that lead him to the shocking secret of his impending assassination.

The trailer is chock-full of intense moments, and we’ve put together the five key scenes.

The Office

Pattinson’s co-star asks, “Where is your office? What do you do exactly?” We see a long stretch of limos and Eric Packer looking like James Bond as he stands in shades on the sidewalk. This opening scene sets the tone for Packer’s character and his downfall as a billionaire who slowly loses control of the world around him.

As different characters enter and exit his limo, the film’s story unfolds. As a passerby on the street holds a dead rat up to his window, one of the women inside with Packer tells him, “This is a protest against the future.” While it’s unclear what the protest is about, as the trailer continues rats are everywhere. More and more protesters wave them around the streets, one man throws them across a diner and one protester even has a giant rat head on his body. We’re not sure what it means, but knowing Cronenberg, it most likely deals with symbolism of America’s future.

“I Smell Sex All Over You”
If “Twilight” fans haven’t yet realized this role is far from their beloved sparkly vampire, they do now. A smug look crosses the usually awkward actor’s face after one of his conquests comments, “I smell sex all over you.” Packer shrugs. He knows. Throughout the rest of the trailer, we see small clips of various sexual encounters in the limo that poses as his office — including one half-naked girl who points a laser gun at his chest.

Grab a Gun
Pattinson’s no stranger to action. He’s torn evil vampires apart, taken a beating in “Remember Me” and escaped a stampede of wild animals in “Water for Elephants.” But in “Cosmopolis,” we finally get to see the actor pack some heat. In one scene, Packer kicks open a door and pulls a gun on a person in the room. He’s taking back control of a day that started out with a hair appointment and is ending with the wildest ride of his life.

Maybe the Gun Wasn’t a Good Idea
There’s an array of fast clips at the end, all flashing by in a sequence that could give anyone with epilepsy a seizure. But the one that immediately caught our attention has Pattinson shooting a bullet through his own hand. Yikes. Our palms began aching just watching it.
From the looks of this trailer, we probably haven’t even seen the worst of it yet.

“Cosmopolis” is scheduled to hit theaters later this year.

Check out everything we’ve got on “Cosmopolis.”

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'Hunger Games' Studio Taps Francis Lawrence To Direct 'Catching Fire'

‘Hunger Games’ Studio Taps Francis Lawrence To Direct ‘Catching Fire’

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 at 1:53pm

Director behind ‘Water for Elephants’ and classic music videos is set to take over for Gary Ross.
By Kara Warner

Francis Lawrence

Photo: Ian Gavan/ Getty Images

Just last week, the “Hunger Games” fandom was sent into a bit of a tailspin when director Gary Ross announced he would not direct the film’s sequel, “Catching Fire.”

Jaws dropped, heads were scratched and new names were thrown out and analyzed. Now, it appears Francis Lawrence will be stepping into Ross’ shoes to direct the highly anticipated sequel to the record-breaking first film.

According to a very brief report from Deadline, Lionsgate has decided to go with Lawrence over “Moneyball” helmer Bennett Miller, the other recently rumored Ross replacement. There is no official word from the studio about the done deal, but by all appearances, they have found their man.

For those not familiar with Lawrence’s r

'American Idol' Fresh Out Of Saves For Colton Dixon

‘American Idol’ Fresh Out Of Saves For Colton Dixon

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 at 1:45pm

Seeming front-runner shockingly voted off the show, joined in the bottom three by Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh.
By Adam Graham

Colton Dixon on “American Idol”

Photo: Fox

“Bad Romance” turned out just plain bad for Colton Dixon on Thursday (April 19), as the 20-year-old Tennessean — who had never before landed in the bottom three — was voted off “American Idol.”

Dixon found himself at the bottom of the 53 million votes cast following Wednesday’s performance episode. Dixon, the Mohawk-mullet-wearing emo-rocker who entered “Idol” initially only as a show of moral support for his sister, performed a goth-lite version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” on Wednesday’s show, as well as an emo reading of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”

When given the news he had been voted off — and would indeed be going home, since the judges used their one-and-only save for the season last week to rescue Jessica Sanchez from oblivion — Dixon said sorry to his fans.

“I need to apologize. I wasn’t myself last night, and I get it,” he said, turning to the judges. “I appreciate what you told me last night. I’ll take that when I’m making a record, and I’ll choose songs … ”

He was cut off by Jennifer Lopez, who told him, “You’ll make many records,” and Randy Jackson, who offered, “You have a huge career ahead of you, man.”

Dixon had received generally favorable remarks from the judges throughout the season but was dinged for his performances Wednesday, in particular for the Earth, Wind & Fire tune. In a video that aired Thursday (April 19) that caught him backstage, Dixon reacted to the criticism.

“Ouch, that kind of stung a little bit,” he said. “But honestly, I’m not trying to sound cocky, but I don’t care.”

Dixon was in the bottom three along with Hollie Cavanagh and perpetual bottom-dweller Elise Testone. Testone was sent back to safety first, leaving Dixon and Cavanagh to sweat it out.

Host Ryan Seacrest was up to even more tricks than usual when handing contestants their fate Thursday; at one point he told Joshua Ledet, “I’m afraid … you didn’t get the right number of votes … to put you in the bottom three. You are safe!” (C’mon, Seacrest, that barely even makes sense.)

Regarding Ledet, “Idol” mentor Jimmy Iovine remarked, “He could end up in the finale.”

In a video package, Seacrest paid tribute to his mentor Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82.

The evening also saw performances from Kris Allen, who sang his new song “The Vision of Love,” and party rockers LMFAO, who apologized for their party-rocking ways with a typically raucous rendition of “Sorry for Party Rocking.”

What did you think of “Idol” on Thursday? Let us know in the comments!

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Exclusive: G. Dep Calls Guilty Verdict 'God's Will'

Exclusive: G. Dep Calls Guilty Verdict ‘God’s Will’

Posted on 19 Apr 2012 at 9:31am

‘I’ma just stay strong and hopefully I’ll see y’all in the near future,’ the former Bad Boy MC tells MTV News in a jailhouse interview.
By Jesse Gissen

G Dep

Photo: Denise Truscello/ WireImage

Two days after being convicted of second-degree murder, G. Dep spoke exclusively to MTV News on Thursday (April 19), where he reacted to the verdict from behind bars.

“However it went down, it was just one of them things where I knew I was facing some type of charge, so whatever the verdict was, I knew it was God’s will,” Dep told us by phone as he awaits sentencing in lockup.

The former Bad Boy rapper, born Trevell Coleman, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing John Henkel in a botched robbery attempt nearly two decades ago in his hometown of Harlem. Coleman made headlines in 2010 after he confessed — unprovoked — that he had committed the crime in a surprising confession to police at Manhattan’s 25th precinct. At the time, Coleman said that he longed to clear his conscience.

Although he took blame for the shooting, Coleman’s lawyer, Anthony Ricco, argued in court last week that the victim was not the same man that police had pinned to the crime.

Despite the outcome, the 37-year-old seemed at peace with the judgment call. “You know, someone was taken from family, so I can’t feel like I was robbed in any kind of way,” he said. “I just want to thank everyone that was involved in the case. I don’t have no ill thoughts towards anybody.”

That is if you don’t count a few reporters who covered the case for New York’s Daily News.

“I just wanna let people know there’s a couple of reporters out there that’s just talking that talk,” he snarled. “I just had to make sure everything was everything,” he explained about his decision to fight the charge in court. “I was already putting myself out there. I had to make sure everything was what it was. That’s why the trial even was on.”

G. Dep signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in 1998, and went on to release his debut LP, Child of the Ghetto, in 2001. The record spawned two well-received singles, “Let’s Get It” and “Special Delivery,” but Dep’s rap career failed to take off. By 2003, he had parted ways with Bad Boy. Coleman took another stab at the indusry, dropping a mixtape the following year, but his various arrests and battles with drug abuse thwarted those efforts.

Dep is scheduled for sentencing on May 8, when he’ll face up to 15 years in jail.

“I’ma just stay strong and hopefully I’ll see y’all in the near future or the far future,” Dep said when asked how he feels about the impending jail time. “I know life goes on, praise God. And one day maybe I could say hello to y’all again.”

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