A rather awesome Mortal Kombat movie trailer hit the web this week, but it turns out there isn’t actually a movie in the works – yet. The Mortal Kombat trailer video, featuring one of our favorite sci-fi ladies, Jeri Ryan, spurred a slew of buzz over what looked like a pretty fabulous teaser for an upcoming film. Turns out, however, the video was just part of a pitch to Warner Brothers to try to sell them on the idea of making the movie.
Some viewers speculated the leaked Mortal Kombat trailer video was actually a game trailer, not a movie trailer. Star Trek: Voyager star Jeri Ryan, who appears in the clip, finally came out Wednesday to clear up the rumors.
“Okay, so… Mortal Kombat. It’s not a game trailer. Actually was made for the director to sell WB on his vision for a reimagined MK film,” Ryan posted on her Twitter feed. “I did it as a favor to a friend. No idea yet what WB’s reaction to it was. And I’m not sure how you can contact WB to push them to make it. But you guys are resourceful…! ;-)”
So far Warner Brothers hasn’t commented on the pitch video or whether they might indeed be moving forward with the project. We fervently hope so, because this ‘fake’ movie trailer was a damn sight better than most ‘real’ ones we’ve seen out there this year. Based just on this promo clip, you can bet we’d be heading to the theater to see the movie on the big screen!
The Twilight: New Moon frenzy, Sandra Bullock kissing Scarlet Johansson and Tom Cruise‘s crazy dancing just weren’t enough to save the MTV Movie Awards this year from a fall in ratings from last year.
The MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night brought in only 4.6 million viewers, compared to 5.3 million last year on MTV, according to USA Today. However, the addition of a simulcast on VH1 and MTV2 reportedly brought the total viewership to 5.8 million. MTV claims at least 16.4 million people tuned in for at least a minute to the awards show.
Maybe viewers are just getting bored with awards shows in general, or maybe some were turned off by the extreme profanity all night long. Various celebrities spewed around 100 curse words during the course of the night, something MTV later apologized for.
“While we aired the live broadcast with a delay, we were unable to mute every word that some might find objectionable,” MTV said in a press statement. “All of these words will be muted in subsequent airings… We sincerely apologize to those in our audience who were offended by any objectionable words that might have slipped by for the live airing.”
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If you missed the MTV Movie Awards last night, you also missed several hot new video preview trailers – including the world premiere of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer!
Naturally, we couldn’t let you miss out on all the fun, so hunted out the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows video trailer for your enjoyment.
What do you think of the trailer? Possibly the best Harry Potter movie yet? Or is Daniel Radcliffe just looking a bit too long in the teeth to be playing a young teenager anymore?
Well, even if he does look a bit too old for the part, Radcliffe is still a hottie – as is co-star Emma Watson!
The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is set to premiere on November 19. Part two is due for release on July 15, 2011.
Shrek Forever After is holding on to the top spot at the weekend box office for the third week at a row, beating out the Russell Brand comedy Get Him to the Greek for first place.
The latest installment of the Shrek movie franchise has raked in an estimated $25.3 million in ticket sales so far this weekend. Get Him to the Greek debuted in the number two spot with an estimated 17.4 million. Crawling into third place was the action comedy Killers, starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time barely bumped into fourth place with a paltry $13.9 million, followed by Sex and the City 2 at $12.6 million.
We’re betting Shrek Forever After is not likely to hold on to first place next weekend as the highly hyped The A-Team and The Karate Kid remakes hit theaters.
McDonald’s is recalling 12 million Shrek-themed drinking glasses after discovering they contain a dangerous metal called cadmium. Cadmium is a known carcinogen and can cause severe kidney problems and softening of the bones.
The 16-ounce Shrek glasses were sold for $2.00 at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide as part of a promotion for the new Shrek Forever After movie. McDonald’s announced they would be recalling the glasses after Cadmium was found in the painted designs on the glasses.
McDonald’s said they would be recalling all 12 million Shrek glasses, which come in four different designs featuring characters from the Shrek Forever After movie. The company will be posting instructions for the recall and refunds on its website next week. Until then, purchasers are asked to stop using the glasses “out of an abundance of caution.”
“We believe the Shrek glassware is safe for consumer use,” McDonald’s spokesman Bill Whitman said in a press statement. “However, again to ensure that our customers receive safe products from us, we made the decision to stop selling them and voluntarily recall these products effective immediately.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is working with McDonald’s on the recall, said “long-term exposure to Cadmium can cause adverse health effects” but did not specify how high the level of the metal was in the glasses. The UCPS has previously issued three recalls for children’s jewelry sold in the U.S. found to contain Cadmium. All of the jewelry was made in China.
>> Previously: Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore Get Tangled in New Disney Film
Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi star in the latest Disney computer generated film, Tangled, which was formerly supposed to just be called Rapunzel . A rough adaptation of the story is being brought to the screen by Disney on November 24th and while all I really have about the film is some concept art and a teaser trailer, there was a letter submitted to /Film this weekend from a reader who claims to have seen the un-edited, rough cut version of the movie already.
Imagining Mandy Moore as a Disney princess isn’t really a stretch for my imagination. In fact, I think she is kind of flawless and beautiful and good hearted in real life (at least from what I’ve seen!) so when I heard she was playing the part of Rapunzel in the new movie, Tangled , I thought it was a perfect fit. Zachary Levi from NBC’s brilliant TV show Chuck takes on the role of the “prince,” only in Tangled he’s really a thief named Flynn who helps Rapunzel escape her castle o’ doom.
M. Night Shyamalan‘s upcoming action movie The Last Airbender hit with a new trailer this weekend in Japan. We have been tossing a lot of information at you about The Last Airbender, lately, but that’s because it looks ridiculously awesome even if it is one of the movies being released in 3D unnecessarily.
Noah Ringer as Aang (Credit: Paramount Pictures)
Guillermo del Toro has officially backed out of directing the two films that are to be based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit. The announcement was made today on The One Ring, because del Toro and Peter Jackson wanted to deliver it to the fans first.
Guillermo del Toro
Renowned director Guillermo del Toro announced this morning that he will no longer be directing the two films based on the book The Hobbit. The news came right on the heels of a report that the production of the film was being postponed, and word is that had to do with MGM Studio‘s bankruptcy and the ties they already had to the movie. It is apparently because of these delays that del Toro is being forced to back out of the directing responsibilities – but the good news is, he will still be helping to write the screenplays. Check out a quote from Guillermo after the jump.
Our Family Wedding hits DVD and Blu-Ray next month, on July 13th! The film, starring America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia tells the story of two families from very different backgrounds who are forced to come together and learn and support one another in a huge cheeseball comedy that will make you laugh and warm your heart!
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Our Family Wedding looks like a newer version of Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mack‘s flick Guess Who?, which is actually just a newer version of 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, starring Sidney Poitier. Basically, two people from different nationalities and backgrounds decide they are in love and want to get married, and their two families go through a bit of culture shock, and shenanigans ensue! While the story may be a little recycled, they have definitely put a new spin on it with America Ferrera as the blushing Latino bride (man, we miss you, Ugly Betty) and Lance Gross as the studly African American groom. Plus, no one can deny how hilarious Carlos Mencia is in just about any situation. With a street date of July 13th, the Blu-ray and DVD includes multiple deleted and extended scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a gag reel and more. Make sure you check out the preview for Our Family Wedding and the full synopsis for the film after the jump, as well as some great stills.
I was just thinking to myself that the world needs another clip from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and here it is! Ok, maybe that’s not what I was just thinking to myself – but if you were, you’re in luck. A new international clip for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is now available, and we have it for you below.
Credit: Summit Entertainment