Three days in and five new competitors later, MTV Movie Brawl 2012 still rages strong. “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” fans continue slugging it out to give their champion of choice the most steam heading into next week’s March Madness-style bracket tournament, but there’s fierce competition between many of the other movies as well.
Our preview of the tournament continues today with a look at one of the Brawl’s clearest front-runners, a glimpse at Taylor Kitsch and some other hot models, and a salute to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
“The Hunger Games”
For those who’ve been following our coverage here at MTV News, it’s pretty obvious that we can’t wait for the big screen version of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian bestseller. This is a story that is wonderfully different from a lot of what we’ve read/seen in recent years. It is about survival, self-reliance, discovery and having the strength to stand up for what you believe in, with a female protagonist (Katniss Everdeen) who is strong, resilient, independent, intelligent and real. Collins’ creation has everything modern youth-targeted fiction lacks, and we’re confident director Gary Ross and star Jennifer Lawrence will deliver us a fine interpretation. -Kara Warner
On paper, a movie directed by Pixar genius Andrew Stanton and starring Taylor Kitsch as a Civil War officer mysteriously transported to Mars seems like a sure thing. Add in the classic story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and you’ve got a guaranteed hit. But I haven’t seen enough from the sci-fi epic to convince me it’s something special. I’ll have to wait until March to find out if “John Carter” is one of a kind or a clone of the movies the original books inspired. -Kevin P. Sullivan
My parents took me to see “Les Mis” when I was no older than seven. It’s stayed with me ever since. It destroyed my notion that kids were invincible when poor Gavroche got riddled with bullets beyond the barricade. Javert became my new definition of badass. I heard the people singing the song of angry men, and I sang it with them for years to come, much to the chagrin of my folks. I can only hope that Tom Hooper’s “Les Mis,” with an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman, will have as much of an impact on a new generation as the Broadway show had on me. -Josh Wigler
Never before have we stared at a production announcement with such delight and disbelief as when we heard about “Magic Mike” getting greenlit. First, this is a film loosely based on Channing Tatum’s early days as a male stripper. Second, Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh is directing it. Third, it features a cast of so many attractive men that it’s almost ridiculous. Mark your calendars for June 29, when the likes of Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer will (hopefully) be taking it all off for us on the big screen. -KW
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
After making us watch five movies and teasing us each time with a post-credit Easter egg, Marvel better deliver on the epic meet-up they’ve been promising for years. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk are finally teaming up to fight their biggest battle yet. We know Loki is leading the charge, but who knows who has his back? Either way, with director Joss Whedon on their side, the Avengers have at least a fighting chance at being the movie to beat next summer. -KPS
“Men In Black 3″
It’s been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones starred in a “Men in Black” movie together. Who knows if they still have it in them? Ten years is a long, long time. Still, there are two things I’m absolutely sure of: I’m very interested to see if these guys are still the Agents J and K that I remember and love, for one, and for another, I absolutely cannot wait to spend time with Josh Brolin’s TLJ impression. That’ll be worth the price of admission alone. -JW
There’s a lot of talk about the princess who is “fairest of them all” these days, with not one but two films coming out in 2012 that revolve around Snow White. “Mirror Mirror” is the version that features Lily Collins as Snow White, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Armie Hammer as Prince Charming. It is also under the direction of the visionary ground-breaker Tarsem Singh (“Immortals,” “The Fall”). What “Mirror Mirror” has that “Snow White And The Huntsman” lacks is a lighter tone and, because of Tarsem’s resume, a definite edge in the visual effects categories. We know we’ll be dazzled by what we see, but are very curious to see what twists, turns and liberties they take with the classic fairy tale. -KW
Found footage movies don’t have to be about demons or witches or giant monsters. Sometimes they’re about giant parties. Producer Todd Phillips brings us the latest entry in the genre about the craziest high school party of all time, but not the kind you threw. Unless yours involved someone driving a car into the swimming pool. Thomas Mann, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Oliver Cooper play the three guys destined to go down in history either as kings of the high school or the most grounded kids on the block. -KPS
Come back tomorrow for the rest of MTV’s Movie Brawl 2012 competitors!