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MTV Movie Awards: We live-blogged it!

You’ve seen the Golden Globes, the SAG awards, the Oscars, and the Razzies. But tonight, the annual awards season comes to an explosive conclusion, as MTV invites all your favorite celebrities to sit down inside the brain of a 14-year-old with their annual MTV Movie Awards bonanza. This year’s show is hosted by Pitch Perfect breakout Rebel Wilson, and will feature categories like “Best Fight,” “Best Kiss,” “Best WTF Moment,” and this year’s closest race, “Best Shirtless Performance.”

EW’s Mandi Bierly and Darren Franich will be live-blogging the chaos starting at 8:45 PM EST. (The show officially kicks off at 9.) It’s a surprisingly packed-in show this year, featuring appearances by Brad Pitt, Peter Dinklage, Steve Carell, Melissa McCarthy, and the stars of hot summer movies like This is The End and Star Trek Into Darkness. There are performances by Selena Gomez, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, and the stars of Pitch Perfect. (Also, they’re debuting a trailer for a little movie called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.) Join us, won’t you?

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'The Great Gatsby' trailer: Beyonce covers Amy Winehouse. Plus: Lana Del Rey and Florence + The Machine

The new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s glitter-bomb adaptation of The Great Gatsby features three songs from the Jay-Z-produced Gatsby soundtrack, and it’s an apppropriately eclectic and wackadoo anachronistic mix. There’s Beyoncé and André 3000 covering Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” There’s Lana Del Rey — certainly a minor character in her own tragicomic F. Scott Fitzgerald short story — with the heretofore unreleased track “Young & Beautiful,” which used to be called “Will You Still Love Me.”

Last up is Florence + The Machine, who have a song called “Over The Love” that includes the lyrics “I can see the green light/I can see it in your eye.” Somewhere, a high schooler is already adding that song to the end of their sophomore-English PowerPoint Presentation, “The Man With The Yellow Car: Color Themes in The Great Gatsby.” The point is, Fitzgerald would be proud/too drunk to care. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'You're Next' trailer: Check out the first clip for the home invasion horror-comedy...if you dare! -- VIDEO

I recently saw a screening of the excellent home invasion horror-comedy You’re Next and, for reasons which will become abundantly clear when the film hits cinemas on August 23, have had the Dwight Twilley Band’s why-was-this-never-a-hit? soft-rock classic “Looking For the Magic” on repeat in my head ever since. The movie’s first trailer features no Twilley — making highly ironic use of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” instead — and gives little indication as to the darkly hilarious nature of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s film. But the clip does accurately tease the large amount of nerve-rending mayhem to be found in the movie, whose cast includes Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Re-Animator star Barbara Crampton, and indie director Joe Swanberg, amongst  others.

You can check out the trailer below. Take a look and tell us what you think.
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'Admission' star Nat Wolff applied early-decision for stardom

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Paul Rudd and Tina Fey supply most of the romantic-comedy in Admission, director Paul Weitz’s new movie about a by-the-book Princeton University admissions officer (Fey) who is thrown for a loop when a charming old classmate (Rudd) suggests one of his most talented college-bound students just might be the child she put up for adoption years ago. But younger audiences who grew up watching The Naked Brothers Band will be delighted to recognize that Rudd’s academic prodigy, Jeremiah, is none other than a taller, less shaggy Nat Wolff, the older sibling from Nickelodeon’s hit musical-comedy TV series that ran from 2007 to 2009. Now 18 — and bound for college himself — Wolff is jumping back into movies in a big way. Admission is just one of five films he’ll star in this year, highlighted by upcoming roles opposite Selena Gomez, Lily Collins, James Franco, and Girls‘ Zosia Mamet.

What about the Naked Brothers, you ask? Nat and Alex, now 15, are still making music together (though they are no longer Naked and just go by Nat & Alex Wolff). “Since December, I’ve just been playing shows with Alex,” says the native New Yorker. “We’re a duo, and we’re working on the next record. It’s difficult to balance [music and movies], but we’re always writing songs.”

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SXSW: Green Day presents world premiere of doc 'Broadway Idiot'

Perhaps the biggest standing ovation given by Paramount Theater audiences all week at SXSW was when Green Day took the stage Friday alongside director Doug Hamilton to present the world premiere of the documentary Broadway Idiot. Bassist Mike Dirnt did the talking for the group, thanking the audience for coming to the show. “Welcome to our nightmare,” he said happily, before handing off the microphone to lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The crowd held their breath for a half second, waiting to hear him speak, but instead he tossed the mic to a festival director and the band made themselves scarce.
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SXSW: Napster doc 'Downloaded' premieres and Sean Parker has one great regret

When Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker took the stage after the world premiere of the new documentary Downloaded at SXSW, about the rise and fall of their revolutionary music-sharing service, they were met with tremendous applause. That, says director Alex Winter (Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, incidentally), was a moment of tremendous relief and vindication.

“The guys were just happy to see the public liked it,” says Winter, 47, who first met the tech entrepreneurs back in 2002 and has been working to bring Napster’s story to light for over a decade. He himself was an early web adopter and distinctly remembers his first introduction to Napster. “Someone on news groups said, ‘We should just move over to Napster, it’s a lot easier to talk,'” he remembers. “These were dial-up days. You didn’t talk online. And so I swapped over to Napster and suddenly I was in real-time chat in somebody’s hard drive. And they were in Japan! We had a global community overnight that was absolutely incredible.”

He reached out to Fanning and was taken with how their entire conversation revolved not around music piracy but in this notion of creating a global community. On the flip side, Winter had made a name for himself as a prolific music director, working with artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube. “I had major investment in the record industry and the music business and I know a lot of bands,” he says. “It wasn’t like I was super pro-Napster. I just really understood how gigantic the change was that they had been part of enacting. Napster wasn’t two backwards baseball cap-wearing guys who wanted to get Madonna tracks for free, which is how people think of them. Napster was created by two very brilliant global visionaries who wanted to create a global community. And they did. And it worked! And that paved the way for everything that’s happened since then.”

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Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna reveals illness, reconfirms awesomeness in 'The Punk Singer'

The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson’s intimate, invigorating portrait of Riot grrrl founder and former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, world premiered at SXSW this week and it’s the film I can’t stop thinking about. In it, Hanna reveals for the first time that she dropped out of the music scene after being stricken low by Lyme Disease, a diagnosis that took six long, hard years for doctors to make. At its terrifying peak her illness robbed Hanna of that raw belt of a singing voice and she worried she’d soon be bound to a wheelchair. Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Check out the poster for music documentary 'We Always Lie To Strangers' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

Why did the remote Ozark mountain town of Branson, Mo., become one of the live music capitals of the world? What is the appeal of the burg’s traditional, “old fashioned values” entertainment? And just how weird is it to live there?

All these questions are addressed in the new, five-years-in-the-making documentary We Always Lie To Strangers, which will premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival. You can exclusively check out the the documentary’s poster below, where you will also find the film’s trailer. READ FULL STORY

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' breakout Quvenzhane Wallis to star in new big-screen 'Annie'

Nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis may be a long shot to win the Best Actress award at this year’s Oscars, but no matter what happens tonight, you can bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out tomorrow for the young actress — especially now that she has officially signed on to star in Sony Pictures’ new big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie. The fresh take on the beloved tale of the plucky orphan was originally developed by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company and rapper Jay-Z’s Marcy Media as a starring vehicle for Smith’s daughter, Willow. But with the 12-year-old Willow having aged out of the role, Wallis—who EW learned earlier this month was in talks for the project—will now step in. Will Gluck (Easy A) is on board to direct the film.

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Check out a terrifying clip from Rob Zombie's new movie, 'The Lords of Salem' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Folks wondering why rock star and writer-director Rob Zombie is so obsessed with horror could do worse than examine the manner in which he was educated. “Well, I’m from Massachusetts,” says the filmmaker, whose credits include 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects and his 2007 remake of Halloween. “When we were kids they would take us to reenactments of the Salem witch trials as, like, class trips.”

Zombie’s knowledge of the infamous 17th century trials helped inspire his latest film, The Lords of Salem, which will be released nationwide April 19. The movie stars the director’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, as a modern-day Salem radio DJ and former substance abuser named Heidi who starts seeing visions after listening to a record she mysteriously receives from “the Lords.”

“My premise is that there was another group of women put to death [during the witch trials] who actually were witches,” explains Zombie. “They vowed to come back and wreak vengeance upon Salem and they do it through this bizarre piece of music. Heidi has some lineage to the witch trials — but she’s also a recovering drug addict. So, in the course of the film, you’re not sure if she’s back on drugs, if she’s losing her mind, or if these events are actually happening to her.”

You can see Heidi experience one of those episodes in the creepy clip below, where you will also find the film’s trailer. READ FULL STORY

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