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MTV Movie Awards: 'Project X' star Oliver Cooper campaigning for Best On-Screen Dirtbag -- VIDEO

While Academy Awards may be the foremost accolades for cinematic achievement, they are marred every year by the rabid For Your Consideration campaigns that saturate the industry. To mask the crassness of begging people to vote for you, the ads are dressed up with classy photography, and governed by strict rules of what can and cannot be said. For one thing, you cannot trash another fellow nominee: No negative campaigning allowed.

The blissfully irreverent MTV Movie Awards have no such concerns. Each year, the fan-voted honors always include an especially tongue-in-cheek category — Best Dance Sequence, Best Scared-as-S**t Performance, Best Sandwich in a Movie — and this year, one of the nominees is mounting what may be the first ever campaign to win one. Project X‘s Oliver Cooper is by far the least known of his fellow nominees for Best On-Screen Dirtbag — Horrible Bosses‘ Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell, Bridesmaids‘ Jon Hamm, and The Help‘s Bryce Dallas Howard — so he has no problem casting aspersions on his competition’s qualifications of dirt-baggery. Check out his ads below:  READ FULL STORY

'Project X' star Oliver Cooper joins Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake in 'Runner Runner' -- EXCLUSIVE

As the preening teenage reveler Costa in Project X, Oliver Cooper certainly proved adept at getting in too deep — his performance even won him two MTV Movie Award nominations. But now the 22-year-old actor will get a taste of what it really means to go too far, signing on to star opposite Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the gambling thriller Runner Runner.

Timberlake plays Richie Furst, a Princeton student who gets pulled into the world of online gambling in order to help bankroll his expensive education. Cooper will play Andrew Cronin, a twentysomething Ivy League computer nerd who gets hired along with Furst to work for Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), an online gambling billionaire who works out of Costa Rica and whose business is even less legitimate than it first seems. “He’s kind of the young guy in this crazy world,” Cooper tells EW. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: '21 Jump Street' cops a $35 million weekend; 'John Carter' doesn't get the hold it needs

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill may play totally inept undercover cops in 21 Jump Street, but at the box office, they’re proving much more effective. The R-rated comedy scored a tremendous $35 million in its opening weekend, enough to easily top the chart. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: '21 Jump Street' shoots up $13.1 million on Friday

R-rated comedy 21 Jump Street (starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) topped the box office on Friday with a tremendous $13.1 million in its first 24 hours. The well-reviewed television adaptation–it earned a “B” CinemaScore grade–may pull in about $35 million over the Friday to Sunday period, which is a gross typically reserved for comedic summer tentpoles — not any old springtime release. I’d guess that 21 Jump Street‘s terrific start will trigger a sequel announcement within a week. Sony could have a new smash franchise on their hands. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: '21 Jump Street' hopes to jump past 'The Lorax'

After John Carter’s disappointing opening frame, this weekend brings moviegoers only one new wide release, 21 Jump Street, which looks like a potential smash that could birth a franchise. Although a number of limited releases — Will Ferrell comedy Casa De Mi Padre (382 theaters), Nicholas Cage thriller Seeking Justice (230 theaters), and Jason Segel/Ed Helms comedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home (250 theaters), — are hitting multiplexes, they aren’t likely to make much impact on the box office. Friends With Kids‘s expansion from 369 to 640 theaters might give it a small boost, but on the whole, the chart will likely look very similar to last weekend. Here’s how things may shake out: READ FULL STORY

The Ten Must-See Movies This Weekend


According to the Hollywood calendar, the summer blockbuster season never really ends. Instead, one derivation of summer fades into another one, with a neverending string of action movies starring sad-eyed meatheads and 3-D cartoons featuring characters who will someday star in a nostalgia-baiting Super Bowl commercial.

Fortunately, we’re moving out of Bargain Summer — when franchise dreck like Underworld and Journey 2: The Myst2rious Isl2nd own theaters — into the season which you could call Junior Varsity Summer, when Hollywood releases films that aren’t quite big enough for summer, but by gum, they’ll try their best. Most of these movies are bad, but who says bad movies can’t be interesting? That’s why the most important movie to see in theaters this weekend is: READ FULL STORY

'Project X' and 'Chronicle' prove that the found-footage way of making a movie can be applied to...anything. And that now it will be

A couple of years ago, I was asked, for a feature page in EW, to list my choice for the five most influential movies of the last 20 years. A few of them were no-brainers — you could write a book on the revolution set off by Pulp Fiction — but I spent some time pondering whether I wanted to include The Blair Witch Project. That it was a famously innovative and impactful movie no one could argue; overnight, it had invented the “found footage” genre and made it iconic. A number of films had been influenced by it — most obviously, the Paranormal Activity movies, which proved that the mega-success of Blair Witch was no fluke. With that in mind, I decided to add The Blair Witch Project to the list, but I confess I was flying on a whim of intuition. My choice, in this case, was highly speculative. I even said that the full impact of Blair Witch on film history had yet to be felt. For the truth was that even though the found-footage genre still had some obvious life to it (more Paranormal Activity sequels! More scuzzy Exorcist knockoffs!), you could make a good case that its heyday was behind it, that it was now running on fumes. Because, really, how much more juice could be squeezed out of this gimmick? I hailed Blair Witch as “influential,” but my secret suspicion was that its influence had already peaked. READ FULL STORY

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