Summer Movie Preview

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The Avengers Stars Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston Have Their Own Heroes

The Avengers is raking it in at the box office this weekend — it already has the highest midnight opening of a comic-book movie — and even though it’s probably not going to break that many records, we’re pretty sure Robert Downey Jr. and company are at the top of Marvel’s list of real-life heroes. At the red-carpet premiere of the movie last week, we decided to let the stars get a little sappy and share who their heroes are. Get ready to “awwww.”

“My mum and my dad,” Tom Hiddleston, who plays villain Loki, told VH1 News without hesitation. “Just because they’ve taught me everything I know really about life. They haven’t consciously taught it to me, they, they’ve just, uh, lead by example. They’re intensely good people, with a great deal of kindness and humility. It’s only now that I’m older that I can appreciate it.”

Clark Gregg also praised his Stanford professor father, “who’s dedicated his life to exploring different religions in a way that breaks down the imagined barriers,” along with President Obama. “I’m gonna come out and say that I’m a big fan of Barack Obama,” he said. “I don’t think he had a perfect first term but I believe, I like the things he believes in.”
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From Spidey And Gwen To The Savages’ Love Triangle: Who’s This Summer’s Hottest Onscreen Romance?

Sure, we’re into weepy deathbed monologues, blood-squirting massacres and the occasional merman scene or two (#CabinInTheWoods4ever), but what we really love to see on the big screen is, well, love. Lucky for us, the summer movie season is always packed with romance, whether it be of the action or indie variety. Not that we’re picky — we eat it all up, thank you very much.

This summer’s crop of movies offers up a buffet of romantic relationships sure to suit even the most critical of tastes. At the core of The Amazing Spider-Man is the romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, played by real-life loves Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. And of course what would a comedy about rippling male strippers (Magic Mike) be without a love story between the beefy protagonist (Channing Tatum) and his protegee’s sister (newcomer Cody Horn)?

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But equally intriguing are the more unconventional relationships coming to the big screen as the weather warms up. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play that perfect couple everyone loves in Celeste & Jesse Forever, who shock their friends when they decide to divorce. In Savages, Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson play two dudes who band together to rescue their kidnapped girlfriend (Blake Lively). That’s right – they both date her. But the onscreen pairing we’re most pumped for? Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward in Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom, in which they play two tweens who fall in love and plot – and execute – their escape from their small New England town.

There’s movie love for everyone out there, so what’s your favorite onscreen pairing this season? Poll it up below!

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by (@shalapitcher)

Magic Mike To Stacee Jaxx: Who Will Be Summer’s Funniest (And Sexiest) Men?

Mark Wahlberg, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Stiller Summer Movie Preview funny men

As The Avengers kick off summer movie season today with a bang or two (or 100), it’s easy enough to forget that blockbusters aren’t just about men in tights, showing off their massive CGI effects. On some of those sweltering days, you don’t want to step into a theater to worry about the fate of the world; you want to laugh your ass off. We’ve already looked at the ladies doing their part to make the season hilarious, and now it’s time for us to decide which of these sexy funnymen will be the sexiest and funniest at the multiplex from May through August.

This year, we have some double threats — the guys who will make us laugh and fan ourselves: Tom Cruise radiates sex as rock god Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages, Matthew McConaughey sells it as strip-club owner Dallas in Magic Mike, and Mark Wahlberg hides it beneath a manchild exterior as John, the guy who tries to let go of his talking teddy bear in Ted. There are also the funny guys we crush on, no matter how goofy their characters, like Russell Brand as the narrator of Rock of Ages and Andy Samberg as Adam Sandler’s unfortunate son in That’s My Boy. There are the comedians we’d kind of like to take home to mom — Ed Norton and Jason Schwartzman in Moonrise Kingdom, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill in Neighborhood Watch, Steve Carell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Chris Rock in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign. And then there are the bad boys we’d keep secret about, Vince Vaughn in Neighborhood Watch and Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator.

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by (@shalapitcher)

New Amazing Spider-Man Trailer: Andrew Garfield’s Bid To Win Our Summer Movie Heroes Poll?

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man

We’re pretty sure the release of the brand-new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man has nothing at all to do with the fact that The Avengers is in theaters today, getting summer movie season off to a running start. It was almost certainly released because the folks at Marvel realized that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are getting their butts whipped in our Summer Movie Preview Heroes and Heroines polls. These things matter, people. Well, they certainly matter to the Taylor Kitsch and Colin Farrell fans who have been voting nonstop since Tuesday.

All kidding aside, this new trailer does a long way toward making us stop thinking of The Amazing Spider-Man as its own story, not just “that movie that isn’t the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire Spider-Man.” It has a fair share of action sequences, but the majority of the dialogue is about Peter Parker’s quest to find out more about what happened to his parents. We dare you to count how many times they say “Peter” in less that 2 and a half minutes. And just like in the last trailer, it makes abundantly clear why Andrew and Emma hooked up on the set. We can feel the sexual tension from our desks. So now, after watching this, do you want to head over to the poll and give that lovely Brit a few more clicks?

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by (@shalapitcher)

Summer Movie Calendar: The Dark Knight Rises, Rock Of Ages Top Celebs’ Must-See Lists

As we were psyching ourselves up for our Summer Movie Preview week and the movie season in general, we decided to ask the stars themselves what flicks they’re looking forward to. Some of them, as you can see in the video above, had their answers ready: The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and Rock of Ages were popular choices. Others, like Michelle Williams, gave us embarrassed looks as they admitted to not having a ready made movie calendar in their heads. Well, Michelle and the rest of the you can relax now. We’ve got a handy-dandy list here. And before, while and after you print it out, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Heroes, Heroines, Villains and Funny Ladies from this summer’s movies!

May 4
The Avengers – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson
LOL (limited release) – Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Adam Sevani, Douglas Booth

May 11
Dark Shadows – Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz

May 16
The Dictator – Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly, J.B. Smoove
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz, Anna Faris: Who Will Be The Funniest Lady In Film This Summer?

Vote For The Funniest Ladies In The Summer Movies

It’s been said that comedy isn’t pretty, but we’re about to prove them wrong. There’s a gang of lovely ladies hilariously hitting up the big screen this summer, and they look amazing as they do it! We hope you’ve been following our Summer Movie Preview, where we’ve brought you the best of this summer’s cinematic heroes, heroines and villains. But now it’s time to give you the rundown on the women who will make you laugh ’til you cry, or get thrown out of the theater.

First and foremost, we’re expecting huge comedy from What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The film boasts Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Anna Kendrick! Mila Kunis is already a comedy legend at the super young age of 28, and we can’t wait to see her she compete with a teddy bear for Mark Wahlberg’s affections in Ted. The greatly anticipated movie sees her collaborates with her Family Guy co-star Seth MacFarlane. Malin Akerman takes us way back to the ’80s as a reporter in Rock of Ages, while Helena Bonham Carter takes us back even further to the ’70s in her husband Tim Burton’s latest film, Dark Shadows.

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by (@shalapitcher)

What Makes Avengers Villain Tom Hiddleston Geek Out?

While comic book fans the world over are totally freaking out over The Avengers this weekend (or last weekend, if they’re those lucky folks overseas), we kind of wonder what the stars of the movie geek out about themselves. VH1 News asked Tom Hiddleston at the New York premiere of the movie, and the answer makes him seem the very opposite of his super evil character Loki. In fact, we won’t be surprised if it clenches him the victory in our Summer Movie Villains poll.

“I’m quite a geeky runner; I love running,” he admitted. “I’m also a geek about tennis. I love watching tennis, I get obsessed by it, I don’t know why. I think I find it so dramatic, like, because after, at a certain level, it doesn’t matter how good you are and how much training you’ve done, it’s like up here [in your head] and in [your heart]. So when you see people like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic go at it, it’s just like a battle of wits and heart. I’m getting geeky about it right now!”

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by (@hallekiefer)

Charlize Theron, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy: Who Will Be This Summer’s Most Badass Movie Villain?

Sorry, Snow White. Nothing personal, Thor. Of course we still love you, the Batman. We always will. It’s just that when it comes to summer movies, we love a glowering villain as much as we love a virtuous hero. Maybe a little more. Maybe … a lot more.

Luckily for us (and you!), this summer’s films are jam-packed with some of the most malevolent evil characters imaginable, ready to face off against the hottest heroes and heroines from May to August. Tom Hiddleston reprises his Thor role as power-hungry extraterrestrial Loki in this week’s The Avengers, while Flight of the Concords’ Jemaine Clement breaks Will Smith‘s stride as an easy-riding alien by the name of Boris in Men in Black III. Closer to home (and to your childhood nightmares), Queen Charlize Theron goes after Kristen Stewart‘s heart (not in the romantic way) in Snow White and the Huntsman, while Eva Green does the same to Johnny Depp (in both the romantic and evil way?) as smitten witch Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows.

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Of course, not every memorable villain has to be from another planet or or the fairy-tale realm. Some of them can be regular ol’ criminal masterminds, like Salma Hayek‘s drug kingpin Elena in Savages, Faran Tahir‘s Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Bryan Cranston‘s Vilos Cohaagen in the Total Recall remake and Edward Norton‘s Byer in The Bourne Legacy. We are especially psyched to see Tom Hardy‘s Bane grapple the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises while Rhys Ifans takes on Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Because what’s an epic battle scene with out an epic villain? A 15-second slap fight?

Not that every villain has to be locked in life-or-death combat, mind you. Some of them are just maniacally vain. Sacha Baron Cohen‘s General Aladeen in The Dictator, anyone? Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ high-strung Patricia Whitmore will also be inflicting all the damage she can against the demon that is rock in Rock of Ages, while Adam Sandler only accidentally ruins his son Andy Samberg‘s wedding/marriage/life. That being said, if you somehow get your only child to throw up on his fiance’s wedding dress … yeah, you’re the bad guy.

Finally, we have to give props to those villains who don’t even come in a humanoid package. We are dying to see what the surprisingly awesome-looking Battleship aliens look like under their masks (Weird eyes? Check! Four-fingered hand? Check!), and we’re all ready to take our hats off to the Piranhas 3DD piranhas. Not only are they blood-thirsty, they are also responsible for Ving Rhames‘ character having machine gun legs. What aren’t villains good for? Which big bad has your ticket-buying hands shaking with anticipation this summer? Check out our gallery of villainy, and cast your vote. Just remember: When it comes to picking a favorite archnemesis, there is no wrong choice.

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Snow White To Black Widow: Who Will Be The Hottest Heroine Of The Summer?

The Hottest Heroines Of The Summer Movies

As the poet laureate Beyonce once said: Girls rule the world. And for proof, look no further than this summer’s biggest blockbuster movies. It’s the Summer Movie Preview week here at VH1 Celebrity, and we’ve already brought you our picks for the sexiest heroes coming soon to a theater near you. The hottest months of the year are going to real scorchers thanks to these badass beauties busting bad guys on the big screen.

Anne Hathaway steps into Catwoman’s famous leather jumpsuit for the much-anticipated Batman follow-up, The Dark Knight Rises, while Scarlett Johansson is back in her Black Widow gear for The Avengers. Kristen Stewart is getting medieval on our behinds with Snow White and the Huntsman, and Jessica Biel is fast-forwarding us into the year 2084 in the remake of Total Recall.

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There are some new faces to the blockbuster game this year, like Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki, who stars in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Battleship‘s Rihanna. Emma Stone gets to hook up with real-life beau Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Rachel Weisz might be doing the same onscreen with her Bourne Legacy co-star Jeremy Renner.

Whether they’re cartoons like Princess Merida in Pixar’s latest epic Brave, or real live ladies like Prometheus star Noomi Rapace, you can be sure that these women aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty while they save the rest of us — but they’ll still look amazing doing it. Our question to you is: Which of these heroic ladies are you most looking forward to seeing this summer? Check out the gallery and let us know in our poll!
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by (@shalapitcher)

From The Huntsman To Agent J: Who Will Be The Hottest Hero Of This Summer?

Dwayne Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Chris Hemsworth and Will Smith, the heroes of summer

Is it getting a little warm in here? It’s just the first of May, and we’re already fanning ourselves at our desk after putting together our own special Summer Movie Preview. We’ll leave the talk of comic books, green screens, box-office takes and mega-sequel expectations to some other sites, as we instead do what we do best: concentrate on those beautiful men and women on the big screens. And oh, there are a lot of them this summer. First, let’s take a look at the fine male specimens stepping up to save the world — from aliens, vampires, evil queens and other threats that somehow loom the largest between May and August.

There’s the staple comic book heroes, though you know these days they’re far from typical: Christian Bale reprises his controversial vigilante Bruce Wayne for The Dark Knight Rises, this time (we think) getting a hand from legit lawman John Blake, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Andrew Garfield will fight crime as well as our cries of “too soon” in The Amazing Spider-Man; Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr.. will heed the call of Samuel L. Jackson to join forces in The Avengers.

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