‘Thor 2’ Loses Director Patty Jenkins

Although Jenkins allegedly left due to creative differences, Deadline also reported that she is still in good standing with Marvel and might end up working on another of the studio’s numerous superhero films in development. “Of all the American comics, ‘Thor’ was the only one I was really familiar with from my childhood, and it intrigued me, maybe because it was a bit more European, with those Viking helmets and its basis in Norse myth,” Branagh told Variety. “The scale was exciting, and I did love the character and the story. It had depth and gravity in addition to being an entertaining ride.

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‘Thor 2’ Loses Director Patty Jenkins

50 Cent Calls Pauly D’s Upcoming Album ‘Exciting’

When hip-hop whiz kid Astro refused to perform for his life after being placed in the bottom two during the November 17 episode of “X Factor,” Cowell tore into the 15-year-old MC. But Astro, who was eventually eliminated from the competition weeks later, isn’t holding any grudges. Actually, he thinks Simon — who later admitted he felt “a bit” bad for Astro — is a pretty cool guy overall. During the launch party for his SMS Audio headphones line in NYC on Monday night, 50 Cent gave MTV News a few details on Pauly D’s upcoming album, due out in 2012.

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50 Cent Calls Pauly D’s Upcoming Album ‘Exciting’

‘Jersey Shore’ Season Five Trailer: Home Sweet Home

After spending some fish-out-of-water time across the pond in Italy, the “Jersey Shore” gang is heading back to their Seaside Heights stomping ground for the fifth installment of the MTV series, premiering Thursday, January 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. And after a quick glimpse at the just-released trailer, it appears as if the GTL crew is ready for tons of partying, booze and, of course, drama.

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‘Jersey Shore’ Season Five Trailer: Home Sweet Home

Vanessa Hudgens: Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler Caught Kissing

V-Hud and beau Austin Butler packed on heavy PDA at LAX this weekend. The pair, who was jetting out of Los Angeles together, had a spit-swapping session at the ticket counter before making their way to the terminal gates. Once they noticed the camera-happy paparazzi, Vanessa and Austin bursted into a fit of giggles.

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Vanessa Hudgens: Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler Caught Kissing

Paul McCartney has recurring Beatles nightmare

The singer admitted that he has a recurring dream where he is performing ‘From Me To You’ and then the crowd randomly start to exit the venue.He is quoted by The Mirror as saying: “I’m with The Beatles and it’s going great, then people start leaving. I turn to the others and go, ‘Oh God! ‘Long Tall Sally’ – that’ll get them back’.”Explaining the root cause of the nightmare, McCartney explained: “The first time we ever played – pre-Beatles – I screwed up. So I never played lead guitar again.McCartney will start his trio of UK shows at London’s O2 tonight (December 5), before playing Manchester’s MEN on December 19 and Liverpool’s Echo Arena on December 20.

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Paul McCartney has recurring Beatles nightmare

Wiz Khalifa And Snoop Dogg’s ‘Mac & Devin’ Jams NY

He is quoted by The Mirror as saying: “I’m with The Beatles and it’s going great, then people start leaving. I turn to the others and go, ‘Oh God! ‘Long Tall Sally’ – that’ll get them back’.”

Explaining the root cause of the nightmare, McCartney explained: “The first time we ever played – pre-Beatles – I screwed up. So I never played lead guitar again.

“When The Beatles did Wembley for the first time, I felt sick. I thought, ‘I’ve got to give this up’.”

McCartney will start his trio of UK shows at London’s O2 tonight (December 5), before playing Manchester’s MEN on December 19 and Liverpool’s Echo Arena on December 20.

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Wiz Khalifa And Snoop Dogg’s ‘Mac & Devin’ Jams NY

Robert Pattinson ‘Impressed’ Paul Giamatti In ‘Cosmopolis’

Last month, when MTV News asked David Cronenberg about working with Robert Pattinson on his upcoming film “Cosmopolis,” the director put his feelings about the “Twilight” heartthrob simply: “He’s sensational.” Cronenberg said that one of the biggest testaments to Pattinson’s skill as an actor was the effect he had on his Academy Award-nominated co-star. “They were both brilliant, and Paul was really impressed,” he said. “If Paul’s impressed, he’s a good judge of other actors, and he said so publicly.”

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Robert Pattinson ‘Impressed’ Paul Giamatti In ‘Cosmopolis’

Angelina Jolie Says Teens Will Identify With ‘Blood And Honey’

Angelina Jolie lives her life in front of cameras. Even when she’s off the job and not starring in action films like “Salt” or “Wanted,” paparazzi follow her every move. But in the last three years, Jolie has only appeared onscreen in two films, representing a dialing back on her profile as an actress. At the New York premiere of her film, Jolie spoke with MTV News about why the movie is especially important for a younger audience, who may not have even been alive or remember the Bosnian War of the early 1990s.

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Angelina Jolie Says Teens Will Identify With ‘Blood And Honey’

Machine Gun Kelly, Kendrick Lamar To Visit ‘RapFix Live’

There is no denying that hip-hop veterans like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross have all had a remarkable 2011, but the past 12 months also saw the meteoric rise of some of the game’s most exciting young MCs as well. Since the top of the year, artists like Mac Miller and Meek Mill have established themselves as bona fide stars. On Wednesday at 4 p.m. on MTV.com, “RapFix Live” will explore the budding careers of some very notable rap rooks, as Machine Gun Kelly, Roscoe Dash and Kendrick Lamar check in to discuss their big year. During the show, MTV News will also reveal the list of 2011’s Hottest Breakthrough MCs.

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Machine Gun Kelly, Kendrick Lamar To Visit ‘RapFix Live’

Usher’s Next Album ‘Soulful, Catchy,’ Taio Cruz Teases

Usher is hard at work on his next album. Set to work with fellow hitmaker Taio Cruz, the two already cooked up some magic with their David Guetta anthem “Without You,” and it seems they are hoping to recapture that spirit for Usher’s follow-up to 2010’s Raymond v. Raymond. “I saw Usher a few times, but I spoke to him at length at David [Guetta]’s house when we were in Ibiza [Spain],” he told MTV News in L.A. after his Jingle Ball set. “He has very specific ideas of where he wants to go musically and sound-wise.”

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Usher’s Next Album ‘Soulful, Catchy,’ Taio Cruz Teases