Yesterday, "The Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger died of natural causes at the age of 91. I'm surely not alone in saying how appreciative I was of the existence of "Rye" when I read the novel for the first time as an awkward high school student. It's a testament to the story's timelessness that almost 60 years later, "Rye" continues to be such a relatable experience for young readers. But Salinger wasn't just an influence for those suffering through teenage angst — his work was felt throughout the filmmaking world, even if he himself didn't have a hand in the creation of such projects.
After the jump, read about five films that either drew inspiration from Salinger or utilized his work as a plot point, and be sure to head to the comments section to share your thoughts and memories of the acclaimed author, and any other movies you can feel his presence in. Read More...
Sundance is about to get underway and MTV News is converging from all the corners of the globe. Well at least NYC and LA. Today is our travel day but there's also plenty of work to be done with the opening night film being unveiled at 6pm in Park City and setting up a home base at the Bing Bar on Main.
Later on, we'll be on the carpet talking to the stars of "Howl," namely James Franco, Jon Hamm, and Bob Balaban. All three are equal in my eyes. And hopefully we'll catch the film as well. We're cautiously optimistic given the cast and pedigree (it's about Allen Ginsberg), the caution coming from the checkered opening night track record of recent Sundances. You remember "Chicago 10" and "Mary & Max," right? Right?!? Read More...
I’m still not convinced that the supposed “Fight Club” musical, which I’ve been writing about since February, isn’t just an elaborate practical joke from director David Fincher and novelist Chuck Palahniuk, although the author himself seemed sincere and insistent when MTV News last caught up with him in August.
What would it be like? How would the songs sound? What from the movie would make it in? Even though we’re no closer to knowing the answers to those questions, we now know what won't make it in – the stars themselves.
“I doubt it will be me and Brad [Pitt],” “Fight Club” star Ed Norton laughed when asked about the possibility of starring in a Broadway revival of perhaps his most iconic role. “I know Brad can’t sing!” Read More...
There’s a distinct possibility that author Chuck Palahniuk and director David Fincher are seriously messing with us when it comes to a “Fight Club” musical, which the auteur himself first alluded to in an interview with MTV News this past January.
On the one hand, Palahniuk keeps talking about it with us, most recently during an interview for the latest movie to be adapted from one of his novels, “Choke.” On the other hand, it’s absolutely, positively ridiculous. Or, as “Fight Club” co-star Jared Leto remarked when we asked about it in April, “I think that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life."
“It seems bizarre but then ‘West Side Story’ probably seemed bizarre at the time it was made,” Palahniuk countered. Read More...
Two months ago, we reported on "Fight Club" director David Fincher’s ambitious plans to take his macho classic to the Great White Way, with music and book by NIN front man Trent Reznor no less. "I want at the 10-year anniversary to do 'Fight Club' as a musical on Broadway," the director enthused at the time. "I love the idea of that."
So do we. Jared Leto, on the other hand? Well, he just wants to destroy something pretty.
"I think that's the funniest thing I've ever heard in my life," the "Fight Club" star snidely remarked when we asked if he’d heard of the idea. "Could you imagine?" Read More...
Ever since the day it was announced, "Chapter 27” has been one of the most controversial projects in Hollywood. Now, with this exclusive peek at its brand-new poster, we get our best look yet at the identity-consuming acting efforts of Jared Leto.
To portray infamous John Lennon murderer Mark David Chapman, Leto gained 60 pounds, doing near-irreparable damage to his body through a regimen of every bad-for-you food he could get his hands on. The film co-stars Lindsay Lohan as a groupie hanging around Lennon's residence on the day he gets shot. Read More...
"My So-Called Life," the critically-acclaimed, teenage angst-driven television series which launched the careers of Claire Danes and Jared Leto, generated its rabid fanbase primarily after its cancellation following one season on the air. It's one of those series that people would kill to see revived in some form, so could there ever be a movie reunion? Don't count on it, according to Danes, who we interviewed at the MTV studios recently. In the video below, hear the "Stardust" actress' thoughts on whether we'll ever see a big-screen appearance by her character Angela Chase.
Come Tuesday and a new batch of links, including news on Anne Hathaway, Brittany Murphy, Stan Lee, Michael Moore, and Jared Leto.
- Anne Hathaway teams with Jonathan Demme for comedy "Dancing With Sheba," about ex-model in and out of rehab who attends her sister's wedding. (Blackfilm)
- Brittany Murphy travels to "The Other Side" with Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Jim Broadbent, and Tim Roth in fantasy comedy. (Variety)
- Jared Leto and Sarah Polley the somebodies attached to "Mr. Nobody," a "butterfly effect" romance. (Hollywood Reporter)
- "I think [Tim] Story is doing the best he can." Stan Lee talks "Fantastic Four," "The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man," and more. (Superhero Hype)
- "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and the secret of life. (Sydney Morning Herald)
- Michael Moore and CNN call truce in their online battle of numbers. (MichaelMoore.com)