As the former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, who died today at the age of 88, was a prominent pop culture figure in his own right. He appeared in several movies and TV shows; "Sex and the City," "The Muppets Take Manhattan," "The First Wives Club" and "The Hebrew Hammer" are just a few of the productions in which he appeared as himself.
But Koch was also a true movie lover. After his mayoral tenure, he became a bona fide critic, reviewing films for a New York area newspaper. And in 2009 he started an online video series called "The Mayor at the Movies."
Koch screened films with regular audience members, and his reviews (ending with either a "plus" or a "minus") reflected that Ordinary Guy ethos. These are highlights from a few of his video segments:
Little is known about Alice Eve's character in "Star Trek 2" beyond the fact that she's new to the "Trek" universe. If there's anything we've learned about the ultra-secretive production it's that we aren't likely to get any new details about the flick from the stars, so MTV News decided to go a different route when chatting with Eve recently about her role.
Instead of asking her about who she plays or what her purpose is in the "Trek 2" storyline -- both things we're desperate to know -- we asked Eve how long she's spent getting make-up applied to her on set. Judging by her response, it could be that Eve will be playing one of the film's many alien species.
"I'm a healthy amount of time in the makeup chair -- though not as long as Spock," Eve teased. "We were filming until very late last night, and I know that's all I can say. It's a top-secret operation; it's like a war."
It's hard to believe it, but today marks our fourth day in Austin, TX as we continue coverage of the 19th annual South by Southwest Film Festival. Sunday's full day of events and interviews was our busiest yet. We spoke with the filmmakers and casts of "Nature Calls," "Small Apartments," "Frankie Go Boom," "Somebody Up There Likes Me," and "Ted," the highlights from which included British scene-stealer Matt Lucas, two encounters with MTV's own Johnny Knoxville (He's in "Nature Calls" and "Small Apartments") a super surprise appearance and interview with Mark Wahlberg for "Ted," and the most hilarious interview of the festival and recent memory courtesy "Somebody Up There Likes Me" stars Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson), Keith Poulson and director Bob Byington. Not only that, but after three days of being soaked and drenched by relentless rainfall, the clouds finally parted midday to reveal the one element that had been sorely missing from this year's fest: sunshine and warm temperatures.
Before we get to today's lineup, do yourself a favor and click on the video above for a small helping of the extra special surprise treat that Universal served up with Seth MacFarlane's "A Conversation With" panel yesterday: "Ted" star Mark Wahlberg, who was a very welcome addition to our interview with MacFarlane, along with the 8-minute preview of the R-rated comedy and raunchy red band trailer that screened at the panel.
by Joel Hanek
MTV News reporter Josh Horowitz and producer Joel Hanek are currently in Dubai covering the world premiere of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." These are their stories.
Fact: Tom Cruise likes to make things difficult*. Upon reading the script for "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and seeing that there was an intense action scene that would require Ethan Hunt to repel from a skyscraper, I can only imagine his response to director Brad Bird was: "This is perfect. No thanks, I won't require a stuntman. Oh, and P.S., can you make that building I have to climb the tallest one in the world? You know, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai? Cool, thanks!"
You can put the Aussie in the city, but can you put the city in the Aussie? "Real Steel" star Hugh Jackman has lived in New York City for some time now, but can he pass a rigorous test from After Hours host and life-long New Yorker, Josh Horowitz?
Check out the latest episode of After Hours to see Jackman name the girls from "Sex and the City" (who the heck is Caitlin?), identify where Spidey lives and show off his best Woody Allen impersonation.
Let us know how Hugh did in the comment section and on Twitter.
Much of the recent "Sex and the City" sequel talk has focused on the so-called adaptation of "The Carrie Diaries," but don't be so quick to dismiss a third theatrical outing for Carrie Bradshaw and her merry band of New York socialites!
It just so happens that we've got exclusive intel on what's set to go down when "Sex and the City 3" rolls its way into theaters. And by exclusive intel, we mean, not really. But it's fun to pretend that Carrie and Samantha have to team up with time traveler Rex Powers to go back to the Wild West and rescue Charlotte and Miranda from a time vortex, isn't it?
Check out our latest edition of After Hours for a reading of a scene from the time-displaced "Sex" sequel, starring "I Don't Know How She Does It" co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Greg Kinnear!
If the title alone isn't enough to sell you on this film, then the poster and the cast of "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" should do the trick.
Featuring the acting talents of Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Will Forte, and many more, the story revolves around a group of friends who decide to throw an end-of-summer bash to end all end-of-summer bashes. Yep, you guessed it, they decide to have a good old fashioned orgy.
MTV News recently caught up with the writing and directing team behind the film, Alex Gregory and Pete Huyck, to find out what separates "Orgy" from everything else and how to write and direct group sex scenes.
Every year has its share of great movies (check out our top 10 films of the year here and vote for your fave here) and not-so-great movies... and 2010 was no exception. There were the sure-fire winners that totally failed with critics, like "The Tourist" and the reboot of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," and there were the films that never had a chance, like "Case 39" and "Furry Vengeance"... as well as, apparently, anything with Katherine Heigl and/or Josh Duhamel.
It's kind of mean to kick these flicks while they're down, so we decided to go to an outside source for some hard data. In other words, we checked out RottenTomatoes to see which flicks were the 25 lowest rated of 2010. Then we made a convenient little poll out of the 25 films to see which one you decide is the worst. Hit the jump to vote in the poll, and let us know in the comments or on Twitter which films you thought were the bottom of the barrel in 2010 (and feel free to yell at me if you disagree)!
The holiday season is rife with DVD and Blu-ray releases, chock full of special features, fancy packaging (a la "Sex and the City: The Complete Collection") and cutesy promo campaigns, like the one for Universal's "Despicable Me," -- which helped the movie gross $25 million in its first day of DVD release.
One of today's big releases is "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," and to celebrate, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is offering free taxi rides in few of New York City's busiest areas (Wall Street, Times Square, Fifth Avenue, etc.) from Dec. 20-24. Look for one of 10 Wall Street-themed cars for your freebie! (Also, good luck wrestling others for a ride.) For those who don't live in the Big Apple, MTV News is happy to showcase a snippet from the DVD and Bluy-ray's special features: "A Conversation with Oliver Stone and the Cast."
In the clip, Stone, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan are sitting in a room chatting about the film and, specifically, how it differs from the original. Read More...
The end of the year is approaching, and all the Hollywood rom-com heavyweights are slowly making their way towards "New Year's Eve." Today's newest official cast member is Sarah Jessica Parker, who will round out at least one of the story lines for another previously attached actress. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that SJP will be playing the mother of Abigail Breslin, who relies too much on her daughter for company. There goes anyone's lingering hopes of "Sex and the City 3." Good-bye, Carrie Bradshaw!
Two other actors are circling the project with interest. Halle Berry is looking to come on board as a caterer who runs into a former flame. Meanwhile, Zac Efron is interested in playing a bike messenger who crosses paths with Michelle Pfeiffer's character, a frustrated secretary who decides to work on her unfulfilled New Year's resolutions from the previous year. Apparently Efron's character will help her cross some of those puppies off. Read More...