Please welcome Mr. Chris Sparling, the writer behind "Buried," with a guest blog post that he wrote on the eve of the film's limited opening tomorrow. In the below write-up, Chris takes us all on the journey that led him from what started as a small idea meant for an indie treatment to something much, much bigger. "Buried" is one of my favorite films so far this year, right alongside "Toy Story 3," "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World" and "The Last Exorcism." Check it out if you can this weekend. Otherwise, wait until the movie opens wide on October 8. I'll let Chris take it from here!

With the limited release of "Buried" only days away (and the nationwide release less than three weeks away), I am incredibly proud of what this film has become. To see all the posters, trailers, and positive buzz circulating around a film I wrote is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of. But at the same time, I also can’t help but laugh sometimes when I think of what the film could have become. Read More...

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I'm not going to try to distract you with lots of words. The new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is here and all you want to do is watch it. I'll say though: it's pretty freaking rad.

I finished re-reading "Deathly Hallows" a few days ago. Big mistake. The wait until 11/19 seems impossible now.

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"Buried" is nothing if not a challenging film, and on virtually every level. For 94 minutes the camera lives inside of a box with Ryan Reynolds, the only human we see for the entire trip. Every stage of production, from crafting the story to shooting it to marketing it-- it's a risky proposition. Lionsgate stepped up to take the risk after this year's Sundance. They made a pretty safe bet too, as Reynolds, director Rodrigo Cortes and writer Chris Sparling accomplished something here that really hasn't been done before in film. It's no surprise then to hear Reynolds talking about his unconventional prep work for shooting "Buried" during a TIFF interview with MTV's Josh Horowitz.

"This is the only film that I've ever done where I did not rehearse a moment of it before stepping on the set," he said, to Josh's surprise. It makes sense though when you think about it, which Reynolds clearly did. Read More...

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"Buried" opens in limited release this Friday, with a wide opening to follow next week. It's a great flick. For 90 minutes you are trapped inside of a box with Ryan Reynolds. I'm guessing at least a few of you readers would like to be trapped in there with him, but you might change your tune if you knew how he got there: a civilian contractor stationed in Iraq is kidnapped after his convoy is ambushed, kidnapped and buried alive. He's got a way out, but no one will help him.

Still want to be locked in there?

To celebrate the film's release, we've got an exciting week of coverage planned. To kick things off, I've got a treat for you dedicated readers who don't mind doing a little sleuthing: buried somewhere on this blog in our coverage of "Buried" are two keyphrases. Find one and be the first to tweet it to @MTVMoviesBlog to win one of two "Buried" prize packs (only one pack per person, so there's no use in trying to find both). The prize pack contains a branded flashlight and miniature wooden coffin as well as a poster for the movie, signed by Reynolds and director Rodrigo Cortes. Good stuff, right? The keyphrases ought to be buried somewhere on the blog even as you read this, so start hunting!

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"Buried" opens in limited release this Friday, with a wide release to follow next week. Ryan Reynolds stars as a civilian contractor who is working as a driver in Iraq when his convoy is ambushed and he is taken captive. The movie opens in complete darkness, with Reynolds buried alive in a wooden box. For the 90 minutes that follow, we stay locked with him inside that box. Director Rodrigo Cortes and writer Chris Sparling, along with Reynolds, accomplished something special here: they took a concept that could easily be construed as unfilmable and turned it into a very well-made, suspenseful movie.

Fantastic Fest, an annual gathering of movie geeks in Austin, TX sponsored by Alamo Drafthouse, kicks off this Thursday. The limited release of "Buried" begins on Friday, but Fantastic Fest attendees will be able to catch it a day earlier. To celebrate the Austin screening, Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest set up a pretty remarkable contest/stunt: four lucky fans won themselves the opportunity to watch the movie from inside a buried wooden coffin. This is at once terrifying and awesome. I'd do it in a heartbeat. We'll hopefully have some video for you soon, but for now you'll have to make do with the creepy image after the jump. You'll also find the full press release for the promotion, but beware that there's a light spoiler or two to be found within. Read More...

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At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Gentle Giant's coolest exclusive by far was a 12" Stormtrooper action figure, modeled after the original line of "Star Wars" toys and housed in a comically oversized blister pack. If you were lucky enough to get one... well... count yourself lucky, because they were apparently rather hard to come by.

Fortunately for us "Star Wars" fans, that Stormtrooper was only the first serving in what will hopefully be a long line of awesome oversized vintage action figures. Gentle Giant just announced the next set of 12" releases, highlighted by one Chewbacca and two flavors of Han Solo. Needless to say, I'm putting aside my money now. Check out the new hotness in all its glory, after the jump. Read More...


The third season of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" kicks off tonight, and I've got a little treat for you in advance of that. A clip featuring Jedi Master Shaak Ti and her whirling lightsaber blade taking on, what else, laser-shootin' bad guys.

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First, a warning to the faint of heart: the below video features a shirtless Danny DeVito. Proceed at your own risk.

The comic actor is apparently taking on the challenging role of Mahatma Gandhi, an historical figure most famously brought to life in film by Ben Kingsley in the 1982 feature, "Gandhi." DeVito will star in "Gandhi II," which he refuses to call either a sequel or a remake. I honestly can't tell if this is genuinely hilarious or if my natural inclination towards all things DeVito is coloring my opinion. David Mamet wrote and directed this little gem for FunnyOrDie though... check it out.

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Josh Brolin loves himself some "Goonies." Just yesterday I reported that he told MTV's Josh Horowitz about the now-finished Steven Spielberg-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scripted "Goonies 2." Now he's talking about "Goonies 3"?!?! Clearly we live in bizarro world. First though, he puts to rest a rumor that he'll have a role in Jason Reitman's upcoming reunion with "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, "Young Adult."

"Not true," Brolin said of the rumor. "No. He and I may do something else. I think that's where the wires crossed. He was very apologetic [after the rumor cropped up]. But I did read [the script] and thought it was great. I think Charlize [Theron] is going to be amazing." Read More...

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When it comes to epic showdowns on a grand scale, there's nothing that's quite on the level of the eternal conflict between Heaven and Hell. Seriously-- God versus Satan? Aren't all tales of nemeses trading blows able to be boiled down to the basic concept of good vs. evil?

Enter John Milton, poet and author of the 17th century epic "Paradise Lost." Legendary Pictures optioned the 10,000+ line poem for a big screen treatment and now they've found their director: Alex Proyas. The man who gave the world "The Crow," "Dark City" and "I, Robot" (and "Knowing," but let's not talk about that one). He's going to give us a movie featuring angels fighting demons, a great war and "aerial warfare," Variety reports. Also, surprise surprise, the movie may be shot in 3-D.

The Variety article reveals that the story will focus on the struggle between archangels Michael and Lucifer. This seems to indicate that the other half of the story, the fall of Adam and Eve, will be downplayed or perhaps ignored in favor of the larger spectacle of a Heaven vs. Hell showdown.

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