I'll be honest, I went into my first screening of "Hot Tub Time Machine" with some trepidation, feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the trailers and a general sense of how many comedies try and fail. But I'm happy to say that it breezes through with flying colors, and is among the funniest movie-going experiences I've had in some time.
The film stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke as friends who enter a magical hot tub and are transported back to the 1980s. Getting the easy '80s jokes out of the way, the film sets into a cascading rhythm of funny moments, some gross-out humor, and most of all terrific performances which, at the end of the day, is the foundation this film is built on. I loved it, have seen it twice and would easily go a third time.
To promote the film, Corddry, Robinson and Duke sent on a nationwide "Tub Crawl," stopping in Alaska and New Orleans' festive Marti Gras. We've got an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of their travels, which you can watch below. "Hot Tub Time Machine" bows March 26.
With an amazing number of classics under his belt, Steven Spielberg is arguably the highest-profile filmmaker in Hollywood. As such, his history is rife with collaborations with his peers on films like “Gremlins” and “Back to the Future.” But until now, nobody has known of his involvement with the children’s classic, “The Neverending Story,” and how George Lucas influenced the American cut.
In 1983, Spielberg was riding high with nine Oscar nominations for “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (his team would take home four statues that year). At the same time, a little-known German filmmaker named Wolfgang Petersen traveled to the United States for his hyper-suspenseful submarine thriller “Das Boot,” which was up for six Academy Awards.
The two directors met and became friends, with Spielberg soliciting Petersen for opinions on where in Europe to shoot “Schindler’s List.” With a bond formed, Petersen decided to approach Spielberg about a German-produced film called “The Neverending Story,” hoping to get his thoughts on bringing the fantasy film to an American audience. Spielberg agreed, and a partnership formed that until our exclusive interview with Petersen, is little known. Read More...
Children of the 1980s had reason to celebrate last week when “The Neverending Story,” the fondly-remembered fantasy film, arrived on Blu-ray. But fans across the Internet immediately wondered why this release, seemingly perfect for retrospective extras, was delivered with absolutely no bonus content whatsoever. Well maybe the answer is that the filmmaker behind the modern classic had no inkling that this new edition was slated for store shelves.
“I didn’t even know!” Wolfgang Petersen said with a laugh in an exclusive interview with MTV News. The helmer, whose impressive roster includes such blockbusters as “Air Force One,” “In the Line of Fire,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Outbreak” and “Troy,” wrote and directed “The Neverending Story,” which follows a young boy who becomes intertwined with a dark parallel universe filled with strange creatures, a hero on a quest and a glistening princess. Released theatrically in 1984, the film has since developed a wide fanbase, making it all the odder that the willing director wasn’t approached for the Blu-ray. Read More...
Leave it to Ben Stiller to breath some legitimate humor into the normally dry award presentations. Trotting out to dole out honors for the Best Makeup category, the erstwhile sketch comedian took a page from James Cameron's "Avatar" and trotted out in full Na'vi regalia. Clad in blue make-up, yellow contact lenses and a very long tail, Stiller rattled off a string of incomprehensible alien sounds, and then admitted to the audience that the idea sounded better in rehearsal.
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Director Richard Kelly's had a wild ride in Hollywood. His debut film "Donnie Darko" didn't survive long at the box office, but found renewed life and hordes of fans after its release on DVD. The high-concept Jake Gyllenhaal-led pic was breathtakingly original, a dark sci-fi thriller that brought together tangent universes and an evil-looking man in a rabbit costume. But for Kelly, the true measure of his career would be whether the freshman filmmaker could follow up "Darko" with something just as clever and unique.
Five years later we got "Southland Tales," an ambitious, pre-apocalyptic, musical-tinged film narrated by Justin Timberlake and starring everyone from Dwayne Johnson to Mandy Moore. While it opened to dour critical reviews, it showed there was nonetheless still promise buried within the then-32-year-old Kelly. So what would come next? Our answer came with "The Box," Kelly's most mainstream project to date and an expansion of a short story by "I Am Legend" author Richard Matheson. Starring James Marsden and Cameron Diaz, the film begs the question: Would you take a million dollars in return for pressing a button that will kill someone you've never met? Read More...
"Everybody's Fine" brings together a doozy of a cast for a drama starring an older widower (Robert De Niro) who sets out to reconcile with his estranged children. Rounding out the cast are no less than Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Melissa Leo.
The film hits store shelves this week, and we have a pretty cool exclusive from the bonus features. In our clip, Paul McCartney discusses his Golden Globe-nominated original song from the film, and even takes to the piano. Check it out.
Two of the hottest folks at the festival this year are undoubtedly the stars of "Blue Valentine," Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The duo portray a couple whose marriage begins to unravel, and the drama is receiving high praise here in Park City. So when the two came through the MTV studio this week, we were quick to ask them to snap a self-portrait.
You can see the result of that photo session below, and then click here for the rest of our photo booth, including Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo, Malin Akerman and many more.
We've already mentioned that "Twilight" superstar Kristen Stewart is the belle of the ball here at Sundance, where the teen actress has no less than two films appearing: a dramatic turn as an underage stripper in "Welcome to the Rileys" and the rock-fueled "The Runaways."
Naturally Stewart swung by the MTV studio for a few interviews, and in-between her hectic schedule she found time to snap a self-portrait in the MTV Photo Booth. Check out the resulting pic below, and then click here for more from our photo booth including James Franco, Ben Affleck, Malin Akerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many more.
He plays a big-shot in "Entourage," and now Adrian Grenier has made a documentary called "Teenage Paparazzo" chronicling what it's like to be stalked by photographers and the cult of celebrity. When he came through our studio though for an interview about the project, though, we turned the cameras on him for our MTV Sundance Photo Booth. Check out the resulting self-portrait below, and then click here for more from our photo booth including James Franco, Ben Affleck, Malin Akerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many more.
It's another day at Sundance, and you know what that means. That's right! More celebs passing through our photo booth. We already gave you Jon Hamm, Ben Affleck, and Amanda Peet, and now we have James Franco, who portrays the beat poet Alan Ginsburg in "Howl."
Check out his contribution below, and then click here or on the photo to browse the rest of our ever-growing Sundance Photo Booth.