Have you heard the news? British funnyman Ricky Gervais -- creator and star of the original "The Office" -- is setting his sights on Dunder-Mifflin. At least, that's according to some reports. But Gervais had always denied that his David Brent character (the original Michael Scott) would make an appearance on the hit American version, so who should we believe?
We posed that very question to John Krasinski on the Critics' Choice Awards red carpet, and if the actor knew anything, he was doing a pretty good job of hiding it.
"I think there was talk of them [Gervais and co-creator Stephen Merchant] writing and directing an episode. I don't think he's talking about being in the episode quite yet," Krasinski stated. Read More...
Earlier today, we passed on a report from the trade magazine Production Weekly that stated "Hurt Locker" helmer Kathryn Bigelow was attached to direct a gripping first-person account from New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for seven months. According to the paper, however, that story was false.
"This report is inaccurate. There is no movie deal," a Times spokeswoman told MTV News. Additionally, she countered "The Hollywood Reporter"'s claim that producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall and screenwriter Stephen Belber were attached as well. "There is no deal and no one is attached to the project," the spokeswoman stated.
While the reporter's six-part account of his harrowing experience is tailor-made for Hollywood, it seems at least for now it'll remain on the printed page.
It's the first Tuesday of a new year, and coming out of the Christmas buying season it's a pretty slow week for new releases. Only two theatrical titles make their bow, along with a few catalog and television titles. This is the DVD Report for Tuesday, January 5.
The venerable "Final Destination" franchise had already gone through three films by 2006, and understandably the producers wanted to shake things up for the next volume. They did that by entering the world of 3-D. The film series, which finds young folks having premonitions of death that come true for people around them, is known for concocting outlandish death scenes (roller coaster accident, a race car careening into the crowd, etc.). So it was only natural to take it to the next level by literally throwing these bizarre tragedies into audience's faces with 3-D. Read More...
We've been covering Megan Fox a lot lately. Heck, we even did an entire show about her and her Diablo Cody-penned horror film, "Jennifer's Body." But in all of our coverage, it's always been with Megan in front of the camera. What's it like to be behind the camera?
Well, now you can find out in this exclusive bonus feature from the DVD/Blu-ray (released this week), in which Megan takes some fancy footage of a stunt scene for her on-set video diary. Check it out.
We've waited more than a decade for a new entry to the venerable "Toy Story" franchise, and we're finally getting one on June 18, 2010 when "Toy Story 3" hits theaters. Little has been seen of footage since the initial announcement, but a new featurette assures us that we're back in good hands.
In the clip below, a college-bound Andy (voiced by the original kid from the first two films) is forced by his mother to store his stuff or face the trash heap. Having separated Woody, the rest of the toys are destined for the attic. Of course, like the beginning of all great adventures, something goes horribly awry. Check it out below or click here to watch it in HD.
Getting some of the funniest guys in show business and dropping them in Vegas for a bachelor party sounds like a winning formula, but nobody expected "The Hangover" to gross a whopping $450 million dollars worldwide. Now the film is hitting DVD and Blu-ray, and is our lead film for this week's DVD Report.
Todd Phillips already had hits like "Old School" and "Road Trip" in the bank at the time he was begged to director "The Hangover," and the veteran comedy helmer pulled together a cast of unproven but fan-favorite stars. Headlining the zany misadventure romp would be Bradley Cooper (best known as the quintessential a-hole in "Wedding Crashers), Ed Helms ("Daily Show" and "The Office" alum) and underground comedy icon Zach Galifianakis. While all three shared a level of success, none had ever held a film together on their own, making this a considerable experiment for all involved. Read More...
Let's get this out of the way right off to bat: I enjoyed "Terminator Salvation." I know I'm sitting in a somewhat lonely circle, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for big, loud robots, cyborgs, whatever you want to call them, and "Salvation" has some jaw-droppingly cool scenes. The film is now hitting store shelves, and leads the DVD Report for Tuesday, December 1.
The studio was taking a gamble when it greenlit a fourth film in the venerable "Terminator" franchise. After a lackluster response to 2003's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," many fans advocated for putting the series to bed, either to breathe or permanently. But away we went with director McG at the helm, and Christian Bale and Anton Yelchin -- two figures with legitimate geek cred -- attached to the budding sequel. The resulting story saw a band of resistance fighters battling to save humanity from the ever-evolving SkyNet. Was the execution perfect? No. Did I get what I came for? Yeah, sorta. The attack of a mecha-sized robot against Yelchin and his clan in a gas station remains one of my favorite scenes of 2009. And there are enough other balls-out battles to satisfy my metallic quota. Read More...
It's hard to believe, but Judd Apatow, the mega-filmmaker who has changed the face of Hollywood comedy, has only directed three films. Having made his mark in television ("Freaks & Geeks," "Larry Sanders") and some screenwriting, Apatow finally exploded into the theatrical world on the back of 2005's "The 40 Year Old Virgin." "Knocked Up" would follow in 2007, and then in 2009, "Funny People," a decidedly more mature comedy that straddled serious dramatic elements. Now arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, will the pic -- which stars Adam Sandler as a dying comedian who mentors younger upstart Seth Rogen -- finally grab a wider fanbase than it found in cinemas?
"Funny People" features a strong audio and video transfer, and comes in both theatrical and unrated versions. Extras are plentiful as well, with the two-disc edition featuring filmmaker commentary, on-set diaries, gag reels, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes on subjects like stand-up, vintage prank calls and more (including a great discussion with Seth and Judd from Charlie Rose). Read More...
One of the sharpest, laugh-out-loud comedies on television is "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and now the gang at Paddy's Pub have their very own Christmas special. The catch? It's exclusive to DVD and Blu-ray and it's in stores now. So what's it about? According to the studio, "Join Mac, Charlie, Dennis, Dee and Frank as they embark on a holiday adventure filled with stolen toys, childhood videos, naked elves, and a bloody run in with Santa Claus that is guaranteed to blast Christmas spirit all over you!"
To whet your appetite, we've got an exclusive clip from the bonus features which features director Fred Savage (yes, that Fred Savage) walking us through backstage, with a special appearance from Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. Check it out below.
While the rest of the planet is looking forward to "New Moon," here in the world of home entertainment it's all about looking back...specifically to two of the summer's biggest films which are now hitting store shelves. From space cadets to a fashion-savy Austrian, this is your DVD Report for Tuesday, November 17.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a group more anxious than "Star Trek" fans on the date director J.J. Abrams was tapped to reboot the franchise. It was a tall order. "Trek" had notably faltered at the box office after the dreadful "Nemesis," and had been unceremoniously dumped from the airwaves after the lackluster "Enterprise." And now here was a guy who openly boasted that he had barely watched "Star Trek." Even his directing credentials were thin -- a few television episodes here and there and one feature film in "Mission: Impossible III." It all made for a very skeptical fanbase for a franchise many thought should lay dorment to catch its breath. Read More...