"Beedle the Bard" came to the Big Apple Wednesday (December 3) -- J.K. Rowling's U.S. editor Arthur A. Levine put his personal, original, handwritten and illustrated-by-the-author copy on display at the New York Public Library, a day before the mass-production version hits stores. The unveiling, Levine told MTV News, was "dramatic" and not without plenty of security measures.
"That's my personal copy," he said. "There's a protective case and a guard standing next to it. But the library has many extremely valuable books and pieces of art, so they're experienced at these things. But I have to trust in the loyalty of the fans and the security of the New York Public Library [that it doesn't get stolen or defaced]." Read More...
Most of the guests who appear on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" end up doing a career retrospective -- like their best work is already behind them. But when Daniel Radcliffe appears on Monday's episode (December 1 at 8 p.m. ET), he livens up the joint, in part because he's the youngest guest James Lipton has ever had.
"Remember, Daniel's closer in age to my students, the actors at the New School," Lipton told us, "and they love that. He's talking to his peers."
Radcliffe told the students that it was practically by accident that he became an actor, since the idea to send him on his first audition was to give him a good story to tell at school, not to land a part. He'd been complaining to his mother that he was "crap at everything … I was crap at academic stuff, I was crap at sports," and so a friend of his father's -- and ever since, Radcliffe's agent -- suggested that he try out for "David Copperfield." Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: The "Green Lantern" movie is rolling right along, co-screenwriter Marc Guggenheim tells us -- even if digressions about other comics characters sometimes distract them from the task at hand.
"This morning, we sat down to talk Green Lantern," Guggenheim told MTV, "and we ended up riffing for an hour and a half on another, much more obscure character. Sometimes, you just have to roll with it when inspiration strikes, you know? I'm sure the studio wouldn't be happy about it, but we're not going to blow the deadline. We'll get it in."
Read more about casting Superman's cameo and other updates to the "Green Lantern" movie on SplashPage.MTV.com.
He's been a penguin with happy feet, and now Elijah Wood's next animated adventure is going to make him a ragdoll.
"I'm actually just finishing work on an animated film called '9,'" Wood told us when we caught up with him at Alicia Keys' Black Ball. "It's based on a short film Shane Acker did a number of years ago. It's a beautiful short."
Tim Burton is producing the full-length feature from Acker, one of the WETA Digital animators on "Return of the King," and Crispin Glover, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Martin Landau, and Christopher Plummer are among the other voice actors. Wood plays 9, one of nine mechanized rag dolls, "who kind of have the soul of humanity in them," he said. "It's basically about a post-apocalyptic world where machines created by man have destroyed mankind, and these nine ragdolls go about trying to find out what has happened and what these machines are about." Read More...
They're not using "Got Milk?" as their official campaign, but the filmmakers behind the story of Harvey Milk are hoping that's a slogan the rest of us abide by.
"If every single person who bought a ticket to 'Brokeback Mountain' bought a ticket to 'Milk,' we'd be very happy producers," laughed producer Bruce Cohen when we caught up with him at the Out 100 New York gala, where the director, writer, producers, and cast of the film were being honored for filming the tale of the man who was California's first openly gay elected official (only to be later assassinated).
"Gus Van Sant goes back and forth between things like 'To Die For' and 'Good Will Hunting' to his more experimental fare, and this is a combination," Cohen said. "It's not mainstream subject matter, it's way out there on the edge, but we're hoping it appeals to a larger audience." Read More...
After shooting Ed Norton in "Pride and Glory," director Gavin O'Connor just wants to rock out.
His next film, which he co-wrote with producer Josh Fagin, is called "Born to Rock," and it's a twist on MTV's "Rock the Cradle," focusing on the progeny of a rock icon. Only instead of wanting to be like dear old dad, this rock spawn's idea of rebelling is to be conservative and go to college, until a misunderstanding derails his plans.
Based on Gordon Korman's novel, the lead in "Born to Rock" is a straight-laced guy named Leo Caraway, who's headed for Harvard until he's falsely accused of cheating on a test and loses his scholarship. He then learns that his father isn't the man who raised him, but is told his real dad is King Maggot, the noose-wearing singer of the legendary '80s punk band Purge (whose other members are guitarist Neb Nezzer, bassist Zach Ratzenburger, and drummer Max Plank). Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: It's not just Barack Obama's kids who love "Twilight" -- First Daughter-Elect Malie might bond with her dad over vampire lore, but so do the daughters of comics writers Neil Gaiman and Mike Mignola, and I have a feeling that those conversations might be slightly scarier.
"My daughter Amy is in love with the 'Twilight' books," Mignola told us.
"My daughter Maddie read the 'Twilight' series," Gaiman told us, "but she alternately loved it and got frustrated with it, so I would get alternate reports back from her: 'I love it!' to 'Oh, no, they're doing something wrong!' And then she'd come back triumphantly, 'I knew they were just werewolves! I knew they were a werewolf family!'"
Read more about kids' "Twilight" conversations with their comic book parents over at SplashPage.MTV.com.
Before it was announced which character Amy Adams would play in "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian," we guessed Amelia Earhart, to which she replied, "I'm not going to tell," with a smile on her face.
Of course, a few days later, our guess was confirmed. And Amy Adams was besides herself with grief and remorse, for not having given us the scoop first. Or not. "I know, I know," she apologized when we reconvened for a night at the Museum of the Moving Image, for a tribute to Ben Stiller. "I just wanted to be respectful of the production."
So what happens to Amelia Earhart at the Smithsonian, given that the plane she flew on her non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic is part of the exhibit? This time, Adams didn't mind dishing a bit: "She gets to fly again." Read More...
If it were just based on the book, there would be no room in "The Hobbit" for a lot of the characters from "Lord of the Rings" -- except, say, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, and Gollum, of course -- but since they're expanding the film into a larger story, and drawing from other aspects of J.R.R. Tolkien's tales, Frodo could make an appearance in part two of "The Hobbit," Elijah Wood told us when we caught up with him at Alicia Keys' Black Ball benefit for Keep A Child Alive.
"The secondary film would bridge the gap between 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' chronologically," Wood said, "so conceivably, it could be possible."
Since the films are still being written, "it's a ways away" before he would know, Wood said, but the trick is to have Frodo's appearance not seem like an anachronism, since he wasn't a part of "The Hobbit" adventure. Read More...
Kellan Lutz is juggling two franchises ("90210" and "Twilight") so he has a suggestion for his respective characters, George Evans and Emmett Cullen -- merge 'em.
"George is Emmett," he laughed. "That's George's also-known-as name. He is Emmett, just to let you know. That storyline's coming. George gets fangs, actually."
Now we know he's joking. But Kellan is having fun enjoying this time before "Twilight" comes out while "90210" is going strong -- he considers it his moment. So far, his character hasn't had a lot to do on the show -- other than play lacrosse and make-out with Naomi on the rebound -- but he anticipates much more coming up for George, the school's resident bad boy. Read More...