Drew Barrymore's directing her first film, "Whip It" -- based on the book "Derby Girl" -- and Eve's got "the bruises to prove it."
When MTV News caught up with the rapper/actress, she was recovering from the shoot in Detroit. "Let me tell you something," she said. "When you see this movie, we actually did those stunts."
Eve, along with Ellen Page and Barrymore herself, are roller derby players who go by names like Rosa Sparks (Eve), Malice in Wonderland (played by Kristen Wiig), Iron Maven (Juliette Lewis), and Bloody Holly (Zoe Bell). Page's character, Bliss Cavendar, runs away from home to join the team, despite the wishes of her mother (played by Marcia Gay Harden) that she enter beauty pageants instead. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Ben Stiller says he doesn't like to be the center of attention -- but that's precisely what he was Wednesday (November 12) when New York's Museum of the Moving Image held an all-star salute to him. Robert De Niro, Diddy, Mike Myers, Jack Black, Will Arnett, Amy Adams, and Bill Hader were among those singing his praises in person, and Tom Cruise via a videotaped message ("I'm thrilled for you tonight, but even more thrilled to be able to tell the room that I am one of your -- if not the biggest -- fans," Cruise said).
While Stiller was being feted for his work as an actor, he said it's his behind-the-scenes work as a writer, director and producer (from "Reality Bites" to "Tropic Thunder") that he's most proud of. So which of his many writing-directing-producing jobs would be next for him?
Read about Ben Stiller's plans for an animated superhero spoof, "Master Mind," over at SplashPage.MTV.com.
FROM SPLASH PAGE: We've been hearing a lot from the ladies behind "Magdalena" -- what with our week-long sting with Jenna Dewan and our recent chat with the film's producer Gale Ann Hurd -- but what about the film's male lead, Luke Goss? (You might remember him as Prince Nuada in "Hellboy II").
He was in New York recently to be honored by the Motion Picture Club as a "Star of Tomorrow," just across the street from Splash Page HQ, so we made a beeline over to the event to get the lowdown -- and wouldn't you know it? He's actually a Splash Page fan. ("I've seen the coverage, it's been exciting," Goss blurted out before we could even get out the first question.) It certainly helped in loosening his lips about how he got involved in the project and what he's doing for it right now.
Check out Goss' comments on "Magdalena" over at MTV Splash Page!
She directed "A League of Their Own" and she'd like to return to the ballgame, but Penny Marshall says Hollywood isn't hankering for more sports movies right now.
A big sports fan in her own right, MTV News met up with Marshall as she attended NYC's Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation Gala on Friday to see the 1998 World Series Championship team of the New York Yankees re-assembled to benefit Margaret's Place, a school-based initiative to protect victims of domestic violence. Marshall's a huge New York Yankees fan, but she's also got a soft spot for Newark, at least when it comes to a story there about the first woman who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Game: Effa Manley, who co-owned with her husband Abe the Newark Eagles, a team in what was in the 1940s called the Negro Leagues. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: So comic book author and novelist Neil Gaiman isn't adapting Charles Burns' "Black Hole" -- but what is he adapting, then, from the pool of works not his own? (Besides “Fermata,” that is).
Gaiman’s teamed up with Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller) for “The Road to Endor” (and no, it has nothing to do with Star Wars). Written by EH Jones, it’s a true story of two World War I prisoners of war, one of whom was an amateur magician, who trick their guards into believing that they are in touch with the spirit world to plot their escape from a Turkish prison camp. Using Ouija boards, séances, mentalist scams, poltergeist effects, and fake suicides, they convince even the Camp Commander.
Read more about Neil Gaiman and Penn Jillette's "Road to Endor" at SplashPage.MTV.com.
You know the stereotype of the ugly American? How we're loud, annoying, disrespectful, ignorant, unappreciative, act superior, think we're always right, and did I mention loud? Well, former "Saturday Night Live" star Rachel Dratch skewers all of those associations in her upcoming portrayal of the ultimate American tourist in the upcoming comedy, "My Life In Ruins."
"We're on a guided tour in Greece [led by Nia Vardalos]," Dratch said when we caught up with her at the premiere of "Synecdoche," "which meant we got to be in Spain and Greece," at such monumental locations as Delphia, Epidaurus, ancient Olympia, and the Acropolis, which the country's archaeological council green-lit for the first time to use on film.
"There's all sorts of tourists from all lands," Dratch explained, "and we're all a bit stereotypical. Like the Brits are really stuffy, and there are these Australians, and you can't understand a word they say. We all serve as the foil for Nia. We all get in her face." Read More...
Milos Forman's last film was "Goya's Ghosts," and for his follow-up, he's probably heading for some confusion, since it too has "ghost" in the title: "The Ghost of Munich."
"Ghosts are everywhere," Forman laughed when we caught up with him at the Director's Guild Honors. "We're just finishing the screenplay [for 'The Ghost of Munich'] and I hope to be shooting sometime in the late spring."
Forman's screenplay is by former Czech president Václav Havel, and it's an adaptation of the book of the same name about the the Munich conference in 1938, when Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain, and the President of the French Council, Edouard Daladier, convened, promising "peace in our time" only to see Hitler then invade Czechoslovakia. Read More...
Ok, granted -- Harry Potter is underage. Harry Potter is British. And Harry Potter is, above all these things, fictional. But the Harry Potter Alliance, a social activist network which, among other things, runs Wrock the Vote, has been out there encouraging fans of the series to register to vote, and to vote in the spirit of J.K. Rowling's series.
Organizer Andrew Slack told MTV News that the Wrock the Vote initiative, in addition to registering "close to 900” voters, has been contacting "tens of thousands" of voters in each state about various ballot initiatives, both by phone and by text. The HP Alliance, however, is not endorsing a Presidential candidate, but they are endorsing "keeping love legal," Slack said.
"We are asking people to vote on on propositions that would take away same-sex marriage," Slack explained. Read More...
If the title of "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" gives it all away, how's this one: "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy." It's an upcoming sex comedy about a guy named Eric (played by "SNL"'s Jason Sudeikis) who has been living at his parents' house in the Hamptons, until his father (played by Don Johnson) decides to sell it. Eric wants to throw one last party to end all parties, and decides to throw an orgy.
"It's like 'The Big Chill,' but with an orgy at the end," laughed co-star Lake Bell when we caught up with her at the premiere of her latest film, "Pride and Glory." "Or is there? They invite you over for it, but whether it happens, that's a whole 'nother can of worms."
Bell's character Alison is a pretentious psychiatrist from the Upper West Side, and is against the orgy taking place. Read More...
Steven Seagal recently told MTV News that he's been looking at offers for a third installment of his "Under Siege" series, which he would prefer to be more modern, even more sci-fi. If that's the case, could there be a little room for Travis Dane, who's faked his death at least once and perhaps didn't actually die at the end of "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory"?
"He hadn't talked to me about it," Eric Bogosian, who played Dane, told us when we caught up with him at the Directors Guild Honors. "But I had a blast doing it before. It's one of the most fun things I was ever involved with."
According to Bogosian, "people still come up to me in the street" to quote Travis Dane lines back to him, "things from the movie that I don't even remember." Like, "Yeah, I faked my own death and hijacked a passenger train because I care about who you're f---ing!." Or "If you try anything stupid, federal regulations require that I kill you." Read More...