Twilighters, mark your calendars — starting today (October 31), Fandango and MovieTickets.com are making advance tickets for “Twilight” (out November 21) available. And just because it’s Halloween, a special trick-or-treat is available to every “Twilight” ticket purchaser: a free download of “Bella’s Lullaby (Remix)" on iTunes.
"We recognize and appreciate the passion of our fan base," Summit Entertainment CEO Rob Friedman said in a statement, "and want to give back by providing a unique piece of content created exclusively for them, something that can't be purchased or obtained anywhere else."
A redeemable code to download the song on iTunes expires on February 28. Read More...
Mary Lambert's already got one vampire story airing on FEARnet -- "The Dark Path Chronicles" -- but the "Pet Semetary" director has another on the way for the big screen.
"High Midnight" is about what would happen if someone like Lucy from Bram Stoker's Dracula escaped, came to America, went to the Wild West, and opened a ranch, Lambert told MTV News. The story would take place in the same time period, but right after the Civil War, and the town where the vamp finds herself in is run by a sheriff (to be played by William Baldwin) who is a drunk. He teams up with a vampire hunter (to be played by Thomas Kretschmann) to drive the vampire, Dallinserno, off the frontier.
"The female vampire is the center of the story," Lambert said. "She's the driving force. She's from another country, but she looks like a young woman, in her early 30s at the oldest." Right now, Lambert's trying to find the right actress for the part. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: With Halloween mere days away, it was a nice surprise when Neil Gaiman dropped by the MTV offices to discuss his latest project, "The Graveyard Book" -- now number one on its respective New York Times list. Given the intense interest in Hollywood to adapt it before it ever came out, we had to ask: Will there be a movie version?
Yes, according to Gaiman. "I don't know if I can talk about this, but seeing that you've asked me, and seeing that I haven't been told by anybody that I can't talk about it," Neil revealed, "but yes."
Read more about Neil Gaiman's plans for "The Graveyard Book" movie at SplashPage.MTV.com.
Louis Leterrier’s got more than the next Hulk or “1602” on his mind – he’s also just started prepping a remake of “Clash of the Titans,” according to his character designer Aaron Sims.
“We worked together on the ‘Hulk’ to make something visually interesting,” Sims said, “and I had started designs with a previous director for ‘Clash of the Titans,’ but he went away, and now Louis is on board to direct. So he called me up, ‘Hey, let’s work together,’ and I said, ‘Definitely!’”
Sims is starting to conceptualize the Medusa and the Kraken monster designs, and it’s more challenging than you might think. (And it’s one that “Hercules” is avoiding).
“There’s a whole mythology to all of this,” he said. “So what do you create that’s not just something we’ve all seen before? Everything, from Pegasus to the Titans, what have we not seen yet that’s going to be really epic-looking and still speaks to Greek mythology?” Read More...
Edward Norton takes his job very seriously when he’s on the clock, according to his “Pride and Glory” co-stars, who call him “generous,” “dedicated,” “extraordinary,” and “very professional.” “But when they say cut,” says Christopher Michael Holley, who plays cop-partner to Norton’s Ray Tierney, “he’s a guy’s guy.”
Meaning if you wanted someone to hang out with, or “crack jokes” with, Edward’s the man, Holley said. “We had a lot of fun together,” concurred Jon Voight, who played the father of Norton’s character.
And Noah Emmerich, who plays Norton’s brother Frances Tierney, Jr., liked to extend their brotherly relationship on screen to teasing Ed on the set. “We went to the same college, but we missed each other by one year. But we had enough stuff in common to be like brothers. So I’d be like, ‘Do my laundry,’ or, ‘Get my groceries,’” Emmerich laughed, “’or Mom will get mad.’” Read More...
As regular readers know, we’ve been keeping track of what’s making it in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” – Optimus Prime -- check, Shia LaBeouf -- check, Rachel Taylor – nope, Amaury Nolasco – nope.
But what about Jon Voight, who played the Secretary of Defense John Keller? When we caught up with Angelina Jolie’s dad at the premiere of his film, “Pride and Glory,” he told us that while he has yet to film anything for “Transformers 2,” there’s still time to get in a quick appearance.
“I should be able to make a cameo,” Voight said. “That’s a good idea. Let’s talk to those guys about that.” And he even has a suggestion. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Neil Gaiman doesn't just adapt his own work -- he's just as ready and willing to take on someone else's comic or graphic novel and adapt it for the big screen.
For the past two years, Gaiman and Roger Avary (also known as the "Beowulf" writing team ) had been working to adapt Charles Burns' acclaimed graphic novel "Black Hole" -- you know, the twelve-issue series where high school kids in the '70s get a sexually transmitted disease called "teen plague," which at first, has no known cause. Some only got a rash. Others became monsters and grew new body parts, like a tail or an extra mouth or webbing. It's like a mini-AIDS, with all the sexual-social outsider issues that entails but way more mutations.
Read more about Neil Gaiman's work on the adaptation of Charles Burns' "Black Hole" at SplashPage.MTV.com.
Time to get out your quills -- J.K. Rowling wants to see if her readers can write. The Harry Potter author is holding an essay contest for her younger fans -- ages 8 through 17 -- in which the winners would be invited to join her for tea.
There are five slots for American winners (and their chaperones) for the all-expense paid trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, in which the essay writers would get to attend the event at the National Library of Scotland on December 4. Rowling would read from "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," which will be published that day, and then take part in a Q&A session with her first editor, Barry Cunningham. A total of 250 children and teens would be present.
So how do you get to be one of the U.S. five? Read More...
So Laura Dern is in. Sam Neill is out, as is Alessandro Nivola. But what about Dr. Ian Malcolm, Mr. Chaos Theory, the voice of reason himself: Jeff Goldblum? If there’s to be a “Jurassic Park IV,” will he be in it?
After all, his character survived a near-death on Isla Nublar in the first film to make an appearance in the second, and was even referenced in the third, which means … “Who knows?” laughed Goldblum when we caught up with him at the Director's Guild Honors.
“I don’t know about that,” Goldblum said. “I don’t know what the future holds. My plate is full right now [since joining the cast of ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’].”
But once Goldblum started reminiscing about working with Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two Jurassic Park films, produced the third, and is producing the fourth, the actor relented a bit. Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Grant Morrison is knee-deep in aliens these days as he finishes up a script for Paramount called "Area 51." And while you've seen Area 51 depicted a number of different ways in television and movies over the years -- from "Independence Day" to "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" -- this one, he said, will offer something new.
"It's a new take on the mythology," Morrison promised.
Morrison's version is an adaptation of the Midway video game, in which a viral outbreak shuts down a research facility, the scientific and military personnel are locked inside under quarantine, and a small special forces unit led by the hazardous materials division investigates. In the game, the main character from HAZMAT discovers that the mutated virus controls the minds of those infected, as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility, and he has to solve several mysteries and uncover many conspiracies -- including men in black to the Illuminati -- to prevent the virus from being released and mutating life on Earth.
Read more about Grant Morrison's plans for the "Area 51” video game-to-film adaptation at SplashPage.MTV.com.