Zac Efron doesn't have a hard time making the ladies swoon, but it seems that one of his upcoming projects will certify his status as a box office babe: "Die in a Gunfight," an action flick that shares common themes with Shakespeare's classic "Romeo and Juliet."
Last week, we spoke with "Gunfight" director Anthony Mandler, who very recently signed on to helm the project. He gave us the scoop on working with the former "High School Musical" sensation on this latest film and helping him bridge the difficult road from kid star to adult actor.
"I just signed on to a movie 'Die in a Gunfight' that Zac Efron's starring in," Mandler told MTV News. "It’s a 'Fight Club,' 'Romeo and Juliet'–esque, dystopian, another world [type of story] that's really exciting."
For a generation of cinephiles Sam Neill may always be "Jurassic Park's" biggest skeptic: paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, the dino-expert who is not sure that the idea of a theme park featuring dinosaurs made from DNA extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes is such a good idea.
Neill famously played the character in both the first (and the best) and the last (and not as best) "Jurassic Park" movies, leaving nearly a decade since he got into dino-hunting mode... and if we're being honest, there's still a part of us hoping that someday we might hit up our local Cineplex to catch another film in the franchise with Neill in the lead role.
Well, we might feel that way, but it turns out Neill doesn't. MTV News spoke with the actor on Monday at the Fox Upfront presentation, where he and "Lost" alum Jorge Garcia were promoting their new J.J. Abrams show, "Alcatraz" -- and the occasional paleontologist was pretty quick to kill all our childhood hopes and dreams with all the ruthless efficiency of a velociraptor (which he does an excellent impression of in the video above at the 55 second mark).
FROM MTV MOVIES: Chris Hemsworth is quite the "It" boy these days. The "Thor" star has officially been offered the role of the huntsman in "Snow White and the Huntsman," co-starring Kristen Stewart as the female lead, EW.com reports.
The huntsman role had once been attached to both Viggo Mortensen and Hugh Jackman, but it seems that after the $66 million opening week "Thor" enjoyed, Hemsworth has landed as a frontrunner. Reports that Hemsworth was being eyed for the part surfaced earlier this month. Now the Australian actor signing on for the project seems to be hinged on whether or not shooting for "The Avengers" will get in the way.
Based on the legendary fairy tale, "Snow White and the Hunstman" follows the titular princess after the evil queen Ravenna calls for her death, centering on the huntsman who disobeys orders and allows the fair maiden to live. The updated story will break from convention by having the huntsman mentor and train Snow White to fight off Ravenna herself. Directed by Rupert Sanders, "Snow White and the Huntsman" is scheduled for release on December 21, 2012.
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"Parks and Recreation" has emerged as one of the funniest and most heartwarming sitcoms on TV. And as the season wraps up, there's still so much we want to know about the loveable folks of Pawnee, Indiana. Will Leslie and Ben ever hook up? Will April and Andy decide to start a family? What sorts of lovable antics will Tom find himself in before season end? Will Ann find love again? In the words of Chris (played perfectly by Rob Lowe), we literally can't wait to see what happens.
So, when we caught up with Aziz Ansari this week, we wanted him to weigh in on what we will see in the show's final episode (of the season, don't worry!), which airs on May 12 -- and his comments were alarming. Well, not really.
FROM MTV MOVIES: After some momentary drama on Wednesday, when it seemed that Lindsay Lohan's role in the mob family biopic "Gotti: Three Generation" was in jeopardy, later that day it was confirmed that the embattled starlet would still be in the film.
Originally up for the role of Victoria Gotti, Lohan is now set to play the wife of John Gotti Jr., Kim Gotti. "I'm really excited to be back on set and clear up all the misinterpretations about me and show this is what I love to do," Lohan said about the casting, according to The Associated Press. "I think it's such an iconic story. I think it's a great story to be told. I'm honored to be working with John Travolta and Joe Pesci."
The movie's producer, Marc Fiore, explained to People.com that it was Lohan herself who managed to make sure she got cast in the flick. "She was definitely out as of earlier today, but she really wanted the part," he said. "She not only is back in the movie, but she single-handedly put it all together. She called me personally and put her team on it, and we came to an agreement."
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News dropped this morning that Ben Affleck is no longer attached to Baz Luhrmann's 3-D take on "The Great Gatsby" playing the story's resident drunken cad, Tom Buchanan, so we here at MTV Movies Blog have decided that the task of finding the man to play the part should fall upon us.
As daunting as that seems, and after a heated debate this morning, we feel we've found five viable options for the role. Here's what we got...
He's about the right age, has the experience playing this guy on "Mad Men" and has girls swooning. (For instance, we swooned as we typed his name!) Then again, he already plays a guy like Tom on the small screen. Nothing is worse than seeing someone as talented as Hamm get typecast, no matter how good he looks in a suit.
Ben Affleck may have found both his love interests for "The Great Gatsby." With Carey Mulligan set to play Tom Buchanan's wife (and the story's leading lady) Daisy, it seems that Isla Fisher may play his mistress, Myrtle.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, and while neither Affleck nor Fisher has confirmed their parts in Baz Luhrmann's 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic tale, they would join an A-list cast of already confirmed actors including Leonardo DiCaprio as the Great (Jay) Gatsby, the aforementioned Mulligan (who is Gatsby's one true love) and Tobey Maguire as the story's narrator, Nick Carraway, a man that finds himself perplexed by his pal's somewhat questionable actions.
Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal have reunited once again for the new Will Ferrell comedy, "Casa de Mi Padre." The flick looks hysterical. Will speaking in Spanish and acting like a tough rancher and those two guys showing off their much underused funny bones should lead to many risas (that's laughs in Spanish for you Gringos).
This reteaming makes me happy for a number of reasons. One, it means that I can follow-up on that dinner that Gael owes me when we inevitably meet again. Two, it means that we get to see them in a flick together again. And, three, it means that I perhaps may get the assignment to interview them at the junket.
The last time the three of us sat in a room together, we laughed, chatted about their 2009 joint endeavor, "Rudo Y Cursi" and, oh yeah, we all kissed. It's more or less what it sounds like.
FROM MTV MOVIES: It seems Russell Brand's, um, "scheduling" conflicts were cleared up. After the madcap British actor suggested to MTV News in March that he'd be up for a role in the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" if salary negotiations went as planned, on Wednesday the movie's director, Adam Shankman, announced that Brand had been officially cast in the star-filled project.
"I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie!" Shankman wrote on Twitter. "I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?"
The part is the latest addition to Brand's growing résumé. He currently is featured in two flicks out in theaters — he supplies the voice of the Easter Bunny in the family-friendly movie "Hop," and he tackles the iconic title character in the remake of Dudley Moore's "Arthur," starring as the lovable, cad-like billionaire.
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Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough are both tapped to star in the upcoming "Rock Of Ages" flick and it seems that if Russell Brand can work out the final kinks of his negotiations, he too might be joining the star-studded cast to play Lonnie in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash.
So, what's the hold up?
"I think they're talking about it," he told MTV News at the Cosmopolitan magazine's 2011 Fun Fearless Males party. "I think they're trying to work out what I like to call 'scheduling,' " he joked, alluding to the fact that his salary was still being discussed.