As a general rule, I really try hard to avoid seeing movie trailers. They're just so spoiler-y these days! Most people love them, but I don't like the fact that I often see all the good scenes before I see the actual movie. But every now and again someone crafts a more artful trailer that does the job of piquing my curiosity perfectly. The new teaser for "J. Edgar" is a fine example.
The director/star combo of Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio is intriguing but since I'm not a U.S. history buff, the story of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover is less so. But now that I've seen the trailer I'm totally hooked! It's artsy, stylized, features shots of all the principal cast members, and is beautifully scored. In other words, it's total award season bait.
As someone who knows his way around special effects, director Roland Emmerich could be a great candidate to use the digital aging technology that has been used for special effects in films like "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," "Watchmen" and "X-Men 3."
The subject came up when MTV News caught up with Emmerich at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about his upcoming period thriller, "Anonymous," which employs two sets of actors to play the same roles at different ages. We asked Emmerich if he might be interested in de-aging an actor digitally, or even better/more challenging, bringing one back from the dead, FX re-animator, lost footage style and he revealed he's already at work on a movie that relies heavily on that very technology.
"I am. I'm totally into that," Emmerich admitted. "I have one project which actually tries to do that, but I think we're not there yet. I made some tests that didn't turn out very well, so I think we have to wait another five years."
And what might the mystery project be?
"The title will tell you everything, it's called 'Happy Birthday Mr. President.'"
Woe is the plight of the new "Ghostbusters" movie. Despite all the good intentions, the cast being excited to get together again, director Ivan Reitman onboard, and a script by "Year One" writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky in second draft stage, there's really no plan for when and if the production will begin.
MTV News caught up with potential star Sigourney Weaver at the premiere of her new film "Abduction" last night to see if there was any new news to report about the film, and most importantly, if she'd heard anything from notoriously elusive Bill Murray.
"I see Bill every now and then, [but] I'm not holding my breath," she admitted. "I'd like it to work out. I have about six movies coming out so I've been busy without thinking about it, but I hope we do do it."
Ever since the "World War Z" film synopsis hit the Internets last month, the most loyal fans of the beloved Max Brooks novel have been up in arms about the fact that the movie is trading out Brooks' post-war setting in favor of having star Brad Pitt's character, a U.N. staffer, fight to stop the Zombie pandemic from wiping out the entire population.
MTV News recently caught up with director Marc Forster during the Toronto International Film Festival where he was promoting his upcoming film "Machine Gun Preacher" to find out how he is approaching the translation of Brooks' novel from page to big screen.
"The idea, obviously the book is not written as a narrative, you try to take things from the book, but at same time you're changing certain things," Forster explained. "I do feel we're trying to keep it in the spirit of the book because it's important.
Even though it didn't dominate the box office over the weekend, "Warrior" is still a film worth talking about. In addition to the five reasons to see it that I mentioned last week, the film is surprising in all the right ways, one of them being the climactic fight and its outcome.
Without going into spoiler territory, when MTV News caught up with director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor, we asked him how he went about crafting the ending and deciding the fates of the two main characters (played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) - both of whom you are rooting for to win.
With the summer movie season officially wrapped, it's time to turn our filmgoing focus toward the generally more appealing fall fare. The first of this season's must-see movies is "Warrior" starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte, directed by Gavin O'Connor ("Miracle").
This film is about many things: honor, duty, love, family, but mainly it is the story of two brothers beaten down by bad luck and personal demons, who when left with no other options, enter a mixed martial arts tournament with the hope of being able to fulfill promises made to their loved ones. And O'Connor, who also co-wrote the film, pulled no punches (pun intended) in exposing audiences to the intense, gritty world of MMA.
Check out five reasons why this film is a must-see after the jump.
FROM MTV MOVIES: Film fans have never had it so good, given the increasingly massive number of movies released each year. The only problem with that enormous haul is that not all of them are great or memorable, no matter their box-office success. And while 2011 has already brought some great features, we here at MTV News are looking forward to the fall movie season with great anticipation, mostly because studios typically release some of their best projects between the months of September and December.
One of the finest of the fall slate is "Warrior," a gritty and moving action flick about two brothers who face the fight of their lives in a mixed martial arts tournament. How do we know it's great? Because we've seen it, and during the promotional run for the Friday release, the response among the other usually cynical reporters in attendance was extremely positive.
We caught up with stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and director Gavin O'Connor and asked whether they can feel that positive vibe as well.
Read the full story at MTV Movies!
It's been awhile since we've seen Chris Tucker on the big screen, but it seems all that will soon change, as Tucker is reportedly close to joining David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" and "Neighborhood Watch" for Fox Searchlight.
"Playbook" is based on the novel by Michael Quick and according to Variety, Tucker would be joining previously announced stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
In the film, Cooper is a high school teacher who's institutionalized for depression and then released into the care of his mother. Tucker will reportedly play Cooper's quirky mental institute-dwelling friend who escapes every now and again to visit his buddy on the outside.
For "Neighborhood Watch," Tucker is in talks to star alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in the Akiva Schaffer-directed comedy that follows a group of neighbors who use their neighborhood watch as a front for them to escape their families, until they discover a plot to destroy the world. Hopefully Schaffer's second directorial effort will fair better than his first, "Hot Rod."
Check out the rest of today's casting news past the jump!
If the title alone isn't enough to sell you on this film, then the poster and the cast of "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" should do the trick.
Featuring the acting talents of Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Will Forte, and many more, the story revolves around a group of friends who decide to throw an end-of-summer bash to end all end-of-summer bashes. Yep, you guessed it, they decide to have a good old fashioned orgy.
MTV News recently caught up with the writing and directing team behind the film, Alex Gregory and Pete Huyck, to find out what separates "Orgy" from everything else and how to write and direct group sex scenes.
With the summer movie season winding down, it's time to start looking back and assessing the good and not-so-good of the summer '11 season. One of the definitive highlights from this year's crop is Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris." The ensemble sleeper hit, which has now crossed the $50 million mark, is Allen's most successful box office grosser ever.
For those of you who haven't yet experienced the pleasant surprise that is "Paris," and the many A-list and up-and-coming actors who appear in it, here are a few reasons why you should, courtesy of scene-stealer Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemingway.
"It's one of those movies from the opening credits to the end, you're just smiling. You're sitting there smiling," Stoll told MTV News of the film's appeal. "There are some big laughs, but it's not a rolling in the aisles comedy. It's just pleasant, it's like a 90-minute trip to Paris and you want it to be longer."