From what we know about "Our Idiot Brother," which, truth be told, is based solely on our reaction to the trailers and the reviews, Paul Rudd's modus operandi in the family comedy is to pester his family and friends, played by the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer and Rashida Jones (though in a lovable, if slightly moronic way).
Yes, we realize there is more to the story, and that because Rudd is so lovable, his character likely doesn't stay annoying for too long. So when MTV News caught up with the cast at the film's premiere recently, we asked them point blank: How annoying is Paul Rudd in this movie? As expected, the results are fun and funny.
"[He's] not as annoying as his Crocs," Rashida Jones told us of one particularly offensive piece of her costar's wardrobe. "No offense to people who wear Crocs, they’re super comfortable, but come on, not [to wear] out of the house."
There is definitely an art to cutting a good movie trailer. A filmmaker shouldn't want to give too much away, but naturally reveal enough of the film's plot so as to entice an audience to buy tickets opening weekend. For director Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Finding Neverland"), fine-tuning the trailer for his new action drama "Machine Gun Preacher" was tricky business, in that he wanted to show the film's action and emotional sides.
"It’s a tricky thing to make a balanced trailer," he told MTV News recently. "I’m very pleased with how it turned out because you want to give an emotional component to the trailer because it is this emotional journey of an unlikely hero. You want to give a component of that, but at the same time you want to give an element of the action part of the movie as well, so to find the balance was quite tricky."
"Machine Gun Preacher" is inspired by the real-life story of former drug dealer-turned evangelical preacher and activist Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), who has been waging his own war of sorts against warlord Joseph Kony and his violent Lord's Resistance Army.
The buzz continues to build around Andrew Stanton's live action debut, "John Carter," and thus far it's mostly positive. We haven't really seen enough of the film yet to deconstruct it properly, but after a well-received showing at D23 last weekend, and updates from the key players involved, it's safe to say that our expectations will remain decidedly high until its March 9, 2012 release date.
When MTV News caught up with Stanton and star Taylor Kitsch, we asked what has been most satisfying about being involved in the project thus far.
"For me personally it's been the process," Kitsch said. "Now we're kind of reaping the journey we went on to create it, and working with this guy everyday and challenging each other and working off these great actors."
Finally "Fright Night" has been released in theaters. Which means that after following the production for over a year, and chatting up the cast members whenever possible, we can finally dig a little deeper into Craig Gillespe's remake of the '85 cult classic.
MTV News caught up with Dave Franco recently, who plays Mark (a typical high school a--hole, according to Franco), to get some more scoop on his work in the film, scene-stealer David Tenant, and if we should watch out for any Easter eggs.
Also, before we get to the goods, let me just add that Franco is one of the nicest, most laid-back actors in the biz. So genuine, friendly and just plain cool.
Robert Redford's star-studded period drama "The Conspirator" is out on DVD this week and for the non-history buffs who might have missed it in the theaters, there's more than a few reasons to check out the story of Mary Surratt, the first woman in the U.S. to receive the death penalty.
The film, which is inspired by a true story, stars Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline and Evan Rachel Wood, with whom MTV News recently spoke about the significance of the film.
While we await the official word from James Cameron regarding his specific production plans for the two “Avatar” sequels, we like to fill the void by asking all related parties for the latest news and/or thoughts on what they want to unfold in a return visit to Pandora.
Zoe Saldana recently told us she hadn't heard specifics from Cameron, but thought they might start production next year. When we caught up with star Sam Worthington (who's sporting shaggy surfer dude hair for his next movie, "Drift") during the press day for upcoming thriller, "The Debt," he didn't have many specifics to offer either, just that Cameron is still hard at work on his "Bible."
"That's one of these things he's needing to do to get back [into the 'Avatar' mindset] before he starts writing," Worthington said of the planned enclyclopedia-esque guide to the world of "Avatar" Cameron has planned.
FROM MTV MOVIES: Before we get to the nuts and bolts of "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie," it's worth noting that the cast of "Glee" may be the most hardworking group of actors in the business right now. They work almost year-round, filming and promoting the hit TV show and taking three months to go on tour. Now, a movie based on those live concerts is hitting theaters, just before the cast heads back to set to film the third season.
For the Gleeks out there counting down the days until the movie opens on Friday, MTV News recently caught up with the cast to get the lowdown on the concert film. In the spirit of the musical nature of the show, the movie, and even our own "Glee-caps," we had the very talented and energetic actors give us a quick recap — in song — of what "Glee: The 3D Concert Movie" is all about. (Click the embedded video for the sonic version!)
Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Ashley Fink, Darren Criss, Heather Morris, Kevin McHale and Harry Shum, Jr. were all game. (Hint: It's a movie version of the "Glee" castmates' live concerts, with a few fan testimonials thrown in for warm, fuzzy good measure.)
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While we await the production start and release dates for J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" sequel - which he told us last week is about a month away - it's fun to try and find out what the cast members would like to see their characters do in another movie.
Therefore when MTV News caught up with the lovely Zoe Saldana at the Teen Choice Awards (where she introduced the adorable "Harry Potter" tribute, our "Choice Farewell"), the actress shared a few fun thoughts about what kind of action Uhura should see in the sequel.
Anytime the entertainment news cycle shifts to focus on new information released about highly-anticipated movie sequels and threequels, (i.e. the buzzworthy new photos from "The Dark Knight Rises"), it gets us thinking about all the other exciting upcoming second, third or fourth chapters of film franchises.
Take James Cameron's second and third "Avatar," films for example. When are they going to start production already? I tried to find out from lovely leading lady Zoe Saldana at the Teen Choice Awards yesterday. Specifically, I asked her if she's heard anything from Cameron yet.
"No. I heard that we might go next year so I'm really psyched," Saldana revealed about a potential 2012 start. "I'm keeping my bags packed," she admitted. "I would do anything for that man and for that project, so I'm waiting."
Despite the box office-melting success of "The Hangover" and "The Hangover Part II" the original film's writers, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, will be sitting out the third installment.
"I think we're going to be involved in the fourth and the fifth [films]," Moore joked to MTV News at the premiere of their latest raunchy comedy, "The Change-Up." "But we're going to sit the third out."
"We want it to get to 'Police Academy' levels," Lucas added. "Like 'The Hangover: Operation Miami Beach,' " he said with a smile. "If Bubba Smith could be in it, that would be ideal."
(Lucas, it should be noted, wasn't making light of the recently deceased. We spoke with the writers before Smith, who played gentle giant Moses Hightower in the "Police Academy" films, passed away last week at the age of 66).