One of the many things that separates the MTV Movie Awards from all those other envelope-opening events are our outrageous award categories. This year, the most fun and exciting, in my humble opinion, is the Best Jaw Dropping Moment, which features not so many jaw dropping elements as cringe-worthy ones. And they're all pretty hard to re-watch, I might add.
Regardless, MTV News sought out Jaw Dropping Moment nominee Steve-O recently, to find out his thoughts on his nomination, what it's like to relive his port-o-potty poo moment from "Jackass 3-D," entitled "Poo Cocktail Supreme," and what he thinks his chances are coming home with some golden popcorn.
"When I found out I was nominated for my work with poo, I just felt so grateful," Steve-O said sincerely, before busting out into fits of laughter.
With just a few more days of waiting to go until the 2011 MTV Movie Awards air live on Sunday June 5, the intrepid MTV News team has officially descended upon the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios, where we will be bringing you as up close and personal to all the Movie Awards action as possible.
We hit the ground running yesterday, with a day full of interviews with everyone from "Twilight" star Jackson Rathbone, to "Jackass 3-D" MVP and Movie Award nominee Steve-O, to the talented and hilarious cast of "Horrible Bosses" at MTV's Sneak Peek Week. Our team also got an exclusive look at the killer and always uniquely-designed Movie Awards stage which we'd love to describe in full detail, but would likely end our gainful employ here at this fine company.
Anyway! Today is jam-packed with just as much super fun celeb and movie star goodness, plus a few behind-the-scenes, building the red carpet-type odds and ends. We have special sit-down interviews with funnyman and former Movie Awards Host Jimmy Fallon, an exclusive look at the crazy talented moves and grooves from "America's Best Dance Crew" finalists and former winners. Our special Sneak Peek Week continues with a screening of the highly-anticipated big screen adaptation of Kathryn Stackett's bestseller "The Help," which will be followed by a Q&A with the film's lovely leading ladies Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard. Make sure to tweet your questions @MTVNews using the hash tag #SPW.
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The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's popular novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has had its fair share of fits and starts, what with initial lead actress Natalie Portman and director Mike White signing on and then signing off recently.
Fans of the book-to-screen adaptation had their faith renewed with "Fright Night" and "Lars and the Real Girl" director Craig Gillespie stepping into White's vacated seat back in February, but we haven't heard much more about the project, until yesterday at MTV's Sneak Peek Week screening of "Fright Night," when, during the Q&A session that followed the viewing, Gillespie offered a few thoughts on his next project.
"It stays very true to the classic Pride and Prejudice," Gillespie said of Grahame-Smith's spin on Jane Austen's beloved classic. "And it's set in that period, then of course there's zombies."
Although there is still a little over a week until our beloved MTV Movie Awards decend upon the masses, broadcasting live from the Gibson Ampitheater Sunday June 5, the crafty powers that be here at MTV News are proud to present a week of special screenings designed to keep building the excitement for our annual, unpredictable and always-entertaining event.
Beginning Monday May 30, MTV kicks off Sneak Peek Week with "Fright Night," the highly anticipated Craig Gillespie-helmed retelling of the 1985 horror-comedy classic. The film stars Colin Farrell as a bloodthirsty vampire who heads to suburbia and terrorizes his next-door neighbor Charlie, played by "Star Trek" veteran Anton Yelchin. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays vampire convert "Evil" Ed Thompson, "Harry Potter" alum and former "Doctor Who" David Tennant is vamp-hunting actor Peter Vincent, and "Solitary Man" breakout Imogen Poots portrays love interest Amy, with Toni Collette and Dave Franco also popping up.
On Monday night at 11 p.m. ET, we'll welcome Mintz-Plasse onto MTV to present an exclusive clip on-air. The conversation will continue online, as our own Josh Horowitz hosts an extended chat with Mintz-Plasse, where we will be asking questions submitted by our readers and viewers; just tweet at @MTVNews using the hashtag #SPW.
Those of us who have been excited about Disney's "Maleficent" project have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride of on-again, off-again production news.
The proposed live-action feature, which is, in a nutshell, "Sleeping Beauty" told from the titular sorceress' perspective, lost its original directorial candidate Tim Burton, due to his committments on "Dark Shadows," which, although a bummer, might have opened the door for "Black Swan" helmer Darren Aronofsky, who is reportedly being courted by Disney to step up to the plate.
When I happened upon still-attached star Angelina Jolie at the premiere of "Kung Fu Panda 2" recently, I asked her if she'd heard any news about the project or Aronofsky's involvement.
Ever since he graced the screen with his chiseled good looks and cocky swagger in "The Social Network," Armie Hammer has become quite a hot Hollywood commodity - and deservedly so. Who doesn't love his "I'm 6'5," 220 pounds and there are two of me" line?
The sudden superstar has three buzzworthy projects on his docket: "J. Edgar," Tarsem's "Snow White," and "The Lone Ranger," so when MTV News ran into him the other night at the Young Hollywood Awards, we asked him for some details about the newest roles: Prince Andrew Alcott and the the Lone Ranger.
The first question I asked was the most important: How dreamy is his Prince Charming?
"How dreamy is he? Dreeea-my," Hammer promised. "Let's just say they're going to have to change the rating," he joked, before getting serious to talk about the reason he signed onto the project: Director Tarsem Singh.
Michael Bay is a man who knows exactly how to properly tease an audience to get them pumped for his movies. On Wednesday night, before a nearly-packed house on the Paramount lot, Bay presented another teaser reel of footage from "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," all of it in 3-D mind you, and brought along buddy James Cameron to join him onstage for a lively (and highly technical, slightly nerdy) discussion about their adventures in 3-D filmmaking.
First let me touch on the footage... I've been very lucky to have seen about a half hour of the film, thanks to a preview event with Bay a few weeks ago, so I figured I'd be seeing the same stuff again this week.
Not so! Bay rolled out the entire opening of the film, which, in a nutshell, is the "real" backstory behind our rush to land on the moon in 1969. I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say that something unidentified might have crash-landed on the moon, which prompted the mad dash to get Neil Armstrong and company up there to investigate.
FROM MTV MOVIES: The highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian best-seller "The Hunger Games" has been loading its cast with a slew of new faces, most recently Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane and two brand new actors as the District 10 tributes.
In addition to the casting announcements of high-profile stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Lionsgate has been revealing its Hunger Games tributes via its Facebook page.
The big news on Tuesday (May 10) is that Haymitch Abernathy will be played by Woody Harrelson and not John C. Reilly, as had been previously rumored.
Director Gary Ross said of the casting decision: "Haymich is such an unforgettable character: funny cranky outrageous, sarcastic, impatient, biting but ultimately kind. I'm so grateful we have Woody Harrelson to play him. I can't wait for us to get to work."
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After release date changes and some other unrelated misfortunes, "The Beaver" is finally bowing in theaters (In NYC and LA today, elsewhere May 20). There is a lot to admire about this film, to be perfectly honest. The performances, the uniquely-crafted story of a man battling mental illness, and puppets. Also, Hollywood veteran Jodie Foster starred in and directed the film.
When MTV News caught up with Foster during the press day for "The Beaver," we asked her to walk us through the challenges of acting and directing at the same time.
"Acting and directing at the same time is a very bad idea, don’t do it at home. My first movie I acted and directed in [1994's tear-jerker 'Little Man Tate'] I remember saying to myself, 'Hmm, I’m not gonna do this again.' It’s – it’s tiring!" she admitted. "But at the same time, you do manage to get the performance you were hoping for. Sometimes you wish you had more choices because very often you don’t surprise yourself, you just bring to the table what you were anticipating and you don’t surprise yourself enough."
The 9-year-old in me has been excited about the Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wee Herman movie since it was formally announced last summer, but it's been a while since we've heard any news on Pee-wee's highly anticipated return to the big-screen, his first cinematic adventure since 1988's "Big Top Pee-wee."
Thanks to a delightful encounter with Apatow and buddy Paul Feig during the press day for their upcoming "Bridesmaids," (Apatow produced, Feig directed), I have gleaned the following new facts: the film is still happening, it will probably not be rated NC-17, and Feig wants to play the "King of something" in it.
"All the Pee-wee stuff is for a wide audience," Apatow said when asked if he's going for a more adult or broad audience-targeted film. "'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' was for a wide audience. [Paul Reubens] is about to hand in the draft and I'm very, very excited. I thought his HBO show was hysterical and there is nothing more fun in life than reading pages that Paul Reubens has written for Pee-wee Herman. It's just the treat of all time."