It's all well and good that Ben Stiller works consistently as the prolific writer/director/actor/all-around funnyman that he's made himself out to be. And while we're happy about all of his upcoming projects like this week's "The Watch" and next year's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," the movie we'd really like to see him make sooner rather than later is that long-rumored/delayed sequel to "Zoolander."
Stiller's co-star Owen Wilson has mentioned a few intriguing details about the plot of the proposed film, which he's affectionately dubbed "Twolander" or "Zoo 2," in recent years, but since we haven't heard anything from Derek himself lately, we had to get an update from Stiller when MTV News caught up with him during the "Watch" press day.
According to the film's IMDb page, which we all know tend to include "creative interpretations" of facts every now and again, Stiller's "Watch" co-star Jonah Hill is "rumored" to be involved with "Zoolander 2." We asked Hill and Stiller for their thoughts on the subject and of course, the reliability of those IMDb "facts."
"Sure [I'd do it], if he hires me," Hill said.
If the latest rumors about the "Arrested Development" movie are true—as started via Twitter by Jason Bateman himself – then we are very close to the first official day of filming of the highly-anticipated and long-delayed production.
In an effort to temper our excitement over the fact that the movie is actually happening, anytime MTV News encounters any of the series' stars we ask them for their thoughts on the project and what they know about the movie, which is exactly what went down when we encountered the criminally underrated, multi-talented Mae Whitman (aka George Michael's uber-Christian girlfriend Ann) recently at Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con bash.
Odds are that if you've seen a "Savages" trailer, poster or TV spot for Oliver Stone's new ensemble crime thriller, you're well aware that there is a lot going on in this film. There's a star-studded cast, lots of drugs, lots of blood, lots of violence.
In the week leading up to the film's release, we've already covered some of the film's serious subjects, like the stars' thoughts on the film's gratuitous violence and equal opportunity nudity, as well as the leading ladies' argument for why their characters are both motivated by love, not war.
As such, we thought we'd end the week on a humorous note and prep a little quiz for stars Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and John Travolta to see how familiar they were with other Savages in pop culture. The results were entertaining, to say the least.
Despite his foul mouth, anger management issues and promiscuous behavior, Ted the teddy bear, star of the movie "Ted", still has a cute and cuddly factor. He's a stuffed bear, you can't escape a bit of the 'Aww' factor, and he comes from a long line of famous fuzzy celebrities.
When MTV News caught up with Ted's director, Seth MacFarlane, recently, we asked him to compare Ted to other famous celebrity bears, like Snuggles from the Snuggles laundry detergent commercials, '80s toy Teddy Ruxpin, "The Muppets" funnyman Fozzie Bear and the colorful Care Bears.
As was to be expected, Ted and MacFarlane aren't exactly super fans of their famous brethren, but they did have some high praise for one lucky bear.
"Snuggles, what the hell? He's a recluse," he said. "Who the f--- hides out in the goddamn laundry? Sitting in the goddamn laundry all day, who does that? It's f------ creepy."
We know what you're thinking, straight dudes. Enough about this "Magic Mike" movie already! "Ladies and gay guy friends, please stop with all the breathy Tweets and Facebook posts," you're thinking. "Sure, there are some handsome actors who take their clothes off in an R-rated Steven Soderbergh movie about male strippers. So what?"
But fret no longer, gentlemen. We're here to tell you what's what in our handy love/hate guide to "Magic Mike."
HATE All The Reverse Sexism
If there was a movie being released about a bunch of hot female strippers, there is no way straight guys would get away with the kind of consistent excitement that has been expressed via detailed Facebook and Twitter posts, as well as casual conversations. The feedback would be all rolled eyes and "You're sexist!" comments.
You know what is extra awesome about Pixar's latest animated epic "Brave"? Our adorable and endearing protagonist is a feisty, fiery ginger. Now because I am a proud carrier of a mutated MC1R protein (I'm a redhead), I'm only slightly inclined to prefer red haired leading characters to those of the blonde or brunette variety. And while "Brave" leading lady Merida is entirely likable for plenty of other reasons, she's reminded me of several other equally memorable animated redheads. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:
Ariel, "The Little Mermaid"
Who didn't want to be a mermaid princess like Ariel when Disney's award-winning film was released back in 1989? She's independent, smart, talented, such a total package. There's probably some complaint to be issued about how her desire to be a human is anti-feminist or something, but I know that Eric totally would have changed himself into a mermaid for Ariel if the situation was reversed.
Here's what we know about the Wachowski's next rumored game changer "Jupiter Ascending": it stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. We think we know that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might also sign on, and according to unconfirmed reports, the film takes place in a not-too-distant future in which a bounty hunter (Tatum) is hired by the powers that be to do away with a Russian immigrant (Kunis) because she possesses the same genetic makeup as the Queen of the universe and thereby threatens the royal highness' longevity.
So what can Kunis add to that lack of detailed information? When MTV News caught up with the actress at the press day for "Ted," we attempted to gain a little more insight into her role. Her answer was basically a shrug and a smile.
"Are you kidding? I would get in so much trouble," Kunis said, defending her mum's-the-word answer. "Do you want Warner Brothers to come after me? I would get in so much trouble."
Can you feel that anxious, caffeine-fueled, slightly sweaty energy in the air? It can only mean one thing: we're just about a month away from one of the biggest entertainment events of the year, San Diego Comic-Con.
As we inch closer and closer to the blissful July 12 start date (preview night being July 11), the official lineup of panels and guests is filling out quite nicely. According to Variety, this year's convention will be as action-packed as ever, despite the fact that several major studios will not yet confirm concrete plans.
Here's a rundown of the films that will most certainly make an appearance, as well as a few we think should.
Hooray for Movie Awards season and the cutthroat competition between this year's very deserving group of nominees! And although the majority of the nominations were snagged by some popular wizards, bridesmaids and tributes, there is plenty of Movie Awards love and Golden Popcorn to go around. Kinda.
Speaking of Movie Awards love, we have to give it up to first-time nominee Oliver Cooper for putting together this very clever campaign video and Facebook page.
"These are the nominees for Best Onscreen Dirtbag, but only one of them has a proven track record as a douchebag," the ad begins. "He's been called a crude, pushy creep, and 'the most annoying movie character since Jar Jar Binks.'"
So the summer movie season is officially in full swing, with all kinds of big blockbusters hitting theaters each and every week, offering up action-packed experiences of the highest cinematic quality and the best visual effects studio money can buy. And no matter how impressive the 3D or digital technology, there's only so much you can experience from your seat in a crowded movie theater.
For those of you thrill-seekers out there who are looking for a little extra bang for your buck and willing to take a trip to the west coast, Universal Studios has taken the best elements of the fancy cinematic 3D technology and incorporated it into their latest, cutting-edge attraction with "Transformers The Ride 3D." Think "Star Tours" but with amped-up, in-your-face-battle-action involving Optimus Prime, Megatron and trusty Bumblebee.
MTV News was lucky enough to snag an invite to come check out the ride just before it opened to the public. Here's a rundown of what to expect: