When it comes to the power of movie magic, one of the greatest ingredients for creating a memorable theatrical experience is the film's score, no matter how big or small.
I'm a little biased on this subject because I am a huge film score nerd. For me, a movie isn't "great" unless it also has the music to match. Where some people might be excited to see "Dark Shadows" because it's another Tim Burton/Johnny Depp quirky collaboration, I get excited because I know that we will likely get more movie music from prolific composer Danny Elfman, who delivered us the memorable scores for Burton's "Batman," "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," among countless others.
Much like Burton's working relationship with Depp, the director and his composer have a shorthand when it comes to working out a film score. And by "shorthand," that means that they don't really have to talk about it at all.
“We don’t talk about it up front," Elfman told MTV News about his and Burton's initial scoring process recently during the press day for "Dark Shadows."
Josh Brolin is a busy man these days, with his scene-stealing and spot-on performance as young Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) in "Men In Black 3," chasing baddie Sean Penn with Ryan Gosling in the buzzy ensemble crime flick "Gangster Squad," and getting "gnarly" in Spike Lee's "Oldboy."
Would you believe he's also got a dark and dramatic adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in the works with a possible assist from Tim Burton?
Brolin recently told MTV News how the project suddenly came together. "'Hunchback' will happen for sure, for sure," he said. "I woke up one morning and said, 'I want to do 'Hunchback of Notre Dame.'"
It's no surprise that talented writer/producer extraordinaire Damon Lindelof has been a very busy bee since the end of his mega hit TV show "Lost." The man wrote "Cowboys and Aliens," the very buzzworthy upcoming "Alien"-esque blockbuster "Prometheus," and the untitled "Star Trek" sequel.
Like we said, he's a busy man, and today brings us more news on yet another Lindelof-related project, the mysterious feature "1952," of which we first caught wind last June.
According to Deadline, Disney has asked "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" director Brad Bird to helm the large-scale adventure, which the studio has hopes to make a tent pole film with multi-platform possibilities.
Another day, another update about the seemingly pie-in-the-sky potential of the "Friday Night Lights" movie. Here's the thing, everyone keeps saying they're on board if the right idea comes along, so what's the holdup?
"It’s on [showrunner] Jason Katims," director Peter Berg told MTV News during the press day for his upcoming blockbuster "Battleship." "If you’re a fan of 'Friday Night Lights,' write Jason Katims an email at 'Parenthood.' Be like, ‘Yo Jason, we love “Parenthood,” but let’s get the “Friday Night Lights” script done.'"
Calling all "Muppets" super fans - a sequel is in the works! This information comes straight from the source, co-writer of “The Muppets” and its imminent sequel, Nick Stoller.
MTV News caught up with Stoller at a junket for “The Five Year Engagement,” his comedy starring Jason Segel. The “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” star recently announced his “man over muppet” decision, and sadly, the sequel will be sans-Segel. However, don’t get too bummed, because Stoller revealed exciting news about the script.
"['The Muppets'] was an amazing experience and the movie came out so well, and we've started writing 'Muppets 2,'" he said. "James Bobin and I have been outlining it for a while. It is on."
Celebrities, they're just like us! Turns out they also obsess and geek out over outstanding and/or guilty pleasure television like we do. The latest example is one Lindsay Lohan, who inadvertently confessed her love of "Homeland" as the reason she was at home glued to her TV set rather than at a L.A. nightclub last Thursday where she allegedly punched a woman in the back.
The most intriguing part of this story to me, as reported by TMZ, is not that Lohan was at home instead of at a nightclub but that she was watching "Homeland." How's that for an alibi? Everyone should be watching Showtime's expertly-crafted and acted drama, led by Claire Danes and the under-appreciated Damian Lewis, even problem-plagued former child stars.
This got me thinking about other random celebrity fans of shows - those who you wouldn't peg to be familiar with, let alone obsess over certain scripted and unscripted drama. Some unexpected pairings lurk beyond the jump!
Seeing all the original stars from "American Pie" back together again for "American Reunion" has me feeling all nostalgic for great high school movies of the past and stuff. I got to thinking that there are a bunch of other beloved films in the genre that I'd love to see take a page from the "American Pie" playbook and make a reunion-style movie. Pending on all of the original cast's participation, of course, I'd gladly pay to see the reunion versions of these five favorites:
To be honest we doubt that Cher, Josh, Dionne and Murray have changed all that much but it would be so great to see what they're up to nearly 20 years later. Amazingly enough, most of the cast members have worked steadily over the years. Paul Rudd is definitely the MVP of the group and I think Jeremy Sisto takes home the most improved award, thanks to his charming work as a single dad on ABC's hit "Suburgatory."
We've gotten a few bits of insider info and anecdotes from the "Ender's Game" via its occasionally-updated production blog, but it's been awhile since we've heard anything from the lucky folks on set. As such, when MTV News spoke with producer Alex Kurtzman recently about the trailer debut of his upcoming film "People Like Us," we had to ask for an "Ender's" update straight from the source.
"I’m really proud of the work everybody’s done on 'Ender’s.' Particularly because it’s a very complicated sprawling book that a lot of people have tried for a very long time to figure out how to make," Kurtzman said.
One of the many reasons to respect director Cameron Crowe is how selectivity he chooses his projects. Sure, we'd like to see more films from him, but we also fully appreciate the fact that he doesn't hop into the director's chair willy nilly.
Another reason is for his use of music during filming, which is the subject of a featurette on the recently released DVD/Blu-ray for his latest film, "We Bought A Zoo," a film we felt was overlooked during award season.
Check out the exclusive clip from the making of "We Shot A Zoo" above to hear what stars Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and Matt Damon had to say about how Crowe's musical inclinations enhanced their performances and overall experiences.
The last time we were able to check in on "Star Trek 2," it was with the film's big baddie Benedict Cumberbatch who contrary to his mysterious villainous character, has quickly become a favorite among the film's cast members.
When we caught up with the sequel's co-writer/producer Alex Kurtzman recently to discuss his upcoming directorial debut "People Like Us," we of course had to bring up the subject of Cumberbatch with him to see if the glowing reviews we've heard continue to be true.
"He’s incredible," Kurtzman said. "What he does with language is incredible. His training is amazing and he’s so magnetic, he holds the screen in any size frame, he really is a joy to watch."