If the name Alex Kurtzman doesn't immediately ring a bell, his impressive body of work certainly will. Kurtzman is one half of the dynamic writing/producing team that has helped bring us a variety of action adventures over the years, like the "Star Trek" reboot and its upcoming sequel, the "Transformers" films, and the long awaited "Ender's Game" adaptation.
As if he didn't already have enough on his plate, this summer we'll be getting our first look at Kurtzman's work as a director with the release of "People Like Us," starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer. The film revolves around a man who is tasked with delivering a $150,000 inheritance to a sister he has never met and is based on the real-life experiences of its writing team, Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Jody Lambert.
Despite the lack of explosions and action sequences in the recently-released trailer, the character-centric story is one that Kurtzman has wanted to tell since before he started his illustrious Hollywood career. When MTV News caught up with the busy man recently, he shared a few details about the genesis of the story and why it is a true labor of love for everyone involved.
Those of us who have spent a considerable amount of time watching various television series over the years understand that there is a basic formula to season finales. You want to excite/satisfy your audience in going out with a bang, but also keep them wanting more so they return for another season. AMC's critically-acclaimed and compelling whodunit "The Killing" succeeded on both counts with its finale last season, but in doing so was met with harsh criticism from fans who did not receive a definitive answer to the show's biggest question: Who killed Rosie Larson?
In knowing how TV networks function, I have to admit that I was much more surprised at the localized outrage from certain fans than I was at the conclusion of the season. Lucky for all of us, there is a brand new season upon us and while I'd be happy to drone on about why I'll definitely be tuning into the second season premiere this Sunday, April 1 at 8pm ET/PT, I thought you might appreciate hearing some expert teasery from an insider source: star Joel Kinnaman. Minor spoilers ahead for those who still need to power through season one on DVD.
First off, what the heck is going on with Kinnaman's character Stephen Holder? Is he a dirty or clean cop?
How about some "RoboCop" news to brighten your day? MTV News was lucky enough to catch up with leading man, Joel Kinnaman, while he promoted the second season of "The Killing," and the future half-man-half-cop-robot shared a few intriguing facts about the José Padilha-directed reboot.
"I'm super stoked," Kinnaman said. "Especially with this director. José Padilha is a badass. He’s the real deal."
Kinnaman revealed that the film will be more grounded in reality, partly due to the fact that Padilha's father was a scientist, which had a big influence on the director. "There's a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, 'Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?' and they’re finding out that, no, it’s not like that," Kinnaman said. "The body has intelligence itself, and we’re much more of an organic creature in that way. It's not a control tower that does everything."
There are a lot of interesting talking points surrounding the release of "Battleship," Peter Berg's alien/military adventure on the high seas: The very easy-on-the-eyes cast consisting of Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker, the fact that the film was inspired by Hasbro's classic board game, and those action-packed trailers.
Those of us who are quick to categorize the potential summer blockbuster have made comparisons to that of another successful film with alien and military ties, which Berg playfully dismissed during our recent encounter with him and Decker at WonderCon and joked that the entire movie is just one long game of Battleship. Strip Battleship.
"That’s what the movie is, just naked Battleship," Decker said.
"Who would you rather see, Brooklyn and Rihanna or Taylor and Alex Skarsgard?" Berg asked us about which two cast members we'd prefer to watch square off, for which we had no good answer to be honest, because clearly both options would be great.
"Should we make it an option for both?" Decker suggested. "Let’s do both. We just have to get them to do it. I think Kitsch is in."
The zombie and "Resident Evil" video game fans out there probably love a lot of things about the film adaptations. Me, I like watching franchise leading lady Milla Jovovich be a total badass and kick zombie butt all over the place. If ever there were a woman to inspire one to get thyself to the gym, she is it.
Jovovich's latest zombie-killing endeavor as apocalypse survivor Alice is "Resident Evil: Retribution," which looks to be finally shedding some light on that sneaky Umbrella Corporation, based on what we've seen in the trailer. When we caught up with the action star at WonderCon recently, she teased a bit more of the film's plotline, as well as some new weapons we'll see her wield when the film opens September 14.
Of all the outrageous, far-fetched and totally surprising ideas to come out of the Hollywood machine lately, the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's quirky bestseller "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is the most unique.
Why? We'll let star Ben Walker explain it.
"He becomes the hero we know him to be," Walker told MTV News of the twist on his iconic character at WonderCon. "He's a great American hero, we know that, but now we get to see him as a great action hero."
And how might these vampires fit into the mythology of what we've come to know about the undead?
It seems like every other day there's an announcement about a movie studio making plans to reboot or re-imagine a favorite film or franchise from the past. Not all of the news is good news of course, but when it comes to the possibility of a sequel or prequel or anything involving "Beetlejuice," be still our Tim Burton and Michael Keaton-loving hearts, for nothing delights us more than the idea of returning to Burton's quirky underworld.
Although the "Dark Shadows" and "Frankenweenie" director has his hands very full at the moment, there is a very real possibility that we will see another "Beetlejuice" movie in the near future. One, according to screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, that will involve a decent amount of the original players, plus the possible cameo or supporting role played by Mr. Johnny Depp.
This one is for those of you who treated yourselves to the hilarious and highly entertaining R-rated treat that is "21 Jump Street." If you haven't yet seen the box office champ, hurry up and get to a theater already! Also, don't read any more of this post because we're going into SPOILER territory about one of the last (and most outrageous) scenes in the film.
Consider yourselves alerted as we turn to the film's very funny scene stealers Dave Franco and Rob Riggle, for their sordid tale about how Riggle ended up with an unsavory prop in his mouth.
No matter what skeptical or incredulous thoughts you might have had when you heard the news that Sony had a) decided to adapt '80s cult classic "21 Jump Street" into a full-length feature and b) that Jonah Hill would be writing it, I can assure you that all parties involved have pulled off something that is as action-packed as it is hilarious, full of surprises and totally worth your time and money.
Here are five reasons to go see "21 Jump Street" as soon as possible.
From what we've seen of Jonas Akerlund's "Small Apartments" it is very likely a strange, yet funny film. In other words, it's the perfect kind of film to premiere at Austin's annual South by Southwest Film Festival. Not to mention the intrigue surrounding the curiously colorful cast of characters the prolific music video director has assembled to fill out the ranks of his film: Matt Lucas ("Bridesmaids"), Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Caan and more.
When MTV News caught up with Akerlund, Lucas and Knoxville at SXSW recently, they talked about the film's strange and dark elements, as well as the fact that the eclectic group of actors in the cast are all playing against type, in roles we might not expect.
"It’s a strange movie," Lucas admitted. "It’s a dark movie with comic undertones about a bunch of characters who live in a rundown apartment block and the character I play may or may not be the murderer of his landlord. And may or may not make good his escape. What about the character you play Johnny Knoxville?"