The positive buzz for "21 Jump Street" continues! Just as it has been playing like gangbusters to audiences at sneak preview screenings all over the country, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's upcoming action-comedy brought the house down at its SXSW premiere Monday night in Austin. The film's positive reception wasn't at all unexpected given the advance praise but according to Hill, it might very well have been predestined in a sense.
"This is where, five years ago exactly, I was here with Paul Rudd for 'Knocked Up' and my agent called and asked me if I wanted to write '21 Jump Street' into a movie," Hill told MTV News of the film's SXSW beginnings at the SXSW-based press day. "So I started writing it in this hotel years ago. It’s crazy we’re back here talking about it now."
In the spirit of the old adage that tragedy plus time equals comedy, director Todd Rohal has taken a particularly traumatic event from his childhood and built a dark comedy around it. The finished product is "Nature Calls," which recently had its premiere at the 19th annual South By Southwest Film Festival.
MTV News caught up with Rohal and his comedic co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Rob Riggle recently where they explained the rather dark inspiration for the film, and how they built humorous action around it.
It's hard to believe it, but today marks our fourth day in Austin, TX as we continue coverage of the 19th annual South by Southwest Film Festival. Sunday's full day of events and interviews was our busiest yet. We spoke with the filmmakers and casts of "Nature Calls," "Small Apartments," "Frankie Go Boom," "Somebody Up There Likes Me," and "Ted," the highlights from which included British scene-stealer Matt Lucas, two encounters with MTV's own Johnny Knoxville (He's in "Nature Calls" and "Small Apartments") a super surprise appearance and interview with Mark Wahlberg for "Ted," and the most hilarious interview of the festival and recent memory courtesy "Somebody Up There Likes Me" stars Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson), Keith Poulson and director Bob Byington. Not only that, but after three days of being soaked and drenched by relentless rainfall, the clouds finally parted midday to reveal the one element that had been sorely missing from this year's fest: sunshine and warm temperatures.
Before we get to today's lineup, do yourself a favor and click on the video above for a small helping of the extra special surprise treat that Universal served up with Seth MacFarlane's "A Conversation With" panel yesterday: "Ted" star Mark Wahlberg, who was a very welcome addition to our interview with MacFarlane, along with the 8-minute preview of the R-rated comedy and raunchy red band trailer that screened at the panel.
MTV News' first two days of SXSW action in Austin consisted of a lot of "The Cabin in the Woods" and a little "Killer Joe." First we hit up the "Cabin" world premiere on Friday, followed by a lively round of interviews with the cast members and filmmakers at the film's press day Saturday. What we've learned so far from that talented group: the actors are perfectly charming and delighted with the film, also Joss Whedon and first-time director Drew Goddard have such an easy rapport that we see more films from the co-writers in the future.
With respect to "Killer Joe," we spent some time with cast members Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon and Emile Hirsch at the film's U.S. premiere where they promised audiences a unique blend of humor, violence and cringe-worthy moments from their performances in the William Friedkin-directed film.
The 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival is officially in full swing today after kicking things off with a bang Friday night, aka the world premiere of Joss Whedon's long-delayed horror film "The Cabin In The Woods". And although the festivities surrounding the event were quite literally dampened by unseasonably cold and wet conditions here in Austin, TX, the poor weather did not sour the mood among the film's cast and crew or the lucky premiere attendees. Everyone was buzzing with excitement, despite the fact that many of them were also shivering under umbrellas at the same time.
For those of us who are familiar with and continue to obsess over the masterwork that is David Mitchell's beautifully unique novel "Cloud Atlas," the fact that a film adaptation is being attempted is cause for anxiety. Even with visionary filmmakers the Wachowskis at the helm and an all-star and A-list cast doesn't alleviate all fears.
During the press day for her upcoming indie "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," Susan Sarandon weighed in on the challenges of "Cloud Atlas," presenting comments that have me very encouraged indeed.
"I have very small parts, but many genders of varying looks and ages and everybody else does too," said Sarandon. "Everyone was trans-everything, all over the place. I was a little nervous."
In addition to the uptick in the promotional campaign for "21 Jump Street," via trailers, outdoor advertising and more, there are already mumblings about a sequel in the works. Star Jonah Hill let it slip at the Oscars that there is already talk about beginning work on the sequel's script.
Some might say talk of a sequel to a film that has yet to be released is a touch preemptive, but to its credit the "Jump Street" reboot that also features Channing Tatum, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco has been generating great word-of-mouth buzz and leaving advance screening audiences in stitches.
MTV News caught up with very busy screenwriter Michael Bacall (who is also responsible for outrageous party movie "Project X") recently to get an update on where things stand for the continued adventures of Schmidt and Jenko.
Not all moviegoers want their movies dripping with heavy-handed moral messages, but when they’re presented as part of the colorful, warm fuzzy goodness of an animated film, somehow said message or moral is easier to swallow. The latest entrant into the animated movie with a message canon is “The Lorax,” Dr. Seuss’ classic story about a young boy who must save endangered trees in hopes of winning a girl's heart.
In celebration of the cute, fluffy friend of trees The Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito), here are the top five animated movies with an environmental message.
"This Means War" writer Timothy Dowling is next set to work on "Uptown Saturday Night," a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. As it stands, Denzel Washington and Will Smith are connected to the roles originated by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.
"Will Smith is producing it. He hired me to write it because he liked the script for 'This Mean's War.' He and Denzel Washington grew up loving the original," Dowling revealed in an exclusive interview with MTV News. "It’s been a fun one to write, I just turned it in. We’re all hoping it’s something [Washington] wants do."