Between 1971 and 1983, at least 17 women died at the hands of serial killer Robert Hansen — currently serving a 461-year term in an Alaskan prison for his crimes. It's a chilling story, to be sure, one being brought to the big-screen by writer/director Scott Walker.
"The Frozen Ground" stars Nicolas Cage as a dogged trooper intent on proving Hansen's (John Cusack) guilt with the help of the only living victim Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens). A trailer for the film hit the internet earlier this week, and as Walker made plain to MTV News, this isn't just another serial killer film.
Alexander Skarsgård is no stranger to talented co-stars, having shared screen time with Liam Neeson, Ellen Page and even dad Stellan Skarsgård, but none was quite so adorable as 7-year-old Onata Aprile, whom the actor stars alongside in the drama "What Maisie Knew."
The film, based on the novel by Henry James, tells the story of a young girl who's caught in the middle of her parents' messy divorce and even messier life after. She eventually finds an unexpected father figure in her timid stepfather Lincoln, played convincingly by Skarsgård. In fact, the pair's chemistry and admiration for one another is so palpable, people just can't quit talking about it. Including Skarsgård, who told MTV News his young co-star was the main selling point of the project.
"Working with Onata was pretty amazing," he said. "Looking back, that's what I take from it. I had so much fun working with Onata."
Aprile wasn't in place when Skarsgård signed on for the role, so it was the strength of the narrative and directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel that originally lured him in.
Winter has come to Manhattan. Well, actually, it never left, but bear with me here... As I was saying: Winter has come to Manhattan in the form of "Game of Thrones" The Exhibition, a touring collection of Westeros memorabilia (Ned Stark's severed head, anyone?), sponsored by HBO and Time Warner Cable. And in celebration of the exhibit's only U.S. stop, a slew of the realm's famous faces abandoned their firs and corsets to attend a special VIP opening Wednesday night in New York.
Among the dapper stars was Kit Harington, whom fans know as man-in-black Jon Snow. As we chatted about the upcoming season, Harington surprised us by revealing he didn't actually read any portions of the script in which his character didn't appear—meaning he's just as in the dark about Dany's dragons or Arya's whereabouts as we are.
"This year, I didn't read the script. I just read my portion, which may seem like lazy actor stuff, but it wasn't," he explained. "I wanted to watch the TV show fresh as a viewer would."
Mid-life crises have never been funnier than in the capable hands of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in the Judd Apatow-written and -directed "This Is 40," out Friday on DVD and Blu-ray.
In honor of the film's home-video release this week, we hopped on the phone with Apatow to talk about the Kardashians, Ron Burgundy and, of course, poop. Check out the full interview after the jump.
The boys of summer will be back! After an eight-season run and years of speculation, Warner Bros. has finally green-lit a movie version of HBO's "Entourage," written and directed by Doug Ellin, who executive produced the series alongside Mark Wahlberg.
Running from 2004-2011, "Entourage" chronicled the exploits of rising star Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) and the childhood friends who rode his coattails to moderate success. The finale saw Vince flying off to Paris to marry Vanity Fair writer Sophia (Alice Eve), Ari (Jeremy Piven) quitting the agency to save his marriage, and Eric (Kevin Connolly) reconciling with lady love (and baby mama) Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui).
While Deadline reports that deals are currently being made to bring back Grenier, Connolly, Piven, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara, we're hoping producers put in calls to a few other familiar faces, namely, the celebrities whose cameos lent an air of authenticity to the lavish lifestyles portrayed week after week. From Andrew Dice Clay to Zac Efron, the series lured in a diverse group of bold-faced names willing to mock the industry (and themselves), to often hilarious effect.
So, without further ado, here are the guest stars we hope reprise their roles:
As Dillon Panthers fullback Tim Riggins always said: "Texas Chainsaw forever." Wait...what?
The gritty, Southern-set horror franchise returns to theaters this weekend with "Texas Chainsaw 3D," which picks up immediately after the events of the 1974 Tobe Hooper-directed original. MTV News rubbed elbows with Leatherface himself to visit the Shreveport, Louisiana, set last year, where we asked stars Alexandra Daddario (at her bloody best) and singer Trey Songz to spill which horror flicks scare them sh--less.
"'Silence of the Lambs,' 'The Shining,'" Daddario replied. "When I was a kid, the first time I saw 'The Shining,' I was completely freaked out, but it's such an amazing movie, and the performances are just incredible and so over-the-top at points that it's amazing."
While Daddario favored retro classics, Songz opted for something a little more contemporary.
"Sopranos" creator David Chase is transporting movie-goers back to the swinging '60s with his coming-of-age tale "Not Fade Away."
The film charts the highs and lows of a fledgling rock band formed by a group of friends in suburban New Jersey, and in keeping with the period, Chase and musical supervisor Steve Van Zandt (also of "Sopranos" fame) ensured the soundtrack was chockablock with groovy tunes by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and James Brown. But with so much material to choose from, how did Chase land upon "Not Fade Away" (penned by Buddy Holly and later covered by the Rolling Stones) as the title?
"It occurred to me that this is a movie about the music of youth, that established youth culture and that some of the practitioners and greats of that music are already gone," Chase said. "They've already faded away, and more are going to continue to do that. I wanted to get this down before all that happened, and that they may fade away but the music wouldn't."
In an October interview with Total Film magazine, Tom Cruise revealed that not only would he make as many "Mission: Impossible" films as audiences want to see, but that he was actually in the midst of working on concepts for the series' fifth installment.
"I love traveling around promoting different movies because I'm always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city," he said. "I look at architecture, subways... coming up with different sequences."
Not long after that interview ran, Deadline broke the news that frequent Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, who directs the action star in his latest project "Jack Reacher," was in talks to helm "M:I 5." So when we caught up with the auteur recently, we had to ask for confirmation on those reports.
When writer/director Nora Ephron passed away in June, the industry lost not only an iconic filmmaker, but, it could be said, the grand dame of the romantic-comedy genre. Though she hadn't been as active in recent years, her seminal "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally..." continue to be archetypes for what a whip-smart yet heartwarming tale of boy meets girl should be. So it's curious, then, that as we were recalling Ephron's achievements, the category was experiencing heartache of its own—with one of its least lustrous years in recent memory.
Floppy-haired thesp Ben Whishaw is having an autumn for the ages. Hot on the heels of a starring role opposite Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and Halle Berry in the Wachowski's mesmerizing drama "Cloud Atlas," the 31-year-old is enlisting in Her Majesty's Service as gadget guru Q in James Bond's latest romp "Skyfall."
But the actor is no neophyte—like many of his countrymen, Whishaw cut his teeth in theater (theatre?) before landing roles in "I'm Not There," "Brideshead Revisited" and "The Tempest." He arguably shines brightest, however, in the BBC period piece "The Hour" (which just kicked off its second season across the pond).