I should probably confess this now: I’m terrified of horror movies. I think it has something to do with a traumatic basement viewing of “Nightmare on Elm Street” when I was in the first grade. So when my bosses at MTV News asked if I wanted to be in a horror movie, I thought they had to be joking. Then it occurred to me that perhaps the universe was issuing a challenge to an unsuspecting entertainment journalist: get over it dude! Read More...
When "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hit theaters last year, there was one person very clearly absent from the film.
Sure, George Lucas was able to bring back Harrison Ford to play the whip-slinging, womanizing archaeologist. He was even able to find a place for Indy's old flame, Marion Ravenswood, played by Karen Allen. And yes, Lucas even brought in some new blood, with Cate Blanchett as a cold-blooded Soviet and Shia LaBeouf as Indy's sassy son, Mutt.
But Lucas wasn't able to get Sir Sean Connery to reprise his role as Indy's dad, Henry Jones Sr. So, Lucas killed him off and has Indy mention it somewhere along the way in "Crystal Skull." Read More...
Day Two of my visit to the set of Rob Zombie's "H2: Halloween 2” starts out earnestly enough. I park my rental car in a rural Georgia town and approach the building where the crew will be shooting a large Halloween rave. That it was a Rob Zombie film became quickly evident when I encountered my first evil clown.
Hundreds of extras were gathered for what's probably the film's largest single shoot, each dressed in a unique outfit and adoirned in body paint and intricately applied make-up. Read More...
I've arrived in Covington, Georgia, and the population appears to be me plus the motel staff. I've flown in from New York City to visit the set of director Rob Zombie's sequel to his 2007 "Halloween." The film is apparently titled "H2: Halloween 2," which seems repetitive. I make a note to mention that to Rob when I see him tomorrow.
Rob's band White Zombie was a staple of my high school soundtrack so I'm excited to meet him. His episode of Jon Favreau's "Dinner For Five" -- with fellow guests Bruce Campbell, Roger Corman and Faizon Love (?) -- is spectacularly entertaining, and my favorite of the series. Drenched in tattoos, Rob's always looked like an intimidating figure but I've heard he's one of the nicest guys around. And while his "House of 1000 Corpses" and its sophomore follow-up "The Devil's Rejects" were a bit hardcore for my tastes, I've always respected that he's a man with a vision.
My call-time to the set is 1pm. I'm told I'll be observing the filming of a large scene involving 250 extras. Along with Rob, I'll also be speaking to castmembers...I silently hope Margot Kidder -- just added to the roster -- is one of them. It's nearly 8pm now so I'm off to hunt for nightlife. Either that or take a nap, whichever comes first. Stay tuned tomorrow when I report back from the set.
Summit Entertainment just released the new trailer for their upcoming horror flick "Sorority Row," and I gotta say — I think it looks kind of awesome. Is that just me?
The movie stars Briana Evigan ("Step Up 2: The Streets"), Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis and our very own "Hills" star Audrina Patridge. (Also in the film? Carrie Fisher, which is incredible.) In the film, a remake of "The House on Sorority Row," a group of sorority sisters accidentally cause the death of one of their own in a prank gone really, really badly. And if you watch the trailer, you see that — spoiler alert! — Audrina is unfortunately the one that gruesomely bites the dust. (Watch the trailer after the jump.) Read More...
When it comes to the year 2009 in genre movies, there are the massively hyped, insanely anticipated (“Watchmen,” “Avatar”), the eagerly awaited (“Terminator Salvation,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), the “Eh, maybe I’ll check it out” yawners (“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” “The Wolfman”). And then there are those flicks that somehow slip through the movie geek blogosphere while making nary a peep.
I’d put Alex Proyas’ sci-fi thriller “Knowing” (out March 20) in that last category. Why exactly that is, I can’t say. Maybe because his last film, “I, Robot,” was pretty disappointing. Maybe because “Knowing”’s star, Nicolas Cage, has made a bunch of recent genre stinkers (“Next,” “Ghost Rider") and we don’t expect much from him anymore. Maybe all anyone cares about these days are films based on existing entertainment properties. Read More...
FROM NEWSROOM: Here's an unsolicited piece of advice: If you're trying to maximize your face time with a celebrity, arrange for the interview to occur in a confined space, preferably one that is moving and which his or her publicist cannot access. Mission accomplished this morning, as the MTV News gang somehow convinced Dwayne Johnson to fit his ginormous frame into a New York City taxi for 20-plus minutes!
The setting for the interview wasn't completely out of left field, by the way. Johnson plays a cab driver in his new flick, "Race to Witch Mountain."
For more on our New York City adventure with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, head over to SplashPage.MTV.com.
Did "Dark City" rock your world (I swear that's my last "Rock of Love" reference in this blog) as much as it did mine? Well if it did then you'll understand why it took me about a nanosecond to say yes when the gang at Summit asked if I was interested in moderating an event with director Alex Proyas.
This guy's got the chops. "Dark City," "The Crow," hell even "I, Robot" was kick-ass entertainment in my opinion (yeah I know it's not for Asimov purists but come on...). Proyas' latest is a creepy as hell Nic Cage thriller called "Knowing." I got a chance to see it last week and it delivers more than enough jolts to make you scream for your mommy and beg for mercy. Oh and it's got an ending that'll leave plenty of room for conversation afterwards.
So come on out to the Apple Store in Soho Tuesday night (7PM) in New York if you can. It'll be you, me, and Mr. Proyas. I'll have questions. You'll have questions. Hopefully he'll have a few answers. Come on over! Here athe details on the location.
FROM NEWSROOM.MTV.COM: I've got a pretty bizarre job. I know this, because my friends and family constantly tell me this whenever my Facebook updates casually mention encounters with the likes of Charlize Theron and Stephen Baldwin (in my mind, all celebrities are created equal).
(Check out behind-the-scenes photos from this year's Oscars here!)
Still, the crazy and surreal meter went into overdrive for me last night when I stepped onto my first Academy Awards red carpet. First of all, don't be too jealous; my feet barely touched the carpet before I was relegated to the press area that literally was behind a 4-foot shrub. I can't blame the Hollywood elite. If I were Sean Penn, I'd want a barrier between me and Nancy O'Dell at all times too.
Continue reading our behind-the-scenes Oscar diary at newsroom.mtv.com...
Sure, you saw Will Smith mispronounce "outstanding" four times, Alan Arkin call out a nomination for "Seymour Philip Hoffman" and host Hugh Jackman take a little shot at "The Reader"'s low box-office receipts, but the Oscars had a lot more funny, awkward and touching moments that you didn't get to see. Lucky for you, our reporters were privy to them:
» Kevin Kline and wife Phoebe Cates strolled onto the red carpet before the show, only to hear the arrivals emcee call out, "Salma Hayek!" Phoebe looked confused, and the presumably embarrassed announcer quickly corrected himself, saying, "Sorry ... Phoebe Cates." Read More...