Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd... the list goes on and on and on and on when it comes to the colorful characters that Johnny Depp has played. It not only makes for a fascinating actor's resume, but also a strong wealth of resources to pull from in playing Rango, the star of the animated movie of the same name that arrived on Blu-ray and DVD last week.
MTV News spoke with director Gore Verbinski about the movie late last week, and the filmmaker explained that in many ways, Rango and Johnny are very similar. Describing Rango as "a guy who actually doesn't know who he is and can be all these characters" — something that comes with the territory of being a chameleon, naturally — Verbinski said that "Johnny is like" that as well.
by Stefan Doyno
Feeling a little groggy, or sluggish? Is it that "afternoon feeling?" Well, we don’t have any energy shots for you, but we do have a pretty entertaining clip. It's funny, it's gory, it's a "deadtime" story.
"George A. Romero Presents Deadtime Stories," to be exact, a DVD anthology of three 30-minute horror films. Romero is best known for the zombie flicks he launched in 1968 with "Night of The Living Dead," and with the horror legend acting as executive producer for these short films, you're pretty much guaranteed a bloody good time.
In this exclusive clip from the short film "Valley of The Shadow," a group of explorers find themselves drifting into some rather… unsafe territory, to put it gently. We're warning you, don't watch this before you go to bed. Nothing says "warning" like a head on a stick. Or six.
"George A. Romero Presents Deadtime Stories" Volume 1 on DVD hits shelves today.
Between the breathtaking battles of "300" to the stunning superheroics of "Watchmen" (and, one has to imagine, his upcoming flight with "Superman"), there's very little debate that Zack Snyder knows his way around a fight scene. Perhaps that fact has never been more clear than in "Sucker Punch," his surrealist action thriller about a psychiatric patient who dives into a combat-driven fantasy world in an effort to escape the horrors of her reality.
Throughout "Sucker Punch," leading lady Emily Browning and her harem of heroines go toe-to-toe against some truly grisly bad guys. But perhaps Browning's most fearsome foes are the 10-foot tall Samurai cyborgs that bring all of their firepower to bear upon the comparably miniature young woman, armed with only a sword and a handgun to defend herself. It's an adrenaline-pumping, pulse-pounding sequence that never lets up for a minute — and now, thanks to an exclusive clip from the "Sucker Punch" Blu-ray, Snyder himself is here to take you through the anatomy of that Samurai showdown. Click the video below and watch for yourself.
"Sucker Punch" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today (June 28).
Liam Neeson, if you're reading this, we just want you to know how much we love you. Not that we haven't always been big fans of yours, but your late-stage breakout as an action star has been not only thoroughly fascinating to behold, but endlessly entertaining as well.
After showing off his combat chops in the Luc Besson produced "Taken," Neeson got another shot at the action hero hall of fame in "Unknown." The Irish actor stars as Martin Harris, a doctor traveling with his wife (January Jones) through Berlin for a biotechnology summit. His excursion goes awry following an accident that leaves him comatose, but matters are complicated even further when he wakes up and everybody he knows and loves — his wife included — have absolutely no idea who he is.
Neeson's not alone in the butt-kicking action; he's aided by an all-star cast that includes Diane Kruger, Aidan Quinn and Frank Langella, to name a few, all of whom are highlighted in this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the just-released "Unknown" Blu-ray.
"Unknown" lands on Blu-ray today (June 21).
Even if she didn't win an Oscar, there's no doubt that Hailee Steinfeld is a winner all the same thanks to her breath-taking and star-making big-screen debut in "True Grit," the Joel and Ethan Coen-directed Western about young but driven Mattie Ross' quest to avenge her father's death.
Steinfeld's turn as Mattie was an unexpected but welcome breath of fresh air for moviegoers who, of course, were expecting a strong performance — but perhaps not that strong. The young actress' success in the role owes no small amount to her very own talents, but as Steinfeld herself explains in this behind-the-scenes clip from the recently-released "True Grit" Blu-ray and DVD, her directors had quite a large role to play as well.
Being a "Jackass" ain't easy. You have to endure overwhelmingly powerful blasts from a jet engine, playing tether ball with a beehive, jumping ravines on a bicycle — not to mention going for a bungee jump in a port-o-potty filled with you know what.
Yeah, it's pretty rough stuff. Accidents happen. People get hurt. Like Johnny Knoxville in this exclusive clip from the upcoming "Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie," hitting Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (June 14). There's over 30 minutes of brand new footage on the home video release, including this little scene where Johnny gets in a bit over his head. Check it out for yourself.
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by Stefan Doyno
What do you get when you mix a British rising star with a beautiful Gleek? You get the Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron-starring "I Am Number Four," a sci-fi action flick about an extraordinary alien teenager who is constantly on the run from a rival species that's out to destroy him.
"Number Four," based on the novel by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, is currently out on DVD and Blu-ray, and today we have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look from the home video release. In the clip, director D.J. Caruso discusses "Number Six," the beautiful alien badass played by Teresa Palmer, showing us some previously unseen footage of the movie's stunts in the process. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!
You wouldn't think that a movie starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in the leading roles would be difficult to market, but perhaps the premise of "I Love You Phillip Morris" — the story of a con man (Carrey) who repeatedly attempts to break out of prison to reunite with his former cellmate and current lover (McGregor) — isn't the easiest sell for mainstream moviegoers.
Indeed, it took several release date changes and delays before "Phillip Morris" finally arrived in theaters in December 2010. And now that the movie has landed on DVD, we certainly hope it'll be seen by the wide audience it deserves.
We've got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the just-released "Phillip Morris" DVD, showcasing Jim Carrey's process as he transforms himself into Steven Jay Russell, the confidence man who falls hopelessly in love with McGregor's titular Morris.
In July 2007, "Tron Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski took his first meeting with Disney about resurrecting the classic, geek-trapped-inside-a-computer flick for a new generation. Nearly four years later, he still can't quite leave it behind.
Just weeks after the film's December release, Kosinski was back in the edit room, tweaking the film that would eventually gross over $400 million worldwide. Hey, you can't blame a guy for being a perfectionist — especially if he's lived and breathed the world of "Tron" for four years. And as result, the director has dubbed the Blu-ray release — which hits shelves on Tuesday (April 5) — the "definitive" version of "Tron Legacy."
A few days ago, Kosinski gave MTV News a call to talk about the new release, his response to criticism of the effects work to turn Jeff Bridges into a younger version of himself, and why the next "Tron" sequel can be compared to "The Dark Knight."
by Chris Arrant
Last fall’s “Tron Legacy” was one of the most anticipated movies of all time. From the teaser film released at Comic-Con International in San Diego years before to the elaborate events staged across the country, “Tron Legacy” was one of the most unique films in recent memory — and that’s before you factor in the special effects. But for “Tron” fans, this was something they’ve been waiting for since 1982. And they weren’t alone.
For actor Bruce Boxleitner, the resurgence of the “Tron” franchise 15+ years after the original was a chance to continue the story and give back to the fans who have approached him throughout the years expressing their love for the original film and the desire for more.
Although he starred in two major television hits in “Scarecrow & Mrs. King” and “Babylon 5,” Boxleitner will always be best remembered by the world at large as the computer program that fought for the users. Today’s release of “Tron Legacy” on Blu-ray and DVD offers both the final iteration of the 2010 film as well as a look into the future with the series of new short films Boxleitner shot for the collection. He talks about all of this and more after the jump.