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Scream 4And so our week with Wes Craven comes to a close. We've been fortunate enough to have the "Scream 4" director as our guest editor this week covering topics including his latest horror film's origin story, the casting process, what goes into making a scary movie trailer and the evolution of horror over the past decade.

When "Scream 4" arrives in theaters next week, we'll return to Woodsboro to watch old friends Sidney, Dewey and Gale do their best to stop Ghostface's latest killing spree. But what happens then? If we walk away from "Scream 4" still itching for more from camp Craven, where should we turn next?

"Well, I guess they have to wait for 'Scream 5,'" Wes told me with a laugh when asked about the next step for "Scream 4" fans left wanting more. That's right — the horror is only just beginning.

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Scream 4If you're just tuning in, "Scream 4" director Wes Craven has been joining us all week long as the special guest editor of MTV Movies Blog. He's supplied us with insight into the origin of his latest "Scream" movie, what he looked for in the casting process and his thoughts on the rules of a scary movie trailer.

But that's all current stuff. Today, we're looking back. A lot of time has passed since "Scream 3" arrived in theaters in 2000, with eleven years worth of horror films standing between then and now, the eve of the fourth "Scream" film's release. It's an undeniably new landscape dominated by sub-genres from found footage and torture porn, to frequently cited problems such as sequelitis and reboots.

"You named a lot of them," Wes told me when I listed off these prevalent themes and storytelling avenues that have seemingly defined the past decade of mainstream horror. And from where he's sitting, all of these things added fuel to the fire burning brightly within "Scream 4."

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"Scream 4" director Wes Craven is joining us here on MTV Movies Blog all week long as our guest editor, sharing insight into the origins of his latest horror flick and what went into the casting process.

As Jamie Kennedy's dearly departed Randy Meeks was so fond of reminding us, there are certain rules you need to follow in order to survive a scary movie. Likewise, the rules of scary movies have become an integral plot point to the "Scream" films. But one thing we're not entirely clear on is this: what are the rules of a scary movie trailer?

"It's tricky," Wes admitted when asked about what goes into making an effective scary movie trailer, adding that it's difficult to keep the viewer intrigued without spoiling too many surprises.

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Scream 4As we told you yesterday, "Scream 4" director Wes Craven is serving as the guest editor of MTV Movies Blog all week long, sharing insight into what went into creating the latest "Scream" movie and his feelings on how the horror genre as a whole has progressed over the years. In other words, if you like scary movies, this is the place to be.

Today, we're diving into one of the most essential ingredients for any movie, "Scream" or otherwise — the cast. While the first three outings of Craven's genre-defying slasher series relied quite heavily on three central figures — Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Officer Dewey Riley (David Arquette) — this latest round needed some new blood to spill as well.

To that end, Craven and his team recruited an eclectic mix of young up-and-comers like Emma Roberts and Nico Tortorella, as well as some familiar faces like Adam Brody and Anthony Anderson.

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Wes CravenDo you like scary movies? If you do, you're in for a treat, because one of the horror genre's most widely worshipped filmmakers will be joining us right here on MTV Movies Blog all week long.

"Scream 4" director Wes Craven is serving as the guest editor of Movies Blog throughout the week, bringing you the ins and outs of what went into making the fourth entry in his blood-soaked slasher franchise, commentary on the progression of the horror genre in recent years and much, much more.

Today, we're talking about the origins of "Scream 4." In a day and age where sequels, reboots and overhauls are par for the course, it's not necessarily surprising to see that "Scream" is back for more — after all, the killer always comes back from the dead for one last scare, doesn't he? — but the combined forces of Craven, original "Scream" writer Kevin Williamson and stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Coutrney Cox make this continuation a force to be reckoned with.

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By Gaby Izarra, winner of MTV's Ultimate "Tourist" Guest Correspondent contest

His shirt was tattered in a fashion-statement kind of way, and his tan was very Jack Sparrow. My encounter with him seemed way too casual for it to be a real live interview with one of the most prominent actors of our era, Johnny Depp. Yet there I was, sitting across from the erstwhile Edward Scissorhands and Mad Hatter, chatting with him at the Paris press junket for his new movie, "The Tourist."

When I mentioned I was from Miami, Johnny told me that he used to live in Miramar, Florida -- a mere 20 miles from my home. And when he smiled, I caught a glimpse of Jack Sparrow's gold teeth. A moment later, the chatting ceased so we could begin the four-minute interview. Read More...

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By Gaby Izarra, winner of MTV's Ultimate "Tourist" Guest Correspondent contest

There I was at the climax of my trip to Paris as MTV's guest correspondent for "The Tourist" press junket... and as with the end of any good movie, I was eager to know what was about to happen. As I waited to interview Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany, I planted myself on a puffy couch in the hospitality suite of Le Meurice Hotel. I had dressed up for the occasion, wearing a chic white blazer, some shiny tights and a pair of funky round-toed gray suede wedges. Everyone there told me not to be nervous, which actually made me a little bit nervous. Journalists were taken in clusters to the interview rooms, and my group finally departed around 3 p.m.

When I walked into the room to interview Angelina, the first thing that struck me is that she's just as dazzling in person as she is on the big screen -- high definition video doesn't lie. I introduced myself and immediately said I was with MTV. It was a solid effort at gaining some credibility. "Of course you are because you look cool!" Angelina said while examining my outfit. Score! Read More...

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By Gaby Izarra, winner of MTV's Ultimate "Tourist" Guest Correspondent contest

I've seen a lot during my brief stay in Paris as MTV's Ultimate "Tourist" Guest Correspondent -- the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and a bunch of other stuff -- and I have to say that the Le Meurice Hotel must be the most spectacular hotel in the entire city. It's the epitome of European elegance... and thus the perfect locale to host "The Tourist" press junket, where I'd soon interview Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and Paul Bettany.

(Click on the photo below for a behind-the-scenes look at Gaby's "Tourist" experience so far, including her sightseeing adventures and the preparations for her celebrity interviews.)

Gaby at The Tourist junket

I settled into a seat in the hospitality suite on the top floor to look over my questions for Johnny, Angelina and Paul, all while snacking on tiny sandwiches with the crusts cut off and taking in the view of the gorgeous cityscape. My nerves were tingling, but not in a bad way. I was excited, ready, fired up -- you get the picture. Read More...

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By Gaby Izarra, winner of MTV's Ultimate "Tourist" Guest Correspondent contest

Paris has been incredible so far -- and the best is yet to come. I arrived in style to the Westin Hotel and met the MTV Staff I would be working with to cover the press junket for the Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie movie, "The Tourist." It's nice to have an experienced group to guide me during this film journalism adventure. We didn't linger long at the hotel, however, and were soon on our way to the most popular and iconic sites Paris has to offer: the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. Even though my fingers and toes were numb the entire day from the extreme cold, the famous Paris landmarks were breathtaking (click on the photo below for a look at my day).

Gaby in Paris

The snow began falling harder as the day progressed, however, and I was glad when it came time to get down to business (and into a warmer environment) for a screening of "The Tourist." The television press invited to the junket -- including yours truly -- got our own screening of "The Tourist" in a private cinema. We even got some hors 'd'oeuvres to nibble on before the film began. Read More...

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By Gaby Izarra

I won -- but it hasn't totally hit me yet. Once I step foot on French soil and realize that my Miami outerwear just won't cut it, then it'll begin to sink in. I'm that lucky girl who won MTV's Ultimate "Tourist" Guest Correspondent contest and is being flown out to Paris to cover the press junket for "The Tourist." That means I get to interview world-renowned actors Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Yeah, that's me. I'll repeat that a bunch of times in my head until the thought lodges itself in my brain and lays out some roots.

My name is Gaby Izarra and I'm sitting in seat 40C on an American Airlines flight to Paris, courtesy of MTV, Sony and Columbia Pictures. I've just had the best dessert -- a double chocolate crunch brownie -- I've ever had on any flight like this, so that must be a good sign. Paris is just across the Atlantic waiting for me to touch down and begin the glamorous experience of a TV journalist abroad on the assignment of a lifetime. Read More...

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