By all accounts from early reviews of and reactions to "Skyfall," the film is a must-see, whether you're a Bond fan or not. The most intriguing elements of this installment are its completely original story, director Sam Mendes and a nice new crop of actors filling out the film's supporting ranks.
One of those actors is the extremely talented (and in my opinion criminally underrated) Ben Whishaw, who plays an updated version of the iconic Bond tech geek Q. MTV News was lucky enough to get some chat time with the likable Brit during a recent press day for his other recent film, "Cloud Atlas," during which we discussed his future in the franchise. As you'll see in the video below, there was also a hilarious digression due to the interruption by his "Atlas" co-star James D'Arcy, who wanted to know all about Bond gadgetry.
Thanks to Daniel Craig, dark hair may no longer be a prerequisite for James Bond, but there are some things that will never change about 007. He might shill for Heineken, but he'll order a martini. There might be a Ford in his parking spot, but he prefers an Aston Martin DB5.
But perhaps most importantly, his wardrobe will always, always look impeccable.
Somewhat surprisingly, the most pornographic aspect of "Skyfall," the newest Bond movie, might be the clothes Craig wears throughout, most of which are suits made by Tom Ford. It's enough to make you want to go home and torch every pair of chinos you own.
A trip to a film set doesn't usually involve speaking to the cast members while they're covered in blood, but that was the case for MTV News' journey to Shreveport, Louisiana and the set of "Texas Chainsaw 3D."
We spoke with Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Shaun Sipos and Trey Songz on the set, and a number of them had blood all over their face during the interview.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Texas Chainsaw 3D," Daddario does a pretty good job of explain what it's all about.
The obvious talking point when it comes to "Cloud Atlas" is the many transformations the actors make to fit within the interweaving stories on the screen. Some are less extensive than others, but some change Halle Berry into an old Korean man.
That transformation in particular earned the highest marks from her co-star, Jim Sturgess, when MTV spoke with the cast.
"I think Halle had some of the biggest transformations. She played an older person, she played a man that was Korean. I remember having to have a conversation with her while we were shooting that scene," Jim Sturgess said.
"Cloud Atlas" isn't a movie with a strong elevator pitch. It's not "this one things meets something else." There's a lot going on, that's for sure, but the people involved in making the movie have to know how to explain what the hell is going on, right?
MTV News headed out to the press day for "Cloud Atlas" to see if the cast could summarize the movie in one sentence. Tom Hanks probably wins for the most creative answers, while Susan Sarandon pulled the best quote from the trailer.
See how each cast member did in the video above!
"Cloud Atlas" opens in theaters on Friday, October 26.
Have you ever noticed how you never see Daniel Radcliffe acting in a contemporary setting unless he has a wand at the ready? With "The Woman in Black" and "Kill Your Darlings" as his only non-Potter roles thus far, the currently filming "F Word" came as a relief to Radcliffe.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz visited with Radcliffe on the set of "The F Word" to talk about his latest project and finally acting like a normal 21st century dude.
"Other than 'Potter,' I've not been [a film set] closer than the 1940s really. It's definitely nice to be doing something contemporary," he said. "I feel like I can be much more myself in this film. Not to say I'm not acting, but it's definitely a lot closer to the person I am and it's fun to be able to improvise in a modern idiom."
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"Paranormal Activity 4" leaves behind the VHS tapes and rotating fans of the 1980s to set the hauntings in the present day for the first time in the series. With that time jump, directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost got to use all of the technologies of today like laptop webcams and Xbox 360 with Kinect.
"We were really psyched just to do a shot where the girl's carrying a laptop, and it's just filming her. Anything can go on behind, and she wouldn't necessarily know unless the person on the other end of the video chat told her that it was behind her," Schulman said.
Javier Bardem has created another classic villain with his character in "Skyfall," Raoul Silva, who's as unique as Anton Chigurh, but in a completely different way.
When we spoke with Bardem during the press day for "Skyfall," he admitted that while Silva was fleshed out on the page, director Sam Mendes gave him a single word to help develop him.
"[Silva] was open to different interpretations. It was Sam's idea for the word 'uncomfortableness' that made the imagination be triggered in me," Bardem said. "From that word and from that key point came the look and the behavior and the tone and all that."
Being at the head of a multi-billion dollar film franchise certainly comes with it perks, but for Daniel Craig, being James Bond doesn't mean riding the Aston Martin DB5 to Easy Street. The man cares about 007. If you've ever read an interview with Craig about the films, the upcoming "Skyfall" in particular, he talks about the movies as if he'll be personally held accountable if they suck.
When we spoke with Craig for "Skyfall," we wanted to find out just how much input he has on the individual films and direction of the series. Craig, of course, answered the question modestly.
One thing the makers of the "Evil Dead" remake have wanted to make clear in its debut during New York Comic-Con is that this is no pulled-punches, PG-13 redo of the Sam Raimi-Bruce Campbell classic. This thing has gore to spare.
When MTV News spoke with Campbell and the new lead, Jane Levy from TV's "Suburgatory," the blood and guts were not far from their mind. "We're going to have ratings problems out the butt," Campbell said. "We have a screening coming up later this month, and I'm like, 'Good luck, Chuck!' "
Levy appeared to share Campbell's concerns about the MPAA' s eventual decree. "I think it's going to be worse than an R," she said. "There's a lot of blood. There's so much blood that the blood got stuck in my ear and I had a terrible ear infection when I was there and couldn't hear for three weeks."