In Daniel Radcliffe's post-Potter career of interesting role choices, "Horns" stands out particularly as the most bizarre. Your average movie tends not to include a main character who spouts horns after his girlfriend's mysterious death, and when we spoke with Radcliffe at Sundance, he wasn't after to admit his own confusion when it comes to the Alexandre Aja film.
"A few weeks after we finished I woke up one morning thinking, 'What was that? What was that film I just did?'" Radcliffe said. "It's so crazy. I feel like I have less concept of what it's going to be now than when I first started, which is bizarre, but it's very exciting."
But is "Horns" really that? From how Radcliffe describes, his new head ornaments are just the start of the craziness. "I got to have burn make-up on, and then I got to come out of the Pacific Ocean after having been burned alive and drowned—and I survived that," he said, "because I'm a boss."
How right you are, Dan Rad!
"Horns" is expected to hit sometime this year.
By Scott Neumyer
Say what you will about the "Paranormal Activity" series, but there's absolutely no denying that director, writer, producer, and creator of the franchise Oren Peli not only crafted one of the most lucrative horror film series in recent memory, but he also helped paved the way for the found-footage phenomenon that currently graces the silver screen a few times every year. The franchise's latest film, "Paranormal Activity 4" (out on Blu-ray and DVD today) takes the terrifying series in a new direction and provides a fresh take on what could easily have become a stale plate of sequels.
MTV recently sat down with Peli to discuss the "Paranormal Activity" series, his rigorous casting process, and the director's favorite horror movies.
The end of the world isn't a laughing matter until you gather the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson at James Franco's house and watch them try to make the best of the end of days.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz was lucky enough to make a trip down to the New Orleans set of "This Is the End" and talk with the stars about playing skewed versions of themselves.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the visit to the set of "This Is the End" is Danny McBride's level of preparedness. Did you hear what he said? He's been getting ready for the end of the world since the day he was born.
"This Is the End" opens in theaters on June 14.
Though the mystery of the "Star Wars: Episode VII" director may be solved, the future of the franchise and the talk of spin-off movies still lingers. In theory, standalone movies set in the "Star Wars" universe would be a way of attracting serious talent who would otherwise be hesitant to commit to numbered installment and who could put their own spin on George Lucas' world.
Given the chance to talk to Robert Rodriguez at this year's Sundance Film Festival, of course MTV News' Josh Horowitz had to ask if the genre director would ever like to take a crack at the world of Jedis and intergalactic smugglers.
In general, Rodriguez is definitely on board for standalone "Star Wars" movies. "I don't mind them doing more 'Star Wars,' " he said. "I also like the whole idea of them doing off-shoot films, like you just have a 'Boba Fett' movie over here."
In addition to lucking out in scoring some new "Sin City" intel from Robert Rodriguez recently for our "A Dame To Kill For" preview, we also had the opportunity to check in on his other buzzworthy, star-studded 2013 release, "Machete Kills" and what may or may not lead a third Machete film to be set in space.
Rodriguez admitted that he's finishing editing on "Kills" in the midst of his directing duties on "A Dame To Kill For," and that we should expect some teasers soon.
"That's a really fun, really cool movie and another incredible amazing cast," he said. "I'm having a grand time, that was a fun production. I think we'll be trying to tease out images very soon."
Before you get too excited about the potential team-up of Robert Pattinson, Naomi Watts, and Werner Herzog on "Queen of the Desert," MTV News has an update on the project straight from Park City, Utah.
At Sundance promoting her new film, "Two Mothers," Watts stopped by to speak with Josh Horowitz about the upcoming project, which was supposed to begin filming last fall. According to the actress, "Queen of the Desert" is on hold for now and Pattinson's involvement may be up in the air.
"We'll wait and see. [Herzog is] obviously a filmmaker I'm completely in awe of. He's a wonderful filmmaker and documentarian," she said. "It's a fantastic character, a great story. I'm not sure when it's going to take place yet."
Michael Cera has recently had his plate rather full of acting jobs, premiering two films at this year's Sundance, in addition to reprising the role of George Michael Bluth on the new season of "Arrested Development." When the cult favorite returned for a fourth season, however, Cera added one more job, as a writer on the show.
The transition to writer began simply as creator Mitch Hurwitz asking him to join the team in the writers' room, as Cera explained to MTV News' Josh Horowitz while in Park City, Utah.
"Mitch mentioned to me coming in one day, and I was very excited that he had invited me," Cera said. "I went in, and he said, 'Come back tomorrow,' and I kept coming back because I really wanted to stick around until I integrated with them."
"Mama" isn't exactly the type of movie we're used to seeing Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain in. Then again, the Jessica Chastain we see in "Mama" is what we're used to either.
For the horror movie from executive producer Guillermo del Toro, Chastain slipped into an entirely new persona, donning a short black wig and covering her arms in tattoos.
When MTV News spoke with Chastain about the look, she walked us through the development of her character, Annabel, and the real-life inspiration for her signature style.
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It's not rare for an actor, especially one known for his intensity like Mark Wahlberg, to get a little out of control when trying to channel a character. But during the filming of his latest film, "Broken City," a simple walk down a New York City street resulted in the NYPD getting involved and Wahlberg apologizing to Mayor Bloomberg.
When MTV News' Rob Markman spoke with Allen Hughes, the "Broken City" director recounted the incident and Wahlberg's dedication to the scene. "We had like two hours and Mark went nuts and tore down the whole East Village," he said.
Wahlberg improvised during what was supposed to be a scene of him walking home, but things escalated pretty quickly. "Eventually he tried to get in a few cars that were coming by and he opened the door to get in the car and that's when the cops were like, 'You know what, we're pulling your permit. We're shutting you down. This King Kong sh-- is over. It's a wrap.' "
Head over to MTV News to read the entire interview with Allen Hughes.
If you're only familiar with "Guillermo del Toro, director of visually stunning, often very scary films," then there's a large portion of work that you're missing from the beloved filmmaker. Del Toro has been producing movies for as long as he's been directing them, and his latest credit, "Mama," opens in theaters on Friday.
When MTV News sat down with del Toro and the helmer of "Mama," Andés Muschietti, the "Pacific Rim" director discussed the role of producing in his career.
"Mama," which stars Jessica Chastain, began as a Spanish-language short, directed by Muschietti. (You can watch the original after the jump.) When del Toro found the short after it surged in popularity on the internet, he contacted Muschietti about turning it into a feature.