By Hannah Soo Park
Not everyone can pull off skintight leather get-ups, engage in a little crossbow-slinging action and, all the while, make everything look completely effortless. No, no, slaying evil witches as a full-time gig requires a serious lesson in badass-ery. And that's exactly what we got from "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" stars Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz recently sat down with the pair (who play the famous siblings), and even managed to get them to spill their tips for "the aspiring badass." So brace yourself for a real learning experience (and be prepared to read the word "badass" over and over again), because we're about to dish out all of the highlights:
By Hannah Soo Park
Perfecting a shrilling cackle apparently isn't the only challenge that comes with tackling the role of a wicked witch.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" star Famke Janssen, who said that half the battle of playing Muriel, the movie's chief villain, was looking the part—and dealing with the makeup that came with it.
"I mean unless you've actually had prosthetic makeup on your face, it's this hypothetical idea of what that would be like, and it doesn't seem so daunting as the reality of it is," she said.
By Hannah Soo Park
"Hansel and Gretel," the original Brothers Grimm tale—you know, the one that involves a cannibalistic witch with a particular bloodlust for lonely, lost children—is, well, pretty darn grim to begin with.
And Tommy Wirkola's film, "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," seems to get into even darker territory in exploring what might unfold if Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) decided to act on their childhood trauma and kill witches for a living. Throw in the blood-spattering gore, cursing and tongue-in-cheek humor, and we're left with less of a fable and more of a pulpy, R-rated affair.
MTV News caught up with one of the film's stars, Famke Janssen, who discussed the appeal of that unique approach.
During the press circuit for "Django Unchained," Quentin Tarantino once again discussed his feeling that his latest film and "Inglourious Basterds" "bespeak a trilogy," one that would need a conclusion.
It was during an interview withe The Root that Tarantino first mentioned a possible candidate for a closing act, a "Basterds" spin-off he tentatively calls "Killer Crow."
As exciting as further adventures of the Basterds sound, we couldn't help but ask the Bear Jew himself, Eli Roth, what he's heard about "Killer Crow" during an interview for the upcoming film "The Last Exorcism: Part II."
Read what Roth had to say about the project after the jump!
Ever since her rise to stardom, we've come to expect fantastic candor from Jennifer Lawrence interviews. In other words, they're usually pretty great.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with the now two-time Academy Award nominee at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Lawrence was in high spirits coming off of the big morning for "Silver Linings Playbook" and the recently wrapped "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Justin Lin's "Fast Five" really changed the tune of the discussion about the car racing series. Jokes about the title quickly change to incredulous talk about how much fun the damn thing was. Come on, it has Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
For the follow-up, Lin has enlisted some serious action talent to add even more explosiveness to "The Fast and the Furious 6."
MTV News caught up with Gina Carano, the newest addition to the series, at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards last night to see what is in store for the crew this time around.
Read more after the jump!
We've come to know Ryan Gosling as a pretty soft-spoken leading man, cut from the same cloth as Brando before him, but there's something funny in the trailers for his latest film, "Gangster Squad." His character, Sgt. Jerry Wooters, seduces Emma Stone's Grace Faraday with an almost cartoonish falsetto. What gives?
MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with the cast to find out what the Gos was going for with his higher register.
It seem so long ago that it's hard to remember, but the careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron pretty much owe everything to each other. Without the first two "Terminator" films, neither the director nor the star would likely have as much success as they've had.
And that's completely ignoring "True Lies."
So when is the next collaboration going to happen? With Schwarzenegger just amping up his comeback and Cameron settling into an all-"Avatar" vegetative state, will the two every meet again? MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Schwarzenegger about his future with Cameron.
Read more after the jump!
The savvy moviegoer is well aware of the fact that part of an actor's role in being in and making movies is promoting them. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, which most of the time involve interviews with the media, boring stuff like that. Suffice it to say that the promotional machine gets a little worn and monotonous at times, so for those of us lucky enough to take part in some of these events out-of-the-box promo things are worth mentioning, particularly when they involve riding around in a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Yep, you read that correctly, instead of doing a press conference or roundtable interview, Schwarzenegger invited a select group of movie reporters to come ride in his tank, one that he owns and operates, to experience a taste of some of the action served up in his return to movies as a leading man in "The Last Stand."
Here are the highlights from the trip:
Like the majority of critics groups around the country, we think "Zero Dark Thirty" is one of the best films of 2012. And as the movie continues to rack up the accolades (four Golden Globe nominations, ten Best Picture nods from assorted film critics groups thus far), audiences will soon have more opportunities to weigh-in, thanks to its expanded release in the new year.
There are a lot of appealing aspects to Katherine Bigelow's thriller: the cultural relevance, taking a cinematic peek inside secret government operations, an A-list cast, reactions from ex-government officials and that excellent musical score backing all the action(?).