"Sopranos" creator David Chase is transporting movie-goers back to the swinging '60s with his coming-of-age tale "Not Fade Away."
The film charts the highs and lows of a fledgling rock band formed by a group of friends in suburban New Jersey, and in keeping with the period, Chase and musical supervisor Steve Van Zandt (also of "Sopranos" fame) ensured the soundtrack was chockablock with groovy tunes by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and James Brown. But with so much material to choose from, how did Chase land upon "Not Fade Away" (penned by Buddy Holly and later covered by the Rolling Stones) as the title?
"It occurred to me that this is a movie about the music of youth, that established youth culture and that some of the practitioners and greats of that music are already gone," Chase said. "They've already faded away, and more are going to continue to do that. I wanted to get this down before all that happened, and that they may fade away but the music wouldn't."
In an October interview with Total Film magazine, Tom Cruise revealed that not only would he make as many "Mission: Impossible" films as audiences want to see, but that he was actually in the midst of working on concepts for the series' fifth installment.
"I love traveling around promoting different movies because I'm always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city," he said. "I look at architecture, subways... coming up with different sequences."
Not long after that interview ran, Deadline broke the news that frequent Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, who directs the action star in his latest project "Jack Reacher," was in talks to helm "M:I 5." So when we caught up with the auteur recently, we had to ask for confirmation on those reports.
It's been a banner week for Mark Wahlberg. Yesterday, we got a glimpse at the trailer for his upcoming actioner "Pain and Gain," co-starring Dwayne Johnson, in addition to a look at his 2013 opener "Broken City" by way of our exclusive set visit.
From all appearances, the draw of this thriller is in getting to watch Wahlberg go toe-to-toe with co-star Russell Crowe, an experience which the "Ted" star told us was as challenging as it was satisfying.
"It was intense, but it was intense in a great way," Wahlberg told MTV News of working with Crowe. "When he showed up we had already shot most of the movie except for his scenes, and he just showed up and we didn't have any time to really talk or anything. [Director] Allen [Hughes] asked us, 'Do you guys want to rehearse?' and we both said, 'No let's do it,' and we dove into the biggest scene in the movie. It's really two guys going at it, and it was great for us as actors because we weren't trying to outdo each other as actors, but the characters were, so you had that freedom to really push each others' buttons.
The man who introduced us to "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and taught us what it's like to get "Knocked Up" is now about to show us a thing or two about being 40.
In the lead up to his latest film, "This Is 40," Judd Apatow is sitting down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz for an exclusive live hour-long interview about how he changed the landscape of modern comedy.
Apatow will also be taking questions from viewers via Twitter. To submit your questions for him, tweet them to @MTVNews using the hashtag #askjudd.
It all begins right here at 4 p.m. ET, so get your questions in now!
"Broken City" might seem like your typical Mark Wahlberg joint, and it even did when he described it to MTV News' Josh Horowitz during an exclusive set visit.
"I play a former cop in New York, who is being hired by the mayor to investigate his wife, who he thinks is having an affair while he's running for re-election," Wahlberg said. "Then, of course, I start to unveil a lot of corruption, and I've got to take some people down."
But that summary leaves out one big factor: Russell Crowe. The two A-list tough guys are set to get head-to-head when "Broken City" opens in theaters next month.
Read more from our set visit after the jump!
Among the names mentioned when Disney first took control of LucasFilm and the future of "Star Wars" was Joseph Kosinski, the visual stylist who brought "Tron" and The Grid back to the big screen.
MTV News recently got on the phone with Kosinski to talk about his latest film, "Oblivion," and naturally, the conversation drifted to the continuing "Star Wars" saga.
"I have not, I have not," he said. "For me, I feel like, between 'Tron' and 'Oblivion,' I've gotten to fulfill my 'Star Wars' fantasies, in a way. It's flattering of you to mention, but like everyone else, I'm interested to see where they take it. I actually know the writer [Michael Arndt] on it very well; he's a fantastic writer, and I think he's perfect for the job, so I'm sure it will be a great story, and I can't wait to see what they do with it."
When Peter Jackson decided to pull material from the "Lord of the Rings" appendices, pinning down what was fair game for his new "Hobbit" trilogy became much harder. With a whole world of Tolkien material to pad out the three films, a new cast of characters became eligible for cameos.
But watching the first installment, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," there's really only one character you're curious about: Gollum.
"The Lord of the Rings" turned him into an iconic and essential element of the cinematic version of Middle-earth. Could Jackson and co. really say "goodbye" to him after just one scene? We had to put the question to Andy Serkis during a recent press tour.
After nearly a decade of waiting, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens in theaters tomorrow...
...so let's start talking about the next one!
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" promises the continuing adventures of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and his dwarvish companions as they struggle to reclaim their lost land from a ferocious dragon. It's that beast, plus the ensuing war for treasure, that Freeman is looking forward to seeing.
"There are some really good [scenes] in the first one," Freeman said." "I find it rather thrilling, but I'm looking forward to the other biggies, the battle being one, Smaug of course. Smaug is going to be great."
We still have five months to go before we officially find out the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain character in "Star Trek Into Darkness," and we're already getting a little sick of hypothesizing and theorizing possibilities. Khan? Gary Mitchell? John Harrison? Enough already!
In anticipation of the nine-minute preview for "Into Darkness" in front of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with director J.J. Abrams and the cast of the sci-fi sequel to find out more about Gary "Khan" Harrison, or whatever his name is.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and its new take on the "Riddles in the Dark" scene raise an interesting question many fans have not considered when it comes to the prequel trilogy. Could Ian Holm go the way of Sebastian Shaw in "Return of the Jedi"?
Let us explain for a second. "Riddles in the Dark" is just the first example of a redundancy between "The Hobbit" trilogy and "The Lord of the Rings," and with the potential for more doubling-up on specific scenes, would Peter Jackson ever consider re-editing his original trilogy to create consistency?
MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with Jackson to find out.