Robert Rodriguez loves "Roadracers," a film he made on a sliver of a budget in between his indie hit "El Mariachi" and his breakout "Desperado."
He told me that much almost as soon as he got on the phone. "I love 'Roadracers,' " he said. "It is one of my favorite movies." You could hear the excitement in his voice.
And he has a reason to be excited. After years of attempting to get "Roadracers" out on DVD and then eventually Blu-ray, Rodriguez finally succeeded with the April 17 release in high definition. Part of the reason it had taken so long to hit video was because of the film's origins.
One of the movies we're most excited about in 2013 is "Ender's Game." The beloved sci-fi novel won us over since its release in 1985, and has been in discussions for a film adaptation ever since. It finally was greenlit last year, and we couldn't be more excited about the people who are going to be making the movie.
Turns out Bobby Cohen, who works with "Ender's Game" producer Roberto Orci, is pretty stoked too. When MTV News recently caught up with him on the "Now You See Me" set, Cohen played mum on details about the film's production, but he did express his excitement for the talent they had come on board.
"I have the great pleasure to work with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, who wrote 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Star Trek,'" he said. "Our other movie is 'Ender's Game,' based on the incredible book that people have been trying to make forever. A lot of directors have tried to do it. We have an amazing script. Gavin Hood is directing, we've got Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld from 'True Grit,' Asa Butterfield from 'Hugo.'"
When you think F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay-Z totally comes to mind, right? We didn't think so. But that's just one of the things that makes Baz Lurhmann an interesting director. When MTV News caught up with Isla Fisher on the set of "Now You See Me," she told us working on the film was an "incredible luxury" and shared insight into the unique way Lurhmann helped the actors feel comfortable on set.
"I had a great time. I loved it," the Scottish actress told us about her "Gatsby" experience. "It was an incredible luxury. We did a play workshop that was three weeks long. Before we even started rehearsals we were immersed entirely in [the 1920's]. It was just the best experience ever."
It's been long confirmed that Jason Segel will not be starring in or writing the next Muppets movie, but a recent update from the actor dashed even the small hope of a cameo. As the man largely responsible for bringing the Muppets back into the spotlight, the loss of Segel puts a big question mark on the sequel.
But fear not, Muppet fans. We spoke with the first film's co-writer and the director of "Five-Year Engagement," Nicholas Stoller, about the progress he's made on the second film's script and how he sees Segel factoring into the making of the sequel.
As Segel's frequent collaborator, Stoller sees himself asking for notes on the script for the next Muppet movie. "I definitely would want to show him the script and get his notes. He loves the Muppets and knows them so well," Stoller said. "I think getting notes from him and getting thoughts from him would be extremely helpful."
It's hard when you're the original G.I. Joe and you've got all these young kids with their exploding motorcycles and cliff-side ninja fits to compete with. Bruce Willis knows the feeling.
MTV News caught up with the action legend as part of our Summer Movie Preview, and Willis had nothing but kind things to say about his younger co-stars.
But he does give credit where credit is due. In "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," Willis plays the Joe who was there when it all began, Original Joe. "Joe Colton is actually the original G.I. Joe," Willis said. "In the story, he started the outfit a long time ago, and that outfit are kids compared to us."
We're understandably excited for Rian Johnson's "Looper." It's got a mind melting premise, a badass trailer and promises of a classic Joseph Gordon-Levitt performance.
We thought that it was impossible for anyone to be more excited about "Looper" until we talked to Gordon-Levitt. He's really excited.
Gordon-Levitt spoke to us for our Summer Movie Preview and couldn't help but mention the upcoming sci-fi film with his "Brick" director Johnson.
"'Looper' is, to be honest, some of the best work I've ever done as an actor," Gordon-Levitt said. "I really transformed myself. Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed 'Brick,' is—I think—one of the greatest filmmakers going."
Fernando Meirelles's "360" tells a complex story of interweaving characters and plots, but what makes the tale so unique is that the connection between all the characters is sex. The intimate encounters of the film bring together an impressive ensemble that includes Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Ben Foster.
In "360," Foster plays Tyler, a sex offender who was recently released from prison. The events of the film find Tyler in an airport and chronicle his encounter with a young woman played by Maria Flor. Foster talks about all of that and more in the exclusive interview below, all part of our continuing Summer Movie Preview week.
Little is known about Alice Eve's character in "Star Trek 2" beyond the fact that she's new to the "Trek" universe. If there's anything we've learned about the ultra-secretive production it's that we aren't likely to get any new details about the flick from the stars, so MTV News decided to go a different route when chatting with Eve recently about her role.
Instead of asking her about who she plays or what her purpose is in the "Trek 2" storyline -- both things we're desperate to know -- we asked Eve how long she's spent getting make-up applied to her on set. Judging by her response, it could be that Eve will be playing one of the film's many alien species.
"I'm a healthy amount of time in the makeup chair -- though not as long as Spock," Eve teased. "We were filming until very late last night, and I know that's all I can say. It's a top-secret operation; it's like a war."
Calling all "Muppets" super fans - a sequel is in the works! This information comes straight from the source, co-writer of “The Muppets” and its imminent sequel, Nick Stoller.
MTV News caught up with Stoller at a junket for “The Five Year Engagement,” his comedy starring Jason Segel. The “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” star recently announced his “man over muppet” decision, and sadly, the sequel will be sans-Segel. However, don’t get too bummed, because Stoller revealed exciting news about the script.
"['The Muppets'] was an amazing experience and the movie came out so well, and we've started writing 'Muppets 2,'" he said. "James Bobin and I have been outlining it for a while. It is on."
A year ago, after he ended his role as the Governator and began his action star comeback phase, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he was shopping around a new "Terminator" film to the major studios with him back in the lead role.
Though he may not be as closely associated with the robot from our post-apocalyptic future as Schwarzenegger, James Cameron played an equally essential role in bringing the first two films to life. When MTV News spoke with director, he opened up about advising Schwarzenegger on a future "Terminator" film.
"I was talking to him back in fall about a new 'Terminator' film and quietly advising on that, I suppose you could say," he said.
Read more after the jump.