There's been plenty of talk recently about a "Bridesmaids" sequel, with the talent involved frequently saying they'd be interested in potentially reprising their roles in the film. MTV News recently caught up with Rose Byrne, who joked that she's got a better idea for the follow-up than a sequel.
"I'm pitching a prequel. Yeah. Before they were bridesmaids. Maybe in outer space. Yeah, that's what I'm thinking," Byrne said with a laugh. "Just modern. Go modern. Let's go, right? Let's reinvent it."
"The Muppets" may be coming back for a sequel, but Jason Segel won't be there with them. The man who championed the Muppets' triumphant return to the big screen told MTV News in a recent interview while promoting his new movie "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" that he feels it's time for him to move on to other projects.
"I have handed off 'The Muppets' to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they're in really good hands," he said. "But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they're going to nail it."
"Silent House" is not the first scary movie to come our way from Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Back in 2003, the husband-wife duo came to our attention with "Open Water," the nailbiter about an American couple stranded at sea and forced to survive a pack of bloodthirsty sharks. Though the subject material isn’t the same, it’s easy to see the structural parallels between the two films: small cast, shaky camera, an emphasis on what’s lying out of sight. Sharks may be scarier to you than a home invader, but it’s up for debate.
Talking to MTV News, Kentis and Lau were asked about their affection for real life stories, and how those stories have influenced their films. "It’s true," Lau quickly said.
"We’ve noticed it ourselves," Kentis followed. "I think it’s because the kind of scares that emotionally affect me are those things.
Elizabeth Olsen is the only star of note in "Silent House," carrying almost the entire film by herself after her character’s father is injured very early on. With so much resting on her shoulders, she had to be locked in at all times, especially during the film’s ultra-scary parts where her feelings basically become the audience’s. Speaking to MTV News, Olsen was candid about how she got into the proper state of mind for those "scared as sh--" moments.
"I keep saying I have a very fatalistic imagination but I guess when I’m filming, all I think about is how close the enemy is," she said. "So the closer I feel them coming, that’s kind of the pole for how I measure things."
In addition to the uptick in the promotional campaign for "21 Jump Street," via trailers, outdoor advertising and more, there are already mumblings about a sequel in the works. Star Jonah Hill let it slip at the Oscars that there is already talk about beginning work on the sequel's script.
Some might say talk of a sequel to a film that has yet to be released is a touch preemptive, but to its credit the "Jump Street" reboot that also features Channing Tatum, Rob Riggle and Dave Franco has been generating great word-of-mouth buzz and leaving advance screening audiences in stitches.
MTV News caught up with very busy screenwriter Michael Bacall (who is also responsible for outrageous party movie "Project X") recently to get an update on where things stand for the continued adventures of Schmidt and Jenko.
The unbroken shot that makes up "Silent House" is a unique visual gimmick, but there’s another big factor at hand: the close camerawork that almost never leaves Elizabeth Olsen’s side, giving us an intensely personal perspective throughout the film. As harrowing as that camerawork is to experience as an audience member, it doesn’t compare to how it must’ve felt to film it firsthand.
Talking to MTV News, Olsen tried to explain how the filming process broke down, and how comfortable she was with the closeness by the end of shooting.
Asked how close the camera was, Olsen stuck her hand out about a foot away from her face. "The DP [director of photography] who shot it, Igor Martinovic, he does lots of documentaries so he’s really good at not getting a shadow or reflection anywhere," she said. "He and I felt like we were dancing together the whole time. It felt like this choreographed ballet."
"This Means War" writer Timothy Dowling is next set to work on "Uptown Saturday Night," a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. As it stands, Denzel Washington and Will Smith are connected to the roles originated by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.
"Will Smith is producing it. He hired me to write it because he liked the script for 'This Mean's War.' He and Denzel Washington grew up loving the original," Dowling revealed in an exclusive interview with MTV News. "It’s been a fun one to write, I just turned it in. We’re all hoping it’s something [Washington] wants do."
Near the end of last year, Deadline reported that Ice Cube was moving forward with plans for a fourth "Friday" film. The rapper-turned-actor even tweeted out that a new film was in the works with New Line Cinema.
Ice Cube said that his intention was to bring back the original cast from the first film for the fourth, presumably including Chris Tucker, who had not appeared in the series since the initial film.
While down in Miami during NBA All-Star Weekend, MTV News caught up with Tucker and asked about the possibility of another "Friday" movie for the actor.
It's easy to see why the cast of "Star Trek 2" is thrilled to have Benedict Cumberbatch join their movies. The "Sherlock" star has made a splash onto the Hollywood scene this year in movies like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "War Horse," and his presence definitely helped improve both films.
"Star Trek" star Chris Pine recently told MTV News that he loves the "intensity" Cumberbatch brings to the "Star Trek 2" set, something he felt the Brit learned at acting school. So when MTV News caught up with Cumberbatch at Elton John's post-Oscars party, it seemed only fair to ask him about his classic training.
"Well, it's very sweet to say," Cumberbatch replied. "I actually did a year at drama school, so I'm not that trained; I'm not that classical, but I'm flattered."
Last week, we posted about some photos from the set of "Star Trek 2" showing Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto locked in some kind of struggle. Cumberbatch may be a villain or not; Quinto is almost certainly still Spock, unless the writers are going really weird with it. It was hard to tell what was going on, really.
But whoever leaked the photos hasn’t greatly endeared himself to director J.J. Abrams, who apparently wasn’t too happy according to Zoe Saldana. When we caught up with Uhura at the Independent Spirit Awards, she revealed the mood on set after the accidental reveal.
"J.J. was very upset," she said. "I have to say that. It's not going to stop people from intruding, but they are, and it's such a bummer because it only hurts them by stealing away the surprise."