"Prince Avalanche," the new movie from director David Gordon Green and starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, is not like any other film out this summer. First of all, two characters take up most of the screen time, and they spent the movie painting stripes on a burnt out highway in central Texas. Yet "Prince Avalanche" is one of the funniest and oddly fascinating movies of the year.
When MTV News sat down with Hirsch to discuss the movie, he revealed that the "project," as Green called it originally, came together in an appropriate unique fashion.
"I was working on a script of my own that I was thinking about trying to make micro-budget style, so I called David, and I asked him a couple of questions about it," Hirsch said. "I hadn't talked to David for years. I've known David for eight years. David calls me back the next day and says, 'Hey, by the way, I'm just putting together this random movie at the last minute.' He didn't even call it a movie. He said 'random project.' He goes, 'Would you maybe want to do it?' "
In just a few weeks, fans of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" will find out if Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower have what it takes to recreate the chemistry of Clary and Jace from the beloved YA book.
The two young actors seemed to have hit it off, but when they first met, as they recalled to MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con, the chemistry was anything but electric.
Read more after the jump!
Tom Hiddleston might be best known for playing the villainous Loki in "The Avengers," but he's taking on an even better known bad guy for an upcoming animated movie.
At D23, the creators of "Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy" revealed that Hiddleston's role in the movie is none other than Captain James Hook, the one-handed scourge of Neverland and arch-nemesis of Peter Pan, and he spoke with MTV News about taking on the role after watching the character and his many iterations for his entire life.
"Yeah, I've been watching them all. I watched the old 'Peter Pan.' I even remember Dustin Hoffman play it in 'Hook,' " Hiddleston said. "I actually saw Sir Ian McKellen play Captain Hook at the National Theatre in London ages ago when I was a child, so I feel like Hook has been in my psyche for a while."
"Prince Avalanche," the new movie from writer-director David Gordon Green, follows two road workers, played by Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, as they repaint a strip of highway after a forest fire ravaged the area. It's a small, quirky comedy that gives Rudd a lot of time to be alone on camera in the wilderness.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Rudd to talk about "Prince Avalanche," the actor said that he doesn't mind being by himself and that — if he's being completely honest — he wishes he had more.
To do what, you might ask?
Frankly, you probably shouldn't ask because that just gives Rudd the opportunity to start talking about his Shake Weight routines... at least that's what we think he's talking about.
"Prince Avalanche" opens in limited release on August 9.
In just three movies, director Jeff Nichols has established himself as one of the most interesting American voices working in film today. His first two films, "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter," won over art house crowds with their quiet ferociousness, and his newest movie "Mud" (which hit Blu-ray this week) just became the biggest indie movie of the year.
For this next project, Nichols is once again working with his frequent collaborator, actor Michael Shannon, but the project is something all-together new for the writer-director. "Midnight Special," a sci-fi chase film inspired by John Carpenter's movies, is Nichols' first studio film, but as we learned during an interview with him, it will still pack the same emotional punch that made his first three movies so memorable.
The summer movies that usually grab people's attentions are the ones with monsters, robots, and monsters fighting robots. Those films go onto make hundreds of millions of dollars, but one small movie this summer made big waves by doing considerably less business.
"Mud," the third film from "Take Shelter" writer-director Jeff Nichols, made a little over $21 million this summer with a strategic release schedule and became the highest grossing independent movie of the year so far.
The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, just hit Blu-ray and DVD today (You can watch an exclusive from the disc above!), so we got on the phone with Nichols to talk about how the release went and what's up next for him.
When it was announced that a follow-up to last summer's hit comedy "21 Jump Street," starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, would be called "22 Jump Street," a lot of people assumed that the team behind the movie was just having some fun, but as directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller explained at San Diego Comic-Con, the title has some real meaning for the new story.
"[The undercover program] moves across the street," Lord said. "They got more money for the Jump Street program, and they could have an even cooler office with flat screens. It's a different abandoned church, across the street from the first abandoned church, but way nicer."
Click past the jump to learn more about the sequel, including whether we'll see another cameo on the scale of the Johnny Depp surprise.
Back in the pre-J.J. Abrams days of "Star Wars: Episode VII" rumors, there was a small item floating around that when Matthew Vaughn was up for the job, according to /Film, he pitched a female-centric story with "Kick-Ass 2" star Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead.
That talk went away after Lucasfilm gave another go at getting Abrams to direct, but when MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Moretz, he had to ask if there was still any truth to those rumors. While she carefully dodged the tougher questions by admitting that she's "interested," there still does seem to be some potential.
"I mean, obviously there's interest. It's 'Star Wars.' I'd kill to be a part of that franchise, but I don't know," she said. "J.J., I'll give you my phone number. You can text me."
Kit Harington is sure to be one of the biggest breakout stars from "Game of Thrones," considering the popularity of his character Jon Snow, and for his first foray into big-budget action, he's traveling to a fantasy world of a different kind.
"The Seventh Son" throws him into a much more fantastical adventure with significantly less violence and nudity, but a great deal more Jeff Bridges.
The cast stopped by MTV's Comic-Con Live to talk about their upcoming adventure film, and Harington talked about how his two fantasy roles compare and why he considers himself lucky as an actor.
"I've been really lucky in this, that it was a practical set. They minimized the amount of green screen quite heavily, so we had these incredibly big, huge scale sets, and it's the same on 'Game of Thrones,' " he said. "I've actually worked in a very practical way with stunts and things. It was the same on ['Seventh Son']. I'm lucky in that way. It was fun for that reason."
"The Seventh Son" opens on January 17, 2014.
To put it simply: we're really freaking excited for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Fox got a great director, Matt Reeves, to step in for Rupert Wyatt, and as we see in the first image of Caesar from the sequel, this is a different ape than the one we last saw in "Rise."
Plus, he rides a horse.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Reeves and his stars, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, and Andy Serkis, who plays Caesar, at San Diego Comic-Con, a big question was whether the hyper-intelligent chimp would still be a sympathetic character in the eyes of the audience, or whether the power had gone to his head.
Reeves' answer was thorough to say the least. Find out what he said after the jump!