Ralph Fiennes has long been known for his portrayals of pure evil. With a Nazi, the darkest wizard of our time and literally the lord of the underworld in "Wrath of the Titans," Fiennes has certainly carved out a niche for himself, but for his mysterious role in the upcoming James Bond film, "Skyfall," he might be saying goodbye to the baddie roles for a while.
We spoke with a bearded Fiennes while he was promoting "Wrath of the Titans," and he very briefly shed some light on his character, the vaguely described "government agent."
"I don't think that qualifies as a villain," Fiennes said. "I think that my villain days are coming to an end, I think."
There are a lot of interesting talking points surrounding the release of "Battleship," Peter Berg's alien/military adventure on the high seas: The very easy-on-the-eyes cast consisting of Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker, the fact that the film was inspired by Hasbro's classic board game, and those action-packed trailers.
Those of us who are quick to categorize the potential summer blockbuster have made comparisons to that of another successful film with alien and military ties, which Berg playfully dismissed during our recent encounter with him and Decker at WonderCon and joked that the entire movie is just one long game of Battleship. Strip Battleship.
"That’s what the movie is, just naked Battleship," Decker said.
"Who would you rather see, Brooklyn and Rihanna or Taylor and Alex Skarsgard?" Berg asked us about which two cast members we'd prefer to watch square off, for which we had no good answer to be honest, because clearly both options would be great.
"Should we make it an option for both?" Decker suggested. "Let’s do both. We just have to get them to do it. I think Kitsch is in."
The zombie and "Resident Evil" video game fans out there probably love a lot of things about the film adaptations. Me, I like watching franchise leading lady Milla Jovovich be a total badass and kick zombie butt all over the place. If ever there were a woman to inspire one to get thyself to the gym, she is it.
Jovovich's latest zombie-killing endeavor as apocalypse survivor Alice is "Resident Evil: Retribution," which looks to be finally shedding some light on that sneaky Umbrella Corporation, based on what we've seen in the trailer. When we caught up with the action star at WonderCon recently, she teased a bit more of the film's plotline, as well as some new weapons we'll see her wield when the film opens September 14.
As far as 2012's action movie offerings go, it's going to be very difficult to top "The Raid: Redemption," in theaters this Friday (March 23). No, there are no girls on fire, no mockingjay pins, no love triangles. But what "The Raid" has that its weekend rival "Hunger Games" does not, solid though it may be, is Silat. And that makes all the difference.
Silat, a form of Indonesian martial arts, is front and center all throughout "The Raid," directed by Gareth Evans. In the film, an elite team storms a crime-ridden apartment building to take out the seemingly untouchable crime boss Tama. But when a twist of fate alerts the building's criminals to the police squad's presence, all hell breaks loose, and the surviving cops go up against round after endless round of cracked-out bad guys in an all-out battle for their lives.
In "Intruders," director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo explores the ideas of fear and losing control. For his next film — potentially his next film, I should say — he'll dive into another form of horror: the possibility of living forever.
Immortality sounds glamorous to most, sure, but not to Fresnadillo — not in his vision of "Highlander," at least. The "28 Weeks Later" filmmaker is set to pick up the sword and bring "Highlander" back to the big screen for Summit Entertainment, and in his mind, it's the difficulties of everlasting life that's most interesting about the fantasy franchise.
"The idea about immortality as a curse, you know?" Fresnadillo answered when MTV News asked him about his attraction to "Highlander." "Immortality is a very difficult time in your life, if you become an immortal. If you think about that, it's impossible to be in love with anyone — you're growing, you're getting old, as a human, but not as an immortal. I think immortality could be a very lonely feeling [worth exploring]."
Rachel Weisz may have steered clear of the kind of bigger films, like "The Mummy" movies, that made her a star in recent years, but the next year will find her back in a big way.
As the female lead in "The Bourne Legacy" opposite Jeremy Renner and one of three witches flying about Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," out next year, the Academy Award winner should have plenty of time back in the spotlight for 2012 and 2013.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Weisz to chat about her upcoming projects, secret powers and the unexpected physical aspect of starring in a "Bourne" movie.
It was a bit of a bummer when Jason Segel announced that he wasn't planning on reprising his role as actor and co-writer in "The Muppets 2." The "Jeff, Who Lives At Home" star played an integral role in returning "The Muppets" to the big screen, so needless to say his costars were a bit disappointed when they heard he wouldn't be coming back.
MTV News recently had the opportunity to sit down with Muppets Kermit the Frog and Walter to promote the DVD release of the film, and they shared their thoughts on Segel's decision to pass the keys off to someone else for "The Muppets" sequel.
"Well, as long as he passes the keys," Kermit joked. "We loved working with Jason. He's a very huge Muppet fan. Literally. He's like seven feet tall."
Sometimes, as Rachel Weisz explains, there's nothing sexier than two people staring at each other from across the room.
Weisz's new movie, "The Deep Blue Sea," (no, not that "Deep Blue Sea") has lingering glances and sexual tension in spades, but when it comes to selling a small movie, especially a foreign one, it takes a little special attention.
MTV News spoke with Weisz about the upcoming romance film and how a close-up can make all the difference.
One of the biggest problems with contained horror movies, like "Buried" and "Phone Booth," can be that they're just that: contained. Stephen Dorff's new movie, "Brake," looks to solve that problem with a little help from a speeding car.
In the film, Dorff plays a government agent who finds himself trapped inside a Plexiglas coffin, but unlike "Buried," the box isn't underground. It's in the trunk of a car.
The unique premise meant Dorff leaving his comfort zone on more than one level. "This film was kind of more of an experiment for me. We made the movie in ten and a half days, which I didn't think was possible," he said. "For me, this was kind of my secret film that I didn't announce to anybody — even my agents — that I was making. I told my lawyer, so he made a deal for me."
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo brings new meaning to the term "nightmare fuel" in "Intruders," his latest thriller about two young children being terrorized by a hooded humanoid creature without a face — appropriately dubbed Hollow Face — with one man, played by Clive Owen, to link them all together.
"Intruders," a fascinating examination of the power of fear and the consequences of losing control, was a deeply personal film for Fresnadillo, who looked inward before bringing the horror out to the big screen.
"I was trying to explore the idea there are some fears, some nightmares, that come from a very personal and human side," the filmmaker told MTV News about the film's origin. "To know how the family, sometimes, they create nightmares in a very unconscious way. The beginning of that nightmare comes from the people you really love, when you're a kid."