Typically, it takes any article about "Divergent" a dozen words before the writer mentions "The Hunger Games"—but during MTV News' trip to the Chicago set of the dystopian YA adaptation, its star Shailene Woodley painted a picture of her character Tris that didn't sound anything like Katniss Everdeen.
"The interesting thing about Tris is — I don't think she's a badass," Woodley said. "She's not a superhero. She's not an action star, and I think that there is something really refreshing about bringing a very normal adolescent to life in a way where she has to rise to the occasion and find her brave heart and be really courageous in situations where she doesn't necessarily want to be."
"Divergent," based on the novel by Veronica Roth, tells a story set in the future, where society has suffered a significant blow due to a war and it now organizes itself by it personality traits.
The movie will have a big presence at San Diego Comic-Con this week, and MTV News will be there with the cast live. Our coverage kicks off tomorrow, and we will bring you every update from the geekiest gathering of the year.
When Michael Cera and Sebastian Silva get together, "Magic" happens. Twice.
The "Arrested Development" actor made not one but two movies this year with the Chilean filmmaker: "Crystal Fairy" and "Magic Magic." The former is a psychedelic tale of an American traveling through Chile in search of a legendary hallucinogen. The latter is a psychological thriller featuring Cera as a jerk who plays on an emotionally fragile Juno Temple.
With "Fairy" hitting theaters today after a buzzy debut at Sundance, MTV News had a hell of an excuse to put them both in the "Unedited" hot seat.
If you've ever seen an interview with "Pacific Rim" director Guillermo del Toro, you probably know that he's a super nice guy. Always enthusiastic, always cheerfully geeky, Guillermo is the best. But is there a dark side to the director?
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Ron Perlman and Charlie Day to talk about "Pacific Rim," he couldn't help but ask if del Toro ever lost his cool, nice guy vibe. Perlman, who has worked with del Toro on numerous occasions, said that he's like family, so they've seen all different sides of each other.
"Guillermo and I have seen each other at our best and at our worst. We still adore each other. It's like we're real family," Perlman said. "That's what happens in families. We're together so much in so many different circumstances that sometime it's just going to get stupid, and sometimes it's going to be sublime."
So even if Perlman wasn't willing to give us some dirt, Day saw some darkness and wasn't afraid to share.
So Kanye West really enjoyed "Pacific Rim." Like a lot. He liked it so much that he tweeted about it twice and called Guillermo del Toro "a master."
When MTV News spoke with director Guillermo del Toro and the cast of "Pacific Rim," we asked how they felt when they heard about Yeezy's review.
Del Toro gushed, saying that any time anyone connects with his work, that is a special feeling. "Anytime anyone likes my work, that really, really is very emotional for me because an artist not exactly a socially able person," he said. "We are dysfunctional, socially. We work for what we create. I work for my monsters. I work for my robots. To see people connect with them emotionally is a blessing."
"Pacific Rim" opens in theaters on Friday, July 12.
Starting tomorrow, you can see Johnny Depp playing a Native American man in a movie that is said to have cost $250 million. Casting across race is by no means a new concept—you can read about some of the worst examples over at Next Movie—but rarely is it seen on this scale.
When we spoke with Depp at the junket for "The Lone Ranger," he talked about playing Tonto with a respect to the culture that isn't seen that often in pop culture.
"It was something I felt a pretty intense passion for, for a long time. Just taking into consideration the way that Native Americans have been portrayed in old-school TV series as sidekicks or savages," Depp said. "I just thought it was a way to flip it completely on its head and an opportunity to send great respect and thanks to the Native Americans for all they've lived through and went through in their existence. I guess it was to portray the Native American with the integrity and dignity that they deserve."
In the last few years, Jason Statham has taken on a role similar to Dwayne Johnson in that if you add him to an existing franchise, things tend to get a little more interesting.
His appearance after the credits of "Fast and Furious 6" set up what is sure to be a can't-miss turn as the latest villain for the car action franchise. Statham was a little hesitant to talk "Fast 7" details when he sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, but he explained why his near-miss appearance in "Fast 6" didn't happen.
Throughout the storied, troubled production of "World War Z," Brad Pitt has stuck by the epic zombie takeover film, and now that the positive reviews are surfacing, it's beginning to seem like he had the right idea all along.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with Pitt in Times Square during an event for the film there, Pitt explained how his own paternal instincts mirror his chraracter's. "Always, I mean, always. It's a papa bear — it's just instinctual," Pitt said. "It kicks in. It's kind of amazing how that happens, but comforting."
Pitt spoke passionately about the film, having had to weather scrutiny from the media before the film even screened. "It's just big and fun, and this is the most intense thing you're going to see all year," he said. "It's the most intense thing I've done. We're really thrilled by it."
"World War Z" opens in theaters tomorrow, June 21.
Any movie that features vampires and wants to be taken seriously, as a rule, will face comparisons to the throngs of blooding sucking fiction and films that came in the wake of "Twilight."
For Gemma Arterton, whose new movie "Byzantium" is about a vampire mother-daughter duo from acclaimed director Neil Jordan, there are perks and drawbacks to belonging to that trendy club, as she explained to MTV News' Josh Horowitz during a recent visit to the newsroom.
"Actually, it's kind of a double-edged sword because they're marketing it as a vampire movie because there is a market for that," Arterton said. "It's much more human in a way. It's actually about mother and daughter and what it's like to be 200 years-old with your mother or daughter. It's much more of a traditional vampire story in many senses."
The trailers for "This Is The End" don't really downplay the fact that a lot of celebrities show up on screen as skewed versions of themselves. But the trailers don't show you every celebrity that shows up to hang out with Seth, James, Jonah, Danny, and Jay.
Co-writer/co-diector Seth Rogen stopped by MTV News' Josh Horowitz's office to talk about one of the biggest surprises of his apocalypse comedy, "This Is The End."
You should know that the video discusses SPOILERS pretty much exclusively, so you should not watch the interview unless you've seen "This Is The End," which is something you should definitely do.
"This Is The End" is now in theaters.
Between 1971 and 1983, at least 17 women died at the hands of serial killer Robert Hansen — currently serving a 461-year term in an Alaskan prison for his crimes. It's a chilling story, to be sure, one being brought to the big-screen by writer/director Scott Walker.
"The Frozen Ground" stars Nicolas Cage as a dogged trooper intent on proving Hansen's (John Cusack) guilt with the help of the only living victim Cindy (Vanessa Hudgens). A trailer for the film hit the internet earlier this week, and as Walker made plain to MTV News, this isn't just another serial killer film.