By Scott Neumyer
It took nearly ten difficult years for screenwriter John Gatins' story of an alcoholic pilot who pulls off an impossible move to save the lives of many of his passengers but comes under scrutiny for his personal life to achieve lift off. But one phone call from Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and the support of director Robert Zemeckis finally helped get "Flight" (out on Blu-ray and DVD February 5) off the ground.
An incredibly human story about addiction, wrapped inside a miraculous action set piece, the film features a great performance from Washington, a hilarious John Goodman, and Gatins' own Oscar-nominated screenplay.
MTV News recently spoke with Gatins to discuss the transition from acting to screenwriting, his upcoming films, and the pressure of a writer's acceptance speech.
Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that it was Daniel Craig's salary demands that have held up production on a sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Since the first film didn't fare as well as hoped, corners would have to be cut for the characters of Steig Larsson's popular novels to appear on screen again stateside.
But when MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Rooney Mara on the red carpet for Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects," she was quick to dismiss the talk as baseless rumors.
"I've been talking a lot with ['Dragon Tattoo' director David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don't know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility," Mara said. "He wouldn't be written out."
With the creators of "Dragon Tattoo" remaining cagey on what might happen with "The Girl Who Played With Fire," we'll have to wait and see what becomes of Craig and the series.
By Ade Mangum
The political drama "House of Cards," a remake of a British miniseries, makes its big premiere today. What network is it on? Well, it's not really on television. In the vein of pop classic "Video Killed the Radio Star," executive producer David Fincher and actor Kevin Spacey are attempting to, in a sense, "kill" the television medium.
"House of Cards" has cut out the middle man and partnered with the top internet video streaming company, Netflix. We got that, but what day will each new episode be released? Umm, today. Netflix has decided to put all of its "Cards" on the table at once. They are releasing the 13 episode series simultaneous, giving the viewer the option of watching it on their own schedule.
At the red carpet premiere for the series, actress Kristen Connolly says that the format is "reflective of the way people watch TV now."
At this year's Sundance Film Festival, one of the movies that won over just about anyone who saw it was the teen drama starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, "The Spectacular Now."
MTV News' Josh Horowitz caught up with Teller and Woodley, who both won acting awards at the fest, and their co-star Brie Larson, plus director James Ponsoldt to talk about what separates their coming-of-age story from every other teen movie that hits the markets.
Woodley's answer was short and to the point. "The sex scenes, I'm sorry."
As the "Expendables" franchise continues to add action icons to its line-up, the question of who will join next becomes more and more intriguing. There have been some rumors floating around about who could join "Expendables 3" and Jackie Chan supposedly wants in, but MTV News felt the need to set the record straight about who's in and who's out. So we went to leader of the gang, Sylvester Stallone at the red carpet premiere of his newest film "Bullet to the Head," to get the definitive word.
His answer was surprising to say the least.
"Maybe President Clinton wants to be in it," Stallone said before walking away. "You think I'm joking, right?"
Watch our full interview after the jump!
One of the first things that may pop into your head while watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance in his directorial debut and Sundance darling "Don Jon's Addiction" is "Jersey Shore."
But when MTV News' Josh Horowitz asked about the connection to the recently concluded reality show, the "Dark Knight Rises" star pleaded ignorance.
"I had never seen Jersey Shore when I wrote it, and when I became aware of the similarities, I did watch it. Sorry, I could only get through one of them," Gordon-Levitt said. "That archetype goes back way further than 'Jersey Shore,' whether you're talking about 'Rocky' or 'Saturday Night Fever,' or Tough Tony."
At this year's Sundance Film Festival, Dane DeHaan wasn't the only "Chronicle" alum to make a big impression with the critics in Park City, Utah. His co-star and former "Friday Night Lights" star Michael B. Jordan led his Sundance entry "Fruitvale" to wins in both the Grand Jury and Audience prizes at the festival.
"Fruitvale" tells the tragic true story of a young Bay Area man whose life is cut short when he's shot by a transit police officer. The incident set off a string of controversies, calling the true nature of the shooting into question.
What Jordan attempted to do with his role as Oscar Grant in "Fruitvale" was to honor his family and the memory of the man who got lost in the controversy.
In Daniel Radcliffe's post-Potter career of interesting role choices, "Horns" stands out particularly as the most bizarre. Your average movie tends not to include a main character who spouts horns after his girlfriend's mysterious death, and when we spoke with Radcliffe at Sundance, he wasn't after to admit his own confusion when it comes to the Alexandre Aja film.
"A few weeks after we finished I woke up one morning thinking, 'What was that? What was that film I just did?'" Radcliffe said. "It's so crazy. I feel like I have less concept of what it's going to be now than when I first started, which is bizarre, but it's very exciting."
But is "Horns" really that? From how Radcliffe describes, his new head ornaments are just the start of the craziness. "I got to have burn make-up on, and then I got to come out of the Pacific Ocean after having been burned alive and drowned—and I survived that," he said, "because I'm a boss."
How right you are, Dan Rad!
"Horns" is expected to hit sometime this year.
By Scott Neumyer
Say what you will about the "Paranormal Activity" series, but there's absolutely no denying that director, writer, producer, and creator of the franchise Oren Peli not only crafted one of the most lucrative horror film series in recent memory, but he also helped paved the way for the found-footage phenomenon that currently graces the silver screen a few times every year. The franchise's latest film, "Paranormal Activity 4" (out on Blu-ray and DVD today) takes the terrifying series in a new direction and provides a fresh take on what could easily have become a stale plate of sequels.
MTV recently sat down with Peli to discuss the "Paranormal Activity" series, his rigorous casting process, and the director's favorite horror movies.
The end of the world isn't a laughing matter until you gather the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson at James Franco's house and watch them try to make the best of the end of days.
MTV News' Josh Horowitz was lucky enough to make a trip down to the New Orleans set of "This Is the End" and talk with the stars about playing skewed versions of themselves.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the visit to the set of "This Is the End" is Danny McBride's level of preparedness. Did you hear what he said? He's been getting ready for the end of the world since the day he was born.
"This Is the End" opens in theaters on June 14.