These days, you might know AMC best for housing "The Walking Dead." A fantastic show to be sure, but you're missing out on another colossal television effort if you're not watching the network's "Mad Men." The Jon Hamm-starring drama weaves a carefully crafted story dealing with deception, racism, struggling businesses and other strong topics that are just as compelling today as they were during the show's 1960s setting.
After four strong seasons on television, it's not unreasonable to wonder whether or not "Mad Men" could take the leap from the small screen to the big one. During a recent press junket for "The Adjustment Bureau," we spoke with man-child accounts man Roger Sterling himself – actor John Slattery – about the possibility of a "Mad Men" movie, and he seemed game for the idea.
"Yeah, I mean, sure," he said when asked if he could envision such a film. But the possibility of a "Mad Men" movie isn't what interests Slattery the most – for the actor, he's simply impressed with series creator Matthew Weiner's seemingly endless ability to create stories set in the "Mad Men" universe.
It's funny that we mused on the idea of vampires versus aliens earlier today, because "I Am Number Four" co-writer Marti Noxon is familiar with both.
In addition to contributing to the story of the Alex Pettyfer-starring sci-fi flick, Noxon was a regular presence on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the Joss Whedon-headed television series that kicked fang and staked names for several seasons, and continues to do so as a Dark Horse comic book series.
Even though Noxon's days on the "Buffy" front are over, the franchise itself is far from finished. A Whedon-less reboot is on the way from writer Whit Anderson, and from Noxon's perspective, it's hard to imagine anyone standing in the revered vampire slayer's shadow without Whedon's direct involvement.
With numerous vampire-centric franchises currently existing in the film and television worlds—yes, we're looking at you "Twilight," "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries"—there's an understandable amount of in-fighting between fans of these different properties, every one of them arguing in favor of their brand of choice.
But with so much time spent on the struggle within the vampire community, perhaps fans are overlooking a greater threat—a threat that comes from outer space.
We're talking, of course, about aliens. They're not bug-eyed and green-skinned, but the aliens you'll see in "I Am Number Four," arriving in theaters today, are no less dangerous—and they're certainly no less sexy than some of your favorite bloodsucking vamps. Indeed, the arrival of "I Am Number Four" already had our friends at Hollywood Crush asking if Alex Pettyfer is the new Robert Pattinson, and now we're curious... could aliens become pop culture's new vampires?
As any devout fan of "The Office" already knows, comedy heavyweight Will Ferrell is set to spend four cushy episodes with Dunder Mifflin's merry band of misfits, as a special kind of send-off for star Steve Carell's big departure.
MTV News already established the fact that the cast is super excited for Ferrell's visit, but when I caught up with Jenna Fischer during the press day for her upcoming comedy "Hall Pass," I had to find out what Ferrell's been up to on their set.
Sweeney Todd. Ichabod Crane. Willy Wonka. Make no mistake about it, Johnny Depp is used to thriving in the shadows of established, beloved characters. But even though the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor has brought his own unique take to these well-known roles, he's approaching his latest shadow, Barnabas Collins, with a bit of caution.
When Depp begins shooting "Dark Shadows" with director Tim Burton this spring, he'll be forced to tackle the same role played so famously and expertly by Jonathan Frid on the 1960s gothic soap. Those are big shoes to fill, and Depp knows it – in fact, he's planning on skewing quite closely to what worked so well with Frid's performance.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is going to be the best "Transformers" movie yet. At least, that's what the folks involved with the production have repeatedly promised. Shia LaBeouf has declared that the third outing will make up for "Revenge of the Fallen," while Michael Bay has also acknowledged the need to craft an epic film in "Dark of the Moon."
Now, add another "Transformers" participant to the chorus of cast and crew members championing the quality of "Dark of the Moon." Speaking with MTV News at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Tyrese Gibson declared without hesitation: "This is the biggest and best 'Transformers' movie of all of them."
There's a lot of deserved excitement over "Prometheus," Ridley Scott's glorious return to the science fiction genre. But there's some confusion as well: what started out as an "Alien" prequel morphed into what Scott has described as an "original story." So, should we take that to mean there's no longer any connection between "Prometheus" and the "Alien" franchise?
No, we shouldn't. According to leading man Michael Fassbender, "Prometheus" is absolutely connected to "Alien."
"Oh, absolutely. There's a definite connecting vein," Fassbender told MTV News when asked pointblank whether or not "Prometheus" and "Alien" are connected. "You realize you're part of something else, but it's definitely in keeping with the old ones."
Optimus Prime once uttered the words: "All we need now is a little energon and a lot of luck." Megatron's retort -- "More than you can imagine, Optimus Prime" -- more than applies to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Michael Bay's third and final installment in the robot-smashing trilogy.
Now, luck isn't required when it comes to the commercial side of things; based on the box office performances of the past two "Transformers" movies, there's little doubt that "Dark of the Moon" is going to be huge. But not everyone was satisfied with the creative side of "Revenge of the Fallen," least of all Bay himself -- and the director knows just how important it is to get it right for his final round in the "Transformers" series.
"I think it takes a while to get it right," Bay told MTV News about the creative process on the third "Transformers" film. "We did not want the third one to suck. We worked extra hard."
Once he's finished with "Red State" and "Hit Somebody," Kevin Smith intends to retire as a film director. But that doesn't mean his days as a storyteller are over. Having already oscillated between the film and comic book mediums at multiple points throughout his career, Smith says there's another place where his stories could exist: television.
"Someone asked me on Twitter about 'Clerks 3,' and I said I'd rather live 'Clerks 3' than make 'Clerks 3.' But when somebody asked me, 'What if you do have a Dante and Randal story to tell in your 40s and 50s?' I'll go to TV!" Smith told MTV News during our interview with him earlier this week. "At the end of the day, when I started in film, you couldn't do the things we were doing and saying [on television]. Now, you can."
It's sad but true, folks: Kevin Smith is leaving the game once he's finished with "Hit Somebody."
At the very least, the hockey film will be Smith's last turn as a director, according to the filmmaker himself. Smith reaffirmed his decision to stop directing movies after "Hit Somebody" during his appearance on MTV News earlier this week, and his reasoning is certainly solid: according to Smith, this is going to be the movie that sums up his entire career.
"This is going to sum it all up, everything I've done," he explained. "I'll try and put everyone who's worked with us over the years in the flick."
So, just who is everyone? To quote Gary Oldman… everyone!