FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH
Call us YA rookies, but "The Mortal Instruments" is fairly new to us and our knowledge of teen paranormal romance. We expected to see young, beautiful heroes brooding and battling supernatural evil, but the pantlessness comes as a bit of a surprise.
That's what MTV News' Josh Horowitz found on the set of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" when he spoke with Godfrey Gao, the actor playing Magnus Bane. As it turns out, Gao was more surprised by the cold than the lack of pants.
"At first, I was like, 'All right, I thought this party was going to be an indoor mansion with a lot of lights and chandeliers like you see in back.' Turns out, it's outside, and it's actually, I think, 11 degrees Celsius [51 degrees Fahrenheit], so I'm just hanging out with my boxers on and everyone sees ... I have great legs."
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" opens on August 23.
by Ryan Rigley
Mark Strong is a man of many talents; chief among those talents being his uncanny ability to portray larger than life movie villains. He's already played dozens of memorable antagonists (in such films as "Green Lantern," "Sherlock Holmes," "Kick-Ass" and "Body of Lies") but never before has the British-born actor taken on a role quite as challenging as Sultan Amar in Jean-Jacques Annaud's latest film, "Day of the Falcon."
"I think it was just a fantastic story," Strong tells MTV News of reading the "Day of the Falcon" script for the first time. "I remember reading it on a beautiful sunny day looking out over the sea at Cannes and it was an incredibly atmospheric place to sit down and read a script. The script itself was just this beautiful, epic story. I just got carried away with it really."
Hercules just seems like a role that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was born to play, and he'd probably agree with that sentiment.
When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with the professional wrestler-turned-actor about his new film, "Snitch," the subject of his upcoming projects, including the recently confirmed, Brett Ratner-directed "Hercules," came up in conversation.
Johnson spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of the film, which is what he'll film next. "We have some movies getting ready to come out, but the next shoot, I'm really excited about, a passion project I've had now on my mind ever since I got into Hollywood, over 15 years now, 'Hercules.' I can't wait," he said. "We're going to shoot that in Croatia and Budapest. I've been preparing for this role now for the good part of a year."
By Scott Neumyer
Although 19-years-old, Ezra Miller has been acting for several years, the young actor really made his name playing the titular character in Lynne Ramsay's horrifying and excellent 2011 drama "We Need To Talk About Kevin."
Last year, Miller took on one of YA literature's most beloved characters when he signed on to play the part of Patrick in Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own blockbuster book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (out on Blu-ray and DVD now). Hailed by critics as one of 2012's best films and certainly the most authentic and heartfelt teen films in many years, "Perks" is a beautiful and poignant coming of age tale starring Miller, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, and Emma Watson.
MTV recently spoke with Miller to discuss bonding with his fellow cast members, the terrifying prospect of messing up the adaptation, and feeling infinite.
As much as we loved last year's animated hit, "Wreck-It Ralph," and the world Disney built for it, the movie leaves with you a longing to travel to the other games in the arcade. What else is out there?
To celebrate the home video of "Wreck-It Ralph," we get you give you a small answer to that question. Included on the deleted scenes from the film is an entirely new game world, "Extreme Easy Living 2," where a very different-looking Ralph travels to a social, "Sims"-like game in an earlier version of the movie during a low-point in his adventures.
The filmmakers eventually cut the game from the movie, but some previz work is included on the Blu-ray and DVD.
You can watch the scene above, and after the jump, we spoke with director Rich Moore about "Extreme Easy Living 2," what led to it being cut, and whether it might end up in a sequel.
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!