Considering "Grown Ups" was the highest-grossing film Adam Sandler has ever been a part of, it doesn't come as too much of a surprise to hear that he has been hard at work trying to bring the gang back together for a follow-up. The film starred a collection of Sandler's friends including Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, and went on to resonate strongly with audiences.
News broke earlier this month that "Grown Ups 2" has allegedly carved out a July 12, 2013 release date with original writer Fred Wolf in negotiations to pen a screenplay. MTV News caught up with Rock while he was at Sundance promoting his film "2 Days in New York," and he confirmed that he definitely has heard from Sandler about making another movie together. He just doesn't know if it will be "Grown Ups 2," or something different.
In MTV News' recent visit to the set of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," we learned that the movie will be anything but a traditional look back at the life of our 16th president. Most biopics about Lincoln don't involve Honest Abe utilizing his own custom form of axe-centered martial arts.
"It's a very unique take," Mary Elizabeth Winstead told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival, in what may be the biggest understatement in movies this year.
We caught up with Winstead, who was in Park City for her new movie "Smashed," to talk about playing the woman behind the presidential undead killer, Mary Todd Lincoln. Unfortunately for the actress, her role as Mary Todd doesn't involve much axe-throwing.
A glimpse inside the mind of "Charles Swan" will yield some interesting results. You'll hear a lot about tiger blood, undoubtedly. And if you run into Bill Murray, you might walk away pregnant.
Aubrey Plaza, recently at Sundance for her time-travel comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed," spoke with MTV News this week about starring opposite Murray and Charlie Sheen in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," an experience she clearly enjoyed... perhaps a little bit too much.
"I did actually," Plaza deadpanned when asked if she got an authentic "Bill Murray experience" on the "Charles Swan" set. "We had an experience that in nine months, the world will be a part of."
Demi Moore's exit from "Lovelace" has given a lot of attention to the currently filming biopic of the "Deep Throat" star. But there are more than one Linda Lovelace films in development at the moment. There's also the Malin Akerman starring "Inferno" to consider -- though much like the fiery title, Akerman believes it's time to light a "fire under" the project, or walk away entirely.
"Either we have to do it now, or we have to let it go," she told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival. "That's one of the potentials that might be happening within the next month or two. We'll see."
Akerman thinks that both "Inferno" and "Lovelace" can coexist, however, due to tremendous differences between the movies.
Elvis versus aliens. If that doesn't sound awesome to you, then you and I are not living on the same planet.
Though "Bubba Ho-Tep" director Don Coscarelli and actor Paul Giamatti have long been planning on putting rock icon Elvis Presley up against a pack of blood-thirsty vampires in "Bubba Nosferatu," it now appears that their scheme has gotten bigger -- franchise-sized big, in fact, including a detour to New Mexico.
"Oh, we have all kinds of plans for a 'Bubba' franchise," Giamatti told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival, appearing alongside Coscarelli to support their new movie "John Dies at the End." "We've been thinking 'Bubba Roswell,' is what we've been thinking."
Director Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" isn't all it appears to be. The religiously-charged drama about an Atlanta boy sent to spend the summer with his Brooklyn-based estranged grandfather, a preacher, has a dark secret at its core, one that Lee intends to "keep on lock."
"Everything is evolution," the celebrated New York filmmaker told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival about his movie's origins. "I don't know anyone who the first time they sit down to talk has [a story] mapped out from beginning, middle and end. It was the evolution of a germ of an idea and we kept building layer upon layer upon layer."
Where did that germ of an idea come from, you ask? Believe it or not, the answer is none other than horror novelist Stephen King, at least in part.
Like the cast members of "Arrested Development," anyone and everyone that's ever been associated with the short-lived cult comedy series "Party Down" inevitably find themselves fielding the same question: when's the movie coming out?
Of course, a "Party Down" movie isn't guaranteed, but cast members Lizzy Caplan and Megan Mullally both told MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival that progress has been made on bringing the canceled series to the big screen.
"I think they're almost done with the script," said Caplan. "And I have no doubt that it'll be fairly close to flawless. We'll just move forward very quickly and hopefully be able to shoot something this year."
Boots, sunglasses, snow, pizza tacos… oh, and some movies to boot. Really, can more be asked from the Sundance Film Festival?
The answer is most assuredly "yes" if you ask certain attendees, but put the question to your fearless MTV Movies Blog editor and you'll find a different response. See, the Park City festival has more than lived up to every expectation of the MTV Movies team, from swag to screenings. We've had a fantastic time, but as with all good things, our journey is finally coming to a close.
But before we take our final bow, let's take a look around ourselves and size up our last moments at Sundance.
Aaron Paul is no stranger to playing second fiddle to badass bald dudes. If you haven't seen him work his magic as meth cook apprentice Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad," you're seriously missing out. He can cook, he can shoot, and he can call you "bitch" better than most.
It's all of these reasons (and more) that we were so pumped to hear Paul's name in the mix for "A Good Day to Die Hard," the upcoming fifth entry in the Bruce Willis-starring "Die Hard" franchise. According to reports, Paul is one of a small handful of actors being considered for the role of John McClane's son, all grown up now and ready to kick terrorist tail alongside his pops.
We spoke with Paul at the Sundance Film Festival and asked him about the "Die Hard" rumors, though like a true McClane, he wouldn't buckle under our pressure.
"I mean, who knows," he said, suddenly growing very cagey. "There are so many rumors out there, you know?"
Murderous hotels, bowel-born aliens, dimension-hopping gunslingers… when you think about all of those things, Stephen King's latest crazy idea — sending a man back through time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy — doesn't seem too out there.
Nevertheless, King's recent novel "11.22.63" is the latest of the author's many works to undergo the film adaptation treatment. King, already having had his books taken to the screen by the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Frank Darabont, will next team with director Jonathan Demme for the live-action take on "11.22.63," and the filmmaker himself is already knee-deep in the writing stage.
"I'm adapting Stephen King's book," Demme told MTV News in Park City, UT over the weekend, where he was promoting the Slamdance debut of his "Neil Young Journeys" documentary. "I'm on the screenplay for it right now."