Despite what you may have learned from the "Hangover" films, endless nights of drunken debauchery don't always result in hilarious misadventures. In fact, the results can quite often be very tragic and very dangerous, as is the case in the Sundance Film Festival drama "Wish You Were Here," starring Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer.
"It's [about] four people going to Cambodia on a holiday. Three of them come home," Edgerton told MTV News about the film's premise. "The film is told in Sydney in forward time, then you're going backwards to pick up traces and flashes of evidence of what really went down."
You might think “Arbitrage” is a staid affair, one more film about financial shenanigans in a long line of them — each one about men with expensive suits and bankrupt morals, about buying low and selling high, about the money, money, money.
Well, it is about all those things. But as Richard Gere put it to MTV News before the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s also about “the cocaine rush” of success. He’s not kidding. Gere plays Robert Miller, a billionaire hedge fund manager who seemingly has the perfect life, the perfect family, even the perfect mistress. That is, until he turns 60 and the fact that he’s been running a massively fraudulent empire is about to be exposed.
If this all sounds a bit familiar, that’s no mistake. “You just need to know Bernie Madoff and Teddy Kennedy,” Gere said. “That's all you need to know.”
“He's never had any failures,” he added. “It's all success. It's all adrenaline, cocaine rush of success.”
For a good time, check out the Sundance Film Festival release of "For A Good Time, Call…," the new comedy from co-writers Lauren Miller and Katie Anne Naylon. Miller stars in director Jamie Travis' feature as a woman forced to move in with her worst enemy from college, Katie (Ari Graynor), when her personal life falls into a rut. The two find some very unexpected common ground in the form of a telecommuting gig that has a lot more to do with moaning than talking.
The movie premiered to big laughs and high praise at Sundance on Sunday (January 22), and to keep the "Good" momentum going, we've got an exclusive clip for your viewing pleasure!
The clip features Lauren giving Katie a master class in "rape prevention." We won't spoil the whole thing for you, but here's one tip: if you don't have any mace handy, a huge-ass bottle of bug spray will do the trick.
The Sundance Film Festival is about, as the name implies, films. But there's another secret agenda at the heart of the Park City weeks-long event: swaaaag, man!
If you've been keeping up with the MTV Movies team's escapades in our Sundance Today blogs, then you know that yours truly has been having some difficult time walking bootless through the snowy slush of Utah. That is no longer the case. I've got my Sorel-branded boots tied tight, some sunglasses from the lovely folks at Solstice Sunglass Boutique shielding my eyes, and a big dopey grin on my face.
You see movies at Sundance, and that is awesome. But when you get free high-end swag at Sundance, you know you've arrived. And folks, let me tell you: I have arrived.
It's times like these that having Observers in our world would be really handy. One way or the other, looking into the future would put a lot of fans' fears at ease, now that "Fringe" faces the very serious threat of cancellation following its currently airing fourth season.
At the Television Critics Association press tour earlier this month, Fox president Kevin Reilly confessed that the network loses "a lot of money on the show," and that Fox is "not in the business of losing money." Worrying comments indeed, so much so that members of the show's cast — including Joshua Jackson, who plays Peter Bishop — are preparing for the inevitable end.
"My gut says that the head of Fox doesn't go on national television and says 'I'm not in the business of losing money' as a joke," Jackson laughed while speaking with MTV News at the Sundance Film Festival.
Jackson, who's in Park City for his new movie "Lay the Favorite," believes that "Fringe" is just as strong quality-wise as it's ever been. But with the series in the midst of its all-time lowest ratings, the actor admitted that "Fringe" is now "in that awkward place of being on the bubble — or under the bubble, as the case might be."
But all hope is not lost, according to Jackson.
Snow. I hate snow.
Perhaps hate is a strong word, but make no mistake, the blizzard like conditions that have afflicted Park City in the past two days have made the Sundance Film Festival an unwieldy beast to tame. Bus operations have been wrecked. Traveling on foot without boots has become damn near impossible — a problem for me, considering I left my boots at home, banking on getting some spiffy new foot gear at one of the festival's many swag spots. Rookie move, folks.
Still, despite the fact that it looks like we're North of the Wall in the Lands of Always Winter, we push on. There are movies to see, talent to interview, and pizza tacos to consume. No amount of snow will stand between us and cinematic victory.
Even if you apes don't want to live forever, any and all "Starship Troopers" fans have to agree that Johnny Rico is an icon that will never, ever die — even if his likeness changes a bit in the coming years.
MTV News caught up with "Troopers" veteran Casper Van Dien at the Sundance Film Festival to chat about his new movie, "The Pact." But of course, we can't possibly have a conversation with the head honcho of Rico's Roughnecks and not talk about his endless battle against the bugs. (In case you're curious, the only good bug is still a dead bug.)
Last we heard, a "Starship Troopers" reboot was in the works, and one has to wonder whether there's a place for Van Dien in the new vision. Will there be a new Rico? Will Rico even exist in the new film? No matter how it shakes out, Van Dien insists he's just thrilled to see the legacy of "Troopers" live on.
"I think [the reboot is] fantastic. I support them," he said. "If they want me in it, I'd be thrilled. If they want to go another way, I'd still be thrilled."
I’ll say this about “Red Lights,” the Cillian Murphy- and Robert De Niro-starring thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night (January 20): I don’t think I’ve talked as much with people about a movie after seeing it since “Inception.”
Which is not to suggest writer/director Rodrigo Cortés’ feature (his follow-up to 2010 fest fav “Buried”) is anywhere near as perfectly conceived and executed as Christopher Nolan’s escapade within the dream world. In fact, “Red Lights” is honestly not a very good movie, though it’s difficult to say why without giving away all the twists, turns and what-the-eff moments.
Elijah Wood is well accustomed to getting his crazy on. Please see his disturbing turn as feel-no-pain and claw-all-limbs-off serial killer Kevin in "Sin City" for more, or check out his dog-talking ways on "Wilfred" for further reference.
But when it comes to his work in the upcoming remake of "Maniac," Wood's brand of insanity falls more in line with the murderous Kevin than the comparatively sane Ryan Newman. Wood stars in the updated version of the 1980 horror film as Frank Zito, a New York City loner who serves as landlord of a small apartment complex by day and stalks the streets to kill women by night.
Wood's turn as Zito is bound to be very different from the late Joe Spinell's cult classic version of the character, not just because of their physical differences, but also because director Alejandre Aja has apparently opted to shoot "Maniac" entirely from Wood's own perspective.
There are two words that can best describe Sundance: pizza tacos.
Okay, maybe those are just the two words best fit to describe the way the MTV Movies team has been chowing down here in Park City over the past two days. There are better words to describe the film festival experience as a whole, but we'll just pick one and repeat it three times: movies, movies, movies!