In two weeks, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" hits theaters. The "Godfather" director stopped by MTV's offices to chat with Josh Horowitz in advance of the release, and he had some enlightening opinions to share on his contemporaries, and his old pal George Lucas in particular.
"I knew him as an experimental filmmaker," Coppola told MTV. He first came to know Lucas in the early 1970s when he hired the then-young man as his assistant. When Lucas released his formative effort "American Graffiti" in 1973, it was Coppola who produced it.
MTV's Josh Horowitz recently caught up with Hollywood superman Tony Scott to chat about the release of his upcoming remake, "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," which releases this Friday. The conversation eventually turned towards what's next for Scott, who was more than happy to drop some hints on what his next move will be.
One possibility he seemed particularly excited about would be a re-telling of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa's story. For Scott, the biopic is going to be his "big epic" Western. And he sees only one possible candidate for the starring roll: Javier Bardem. Read More...
I'm not terribly concerned about the mixed reception coming out of Cannes for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds." At his worst, the director still puts out some of the most imaginative, well-written material available, especially if you happen to be a cinephile.
The first in this trio of "Inglourious" vids from this evening's episode of "Behind the Screen" is an exclusive clip in which Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) unsuccessfully questions a captured Nazi on troop positions. Once it's clear that the prisoner won't be talking, Raine turns to his heavy: an angry, baseball bat-wielding Jew named Donnie Donowitz (Eli Roth) who has a couple of bones to pick with the Third Reich. Keep watching after the clip for a pair of Roth interviews, one on the origin of Donnie's bat and the other on a problematic fire scene.
"Terminator Salvation" has been one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer season, and also one of the most heavily discussed and marketed. Every poster, casting bite and image made the Internet rounds, and McG's directorial ability has been hotly debated since he joined the project in 2007. After Comic-Con and endless other roadshows selling the high points of the movie, "Terminator" fans felt confident that they were in for an awesome summer blockbuster .
Opening night told a slightly different story. "Salvation" officially opened to thousands of Wednesday midnight screenings and only brought in $3 million. It isn't a bad number, and it could easily be explained by a lot of moviegoers who didn't know about its Wednesday night screenings, or who couldn't attend due to pre-holiday schedules, but it's not the record breaker Warner Bros was hoping for. It falls a million or so shy of the $4 million "Star Trek" did on its midnight showings two weeks ago. According to Box Office Mojo, "Star Trek" also did roughly $3.1 million on Wednesday, a day prior to the midnight showings of "Salvation." Read More...
Here's a cool little contest which comes to us by way of the current mecca for social networking, Facebook. Evil mastermind J.J. Abrams slyly inserted an R2-D2 cameo into his highly successful "Star Trek" reboot. And Paramount is challenging you fans to find him. The prize? A highly coveted official "Star Trek" prop.
There's really not much more to tell you. The rules are pretty simple. Locate R2, write down where you saw him in an e-mail, and shoot it off to firstname.lastname@example.org with "STAR TREK Easter Egg Sweepstakes" in the subject line. I couldn't care less about winning the prop, but it would warm this "Star Wars" geek's heart to see the plucky little droid pop up in a "Star Trek" movie. Maybe J.J. will figure out a way to kill off Jar Jar for his second "Trek" go-round.
I'm going to let this video speak for itself. Nothing against the unstoppable summer juggernaut that is J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek", but this is pure, golden goodness for fans of George Lucas and his "Star Wars" series. Just make sure you have your fanboy allegiances firmly in check before hitting play.
FROM SPLASH PAGE: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. So, while you’d be hard-pressed to find many people who thought the black-suited baddie of “Spider-Man 3” lived up to his hype, the mastermind behind the character is encouraged by what he’s been hearing: Venom could make a return appearance in the next Spidey film.
“I co-created Venom,” artist/writer/entrepreneur Todd McFarlane told MTV News. “He was in the last ‘Spider-Man’ movie. And I think he might make an appearance here in the next one, too.”
For more of Todd McFarlane's thoughts on a potential Venom return and Sam Raimi's Spidey movies, head over to SplashPage.MTV.com.
Jim Carrey has definitely suffered some setbacks in recent years, but it's a strange thing to see him having to complete with another comedic actor, or possibly be a second choice when it comes to casting. But that's what's going on with "The Beaver," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kyle Killen's script for "The Beaver" has been one of the most buzzed about scripts this year. Centered around a man whose constant companion is a beaver puppet, it's drawing a lot of comparisons to "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Being John Malkovich." Killen's script even topped "The Black List," a collection of the best unproduced work kicking around Hollywood. Late last year, it attracted interest from Steve Carell and Jay Roach. Roach was loosely attached to direct Carell in the lead. Read More...
FROM BUZZWORTHY BLOG: What Better way to relieve the numbing sensation brought on by another boring meeting than to return to my desk to find a mysterious black envelope on my chair with a most unexpected Twilighty surprise inside! As an unofficial sugar expert and "Twilight" fan, you could imagine my excitement to find not one, not two, but all three boxes of "Twilight" Forbidden Fruits Conversation Hearts inside! My entire desk now smells like a fruity candy store, and I'm torn between opening box one, which features the entire "Twilight" cast, box two, which features scary, ghosty Robert Pattinson, or box three, which features pretty Kristen Stewart.
Continue reading about the new "Twilight" candy hearts at Buzzworthy.MTV.com...
George Lucas is finally realizing his decades-long dream of producing a film about the Tuskegee Airmen, and the wildly unique cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. and Method Man. The Anthony Hemingway-directed flick "Red Tails" has popped up from time to time for Lucas in interviews, but an announcement today indicates that he has his actors and they're ready to suit up and start production.
“I’ve been wanting to do 'Red Tails' for 20 years, and we’ve finally got the means to showcase the skill of the Tuskegee pilots,” Lucas said in the press release. “We’re working on techniques which will give us the first true look at the aerial dogfighting of the era. And our top-notch cast will really make this story special.” Read More...