Natasha Richardson has died and I think I'm echoing many of you when I say this one just hurts all around. It hurts because, yes Natasha was a fine actress of stage and screen. And yes, she was a proud carrier of the Redgrave tradition. And it hurts because she and Liam Neeson just oozed charm and class. And it hurts because of the circumstances -- almost too absurd and random to be believed. But most of all it hurts because you think of her family, her grieving husband, her mother, and tragically, her two young sons.

This might sound like an absurd anecdote to conjure up at a time like this but it's my only personal memory of Richardson beyond the work she contributed. I was working for Charlie Rose's talk-show at the time (this was probably about seven years ago) and I was standing awkwardly in the greenroom with Natasha as was her publicist or whatever handler accompanied her that day. Small talk only goes so far in such situations and there was a lull where I was just standing there, waiting and hoping for the uncomfortable silence to end. Then, out of the silence came her regal (even lyrical) voice saying the following without a trace of irony: "say, did anyone see 'Temptation Island' last night?!?" I've had a soft spot for Natasha Richardson ever since. I know it says nothing about her life as an actress or a mother but damnit if it doesn't convey how endearing she could be.


Jesse EisenbergChris Evans ("Fantastic Four") and Jesse Eisenberg ("Adventureland") are both generating a lot of buzz these days, and now the duio are teaming up for a dramatic project that might bump both to the next level. According to Variety, they've signed to star in "Kill Your Darlings", a drama about the violent beginning of the Beat Generation. Evans will play Beat poet Jack Kerouac, and Eisenberg will play Allen Ginsburg, alongside Ben Whishaw ("The International") who will play Lucien Carr.

The beginning of the Beat Generation is a bizarre and gruesome one. The group was brought together in New York by Carr, who was being dogged by a man named David Kammerer. Kammerer and Carr had known each other as children and teenagers, and Kammerer had become obsessed with Carr, stalking him throughout his university career. Descending more and more into madness by Carr's rejection, Kammerer eventually attacked Carr, and Carr stabbed him to death. Read More...

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Kellan LutzHe’s got the looks of Matt Damon, the muscles of Jason Statham, and can deliver a line way better than Jean-Claude Van Damme. So, does “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz have what it takes to become Hollywood’s next big action hero?

“I’ve got ‘New Moon’ shooting in April, and besides that I’m focusing on the film side of stuff: Reading a lot of scripts and checking out what the next big action movie is,” the 24-year-old actor (his birthday is March 15th) revealed to us when he stopped by the MTV studios recently, discussing his upcoming plans. “That’s the way I want my career to go.” Read More...

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Simon PeggContributed by Rodrigo Perez

While director Greg Mottola ("Superbad," "The Day Trippers") is in the throes of doing press and promotion for his upcoming dramedy "Adventureland," he's also knee-deep in pre-production for next film, "Paul," slated for release via Universal.

A collaboration between British comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (the writing-acting team behind, "Shaun Of The Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and BBC cult comedy, "Spaced"), the flick, written by the two English comics, centers on two British tourists on a roadtrip across the U.S. to San Diego's movie geek mecca Comic-Con, but along the way they run into a little diversion out of this world.

"They meet an alien. in the desert, in the middle of nowhere," Motolla said carefully. "But that's about all I can say." Read More...

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Assassination of a High School PresidentContributed by Jeff Sneider

It looks like the Yari Film Group’s ill-timed bankruptcy has killed the chance of a theatrical release for Brett Simon’s 2008 Sundance hit, “Assassination of a High School President.”

The film, which earned high praise from the notoriously tough Sundance crowd, stars Reece Thompson (the underseen "Rocket Science") as a Woodward-and-Bernstein-loving high school journalism student out to expose a plot concerning stolen SATs. Mischa Barton co-stars as the requisite hot Catholic schoolgirl while Bruce Willis plays a Gulf War veteran who also happens to be the principal. Read More...

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Aaron EckhartThe hardest thing about making an alien movie is finding new ways to depict your invaders; the hardest thing about being a leading man like Aaron Eckhart is finding new ways to reinvent yourself. These days, both struggles are being waged with “Battle: Los Angeles."

“We are doing our best to do something that hasn’t been done before,” said 29-year-old South African born director Jonathan Liebesman, best known for getting gory with “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” in 2006. “This is a more down and dirty alien movie. This isn’t like ‘Independence Day.’”

This time, Liebesman’s sci-fi action thriller centers on a marine platoon that must protect the City of Angels from alien invaders. Read More...

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Sam WorthingtonFROM SPLASH PAGE: It's been a couple of months (translation: "far too long") since we've heard any crazy casting rumors regarding "Batman 3" -- ever since the blogosphere erupted over since-denied reports that Eddie Murphy and Shia LeBeouf were joining the cast back in December. And while most of the recent attention regarding the follow-up to "The Dark Knight" has been focused on whether Christopher Nolan will settle back into the director's chair, the latest online scuttlebutt now questions if Batman himself, Christian Bale, will don the cape and cowl once more.

In a report coming out of Australia's Herald Sun newspaper this morning, unnamed sources claim that Bale's "Terminator Salvation" co-star, Sam Worthington, may indeed be taking on the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in the next installment of the award-winning Batman franchise. As usual, it's important to remember that when it comes to "Batman 3" casting rumors, nothing is confirmed until Warner Bros. says so, but given Bale's recent Internet infamy, could this speculation have some credibility?

For more on the "Batman 3" casting rumor regarding Christian Bale and Sam Worthington, head over to

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As movie studios often declare before the audio commentaries on their DVDs: The views and opinions of actors do not necessarily reflect ours. And now, just a few weeks after her “Miss March” co-stars gave us advice on how to score hot chicks, certified hottie Raquel Alessi is eager to insist that they don’t reflect her views, either.

“Oh my gosh,” blushed the star when we spoke to her Monday, just a few days before “Miss March” hits theaters this weekend. “I think that, maybe, there might be a better way to get a girl’s attention besides grabbing her boobs.” Read More...

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FROM NEWSROOM.MTV.COM: Russell Brand is a recovering sex and heroin addict. He's been kicked off the BBC thanks to a poorly received prank call last year. Oh, and then there's the time he showed up dressed as Osama Bin Laden at his old MTV gig back on September 12, 2001. That one didn't go over well at all.

So maybe I wasn't completely surprised when our shoot with him this afternoon went bonkers. Russell is at his best when he's off the cuff, just riffing with strangers, so we decided to throw him right into a mess of people. To my knowledge, we conducted the first interview ever to take place in an actual working MTV elevator today. And yes, Russell struck up awkward and amusing chats with security men and every lovely young lady who happened to stroll in.

Watch the video of Russell Brand let loose at MTV at


'Watchmen'Additional reporting by Larry Carroll

FROM SPLASH PAGE: Last week, "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder offered some advice for newcomers to the comic book series that provided source material for his most recent blockbuster (opening today): "Don't read it."

To be fair, he was simply suggesting that those who haven't read Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' celebrated comic book series wait until after seeing his adaptation of the aforementioned story to crack open the cover. For those of you going into Snyder’s film as well-versed “Watchmen” fanatics, however, we also got Zack’s thoughts on the one movie addition that he is most proud of, and the one graphic novel element that he found hardest to cut. (Beware: there are SPOILERS AHEAD!)

For the list of Zack Snyder's favorite "Watchmen" additions and elements he had to cut from the comic, head over to

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