I'll make you a bet. Pick up Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," make it about 50 pages in, and I promise you'll never want to put the book down again. You'll be pissed when it's over, in fact, even if you're thankful there are two more installments of the Swedish crime thrillers already available at your local bookstore.
"Dragon Tattoo" introduces us to two unforgettable characters: Mikael Blomkvist, a disgraced journalist hired to solve a 40-year-old missing person case, and Lisbeth Salander, a dark and damaged hacker who joins the investigation. Sony is deep into preproduction on an American film adaptation set to open on December 21st, 2011 — following the successful Swedish version — and seems to have located its preferred Blomkvist in Daniel Craig (no decision has been made, and there are reportedly potential scheduling conflicts for the actor involving the next James Bond flick and Jon Favreau's "Cowboys and Aliens").
A wider net is being cast for Salander, a role that has become one of the most sought after in Hollywood. Actresses such as Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska and Kristen Stewart have been mentioned as possible candidates. But now Thompson on Hollywood is reporting Sony and director David Fincher have focused on five mostly unknown names: Rooney Mara ("The Social Network"), Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch"), new Australian faces Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook (interview), and an unnamed Frenchwoman.
Who would make the best Lisbeth Salander? After the jump, let's hop on the casting couch and evaluate the candidates. Read More...
I can't speak for the rest of you, but "Mission: Impossible 3" was my favorite movie in that franchise. Star Tom Cruise and director J.J. Abrams make a good team, especially with Philip Seymour Hoffman backing them up as the villain.
Another newcomer in "M:I3" was Simon Pegg, who played lab tech Benji Dunn in a subtle sort of homage to James Bond gadgetsmith Q. While the fourth impossible mission isn't formally greenlit yet, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Pegg is "in negotiations" to reprise his role. I'm fine with it. THR further reports that director Brad Bird is meeting with actors this week for a potential September start to the production. How excited are you for "M:I4"? Where would you like to see the story go?
"Dinner for Schmucks" hits theaters on July 30. Paul Rudd stars as an up-and-coming executive who needs to find a guest for his boss's monthly party which offers a tantalizing prize to the employee who can bring with them the biggest putz.
Enter Steve Carell. I'm not really sure where things go from there, and I don't want to know. But the cast for this thing is crazy, and Jay Roach directing only adds to the awesome. Just click the image below to check out our gallery of exclusive stills!
1. "Shrek Forever After" ($55.7 million)
2. "Prince of Persia" ($37.8 million)
3. "Sex and the City 2" ($37.1 million)
4. "Iron Man 2" ($20.6 million)
5. "Robin Hood" ($13.6 million)
Carrie Bradshaw got off to a solid start at the weekend box office with a $13 million first place finish on Friday, but her success ended there as a refueled "Shrek Forever After" tapped into its inner ogre to beat "Sex and the City 2" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" at the Memorial Day weekend box office. Read More...
This December, the family Focker returns to big screens after a few years away. Info has been slowly dribbling out about "Little Fockers" over the past bunch of months, but its mostly been casting. Very little in the way of plot details. That all changed at ShoWest, when MTV's Larry Carroll spoke with producer (and director of the first two movies) Jay Roach.
"It's Owen Wilson coming back with a new passion for Ben [Stiller's] wife, Teri Polo," Roach said of the "Little Fockers" story. "And of course it's hidden and it's all under the surface, but it causes a lot of new wrinkles in the relationship between all of them." Read More...
"Elektra Luxx" is the second entry in a planned trilogy from filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez. "Women in Trouble," the first in the trilogy, premiered at South By Southwest last year and "Elektra" followed suit this year. The first movie followed a large group of women in Los Angeles who were either hiding or discovering secrets in their lives. The follow-up narrows the focus somewhat, to the titular porn actress (played by Carla Gugino) and how an unexpected pregnancy brings complications into her life.
MTV's Josh Horowitz sat down with stars Malin Akerman and Emmanuelle Chriqui in Austin during SXSW and he asked them about the experience of shooting a movie with such a strong cast of female performers.
"[It's] exciting on so many levels," Chriqui said. "Exciting because, yes it's empowering, it's all us women. But we're also really close friends that have sort of met along the years in the business. So with all our crazy schedules, to come together and to be able to do something that you can really sink your teeth into and celebrate each other is, to me, one of the best parts of doing what we do." Read More...
What an exciting day. For many, many moons now, there's been this curious IMDb entry for "Untitled James L. Brooks Comedy." There's quite a bit known about it, actually. The movie stars Reese Witherspoon, a professional softball player and two-time Olympian, who is caught in a love triangle between a white collar corporate executive (Paul Rudd) and a professional baseball pitcher (Owen Wilson). Jack Nicholson is also in there, as the father of Rudd's character.
Witherspoon told MTV in early November that the movie had just wrapped, though it still didn't have a title. Now it does, along with a release date and a few new details. Read More...
A week from this Friday, on April 2, Tyler Perry unleashes his latest family-driven drama/comedy on the movies-loving world. "Why Did I Get Married Too," a sequel to Perry's 2007 hit "Why Did I Get Married?" Once again, the story follows a group of couples who get together for an annual vacation wherein they talk, drink and put a lens up to their marriages. In the clip below, we see some circular reasoning applied to relationship advice given in a book written by Janet Jackson's character, Patrica.
When it comes to eye candy in 2011, one of the hot prospects right now is "Sucker Punch," directed by Zack Snyder. Emily Browning stars as a young woman who is committed to a mental institution by her evil stepdad. In order to escape from the grim reality of her surroundings, she constructs an elaborate fantasy world in her head that casts her caretakers and fellow inmates in some unusual roles.
Last week, MTV's Larry Carroll spoke with Browning's co-star Vanessa Hudgens, who plays the ass-kicking, tomahawk-wielding Blondie in the movie. We've spoken to Hudgens, a former "High School Musical" star, a few times about her upcoming role. She's always been very excited about it, but now she's even moreso thanks to a recent development for the March 2011 release: 3-D.
"I am very excited about it because I finally get to be an extreme badass and kick butt," Hudgens said. "Actually, we didn't shoot it for 3-D and I just found out the other day. I could not be more thrilled. I'm just excited to know that when I'm throwing my tomahawk, it's gonna be right in your face." Read More...
"There is no John McClane." That's what "Cop Out" star Bruce Willis cautions MTV's Josh Horowitz to remember when the subject of that iconic "Die Hard" character comes up. And then he dropped the bomb: "I think we're going to do a 'Die Hard 5' next year."
"The John McClane that exists is only in film and in people's minds. And it continues to grow, that mythology continues to grow," he explained. "Die Hard" exploded onto screens in 1988. Almost two decades later, in 2007, a fourth movie in the franchise was released, much to the delight of fans. It seemed almost too much to dare believe that there might be another one... until Willis confirmed just that. Read More...