By Amelia Mularz
So Kim Kardashian got engaged this week, which ignited an epidemic of déjà vu across the globe. Our DVD pick (a throwback to 1989) will also take you back. But first, here's what's brand spanking new at the theater:
On the Big Screen: "The Counselor"
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz star in a film that opens today. The movie is a prequel to "Weekend at Bernie's." Can't wait!
Ok...fine. That's not true at all. But with such an all-star cast, does it even matter what the movie's about? In reality, Michael Fassbender plays a corrupt lawyer (aka "the counselor") who signs on for a lil' freelance drug trafficking with Javier Bardem's character, Reiner. And by "lil'" we mean moving a truckload of cocaine from Colombia to Chicago.
From the "Splat Pack" school of horror comes Greg McLean and this trailer for part two of his terror-in-the-Australian-outback favorite, "Wolf Creek."
The sequel picks up with a different set of tourists who are hunted by serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarrat). The sadistic outdoorsman doesn't take kindly to foreigners and treats them like the pigs he shoots.
There are certain celebrity voices that just ask to be impersonated. Christopher Walken, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman have been trendy impressions, but the voice coming from every hot mimic today is that of "Harry Potter" star Alan Rickman.
But the iconic British actors knows what the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston are up to. When MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Rickman for "CBGB," he said that he hasn't been keeping up with his status on the internet, but the impersonations from the two up-and-coming British actors have not gone unnoticed.
Check out the video above to see what Alan Rickman has to say about other people stealing his voice.
By Dana Brawer
Some highly anticipated Oscar contenders will not be making the cut this year, and last night, another joined that list. The release of George Clooney's World War II drama, "The Monuments Men," has been pushed from its original December release to a February 2014 opening, according to the LA Times, making it ineligible for a nomination.
Clooney's picture does not stand alone in a widespread trend of delayed Oscar prospects. Leonardo DiCaprio's "Wolf of Wall Street" has been delayed, though it will barely make the 2013 deadline with a new late December release. Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco," originally anticipated as a huge competitor due to Kidman's past success at the Oscars, will now be released in 2014, however.
Historical drama, 'The Immigrant" and sports drama "The Foxcatcher" have also been pushed into 2014 releases.
Thus far, all of the official details about the stories for "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3," and "Avatar 4" involve people coming back from the dead. First, we heard that Signourey Weaver will be back, and now we know that a villain is getting the same favor from James Cameron
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Lang, who played the na'vi-hating Colonel Miles Quaritch, has just signed on for the next three movies in the sci-fi fantasy series, despite getting killed by Zoe Saldana's character in the original.
"Steven was so memorable in the first film, we're privileged to have him back," Cameron said. "I'm not going to say exactly HOW we're bringing him back, but it's a science fiction story, after all. His character will evolve into really unexpected places across the arc of our new three-film saga. I really look forward to working with such a gifted actor, who's also become a good friend."
What is it that makes James Wan's recent string of horror hits, including both "Insidious" movie and "The Conjuring" (which hits Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow), so scary?
In this exclusive featurette from the home video release, Wan explains that it's his emphasis on a solid sound design that makes his horror movies work like they did in the good old days.
And he's right. Just take a look at the first trailer for "The Conjuring," and it's clear that this guy has a grasp on what makes something simple, yet scary. We're still terrified any time someone claps around us.
Things have been hard since we saw "The Conjuring."
"The Conjuring" hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 22.
By Ryan Rigley
Looks like we've finally gotten our first official cast member of "Star Wars VII." Last weekend, during this year's New York Comic Con, original C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels may or may not have confirmed his role reprisal in the new trilogy. "Yes, I am the only actor to be in all seven because I feel... Six! Whatever," Daniels teased during a panel in New York.
While this is obviously far from an official announcement, it is entirely possible that Daniels could have let the truth slip out unintentionally. However, until Daniel's casting is made official, we'll just keep speculating as to which Star Wars Expanded Universe characters might appear in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Take Vergere for example, a member of the New Jedi Order and secret student of the Sith!
By Charles Webb
After what The Hollywood Reporter describes as months of negotiations, Simon Crane has signed on to direct a "Hot Wheels" movie based on the Mattel line of die-cast toy cars.
Crane beat out "28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo in the latest attempt at jump-starting the nascent "Fast & the Furious" competitor, after previous attempts to bring the project at other other studios (Columbia, Warner Bros.) and other directors (McG) stalled out.
"Hot Wheels" joins "Gran Turismo" and the upcoming Aaron Paul vehicle "Need For Speed" as attempts to catch up to Universal's seemingly unstoppable "Fast" franchise. Across six movies, they've earned nearly a billion dollars for the studio since Vin Diesel and Paul Walker first glowered at each other across the hood of a muscle car with 2001's "Fast and the Furious."
If you thought a "Hot Wheels" movie would offer some good, family fun, you've got another think coming: The script, currently undergoing a rewrite from "Quiz Show" writer Paul Attanasio, concerns a "washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars."
Crane has been a fixture in Hollywood, acting as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on films like "Titanic," "Goldeneye," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," and most recently, "World War Z." "Hot Wheels" would be the second feature to which Crane's name is attached as director, alongside the spy thriller "Echelon."
By Amelia Mularz
So your zero-gravity Sandra Bullock costume isn't exactly panning out. We've got a couple other movies that might inspire your Halloween wears. Here's what's playing this weekend:
On the Big Screen: "Carrie"
It's time for a whole new generation to develop illogical fears of tampons and high school dances. The new "Carrie" opens today, and it's got something big that the original didn't have. Social media.
This go-around the mean girls capture Carrie's menstrual nightmare on camera and the video goes viral. Age-old agonies are suddenly magnified when placed in the present day. Imagine if we revisited other Stephen King-created horrors and unleashed advanced technology on each of them. Give Cujo a blog so he can chronicle every moment of his rabid rampage. Let the clown from "It" terrorize children with Snapchat. See? So much scarier.
These days, it wouldn't be hard to trip and land on a found-footage horror film. The format has really taken off in the past decade with first-time filmmakers like Oren Peli picking up a movie camera and making homemade paranormal magic happen.
The anthology series "V/H/S" recently employed the popular style with a videotape-centric frame tale, and now a new project has surfaced that also references the nostalgic era of mom and pop video stores and schlocky VHS cover art — except this film combines it with the weirdness of public-access television, Satanic panic media coverage, and all things 1980s.