Another MTV Movie Awards is almost upon us, and the News team has just settled into our production offices on the Universal Studios lot in La La Land to get the pop culture madness started. Beginning today and running up through the show itself on Sunday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET, we'll be bringing you everything you need to know to stay tuned in to what's going on with Movie Awards: interviews with nominees and presenters, exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the goings-on at Universal, sneak-peeks into what you can expect on show night and much more.
In fact, the celeb-filled action has already kicked off. We swooped in from New York City on Tuesday afternoon and quickly zipped off to check out the "Killers" red carpet at the Arclight in Hollywood (click the image below to check out the full gallery). There we chatted with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, who popped off a hilarious monologue about why Robert Pattinson should win every single award...ever! We also sat down for a chat with Pattinson's "Eclipse" co-star Nikki Reed, who dished about scenes from their upcoming vampire flick. And in a few hours, we'll venture off for a conversation with "New Moon" director Chris Weitz, whose film is nominated for five Movie Awards this year.
And that's just gonna be the beginning. The coffee is brewing, the morning editorial meeting is about to start, and we couldn't be more pumped. Keep it locked to MTV Movies Blog for the very latest developments at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards!
FROM MTV.COM: While there were midnight parties for the "New Moon" DVD and Blu-ray release taking place across the country Friday night, only those living in the Los Angeles area were treated to the company of both the director and a main star. Director Chris Weitz and actress Nikki Reed traveled to the Wal-Mart in Santa Clarita to celebrate the release.
"I like to go to Wal-Mart to hold press conferences just at odd moments, so this is not my first time," Weitz joked when he spoke with MTV News at the event. "But usually people don't show up with cameras. I'm just talking to an imaginary microphone."
'New Moon' Star Nikki Reed Amazed By Crowd At DVD Release
FROM MTV.COM: Although there's been no official word about the plans to turn the fourth book in the "Twilight" Saga, "Breaking Dawn," into a flick, sources speculate that if the film should happen, it will be split into two parts and "New Moon" director Chris Weitz may hop on board to direct again.
But if any of that is happening, someone should tell "Twilight" star Peter Facinelli, because he currently knows nothing about the status of the movie. "No, we don't know anything yet," he told MTV News at Z100's Jingle Ball on Friday. "Usually the fans know before me. I've been combing the Web sites to see if we're doing a fourth movie. We'll see."
Continue reading 'Twilight' Star Peter Facinelli On 'Breaking Dawn': 'Fans Know Before Me'
FROM MTV.COM: There are those fans who were really excited about "New Moon," buying Robert Pattinson-emblazoned pillows and making elaborate scrapbooks for the stars, and then there are those fans who may have gone overboard in their excitement. Samantha Tumpach was busted in a Chicago movie theater for allegedly taping three minutes of the "Twilight" saga sequel inside a theater in late November and could face up to a three-year prison term for her actions; Tumpach has said she was essentially filming a home movie had no intention of distributing the footage.
Now Chris Weitz, the director of "New Moon," has come to Tumpach's defense, saying that the prospect of such a harsh sentence is unjust.
Continue reading Chris Weitz Says 'New Moon' Bootlegging Arrest Is 'Terribly Unfair'
While "New Moon" has certainly accrued fan approval and box office power since its release on November 20, critics haven't had the same appreciation for the vampire romance. "Eclipse," the next in the series, wrapped in October and is slated for a June 30, 2010 release, we have a few suggestions to help make it a film everyone -- not just Twilighters -- will enjoy.
Amp up the Bella and Edward romance
"Twilight" established the potent romance between Bella and Edward, but "New Moon" sacrificed much of the chemistry for the sake of Bella's growing bond with Jacob. Granted, the reason why Edward was mostly absent during "New Moon" was because he broke up with Bella and was moping around in an apartment for months on end, but Chris Weitz forgot to reestablish why exactly Bella and Edward were so in love. With "Eclipse," we hope David Slade explores their connection, especially with so many fans jumping ship to Team Jacob after seeing Taylor Lautner's abs. Read More...
FROM MTV.COM: What do you do after traipsing around the world for two weeks promoting a film, especially one that soared to a $285 million worldwide opening weekend? One might assume that you take a long, long nap. Not "New Moon" director Chris Weitz, who sat down for one more interview to discuss his fears about the release and his reaction to negative reviews.
"Nothing surprises me in terms of reviews," Weitz told Entertainment Weekly. "Having been a reviewer myself, there are only two ways to spin this story. You can either be the one guy who says this is a great movie, or more likely, take a more jaundiced view of the whole thing. And given the media blitz that has accompanied 'New Moon,' it's rather unsurprising. I do wish there was more appreciation for cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe. I think he's a genius, and I think he made something beautiful."
Continue reading Chris Weitz Responds To Negative 'New Moon' Reviews
FROM HOLLYWOOD CRUSH: In the long awaited countdown to "New Moon," we've brought you just about everything you've ever wanted to know about the franchise, its stars and their (maybe) love lives. Now that you've seen the big sequel (and caused it to break box office records), we bet your head is swimming with even more "I need to know this NOW!" questions — especially ones about your favorite character's style in the movie. That's where we come in.
We knew how much you loved Edward's grey pea coat in "Twilight" (it was a custom design). And we bet you already own a version Bella's blue hooded jacket (made by BB Dakota) — but with "New Moon" comes a whole new shopping list. So, starting today, we'll look back at the making of the movie's wardrobe with costume designer Tish Monaghan. First up: Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart).
BEGINNING THE PROCESS
“There was already a particular look in place, so the first thing I did was find out from the studio and the director, Chris Weitz, if they were happy with the looks of the characters,” recalled costume designer Tish Monaghan. “Were there things they wanted changed? Once I got those instructions — there were only minor adjustments to be made.” Bella's presentation from “Twilight” was kept consistent. “[The studio and Chris] liked that she was a tomboy and that she was in earth tones and was a little bit out of place. So I picked up on all of those comments, and when I did all of my purchasing for her, I stayed more or less in that world unless there was something specific that was required in the script.”
Continue reading 'New Moon' Style EXCLUSIVE! Your Ultimate Guide To The Costumes, Part 1: Edward & Bella
FROM MTV.COM: After this weekend's record-shattering opening, "New Moon" is now officially the biggest film of 2009. In a few months, it will inevitably become one of the biggest DVD releases of 2010.
So what can we expect from the "New Moon" DVD? Recently, we caught up with director Chris Weitz and got the scoop on the disc you'll soon want sitting next to "Twilight" on your shelf.
Continue reading 'New Moon' Director Chris Weitz Reveals DVD Details
FROM MTV.COM: "New Moon" director Chris Weitz seems pretty pleased with the way he ended the second movie in the "Twilight Saga." But the fans who have already gotten a chance to see the movie are still reeling from Weitz's directorial decision. Not to give too much away, but some said it wasn't the conclusion they'd expected.
"I was really surprised by the ending, the way they kept us hanging like that," Jordana de la Cruz from Rhode Island told MTV News, after seeing a midnight screening in New York. "I hated it, but I liked it at the same time."
Continue reading 'New Moon' Ending Surprises Fans Who Read The Book
FROM MTV.COM: Fans pretty much know what they are getting themselves into when they head to theaters to see "New Moon" this weekend. If they have read the book, they have a good idea of how this part of the "Twilight Saga" comes to an end.
Still, director Chris Weitz hopes fans appreciate the way he has decided to craft the "New Moon" finale for the big screen.
"The final scene is extraordinarily emotional, and it leads to a very potent climax," he told MTV News on the red carpet of the NYC screening of "New Moon." "And it's kind of a spoiler, which I hope people won't give away."
Continue reading 'New Moon' Director Chris Weitz Hopes Fans Won't Spoil The Ending