Nothing smacks of the holidays like some good old-fashioned family bonding -- sitting around the hearth, swapping stories, sipping egg nog, reminiscing about glorious times gone by... and plotting each others' demise. OK, so the "plotting each others' demise" part probably isn't true for most families, but it sure is for the dysfunctional little unit comprised of John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill in the black comedy "Cyrus."
Hill plays the titular Cyrus, a manchild with a serious Oedipus complex and an even more serious hatred for any man that so much as looks at his beautiful mother Molly (Tomei). So when Molly begins dating goofball divorcee John (Reilly), things get a bit -- and by a bit we mean extremely -- weird, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, as Cyrus attempts to sabotage the relationship at every turn. The above exclusive clip highlights the aforementioned dynamic beautifully, with Cyrus quite literally spelling out his devious intentions toward John.
"Cyrus" is available now on Blu-ray and DVD, and makes the perfect stocking stuffer for any of your family members... but especially the ones who hate you.
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by Brooke Tarnoff
Jonah Hill isn't "Superbad." He's not even kindabad. The real Hill -- not to be confused with the continuous stream of foul-mouthed miscreants he plays -– is more mellow than you’d expect. In fact, he admits he’s getting a little tired of trotting out his zany alter-egos for every interview. If only we’d known – we’d have given the "Cyrus" star a break.
MTV: So I loved the movie. Cyrus is a pretty challenging guy. Were you able to find something about him you liked?
JONAH HILL: Yeah, that’s what’s interesting. A lot of people say that to me like, why actors say you have to find something you love about the person. And for me, it wasn’t so much finding something that I loved about him; I sympathized with him. I don’t like him as a person. But I feel bad for him as a person, and I sympathize with him because he was raised incorrectly. His mom loved him, and there’s such thing as loving someone so much that you end up hurting them by the way you raise them, by protecting them from too much… you find out he is this really smart, manipulative guy -- but then you find out he’s just this scared little kid, who’s scared of losing the only person that he really cares about and that cares about him. So…
I did sympathize with him, but I don’t know if I liked him. Read More...
Here's an oddity from the MTV VHS archives that I don't really know how to address. It was clearly recorded ages ago, which is odd for a number of reasons. MTV Movies managing editor Josh Horowitz started here in 2006, well after the era of the videocassette tape. What's more... didn't "Cyrus" premiere at Sundance this year? I don't know what's going on, but hit play for a peek back into the annals of MTV history... for a very sweet, touching and mildly disturbing sitdown between Josh Horowitz and acting legend John C. Reilly.
Of Marisa Tomei's many fine qualities, one of her finest is versatility, as demonstrated in her performances as the abrasive Mona Lisa in "My Cousin Vinny," the down-on-her-luck stripper Cassidy in "The Wrestler," her latest role as Molly in "Cyrus" and her new career as... a hula-hoop manufacturer?
At the Sundance Film Festival, Tomei revealed to MTV News that she's gotten into the hula-hoop business in addition to her continued acting career. And she's determined to take this all the way.
"I kind of got into this whole hula-hoop craze," she confessed. "That happened during the time of the 'The Wrestler' so now I find myself doing hula-hoop things I didn't really think I was going to be doing!" Read More...
One of the most anticipated films of this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Cyrus," the first "studio film" from indie darlings Jay and Mark Duplass ("Baghead"). It stars Marisa Tomei, John C. Reilly, Catherine Keener and Jonah Hill in a dysfunctional family comedy about the clash between a teen and his mom's new boyfriend. The fraternal filmmakers have a deal with Fox Searchlight, which is distributing that film and likely their next project as well, which we now know is a stoner comedy titled "Jeff Who Lives at Home."
Mark Duplass told Movieweb that "Jeff" is a "quest" movie, a la "The Sword in the Stone," in which a stoner seeks a bottle of wood glue. It will be produced by none other than Jason Reitman, who just won a Golden Globe for co-writing his own film "Up in the Air," and who recently oversaw production of the Megan Fox film "Jennifer's Body." Read More...