"Snow White and the Huntsmans" definitely brings a new spin to a fairy tale, but it's certainly not the first to tell an old story in a new way. It's not even the first one to cast the awesome Bob Hoskins in it. We fill you in on what's playing and what you should be watching in this week's Double Feature Friday!
"Snow White and the Huntsman" & "Hook"
It's unfortunate that in "Snow White and the Huntsman" it takes so long for the dwarves to show up, because once they do, you realize the rest of the film could have used a cast of top-grade British character actors. Chief among them is Bob Hoskins, as the blind dwarf Muir. Hoskins previously starred in another revisionist fairy tale, Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan sequel "Hook," where he stole the show as Smee. He even reprised his role in last year's BBC prequel miniseries, "Neverland."
When it was originally announced that Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel would be starring in a comedic action/adventure fantasy set in medieval times, it immediately went straight to the top of my "films to watch for" list. The red-band trailer for that movie, titled "Your Highness" (yes, it is a double entendre referencing the smoking of weed) is now online... and if you weren't already excited for this movie, you should probably prepare yourself.
Most guys will have signed up for the film once they see Portman's near-naked bottom (trust me, I've read the comments), but for me it was somewhere between McBride's terrible British accent and Portman's total badassery that I knew that this film was going to be amazing. So what if it's "The Princess Bride" meets "Pineapple Express"? Isn't that kind of the point? Read More...
When David Gordon Green helmed the stoner black comedy "Pineapple Express" in 2008, it was kind of a drastic departure for a man known for serious drams such as "All the Real Girls" and "Snow Angels." But the violent, hilarious Seth Rogen-James Franco buddy flick was a huge hit, and one that has had fans screaming for a sequel for the past two years.
MTV News caught up with Gordon Green at New York Comic Con, and the friendly filmmaker was kind enough to share his thoughts on the potential plots of "Pineapple Express 2."
"The most interesting spin is to go in a 'Scarface' direction," Gordon Green chuckled. "You could get me back in the ring with [Seth Rogen and James Franco] any day of the week. I want to see them in the Miami coke scene, I think... or maybe take it in the 'Clear and Present Danger' direction and go to South America. You know, there's a few avenues that are maybe a little bit worthy of more than a barroom napkin scribble of an idea." Read More...
Sad news today for fans of wacky Judd Apatow-produced comedies. Or maybe not. Let's go through the news, then you can decide for yourselves. The Playlist spoke with Evan Goldberg at San Diego Comic-Con last week. Goldberg is of course the wiz who wrote both "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express." Sequel rumors and talk have followed both of those projects, so The Playlist asked him straight out: what's the deal here?
On the "Superbad" front, he gave what is perhaps the most definitive answer yet on the status/presumed status of a sequel: "Never, at any juncture in the history of life, have we considered 'Superbad 2.'" Really not much to say to that, eh? Prospects for a "Pineapple Express" sequel sound better. According to Goldberg, he and his cohorts have pressured the studio to do it "but they require no pressure." Meaning they want to do it. Problem is, everyone's all booked up!
"We kind of made the classic mistake of people who had a successful film: we then booked everything we could because we thought it’d be our only chance," he explained. "It still could be our only chance, but man are we booked." Now I know some of your are going to be bummed out by this news... but maybe it's not such a bad thing. Read More...
Few MTV moments are more unforgettable than when Seth Rogen and James Franco appeared at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards. In attendance because of their lead roles in that year's big stoner comedy, "Pineapple Express," Rogen and Franco took to the stage as the most unorthodox presenters in the show's history. I won't spoil it; watch the behind-the-scenes video below to find out exactly what led to the duo's highly appreciated appearance.
Talk of a sequel to "Pineapple Express" has kinda been the Internet version of dorm room stoner talk: Dude, that would be so sick if they did another one!! The chatter seemed as substantial as smoke wafting out of a bong, as tethered to reality as James Franco and Seth Rogen's brains after lighting up some of the title ganja in their 2008 comedy.
Rogen has talked to us a bit about the possibility of a sequel, as has producer Judd Apatow, but it all seemed simply like a whole lotta hot air without much action behind it. But at Sundance last month, Franco told us that some concrete steps are likely in the works for bringing more "Pineapple" to the big screen.
"I think some practical steps are being taken to actually make it happen," he told MTV's Josh Horowitz.
Was Franco just engaging in some idle chit-chat? Could a sequel really happen? Hit play on the video to find out and hear why Franco said, "I think it's in the air. We certainly have discussed it and all dreamed about it."
Today marks a joyful anniversary for action movie fans and a rather unpleasant one for gun control advocates. Exactly 90 years ago, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who invented the AK-47 assault rifle, was born in a small Siberian village. If we can, though, let us put aside the AK's bloody legacy on the battlefield and focus on all the badassery the weapon has unleashed on the big screen.
Whether they're battling Russians, trading in black market goods or bang-bang-banging their way through the city streets, movie characters have embraced the trusty AK or later variants like the AKM or SKS. And we, in turn, have embraced those bullet-spewing beauties. Here are some of our cinematic favs (click the image above to check out our AK-47 flipbook gallery)... Read More...
These days, Judd Apatow and friends are exploring deeper, more meaningful issues than most Hollywood comedies dare -– and they’re doing it at the top of the box-office. One of the film’s stars, Seth Rogen, is in the process of re-defining his career. Superhero flick "The Green Hornet" starts shooting soon and the comedy/drama “I’m With Cancer” will come after that.
So when we had the chance to catch up with the funnyman recently, we had to ask whether he spent his time on the “Funny People” set taking notes on how to successfully balance those tender issues of life, death and laughter.
“It’s funny, actually,” Rogen answered. “'I’m with Cancer’ existed as a script before ‘Funny People,’ but they were written around the same time.” Read More...
FROM SPLASH PAGE: These days, Seth Rogen and best bud Evan Goldberg are hard at work getting ready to shoot their high-profile flick “The Green Hornet.” But according to the “Funny People” star, the hardest part about adapting “Hornet” for the big-screen hasn’t been concerns over how to pay homage to the source material, or even how to make Rogen into an action star - it’s been making sure they don’t repeat their old material.
“It’s hard not to steal your own jokes,” laughed Rogen when we caught up with him recently, remembering the process of writing “Hornet” with Godlberg, his longtime collaborator who also co-wrote/produced the hit comedies “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad.” “It’s hard; like, you really forget which ideas you’ve used and which ones you haven’t.”
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FROM MTV.COM: The idea made total sense: Seth Rogen and James Franco were starring in the summer's baked-out action flick, "Pineapple Express," as stoners on the run from a murderous marijuana dealer. So when the two actors were set to come out onstage during the 2008 MTV Movie Awards to deliver the Golden Popcorn statue for Best Summer Movie So Far, why not have them pull out a monstrous bag of fake weed and light up a joint? Crispy comedy gold, right?
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