It's a commonly known rule in horror movie lore that the killer always comes back for one last scare. In the case of the "Scream" series, the killer's come back for four scares now… but after a financially underwhelming debut for "Scream 4," has Ghostface put down the knife once and for all?
Don't bet on it, says Harvey Weinstein. The Weinstein Company chief, who has executive produced every edition of the "Scream" franchise to date, is quite confident that the genre-defying series has more life in it beyond "Scream 4."
"I'm sure [director Wes Craven is] going to do a sequel, I'm sure he's going to do a sequel," Weinstein insisted when we spoke with him at the Cannes Film Festival last week, stressing that while "Scream 4" didn't perform fantastically in the United States, it's doing quite well overseas.
Ever feel like some of those action blockbusters we love so much were written by a five year old? Well, according to The Onion, this summer's "Fast Five" was.
The folks over at Today Now! sat down with "Fast Five" screenwriter Chris Morgan, who just happens to be the most adorable five year old you've ever seen (and not really the writer of "Fast Five," if you haven't figured that out yet). We don't want to spoil it for you, but Morgan's thoughts on his female characters, the film's chase scenes and the chance of sequels are pretty freaking hilarious.
There's more news to mull over today. After the jump, find out the chances of "Scream 5" and "6" ever hitting theaters, hear what Rob Kazinsky had to say about leaving "The Hobbit," and when you should be expecting an "American Reunion."
With all the hype and excitement surrounding "Scream 4," I'm actually surprised it didn't perform better at the box office last weekend. Wes Craven directing! Kevin Williamson writing! All of the original characters (those who survived) back in action! I'm not even a fan of the "Scream" franchise and I enjoyed it.
Anyway, before the numbers came in last weekend, the word on the street was that there were two more "Scream" movies on the way. Screenwriter Williamson had planned the fourth film as a kickoff to a new trilogy, of sorts. When I caught up with the cast and Craven at the film's press day recently, I asked them to give us a tease of what they had planned for two more films. Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette didn't want to speculate at the time, citing the notion that if they commented it would spoil the fact that their characters survived. However, Mr. Craven was more than happy to offer a few words on what might happen in future installments.
Warning: some spoilers for the ending of "Scream 4" lie ahead!
The summer blockbuster season is rapidly approaching and the tweets are alive with excitement. Arguably, the first big film opens May 6th and comes in the form of a hammer-wielding warrior named "Thor." Leave it to Seth MacFarlane to point out the most exciting thing about the Norse God.
For us, summer blockbuster season usually means obnoxiously-excited-for-new-Pixar-movies season. We're counting down the days until "Cars 2," but one "Finding Nemo" star is upset that a sequel is not in her future.
Meanwhile, "Rio" slayed "Scream 4" at the box office this weekend and star Tracy Morgan finally gets his promotional groove on. And another comedian is celebrating Passover this year, albeit under a new name.
I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 19th, 2011.
Despite a vaguely disappointing opening box office, most die hard horror fans rushed into theaters to catch "Scream 4" this weekend, and the reviews were mostly positive. The litany of plot twists and meta-jokes were enough to satisfy one of Earth's biggest pop singers and even lead one "Scream" alumnus to wish she hadn't been killed off so soon.
Many people who saw "Scream 4" this weekend were also treated to a brand new trailer for the summer comedy "Bridesmaids." All the hubbub is making the film's director refreshingly excited, so he took to the tweets to make some odd requests. And then apologize.
And unless you spent the weekend in isolation, you know that everyone was talking about Nic Cage's bizarre run in with the law and the reality TV star who bailed him out of prison. Sometimes Hollywood makes it too easy for comedians.
I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 18th, 2011.
FROM MTV MOVIES: Hollywood accountants got just what they needed from two little bluebirds over the weekend as "Rio" enjoyed the biggest debut of any movie in 2011 thus far. The latest animated outing from the company behind the "Ice Age" franchise, about a pair of endangered South American birds, beat the weekend openings of rival kid flicks "Rango" and "Hop" with its estimated $40 million weekend.
Featuring the voice talents of Jessie Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, will.i.am and more, "Rio" did 58 percent of its business in 3-D screenings, which helped lift the overall box office 11 percent, marking the first increase against 2010 numbers in eight weekends. The "Rio" debut is still far behind the opening of last spring's "How to Train Your Dragon" and previous Blue Sky Studios hits like the "Ice Age" series, "Robots" and "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"
Meanwhile, the first "Scream" movie in 11 years fell well below expectations with its $19.2 million opening. "Scream 4" was #2 in the box office tally, according to studio estimates. Uniting returning castmembers Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox with a cast of younger newcomers wasn't enough to beat the debuts of either of the other sequels to the 1996 original.
Read the full story at MTV Movies!
"Scream 4" hits theaters today. After a decade long absence from cinema screens, series masterminds Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson have engineered a new story that brings your favorite horror movie survivors back for one more scare against the dreaded Ghostface — and if you have any doubts about whether or not the movie is going to work, allow me to gut them like a fish for you.
If you're a "Scream" fan, and if you were thinking about skipping out on round four, don't. Much better than two and three and a lot closer to the quality of the original than you might expect, "Scream 4" is a totally worthwhile trip to the movies. Find out why after the jump!
A new trailer for "Cowboys & Aliens" was released on "American Idol" last night and it sent Twitter all atwitter. While we're not sure the title implies a singular champion, we've got some celebrity predictions for which side comes out on top.
"Game of Thrones" premieres Sunday and we keep forgetting that it's not a movie. But there's something about it that makes us love it. We're guessing it's the brooding and the violence (Just like in the movies!). We've got some early reviews fresh off the Twitter.com Internet Website. Meanwhile, "Scream 4" lands in theaters and it's Emma Watson's 21st birthday today. See what Voldemort had to say!
I'm @TravisHelwig and this is Twitter-Wood for April 15th, 2011.
It might be simplistic to say that the horror genre has fractured since the "Scream" franchise last appeared on screen in 2000, but not wholly inaccurate. In the eleven years since Wes Craven's original trilogy hit the screens, screamers of all kinds have filled our need for things that go bump in the night.
Today, the franchise returns in the form of "Scream 4," which brings much of the film's original cast back for a new adventure. Good filmmakers are always thinking of new things, as Craven explained to us last week, and "Scream 4" promises new commentary on the genre he helped to popularize. Here's a taste of how his genre of choice has changed since we last saw Ghostface, and how "Scream 4" fits into the new "mainstream" tradition.
Every movie depends on secrecy to a degree, but the "Scream" franchise hinges upon it entirely. If you go into your first screening knowing who the killer is, there's no question that you're missing out on some of the wonder that Wes Craven and his team have in store for you.
"Scream 4" hits theaters tonight at midnight, and thankfully, the biggest secrets of the film remain largely unspoiled online and elsewhere. It's actually not surprising that Dimension has been able to keep a lid on things for so long — because not even the cast of the movie themselves were allowed to read a full "Scream 4" script in order to prevent any and all possible leaks.
After the jump, hear the enormous lengths that the "Scream" team went through to keep their secrets from the actors themselves.