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You might think after decades of making kick-ass movies, Sylvester Stallone might want to slow down. You'd be wrong. While some actors are lucky to have one franchise during their career, Stallone has again and again played roles that fans around the world have loved. In his latest successful franchise, The Expendables, Stallone leads some of the biggest action stars on the planet and shows no signs of slowing down. Last year when The Expendables 3 was filming in Bulgaria, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. During a break in filming, we were able to sit down with Stallone for an awesome interview. He talked about the great additions to the cast, why he chose these particular actors, how he sees the actors' "baggage" from their previous films as an advantage, why the script changed during production, the younger Expendables joining the film, why he »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
For a recent feature in Entertainment Weekly, we spoke to showrunners who’ve had the pleasure – and pressure — of wrapping up some of TV’s most beloved series. Murphy Brown creator Diane English had left the CBS comedy after season 4 but returned for its tenth and final season and penned its hour-long 1998 series finale. In the two-part “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Murphy (five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen) — who’d battled breast cancer that year – contemplated retirement as she dealt with a second scare. While under anesthesia for a surgery that ultimately confirmed she was cancer-free, Murphy scored her biggest interview, »
- Mandi Bierly
Conan O'Brien started last night's MTV Movie Awards off with a bang, racking up 50 celebrity cameos in the filmed sketch that opened the show—including Taylor Swift, Grumpy Cat, Tracy Morgan as Banksy, Martin Scorsese, and Jack Nicholson's middle finger. The director of the segment tells the Hollywood Reporter the whole thing came together in just three weeks, and each cameo was filmed in just six minutes. More buzzy moments: O'Brien closed his opening monologue with a big musical number involving a gospel choir. Zac Efron won Best Shirtless Performance , so of course, he had to take his shirt »
- Evann Gastaldo
You expect a lot of celebrity power at the MTV Movie Awards; you don't expect, however, 50 famous faces to show up in the first five minutes of the show. But that's exactly what the 2014 edition of the network's annual shindig did, kicking off the show with a filmed bit in which host Conan O'Brien asked a room full of corporate suits what the previous record for most celebrity appearances in an intro. He's told the previous record was eight; O'Brien claims he can get 50 (!) to drop in, at which point »
When you’re hosting the MTV Movie Awards and promise viewers “The Biggest One You’ll Ever See,” opening with any old been-there-done-that monologue is no longer an option. Conan O’Brien was acutely aware of that challenge when he opted to attempt the Movie Awards’ boldest coup yet and score 50 celebrity cameos within the first five minutes of the show.
As you’ve now seen, O’Brien managed to pull off the feat. But he didn’t do it alone. Director Troy Miller tells EW how MTV assembled this “whirlwind of a celebrity-fest” (full list at bottom), which included appearances by Taylor Swift, »
- Lanford Beard
Oculus takes part in both the present and the past, showing us Tim and Kaylie as children and adults in their struggle against the Lasser Glass. For the latest in our Q&A series, we spoke with Garrett Ryan, who plays the younger version of Tim in this movie, and he told us about playing this character and his experience on set:
Garrett, thank you for taking the time to talk with us about your new movie, Oculus. For starters, could you tell us what it was like acting on a horror movie set? Were there any particular scary moments during filming that you experienced?
Garrett Ryan: Thank you for having me. The sets of horror films are very fun to be on. But surprisingly, it’s never scary to film a horror movie and you can never really tell how terrifying the final product will be. But when »
- Derek Anderson
This appeared in the April 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.
With Great Marketing comes great responsibility. In December, Sony released its first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — the idea, as always, being to spill exactly the right number of secrets and not half a secret more. “I was nervous about it,” says director Marc Webb. “But we wanted to raise the stakes. We want people to appreciate the scope of what’s to come both in this movie and in subsequent films.” So fans saw their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) swinging exuberantly between the gleaming skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan. »
- Sara Vilkomerson
It has been dismissed over the years as cheesy, cheap and laughable but, as has been the case on many occasions, Hammer Films have had the last laugh. They boast a back-catalogue that is to horror movies what The Rolling Stones’ discography is to rock music. Fifty-nine years after the release of their first horror movie proper (The Quatermass Xperiment), Hammer’s films have survived scrutiny and re-evaluation and have now attained National Treasure status. Moreover, in terms of sheer importance, the Hammer films were some of the most influential of the past half-century. The ripple-effect of their imitators cashing in on their success would beget the careers of some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.
And yet since 1984 Hammer has been a dormant entity, existing only in the memory: a pile of ashes, a cape and a signet ring waiting to be reanimated by the crimson, jugular discharge of some poor, »
- Cai Ross
Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.
The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.
We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.
However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »
- Scott Hallam
We live in an age of franchises. One of the simple truths of modern pop culture is that there is nothing a studio values more than the ability to get a series off the ground where they can constantly count on fans coming back for more of the same. My kids are on the hook for so many ongoing series at this point that I have to sometimes remind them that films that aren't part of a series are also worth watching. There are some series that they're not ready for yet, like "Lord Of The Rings" or "The Terminator," and Toshi is constantly pushing to see the things that have been on the "not yet" shelf for a while. Recently, we've dabbled with a few series, and the reactions from both of the kids have been interesting, and not what I expected. For example, one would think that based »
- Drew McWeeny
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ box office: ‘Captain America 2′ to pass $100 million on opening weekend? (photo: Chris Evans and Robert Redford in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’) The Avengers effect has yet to subside. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, debuted with an estimated $10.2 million from Thursday night (April 3, 2014) screenings in North America, including $1.2 million at 344 IMAX locations. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and featuring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and veteran Robert Redford Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to enjoy the biggest April weekend opening ever at the domestic box office, even after factoring in inflation. At 3,938 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will surely surpass the current April record-holder, Justin Lin’s Fast Five. Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Dwayne Johnson, the Rio de Janeiro-set »
- Zac Gille
(Cbr) Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has overseen the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception. Yet much like the comic books that inspire the films, Marvel Studios is looking to bring about some big status quo changes with their latest motion picture event, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," debuting in stateside theaters today. Drawing heavily from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's 2005 "Winter Soldier" story in the "Captain America" comic book series, the film not only reintroduced Bucky (Sebastian Stan) as brainwashed assassin The Winter Soldier, it also, as previewed by the trailers, explores major trust issues between Captain America (Chris Evans) and S.H.I.E.L.D., the peacekeeping organization at the center of the McU. Cbr News spoke with Feige at last month's "Winter Soldier" press junket in Beverly Hills about what Marvel Studios was looking to say with this latest installment, the major role the film plays in setting up 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
The monologue. It’s the time where an actor either rises to the occasion or crashes and burns (and usually takes the film with them.) When done right, the effect of the monologue can change our perspectives, be devastatingly terrific, riotous, or inspiring. And when done right, it does them all at one point or another. In no particular order, here are some monologues we really like, ranging from the funny to the tragic—but do not, however, take this as the end-all-be-all of great monologues. If you love some we didn’t put on this list, leave them in the comments! Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines in “Twelve Monkeys”It seems like Pitt’s character in “Twelve Monkeys” is in perpetual monologue mode, only adding to the greatness of his performance. While in a mental institution, his ramblings to Bruce Willis’ character James Cole on society’s gluttony and materialistic focus, »
The role of The Joker isn’t just one of the biggest roles in comic book movies, but thanks to Heath Ledger’s startling portrayal, it’s also now regarded as one of the most iconic villain roles in all of cinema.
But what about those actors who were considered, rumoured or interested in the role, yet didn’t quite make the cut? Back in the time of Tim Burton’s Batman, The Joker was already a relatively well-known character to even non-comic fans, and so the part attracted a multitude of name actors who would ultimately lose the part to Jack Nicholson.
Then when The Dark Knight was casting, the rumour mill started up again, and we all remember how negative the online reaction was to Ledger’s casting. For that reason, we’re going to very carefully consider whether these actors would have been capable of doing the part justice, »
- Jack Pooley
In the upcoming horror movie Oculus (review), Garret Ryan is relentlessly tormented by Katee Sackhoff. Not a bad gig, right? But let me tell you… this is not the sexy Starbuck "Battlestar Galactica" Sackhoff...
...and it’s certainly not the glamour gal of magazine fashion spreads and red carpet events…
When it comes to life vs. death, Tim must take matters into his own hands. But just because crazy-mom is dead, it doesn’t mean she’s gone!
Read on to see what Garrett has to say about that and more.
Dread Central: We'd love to know all about Oculus -- who do you play, and what's the story?
Garret Ryan: I play the role of young Tim Russell. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
It’s rare to see these two horror icons on stage together, so we thought our Los Angeles readers would like to know that John Carpenter will be presenting Roger Corman with a special Legend Award at the New Media Film Festival in June:
“Susan Johnston, producer and founder of the New Media Film Festival, announced today that Roger Corman, the filmmaker, Honorary Academy Award-winner and pioneering producer/director/screenwriter/ actor, will be the recipient of the festival’s coveted Legend Award. “We are proud and honored to award Roger Corman the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award for a long career of iconoclastic and memorable films, for also inspiring audiences and helping to launch generations of successful filmmakers with his groundbreaking approach,” said Johnston. The award ceremony will take place during the closing night of the Fifth Annual New Media Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 Pm at the Landmark Theatre. »
- Jonathan James
With rumours flying about a new Indiana Jones and Disney reportedly closing in on their final choices for Jj Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII, the Hollywood casting machine is operating at an even higher temperature than usual.
You'll be familiar with some of these near-misses, but others are frankly astonishing. Which rapper almost took Matt Damon's role in Elysium? Which former Friends star was the first choice to front Men in Black? And why is Leonardo DiCaprio Christian Bale's nemesis? Read on...
Al Pacino - Star Wars
Pacino revealed during a Q&A session last year that the role of roguish smuggler Han Solo was "his for the taking" back in the '70s, but he turned it down because he didn't understand the script. Harrison Ford made the role iconic and ended up having his own issues with Lucas's script, famously telling the director "You can type this s**t, »
Wgn America's spooky new series, "Salem," doesn't premiere until April. Since that's way too long to wait to get our fill of the series' supernatural take on the Salem witch trials, Zap2it decided to get you -- and the stars -- excited for the debut by subjecting them to our "Salem" Survey.
Up next is Janet Montgomery, who plays the witchy Mary Sibley on the new drama, premiering Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. Et/9 p.m. Ct. Read on to find out what she'd take with her to puritanical Salem, why she couldn't actually survive there and why the crew is key to "Salem's" success.
Zap2it: Describe your character in 5 words.
Montgomery: Damaged, emotional, vengeful, illusive, lustful.
What three items would you take with you to a deserted island (or puritanical Salem)?
My dog Guthrie, milk and British tea bags. S***, I need a kettle too right? »
At this point, there are two big threats in the world of Reign: The Darkness and King Henry. One is a pagan creature we’ve yet to really see; the other is the handsome man who sits on the throne by day and partakes in life-or-death sexcapades by night. But what’s in store now that Bash has had his first experience with The Darkness — and Henry has explained his feelings of divine entitlement?
We talked with Alan Van Sprang about Henry’s future, the newest woman in his life, and of course, that one time he humped a woman out of a window. »
- Samantha Highfill
Prepare for an expansion in the Spider-verse. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging into theaters on May 2, Sony Pictures takes a big step forward with its amazing Spider-Plan. In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, senior writer Sara Vilkomerson talks with Team Spidey — including director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaan — about the decision to commit to two more Amazing Spider-Man films, for 2016 and 2018, in addition to two spin-offs focusing on beloved villains Venom and the Sinister Six.
“At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that »
- EW staff
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