Tom Felton, James Franco and other castmembers say come for the apes, stay for the story … or just the apes. By Kara Warner Freida Pinto and James Franco at the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” premiere Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images HOLLYWOOD — There is enough intrigue, presumed destruction and primate shenanigans in the trailers for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” to entice more than just the fans of the 1968 original into theaters when the film opens next week. But when MTV News caught up with the principal castmembers at the Hollywood premiere on Thursday, we asked them to sell us on a few more of the film’s must-see elements, aside from their furry co-stars. Basically, if people come to see the apes, what will make them stay? “Wow, James [Franco], Freida [Pinto], Andy [Serkis], everyone else,” Tom Felton said, speaking to his co-stars’ appeal. “There is a mixture of CGI and special effects that we’ve never seen onscreen before, along with a strong story and a strong message: Humans can’t play God too much. We should not overstep our boundaries when it comes to manipulating Mother Nature.” Pinto countered that it’s all about the apes. “I think this is one of few films that really give them a voice as well,” she said. “Of course, ‘Planet of the Apes’ did as well, but ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ gives them a voice in a very revolutionary way.” One of the prominent primate voices heard is that of Caesar, played by seasoned motion-capture performer Andy Serkis, who, according to Franco, is the main reason why the film is any good. “The apes, I think Andy Serkis and WETA should get top billing,” Franco said. “They stole the show; they’re incredible.” Actor John Lithgow, who plays the father of Franco’s character, was the only one who thought folks will start out loving the apes and leave loving the humans. “They [will] stay for the people, and the extent to which the apes become people,” he said. “It’s a story, it’s a great story, that’s why they stay.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com . Related Photos ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Premiere
Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz laugh to MTV News about spending way too much time at Whole Foods during ‘Twilight’ downtime. By Kara Warner with reporting by Josh Horowitz Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene Photo: MTV News Although the “Twilight” cast has wrapped filming on the franchise’s two-part final chapter, “Breaking Dawn,” their work together is far from over, considering the very last film won’t open in theaters until November 2012 and the young actors have plenty of promotional commitments to fulfill until then. But having spent so much time together, we wondered whether the castmembers ever get sick of one another. When MTV News caught up with Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, we put that question to them. We also asked the two stars if they had thought about how they’ll feel when it’s time to say goodbye to the series. “We’re never sick of each other,” Lutz said. “You do a project for seven months of your life, and you’re really just anxious to get home. I was really excited to see my dogs, [sleep] in my own bed. And then … we’re here at Comic-Con; we’re going to be here next year. We have a lot of press and a lot of opportunities to hang out with the fans, and that’s what I really look forward to,” he admitted. “Playing my role of Emmett — I love doing these movies — but by no way are we saying goodbye. We have a good couple years ahead of us and, you know, it’s just great to work with best friends for so many movies,” Lutz continued. “We see a lot of each other and we’re all blessed to be working outside of ‘Twilight,’ but it’s nice to all come together again.” Discussing how the best friends spend their downtime during filming, Lutz and Greene revealed that they geek out with board games and grocery shopping. ” ‘DanceDance Revolution,’ Lutz said. “Hasbro sent a lot of games to Ashley and I, so we have a lot of game nights, which is fun; cook, [watch] movies.” “Grocery shopping at Whole Foods,” Greene added of another production activity. “Which is terrible because I spend hundreds of dollars there by the time [we finish],” Lutz admitted. “You don’t understand,” Greene laughed, “They knew us by name there and it was the fun thing [to do], like, ‘Wanna go grocery shopping?’ Because then we could cook,” she explained. “Super, super cool.” Check out everything we’ve got on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” For young Hollywood news, fashion and “Twilight” updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com . Related Videos MTV News’ Comic-Con Takeover ‘Breaking Dawn’ Special Related Photos ‘Breaking Dawn’ Stars Take Over San Diego Comic-Con Twilight: Breaking Dawn
‘They said Chuck Norris was in the train,’ star Riley Griffiths tells us at the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles. By Kara Warner Riley Griffiths, Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning Photo: Getty Images LOS ANGELES — One of the more exciting things about the new J.J. Abrams-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced thriller “Super 8″ is the overall mystery of the film. From the basic plot details that have been released, very little is known about what the heck the movie is about. Based on word of mouth and one key moment in the film’s trailers that show something trying to escape a locked compartment on a train, there is a very mysterious “thing” or secret terrorizing a small town. MTV News headed out to the film’s star-studded premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday night to find out from the castmembers what crazy theories they’ve heard about what the “it” or “thing” or “big secret” is all about. Their answers were surprisingly varied and all over the map. “I’ve seen on IMDb that a lot of people thought it was a giant lion,” Zach Mills said. “I don’t know why. That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard.” “The funniest thing that someone has guessed what it is, they said Chuck Norris was in the train,” Riley Griffiths revealed. “That’s probably the funniest thing I’ve heard so far.” “I think someone said once on Facebook or something that it was the cube that Elle [Fanning] and Joel [Courtney] are looking at, and that [they think] it’s some creature,” Gabriel Basso said of a moment where Fanning and Courtney’s characters are examining a vibrating white cube. “That was really funny. I laughed.” Ryan Lee’s conspiracy theorists or secret guessers seemed to think that the mystery revolves around someone or something with a canine obsession. “[They think] that the thing has a dog fetish,” Lee revealed. “That’s the funniest thing somebody has said to me about the mystery of the movie. They think that thing is hoarding dogs in its train, I guess.” And last but not least, the adult in the group, actor Kyle Chandler, recalled a theorist who thinks the mystery revolves around a certain fever- and frenzy-inducing pop star. “Someone suggested to me that it was Justin Bieber,” he said. “And it could be.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Super 8.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com .
‘It’s probably the awkwardness of the situation,’ Jason Sudeikis tells MTV News. By Kara Warner Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson in “Hall Pass” Photo: Warner Bros. For anyone familiar with the films of the brothers Farrelly, Peter and Bobby, there is an element of raunch and ridiculousness in each of their films — “Dumb & Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Shallow Hal,” etc. — that seems to know no bounds. The latest addition to their body of work is “Hall Pass,” in which Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play two suburban dwellers seemingly bored with their marriages. Incredibly enough, they both manage to secure “hall passes” — one-week vacations from their marriages and their wives — to do whatever they please. Naturally, plenty of Farrelly-brand wackiness ensues, including an extended scene that features not one, but two prominent pieces of male anatomy. When MTV News caught up with the castmembers recently, we asked what makes penises so funny, particularly to men, since more often than not, it seems they find them far more laugh-out-loud funny than women do. “Probably because we have them and we use them for various puppetry purposes,” Sudeikis offered. “Yeah,” Wilson agreed, adding that when guys laugh at seeing male anatomy onscreen, it’s like a laugh of recognition. “Whoa! Hey!” he exclaimed with a grin. “I think it’s probably less the penis that makes us laugh and more the reaction,” Sudeikis continued. “It’s probably the awkwardness of the situation.” “Yeah, awkwardness,” Wilson said. “If they weren’t laughing they’d be crying.” Luckily, Jenna Fischer, who plays Wilson’s wife in the film, weighed in as well to offer an unbiased female opinion on the subject. “I just appreciate in this film that since they put boobs in, they put boy parts in too,” she said. “I think it’s a full-service film in that way. All nudity is allowed,” she said with authority, which we told her was an excellent point. “It’s just fair.” Check out everything we’ve got on “Hall Pass.” For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com .
But ‘Twilight’ studio Summit Entertainment says it’s too early to tell if the films will be converted to 3-D in post-production. By Kara Warner “Breaking Dawn” Photo: Little, Brown and Company Despite the continued popularity and rush for film studios to make everything in three dimensions, “Breaking Dawn” — both Part 1 and Part 2 — will not be shot in 3-D. Gossip Cop broke the news via a source at Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the mega-successful franchise. “Neither film is being shot in 3-D,” the source told the site, adding that any other buzz from the rumor mill was “fabricated.” A rep from Summit confirmed the story to MTV News. Although the two parts of “Dawn” will not be filmed in 3-D, this does not mean that post-production 3-D effects and/or conversion won’t be added. It is reportedly too early in production for the studio to make that call. We already know that a few of the castmembers would be up for a few 3-D elements. Kristen Stewart told MTV News in June that Bella in 3-D would be “awesome.” “I’m probably speaking out of line or whatever, but I think it would be awesome,” she said. “Nobody knows what it’s like to look through the eyes of a vampire. What if [Bella] opens her eyes to this extraordinary world? It could be cool.” Taylor Lautner seemed a bit more cautious about such an ambitious approach. “Usually, 3-D is best when it takes you into another world,” he explained “I could see it going both ways. As long as we have the story line down and as long as we bring what was written on the pages in the book to life, then we’ll be fine no matter what we do.” What do you think about “Breaking Dawn” not going 3-D? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Check out everything we’ve got on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.” For young Hollywood news, fashion and “Twilight” updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com . Related Videos The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt.2 Related Photos Meet The Cast Of ‘Breaking Dawn’
Drummer Benny Horowitz has some opinions about MTV’s hit show. By James Montgomery, with reporting by Matt Elias The Gaslight Anthem Photo: MTV News As you can probably tell from virtually every single thing every written about them, rough-and-tumble rockers the Gaslight Anthem are from New Jersey — and proudly so. So, of course, after they field the obligatory Bruce Springsteen question — something they’ve always brought upon themselves, especially with their new album, the just-released American Slang — the follow-up question always seems to be about MTV’s hit show “Jersey Shore.” Rather to their chagrin … “People say it’s this ‘movement,’ but is it really a ‘movement?’ ” drummer Benny Horowitz laughed backstage at the Hard Rock Calling fest in London. “As somebody from Jersey, that sh– has been there forever. So to me, they’ve been the reason I’ve stayed out of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, for about 15 years. “It’s funny,” he continued. “Literally, now, entertainment-wise, all people can associate with New Jersey is ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Jersey Shore.’ And as a proud Jersey-ian — as somebody from the Garden State, the beautiful place it is, with our beaches and our ‘Jersey Fresh’ corn , the Bouncing Souls and all these amazing things — there’s actually a Web site called ReclaimNewJersey.com.” However, what seems to get under Horowitz’s proud New Jersey skin more than anything, it’s that some of the castmembers aren’t even from New Jersey. To him, it’s a matter of authenticity. “[Some] of the are from, like, Long Island,” he laughed. “I don’t know … it’s different there now. If they still drove El Caminos, I’d be cool with it.” Related Artists The Gaslight Anthem
‘I didn’t know if I should go up at the end or not,’ she says of her small role in ‘New Moon.’ By Kara Warner Anna Kendrick Photo: Getty Images Anna Kendrick spent much of last year as a critical darling, rewarded with one nomination after another for her performance opposite George Clooney in “Up in the Air.” Despite all the acclaim, Kendrick seems convinced that most of her MTV fans still know her only as Jessica Stanley from the “Twilight” films. Judging by her visibly surprised expression upon hearing her name called for the Best Breakout Star at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards , the starlet appeared not to have considered the Twilighters’ voting power. “I am not cool enough to win an MTV Movie Award!” she said when she accepted her Golden Popcorn, beating out Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis, Gabourey Sidibe, Logan Lerman and Quinton Aaron for the honor. “So I am not going to mess it up by talking any more than I should.” Later on in the show, Kendrick faced a similar self-conscious struggle in deciding whether she should join her castmembers onstage to accept the Best Movie award for “New Moon.” “It’s so weird. I’m not, like, a big part of the movies, and I understand people are in it for Rob [Pattinson], Taylor [Lautner] and Kristen [Stewart],” she told MTV News. “So I didn’t know if I should go up at the end or not [when the cast won Best Movie]. At the last second, I sprinted onstage. “I was really psyched to get Best Breakout,” she added. “That was so exciting, and then when ['New Moon'] won, I was the idiot who crawled onstage at the last second.” What did you think of Kendrick’s win and acceptance speech? Would you have second-guessed getting up onstage with the “Twilight” cast? Sound off in the comments! Relive the wildest, funniest and most-jaw-dropping moments of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, watch revealing red-carpet interviews and get exclusive movie clips after the show at MovieAwards.MTV.com . Related Videos Stars Sizzle At The 2010 MTV Movie Awards Related Photos ‘Twilight’ At The 2010 MTV Movie Awards Related Artists Anna Kendrick
They better hurry — the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast will join the ‘A-Team’ stars on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet Sunday! By Todd Gilchrist, with reporting by Josh Horowitz Bradley Cooper Photo: MTV News Given the fact that the impeccably coiffed folks from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” are virtually everywhere these days, it’s hard to imagine that anyone isn’t on a first-name basis with the castmembers. But it turns out that some actors and filmmakers simply don’t budget enough time into their superstar schedules to keep tabs on Snooki, JWoww and the rest of the crew. When asked if he were familiar with the show, Bradley Cooper, who is presenting Best Kiss at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards ceremony, told MTV Movies: “I am ashamed to say that I am not, because all of my friends, that’s all they talk about.” Cooper revealed that he actually has his own Jersey connection: “I grew up going to the Jersey Shore every summer.” Meanwhile, Jessica Biel, who not only is presenting the Best Kiss award with Cooper but also co-stars with him in the new “A-Team” film, admitted she knew about the show, but wasn’t much more familiar with it than Cooper. “I’ve never seen it,” Biel confessed. “I know who these people are — I mean, I don’t live in a hole. Well, somewhat but not really. But I’ve never seen the show.” The MTV Movies team helped Biel out, explaining that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s perfectly carved physique earned him his now-infamous nickname. Biel laughed, “Oh, God, that’s a person? ‘The Situation’ equals ample abs? I wasn’t aware. Thank you! “I know somebody would have said that,” she said about walking the Movie Awards red carpet on Sunday and fielding “Jersey Shore” questions. “And I would have said, ‘I don’t know what’s going on! What’s happening?’ ” During MTV News’ “Jersey Shore Blow-Out at the MTV Movie Awards,” which airs at 8 p.m., right before the Movie Awards, Snooki, Pauly, JWoww, the Situation, Angelina, Sammi, Ronnie and Vinny will present the first 10 minutes of “Jersey Shore” season two . The new season, which premieres in full on Thursday, July 29, follows the cast as they leave the chilly winter waters of Seaside Heights and head out on a road trip to Miami. Don’t miss the live red-carpet coverage, exclusive movie clips and fist-pumping action on MTV News’ “Jersey Shore Blow-Out at the MTV Movie Awards,” airing live from Los Angeles this Sunday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Then stay tuned for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Related Videos Get Ready For The 2010 MTV Movie Awards!
Fans agree that Heidi ‘can do a lot better’ than Spencer; ‘The Hills: Final Season’ premieres April 27 on MTV. By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Joel Hanek Lauren Conrad Photo: Getty Images While Kristin Cavallari and Lo Bosworth have weighed in on what they want to see happen in the final season of “The Hills,” premiering April 27, it seems that fans have two very specific ideas for what they want to see in the final 12 episodes: Lauren Conrad needs to return, and Speidi need to break up. “I’d like to see more drama between the castmembers and new locations,” Shelby told MTV News, with her friend Julia adding, “I’d also like to see Heidi and Lauren. … If they’re friends anymore or if they, like, get into a big, huge catfight.” It seems that getting LC to return is pretty high on most “Hills” fans’ wish lists. “I would like to see Lauren come back on the show,” Ally said. “She’s my favorite. She’s so cute and pretty and sweet. That’s pretty much all I would really, really want to happen.” Olivia added: “I’d still like to know what she’s up to.” And while a lot of fans want LC back, other fans want Speidi to go their separate ways. “Heidi and Spencer [should] break up,” Holly and her pal Charity agreed. “I don’t really like it. She can do better.” Meredith explained why she’d like to see the show’s most infamous pair call it quits: “I think Heidi and Spencer should break up because he’s a jerk.” “I think she can do a lot better,” Erin added. “I think he’s making her do a lot of bad things.” Chantelle had the perfect way to make all the fans happy: “Lauren needs to come back and maybe have a little affair with Spencer,” she proposed. What do you want to see happen in the final season of “The Hills”? Should LC come back? Should Speidi part ways? Tell us in the comments! “The Hills: Final Season” premieres April 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT followed by “The City” at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. Related Videos Kristin’s Greatest ‘Hills’ Moments Related Photos The Hills (Season 5) | Cast
‘It’ll be nice to open up Hollywood for everybody to see what it takes to make it into a star,’ one castmember tells MTV News. By Joel Hanek, with reporting by Jim Cantiello The cast of “IF I Can Dream” with Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta Photo: 19 Entertainment While at the Highline Ballroom in New York on Friday to see Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta perform for Ryan Seacrest’s “Rock My Town” concert, MTV News got the inside scoop on another project from the makers of “American Idol.” “If I Can Dream,” a Web series launching in March from Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment, will feature five relatively unknown actors, models and musicians trying to make it big in Hollywood. The cast of 20-somethings recently met for the first time to embark on a global press tour. Among them: actor Ben Elliott, model Giglianne Braga, actress Amanda Phillips, actress Kara Killmer and musician Justin Gaston. Of the castmembers, Gaston is the most recognizable. Not only has the singer/songwriter already been a contestant on one reality competition show, “Nashville Star,” he has previously dated teen singing sensation Miley Cyrus . (Billy Ray Cyrus hosted the season of “Nashville Star” on which Gaston appeared.) “It’ll be nice to open up Hollywood for everybody to see what it takes to make it into a star,” Phillips said of the opportunity. “I am determined to continue challenging convention and pushing the boundaries of mainstream entertainment,” Fuller said in a statement about the show. “The next frontier is the video world of authentic, real-time interaction.” A little “Big Brother” and a little “X Factor,” the series will showcase the wannabe stars as they cohabitate in a house in L.A. and venture out to auditions. The cameras will be rolling 24/7, and fans can log on and indulge their inner-voyeur at any time. If that doesn’t do it for you, you can check out a weekly 30-minute show on Hulu . In another attempt to deliver full interaction between castmembers and the audience, each member has his or her own “If I Can Dream” MySpace, Facebook and Twitter pages. So what happens if success does strike one of these young unknowns? “I think the whole idea of the show is for us to get successful,” Gaston said. “So the sooner we get out, the better.” The first episode premieres on Hulu on March 2. Will you be tuning in online? Let us know what you think!