Anyone who's seen the various trailers or posters for "New Year's Eve" knows that this film is freakin' full of stars. So much so that at one point during the multiple casting announcements, I thought we were all being Punk'd. Not so, as it turns out Garry Marshall is so beloved as a director that he can get anyone he wants to be in his movies, if only for a minute or two.
In the spirit of the film's star studded-ness, MTV News asked a handful of the actors in question to try to name as many of their co-stars as possible, which proved a daunting task for most everyone—even Abigail Breslin—who had already faced this tough test. Check out the video above to see how they did.
When it was confirmed back in August that bawdy Brit Bridget Jones would grace the silver screen for a third time, little else was known about the long-gestating project, including whether Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant would reprise their starring roles. So when we caught up with Colin recently at the junket for his upcoming "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," we had to ask for an update.
"They are talking to ['Full Monty' director] Peter Cattaneo," Colin said, referring to the director's chair left vacant by "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig, who drafted a version of the script before pulling out of the project.
I'd wager many a girl wouldn't mind two guys fighting over her. But when the gentlemen in question are CIA agents played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, well, that could get a little dangerous. In the new trailer for "This Means War," Captain Kirk and Bane duke it out over Reese Witherspoon's character, who's been dating both of them at the same time. The co-workers decide to play it cool and see who Reese's character ends up choosing, but that wouldn't make a very good movie, would it? Things really start to get interesting when the competition heats up and the agents start sabotaging each other.
Chris and Tom pull out all the stops to make sure the other's dates with Reese go horribly, horribly wrong. You haven't had a bad date until you're thisclose to sealing the deal only to catch a tranquilizer dart in the neck. But then again, you've probably never had your rival hack the sprinkler system to go off at just the wrong moment.
The second trailer for Garry Marshall's celebrity-saturated romantic comedy, "New Year's Eve," has dropped (just like the ball in Times Square!), and though the clip doesn't ring in a lot of fresh footage, there are a few moments worthy of a closer look. So call Ryan Seacrest and commence the countdown: 5, 4, 3...
Love in an elevator
I'll admit to being rather dumbfounded as to the location of Lea Michele and Ashton Kutcher's celebration when I first watched the teaser trailer back in July. And now it's been spelled out for me: It's an elevator. The roomiest elevator in Manhattan, apparently. Regardless, if a later glimpse of Lea singing in Times Square is any indication, it looks as though the two escape in time for midnight.
by Sterling Wong
We all know Anna Kendrick can act. After all, the starlet did get nominated for an Oscar. But can Anna sing? Well, we’ll soon find out, as the "Twilight" actress is in talks to star in "Pitch Perfect," an upcoming musical romantic comedy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anna could play a rebellious and goth-like college student who discovers her voice in her school’s female a cappella group.
Now that its approximately four hundred bajillion casting announcements are out of the way, things are in full swing for Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve"! And the massive ensemble comedy has just released its first teaser trailer, with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it mashup of... I don't even know, like, 20 different storylines. All of which will undoubtedly converge in a giant, pyrotechnic dance number at the end! Probably! Maybe.
It's hard to keep track of what's what in this rapid-cut extravaganza, but here's what we've got: Ashton Kutcher wearing a sadbeard; Lea Michele doing her best Pollyanna; Sarah Jessica Parker and the Dress of Despair; Katherine Heigl getting slap-happy; Zac Efron playing wish-fulfiller to Michelle Pfeiffer; Josh Duhamel running around in a tux; ummmm something something Halle Berry; and pregnant Jessica Biel. Oh, and Robert De Niro as the erudite grandaddy of all things Auld Acquaintance. Woohoo! (Watch the trailer after the jump!)
I'm a sucker for clever winks, nods and nudges in movies (or what nerds like to call "Easter eggs"). I'm thinking of things like a cameo by the author of the book the movie's based on, or a reference to another movie produced by the same company. So I was pretty intrigued when my colleague Kara Warner told me there are a number of "Easy A" references in this weekend's "Friends With Benefits." (Both were directed by Will Gluck.)
I was so curious, in fact, that when I spoke with Will at the film's NYC premiere, I begged him for just a few hints. "I always like to put stuff in the movies from my other stuff," Will said. "What can I hint at... Keep an eye out for oranges," he added, rather mysteriously.
Much has been made of "No Strings Attached" and "Friends With Benefits"—two conceptually similar romantic comedies—being released a mere six months apart. And, I'll admit, it's hard to completely discount the "haven't I seen this before?" mentality surrounding these dueling f--- buddy films.
But in truth, Hollywood—heck, the creative world in general—is no stranger to subject matter retreads. No one really seems to care that Shakespeare based "Romeo and Juliet" on an earlier Italian tale or that "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer used the Bard's star-crossed lovers as inspiration for her vampire romance. It's the unique manner and subtle nuances in which a familiar trope is refashioned that sets it apart (and saves the artiste from copyright infringement).
All of this is really just to say that Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis' flick is worthy of $10 and a two-hour time investment, even if you sat through similar sexual shenanigans with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman earlier this year. Because, in the end, they are two completely different movies that happen to rely on a similar theme.
Keep reading after the jump for three reasons to say yes to "Friends With Benefits."
It's been nearly five years since Justin Timberlake released his super-sultry second solo album FutureSex/LoveSounds, and if you're missing the singing-dancing JT, you may want to get yourself to a theater this weekend to see his raucous rom-com "Friends With Benefits."
In the film, Justin's character harbors an odd fascination with the 1998 Semisonic song "Closing Time," a tune which plays an integral role in he and Mila Kunis' love affair. But the standout ditty from this flick is no doubt Kriss Kross' 1992 jam "Jump."
Those of us of a certain age fondly remember the rap duo, who could never seem to get their clothing on forwards, and the addition of the song is a nostalgia nugget too yummy to ignore. So when I caught up with Justin earlier this week at the "Friends With Benefits" premiere, I had to ask if the former boy-bander had a hand in picking the silly song.
"We wanted to find a song that spoke to my younger days—and Mila's, as well. We both know the song," Justin said, as he recalled developing the script with Mila and writer/director Will Gluck.
Move over, Carrie Bradshaw. There's a new single lady in town. Her name is Annie, and she was one hell of a maid of honor.
The news that "Bridesmaids" has passed "Sex and the City" as the top-grossing R-rated female comedy shouldn't come as too much of a shock for those of us who have been following the "Bridesmaids" effect, but it's still surprising that the flick has also become Universal's biggest rom-com of all time and Judd Apatow's best box office draw. It's good news for us, though, because that means we can expect a whole slew of "Bridesmaids"-style movies in the future, hopefully with the same star power and high-caliber comedy.
In fact, the trend is already upon us. At least three chick-driven laughers are in the works, proving ladies can be funny without falling all over the next hottie who walks by: