It's been a long time since Natalie Portman starred in a romantic comedy, and it's been almost as long since Ashton Kutcher starred in a romantic comedy that we liked. So needless to say, we were thrilled by the trailer for "No Strings Attached," a rom-com in which the two play friends engaged in a casual fling with—you guessed it—no strings attached. But, as you also might suspect, it develops into something more like love.
Plus, any movie that has Mindy Kaling in the opening seconds automatically wins our stamp of approval.
Surprisingly enough, Natalie and Ashton have really great chemistry. We totally bought the two as lifelong friends who get wrapped up in a relationship that slowly spins out of their control. The trailer makes it pretty obvious that jealousy and love eventually get in the way, but considering this is the first of many friends-with-benefits projects headed our way, it will be interesting if this approach is more "realistic" than some of the other films'.
Posh Italian label Prada has become popular movie-naming fodder of late. You'll remember Anne Hathaway did battle with a devil clad in the brand back in 2006, and now lovely ladies Alexa Vega and Camilla Belle live for the label in the 2011 rom-com "From Prada to Nada." But don't confuse the two chick flicks. While Anne's plucky Andy Sachs was a hard-working, driven magazine assistant, from the looks of this new trailer, Alexa and Camilla's spoiled richies wouldn't recognize an honest day's work if it kicked them in their Prada-clad butts.
Billed as a Latina twist on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," the flick could be the well-coiffed step child of a bizarro world "Spanglish" and Hilary Duff's "Material Girls." SoCal sisters Mary (Alexa) and Nora (Camilla) seem to have it all; in fact, Mary doesn't even bat a perfectly mascaraed eyelash when she smashes her car into a brand new BMW. They do have it all—until their father dies, leaving them penniless (no real explanation for bankruptcy in the trailer...), and the pair is forced to move in with their estranged aunt on the other side of town...East L.A.! Cue the barrio jokes! Initially hesitant to claim their Mexican roots, with the help of Wilmer Valderrama (nice to see you, buddy!), the pair have a change of heart—and look to find love along the way.
While most of us are spending this week in a sugar-induced fugue state, licking the discarded wrappers from the last of our Halloween candy and wondering whether we'll ever fit into our pants again, Hollywood is already looking ahead to the holidays. Next New Year's Eve, to be exact. Today brought news from Variety that "New Year's Eve," the ensemble cast rom-com followup to last year's "Valentine's Day," is picking up speed, with an announcement that Abigail Breslin is in talks to join the cast. Like its predecessor, the movie will follow a host of big-name actors through a web of interconnected plotlines—this time in the hours leading up to midnight.
And considering what New York City—where this film will be set—is like on New Year's Eve, we're thinking that Abigail's prior experience battling the undead hordes in "Zombieland" should come in handy.
Abigail is the second actor to mull a role in the project (after Lea Michele), and we can expect to be hit with a slew of these announcements in the coming months as they round out the giant ensemble cast. But while we'll be happy with anyone that director Garry Marshall picks, there are five stars we'd especially love to see on board. Who are they? Check it!
Josh Duhamel is showing us his sensitive side at this week's box office in his new rom-com, "Life as We Know It." While he's transformed in many roles over the years, we have to say that our favorite might be the one he's playing for Hollywood Crush this week as Hump Day Hottie.
Press play on the video below to see more of Josh, and then keep reading for more details about him!
Vital Stats: There's nothing quite as hot as a Midwestern boy. And Josh happens to be a North Dakota native, so that makes him pretty much perfect! He played football in college and was thinking of going to dental school (um, yes!) but instead moved to Cali, was a model for a while and then Hollywood stardom came his way.
He's married to Fergie, sadly, and according to costar Katherine Heigl, when the two decide to have kids, the dude has the skills to pay the bills.
"Oh my god! The best of the best! He's fantastic," she gushed to MTV News. "He's really good with children. They sort of flocked to him. I think it’s a pheromone thing. I think he puts off like a chocolate cookie scent to children. They love him and those triplets [who played the baby in the movie] loved him."
Katherine Heigl will play a new adoptive mother in her upcoming flick, "Life as We Know It," co-starring Josh Duhamel. And, as it turns out, the film is getting rave reviews from Katherine's hubby, singer Josh Kelley.
"I think this is the best movie she's ever made. It's my favorite one," he told MTV News at the film's premiere, where Katherine dished on "Grey's Anatomy" and Josh D. was talking all about "Transformers 3." "I was like,'Honey this movie is unreal.' You run the gamut of emotions on this one. We're both our biggest critics and I was seriously very, very moved by this one. It's phenomenal."
Were you ever extra-curious about why tomorrow's Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman comedy switched its name from "The Baster" to "The Switch"? We really weren't. The first title elicits a certain imagery Hollywood probably didn't want their viewers to be picturing — and then being put off by — when considering weekend movies.
But Jason wasn't afraid of facing up to the basting process the film teases. He willingly explained how a baster ties in to artificial insemination when MTV News caught up with him recently.
You're welcome for bringing you all a whole slew of "either your movie or something way funnier" posts over the past few weeks. Last week, we asked the cast of "Eat Pray Love" if they preferred Elizabeth Gilbert's mantra over "Jersey Shore's" gym, tanning, laundry." This time, we went a little more serious.
"The Switch," which hits theaters this Friday, is about a man who drunkenly decides to switch the sperm his best friend received from a donor with that of his own. It adds drama for the film, for sure, and hopefully the two main characters end up together, but we decided to ask the cast which bodily fluid donation they thought was sexier in real life: blood or sperm.
Big news today: "Going The Distance" has been pushed back a week to be released on September 3 instead of August 27. You might find yourself asking, "What movie is that?" to which we can only answer, "Exactly." If "Going The Distance" has had a marketing campaign set to rival the other big August romance releases like "Eat Pray Love" and "The Switch," then we have yet to see it.
Is it a big deal that "Going The Distance" has been pushed back a week? Not really. The only other big film that is coming out that day is "Machete," which also hasn't had the biggest marketing campaign to speak of and is aiming for an entirely different audience.
By George Loomis
Jennifer Aniston is about to switch it up. We’ve recently seen her on the run with her ex-husband, managing a neurotic dog, and even stalking Alec Baldwin’s character on “30 Rock.” But this time around in “The Switch,” Jennifer’s dramatic need is simpler and perhaps a tad less urgent. Her character, Kassie Larson, is just looking for good sperm.
“This is what a woman’s fertility looks like after a certain age,” Kassie explains, pointing to a downward slope, in a new clip. “So I would like you to be the first to know, I’m having a baby… and I am in the market for some semen... and I need you to help me find some.”
Thanks to the incredibly sexy, male-heavy cast of "What's Your Number?," Anna Faris is one lucky actress. It's her character, Ally Darling, who has the tough job of trying to figure out who of her previous 20 boyfriends is The One.
We caught up with "Community's" Joel McHale at Comic-Con and got a chance to talk to him about his character Roger, who as it turns out is Ally's (un)lucky number 20.