April 25, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

James Franco Tackles Necrophilia In ‘Child Of God’

In his 17 years in the film industry, actor/director/writer James Franco has inspired many a raised eyebrow and scratched head — this is the man who constructed a replica of the "Three's Company" living room for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, after all. But Franco's latest directorial effort, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel will truly test the mettle of movie-goers.

The film follows the deeply troubled Lester Ballard, a violent social outcast whose depravity leads him to murder and necrophilia.

Despite the project's controversial content, Franco assured MTV News' Josh Horowitz, while at the Toronto International Film Festival, that he wasn't trying to bait audiences into outraged responses.

"I don't get turned on if somebody hates my movie, but I did go into this project knowing that it was an extreme subject matter," Franco said. "It was an extreme way of talking about these themes that I'm talking about, but that's why I make movies. That's why I'm drawn to it. I could easily talk about loneliness in a much tamer way, imagination in a much tamer way, but then I feel like it would just be a movie that would fall in the middle somewhere. There's nothing interesting about that to me."

Franco knew he could draw an audience (albeit, a small one) if he crafted the film in a very particular manner.

"So as long as I made it in a responsible way, meaning don't make the budget too big and figure out ways to make it good but manageable, I would be fine," he said. "I ...

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Is Daniel Radcliffe Crying Over ‘Fifty Shades’ Casting?

Sorry world, with Charlie Hunnam confirmed to play Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," it just means that "Harry Potter" star, Daniel Radcliffe, won't be able to explore the billionaire's kinky world. And, if you ask him, he's quite fine with that.

"I literally had someone say to me for the first time today, 'The world's in uproar you're not playing Christian Grey.' And I'm like 'If this is uproar, it's inaudible.' I think there was approximately no people wanting me to play Christian Grey, including myself," he told MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival. "I have to say, no offense to anybody, I'm sure they're going to do a great job on the movie, but it's not something that I think of would have been a good next step for me."

Of course, Radcliffe has plenty of projects that his fans can check out in lieu of "Fifty Shades," including "Horns" and "Kill My Darlings." But, perhaps, Radcliffe would have felt differently about missing the chance to adapt E L James' novel if pop siren, Katy Perry, nabbed the role of Anastasia Steele away from Dakota Johnson. Why? Well, Radcliffe owned up to having a on the "Roar" singer back in 2012. Yet, he still doesn't have the courage to talk to her.

"Mentally I am very close to Katy Perry, a lot," he joked. "I've been in a room with her since and I couldn't say [anything]. I was across a room from her and I was like ...

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Rihanna Recorded A ‘Monster Hook,’ And We Just Might Know Who It’s For…

Still no word yet on whether Rihanna will be releasing her eighth album in eight years later in 2013, but we do know that she's making music — for one of her "favorite artists."

On Wednesday (September 11), she tweeted, "Just left the studio... Recorded a #monster hook for one of my favorite artists! And that's all I can give you..."

The mysterious tweet — not surprisingly — rallied her Rihanna Navy, who were feverishly guessing who the artist could be. Predictions included Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and Drake, to name a few. We here at MTV News compiled a list of who we think Rihanna could be collaborating with, and even added some odds for you betting types.

Lady Gaga
Since Rihanna tweeted the word "monster," some automatically assumed she could only be talking about the Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga. Even though her Little Monsters have heard a majority of the ARTPOP at the iTunes Festival, there may still be some time to add in an extra track, or maybe even a remix to "Sex Dreams," which fans are hoping will be the next single.
Odds: 20 to 1

Kanye West
Another logical person that Rihanna could be working is ", so it might be time for her to return the favor on that rumored Yeezus remix EP.
Odds: 15 to 1

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj had a stand-out verse on West's "Monster" track, which made us think that Minaj just might be the artist Rihanna could ...

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‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off Officially Happening At AMC

While "Breaking Bad" fans eagerly await the final episode to find out the fate of Walter, Jesse and the rest of the gang, they're also dreading the end, since it will be goodbye to characters they've gotten to know over the course of five seasons.

But the September 29 finale of "Breaking Bad" will not be a goodbye for at least one character. "Better Call Saul," the proposed spin-off series for Bob Odenkirk's dirtbag lawyer, is officially happening at AMC.

The network announced Wednesday (September 11), along with Sony Pictures TV, in an official statement that it will be a prequel to "Breaking Bad."

Many of the fans who have been meticulously crafting their personal predictions on how "Breaking Bad" will end took rumors of a Saul Goodman spin-off series as a sign that the lawyer would survive the current series. The detail that "Better Call Saul" will be a prequel doesn't let him off the hook for the remaining three episodes.

'Breaking Bad': Who Will Die Next Week?

"As conceived, the new series is based on the show's popular Saul Goodman character with the working title 'Better Call Saul,' " the network and studio said in a joint statement. "Plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character [played by Bob Odenkirk] before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

While Vince Gilligan will not be helming the show — that responsibility goes to "Breaking Bad" writer and producer Peter Gould — the showrunner will be working in some creative capacity behind the ...

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The Weeknd Speaks: How <i>Kiss Land</i> Tells The Story Of His ‘Second Chapter’

Up until recently, Abel Tesfaye — the mercurial mastermind better known as the Weeknd — preferred to let his music do the talking.

Since rising to fame in 2011 with his trio of self-released albums (and subsequently signing a deal with the Universal Music Group), Tesfaye has maintained a purposefully low profile, refusing interview requests and seemingly existing in a murky world of his own creation. But, with the release of his major-label debut, Kiss Land, he's softened that stance slightly ... earlier this summer, he gave his first-ever interview.

That's not to suggest his outlook on life is any sunnier these days ... quite the opposite in fact. Musically, Kiss Land is even more monochromatic than his previous works, and lyrically, he's still trapped in the same cycle of druggy nights, desperate flings and depressed dawns, all of which are expressed with an honesty that's downright eye opening. If he's willing to talk about any of these things, it's more likely out of necessity. Such is the price that comes with leaving his hometown of Toronto for the big time.

But if he must speak, he's going to do it on his own terms: Recently, his team sent MTV a series of produced pieces that tell the story behind Kiss Land's creation ... one that begins the moment he left home for the first time in 2011, and continues to this day.

"Trilogy was more of a claustrophobic body of work, before it was released I hadn't left my city for 21 years, and I had never been ...

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Meet The New ‘X Factor’ Judges

Though he's going to be someone's dad soon, there's nothing put-down playboy Simon Cowell likes more than being surrounded by beautiful women. He'll get his last chance at TV bachelorhood this season on 
 when he'll be the alpha male on a judging panel that is otherwise all female.

When MTV News caught up with Cowell and the gang before Wednesday (September 11) night's launch of season three of the U.S. edition of the show, he had nothing but high praise for his new charges. "Kelly did the U.K. show and she was amazing," Cowell said of former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland
. "Paulina, I've always wanted to work with her. I think she's interesting," he added of Latin singing star Paulina Rubio.

And, of course, there's the sole returning judge, and Cowell's playfully cheeky foil, Demi Lovato. "Demi was great last year and then the idea of putting the three together ... we've never done that before, I've never seen that before. I wasn't sure until we started filming, but it was great."

After two seasons of middling ratings, "X Factor" shuffled the deck 
 one more time over the break after the departures of original judge L.A. Reid and one-and-done panelist Britney Spears
. It was the latter high-profile choice that flamed out most spectacularly last season, as Spears failed to develop chemistry with Lovato or the rest of the panel, and, in general, didn't provide enough of a personality spark to engage viewers at home either.

The change this time around, however, is apparent in Lovato's attitude ...

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Keanu Reeves Says ‘Bill & Ted 3’ Is Struggling With ‘The Darkness’

While Keanu Reeves may be taking his career to the next level with his directorial debut, the martial arts film "Man of Tai Chi," fans can't help but look back at the movie that kicked his career into high gear way back in 1989: "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."

The time-traveling buddy comedy spawned a sequel in 1991 ("Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey") and has earned a devoted cult following — one that's constantly asking what's holding up the long-delayed "Bill & Ted 3."

"It's a long story," Reeves told MTV News' Josh Horowitz while at the Toronto International Film Festival. "There's lots of subterfuge and conspiracy theories. There's a whole thing... I might have to do one of those independent press, conspiracy, other-name kind of [statements] explaining why it hasn't happened yet, because it's pretty dark out there."

Getting a film made can be a tough thing, especially if the previous films are from a few decades past, but Reeves continued to hint at darker forces at play.

"There is [a script]," revealed Reeves. "There's all sorts of stuff and it just can't — it's just — there's darkness out there that's keeping it from happening... It's that part of the story where it's looking grim. It's the dark period of the idea!"

Horowitz tried to look on the bright side, stating that it is always darkest before the dawn — but Reeves wasn't budging. His co-star Alex Winter, who played Bill, had a more positive outlook back at South by Southwest, but maybe that was before the darkness came.

"There's no drama," ...

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‘Jurassic World’: Everything We Know So Far

As one tentpole, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," moves out of the summer 2015, one moves in to replace it. Though it was previously known by its tentative title, "Jurassic Park 4," when we return to the dinosaur-infested isle on June 12, 2015, the movie will be called "Jurassic World."

The press release from Universal finally solidified the release, which had been previously up in the air after since-deleted tweets from two crew members mentioned production shutting down. Then there were the rumors about what the story may or may not be, all amounting to us not knowing much for certain about "Jurassic World."

But with a title and a summer 2015 release date set, let's take a look back at what we do know for certain about "Jurassic World."

The Director
Lots of names were tossed about for the job of directing the fourth "Jurassic Park," but few expected an indie breakout like Colin Trevorrow to end up with the job. But "JP4" wasn't the first blockbuster franchise that the filmmaker had been associated with. Just months after his small-budget sci-fi-themed comedy "Safety Not Guaranteed" premiered at Sundance, the 36-year-old director's name was being mentioned as a potential candidate for the "Star Wars: Episode VII" job, after George Lucas reportedly fell in love with "Safety Not Guaranteed."

The Story
Well, we can't tell you for sure what it's about, but we can tell you who wrote it. There was an original draft written by the team behind "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, ...

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