Awww, isn’t Andrew Garfield just the sweetest? When he rolled up to our group of reporters on The Amazing Spider-Man red carpet for questions, he teased us and asked if we were going to take what he said out of context. Then I made some weird joke about how I was only going to ask him about hanging out with Robert Pattinson, and he laughed. Yes, sometimes you can do really awkward and silly bits with celebrities on the red carpet. In the few minutes we chatted I found the guy incredibly humble and charming, and he gave an equally adorable answer to my question about how 8-year-old Andrew might react to knowing he’d one day play Spider-man. “What a sweet question,” he replied. “He would dismiss it and be like, ‘No, I don’t think so.’”
Adds the actor, “And if he was here? Well, he is here, really, ‘cuz he’s still alive in me. And that part of me really wants to cry.”
And that was when I melted into a pile of goo on the red carpet. You can check out Andrew answering my question and talking to some other reporters in the clip above. The Amazing Spider-Man opens July 3; I was lucky enough to go to the premiere and enjoyed every second of it. Emma Stone is confident and likable as Gwen Stacey, Rhys Ifans is an empathetic villain, and Andrew, well — the actor is magnetic onscreen. It’s impossible to take your eyes off of him, and I left with one thought: Hhe’s going to win an Oscar someday.
Pictured below: Andrew being adorable at the Los Angeles premiere.
If you weren’t already bummed after hearing about the impending Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce (and admit it: you kind of were), you sure will be now after watching an energetic, newly engaged Cruise gush about his fiance Katie. “I love this woman. I love it and it’s fun and I don’t mind sharing it with people,” Tom says about loving his bride-to-be. “I think that more people should do that.” In an interview shot by Vh1 News back in spring 2005, Cruise also talks about his infamous Oprah couch jumping incident, which aired that May. When asked if his reaction was too over the top, Cruise laughs, “No, man, I don’t think I went hard enough.” We know we reference Tom Cruise’s couch jump way more than is necessary, but seriously, it has to be seen to be believed. We want our children to know about it. Our children’s children.
Later that year the couple announced Katie’s pregnancy; daughter Suri was born April 2006, and the two were finally wed in November 2006 in Bracciano, Italy. “When something good happens, you’ve got to share it,” Tom says with a smile. Sorry, there’s just something in our eye…it’s all these photos of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. How come no one has ever jumped on Oprah’s couch for us, huh? Why?
There’s a really funny scene in Ted that you’ve probably caught in the trailer (and can see in our clip, above). In it, John Bennett, played by Boston’s most beloved son Mark Wahlberg, quickly rattles off a giant list of “white trash names,” trying to guess the one belonging to Ted’s new girlfriend. I talked to Mark about how this scene went down because, well, it just seemed hard to do. He tells VH1, “Well, I memorized all the names but we improvised the set up. Because, you know, it just felt like to rattle off 57 names in a kind of slow, normal way would never make it in the movie. So, I figured, if I sort of just said, what if we do it like, it’s kind of like a game show thing where I’m just talking to him and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to get a bunch of names and if I hit the name then you buzz it.’”
Mark says he didn’t sneak a name onto the list, even though he wife Rhea later insisted that he should have included hers. “That wouldn’t have been good,” says the married dad of four. “If it was her idea, she would have said, ‘Yeah, that’s funny!’ But if I just did it, she would have been pissed.” Sounds like a sitcom set-up to us!
In Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, Mark Wahlberg‘s character is rather haunted by a wish he made as a kid, that his teddy bear could talk. Thankfully, not all of us are forced to deal with our questionable childhood decisions on a daily basis. But just to embarrass the beautiful and funny folks on the red carpet of the Ted premiere earlier this week, VH1 News asked them what fashion decisions from their early years they regret now. We got some pretty hilarious answers.
We have a hard time picturing beautiful Ted co-stars Jessica Barth and Laura Vandervoort committing the fashion faux pas they described to us.
“I had a mullet,” Barth admitted. “It was cut, like, to here, with feathers, and then really long layers down here. I was not cute!”
Canadian Vandervoort’s description sounded even scarier. “Probably when I had a pager and a fanny pack and I wore all Mountain Equipment Co-op clothing — I don’t know if you guys have that here, but in Canada we do.”
If you’re going to see Ted tonight, you may want to skip my interview with the hilarious Mila Kunis until after you’ve LOLed your way through the film, because we get a little spoiler-y up in these parts. [Language might be NSFW, too] There’s one scene that is both so ridiculous and yet done in such a realistic way (Mark Wahlberg and Mila play it perfectly) that I had to ask her about shooting it. Yes, it involves poop and yes, we ended up mostly discussing poop together — what to wear while shooting poop scenes, picking up her dog’s poop – throughout the entire interview. If you’ve ever wanted to know Mila Kunis’s process when she comes home to discover her bulldog has gone to the bathroom in her house, well, here’s your chance.
And yes – you are welcome. Ted is out in theaters today – go, go, go!
As a Boston native, I have a seriously huge soft spot in my heart for Mark Wahlberg. I first crushed on his brother Donnie back in the NKOTB days and then dropped him to the curb the second Mark made me feel the vibrations. And then he made movies – SO MANY good movies! Boogie Nights, The Departed, Date Night, The Fighter. Not to mention, he’s an amazing producer (Entourage, RIP). Sometimes I’m like, “Slow down, Mark Wahlberg! I can’t keep up with all your awesomeness!” (And like, he owns a restaurant outside Boston called Wahlburgers, so obviously he’s the greatest person on the planet.)
All gushing aside, the actor has most often played the beefy tough guy in his work, whether it be as Marky Mark the musician to Dirk Diggler to feuding with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live. In Ted he takes a sharp turn from the Wahlberg we know and delivers a goofy, awkward, low-status peformance as pothead-slacker John Bennett. He totally nails it in the movie, but he tells VH1 that it was harder than it looked.
“Well the things that were awkward for me was singing, dancing, then having to fight with the bear,” he says. “Those were the scenes I was not looking forward to.”
Still, working with Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane, the film’s writer/director/star made it all worth it. “Working with Seth was a blast,” says Mark. “When I read the script [I knew] that it could be something special.”
Ted is out in theaters on June 29.
Writer/director/actor/producer Tyler Perry is uber-prolific and, yes, extremely successful in the risky biz of movie-making. We were surprised to hear that Madea’s Witness Protection is only his 14th movie. At its New York premiere, Perry attributed his fast pace to lack of traditional experience.
“I didn’t go into the business through the process that everyone else did; I don’t know how it’s done,” he told VH1 News. “The first time I was ever on [someone else's] set was on Alex Cross and Star Trek.”
After seeing Perry go up against a jacked-up Matthew Fox in the Alex Cross trailer that premiered last night, we can see how that set might seem a little bit different from his own dramedy fare. Stepping into Morgan Freeman’s shoes as the James Patterson character, Perry goes from quiet, whispered detective-talking to full-on gun-toting, criminal chasing and explosion-dodging. Consider us impressed.
The trailer for this fall’s much anticipated Joe Wright-directed literary adaptation Anna Karenina debuted on MSN today, giving us a glimpse at how the Atonement director is bringing the Russian classic to the big screen this November. It looks like a whole lot of sex and inner turmoil clashing with societal norms and politics, just as Tolstoy would have loved. And, of course, he knows how to highlight his star, Keira Knightley.
As we thought about Keira in the role of the scandalous Ms. Karenina, we couldn’t help but realize how very unlike that tragic lady she is. Come to think of it, she’s unlike most 27-year-old movie stars in her amazing ability to stay out of the gossip pages. All we know about her personal life these days is that she just got engaged last month to the Klaxons’ James Righton. When VH1 sat down with Knightley to talk about her new movie, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (in theaters Friday), we asked her how she manages to be so (frustratingly!) private.
“A lot of hard work, and hiding an awful lot,” she told us. “But yeah, I seem to have managed it quite well. I’m making no predictions for the future. But, you know, my privacy is incredibly important to me. .. It’s very important that I get to feel kind of free, and get to do my thing without people taking lots of pictures.”
Still reeling from the reveal of Rob’s golfing hobby and the squee-tastic new trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, it’s all about vampires today at VH1. Well, let’s be real. Every day is a vampire-obsessed day … so naturally when VH1 News hit the red carpet of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, we just had to know: Who does the cast think is the hottest vampire ever to grace the silver screen?
While we admittedly were fishing for answers involving a name that rhymes with Smattinson, we were shocked and awed that not a single red-carpet attendee fell into our trap. Dominic Cooper and Jimmi Simpson rep’d their generation with Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys, while director Timur Bekmambetov, writer Seth Grahame-Smith, Robin McLeavy and Abe himself Benjamin Walker went with OG vampires like Nosferatu. Erin Wasson and Mary Elizabeth Winstead left us less confused with Brad Pitt in Interview With a Vampire. Watch the interviews below and let us know in our poll who really is the hottest vampire of all-time.
The nice thing about interviewing celebrities at movie premieres is that you learn something new every time. Take our chat with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Anthony Mackie (aka hot dude from The Hurt Locker soon to be seen in a billion A-Lister packed films) at the film’s premiere last night. The actor told our correspondent Janell Snowden that his #1 golfing buddy is none other than Robert Pattinson. Seriously!?
Mackie tell VH1, “Rob Pattinson, he’s a good friend of mine. We hang out together and play golf together and drink in the pubs. That’s my homeboy.” As for their golfing threads? Anthony just scored a new Puma outfit and says Rob wears “slacks with a nice polo.” What we wouldn’t give to see these two palling around on the green! Anthony told MTV News about his friendship with Rob earlier this year, detailing their karaoke hijinks together.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is in theaters this Friday, and Anthony can be seen later this year in Gangster Squad alongside fellow handsome specimen Ryan Gosling.
Update: We love the reaction our interview is getting on Twitter, which is basically “Really?! Is Anthony for real? Robert Pattinson…golfs?!” That pretty much sums up our response, too. We asked Janell, our correspondent who spoke with Anthony, if she thinks he’s telling the truth or messing around and here’s her expert analysis: I TOTALLY believe Anthony! Having hung out with him once and interviewed him many times over the years, he’s definitely a jokester, but after I told him about VH1.com’s obsession with all things Twilight, it would’ve been cruel of him to be such a tease. Besides, Anthony’s a very well connected guy. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, he told me that Robert Redford invited him to his ranch where they sipped Pinot Noir. So if he can wine and dine with Redford, he can definitely suit up and tee off with Pattinson!