March 11th, 2012

'Avengers' Fans Should Feel 'Exhausted And Fulfilled,' Joss Whedon Says

‘Avengers’ Fans Should Feel ‘Exhausted And Fulfilled,’ Joss Whedon Says

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 at 6:32am

At South by Southwest film festival, ‘Cabin in the Woods’ scribe tells MTV News, ‘It’s a ride.’
By Kara Warner

Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon has a big year ahead of him. In a little more than a month, fans will finally get to see the long-delayed horror movie “The Cabin in the Woods,” followed a few weeks later by the release of one of this summer’s most highly anticipated tent poles, “The Avengers.”

When MTV News caught up with Whedon during the South by Southwest film festival press day for “Cabin in the Woods,” we asked him how his superhero film is coming together.

“The most satisfying thing about ‘The Avengers’ is that soon I will finish it,” he said with a weary smile. “That’s quite an undertaking — although listening to Alan Silvestri conduct an 80-piece orchestra didn’t suck. It was a really beautiful experience,” he said of watching the Oscar-nominated composer at work. “He did such a great job: You’re listening to live music and watching your movie form in a way that it doesn’t until it has that music. That was exciting.”

Another exciting aspect of the filmmaking process was interacting with his A-list actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Clark Gregg and Tom Hiddleston, to name a few.

Whedon said he enjoyed “just having them all.” “When they would be together, the energy that they would give each other, the way they play off each other, the way they protect each other narratively, making sure that whoever they were coming up against had as much juice as they did. It would be easy to imagine that they would be all be like ‘me, me, me,’ and it was always ‘us, us, us,’ and that was really fun,” he explained. “Except sometimes they would just gossip so much and talk. ‘Guys, we’re rolling. We have to make a movie. This isn’t a party; this isn’t the green room.’ ”

The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” mastermind said he hopes audiences feel just as worn out at the end as he was making it.

“I want them to feel exhausted and fulfilled,” he shared. “Not unlike ‘Cabin,’ it’s a ride, and we put the screws to them. We really put the characters through it, and we want the audience to be with them every step of the way and come out of it going, ‘That was an extraordinary experience, and now I want to pay to see it again.’ ”

Someone who didn’t have to wait to pay to see the finished product is Whedon’s “Cabin” co-writer and director Drew Goddard.

“Drew’s seen it: He saw the very first assembly,” Whedon said. “He was one of the first people I came to and said, ‘Where did I go right?’ ”

Goddard could only offer a one-word review via third person: “Drew’s been told he’s not allowed to say anything about it,” Goddard said with a smile. “But it’s awesome.”

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'Cabin In The Woods' Cast Talks 'Thrilling' Death Scenes

‘Cabin In The Woods’ Cast Talks ‘Thrilling’ Death Scenes

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 at 5:46am

At South by Southwest film festival, star Jesse Williams says Joss Whedon’s horror flick is ‘both awesome and terrifying at the same time.’
By Kara Warner

Jesse Williams & Anna Hutchison

Photo: MTV News

What’s a horror movie without a few sensational death scenes? One that could be described as less-than-satisfactory by the gung ho gore fans out there. And although there is a lot of secrecy surrounding the action in “The Cabin in the Woods,” it is not spoiling anything to say that there might be a gory death or two.

When MTV News caught up with castmembers Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams and Kristen Connolly at the film’s South by Southwest film festival press day, we asked them to describe how the deaths in the Joss Whedon-penned, Drew Goddard-directed film are different from what we’ve seen onscreen before.

“I think people get connected to the characters, but somehow I find the murders in this film are more thrilling,” Williams said. “You know the train wreck effect where you want to look away — something that is both awesome and terrifying at the same time?

“Like, one time I almost touched a shark in the open ocean. I didn’t realize it was a shark. ‘I’m excited, but I’m going to die.’ So, those kind of things happening at once. Anna knows what I’m talking about.”

“Well, lose a hand. I don’t know about die,” Hutchison offered. “It’s a bit dramatic.”

“She’s from New Zealand where it’s like playing in the yard for them: ‘Go play with the sharks!’ ” he teased. “I think it’s both those things happening at once where you’re uniquely thrilled, but you’re going to miss that character — but that’s not saying that any of us die or don’t die in the end.”

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At SXSW, Matthew McConaughey Says It's OK To Laugh At 'Killer Joe'

At SXSW, Matthew McConaughey Says It’s OK To Laugh At ‘Killer Joe’

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 at 5:30am

‘It’s a bit of a hyperreality … very violent, at the same time, it’s very funny,’ star tells MTV News at South by Southwest film festival.
By Kara Warner

Matthew McConaughey

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Despite the fact Matthew McConaughey is a homegrown Texan, this is the first year he’s attending Austin’s annual South by Southwest film festival in support of a film of his that was selected. And McConaughey isn’t just in town for one premiere — he’s here for two: “Killer Joe” and “Bernie.”

In “Joe,” the “Lincoln Lawyer” star plays a contract killer hired by a young man (Emile Hirsch) who’s trying to get rid of his mom for stealing his drugs. Sound outrageous? It is. So much so that the castmembers revealed that while watching some of the scenes, they didn’t know if they should laugh or be offended.

“It’s a comedy, but everyone played it straight,” McConaughey told MTV News at the SXSW premiere Saturday night. “It wasn’t a comedy where you played the joke. The situations are absurd. It’s a bit of a hyperreality like in some good Tarantino films — very violent, at the same time, it’s very funny.”

Co-star Gina Gershon added, “The wonderful thing about it is that you could be watching a scene and … one person watching is totally horrified and the other is laughing their head off. Sometimes, it’s like, ‘This is kind of sexy.’ ‘No, it’s horrible!’ ‘No, it’s funny.’ It really screws with your emotions a lot.”

Hirsch admitted that the fact that his character hires a hitman to kill his mom is extreme, but she asked for it when she stole his drugs.

“It’s kind of crazy. I think the MTV crowd — whoever those Music Television-loving people are out there — could like it,” he said. “I don’t know. I’m not going to tell them they will.”

The “Into the Wild” star said he liked the insanity of the story — and that he got to act with a limp. “It was good. Friedkin kept coming up to me and was like, ‘Don’t forget the pain. Let me see that limp, let me see that leg.’ ”

McConaughey said he expects a lot of delayed laughter from audiences because people can’t decide whether they should find the situations funny: “It’s the kind of late laugh that you go, ‘I’m not supposed to be laughing, but I just found myself laughing, and is it OK for me to laugh at that ’cause I just did?’ I like it.”

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