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Chris Klein and Mena Suvari Talk American Reunion

Chris Klein and Mena Suvari are back together in American Reunion. But… are their characters together? “When I read the first draft, I was honestly really impressed. I thought it was absolutely hilarious, and it’s turned out to be my favorite of the whole series. I liked how it didn’t just go into the reunion with the obvious, that Heather and Oz would be together,” Suvari said to Movie Fanatic. “I liked that twist. I also really enjoyed how they gave Heather this moment of really breaking out of her shell and sticking up for herself and showing this different side to her. That was really refreshing. Of course, I think it’s only natural for Oz and Heather to come back together again.”

Mena Suvari and Chris Klein in American Reunion
“It’s a beautiful thing,” Klein added and smiled. “I think that it’s beautiful that they do, indeed, rekindle this flame that was their first love, and the innocence of that. They’ve gone through some life and come back in a reunion — that innocence and first love still exists and is being rekindled. If we’re going to explore those themes in American Pie, Oz and Heather are the character to do it. I was excited to play that.”

“How could I let him go, with those dance moves?” asked Suvari. The actress is referring to how Klein’s character goes on a Dancing with the Stars-type show as he has become quite the celebrity as a national sports news anchor. The bit with him on the dance competition is among the film’s funniest, and that is saying something.

“I worked hard on that,” Klein admitted of his dance training. 

Suvari said that when the cast got back together for the first time in almost a decade, they just clicked… again. “Everybody is right back on the same page and it’s like no time has passed, but then it has and it’s been so many years. At the end of American Reunion, there are a lot of photos from the first and second American Pie films in there. When you do look at those, it becomes a reality that it has been that long, but there’s so much of this essence that it hasn’t been that long. It feels like no time has passed at all. We have so much chemistry with one another that it’s so natural. It’s the same vibe.”

The studio even had the cast shoot the poster for American Reunion in exactly the same format as the original American Pie — something that didn’t occur to Klein until he took his position at the shoot. “At first, I didn’t get it! I was like, ‘Wait a minute! What’s going on? This feels strangely familiar.’ I think I missed the note that we were creating the very first poster again,” Klein said and laughed.

“It really was surreal,” Suvari added.

The gang is getting back together for, you guessed it, their high school reunion. Stifler is still living in the same town, but everyone else has to return home for the get together of a lifetime. Jim and Michelle (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan) are married with a baby. Finch has been “traveling the world.” Regardless of what everyone’s character has been up to, Klein believes there’s an affinity for them all with the movie-going public. “The universe has been incredibly kind to this franchise, in that, organically, the premise of the very first movie lends itself to all of us moving forward and growing up,” he said. “The universal themes that the first American Pie deals with — sex and relationships, and all of those things — are wonderful. What American Pie also does, in such a unique way with our brand, is that we laugh at that. Man, we get ourselves into some hectic situations, but it’s okay, it happens. Ten years ago, we saw Jim Levenstein turn around, and he had a pie in his crotch. Ten years later, we see him turn around, and we see his penis. Things are only getting worse, or better, depending on your perspective.”

Four Brave Character Posters: Merida and her Clan

Pixar has debuted four new character posters over at Entertainment Weekly in anticipation of the June 22 arrival of the animated studio’s latest, Brave. The film is their first featuring a female lead in Merida (Kelly Macdonald). Don’t tell the film’s director, Mark Andrews, that she’s a Disney princess. “Merida just happens to be, by default, in the society of a princess. We don’t really call her princess often in the movie,” Andrews told EW. “She’s trying to reconcile this difference between how the world wants her to be, and how she sees herself. Ultimately, she’s going to have to look inside herself, and what she finds in the mirror is not exactly what she expected. That’s kind of our definition of ‘brave’ in the movie — looking inside yourself and coming to grips with who exactly you are.”

Movie Fanatic is heading up to Pixar today to talk to the creative team behind Brave. Stay tuned!

Brave: Merida Character Poster

Brave Character Poster

Brave Character Poster Three

The Kids of Brave

Woman in Black Getting a Sequel: Angels of Death

The Woman in Black is getting a sequel entitled Angels of Death. Daniel Radcliffe will not be in the sequel, so all you fans of the former Harry Potter star have to refrain your excitement. The first film arrived in late fall 2011 and scared up a pretty decent domestic box office of $53 million and $58 million internationally. The film was the highest grossing British horror film in the last two decades and anticipation is high across the pond for the sequel.

Daniel Radcliffe in Woman in Black
Author Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black: Angels of Death continues the series of hauntings that began with her first book, reflected in the Radcliffe-starring flick about a small UK village with more than a few scary secrets.

Adam Sandler to Remake Summer School

Happy Madison, Adam Sandler’s production company, has announced plans to remake the 1987 comedy Summer School. The original starred NCIS star Mark Harmon as a gym teacher on the cusp of a Hawaiian summer vacation. Then suddenly, his dreams are dashed when he is compelled to teach a summer school class in remedial English.

Mark Harmon in Summer School
No word yet on whether Sandler will star — although we could see him stepping into Harmon’s shoes. First up on the comic actor’s list is his sequel to Grown Ups. Hard to believe, but it’s his first sequel. Before we see that film, he’s set to appear in That’s My Boy and voice Dracula in Hotel Transylvania.

James Bond Part of London’s Olympic Opening

Film director Danny Boyle has been busy and it’s not on his next film. The Oscar-nominated helmer is heading up the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics held in his adopted hometown of London this summer. With all of his fantastic film work, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and 28 Days Later, he’s gotten to know quite a few amazing actors over the years. Seems one is Daniel Craig, who will appear as James Bond during the opening ceremonies of this year’s Olympic Games.

Daniel Craig is James Bond
At the request of the Queen herself, rumors have it, Craig filmed a spot that will air during the festivities that Boyle is orchestrating. The video is called The Arrival and sequences were shot at Buckingham Palace recently with the Skyfall actor that may even feature the Queen herself.

The story is that Bond lands at Buckingham Palace and is told that Her Majesty wishes 007 to open the games. Who can say no to the Queen? Guess not Bond, James Bond.