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Some 'Scream 4' newcomers felt daunted about stepping into the franchise

April 14, 2011 |  2:50 pm

After 11 long years, the "Scream" franchise will finally be back on the big screen this weekend. Because it's been so long since moviegoers have seen the iconic ghost-faced killer, director Wes Craven wanted  to reinvigorate "Scream 4," which opens Friday, with some fresh blood.

But some of the new players who ended up in the film admitted that acting alongside franchise veterans Courteney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell was daunting.

"You do have to have a respect for the fact that it's something that's so established, that it's a family that's been created over the past 15 years," said Hayden Panetierre on the red carpet at the movie's Hollywood premiere Monday. "But [the old cast] were so nice and so welcoming and so cool about it that you didn't really feel that 'Oh my God, don't mess up, you gotta come in with your stuff together.'"

Anna Paquin, the actress now best known for her role on HBO's "True Blood," said she didn't have any trepidation about joining the ensemble. When asked if she was nervous about taking on a cameo role in the thriller, she responded directly: "I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but no. I mean, it's nice coming into a franchise that's already been around for a long time and is really loved and it just feels like an easy choice. ... It's like your work's already been done for you in a sense because they established everything years ago."

To watch video interviews with both actresses, as well as co-star Emma Roberts, click beyond the jump.

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Kristen Bell: Russell Brand is a game changer, like Richard Pryor [Video]

April 12, 2011 |  6:16 pm

With "Arthur" opening poorly this past weekend, some in the movie industry have questioned whether Russell Brand has what it takes to be a leading man.

But the comedian does have at least one defender in Hollywood: Kristen Bell, who costarred with Brand in his American film debut, 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."

Asked at the premiere of "Scream 4" on Monday night if she thinks Brand is cut out to carry big studio films, Bell said she believes the actor's comedy is sometimes misunderstood.

"Not everybody gets him, and they don't have to. Not everybody got Richard Pryor, but he's still one of the best comedians out there," said the actress, who played the girlfriend of Brand's outlandish rock star Aldous Snow in the comedy. (Video above.)

"Arthur," a remake of the 1981 comedy starring the late Dudley Moore, cost Warner Bros. about $40 million to produce but only raked in $12.2 million upon its debut. The film drew largely negative reviews, with many critics declaring that  Brand's over-the-top persona can overstay its welcome in anything more than a supporting part.

"If you make something that nobody hates, then nobody loves it. And I think that's a really good rule to live by," Bell said of the critical response. "[Russell] elicits emotions out of people, and whether you like it or not -- whether he's too daring for you or not -- I think he's a really good guy."

--Amy Kaufman



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