I think it's safe to assume that most of horror.com's readers don't care about the Cox and Arquette marital discord, but we were told by Weinstein Co. anyway not to talk about it at the press conference held in Beverly Hills last week. I also had to sign an embargo promising not to review the film until its release date on April 15 — but it's probably safe to quote Wes Craven's tweet, "kick-ass!"
Although we were asked not to ask, Arquette answered some of the unspoken personal questions anyway. Cox and Arquette, who met on the set of the original Scream in 1996, reprise their roles as reporter Gale Weathers-Riley and law enforcement officer Dewey Riley in the fourth installment.
"We've developed this family," Arquette said, of cast and crew (newsflash: Wes Craven also directed the original). Especially the cast: "Being married and having a kid and everything, it just intensifies the sort of reality and honesty. That's my favorite part of acting, when you can tap into stuff like that."
Cox said, "Gale's just very campy, and I love her relationship with Dewey," [in the fourth movie] "The fact that they're together is so funny. He's so earnest and she's so out to get ahead. It's just a very odd pairing and so are we [in real life] -- although we're not really, but we kind of are."
The two seemed quite cozy during the interviews, but fear not, fiends: we also talked about the return of Ghostface. Can't tell you who it is (though astute viewers will likely soon guess, once the film bows on the 15th), but I can tell you how the new blood — Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere felt about being a part of this tried and true franchise.
"I knew from the beginning who the killer was going to be. Whether it was me or somebody else," Panettiere said. "But the ending was definitely kept from us for a little while. They were writing it and rewriting it and playing around with it so we had an idea, a general idea of it. But it was always subject to change." Roberts added, "That's kind of how it always is though. Whenever you sign on to things you're always getting new pages because you know, reading a script is one thing but making it come to life with all these different people that don't know each other -- or some do and some don't -- it's like you kind of need to do some tweaks to fit everyone's relationships."
Anthony Anderson, who plays a cop in the movie, said he only just found out that day who the murderer was.
In the end, it really doesn't matter who's killing, it's about how the kills are done. And there are some rather intricate death scenes in the flick. Stay tuned for my review!
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Staci Layne Wilson reporting