The sad news was reported by the BBC yesterday that actor Bob Hoskins passed away from complications brought on by pneumonia at the age of 71. Hoskins retired from public life and acting in 2012 when diagnosed with Parkinsons. (more…)
With over forty years of experience, three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy award under his belt, English actor Bob Hoskins had quite a storied career. Now, after four decades in the business that shaped his life, Hoskins has decided to throw in the towel and retire from professional acting.
This isn’t some weird bid to gain interest in a new film or upcoming project, but because of Bob’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease last Fall. The actor has decided to retire in order to spend more time with his family. With films like Brazil, Mermaids, Who framed Roger Rabbit, his work as Smee in both 1991’s Hook and 2011’s Neverland, as well as the recently released Snow White and The Huntsman Hoskins has earned his stripes and a well deserved retirement.
According to a statement released by Hoskins’ agent:
Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease last autumn. He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time.
We all hope that Bob gets better and enjoys a long retirement with his family. We’ll miss his talents on the big screen.
Even though Snow White and the Huntsman does not hit theaters until June 1st, Universal has decided the property as earned the right for a sequel. A source close to DeadlineHollywood says the studio is in discussions with Men in Black III writer David Koepp to come aboard to write Snow White 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Why would a Universal push forward with a sequel without results from the first film? Well, production and pre-production are too separate things. Snow White and the Huntsman is poised to be a hot property. Universal is confident the first film will do well. Assuming the film lives up to its promise, they want to have a sequel with script, cast, and director ready to go.
Now, here’s the thing. The Queen dies (I assume) and Snow White gets her happy ending. The end. What is the sequel going to be about?
Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the queen, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, and Noah Huntley.
Source: Geek Tyrant
At the start of the new millennium there was a push in comic-book related movies. Sure in the years since movies have gotten a bigger budget to bring comics to life, but what really kicked it off was the X-men. Director Bryan Singer brought in nearly $300 million and launched a $900 million franchise with the help of A-list actors Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellan.Would you believe though that their star Canadian mutant was almost never played by the now blockbuster Australian?
It’s true bub. Check out the whole story after the jump.
The classic Snow White story has two adaptations hitting theaters this year, but Snow White and the Huntsman seems to be winning the popularity war before either has even been released. Click through the jump to see brand-new photos Empire Online. Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Brian Gleeson and Johnny Harris, hits theaters June 1.
Poisoned apples, dwarves, axes, and a delightfully wicked Queen, what else could one ask for?
Here’s a new trailer for Universal Pictures Snow White and the Huntsman, which debuted as part of Charlize Theron‘s guest appearance on Top Chef. I guess foodies love fiction. Anyway, the preview is virtually identical to the first trailer accept for a few brand-new shots. In both trailers, it’s all about Miss Theron. She’s like “Oh hai, look at me! I’m playing a evil witch, aren’t I all bad-ass and evily?”. And I’m totally cool with that. I think Universal is smart for pimping out Charlize for this movie. Why? Because a girl who has NO facial expression whatsoever (Kristen Stewart) is Snow White. Blank stares don’t sell a movie!
While I’d love to bash Stewart some more, I think it’s best to say this movie looks legitimately awesome. Crazy and totally unexpected!
Directed by Rupert Sanders, the fantasy take on the classic fairytale also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross and Noah Huntley.
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Ok, so it’s not exactly Nintendo’s Koopa smashing plumber but it’s Bob Hoskins. The veteran actor played Mario in the 1993 live action adaptation based on the video game starring alongside John Leguizamo and the late Dennis Hopper. Granted the film was nothing that would be expected from the Nintendo universe, with the open fields of the Mushroom kingdom replace with a dystopian parallel Earth ruled by a very human looking King Koopa. It even cheesed it’s effects department, remember that “Devo Gun” that looked suspiciously familiar to a then current Nintendo accessory.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Bob sat down and answered a few questions about his career. In it he brings up the film three times, it’s never good when you say somthing in three’s:
Here’s what he had to say:
What is the worst job you’ve done? Super Mario Brothers.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Super Mario Brothers.
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I wouldn’t do Super Mario Brothers.
So we’re guessing you didn’t like Super Mario Brothers, did you Bob? This isn’t the first time that Mr. Hoskins has stated his displeasure over how the film turned out either, back in 2007 Bob said “The whole experience was a nightmare.” Yeah it may have sucked but it’s better then the intro for the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, I still have that tune haunting my dreams. Could you imagine Lou Albano and Danny Wells as the plumbers supreme? I definitely couldn’t.
For years now, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a sequel to his 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”; a kids movie about a cartoon Rabbit who is accused of murder and needs the help of a human detective to prove his innocence. Talks have been going on since the first film was released, but last year, during a MTV interview Zemeckis revealed that a sequel was officially in motion. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind. Then in July, he said he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins (Detective in first one). Later that month he revealed that the original screen writers were working on a script. A later quote from Bob Hoskins himself said: “Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in”, implying that Zemeckis will once again use performance capture. The project has been tight lipped since. MTV, however caught up with him Zemeckis again and he had this to say about the script;
If for some reason you are unable to watch the video, Zemeckis said that screen writers Jeffery Price and Peter Seaman are still writing the script but “They’re slow.” He then said he has read some of it and that “It’s great. Oh, it’s going to be great. I think it’s going to be great.”
The words were short, but sweet. It just means the Roger Rabbit train is moving forward, and if you like me that’s good news.
While we await further news on the project I do wonder how the sequel will play out and if it will live up to the original. What do you guys think?
I have a nerd confession. Robert Zemeckis‘s 1988 film ” Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was the first time that I explored my body, sexually. Before you go thinking I have a fetish for rabbits, I tickled my taint and rubbed my nub to Roger’s hot wife, Jessica Rabbit. Uh, cartoon sized breasts (literally), red hair, long legs and that raspy Kathleen Turner voice….OH MY! It was the first time when I said “I think I like girls” and also the first and last time my parents will ever catch me watching a cartoon naked.
Anyway, besides Jessica, “Roger Rabbit” was a fantastic film. A kids movie about a cartoon Rabbit who is accused of murder and needs the help of a human detective to prove his innocence. Gee, they just don’t make kids movies like this anymore, do they? Certainly a beloved, nerd classic. And, what does every nerd classic eventually get? That’s right, a sequel. For years now, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” sequel. In fact talks have been going on since the first film was released, but in 1998 we almost had one. A newly uncovered 1998 screen test (below), shows just how close we almost got a sequel before the end of the millennium.
Well, that’s certainly interesting, indeed. Now, what is the status on the sequel? Well, only back in April 2009 did we first start to hear rumblings pick back up again. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind. Then in July, he said he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins. Later that month he revealed that the original screen writers were working on a script. Now, the most recent and brief update comes from Bob Hoskins.
‘Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in!’
Certainly doesn’t indicate that we are any closer to a sequel. But, at least we know Zemeckis and crew are talking about it. The likelyhood of “Roger Rabbit 2” is good.
I’d really like to see a sequel. I love that goddamn rabbit. Zemeckis, however concerns me. He hasn’t done anything good in the last decade. It’s been nothing but horrible motion capture films. And, when I say horrible motion capture I don’t mean the motion capture was horrible I mean the films were horrible. I.E. The Polar Express, Monster House and Beowulf. I don’t think he has it in him anymore. Oh well, time will tell on this one, I guess.