It looks like Kristen Stewart will no longer be the fairest of them all. Universal is scrapping the sequel that they had planned for Snow White and the Huntsman and considering going straight to producing a spin-off film of the Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth.
It really fuckin’ sucks when hardcore paparazzi catch you getting it on with your 41 year old, married, director and that affects both your love life and your career. After the hugely publicized scandal between KStew and Rupert Sanders, her life seems to be taking quite the downturn. I guess that’s what happens when you drop your pants in the wrong place. It’s pretty unusual for Hollywood to scrap projects and drop actors in between installments, but the timing makes the rationale fairly obvious for this particular move even though no official statements have been made. It isn’t clear of Sanders will be returning for the spin-off (if it happens), it’s probably not likely.
The screenwriter for Snow White will definitely not be returning for the spin-off, because Universal signed David Koepp on specifically to follow their original plan: do two sequels and have the third one be a standalone film centered on the Huntsman. Since the plan has now changed, Koepp is out of a writing gig and is settling his contract because the job he was signed on to do no longer exists.
So it looks like Universal’s scoping the market for a new screenwriter, and may start production once Hemsworth is finished playing God.
Rarely has such an extreme case of schadenfreude been enjoyed by fans as when Kristen Stewart got caught in a – ahem – compromising situation with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Her studio mandated or genuine (depending on your point of view) boyfriend Robert Pattinson broke up with her afterward, and now the notoriously awkward and shy Stewart has to deal with a level of media scrutiny that is easily double the intensity of the level she hated before her – ahem – indiscretion.
Well, Stewart still has a friend in Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon. Condon says that despite what’s happened, his Twilight actors are all good people, and he doesn’t want all the tabloid drama to detract from the future awesomeness of Breaking Dawn Part 2. In an interview, Condon, said:
“The fact is, these are actors playing parts, and maybe it’s not such a bad thing that people be reminded of that. Both of these actors gave heart and soul to the Twilight movies, not only during shooting, but also by navigating so graciously the whole life-in-a-fishbowl aspect of the phenomenon. Above all they have always shown great respect for the fans who made these movies such a success. Now it’s time that some of that respect be returned to them.”
Naturally, as a nerd site, we can make no such promise. Although we do pledge to remand our disrespect of Stewart, Pattinson and the rest strictly to their acting in the Twilight movies. Whose pants they get into in their off hours is strictly their business.
In the Great Hall of the Justice League there are assembled the world’s 2 greatest heroes created from the cosmic legends of the universe — Captain Hudson and Jason Man — there mission: to fight injustice, to fight that which is wrong, and to serve all mankind… with a podcast.
This week on the Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason suggest some nerdy Olympic counter programming, talk about why chicken restaurants don’t want to serve gay muppets, and then tackle the DIRTY NERDY CONFESSIONS with a special, mystery guest. They also read some tasteful selections from 50 Shades of Grey(Skull)* and then in the first of a special, hard hitting expose, Jason and Jeremy Discuss Whether Old Crap or New Crap is Better If They Don’t Have Anything Else to Talk About: Action Figure Edition. Come for the laughs, stay for the subtle French bigotry.
*Apparently Jimmy Fallon did a similar 50 Shades of Greyskull bit last night. We were unaware of this when we recorded ours because we watch Craig Ferguson when we don’t feel like watching Adult Swim. Also, ours is better. Sorry, it’s the truth.
Since it’s debut, the Stephenie Meyer book series turned film franchise Twilight has turned the Vampire genre into a joke – albeit a very profitable one boasting millions of fans. So with the San Diego Comic-con fast approaching, studios are lining up their panels at a lighting-quick pace, with Summit’s Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 securing what could be the biggest spot.
Revealed by way of the official TwilightTwitter page, the final film in the franchise will be the opening panel of the weekend in the famed Hall H. Summit. A statement released by way of the Twilight Lexicon says:
“We are happy to announce that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will be the opening panel in Hall H at ComicCon® International in San Diego on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Summit Entertainment will present a sneak peek at the highly anticipated conclusion of The Twilight Saga films. This is a must-see for fans interested in the story’s final chapter, who will be shown exclusive footage from THE TWILIGHT SAGA BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session providing details on the epic finale. In addition to the panel, BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will also be present at the Summit Entertainment booth on the convention floor. Those who stop by will have the chance to attend autograph signings, participate in contests and collect free giveaways all weekend long.”
Now, before all the non-Twilight fans (myself included) start bitching, this announcement shouldn’t dissuade you from going to the con. It’s still going to be filled with panels and events for everyone to enjoy, including other Vampire-themed panels from Vampire Diaries and True Blood set for Saturday, July 14th in Ballroom 20.
One should also be grateful of the fact that since Twilight is going first, you won’t have to stand in line behind a mob of giggling tweens for 10 hours straight. If you’re really lucky, they might even leave once they’ve achieved what they came there for.
If Summit wants to make this a successful media push, their finale stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner should be on hand. If they’re looking to make even more of an impact that weekend, they may have young Mackenzie Foy take part as well. Although an official list of who will be on-hand has yet to be posted, it should be a no-brainer as to who they’ll need.
And with a few of our very own taking part in the weekend festivities, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with an special news and announcements.
When Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna first unveils her gold, gong-like mirror and voices her famous couplet, the James Newton Howard score dramatically swells and a humanoid figure oozes out of the mirror to milk the scene for all it’s worth, as if director Rupert Sanders is telling the audience: “This ain’t no magic mirror you’ve seen before!” And alright, in my vast magic mirror experience, I’ll admit it’s not like anything I’ve seen. Sanders should be proud. But what does the film end up doing with this new humanoid mirror? Where does it go in the story?
Nowhere, really. It’s just forgotten about– though the morphing obsession pervades the entire film, whether it be the queen suddenly bursting into a flock of birds, branches shifting into hissing snakes or dark glass shards forming soldiers. Besides the obvious visual splendor of these magical instances, they also bolster the subtle suggestion that the mirror starts: keeping us on our toes as viewers, expecting things to change in this “dark retelling we’ve never seen before.” So naturally, it’s a bit disappointing when Snow White and the Huntsman ends up this overlong and sterile.
A sizable part of the blames lies in the script, which throws in promises of the dark, the gritty and the feminist and then hastily backs away, afraid to actually venture there. The story begins familiarly enough with the beautiful princess, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) left in the care of her vain and wicked stepmother, Queen Ravenna, after the death of the king. Only in this version, Ravenna is the one who murdered him to take over the kingdom. She’s not like the petty, beauty-obsessed evil stepmothers in other interpretations– beauty here is more important as a means to keeping her power and taking revenge against the kings and young girls from her tormented past. Between her low-born childhood and apparent victimization, the film hints at a more complicated conflict rather than the typical fairy tale battle of good vs. evil. But in very much the same manner that Thor treated Loki, Snow White and the Huntsman quickly boxes Ravenna into the evil category for the sake of running time and simplicity.
Thanks to Celebuzz, we have a new behind-the-scenes featurette of Universal Studios’ Snow White and the Huntsman. This featurette is centered on the mirror dude (cue some Michael Jackson plzkthx) and the role it plays in the film, which will be released on June 1. From what they’ve said, it sounds as though the mirror will play an integral part in the film – at least, one bigger than in the traditional fairy tale.
We all know the story of Snow White so a summary isn’t necessary, although I should clarify that this film is the one with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart since that seems to be the only way of distinguishing between the two Snow White-centric movies to be released this year (to me, anyway).
Check it out below. Do you guys think this is worth seeing?
We really need to start calling Tuesday “Trailer Tuesday”; it’s always the best time to release a trailer you’ve seen a hundred times… just with a half second of new footage added each month.
Universal Pictures has released the third trailer to Mirror MirrorSnow White and the Huntsman. In a post-Twilight Saga feature, Kristen Stewart plays the revamped fairy tale character of Snow White as she battles the evil (but more sexually appealing) evil queen, played by Charlize Theron. Trained in the art of war by the Huntsman, (Chris Hemsworth), the two form an alliance in hopes of changing the kingdom and defeating the damn sexy tyrannic ruler.
Expect to see Snow White and the Huntsman in theaters on June 1, 2012.
The newest trailer from the 931764th Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, Dark Shadows, was also released. Based on the ABC series of the same name from the mid 60’s and starring fellow actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz and Bella Heathcote, the film takes a more comedic take than the television series did.
Dark Shadows hits theaters May 11, 2012. Expect it to be the bigger hit between the two films; it’s going to be riding that weird vampire fangirl wave sweeping the country for the last few years. (Yes, KStew was involved in Twilight, but the creaming happens for everybody in the series but for her. So… yeah.)
As Spring settles in for its short stay, Summer films begin their PR rounds in movie theaters and on TV. The next three films have released detailed film plot’s and longer commercials set to air on Television nationwide. Dark Shadows, Snow White & The Huntsmen, and Prometheus are only a glimmer of what is to come in what will be one of the standout summers for films.
Universal Pictures has released another trailer for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. As if this wan’t enough, they also released an exclusive five-minute first-look preview of the June 1st release.
In the epic action-adventure from producers Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) and Sam Mercer, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
Check out the trailer and the five minute preview and let your fellow NerdBastards know what you think.
Right after Chris Hemsworth introduced the teaser to the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer yesterday, three featurettes were released. This morning the powers that be on the Snow White and the Huntsman production team released a FOURTH. It’s Snow White on over drive this week.
Kristen Stewart seems pretty pumped up in these shots. This might be an attempt from the shows producers to dispel some of the much criticized wooden acting skills of Kristen, often complained about in the Twilight movies.
In the epic action-adventure (It has to be epic, every person in the featurettes say so about every other minute) opens June 1st. Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor, The Avengers) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) plays the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.