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.
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.
Word on the street is that Universal Pictures was so enamored with Snow White and the Huntsman that they started the ball rolling on a sequel even before the movie was released, hiring David Koepp to draft the script.
Universal studio execs must be breathing a little easier about that decision after the film debuted and earned $56 million the opening weekend. The movie is up to $118 million worldwide and although doing well, it still has some theater seat filling to do to recoup the reported $180 million production costs.
What kind of story could the sequel be? Most are betting that the story will revolve around the Huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers – Thor). There should be enough material there for a good action adventure film, but would that make it a sequel or a prequel?
What do you think, if you have seen the movie, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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.
Obviously, Charlize Theron doesn’t think herself above television — her Arrested Development guest arc a few years ago is evidence of that, but during an interview while she was busy promoting both Prometheus (yay) and Snow White and the Huntsman (um…) she also took the time to gush about Game of Thrones to ScreenRant.
“I am absolutely like foaming at the mouth over Game of Thrones. Like, I can not get enough of that. When my son came in my life, that was a bottle feed because I couldn’t watch television; I used to watch so little. That was my TiVo feed every two hours – watching Game of Thrones. My mom was like, “Do you think it’s fine that you’re feeding your son while there’s like sword fights?” I was like, “It’s fine, Mom. It’s fine.”
Naturally, the follow-up question was something along the lines of, “well, wouldja?” and Theron answered thusly:
“I’d be totally open to it [being on Game of Thrones]. I’m open to anything, dude. I’m open to anything. That’s what I would ask the aliens [in a previous interview, Theron had been asked what question she would ask aliens]. I’d be like, “Do you watch Game of Thrones?’” Yeah, I’m open to do anything. I’d be like “Hey, alien, what do you think of Game of Thrones? Lord Snow, really?”
And then she laughed the laughter that pretty women laugh, the one that paralyzes and tantalizes. By the way, the “God of Tits and Wine” thing? That’s just my casting suggestion, she could also play a different character who walks down a grand hallway, slowly removing her gown while proclaiming that “Gold is cold, diamonds are dead, a Dragon is just a pet. Don’t pretend, feel what’s real.”, six of one…
I really, really, really want Snow White and the Huntsman to be good. It sure looks promising, but I’ve been deceived by cool trailers before. This newest trailer though is more than simply a trailer, it’s an interactive trailer. Oooh-Aaah. Basically it works like this, you watch the most recent theatrical trailer and periodically you can click the screen you extra bits of info. Some are actually interesting, like did you know the evil queen’s army are cage fighters recruited from UK fight clubs? I know, pretty cool, huh? Then there are stupid factoids like telling us the magic mirror is never fully solid or liquid in order to reflect the evil queen’s ever changing personality. Umm…okay.
Anyway, play around with it below and see what other facts or clips you unlock.
Snow White and the Huntsman opens nationwide June 1st. Will you be seeing it opening weekend?
Are you burnt out on revamped, re-imagined, overdone fairy tales? Too bad! They just keep coming. This summer sees the release of Snow White and The Huntsman, a decidedly action packed version of the classic fairy tale, and the CW is bringing Beauty and the Beast back to TV with their updated series airing this fall.
First, above you’ll see our first look at Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan as the Beauty and the Beast, and uh, well yeah. She’s surely beautiful, not denying that, but what’s with his scar? They must be focusing on his inner beastly qualities. Like maybe he’s a huge asshole, or something. I don’t know, but that scar does more to make him appear rugged and handsome rather than beastly. And then I remind myself this will be a show on the CW, so of course he’s to be more hot throb than disfigured monster.
This series isn’t anything completely new, in fact it’s basically an updating of the 1987 Beauty and the Beast which starred Linda Hamilton as Catherine Chandler and Ron Perlman as Vincent, or the Beast. It also stars Brian J. White, Max Brown, Nina Lisandrello, Nicole Anderson and will air Thursdays at 9 p.m in the fall.
So, bastards, will you be giving Beauty and the Beast a shot?
Secondly, four new TV spots have been released for Snow White and The Huntsman, opening nationwide June 1st.
Honestly, I think this movie looks pretty darn good. Sure, it stars Bella Swan– I mean Kristin Stewart, but it also has Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Do you think you’ll see Snow White and The Huntsman when it comes out? Or is this one to see in the dollar theatres, or hell, even wait for it to hit he Redbox?
I must admit, neither of these films have me especially amped. I don’t think they’ll be huge piles of crap, but at the same time they just don’t inspire a lot of excitement. On that rousing note, let’s see some new footage!
First, Men in Black III, that sequel to a sequel we never thought we’d want. There’s really only one reason to see this movie, Josh Brolin‘s uncanny impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones. It’s mind-bogglingly accurate! Check it out in this new TV spot.
In Men in Black 3, Agents J and K are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld MIB III stars Will Smith, Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson, and Michael Stuhlbarg. It releases nationwide May 25th.
Like I said, the movie looks okay and I’m sure I’ll see it, but I don’t really care when I see it. Opening weekend? Probably not. How about you guys? Is MIB III a movie you’re really pumped to see this summer?
Next is Snow White and the Huntsman, another flick that looks cool but I think can easily be overlooked in a summer just brimming with blockbuster potentials. Snow White and the Huntsman‘s got the star power of Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron plus a more action driven plot, and right there I’m more interested than I ever was for Mirror, Mirror.
In the below clip the Evil Queen offers the Huntsman a job,
Snow White and The Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, 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.
In the film, Stewart (“Twilight”) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (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 who was dispatched to kill her.
Okay, I take back some of what I said about not being excited, seeing Theron ham it up as the Queen is going to rock. And I won’t complain about seeing more of Hemsworth, plus the two of them seem to have good chemistry. Now I just wonder what the onscreen chemistry will be like between Hemsworth and Bella, I mean, Kristin Stewart?
What do you think? Will you give Snow White and the Huntsman a shot when it opens June 1st?
Don’t know about you guys, but I’m a fiend for trailers. Sometimes I even like them more than the film! Today we’ve got three new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Sit back, grab some popcorn, maybe pick a DVD to follow these up with an pretend you’re at the movies. Unless you’re at work, in which case, I can sympathize.
First, it’s another trailer for Brave. It’s another in a long line of teases from Pixar. Seriously guys, can you just release it already! June 22nd feels too far away.
In addition to the new trailer there’s also another clip,
I’ve got real high hopes for Brave. Pixar’s track record is practically spotless so I hope for their first feature film with a female protagonist they deliver their best. I mean, it can’t be worse than Cars 2, can it?
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.)