Frank Darabont in Talks to Direct SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; Kristen Stewart Not Expected to Return

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Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has found a director.  The follow-up was a curious prospect, given that the first film—a more grounded, ethereal reimagining of the Snow White story—was met with a ho-hum response from audiences, but a solid $396 million take at the global box office overall.  The fiim itself, though, became overshadowed by the behnd-the-scenes drama involving director Rupert Sanders and star Kristen Stewart.  Universal remained keen on continuing on with its franchise plans, but it was unclear which direction they would be taking.

Movement sped up recently as a shortlist of directors surfaced that included Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andres Muschietti (Mama), but it appears that it is veteran filmmaker Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) who will come away with the job.  However, in an interesting turn of events, Stewart may be left out of the follow-up entirely.  More after the jump.

First Trailer for Cannes Drama CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche

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Ahead of the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the first Clouds of Sils Maria trailer has landed online for director Olivier Assayas’ (Summer Hours) seductive new drama.  Starring Juliette Binoche and Kirsten Stewart, the film revolves around an aging actress (Binoche) who is gearing up to star in a new production of the play that made her famous years ago, only this time she’ll be taking on the “older woman” role while a confident younger actress (Chloe Grace Moretz) tackles the lead.  The pic looks like a fantastic meditation on life, jealousy, and sexuality, and Binoche appears to turn in a very strong lead performance.  Stewart is impressive here as well, playing the loyal assistant to Binoche’s character.

Hit the jump to watch the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer.  The film will screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and IFC Films will release the pic stateside later this year.

New Images from CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, BROOKLYN, and STANGERLAND

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The Cannes Film Festival begins later this week, which means new images are popping up online.  Among them are new images from Clouds of Sils Maria, the latest from Oliver Assayas (Summer Hours).  Per The Playlist, “the film follows a middle aged actress who decides to star in a new version of the play that made her famous years ago, but this time taking the older leading lady part. However, when she meets her co-star, a younger actress in the role that made her name, things take an interesting turn.”  The movie stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn, and Brady CorbetClouds of Sils Maria will play on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival.

Hit the jump to check out the Clouds of Sils Maria images along with the first images from Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan and from Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

Kristen Stewart Joins STILL ALICE; David Oyelowo Joins A MOST VIOLENT YEAR; Ron Perlman and Chris Colfer Lend Voices to ROBODOG; and More

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher) will join A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor’s new film which recently replaced Javier Bardem with Oscar Isaac starring opposite Jessica Chastain.
  • Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) will lead Galveston, an adaptation of the 2010 novel from Nic Pizzolatto to be directed by Janus Metz.
  • Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) has joined Still Alice along with Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns).  Based on the Lisa Genova novel of the same name, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore and is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
  • Chris Colfer (Glee) and Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim) will lend their voices to Robodog, Marza Animation Planet Inc.’s first original 3D CG animated film which will be directed by the Oscar-nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little).

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Sundance 2014: CAMP X-RAY Review

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In Camp X-Ray, writer/director Peter Sattler attempts to chronicle life at Guantanamo Bay through the eyes of a young female private, played by Kristen Stewart.  It’s touchy subject matter for sure, and though Guantanamo Bay has been no stranger to controversy, there are plenty of avenues worth exploring.  While Camp X-Ray features a compelling central relationship between the aforementioned young private and a foreign detainee, it too often veers into melodrama or goes for the easy cliché, making for somewhat of a mixed bag.  Read my full review after the jump.

Sundance 2014: First Images from CAMP X-RAY, COLD IN JULY, GOD’S POCKET, and HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.  We’ve got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category:

  • Camp X-Ray – Written and directed by Peter Sattler; starring Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, and John Carroll Lynch.
  • Cold in July – Directed by Jim Mickle; starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, and Wyatt Russell.
  • God’s Pocket – Directed and co-written by John Slattery; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John Turturro.
  • Happy Christmas – Written and directed by Joe Swanberg; starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, and Joe Swanberg.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg Join Nima Nourizadeh’s Action Comedy AMERICAN ULTRA; Samuel L. Jackson Joins John Cusack in CELL

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Here are today’s latest casting announcements:

  • Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Double) will reunite to star in Project X-director Nima Nourizadeh’s new action comedy, American Ultra, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle).
  • Stewart has also signed on to a small role in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia.
  • Samuel L. Jackson (The Samaritan) will reteam with John Cusack in Tod William’s Cell, a Stephen King adaptation.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult Eyed for Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Pic EQUALS; Will Smith Circling SELLING TIME

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Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus has developed a reputation for crafting intimate and engrossing relationship dramas using his signature improvisational style, and for his next project the filmmaker plans to apply his talents to the sci-fi genre.  I spoke with Doremus earlier this year at Sundance where he premiered his excellent new drama Breathe In, and the director noted that he planned on venturing “into the futuristic, semi sci-fi love story land,” but utilizing his improvisational style.  Now Deadline reports that Doremus is courting Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult to star in the pic, titled Equals, for an early 2014 production start date.

Plot details regarding Equals are unknown at this point, but Moon scribe Nathan Parker penned the screenplay.  Doremus’ shooting style involves improvising nearly every scene, so if Hoult and Stewart sign on, they’ll have a hefty job ahead of them.  Hit the jump for news concerning Will Smith starring in a supernatural thriller.

Kristen Stewart to Star in Indies CAMP X-RAY and SILS MARIA

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After taking plenty of time deciding what she would do post-Twilight, actress Kristen Stewart has booked roles in a pair of indies that will shoot this summer.  Deadline reports that Stewart will lead the political drama Camp X-Ray and will star in the drama Sils Maria.  In Camp X-Ray, Stewart will play a young soldier who joins the military in order to escape small town life, only to discover that she is assigned to Guantanomo Bay where strikes up a friendship with a young prisoner and suffers hatred and abuse from the Muslim men in her charge.  Peter Sattler wrote and will make his feature directorial debut on the project, and filming begins late this summer.  Hit the jump for more on Sils Maria.

Will Smith to Join FOCUS; Kristen Stewart Departs

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Will Smith is reportedly in final talks to join Focus, a con artist picture set up at Warner Bros.  The story follows a young woman who’s just getting into the con game and teams up with a seasoned veteran to gain experience.  Ben Affleck was previously attached to star, but dropped out in order to work on his next project.  Recent reports also have Kristen Stewart, who had previously been attached, departing the picture.  Glenn Ficarra and John Requa of Crazy, Stupid, Love wrote the film and will direct.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Aiming for 2015 Release for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; “Actively Working” on Next BOURNE

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Universal Pictures made its presentation to theater owners today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and Steve was onhand to get a look at what Universal has planned in the near future.  While he’ll have his recap of the footage online a bit later, we wanted to share a couple of news tidbits that were announced during the panel which include updates on the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel and the next Bourne film.  Hit the jump for more.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Cleans Up at Razzies with 7 Awards Including Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Actress

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While the 85th Academy Awards will honor the very best of what 2012 had to offer in film tonight, the opposite end of the spectrum (supposedly) has been singled out this morning.  The Razzie Awards named The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 the Worst Picture of 2012, handing the film a total of seven awards including Worst Director for Bill Condon, Worst Screen Couple for Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy, and Worst Actress for Kristen Stewart (she shared this award with her work in Snow White and the Huntsman).  Though I’m not the biggest fan of the franchise, if you think Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was the worst film of 2012 then you need to see more movies; the pic almost kind of works because of Condon’s direction, not in spite of it, and the final battle scene is legitimately entertaining.

Elsewhere at the Razzies, Adam Sandler was named Worst Actor for That’s My Boy and Rihanna “won” Worst Supporting Actress for Battleship.  Hit the jump to see the full list of winners.

2013 Oscar Presenters Include Paul Rudd, Kristen Stewart, Ben Affleck, Liam Neeson, Jessica Chastain, and More

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A new batch of presenters has been announced for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards ceremony, and we figured now would be a good time to round up all of the presenters announced thus far in one handy story.  It was announced today that Jane Fonda, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Garner, and Kerry Washington have joined the rather long list of presenters for the ceremony, which will be hosted by Seth Macfarlane.

We already learned that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo from The Avengers will be presenting together, and Macfarlane has put together a tribute to movie musicals from the past decade that includes DreamgirlsJennifer Hudson, Chicago’s Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Les MiserablesHugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Helena Bonham Carter, and Samantha Barks.  Hit the jump to take a gander at the entire list of presenters, and click here to catch up on all of our recent Road to Oscar series.  The Oscars will be held this Sunday, February 24th, at 7pm EST on ABC. 

Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks Join Steven Shainberg’s THE BIG SHOE with Jim Sturgess

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It’s been seven years since director Steven Shainberg’s last picture (Fur) and over a decade since Secretary, but it looks like his newest project is getting a leg up with some A-list cast additions.  Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) have joined The Big Shoe, Shainberg’s newest erotic comedy that combines foot fashion and fetishism.  The picture already stars Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) in the lead role of a gifted shoe designer pressured into mass producing his designs as knock-offs.  Hit the jump for more.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 2; Special Features Announced and Trailer Released

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It looks like Twilight fans will be in for a pricey treat at the beginning of March.  Hot on the heels of the announcement that an extended edition of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 2nd comes the news that the home video release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will also take place on the same day.  Part 2 will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download on March 2nd, and the disc comes complete with a seven-part “making of” documentary called “Forever: Filming Breaking Dawn Part 2,” a featurette documenting the back-to-back production of Part 1 and Part 2 called “Two Movies at Once,” and audio commentary from director Bill Condon.  We can also safely assume that an extended edition of Part 2 will be released at a later date, so start saving up, Twihards.

Hit the jump to check out the artwork, a trailer for the Blu-ray, and to read the complete rundown of special features.

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