SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Review

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I really can’t stand the Because-It-Looks-Cool School of Filmmaking, and Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders could be this year’s valedictorian.  His obsession lies not with making sure his story makes sense or that his characters are interesting.  His triumphant moments are when he gets to make a big show of how he dreadfully he overestimates his visual imagination.  Lost in the expensive special effects and sloppy storytelling are the hints of a thoughtful subtext regarding the value of beauty in relation to a woman’s power.  But for Sanders, these moments are nothing more than a way to briefly shade his antagonist before rushing back to his one-dimensional heroine and her dull journey through pretty environments.

Cool Interactive Trailer for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

by     Posted 2 years, 208 days ago

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Universal has released an excellent interactive trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman.  Rather than the awful trailer-for-trailer trend, I wish more studios would take the interactive approach where the trailer can lead to behind-the-scenes featurettes, concept art, and other fun stuff.  The trailer-for-trailer thing only makes me feel annoyed towards an upcoming film, but this interactive trailer makes me want to see SWATH even more.

Hit the jump to check out the interactive trailer.  The film also stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, and Ian McShaneSnow White and the Huntsman opens June 1st.

New Clip and Poster for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

by     Posted 2 years, 224 days ago

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Universal has released a new clip from the fantasy-action film Snow Whiter and the Huntsman.  In this re-imagining, the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is ordered to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods to be killed, but instead becomes her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).  The clip shows Snow engaging in proper Troll-vanquishing etiquette where forceful screams are more powerful than an axe-wielding Huntsman.

Hit the jump to check out the clip and the bland final poster.  The film also stars The film also stars Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, and Ian McShaneSnow White and the Huntsman opens June 1st.

New Poster and 20 New Images from SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

by     Posted 2 years, 244 days ago

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New images from Snow White and the Huntsman have gone online.  In this re-imagining, the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is ordered to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods to be killed, but instead becomes her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).  Director Rupert Sanders has definitely provided the film with a rich, imaginative style, and I’m hoping the story is solid enough to warrant the excellent production design and c costumes.  The new batch of images include fresh pics of Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Prince William, who hasn’t really been seen much in the marketing thus far.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, and Ian McShaneSnow White and the Huntsman opens on June 1st. [Update: We’ve been asked by the studio to take the images down, but the new poster remains after the jump.

WonderCon 2012: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Panel Recap; Rupert Sanders Screens New Footage, Hosts Q&A with Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart

by     Posted 2 years, 275 days ago

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As part of Universal’s promotion at this year’s WonderCon, they showed off some new footage of their upcoming spin on an old fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman. Some of it you can see in a series of featurettes we’ve posted here and here. Some of it will undoubtedly only be shown when the movie hits theaters early this summer. The picture may sound like a simple fairy tale, but after seeing this new footage there is no question in my mind that Snow White and the Huntsman is an action-packed, visual marvel that is positively brimming with emotion. While Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman and Sam Claflin’s Prince William may be the requisite brawn of the movie, Snow White and the Huntsman is all about the showdown between Charlize Theron’s frigid Queen Ravenna and Kristen Stewart’s defiant Snow White. Forget Return of the King, this is “Return of the Queen.” 

Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, and Charlize Theron opens June 1st. Hit the jump for more.

New Featurette for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Highlights the Action

by     Posted 2 years, 277 days ago

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Yesterday, we posted three featurettes for Snow White and the Huntsman.  Today, another featurette has gone online, and it highlights the action.  The “action” element is another important one in trying to make sure audiences know that while “Snow White” may be in the title, Snow White and the Huntsman is intended to be an intense flick with lots of sword fights, explosions, and horse armor.  There’s nothing too revelatory in this new featurette; it’s mostly behind-the-scenes footage of some of the action scenes that will be in the movie.

But if you need more of your fantasy-epic-action-movie fix, hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, and Charlize TheronSnow White and the Huntsman opens June 1st.

Japanese Teaser for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Sells “Epic” in Less Than a Minute

by     Posted 2 years, 286 days ago

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The sudden rush to remake the Snow White fairytale into a movie is not borne of the purest of motives.  (This is perhaps best evidenced in just how rancid Mirror, Mirror looks.)  But to the extent that marketing can be trusted, the Snow White movement may give us something breathtaking in Snow White and the Huntsman.  A new Japanese teaser trailer has hit the net—spotting the new stuff has never been a strength for this writer, but other sites promise there is new footage within.  Aside from that, the international clip successfully sells me on the epic potential in less than a minute.  Massive scope, brutal battles, beautiful cinematography, inventive creature design, striking visual effects… it’s all there.  I invite you to watch for yourself after the jump.

Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, and Charlize Theron star in the feature directorial debut of Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman opens on June 1.

Lily Collins and Armie Hammer Talk about Their Snow White Movie, MIRROR MIRROR

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After last year’s Race of the Snow White Movies, Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror Mirror will be the first to hit theaters with Snow White and the Huntsman opening two months later.  Mirror Mirror doesn’t look any good, but it will be first and that’s what’s important, at least to audiences who will think, “Didn’t we just see a Snow White movie?” when Snow White and the Huntsman rolls around.  In an interview on the set of Mirror Mirror, actor Armie Hammer (who plays Prince Charming) says he’s glad his movie is coming out first, so hooray for release schedules, I guess.  But more than a comparing their movie to Huntsman, Hammer and co-star Lily Collins (Snow White) say how much they enjoyed working together.  I continue to wait for the day when an actor does a promotional interview and says of his or her co-star “I hate that person so much.  Just thinking about him/her makes me vomit in my mouth.”  I’m going to be waiting for a while.

Hit the jump to check out the interview. The film also stars Julia Roberts and Nathan LaneMirror Mirror opens March 30th.

Disney’s ORDER OF SEVEN May Star Saoirse Ronan; Ty Burrell Joins JACKIE BROWN Prequel, SWITCH

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Saoirse Ronan is in talks to star in Order of Seven, an action adventure tale based loosely on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. If you’re a fan of Snow White, you’ll have your pick between Relativity Media’s frivolous take Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders. Disney, oddly enough, is late to the game with their submission even though the project began development ten years ago.

In other casting news, Ty Burrell has joined the cast of the Jackie Brown prequel, Switch along with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey. Hit the jump for much more on Ronan and Burrell’s roles and respective projects.

First Trailer for Tarsem Singh’s MIRROR MIRROR Starring Julia Roberts

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Fresh off the first trailer for the battle-heavy Snow White and the Huntsman, Relativity has released the first look at their take on Snow White, Mirror Mirror. Directed by Tarsem Singh, the fantasy film is described as a “comedic adventure”and centers on Snow White (Lily Collins) setting out to reclaim her birthright from the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts). Mirror Mirror couldn’t be more different from Huntsman. It’s light, fluffy, and goofy. It’s also pretty close to terrible. The film almost comes off as a farce, it’s just so incredibly goofy. It’s as if Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison decided to make a Snow White movie. With Tarsem at the helm, we’re sure to be in for a visual treat, but I fear the tone may painfully overshadow the extravagant visuals.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer for yourself. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean.

First Look at Footage from SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Starring Kristen Stewart

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The divide between the two Snow White movies is finally starting to widen: the “light comedic adventure” version of Tarsem Sing’s Mirror, Mirror vs. the directorial debut of Rupert Sanders and his dark, gritty interpretation, Snow White and the Huntsman. Today, we have a look at some footage from the latter version. While there’s not a lot of screen time for Snow White (Kristen Stewart) or the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), we do get a glimpse at the dark side of the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).

Slated to open on June 1, 2012, Snow White and the Huntsman is a twist on the classic fairy tale in which the Huntsman, appointed to kill Snow White, becomes her protector and joins her in the quest to kill the Evil Queen herself. Hit the jump to check out the footage and check back here tomorrow for the first trailer.

Relativity’s Snow White Film Titled MIRROR MIRROR

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Thank the maker! It’s finally time to put Untitled Snow White Project That’s Not the One with Kristen Stewart to bed, as Relativity’s competing Snow White project finally has a title: Mirror Mirror. It’s a fine title, and pretty much gets the point across that we’re dealing with fairy tales here. While there’s a multitude of Snow White movies in development, this one differs greatly from its main competitor, Snow White and the Huntsman. The Kristen Stewart-led pic is an epic, dark, and gritty take on the fairy tale, while Mirror Mirror is described as a lighthearted comedy action-adventure.

The Fall’s Tarsem Singh directs, so we’re in for a visual treat, and Lily Collins stars as the eponymous Snow White. The supporting cast that includes Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the prince, Sean Bean as the King, as well as Nathan Lane. Click here to check out a number of images from the film, which should give you a better idea of the tone. Mirror Mirror opens March 16th, 2012. [Update: We've been sent the full press release, which is included after the jump]

Brett Ratner Talks TOWER HEIST, the Oscars, BEVERLY HILLS COP 4, HONG KONG PHOOEY, the Woody Allen Documentary He’s Producing

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With Brett Ratner’s comedy Tower Heist opening this weekend, I was able to chat with the busy director on the phone when he was in New York City promoting the movie.  Starring Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Gabourey Sidibe, Téa Leoni, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Michael Peña, and Alan Alda, Tower Heist centers on a group of disgruntled employees who decide to rob a white-collar criminal living under house arrest in their high-rise after he scams them all out of their savings.

During our wide-ranging conversation, Ratner talked about how he got involved in the project and who was originally going to star in it, the test screening process, deleted scenes, improv, what will be on the Blu-ray/DVD, and what it was like to work with Eddie Murphy.  In addition, Ratner talked about producing next year’s Oscars, future projects like Movie 43, 39 Clues, Hercules, Hong Kong Phooey, Beverly Hills Copy 4, Rush Hour 4, the Woody Allen documentary that he’s producing, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview and audio.

Brett Ratner Talks Eddie Murphy, the Oscars, a Woody Allen Documentary, BEVERLY HILLS COP 4, Tarsem’s SNOW WHITE, and More

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Brett Ratner is a very busy guy at the moment.  He’s currently preparing for the release of his latest directorial effort Tower Heist, which features an all-star cast that includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, and Alan Alda, and he’s also gearing up to produce the Academy Awards.  In addition, Ratner is juggling a number of other projects.  Steve recently got the chance to talk to Ratner and the conversation covered a wide range of topics.  In addition to talking about his plan for the Oscars and getting Eddie Murphy as a host, Ratner also spoke about Tarsem Singh’s Untitled Snow White Project which he’s producing, a comprehensive documentary about Woody Allen (which sounds awesome) that he’s also producing, a miniseries on Sidney Korshak, and much more including updates on Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Hong Kong Phooey.  Hit the jump to check out the full conversation.

New Images from Tarsem Singh’s SNOW WHITE Film including First Look at Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen [Updated With More Images]

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Six new images from Tarsem Singh’s untitled Snow White film have gone online.  Since this is a Tarsem film, the costumes and set design are opulent and grandiose to the point of being comical.  One of the images has Snow White (Lily Collins) wearing a swan for a hat.  Aside from swan hats, the images also provide the first look at Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the Prince, and the seven dwarfs.  This movie isn’t to be confused with the other Snow White film set for 2012, Snow White and the Huntsman.  While that one is being set up as a kind of Lord of the Rings-style fantasy adventure, screenwriter Jason Keller calls Singh’s Snow White movie a “comedic adventure” with action elements.  The story has Snow trying to reclaim her birthright from the Evil Queen and fighting with her for the affection of the Prince.  I’m not sure how swan hats figure into that.

Hit the jump to check out the images plus more info on the film, which also stars Nathan Lane and Sean Bean.  The untitled Snow White movie opens March 16, 2012.

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