Dwayne Johnson has just pulled together a brand new “sand and sandal” gang. Ian McShane (Deadwood), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), John Hurt (Harry Potter) and Rebecca Ferguson are set to join the action superstar in Hercules, directed by Brett Ratner. It’s scheduled for a July 25, 2014 release. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
In Jack the Giant Slayer, Bryan Singer engages in the time-honored tradition of taking a classic fairy tale and reshaping it to fit the times. Current trends being what they are, that means turning the film gritty and (relatively) realistic, with plenty of Lord of the Rings-style action.
Screenwriters David Dobkin and Darren Lemke take the basic touchstones of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk — the poor farm boy, the magic beans, the scary giants — but introduce several brand-new elements to the story. In this version, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) heads upward to rescue a beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and stop her evil betrothed (Stanley Tucci) from taking over the kingdom. It’s a version of Jack that’s never been told in all the centuries that the character has been around. So why does it all feel so tiresomely familiar?
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Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
- Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
- Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
- Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
- Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
- The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.
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Here’s the latest trailer for Universal’s version of the Snow White story: Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen, and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman who rebels against the queen’s wishes, and spares Snow’s life. We also finally get to see a lot more of the Dwarfs, played by actors such as Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, and Nick Frost.
But the new trailer isn’t alone. There is also a five-minute extended story reel that shows a lot more than we’ve seen before, presented in a quick-cut montage. Now the film’s LotR-like ambitions are even more clear, and the suggestion that this might be an entertaining and creature-filled adventure comes through loud and clear.
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Warner Bros has released the first movie trailer for Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer (which you can see in theaters attached to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in theaters this week). The film is an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The trailer is a bit underwhelming, and the effects look very early, at best. I’m still excited about what this film could be, as the dark fairytale genre is very promising. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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I like it! Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman has already cast a stellar group of British actors to play the seven dwarfs in the action film that will see the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) saving and mentoring Snow White (Kristen Stewart) rather than doing away with her as commanded by the evil queen (Charlize Theron). When the last of the primary seven dwarfs was cast I wondered if Gus, the young dwarf mentioned in the script as kind of a hanger-on, had been cut. Looks like he’s still in the picture, though, and he’ll be played by Nick Frost. Read More »
Snow White and the Huntman isn’t just Universal’s entry in the madcap race to produce a film that updates or otherwise reinterprets the classic story of Snow White. The movie, which stars Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and a whole host of wonderful actors as the dwarfs, is intended to kick off a series of movies. Read More »
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It’s a rather slow Friday, leaving us plenty of time — too much time, probably — to think about the passing of Peter Falk and Pixar’s fall from the pedestal of perfect reviews. But there are a few bits of casting info out there, and after the break you’ll find the following:
- Lily Cole helps round out the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman..
- …and Ben Barnes will play the lead role in Seventh Son, opposite Jeff Bridges. Read More »