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..
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Briefly: It’s time to stand up and start a slow golf clap for Universal, director Rupert Sanders, and the producers of Snow White and the Huntsman. In the past 36 hours they’ve locked up a collection of British actors to rival Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for pure ‘holy shit’ entertainment value on the big screen. All are being cast in the roles of dwarfs, who in the film are named after famous Roman figures. The latest to sign on is Ray Winstone, who nearly completes the list.

So, the quick recap of the actors and their roles, with a bit of new clarification: Ian McShane is Caesar, the eldest. Stephen Graham is Nero, the angry one. Eddie Izzard is Tiberius, the biggest and burliest. Bob Hoskins is the blind Constantine. Toby Jones is the timid Claudius. And Ray Winstone and Eddie Marsan are the twins Trajan and Hadrian.

And while THR says that Ray Winstone completes the casting, drafts of the script I’ve seen also feature the young dwarf Gus, and we don’t yet have an actor for him. Shooting is set to start in August, and the film will be released on June 1, 2012.

I am becoming slightly conflicted about Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which is moving forward with Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Sam Claflin as her Prince and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen.

I’m conflicted because there are eight dwarf roles in the film, and it would be rather nice to see them filled out by little people. But the producers and director Rupert Sanders are choosing instead to follow some of Peter Jackson’s methods, and use established character actors of average adult size. But when that cast includes Ian McShane, cast last night, and now Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones, it is pretty damn difficult to argue with the choices. Read More »

One of the things that sets Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman slightly apart from some of the other new takes on Snow White is the way it incorporates the dwarfs. In this version there are eight dwarfs, each of which is named after a Roman ruler.

Now the first of those characters has been cast: Caesar, the oldest of the eight, and an enemy to the Queen and old friend to Eric, the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). We’ve known that actors would be made to look small via on-set tricks and post-production effects. The first guy you can start imagining reduced to a few feet tall is Ian McShane. Read More »

Bryan Singer is pulling the final pieces into place for his ‘adult fairy tale’ Jack the Giant Killer. He’s got Nicholas Hoult playing the title character and Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess Jack hopes to rescue. And now Ian McShane is in the cast as a king in the human realm. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures have released a new movie trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This full length trailer certainly adresses some of the criticisms of the first trailer, expanding the scope of the story a bit. We also get mermaids and a peek at Keith Richards, who is reprising his role as Jack Sparrow’s father. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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New Photos: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Walt Disney Pictures have released a couple new photos from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. One of the new photos gives us out first look at Captain Hector Barbossa, portrayed by Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who in this film joins King George II’s Royal Navy as a privateer to lead an expedition to the Fountain of Youth. Hit the jump to see the new stills.

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We’ve just seen the first trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and it sets up the basic concept: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) ends up working with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) to find the fountain of youth, with famed pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) an an unusual accomplice/rival. Meanwhile Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is working with the crown in some measure. Oh, and there are mermaids and zombies.

Now director Rob Marshall, who is new to the series, has given up a few more details. Read More »

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