If you need proof that the old movie star system doesn’t really exist any longer, here’s a trailer for Fireflies in the Garden, aka the ‘lost’ Julia Roberts movie. The film was shot in 2007 and hit festivals in 2008, and is only not getting a release date. Then again, Fireflies in the Garden is only kind of a Julia Roberts movie — it’s a family drama in which Roberts and Willem Dafoe are parents of a boy who grows up to become a bearded, very serious Ryan Reynolds. You’d think, however, that even with Roberts playing a supporting role — and a very important one at that — the film would have seen some release based on the fact of her appearance alone.
The film also stars Hayden Panettiere, Emily Watson and Carrie-Anne Moss, and if you’re wondering what a movie with all those recognizable people has been doing sitting on the shelf for almost four years, you’re not alone. Check out the trailer below and see if you can figure out why this one has been unseen in the States for all this time. Read More »
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Sean Bean has made a career of being around royalty in epic fantasy. He was the heir to the Steward of Gondor in The Lord of the Rings, he played the hand of the King in Game of Thrones and now, finally, he’s getting his own kingdom. He’s about to be cast as Snow White’s father, the King, in Tarsem Singh‘s Snow White. That’s the Relativity, Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, family friendly one. Not the Universal, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, action one. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn’t the only movie releasing this week that takes place in a strange alternate fantasy America. In Larry Crowne, the second film directed by Tom Hanks, the giant robots and exaggerated douchebaggery of Michael Bay’s creation are replaced by the giant personalities and megawatt smiles of Hanks and Julia Roberts. They are two of the quirky goofs that populate a community college in Anytown, USA, and Larry Crowne is the mild and wholly unconvincing story of how they find one another amidst clouds of emotional and economic depression as wispy as blockbuster movie logic. Read More »
Relativity has set Tarsem Singh‘s untitled Snow White film in motion, with the production beginning photography this week. The film stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane, and at this past week’s licensing expo, Relativity unveiled some production art for the film. Now one big piece of art has graced the pages of a print edition of THR. That’s a snippet above; you can see the full image and read descriptions of others below. Read More »
Larry Crowne, the second film in which Tom Hanks worked behind the camera as director, is one that I’ve mostly passed over in the last few months. It stars Hanks as a guy who loses his job and goes to community college as part of an attempt to rebuild his future. He makes new friends, joins a scooter gang, and falls for one of his teachers, played by Julia Roberts. (Yep, it’s a big-screen alternate version of Community.)
Tom Hanks tweeted out a link to the film’s second trailer, which provides the first look at George Takei‘s work in the film, among other things. Check it out below. Read More »
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Relativity is moving forward quickly with the film formerly called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. The title has been ditched (it’s just Untitled Snow White Film for now) but Tarsem is still directing Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as the Prince and Julia Roberts as the Queen. Nathan Lane will be “the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton.” And Robert Emms will be the prince’s valet.
Now the seven dwarfs are all cast, as are a couple other small roles. That is after the break. Read More »
Relativity’s Snow White film, directed by Tarsem Singh, continues to add fantastic actors to its fantasy world. They’ve just cast Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane as Brighton, the Queen’s (played by Julia Roberts) servant and Robert Emms as Renbock, Prince Alcott’s (played by Armie Hammer) valet. We all know Lane from The Producers, The Birdcage and more while Emms will soon be seen in Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Lily Collins is playing the lead role in the still untitled film. Read More »
They cast the queen, they cast the prince and now they’ve cast their lead. Lily Collins, daughter of rock star Phil Collins, best-known for her role in The Blind Side, has been cast as the title character in Snow White, the Relativity Media re-imagining of the classic tale directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Immortals). She’ll star alongside Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the Queen and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Prince Andrew Alcott. It’s written by Melissa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher).
Originally titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, this film is now being referred to simply as Snow White and it looks like it’ll be the first of several competing projects to get out of the gate. Others include Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman starring Kristen Stewart and Disney’s Snow and the Seven written by Michael Arndt. Singh’s Snow White is currently in pre-production and will begin filming in May aimed at a June 29, 2012 release. After the jump, read the official plot description and more about Collins. Read More »
And now Relativity Media has pulled ahead in the Snow White race. The company and Universal have been neck and neck in development of competing Snow White movies over the past six months. Relativity has Tarsem Singh directing The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, which had only one primary cast member locked: Julia Roberts, who will play the evil queen.
Universal seemed to be further along with Snow White and the Huntsman, with Rupert Sanders set to direct Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen and Viggo Mortensen in talks for the titular Huntsman. But now Viggo has dropped out, reportedly because he was asking for a pretty hefty deal. (THR says that the Snow White discussions have been problematic and that, yes, at one point Viggo did talk with WB about being in Superman. That didn’t work out either, as Superman director Zack Snyder said last week.) There is some slight indication that things could move forward once again, but THR says that Universal is moving on. So expect to hear a new Huntsman choice soon.
After the break, Relativity locks down two stars for Tarsem’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White — Armie Hammer and Saoirse Ronan. Read More »