First Universal spun the classic Snow White fable into an action-adventure tentpole pic with equal billing for the Huntsman, and now fairy tale princess is about to get dropped from the equation altogether. Even before Snow White and the Huntsman opened, the studio was lining up plans for a sequel. And as of today, that follow-up is still moving forward — only it’s being reconfigured to focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman, cutting Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White out completely.

While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that have gone into this decision, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the news comes weeks after Stewart was discovered to be having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. It’s unclear whether Sanders will be returning to the helm for the spin-off. More details after the jump.

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‘On the Road’ International Trailer

The release of Walter Salles‘ film version of Jack Kerouac‘s generational signpost novel On the Road rolls ever closer, following the film’s relatively successful bow at Cannes this past May. Not having a lot of interest in Kerouac at this point, I’m still very interested in the film to see how actors like Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart do with their roles; both look a lot more energized than we often see from them. And then there’s Viggo Mortensen as a vague version of William S. Burroughs. I’d see just about any movie for that alone.

A new UK trailer has hit, and it gives us a bit more of all the elements of the film: the actors, the period recreation, the music, and a taste of the text through the trailer voiceover. Check it out below. Read More »

In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, you will see Kristen Stewart wrestle with a mountain lion. She also jumps waterfalls in a single bound, climbs mountains and hugs Robert Pattinson really hard. At the first Hall H panel of San Diego Comic Con 2012, director Bill Condon (via video) and the cast and crew of the November 16th film screen the first seven minutes of the movie, most of which centers on Bella’s first time acting like a vampire. “It felt so good to break her in,” Stewart said of this films’ newly vamped character character. “See how fast the car goes.”

After the jump, read about the first seven minutes of the film and the rest of the final Twilight movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Read More »

Even though it only runs about 75 seconds long, the theatrical trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 packs in more intriguing images than the first four movies combined. Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) are finally married and now that they’ve also had a child, the lovers who could never be will become the parents who’ll fight for anything to save their child. And if that means recruiting an army of vampires and werewolves to fight the Volturi? Well, then that’s what they’ll do.

Directed by Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the final film of the Twilight saga and opens November 16. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Snow White and the Huntsman leaves the most interesting character out of the title: Ravenna, the so-called evil queen who wants Snow White’s heart on a platter. In this telling, the queen is a black widow whose appetite for power is driven by a consuming fury towards all men. Charlize Theron plays Ravenna not with subtlety — nothing in this would-be blockbuster is subtle, from the insistent effects to the poop jokes — but at least a sense that Ravenna nurses a great wound in her soul.

No other character is as captivating. Ravenna is a strange, wild jewel, flawed and brilliant. She’s more than just a cookie-cutter villain, and begs to be the center of the film. If Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent can get her own movie, why can’t Ravenna?

Huntsman doesn’t seem to know what it has, however. It wants to be a fairy tale revision, an action movie, a franchise opener. Even if the movie truly was hers, the monster can’t always be the center of attention; leave the camera on the shark in Jaws and you’ve merely got a documentary. But the film’s approach to retelling the story of Snow White, and of the Huntsman who saves her and the Prince who loves her, is so fractured that all the queen’s dark power is wasted. Read More »

‘On the Road’ Finally Gets U.S. Distribution

After some thirty-odd years in development, On the Road is finally nearing the end of its long, long journey to the big screen. A week before the film’s scheduled debut at the Cannes Film Festival, IFC Films and Sundance Selects (subsets of AMC Networks) have closed a seven-figure deal for the U.S. distribution rights to the Walter Salles-directed adaptation, which features a strong roster of both rising and established stars.

Among them are leads Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, who play Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (understood to be the fictional alter egos of author Jack Kerouac and his pal Neal Cassady), as well as Kristen Stewart, who plays Dean’s wife Mary Lou. Kirsten Dunst, Amy AdamsTom SturridgeDanny MorganAlice BragaElisabeth Moss, and Viggo Mortensen round out the supporting cast. More details after the jump.

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Casting on Machete Kills continues to speed ahead, as Modern Family star Sofia Vergara becomes the latest to sign on. Also after the jump:

  • Leonard Nimoy has not confirmed a Star Trek 2 cameo
  • Tim Burton offers a tiny Beetlejuice 2 update
  • Anna Faris probably won’t do Scary Movie 5
  • Men in Black 3 gets creative with its marketing
  • Kristen Stewart spills about the Breaking Dawn reshoots

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Edward Cullen, James Bond, and Kermit the Frog are all preparing to return to the big screen, but it looks like Roger Rabbit is not. After the jump:

  • Roger Rabbit 2 is still not moving forward
  • The Twilight gang is heading into reshoots
  • Daniel Craig says 007 is “nicer” in Skyfall
  • Nicholas Stoller has details on The Muppets 2
  • Prometheus will one hour and fifty-nine minutes

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