The most important thing about The Huntsman: Winter’s War is that there is at least one scene where Emily Blunt rides a polar bear. This was true when the first trailer arrived last month and it continued to be true when the second trailer arrived last week. This film seems to offer its fair share of pleasures for all kinds of people – the astonishingly handsome Chris Hemsworth strutting about with just enough chest exposed, the lovely Jessica Chastain kicking all kinds of ass in black leather, the incredible Charlize Theron vomiting black goo all over the place – but I’m buying a ticket because Emily Blunt is a literal ice queen who rides a fantasy polar bear. How did this movie gain access to the darkest corners of my brain?
Anyway, a batch of new The Huntsman: Winter’s War clips have arrived and one of them is entirely about Emily Blunt and her polar bear. Be still, my pounding heart.
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Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
We’ll be hearing arguments over which film really deserved the Best Picture Oscar for months, if not years, to come, but if the Razzie results are any indication there’s a firm consensus on which movie was the worst of 2012.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II swept this year’s proceedings, as seven out of their record-tying eleven nominations turned into wins. Keep in mind that that’s eleven nominations out of ten categories — that’s how bad Razzie voters thought this thing was. That’s My Boy and Battleship got a little love (hate?) as well. Hit the jump to read the winners.
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Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Universal’s been unambiguous about its desire to see a Snow White and the Huntsman 2, but it’s been less clear about the direction it wants that sequel to take. After the studio fast-tracked the follow-up in June, news broke in August that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) could but cut out of the equation altogether — only for the studio issue a denial and insist that they were still “exploring all options.”
Now it looks like they’ve finally made a decision. Stewart is following up last month’s comments about the “strong possibility” of her return with an actual confirmation. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Before you head off for the weekend, we’ve got a few last sequel-related odds and ends. After the jump:
- Kristen Stewart says she’ll probably be in SWATH 2
- The Last Exorcism II reveals an official synopsis
- Get your first look at one of the Wargs from The Hobbit…
- … and then look up exactly where you can see it in HFR 3D
- The Hangover 3 uploads to Instagram; find out who dies
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Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam offer some faint praise for Snow White and the Huntsman, discuss the pleasures of getting into Dr. Who, reflect on the Blu-Rays for Alien and Breaking Bad, and try to make sense of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
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Snow White and the Huntsman was a slightly rushed production, and a (more than) slightly frustrating viewing experience, but it might be performing well enough that Universal is really going forward with a sequel. The studio started talking to David Koepp about scripting a sequel in the last couple months, and Koepp is now scripting a Hunstman sequel that Universal is looking to fast-track.
Who will direct? Rupert Sanders who made his feature debut with the first movie, is a very possible choice, but he isn’t locked yet. Read More »
People love Kevin Smith because he’s an unabashed movie nerd and we all feel like we could sit down and have an awesome conversation with him. It’s that relatable nature that Smith brings to his new Internet movie review show, Spoilers, which premiered Monday on Hulu. For the rest of the summer, Smith will take fifty people to see a brand new movie on opening weekend and then all have a discussion about it. Mix that with some exclusive interviews and other segments and we have, what Smith hopes, is a weekly ritual for movie fans everywhere.
So how’s the first episode? Check it out below. Read More »
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For anyone out there reading, writing and making movies with your eyes set on Hollywood, Evan Daugherty‘s story of how he wrote and got Snow White and the Huntsman made is an inspiration. Years before studio began salivating over big action fairy tale films, Daugherty had the idea to take the Snow White tale and make it more action-packed via a small supporting character, The Huntsman. His script, originally written in a college dorm room, sat on a hard drive for years until Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland made a billion dollars and SWATH quickly became one of the hottest scripts in town.
Also, for anyone who struggles with collaboration, criticism and change, Daugherty’s story is even more enlightening. Since its first draft, Snow White and the Huntsman has gone though some radical changes. Multiple structures, tones, different characters living, dying, etc. In our interview with the screenwriter, he took us through the entire time line and detailed who changed what, when, how casting forced script changes and much more.
Though reviews of Snow White and the Huntsman were decidedly mixed, its history is fascinating. Read all about it in our interview with screenwriter Evan Daugherty 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 »