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 »

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The irony of two movies about the sweet, simple character of Snow White doing such vicious battle must be lost on the executives of both Universal and Relativity. For months we’ve been reporting on the dueling developments of Relativity’s Untitled Snow White film (which was at one point called The Brothers Grimm: Snow White) versus Universal’s Snow White and The Huntsman. Each independently locked a director, A-list cast members and release dates but with the Relativity film — directed by Tarsem Singh starring Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts — completing its cast first and scheduled to start shooting in June, it made sense that it would be out before the other movie. But once the Universal film — directed by Rupert Sanders starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron — finally locked its big roles, it leapfrogged from its original December 2012 release date until June 1, 2012, poising itself to be the first Snow White film on the market.

Tuesday, Relativity countered in a big, big way. They’ve pushed their Tarsem Singh, Julia Roberts film up from June 29 until March 16, 2012, three months before the Universal film. With Huntsman not scheduled to begin shooting until late summer, this will probably be the end of the release date shuffle.

However, in beating its competition to theaters, Relativity’s film is now in danger of being overshadowed by several other major March 2012 family, fantasy releases. Read all about it, as well as the strategically placed release dates of Relativity’s Safe House and Hunter Killer, after the jump. 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 »

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Check out this vintage Disney-produced short informational documentary How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made which shows how the the studio created the first animated feature film ever produced. The documentary played before feature films in 1939.
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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 »

Infographic: Disney Princesses In Real Life

The Disney Princess Tumblr has put together a collection of photos comparing the famous animated Disney princesses compared next to the actresses who provided their voices. Hit the jump to see the whole graphic.
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Last time we heard about Snow White it was because Natalie Portman was rumored for the starring role in Brothers Grimm: Snow White, a re-telling of the tale to be produced by Brett Ratner. In true Hollywood form, however, there is more than one Snow White re-do being shopped around town. There are three, in fact. One is the one I just mentioned, backed by Ratner and Relativity. The second is housed at Disney, and is called Snow and the Seven. (The, er, Twitter-friendly title.)

The third is this project for which Universal has just ponied up a rather large amount of cash: Snow White and the Huntsman. Read More »

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Rachel Weisz as Snow White

A couple months back, it was revealed that Walt Disney Pictures is developing a revisionist retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story titled Maleficent that focuses on the Mistress of all Evil — written by Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton for Tim Burton with the possibility of Angelina Jolie to star. Last month the Mouse House purchased a live action re-imagining of Cinderella from Devil Wears Prada scribe Aline Brosh McKenna for a huge 7 figure deal. They are also rushing to sign a director (right now, Adam Shankman and Timur Bekmambetov are in the running) for a Wizard of Oz origin story The Great and Powerful Oz.

But Disney isn’t the only ones jumping on the bandwagon — Brett Ratner is producing his own revisionist story tale adaptation of Snow White.

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