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When is a panopticon not a panopticon? When it is the new movie from Immortals and Mirror Mirror director Tarsem Singh. The filmmaker has signed to direct a film called The Panopticon, called an “original action-thriller featuring sci-fi elements” and scripted by Craig Rosenberg (After the Sunset).  Read More »

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After foraying into kiddie territory with Mirror, Mirror, Tarsem Singh is headed back to darker material. Singh is looking to team with star Ryan Reynolds on Selfless, a Black List thriller written by Àlex and David Pastor. It features a body-switching premise that sounds kind of crazy, which should make it a good fit for the adventurous Singh. More details after the jump.

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Gong Li to Star in Tarsem Singh’s Marco Polo Project

After making a name for himself with lush, visually oriented fantasies like The Fall and March’s Mirror, Mirror, Tarsem Singh could be getting a little more grounded with his newest project. The filmmaker is preparing to direct a historical drama about the explorer Marco Polo. While the iconic figure has yet to be cast, the English-language film has found its first star in the form of Chinese actress Gong Li. More details after the jump.

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Tarsem Singh has made his name on lush, even indulgent visuals in films like The Cell, The Fall, and Immortals, as well as in music videos that preceded his feature work. His new film, the Snow White retelling Mirror Mirror, seems to be scaled back just a tiny bit from the all-out ‘feast of design’ approach seen in his previous films, but it will still likely be more ambitiously designed than most other films this year.

Tarsem has a few possible follow-up projects in the wings, but the one he really wants to do is a film that would help him break from the visually-dominated approach. Eye in the Sky is a sprawling modern war film with dozens of characters — think of the sort of project you’d expect to see Steven Soderbergh make — that had Olivier Hirschbiegel (Downfall) set to direct last year. Evidently there is some possible turnover in the director’s chair, and Tarsem wants the job. Read More »

While I haven’t loved most of the marketing for Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror, Mirror so far, one element that’s actually drawn a few laughs out of me is Armie Hammer‘s performance as Prince Andrew Alcott. He’s clearly having so much fun with the character that it’s tough not to be won over, and now a new featurette takes advantage of that appeal by focusing on Hammer and his well-intentioned but ditzy charcter.

But it seems I’m not the only one that hasn’t been such a fan of the kiddie comedy’s trailers. In a recent interview, Singh noted his own displeasure at the way his film was being sold. Could this mean that Mirror, Mirror won’t quite be the the cringe-inducing hamfest we’ve been led to expect? Watch the featurette and read Singh’s comments after the jump.

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I can’t tell whether it’s that the footage of Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror Mirror is truly getting better, or whether I’m just developing some weird cinematic version of Stockholm Syndrome. But after kind of hating the first trailer, the film started to grow on me with yesterday’s featurette, and now this new international trailer has me kind of, sort of, actually looking forward to seeing it.

The new video offers up a bit more than the previous one did in terms of plot, and serves up some fresh jokes as well. Lily Collins stars as the fairytale princess, while Armie Hammer plays the handsome prince, Julia Roberts the evil queen, and Nathan Lane her pitiable sycophant. Watch the video after the jump.

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The Great Snow White Showdown of 2012 has been brewing for about a year and a half now, but it looks like we’ll have to wait just a tiny bit longer to see how things shake out. Mirror Mirror has pushed its release date back by two weeks from March 16 to March 30, the better to take advantage of spring break and the Easter holiday. Snow White and the Huntsman is still scheduled to open June 1.

In the meantime, though, we have a couple of new looks at both in the form of a behind-the-scenes video from Mirror Mirror and a just-released photo of Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. The more we see of each, the clearer it’s becoming that whatever their respective strengths or weaknesses, the two movies are very different beasts. Hit the jump for more.

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For years we didn’t hear much at all about Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall). But his new film Immortals opened a week ago to generally negative opinion (I liked it more than most, though I’ll never argue that it is ‘good’) and the trailer for his family-oriented Snow White comedy Mirror, Mirror just hit this week.

Now we’ve got word on a possible next film from the visually obsessive director: the noirish fantasy thriller Killing on Carnival Row, penned by Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham. Read More »

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