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The sequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman" already won't feature Kristen Stewart's Snow White. Now, Deadline reports, most of her seven dwarves are getting axed, too. Only two dwarves will be in the "The Huntsman," though it's unclear exactly which two.
It is known that Nick Frost ("Cuban Fury"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and Eddie Marsan ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") will definitely not be in the movie. Marsan has a scheduling conflict with his work on Showtime's "Ray Donovan." And Bob Hoskins died last year, so he won't be part of the project either.
"The Huntsman" is a prequel that will show the titular character (Chris Hemsworth) and Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) crossing paths before the events of the first movie. Emily Blunt is on board to play a villain, reportedly a Snow Queen who is Ravenna's sister.
"The Huntsman" is set to »
- Kelly Woo
At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Nick Frost ("Shaun Of The Dead"), Toby Jones ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and Eddie Marsan ("The World's End") will not reprise their Snow White & The Huntsman roles in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's The Huntsman, according to Deadline. In fact, only two dwaves will be back for the follow-up. Who are they? Deadline doesn't know at this time. Well, you count out Bob Hoskins too. The actor passed away shortly after the film came out. That leaves Ian McShane, Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone and Brian Gleeson as possibilities to return. Deadline did provide reasons as to why Frost, Jones and Marsan aren't coming back. Marsan was never a consideration. His schedule is too busy based on his role in the Showtime series, Ray Donovan. As for Frost and Jones, they couldn't agree on the terms Universal offered them. Boo! The sequel sends the Huntsman on a quest to find the magic »
It sounds like a George Rr Martin title, but a dearth of dwarves is apparently the situation in The Huntsman, the follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman. There's no Snow White this time, but there's also a scarcity of the little fellas.Given that The Huntsman is a prequel, taking place well before Snow White encountered the dwarves in the first place, we might have guessed this anyway. If you're raving about the decision, however, rest assured that at least two of the previous eight (yes, there were eight, rather breaking with Disney tradition) will appear again.Which two? That's unclear at this stage. Bob Hoskins is sadly no longer with us, while Deadline reports that Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan are all already out of the running for various reasons. That leaves Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson as the four actors possibly still drawing straws with Universal. »
It was the final big American film and TV awards ceremony before the Oscars, and the one most likely to indicate who will be going home with Academy awards in a month’s time. Find out if Hollywood’s most celebrated actors perfect their speeches ... or losers’ faces
Screen Actors Guild awards 2015: the winners in pictures
A quick-fire night then with a couple of surprises thrown in, mostly in TV.
Costner is back and… well… that’s it.
- Alex Needham and Lanre Bakare in New York
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The Captive," is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.] Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has been a fixture on La Croisette since his 1994 breakout feature "Exotica," which took the Fipresci prize. "The Sweet Hereafter" won that same award in addition to the Grand Prix honor in 1997. The filmmaker's career has by no means taken a nosedive since, but to many, he hasn't lived up to the promise set by his earlier efforts (save for "Felicia's Journey," which featured a great performance by the late Bob Hoskins). "Where the Truth Lies," "Adoration" and "Chloe" were all met with mixed reviews, while his latest to open in theaters, the West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot," was his worst »
- Nigel M Smith
Red Sonja Cosplayer: Claire Anastasia * Photographer: Jeff Zoet Visuals ........................................................................ DC Comics - Poison Ivy Cosplayer: Claire Anastasia * Photographer: Jeff Zoet Visuals ........................................................................ Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Jessica Rabbit Cosplayer: Claire Anastasia * Photographer: Jeff Zoet Visuals It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck detective is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, who begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer. Actors: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer & Joanna Cassidy Director: Robert Zemeckis * Screenwriters: Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman »
While there's no denying that 2014 was a good year for great filmmaking, it was also a little bit harder than recent years as we lost some monstrous talents from the big screen. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams both passed tragically and far too soon. The retired Bob Hoskins left this planet not long after he stepped away from acting, and Harold Ramis joined all the ghosts he busted 25 years ago. Though there will be tributes to those we lost at both the Golden Globes and Academy Awards coming up, we already have a fantastic tribute to some of the talents we lost last year who made cinema so wonderful. Here's Immortalized in Film: A Tribute to Those We Lost in 2014 from JoBlo: Much like the awards program "In Memoriam" features, this video doesn't just focus on the talent we saw in front of the camera, but also those who worked behind the scenes. »
- Ethan Anderton
Every year, we sadly lose beloved figures in the film world, but 2014 seemed to be especially cruel in that regard. From legendary figures to talents we lost way too soon, the past twelve months saw the movies get a little less bright without their presence. And with the New Year upon us, there's no better time to honor their passing. JoBlo has put together a six-minute reel paying tribute to those that left us over the year. And again, it has been a tough one in 2014 with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Bob Hoskins, Harold Ramis, Mickey Rooney, James Garner, H.R. Giger, Robin Williams and more among some of the legends who passed away. So before you look ahead to 2015, take a moment to consider the legacy of those in the video below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
9 items from 2015
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