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Chicago – This new Hollywood fairy tale does have one thing in common with the bedtime stories of old…it may lull you to sleep in the first 30 minutes. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is a special effects extravaganza where the effects aren’t special, the story is thin, and almost all the actors seem to have been allowed or even encouraged to indulge their worst impulses.
If the original “Snow White and The Huntsman” is remembered at all, it’s more likely for the offscreen drama surrounding it rather than what ended up in the movie itself. This sequel is automatically superior to that drab, brooding, and slow moving mass of mediocrity by the simple fact that it does not star Kristin Stewart.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
A trio of A-list actresses – Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain – look great in Colleen Atwood’s costumes but are otherwise wasted in the joyless and bland The Huntsman: Winter’S War. And while the trailer makes it look like a battle of badass beauties, two of these actresses (the ones who play the most interesting characters) are off-screen for most of the film’s running time. I did not see Snow White And The Huntsman but I hope it was better than this lame sequel/prequel.
The Huntsman: Winter’S War opens with a prologue detailing the backstory of how evil queen Ravenna (Theron reprising her role) caused her sister Freya (Blunt) to join her wicked ways. Freya, who controls ice (just like Elsa in Frozen!) had become pregnant by a betrothed man who she ends up killing after blaming him for the death of her child. She »
- Tom Stockman
Last week, I rewatched Snow White And The Huntsman, and then went back to read my review of the film. I think I liked it more the first time. I found myself impatient with it on a second viewing, and while I still think there is some terrific world-building in it, I just don’t care about the story the film tells. The one thing that it most certainly did not do was make me want to see a second part of that story. None of the characters grabbed me as a viewer, and the story wasn’t left in a place that asked any questions that felt like they needed to be answered. But this is the age of the franchise, and so any story worth telling is obviously worth telling at least twice and hopefully as a trilogy with potential ancillary spin-offs, right? Sure, the original Grimm stories »
- Drew McWeeny
The movie may function fourfold as a prequel, sequel, spinoff and quasi-remake to the highly budgeted slice of fantasy dreck that was 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, but it’s surprisingly hard to hate The Huntsman: Winter’s War. That’s not to say it’s a good movie – it manifestly is not – but what director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin have wrought is a deeply weird, definitely unnecessary, and frequently entertaining piece of popcorn programming, one that – while existing purely to further Universal’s franchise-first agenda – also possesses a wacky, oddball appeal that its morose predecessor never even attempted to harness.
This is another way of saying that you won’t marvel at anything in The Huntsman on an intellectual or even a cinematic level, but you might be surprised to find yourself appreciating its ridiculous antics and consummate messiness. The film never quite »
- Isaac Feldberg
The level of complication related to relaying the basic facts of The Huntsman: Winter’s War could be seen as the greatest strike against the film. When one has trouble describing the “what” and the “why” of a thing, it can be nearly impossible to move beyond those questions in order to assign any sort of subjective value to the experience of the thing. Existing as it does in a liminal space between sequel and prequel, spin-off and continuation, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a film that is ungainly in ways both narrative and aesthetic.
It is all the more shocking, then, that in spite of some egregious filmmaking and storytelling missteps, on top of its status as a symbol of everything wrong with our modern filmic obsession with origins and franchises and branded properties, the film still works as both a charming romance and a rollicking adventure tale. »
- Brian Roan
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“The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” which opens on April 22, 2016 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Emily Blunt, Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Sophie Cookson, Colin Morgan and Sheridan Smith from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and writers Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“Hangover II” and “III” writer Craig Mazin is catching hell for speaking out against his college roommate Ted Cruz on Twitter, but had a quick comeback. The National Review published a piece about Mazin on Thursday and promoted it with a tweet reading, “Why is @tedcruz’s freshman college roommate @clmazin so obsessed with him?” Mazin responded: “I’m very interested in him because he’s running for President of the United States. What’s your excuse?” Also Read: Bernie Sanders Rips Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on NY Values, Drops Mic Mazin also tweeted back at someone who said »
- Joe Otterson
Ted Cruz probably shouldn’t count on his former college roommate for support in his election bid. “The Hangover II” and “The Hangover III” writer Craig Mazin, who roomed with the presidential candidate at Princeton, has lately turned his writing talents to another passion: ripping his old roomie apart via Twitter. Mazin hit up social media on Tuesday to beat up on Cruz for apparently flip-flopping on the prospect of a contested convention for the Gop — a prospect that has been gaining steam recently. Also Read: Ted Cruz's War on Dildos: A Short Explainer “Classic Ted Cruz,” Mazin wrote. »
- Tim Kenneally
It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s got girl powerrr and lady-hating! It’s a mashup of Lord of the Rings and Frozen! It’s all these things, and less. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): wasn’t crazy about the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s a prequel and a sequel! It’s full of girl powerrr and reflexive lady-hating! It’s a parody mashup of Lord of the Rings with Frozen and it’s a longform conceptual fashion shoot! The Huntsman: Winter’s War is all these things, and more, and sometimes less. It’s a story about the horror of child soldiers without the horror. It’s a love-conquers-all story with almost no genuine emotional content at all. It’s a comedy without any actual humor. It’s a movie in which, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Huntsman: Winter’s War, 2016.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades Eric the Huntsman, who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover Sara set out to stop them.
When is a sequel not a sequel? Well, when it’s a prequel of course. And when is a prequel not a prequel? A sequel. Right? Such confusing things are not uncommon in Hollywood these days where the words mentioned above, as well as the unrelenting desire to create universes, are as commonplace as they ever have been. In the case of The Huntsman: Winter’s War, it has the supreme distinction (and in equal measure confusion) of being both a prequel, a sequel and lest we forgot potential universe builder. »
- Scott J. Davis
Spare a thought for Snow White: So casually has she been written out of “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” that even Queen Ravenna’s all-knowing mirror, when called upon to name the fairest of them all, omits her as a contender. Vague excuses are made for her absence from a film that awkwardly positions itself as both prequel and sequel to the Goth-lite derring-do of 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” though perhaps Snow skimmed Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin’s perfunctory script and reasonably decided she couldn’t be bothered. In her (and Kristen Stewart’s) place, a Katniss Everdeen-styled Jessica Chastain steps into the breach, fighting for good alongside Chris Hemsworth’s eponymous hero — this time against two wicked-queen combatants in Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt, whose glittery sisterly feud would have made for an adequate spinoff vehicle on its own. Even their doubled-up diva-tude, however, can’t ignite a rhythmically flat, »
- Guy Lodge
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Discover the story that came before Snow White in The Huntsman: Winter's War. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles from Snow White and the Huntsman, joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
Theron stars as evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Blunt) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an »
- Kellvin Chavez
When Freya (Emily Blunt), a young queen who can freeze her enemies in ice, learns of the demise of her sister, the evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron), she summons her soldiers to recover the Magic Mirror. After resurrecting Ravenna, the two wicked sisters amass a seemingly indestructible army that threatens the kingdom. Only the skills of Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain), two warriors who defied Freya by falling in love, can save this enchanted land from the forces of darkness. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan directs the sequel, replacing Rupert Sanders. Craig Mazin, Frank Darabont and Evan Spiliotopoulos share credit for writing the script. The film will arrive in Us theaters on April 22, 2016. The film will most likely face the most competition at the box office from The Jungle Book (04/15) and Keanu (04/29). »
Though reception was mixed on Snow White and the Huntsman, Universal Pictures decided to move ahead with a prequel/sequel. However, Kristen Stewart is not returning as Snow White and the film will focus more heavily on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman and Charlize Theron's Evil Queen. Joining them are Emily Blunt, who plays the Ice Queen, the Evil Queen's sister and Jessica Chastain, who plays Sara, the Huntsman's warrior lover. So does no Kristen Stewart and a new creative team equal a better film? Universal is certainly hoping that's the case, they've certainly upped the star-power for the prequel/sequel. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan replace Rupert Sanders as director. Writing credits go to Craig Mazin, Frank Darabont and Evan Spiliotopoulos who replace Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini. The film will arrive in Us theaters on April 22, 2016. The film will most likely face the most competition at the box »
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)
Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.
Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)
May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »
- Variety Staff
“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss called the original pilot for their hit HBO series “one of the most painful experiences” of their lives. “It took us almost four years to get the pilot made,” said Benioff on the “Scriptnotes” podcast. “And we finished it. We’d been overseas for about seven months.” Then they showed the pilot to fellow screenwriters Craig Mazin, Ted Griffin, and Scott Frank. “Watching them watch that original pilot was one of the most painful experiences of my life,” he said. “I mean, it’s probably like appendicitis and that. And Craig, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The original "Game of Thrones" pilot has become the stuff of television legend, since it featured significantly different plots, and several different main actors, from the final product that audiences saw on HBO back in 2011, and was widely considered pretty terrible. Now, the showrunners have recently discussed just how bad their first crack at adapting George R.R. Martin's books really was, and it turns out that that first pilot was "a complete piece of s--t."
That assessment came courtesy of screenwriter Craig Mazin (the "Hangover" sequels, "Identity Thief"), who together with fellow writer John August ("Big Fish") runs the podcast Scriptnotes. The pair hosted "Thrones" showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff on a recent episode for a frank discussion about the fantasy drama's pilot, which Mazin saw at a screening for friends organized by Weiss and Benioff back in 2010.
It didn't go well.
"Watching them watch that original pilot »
- Katie Roberts
Game of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show with an incredibly massive fanbase that is currently eagerly awaiting Season 6, which is set to debut Sunday, April 24. While we wait for any footage to arrive from the new season, some intriguing details have been revealed from series creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The writers/producers recently appeared on the ScriptNotes podcast, where they teased the now-legendary original pilot, which fans never saw, and may have brought the TV series to an end before it even started.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss originally enlisted Thomas McCarthy (Spotlight) to direct the pilot, although that version of the first episode was never seen by the fans. Before the showrunners eventually hired Timothy Van Patten to direct the pilot that everyone saw, they showed the original episode to a group of their writer friends, one of which was ScriptNotes co-host Craig Mazin, »
Before Game of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon, it was just another genre show struggling to get made. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss spent almost four years getting the pilot episode off the ground, including seven months spent filming overseas. So when the final product came back, it should have been meticulous. Instead, it nearly sunk the show before it even began. Over 90% of the pilot episode had to be reshot, with several characters recast — as was the case with Michelle Fairley taking over from Jennifer Ehle as Catelyn Stark — or cut entirely. The unaired original pilot has become almost mythical, with fans wishing it’d be released just to see if it lives up to the infamy. Benioff and Weiss haven’t been shy when it comes sharing how wrong it all went, even admitting their friends didn’t pick up on the fact Cersei and Jaime were brother and sister, »
- Donna Dickens
Six years after its completion, the original, unaired Game of Thrones pilot — directed by Spotlight's Tom McCarthy, and featuring different actors for Daenerys Targaryen and Catelyn Stark — remains a source of fascination for fans, for the simple reason that almost no one outside the production has ever seen it. Now, while appearing on the podcast Scriptnotes, Got showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have finally revealed why: It was terrible. The pair recalled hosting a screening of the pilot, where Scriptnotes co-host Craig Mazin was in attendance. "I was taking notes, and I had this yellow legal pad, and I just remembered writing in all caps, ‘Massive problem,'" recalled Benioff. Weiss confirmed, calling the screening "one of the most painful experiences of my life." Mazin was at a loss for constructive criticism, telling the pair simply: "Change everything." So they did! They re-shot almost the entire episode (though »
- Nate Jones
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