Entries in Snow White and the Huntsman (11)


Kristen Stewart Set for “Snow White” Sequel Despite Affair 

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Stewart's involvement in Snow White and the Huntsman nearly cost her her relationship with Robert Pattinson, due to her affair with the film's director, Rupert Sanders. However, she appears set to reprise her role of Snow White for a sequel.

When asked by IndieWire about the direction of her character for a potential follow-up, Stewart replied, "Oh, it’s gonna be f***in’ amazing. No, I’m so excited about it, it’s crazy."

She wouldn't drop any hints regarding the plot, though, saying, "The other day I said that there was a strong possibility that we’re going to make a sequel, and that’s very true, but everyone was like, 'Whoa, stop talking about it.'"

It's been reported that Sanders won't return for the sequel.

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Kristen Stewart Not Dropped from "Snow White" Sequel

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- First Kristen Stewart reportedly lost her boyfriend of three years, Robert Pattinson, after cheating on him with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders. Then came the reports that she was dropped from the Snow White sequel.

But things appear to be OK for Stewart, as there are no set plans for the sequel.

“We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise.  Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false,” a rep for Universal Pictures, which produced Snow White, said in an email to ABC News.

Universal Pictures is working to reconstruct a possible follow-up into a spin-off focusing on the Huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth, according to the Los Angeles Times. Stewart’s character could still make an appearance in that film.

Universal has not attached a writer or director to the film, the L.A. Times reported. Snow White was the first major film Sanders directed. It took in $380 million worldwide.

Stewart and Sanders were caught by photographers kissing in July. The director is married to British model Liberty Ross and the couple has two children. Stewart and Sanders both issued public apologies.

In an op-ed for the Daily Beast Wednesday, actress Jodie Foster, who starred alongside Stewart in 2002′s Panic Room, had some kind words for the young actress for how to deal with the media frenzy.

“Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away,” Foster wrote. “And, yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and -- finally -- the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.”

As for Pattinson, the actor has kept a low profile since the split but he emerged recently for a series of press events, including an appearance on Good Morning America, for his new film Cosmopolis. Pattinson has been tight-lipped about his personal life, telling GMA he has, "never been interested in trying to sell my personal life."

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Report: Kristen Stewart Sacked from "Snow White" Sequel

Marianna Massey/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's more bad news for actress Kristen Stewart.  On the heels of an embarrassing cheating scandal, the actress may be out when it comes to a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel.

Stewart publicly apologized for cheating on boyfriend and Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson with Snow White director Rupert Sanders after photos of the affair surfaced last month.

Now The Hollywood Reporter says plans for a Snow White sequel are being scrapped -- and instead, Universal will make a spinoff sequel starring the huntsman himself, played by The Avengers' Chris Hemsworth.

While it's not clear why Stewart is being shown the door, Sanders will still direct the Huntsman spinoff, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. The Los Angeles Times is refuting the story, however.

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Second Wave of Nominees for Teen Choice Awards Announced

Andrew Cooper© 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC.(LOS ANGELES) -- The next wave of nominees has been announced for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

The films The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Snow White & The Huntsman lead the second wave with seven nominations each.

The Teen Choice Awards will be handed out in a ceremony broadcast on Fox on Sunday, July 22, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  To see a complete list of the next wave of nominees, click here.

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'Snow White & the Huntsman' Sequel in the Works

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After its box office success, Universal Studios is set to make Snow White & the Huntsman into a franchise, and reports they're already working on a sequel.

The studio has already tapped David Koepp to write the script for part two. They're still deciding on who will direct.

The latest spin on the classic fairy tale earned an estimated 56.3 million dollars in its opening weekend. It stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the evil queen.

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Little People Have Big Beef with "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The new film Snow White and the Huntsman is a new twist on the Snow White legend, and in the movie, as in its literary source material, Snow White is aided by seven dwarfs.

However, taking a cue from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which used digital and other effects to make actors like Elijah Wood look like a four foot tall Hobbit, the filmmakers behind Huntsman have used non-little-person actors to play the dwarfs.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? star Bob Hoskins, Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost, and Deadwood's Ian McShane are among the Hollywood stars playing the seven "dwarfs" instead of actual dwarfs, and this isn't sitting well with some little performers, who were relegated to stand-in work.

A representative with the Little People of America tells TMZ, the movie industry should be actively casting little people, adding, "This means both casting people with dwarfism as characters that were specifically written to be played by little people...and other roles that would be open to people of short stature."

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"Snow White & the Huntsman" Tops Box Office with $56 Million

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Snow White & the Huntsman tracked down the top spot at the box office over the weekend.  The latest spin on the classic fairy tale earned an estimated $56.3 million to debut in first place.

Last week’s box office champ, Men in Black 3, slipped to second place, raising $29.3 million.

Marvel’s The Avengers rounded out the top three with $20.3 million.  To date, it has made $552.7 million domestically and $1.36 billion worldwide.  The Avengers ranks third all-time on the domestic and worldwide box office revenue charts, trailing Avatar and Titanic on each.

The new Andy Garcia drama For Greater Glory opened in 10th place, with $1.8 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Snow White & the Huntsman, $56.3 million
2. Men in Black 3, $29.3 million
3. Marvel’s The Avengers, $20.3 million
4. Battleship, $4.8 million
5. The Dictator, $4.7 millio
6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $4.6 million.
7. What to Expect When You're Expecting, $4.4 million
8. Dark Shadows, $3.9 million
9. Chernobyl Diaries, $3 million
10. For Greater Glory, $1.8 million

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Movie Review: "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A voice over, an evil warden, an innocent prisoner, a daring escape through a sewer.  No, it's not The Shawshank Redemption.  It's Snow White and the Huntsman, the new take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, made famous by Disney's animated 1937 classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

While this movie's Snow White, in a sense, mirrors the Disney version -- she is pure of heart -- that’s where the comparison ends and the gritty, violent fun begins. 

Our story begins with that voice over. We meet Snow White’s mother and hear why she named her child Snow White.  We see Show White as a young girl, we see the Queen die and the King go to battle with and defeat a dark army, then rescue its lone prisoner -- an otherworldly, stunning woman named Ravenna (Charlize Theron) with whom the King instantly falls in love. Bad move -- she kills him and, with the help of her brother Finn (Sam Spruell), Ravenna sacks the kingdom and locks the princess in a tower to rot. 

Instead, the princess grows up to be a very lovely, albeit filthy, Kristen Stewart. Her Snow White is grungy. Her clothing is tattered, her fingernails dirty, her eyes are sensitive to light. In other words, how you would expect somebody locked in tower for at least a decade, without really seeing the light of day, would be. 

Then comes the mirror, though it's more like a very large gold shield. When evil Queen Ravenna addresses it the metal streams off of it, slowly moving towards Ravenna as it morphs into the shape of a man.  When the mirror tells Ravenna that Snow White is the only threat to her goal to top the Maxim Hot 100 -- or be the fairest of them all -- Ravenna doesn't take it well, vowing to rip out Snow White’s heart, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-style.

Plans are thwarted when Snow White escapes into the dark forest. That’s when the Huntsman comes in, played by Chris Hemsworth, who's far more famous now than when he was cast for this movie, thanks to his role as Thor in The Avengers.  Here, he's a raging alcoholic drinking to forget the death of his wife, who the Queen promises to bring back from the dead if the Huntsman braves the dark forest and captures Snow White.

It doesn’t take long for the Huntsman to find Snow White but he soon becomes her ally, turning on the Queen with the help of the seven dwarves, brilliantly played by the likes of Ian McShane, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins and Nick Frost.  The rest of the story is not as predictable as you might think.

Snow White and the Huntsman is a wake-up call to any critic who's taken issue with Kristen Stewart’s work in the Twilight franchise, a series of movies that clearly constrain her acting ability and makes her seem as boring as her character, Bella Swan.  (Yes, Twilight fans, Bella is boring, though there's always hope for Breaking Dawn, Part 2.)  Stewart is exceptional as Snow White, proving she really is one of Hollywood’s best young actresses.  She thrives in the quiet moments, shines in the action sequences, and is exceptional when Snow White tries to convince herself she’s worthy of her destiny.

Hemsworth, in a considerably less showy role than that of Thor, Norse god of thunder, is armed with an impressive range and sensitivity that seems instinctual.  In other words, the guy’s a natural.

As for Theron?  Wow!  I'm not really sure I’ve ever seen an actress be so evil and yet so vulnerable at the same time.  We should hate Ravenna because, well, she sucks, but she’s endowed with a back story and depth most arch villains in these types of movies aren't given.  In Theron's hands, the Academy Award winner shows her pedigree.  Come this Oscar season, I can see her again being part of the conversation.

Snow White and the Huntsman does drag in a few places.  Nitpicking aside, though, it's a violent yet gorgeous tale that thoroughly satisfies.

Four out of five stars.  

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"Snow White and the Huntsman," "For Greater Glory" Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Snow White and the Huntsman: The second film based on the classic fairy tale to be released this year, following Julia Roberts' Mirror Mirror, features Kristen Stewart as Snow White.  The evil queen, played by Charlize Theron, dispatches the Huntsman to capture Snow White, but he instead protects her.  The Avengers actor Chris Hemsworth plays the Huntsman.  Rated PG-13.

-- For Greater Glory: Andy Garcia plays a retired military man who leads rebels in an uprising against the Mexican government during the 1920s Cristero War.  Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole and Bruce Greenwood also star.  Rated R.

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Kristen Stewart Says "Twilight" Helped Her Relate to "Snow White" Character

Summit Entertainment, LLC(NEW YORK) -- Kristen Stewart says her experience with the Twilight saga gave her insight in playing Snow White in the new movie Snow White and the Huntsman

Stewart tells the June issue Interview magazine her character feels a “debilitating isolation” because she’s been locked away in a little cell for seven years, and the 22-year-old actress says she could definitely “relate to that.”  Stewart tells the magazine, “The fans and people who loved Twilight, they do put you on this sort of different plane where you're not real.  It's like you don't exist.”

Snow White and the Huntsman also stars Charlize Theron as the evil Queen Ravenna. Stewart says she only had a few shooting days with Theron, but she enjoyed discovering they share the same approach to acting.  Stewart tells Interview, “We only had a few days together but we both are absolutely willing to hurt ourselves to do what it takes to get the right feeling, and not all actors are like that.” Stewart adds, “Most actors like to be really comfy.”

Theron tells Interview she can relate to her character's obsession with her looks and mortality, but turning to surgery to keep her youthful appearance is not an option for her right now.  “I can’t foresee myself ever going under the knife, but then again, I’m only in my mid-thirties.  Maybe it's different when you're in your mid-sixties. So I don’t want to make statements about where I’m gonna be in 30 years,” says Theron.

Snow White and the Huntsman opens nationwide this Friday.

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