A few years ago I explored the phenomenon of “dueling movies” -- a pair of flicks with the same subject matter that are developed and released by different studios almost simultaneously.
By that time, penguins, pigs, bugs, volcanoes, magicians, Scottish heroes and Truman Capote had all gotten the dueling movie treatment. Since then there have been more double-takes on screen: notable examples include films about shopping mall security guards (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Observe and Report” in 2009) and films about pals who have sex (“No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” in 2011).
And the trend continues. Universal Pictures and Relativity Media have been engaged in a wicked witch-style battle over little people lover Snow White. On the other end of the character spectrum, infamous porn star Linda Lovelace now has two teams fighting for her honor as well, with Malin Ackerman starring in one biopic scheduled for release in 2012 and Olivia Wilde expressing interest in another.
Tom Cruise's next few years have just turned significantly busier, thanks to his deciding to sign on to the adaptation of Lee Child's novel "One Shot."
Deadline has the news, saying that director Christopher McQuarrie will helm the flick. Cruise is currently filming "Rock of Ages," and will move on to "One Shot" in early fall. After that wraps, he's right on into Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," and by then we're sure he'll have several more films on the docket as well.
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The race between Universal and Relativity Media's competing "Snow White" projects has been on for quite a while now, but if your ears are suddenly perking up, there's good reason: the starting pistol has officially been fired off.
Relativity has issued as press release stating that production on Tarsem Singh's "Untitled Snow White" will begin on June 20, 2011, less than a week away, and not a moment too soon: the project recently shifted its release date from June 2012 to March 2012, in an apparent effort to get in front of cameras before the Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth-starring "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Check out an excerpt from the press release past the jump, which reveals some interesting new story information.
We told you it was a possibility yesterday, and now it's officially official: "Breaking Dawn" is coming to Comic-Con!
Our friends at Hollywood Crush have the full rundown on the first part of the "Twilight" finale's Comic-Con panel appearance, set to get underway on July 21. The panel will include a filmmaker and cast Q&A session (specific talent is TBD) alongside an exclusive sneak peek at footage from "Breaking Dawn." If you're hitting Comic-Con this summer and you want to get in on the "Breaking Dawn" goodness, probably not a bad idea to start lining up… well, now!
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Snow White, meet your seven dwarves!
Tarsem Singh's still-untitled "Snow White" movie has cast Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark, Martin Klebba and Joey Gnoffo as the Seven Dwarves, according to a press release from Relativity Media. Additionally, Mare Winningham and Michael Lerner are joining the cast as well. With a March 16, 2012 release date, it's time to make this fairy tale a reality.
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Okay, this whole "who's the fairest of them all" competition is starting to get a bit ridiculous.
Universal Pictures recently moved "Snow White and the Huntsman" from its original December 2012 release date to June 1, 2012 in order to hit theaters ahead of Relativity Media's untitled "Snow White," previously scheduled for June 29, 2012. Now, Relativity is moving up their time-table, releasing the Tarsem Singh-directed fairy tale on March 16, 2012,well ahead of "Huntsman" and less than a year from now. And the battle rages on…
There's more movie news past the jump, including some new title changes and a pair of new "Frankenstein" projects.
At least two separate "Snow White" adaptations are racing each other to become the fairest big-screen maiden of them all, but "Immortals" director Tarsem Singh's vision is particularly far along in the casting department: Lily Collins is on tap to play Snow, Armie Hammer has been cast as her prince and Julia Roberts is taking on the Evil Queen role.
But the movie formerly known as "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" isn't so far along that its own star has seen concept art and costumes yet. We spoke with Collins this week to discuss her role in "Priest," in theaters today (May 13), and she said she's yet to see much of anything regarding Singh's vision of "Snow White."
"They've taken my sizes and they've gone off and designed whatever crazy costumes Tarsem has in mind," she said. "I've heard him describe his vision on this, yet I haven't actually seen ideas yet or sketches or anything."
The hunt for Gale and Peeta is over. After weeks of speculation, Lionsgate has announced that Liam Hemsworth ("The Last Song") and Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids Are All Right") are heading for the big screen version of Suzanne Collins' insanely addictive series "The Hunger Games" to play male leads Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark respectively, reports Hollywood Crush.
Hemsworth and Hutcherson join Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence, who was chosen to play "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen last month. Both actors expressed interest in the highly anticipated project, which will be directed by Gary Ross. Hutcherson disclosed his feelings on the character, saying: "The character is so much who I am — self deprecating, a people person. And he’d be such a great character to play!"
Meanwhile, back in January, Hemsworth had hinted to MTV that he could very well be taking on the role of the stoic, first true love of Katniss, Gale. While Hemsworth had not met with Ross at the time, he confirmed he did read the script and told us, "[It's] a really, really cool story," adding, "[It's] super dark. It's all young kids in these Hunger Games, which are crazy, insane things."
After the jump, check out the rest of today's news, including Henry Cavill's thoughts on the new "Superman," the sets and scheduled shoot for "Snow White," a new addition to the "G.I. Joe" sequel and more!
Move over, vampire genre – on the heels of “Red Riding Hood,” it seems that fairy tale flicks are the next big thing.
Case in point: the battle between Relativity Media and Universal to add A-list pedigrees to their respective reimaginings of Snow White. We already know that Kristen Stewart nabbed the lead role in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” but Relativity hadn’t found their girl until recently – this past Friday, to be exact, when it was announced that Lily Collins has signed on for the role of Snow White.
The latest casting leads to the big question, as our friends at Hollywood Crush so astutely point out: which Snow are you looking forward to more, Lily or Kristen's? No matter your preference, if you’re anything like us, the giddiness ushered by the prospect of a new spin on a beloved classic dwarfs (ha!) our confusion over the ever-breaking casting news for the separate movies. In an effort to put all our excitement into one poison apple-free basket, we’ve created a handy rundown of the celebrities on board for each production.