Gritty fairy tale re-imaginings for everyone! With 'Once Upon A Time' due to begin its third season in the coming weeks, spinning off into 'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland' shortly thereafter, ABC has put its stock in developing limited series 'Esmeralda,' a re-imagining of the classic 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' tale in the vain of Chris Hemsworth-Kristen Stewart thriller 'Snow White and the Huntsman.'
Snow White and the Huntsman
Trying to keep up with whatever the heck the Oscars are doing every year is a full time job for many entertainment journalists, mainly because of the organization's labyrinthine rules and often bizarre nomination process. In the case of some categories, all of the potential nominees are whittled down to a shorter list of potential nominees and then, from that list, the final nominations are decided. This is the case with the Best Make-Up Academy Award and the list of seven finalists has been revealed.
Imagine a movie just about the Temple of Doom, no Indiana Jones. How about one solely following the Prisoner of Azkaban with no Harry Potter in sight? Having a ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2’ without Snow White just sounds odd. She is the brand.
As 'Snow White and the Huntsman' hits home video, it’s worth taking another look at where the property will go next. Since my last column devoted to plans for a ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2,’ a few things have happened. The worst of them, to be honest, is that Bob Hoskins (“Muir”) has decided to retire from acting. So there goes one of the dwarfs. Greater issue for some of the movie’s fans, however, is the possible elimination or minimization of Kristen Stewart and the Snow White role. Goodbye presumed love triangle! So now what?
We're impressed with the level of ridiculous this week has to offer. James Franco is making a movie about Lindsay Lohan's life, Universal is or isn't or is lying about dumping Kristen Stewart from the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel, a dude shot himself in the butt at the movies, and 'The Price is Right' wants to add male models to their showroom. Could this week be any more ridiculous? Wait, don't answer that.
When the announcement of another 'Snow White and the Huntsman' movie arose, fans wondered what direction Universal might take the fairy tale epic. Recently, it looked like our favorite 'Twilight' star Kristen Stewart was getting dropped from the film and Chris Hemsworth would be receiving all the attention for the next installment. But now, whether the original statement was falsely reported or Universal simply retracted what was stated initially, it looks like K-Stew is back in the game (or was never out of the game to begin with).
Earlier this year, Universal was so high on 'Snow White and the Huntsman' that they hired David Koepp to draft a sequel before the first film was even released. The film ended up doing $154 Million domestic and nearly $400 Million worldwide (on a $170 Million budget), so a sequel made sense. Then it came out that Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders had an affair. And now Koepp has left the sequel, Universal is saying that Stewart won't be back and they're talking about focusing on Chris Hemsworth's Huntsman.
Is it really September already? Movie (and Joss Whedon) lovers assemble! This month brings the highly-anticipated Blu-ray and DVD releases of 'The Avengers' and 'The Cabin in the Woods.' What else could you possibly need to beat the end of summer blues?