Okay, say what you will about Kristen Stewart and "Snow White," but that film actually gets better with second viewing (I re-watched the film over the weekend, and I liked it better the second time!). It's not that I didn't enjoy the film the first time, it's just that I thought all the mood, and dread, and atmosphere, would take a toll on second viewing. ("Snow White and the Huntsman" movie review)
But I was wrong.
And moviegoers enjoyed the film the second time too (check out its royalty-like opening two weekends ago).
And Universal is hoping that you really love "Snow White and the Huntsman" because they hired David Koepp ("Spider-Man," "Jurassic Park") to write the script. The studio also wants director Rupert Sanders to return according to Moviefone.
And of course, Stewart and Chris Hemsworth have voiced their willingness to return, but Charlize Theron? Well, SPOILER ALERT!, how will they bring her character of Queen Ravenna back? Truth be told, she lights up the screen everytime she's on, so I really want her back, don't you?
You know who else I want to be back? Scriptwriter Hossein Amini, the guy who wrote "Drive" and who helped shape up "Snow White's" script. He should be back! I think his contribution paid off and gave this "Snow White" the dreary but exciting mood that the film truly needed.
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Cary Fukunaga, the brilliant director who gave us "Sin Nombre" and last year's "Jane Eyre" is entering Stephen King territory. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga is set to direct "It" and will co-write the script with Chase Palmer. (Check out my interview with Fukunaga for "Jane Eyre" right here)
I'm a Stephen King fan, so I welcome this with open arms! And here's the best part, to fully told the tale, Fukunaga and Palmer are adapting the book into two films!
We may remember the book's premise -- a group of kids in a Losers Club and their battles with a creature called It aka Pennywise, the sadistic clown. Tim Curry played the menacing clown in 1990 for the ABC miniseries co-starring John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, and Richard Thomas.
Warner Bros. Pictures bought the rights to the book in 2009.
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Two big films are opening this weekend, we have “Prometheus” for sci-fi fans, and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” for the entire family. In “Prometheus,” director Ridley Scott returns to the world he created in “Alien” for this prequel of sorts. This time, the explorers are in search of the history of mankind. Until, dangerous forces intervene. Noomi Rapace channels the strong woman role in the vein of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, and Patrick Wilson co-star. But my favorite is Michael Fassbender in full android mode as David. (Watch my reviews below)
In “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” our favorite castaways are back. They’ve taken us to Madagascar and Africa, and now, they want us to visit Europe! Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) must join the circus to escape the long arm of the law because by now, they’re Europe’s Most Wanted. Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Bryan Cranston, and Martin Short co-star.
So which one is my pick of the week? You may be surprised:
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“Bill W.” is a powerful documentary about the iconic founding father of Alcoholics Anonymous, William Wilson. Dan Carracino and Kevin Hanlon direct this eye-opening piece on fighting alcoholism.
I sat down with Carracino to get details on how he and Hanlon created the documentary, the obstacles they faced, and the decisions they made. Take a look at my interview, and then watch “Bill W.” It’s in limited release right now so check your local theaters.
Here’s more info on “Bill W.” (To read my review of "Bill W.," click here):
A feature length documentary about Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women -- a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.
Bill W. took eight years of full-time work to complete. The filmmakers conducted research in dozens of archives and private collections, and interviewed A.A. members and historians in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Making a film about the founder of an anonymous society, especially one who died in 1971, presented many obstacles, of course. Very few people who knew Bill W. were still alive at the time this production began. At first, it seemed as if there would be very little visual material available for use in a film. But research and a healthy dose of good fortune allowed the producers to unearth film footage and photographs -- including some that had never been seen before -- and some new material that had not been included in previous written biographies of Bill Wilson. As a result, Bill W. presents a new look at the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
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I worship Quentin Tarantino so no trailer of his will make or break my anticipation for his upcoming films. "Django Unchained" looks like a winner! It's fun to see Christoph Waltz again who won an Oscar for Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."
Waltz stars as German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz who wants Django aka Jamie Foxx to help him find the murderous Brittle brothers.
It's also fun to see Leonardo DiCaprio in his first Tarantino movie as Calvin Candie, the owner of a plantation known as "Candyland."
You know what I'm going to do this Christmas -- gifts, food, and "Django Unchained!"
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