The Wrap and Deadline have reported that actress Jessica Chastain will be joining Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman. As of right now, it looks like she will be playing the Huntsman’s love interest. (Maybe his beloved wife he mentioned in the first film?)
The sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman will be taking a deeper look into the universe and showing backstory for the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Raveena (Theron). Currently, it does not look like Kristen Stewart will be reprising her role as Snow White just yet as this sequel will be focusing more on the Huntsman’s backstory. Actor Nick Frost played a dwarf in the first film and it looks like he will be one of the only dwarves returning to the franchise.
Actress Emily Blunt has officially been cast as the new villain after reaching a deal with Universal. Visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is making his directorial debut and Joe Roth will be coming back as producer.
There is currently no release date for the awaited sequel, but we expect that to be announced in the coming months.
What do you think of this casting choice? Are you looking forward to hearing more details about The Huntsman?
The highly anticipated sequel to Divergent is just weeks away from hitting theaters, but Lionsgate still has one more trailer to share with fans. Earlier this afternoon, the studio announced on social media that the final trailer will be premiering and tickets will be going on sale tomorrow.
American fans have a chance to win tickets through Fandango and Lionsgate by Tweeting #InsurgentTickets and tagging the official Divergent Twitter. Hurry – the contest is from 2pm-6pm PST TODAY!
Here is the Tweet announcing the trailer and ticket sales:
Deadline Hollywood published an article focusing on the lack of female protagonists in Hollywood films. Dr. Martha Lauzen is the Executive Director of San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film and she recently conducted a study, inspiring Deadline’s article.
While studies or reports like this are important, it is no secret that Hollywood has struggled with providing strong female protagonists on the big and small screens alike. This leads us to ask the question: Was this study really needed to prove the lack of female voices in Hollywood?
According to Dr. Lauzen’s study, females made up only 12% of protagonists represented in the 100 highest-grossing films of last year. Additionally, only 29% of the major characters and 30% of all speaking roles were portrayed by females. Dr. Lauzen also found that films with a female director or screenwriter had over three times the amount of female protagonists when compared to films written and directed by men.
This study highlights the inherent issue of representation within Hollywood, but does not seem to reveal any new information surrounding the issue. If anything, Dr. Lauzen only further reveals the unfortunate misogynistic nature of the business and the amount of underrepresentation present. Whether it is gender or race, Hollywood still has a long way to go in terms of diverse representation in film and television.
As previously stated, it is no secret that Hollywood struggles with representation so Dr. Lauzen’s study was not really an eye-opening revelation. However, the study was useful in proving it is still an issue and things have not improved in modern society.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think this study was necessary?
Cinema’s biggest night is underway! The crazy awards season is about to end and it could be a very interesting night. Follow along with us as the winners are announced live:
BEST PICTURE American Sniper Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – *WINNER* Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – *WINNER*
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice – *WINNER*
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons, Whiplash – *WINNER*
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Patricia Arquette, Boyhood – *WINNER*
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Laura Dern, Wild
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman – *WINNER*
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jason Hall, American Sniper Graham Moore, The Imitation Game – *WINNER*
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo, Birdman – *WINNERS*
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE CitizenFour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky – *WINNER* Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof and Charlie Siskel Last Days in Vietnam – Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester The Salt of the Earth – Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier Virunga – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM Ida (Poland) – *WINNER* Leviathan (Russia) Wild Tales (Argentina) Timbuktu (Mauritania) Tangerine (Estonia)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Everything is Awesome” – <i?The Lego Movie “Glory” – Selma – *WINNER*
“Grateful” – Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars” – Begin Again
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel– *WINNER*
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Theory of Everything
CINEMATOGRAPHY Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – *WINNER* The Grand Budapest Hotel Ida Mr. Turner Unbroken
BEST FILM EDITING American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach Boyhood, Sandra Adair The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg Whiplash, Tom Cross – *WINNER*
BEST SOUND EDITING American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – *WINNER* Birdman, Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Brent Burge and Jason Canovas Interstellar, Richard King Unbroken, Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
BEST SOUND MIXING American Sniper, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Walt Martin Birdman, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, and Thomas Varga Interstellar, Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker, and Mark Weingarten Unbroken, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee Whiplash, Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley – *WINNER*
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock – *WINNER* The Imitation Game, Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald Interstellar, Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis Into the Woods, Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock Mr. Turner, Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, and Dan Sudick Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, and Erik Winquist Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, and Paul Corbould Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher – *WINNER* X-Men: Days of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie, and Cameron Waldbauer
BEST ANIMATED SHORT The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed – *WINNER* A Single Life, Joris Oprins Me and My Moulton, Torill Kove
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams, and Roy Conli – *WINNER* How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold The Boxtrolls, Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable, and Travis Knight Song of the Sea, Tomm Moore and Paul Young The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT Aya, Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis Boogaloo and Graham, Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak), Hu Wei and Julien Féret Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger The Phone Call, Mat Kirkby and James Lucas – *WINNER*
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry – *WINNER* Joanna, Aneta Kopacz Our Curse, Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki The Reaper (La Parka), Gabriel Serra Arguello White Earth, J. Christian Jensen
From cnet.com: “Captain Marvel is a name adopted by various characters in Marvel comics, beginning as alien soldier Captain Mar-Vell in 1967. The movie will focus on the current incumbent, Carol Danvers, who made her debut as an Air Force officer in 1968. From 1977 she was known as Ms Marvel, adopting the title of Captain Marvel in 2010 with a new costume designed by British artist Jamie McKelvie. The title role in the film is yet to be cast.”
Jolie’s past directorial endeavours were the 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. Her next stint in the director’s chair will be a film that she’s also starring in – opposite husband Brad Pitt – By The Sea, which she also wrote.
If Jolie is chosen to direct, it’ll be refreshing to see a woman directing the first female-led Marvel movie.
What do you think of Jolie as a prospective director? Who do you think should be cast as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel? Our favourite suggestion so far: Natalie Dormer!
Buckle your seat belts, Marvel fans, ’cause you’re in for a treat! Marvel and Sony have struck a deal that’ll make it possible to have Spider-Man in upcoming Marvel Studios productions, as well as potentially have other Marvel-owned characters appear in Sony flicks.
The only downside: this Spider-Man will not be based on either of the already-in-existence Peter Parkers. The new Spidey would be introduced in an already announced upcoming Marvel movie, very likely Captain America: Civil War, and would then have his own stand-alone film following that appearance.
Some reports say that Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, will be joining Amy Pascal as producer on the film.
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”