Casting News – Jessica Chastain joins “The Huntsman”

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.

(photo by Douglas Kirkland - via IMDb)
(photo by Douglas Kirkland – via IMDb)

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?

Sources: The Wrap and Deadline

Award Season Exclusive – 86th Annual Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominations for the prestigious Academy Awards have officially been announced! Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs were present to announce the official list of nominees at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Below is the full list of nominees for the 86th Annual Oscars (via Oscars.com):

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Best Picture
American Hustle 
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska

Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Cinematography
The Grandmaster – Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners – Roger A. Deakins

Costume Design
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster – William Chang Suk Ping
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman – Michael O’Connor
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris

Best Director
American Hustle – David O. Russell
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón
Nebraska – Alexander Payne
12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Documentary Short Subject
CaveDigger
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Film Editing
American Hustle – Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
Captain Phillips – Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club – John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave – Joe Walker

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium
The Great Beauty – Italy
The Hunt – Denmark
The Missing Picture – Cambodia
Omar – Palestine

Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club – Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger – Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Photo via The Wrap
Photo via The Wrap

Best Original Score
The Book Thief – John Williams
Gravity – Steven Price
Her – William Butler and Owen Pallett
Philomena – Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman

Best Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
“Let it Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Production Design
American Hustle – Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
Gravity – Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Her – K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
12 Years a Slave – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Best Animated Short Film
Feral – Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Get a Horse! – Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
Mr. Hublot – Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Possessions – Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom – Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best Live Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) – Esteban Crespo
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) – Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
Helium – Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) – Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
The Voorman Problem – Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost – Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips – Oliver Tarney
Gravity – Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Brent Burge
Lone Survivor – Wylie Stateman

Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips – Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
Gravity – Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis – Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor – Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Best Visual Effects
Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
The Lone Ranger – Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
Star Trek Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips – Screenplay by Billy Ray
Philomena – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
12 Years a Slave – Screenplay by John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street – Screenplay by Terence Winter

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine – Written by Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club – Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Her – Written by Spike Jonze
Nebraska – Written by Bob Nelson

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Photo via The Wrap

What do you think of these nominations? Are there any nominations that you are surprised by? Do you think this is going to be an interesting race this year? Who do you think should win? Are there any actors or films that you are routing for? Be sure to tune in to the Oscars on March 2, 2014!

Source: Oscars.com

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net

First Look – Official Trailer Released for “Thor: The Dark World”

Fans of Marvel Comics and the original Thor film may be interested to hear about the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World. This brand new trailer reveals the new plot and has action, romance, drama, and even some comedic moments. Plus, fans of actor Tom Hiddleston will not be disappointed as there is plenty of his character Loki in the trailer as well.

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We start off by discovering that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must save Earth once again as “the darkness” is starting to return. Due to the fact the Loki has ties to the Nine Worlds’ underworld, Thor must call on his brother for help.  Although Loki is reluctant to be Thor’s sidekick at first, he realizes the gravity of the situation and seems to be trying his best to help fight back.

As Thor realizes the situation on Earth is becoming extremely dangerous, he saves Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and brings her to his home of Asgard. being from Earth, Jane is mesmerized by Asgard and finally gets her chance to put Loki in his place.

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The rest you will just have to see for yourself when you watch the exciting and action-packed first trailer! Thor: The Dark World also stars Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jamie Alexander.

What do you think of this new trailer? Are you a fan of the Thor comics? Are you looking forward to Thor: The Dark World‘s November 8 release date?

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Source: YouTube and Entertainment Weekly

Production Developments – Sequels in the Works for “Pitch Perfect” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Universal Pictures is always a very busy studio between developing new projects and promoting projects that will be reaching audiences in theaters. Today, at CinemaCon studio chairman Adam Fogelson announced a few exciting things about sequels for Pitch Perfect and Snow White and the Huntsman. 

First, it was announced that a sequel for Pitch Perfect is officially under development and the studio is hoping for a 2015 release date. Pitch Perfect starred Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Hanna Mae Lee, Elizabeth Banks, and Ben Platt and was directed by Jason Moore. As of right now there is no official word on if these cast members or Moore will be returning to work on the sequel, but the project is still in early development so we should hear more later on.

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Additionally, it was announced that the studio is also hoping for a 2015 release date for the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel. Back in December, Kristen Stewart stated that she will be reprising her role in the sequel. However, there has not been any news about the possibility of Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin will also be returning. Fogelson confirmed last month that director Rupert Sanders will not be returning to work on the sequel.

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Would you be interested in seeing either of these sequels? Did you enjoy Pitch Perfect and Snow White and the Huntsman? Do you think the studio is making the right decision to make sequels for these movies?

Source: Collider (Article #1), Collider (Article #2)

“Entertainment Weekly” – Interview with Luke Hemsworth

The third, and oldest Hemsworth brother was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. Luke was the first one to get involved in acting and has done some Australian television and the 31-year-old actor has decided that he is going to join his younger brothers and break into Hollywood. Here is what Luke had to say when he was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What were you all like as kids?

LUKE HEMSWORTH: We were crazy. We would spend time in the bush. Mom would say get out of the house, and we would just go. We had all sorts of large swings, and flying foxes, and various death traps throughout the forest that we’d try and do our best to hurt ourselves on. It was a great childhood in terms of being creative, I think. Getting outside, getting out of the house. Mom would put the TV in the cupboard. She’d say, “That’s it. I’ve had enough. The TV is going in the wardrobe,” and she’d lock it up for three months.

Before we move on, you need to tell me what a flying fox is.
A zip line, I think, is what you guys call it? Basically a rope between two trees with a knot at the end that stops you. Our knot was tied really close to the tree, so if you didn’t hang on with all your might, you’d actually wrap around the tree. Sort out the men from the boys that way!

Were you into surfing?
My dad’s parents lived on the beach, so we grew up around the beach, and then Mom and Dad moved there and bought a house, which is where they still live. We’re still down there every weekend almost, you know — my family and I. The girls are starting to really enjoy the ocean. But we all love surfing, the boys. We try to go on a surfing trip every year, [or do] some exotic thing in nature or something like that.

You mention your kids. Your brother, Chris, and his wife Elsa Pataky, recently welcomed a daughter, India. Have you gotten to give him any parenting adivce?
I actually made him a little video on how to wrap her up so that she can’t get her arms out [of the blanket.] He had a bit of trouble with her — she’s a bit of a Houdini. So I made a little video of how we wrap up our baby, but he said she still escaped! (laughs) As a parent you go through a whole lot of really tough things, and you kind of want other parents to experience those tough things as payback — especially when it’s your brother.  You need them to be awake half the night and realize all the complaining that I’ve done over the years about getting no sleep and having to deal with all the trials and tribulations. I actually try to give him as little advice as possible. Or lead him in the wrong direction –that’s a lot of fun too.

Did you keep in touch with Chris when he first moved out to Los Angeles?
We were definitely in contact for a lot of that time. Chris had some funny stories living in the back of [his manager’s] house, the guest house there, and becoming a bit of an unofficial nanny with his kids. He sort of had a bit of a trial-by-fire there as well. He called me up a few times and said, “What do I do?” And once again, I’d just lead him in the wrong direction.

Wasn’t your character on Neighbours an ex-surfer who became a paraplegic?
No, that was Liam! (laughs) Liam was in a wheelchair.

Well this is embarrassing. I mixed up my Hemsworths! Tell me about your character.
I was a footballer, and I was actually a drug dealer on the show, like a dealer of growth hormones. It’s funny, because I played football as a kid — Australian rules football — for ten years, and one of my nicknames was Roids.

Be honest. Did you ever do them?
No! (laughs) I never had to. I was all ridiculously oversized calves and thighs and biceps and head. My head is massive. My head is like off the charts.

Have you met Liam’s fiancé, Miley Cyrus?
Yeah, she’s great. She loves our kids, and our kids absolutely love her. She won our hearts. I find her really interesting. I find her very articulate, and years in maturity above her age.  But at the same time, she’s very much like Liam.  I think a lot of people don’t realize that they are really, really in love. They actually are a perfect match in a lot of ways.”

Do you think Luke well do well in Hollywood? Are you looking forward to seeing him in films?

Luke Hemsworth.

 

Source: http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/06/30/luke-hemsworth-interview/

“Snow White and the Huntsman” – Coming Soon!

Now – as you may have noticed, Mirror, Mirror was not the only film this year using the story of Snow White. And Mirror, Mirror has a great cast with Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and of course, Danny Woodburn (whom I got to work with personally on Santa Buddies.) However, they are both very different films. Mirror, Mirror is a light, family comedy, whereas Snow White and the Huntsman is a darker, more serious rendition of the classic story. This Rupert Sanders-directed film stars the stunning Charlize Theron as the evil queen, Ravenna, the lovely Kristen Stewart as Snow White, and the handsome Chris Hemsworth as The Hunstman.

The main premise for this film: Snow White (Stewart) is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Theron). Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman (Hemsworth) to kill Snow White. However, the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign.

The film is set to release June 1, 2012. The cast has been going to photo calls, press events, and premieres in places all over the globe; from Los Angeles, to the UK, to Japan, to Mexico City – this cast has been BUSY and traveling lots! I will put up another post talking about these events in detail later. 😉

Let me know what you think about these trailers and the recent featurette linked below! Also – are you planning to go see this film once it comes to a theatre near you!?

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/snowwhiteandthehuntsman/

A recent poster for Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Hunstman.