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

Festival Exclusive – Sundance 2014 Dramatic Film Selections Announced

The Sundance 2014 selections for the U.S. Dramatic Competition have officially been announced. These films all have various unique storylines and focus on different aspects of the genre. From this list of selected films, there are six that are already generating a lot of buzz.

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Kristen Stewart in “Camp X-Ray”

The first film that is gaining attention stars Kristen Stewart and is currently titled Camp X-Ray. Stewart plays a soldier who has been stationed to work at Guantanamo Bay. However, while working there she befriends an Muslim inmate. This could be a breakthrough role for Stewart’s transition back into dramatic films and definitely one to watch for.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

The other films that are generating early buzz include Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan DeHaan, The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.

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Elle Fanning in “Low Down”

Plus, Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, and God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks are also generating early buzz. Read more details about these films on Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in "God's Pocket"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in “God’s Pocket”

Here is the full list of films selected for the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Camp X-Ray
Cold in July 
Dear White People Fishing Without Nets
God’s Pocket
Happy Christmas
Hellion
Infinitely Polar Bear
Jamie Marks Is Dead 
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth
Low Down
The Skeleton Twins
The Sleepwalker
Song One
Whiplash

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26. What do you think of these films that have been selected for this portion of the festival? What do you think of the casts involved in these projects?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap

Met Gala 2013 – Exclusive Red Carpet Photos!

Yesterday the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute held a Gala in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit entitled  “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”

The opening of the exhibit attracted many of Hollywood’s biggest stars and some major names in fashion. Some of the stars that attended the opening in New York yesterday include, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, Lily Collins, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Nina Dobrev, Emma Roberts, Michelle Williams, Carey Mulligan, Kerry Washington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rooney and Kate Mara, and many more!

Check out the unique red carpet fashion in the images below and see if you can find your favorite star! What do you think of these unique and artistic gowns? Which gown or outfit is your favorite?

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Page to Premiere, and IMDbPro

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.

Snow White and Huntsman poster

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)

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One” – Extended Edition to come out on DVD

Summit Entertainment recently announced that they will be releasing an extended version of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part One on DVD and Blu-ray. According to articles on Yahoo! Movies and Page to Premiere, the extended version is going to have eight extra minutes of never-before-seen footage. This special edition DVD and Blu-ray is set to release on March 2, 2013!

Here is the official press release from Summit Entertainment:

NOW FEATURING EIGHT MINUTES OF NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE SELECTED BY THE DIRECTOR

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Extended Edititon
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013

And For The First Time Ever, Marvel Launches An All-New Second Screen App
That Provides Fans With Unprecedented Access To Exclusive Content

Santa Monica, CA (January 7, 2013) – Here is the chance to discover even more of the blockbuster film when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 “Extended Edition,” featuring eight minutes of never-before-seen footage, debuts only on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and UV), DVD (plus Digital Copy and UV) and Digital Download on Saturday March 2nd from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. Now with eight minutes of new and extended scenes added back into the film by Director Bill Condon, along with his optional audio commentary, fans can delve deeper into the epic series they adore. Experience the timeless romance and drama in a whole new way when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition, featuring the original theatrical version and the all-new extended edition with optional audio commentary from the director, arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD for the suggested retail price of $29.99 and $22.98, respectively.

“As Twilight series devotees know, there was a lot of ground to cover in adapting Breaking Dawn to the screen,” said Condon. “Between the wedding, the honeymoon, the birth, and everything in between, naturally there were things that didn’t make it into our final cut. But I wanted to make sure that for all the Twihards out there, there was a chance to see some of these cut scenes – several of which are fan favorites from the book.”

The Twilight Saga has held its spot as the top-selling home entertainment franchise since 2008 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 took in $281.3 million in domestic box office sales after its release on November 18, 2011. The worldwide phenomenon continues to ignite a huge following of passionate and loyal fans that have driven the success of the Saga from the beginning.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition now featuring additional footage, presents the marriage, honeymoon and the birth of a child that brings unforeseen and shocking developments for Bella and Edward and those they love, including new complications with werewolf Jacob Black.

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Street Date: March 2nd, 2013
Year of Production: 2011
Title Copyright: © 2012 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Special Edition
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama; Romance
Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Feature Running Time: 124 minutes
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 7.1 DTS HD-MA, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late Night Listening and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Optimized for Late Night Listening and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Watch the official announcement video here. Will you be purchasing this special extended edition? What scenes do you think will be included in the new footage? What scenes do you want to see included in the new footage? Here is a look at the cover for the DVD and Blu-ray:

Breaking Dawn Part One - Extended Edition DVD cover

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and Page to Premiere

“Breaking Dawn – Part Two” – New Images and Final Poster Released

Summit Entertainment recently released fifteen (15) new images and the final poster of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part Two. The set of fifteen images gives fans a chance to see some of Edward and Bella’s cottage, as well as some more images of Renesmee. Plus, there are some new images of Bella as a vampire.

The poster features Edward, Bella, Jacob, and some of  the new vampires in the final battle scene. This poster is going to be one of the final posters released for The Twilight Saga franchise before the finale hits theaters November 16, 2012.

Take a look at these new photos and the poster and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Source: http://pagetopremiere.com

“Breaking Dawn” – Two Exclusive New Images and Bill Condon Interview

MTV recently released two new exclusive images from the final film in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn – Part Two. The first of which features just Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and the second image features Edward and Bella standing with Carlisle, members of the Amazon Coven, and members of the Denali Coven.

Bill Condon, the director of the final two Twilight films, recently sat down with MTV News for an interview and here is what he had to say:

MTV News: How are you feeling? What stage of the post-production process are you in?

Bill Condon: We’re at the stage of mixing and doing color timing and adding that last big bunch of visual effects shots, and that’s where it gets complicated because the [most challenging] ones always come in last, so it’s just making sure that they look as good as they can, that’s the big thing right now.

MTV: Is there one specific FX shot that you’re particularly pleased with?

Condon: Oh man, there are so many that are so beautiful. I love the way, it’s very creepy, but I love the way that Alec’s mist looks. He has that mist that can make you blind, deaf and dumb, so that’s looking really good. It feels like the best Hammer [horror] movie you’ve ever seen. It’s a little different [type of mist] and sort of has tentacles that can get inside you and all that stuff.

MTV: I’m so excited to see all the powers! I spoke with Mackenzie Foy recently, the most adorable person the planet, and she talked about how she had fun filming her “power scenes.”

Condon: I know, she’s adorable, right? Her power, she touches somebody and she can show them what’s in her head and that you develop. There are some visual things, but a lot of that is done through Carter Burwell’s score, but then just recently in the mixing Dane Davis, who is a brilliant sound designer, he did “The Matrix” and so many other movies, he had her just speak and read poetry and things like that, and he’s turned it into hundreds of tracks. You don’t actually hear words but it becomes the chattering of her [voice], it’s a very abstract effect that I’ve never heard before. It’s really cool.

MTV: In the last stages of mixing and production, is there something that during filming you liked but have come to love in seeing onscreen?

Condon: There’s a lot of that. I would say the whole climax, I feel like it’s the biggest musical number I’ve ever directed. It does feel, when you finally get the rhythm of that right, it makes it, I hope, very satisfying.

MTV: What was the biggest, busiest most fun day on set?

Condon: The biggest and most fun, just because of the surprise they pulled off, we went to the top, top, top as far as you can get in this arena to get the widest shot of the [battle]field with the Volturi on one side and the Cullen group on the other and on the last take suddenly you hear the Eurythmics and they all start to do this intimately choreographed dance that they’d worked out. It was a huge day and the biggest party ever.

MTV: Well we can only hope that that ends up on the DVD. Condon: I think it is, yeah.

MTV: Have you made any more decisions about the soundtrack? You have so many musicians in that cast.

Condon: Oh yeah, that’s interesting. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it yet but we’ve just now finally firmed it up so that’s exciting.

MTV: How about the running time? Is that official yet?

Condon: Yeah. The running time is one hour and 56 minutes, one minute shorter than the first one and as such, I think the shortest of all of them.

MTV: We talked about the biggest and busiest day, what about the most quiet, emotional moment?

Condon: There are a lot of those, I would say. … I don’t want to talk about one scene because that’s a surprise but you know what, the scene when Charlie meets vampire Bella for the first time and then meets Renesmee. This is a movie that really only has one fully human person, if you treat Taylor [Lautner] as a magical creature, so Charlie is our way into this whole thing. If Charlie can believe it and understand, I think the rest of the audience can too. Of course, Billy Burke is such an incredible actor who can really humanize any moment, so watching him and Kristen together in that scene, I remember everything was a total pleasure in that.

MTV: It’s a little ways off yet, but have you planned a vacation?

Condon: [Laughs] My idea of a beach holiday is going to New York for two weeks, just going and hanging out. I think I’ll do something like that.

MTV: What advice do you have for the fans on how to pass the time before the movie comes out?

Condon: Oh that’s an interesting question. There’s a slight surprise with the score. [They should] listen to all the old CD’s of all the composers [of the other “Twilight” films], maybe that, refresh themselves on the different themes.”

What do you think of these new photos? What do you think of this interview? Are you getting excited for Breaking Dawn – Part Two?

Sources:http://team-twilight.com/20120828/mtv-reveals-two-brand-new-breaking-dawn-part-2-images/ and http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1692657/breaking-dawn-part-2-photos.jhtml?xrs=share_twitter