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Here's the latest look at SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN!

Published at: Jan. 21, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here...  tis Saturday afternoon here - and I'm eager to get some writing done.  First for today - let's talk about SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN.   When the two SNOW WHITE films were announced as being made - I seriously couldn't fathom it.   I can, from the stand point of those awesome images that I think Vanity Fair did - where they took classic Disney animated films - and did A-star casting and beautiful make-up, costumes and scenery...   the second I saw those photos, I realized...  Disney has to do this.   They have got to transform their classic fairy tales into live action epics.

That it was RELATIVITY and UNIVERSAL coming out of the gate with these renditions of DISNEY's first animated Princess...  I was a little surprised.   Disney is all about reinventing their mythologies - like they're doing with MALEFICENT - but frankly - if they just made a great SLEEPING BEAUTY - I think they'd be shocked how beloved the film would be.

Anyway - when Relativity and Universal announced their projects - I instantly sort of favored the Relativity project - mainly because Tarsem's last two films have been exceptional - and his sense of design and style seemed to favor the Fairy Tale realm.   Whereas the UNIVERSAL project was helmed by a first time feature film director named Rupert Sands.  Quickly, any curious soul can discover the total of Rupert Sands' work as a young director: HERE - at Rupert Sanders' website - where you can see his amazing GUINNESS Lava ad or his work on HALO commercials or NIKE or ABSOLUT or ADIDAS.   Check out his short film BLACK HOLE - warning it does have bizarre nudity in it...  but also some Lon Chaney Jr!   Anyway - I checked out the whole of his available to watch career - and I was interested.

Once the casting on the two projects came in, I shifted from being pro-Tarsem SNOW WHITE (aka MIRROR MIRROR) and started putting my flag down on Sands' SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN.   Mainly because I'm an instant big fan of Chris Hemsworth, I love Charlize Theron - & Kristen Stewart...  I think she can be directed to not only not suck, but be pretty great...  like in ADVENTURELAND.   When the trailers hit - I think everybody jumped onto this project's side - if only because it doesn't look like the biggest fucking trainwreck of the year, like MIRROR MIRROR does.   

So here's the minute long look - and looks like Rupert Sands is making a fairy tale epic that takes names and kicks ass.   I'm fascinated by the world he's creating for this - and can't wait to see what the film plays like.   Here ya go:

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  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Looks a lot better than Tarsem's.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Surprisingly.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    i hear tell

    by mick vance

    kristen stewart's vagina is full of lice...

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    well, it sure looks like a movie.

    by phantomcreeps

    Literally, it looks like every freaking movie that comes out now. Not sure why there is Lord of the Rings type Atmosphere in Snow White. Whatever. Don't look good. Don't look bad. Looks like a movie, Yep.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    This new Twilight movie succcckkkkkssss!

    by SifoDyasJr

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    umm this trailer's been out there for at least a month or two

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    Ain't It Late News

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is either actor doing in this shit?

    by performingmonkey

    Word.

  • .....Thor is actually prettier than snow white! This looks like it'll be as good as Red Riding Hood!!!! In England we refer to that standard of film making as SHIT!!!

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Looks visually stylish, if nothing else

    by Rtobert

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    The Script

    by P862010

    was done by the guy who did Drive just saying

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    why does everyone go on

    by damned-dirty-ape

    About Stewart in Adventureland? From what I remember, it was the first film I'd seen her in and I was bored shitless by her performance. She looked asleep through most of it. I just don't get the love people have for her.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Hmm, Hossein Amini did write this. Interesting.

    by Dharma4

    But why the Inception-song? Interesting. -Namaste-

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    No new footage = no need to write a new article

    by mascan42

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Um, the director is called Rupert SANDERS, not Sand...

    by ODM

    Just saying.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Looks visually sumptious...

    by J.B.M.A.

    I bet it'll be pap though. Once again Harry that first paragraph of yours MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Your laziness and complete refusal to read back what you've written has now reached almost satirical proportions.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    The dwarf cast list is amazing

    by Sean

    I saw Ian McShane's name and immediately smiled, and Ray Winstone and Nick Frost further compounded that enthusiasm. I'm curious though in the cast list, most of these big name character actors are playing characters with short, one syllable names, my first thought was that they were playing the dwarves, who judging by a passing glance in the trailer are the Huntsman's underlings (no pun intended). However in the trivia section on imdb it says each dwarf is named for a Roman Emperor, yet there are no such names in the credits list, and the few actual little people are just credited as 'dwarf' which means they are scale doubles. I may be wrong, but I hope I'm not, that the 'Emperor names' factoid is wrong and the dwarves will be Frost, Winstone, McShane ect ect. I don't see who else they could realistically be playing without the film getting over-cluttered with characters and it seems like the obvious choice, casting a bunch of scene chompers and shrinking them into the dwarf roles, I just wonder why the marketing has utterly neglected them (Actually I don't, any one of those three men mentioned above can act circles around the two leads [of whom I'm a fan, but let's be real]). Perhaps they're fearful to reveal after the godawful display put on my Tarsem's little people, or are trying to differentiate themselves from another upcoming fantasy film with a large cadre of scene-stealing dwarves. If I'm right, then so help me if they want me to buy a ticket they better show me Ian McShane and Nick Frost in dwarf get-up right now. Seriously... I'll pre-order. Just show me the good stuff.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Looks better than i expected,some interesting designs at least

    by lookylookymoontard

    Probably be shit though,just a know it all hunch

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    harry got a little weird with his empassioned suggestion

    by jimmy

    for a Sleeping Beauty film that will be so beloved (? To whom ? ) that the mere concept of it all shocks the mind. Right.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    was interested in Tarsem's film.was.

    by jimmy

    Untill I saw the trailer for it. It looks really chock full 'o' shit. This trailer looks exceptional. In my mind's eye, this trailer is what I imagined Tarsem's vision would be. Oh well.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Gimme a break with the Snow White already!

    by gary_buseys_upper_half

    Seriously, there's the entertaining but decidedly mediocre Once Upon a Time on tv, this -thing-, and Tarsem's embarrassingly stupid looking Bollywood/slapstick version. Is the story of Snow White really THAT compelling that we need 3 different versions at the same time?

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I'm an old nerd, but I'm not trendy!

    by phantomcreeps

    How dare you dioxholsters_ghost!

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Hater-bait article for sexists.

    by 3774

    The trailer looks super-neato. I can't wait to see this. And no, I'm not a Twilight fan. Mouthbreather 'HURP DERP IT SUCKS HURR DURR SHE'S UGLY DERP can cram it sideways with walnuts on top.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    pink_apocalypse

    by phantomcreeps

    I'm no sexist, but I still wish I was in the backseat of the Drive-in, with you, watching Return of the Living Dead. That didn't sound creepy, did it?

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Theron is way hotter than Stewart. That's a big problem.

    by Royston Lodge

  • At a couple Christmas parties, overheard many old-guys going on about Swearengen. "Cocksucker!" "He played Blackbeard, eh!" "What's that Brit movie he did with the chest?" My dad likes action crap and other assorted fluff, so I was super impressed that he watched all three seasons of Deadwood, in order, on TMN on Demand here in Canada. McShane rules.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Seriously... Kristen Stewart "fairer" than Charlize Theron?!?

    by thound3

    In what fucking cosmos?

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Looks AMAZING...

    by KHjLL

    i hope both films are good n really hoping mirror mirror isn't a huge train wreck... I grew up in front of the TV watch the original Willy WOnka and Disney films galore on VHS... When I spent time in Long Beach and San Diego for the summers my mom lived in the ghetto and when she worked would leave me alone... KRAZY to think about it now... Love a great Fairy tale...

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    "Mirror Mirror" reminds me of the "Remember the Time" Video

    by MST3KPIMP

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    agree with rosyton lodge and thoud3

    by yabory

    theron could wait until she was 80 and stewart 60 years of age and theron would still be waaaaaaaaaay fucking hotter. it's not even remotely possible. maybe if the focused on beauty on the inside but that's not the case. it's physical beauty...and to say stewart will grow to become more beautiful? maybe so, but not more beautiful than theron. however. i'm sold. the visuals look like a tarsem film, which is fucked up.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Black Hole was a weird comic.

    by dumbastud

    And isn't there a full length film in the works? I hope if it gets made it's better than that short.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Rooting for the Wicked Queen

    by Queefer Sutherland

    TONS more gorgeous and talented than that scaly creature who plays Snow White. Theron rocks. I hope she wins at the end. Hemsworth should hack off Kristen Stewart's head and give it to Charlize in a pretty box.

  • Because frankly, Theron would be a tad too threatening. Like us dudes, geeky fangirls need to be able to relate to their protagonist.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    That's it?

    by AidanJames

    I mean I don't direct, and don't want to... but that is literally what I thought EVERYTHING would look like in a Snow White movie. And I didn't think about it for more than two seconds, didn't have an entire team to help me make the world, and didn't spend months combing through concepts. That and I see a problem. I don't hate Kristen Stewart. I really don't. At all. In the movies I've seen her she's pretty good. She is in absolutely no way hotter than Charlize Theron. Not even slightly.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    @ phantomcreeps.

    by 3774

    No. A little bold, but not creepy.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Looks cool.

    by HughHoyland

    I just hope all the cool parts are not just in the trailer. And Stewert isnt ugly, matter of fact I bet most guys on here would date her in a minute.

  • My money is on that.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Funny that this looks more like a Tarsem movie than the actual Tarsem movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ASK ME WHAT IT MEANS, ASK ME WHAT IT MEANS...!

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Wow just stop with the Theron vs. Stewart thing...

    by Andrew Coleman

    She wants her because her skin is pale as shit and YOUNG! How in the fuck do you not know the Queen wants to stay young it's from the story and in the trailer. The queen never says "Kill her because she's hotter than me". She wants Snow White's youth and pale fucking skin. To me that makes Stewart fucking perfect for the role. Theron will just dominate that movie which is pretty obvious and I think the hate for it is misguided. Just labeling anything "twilight" is already getting old.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    This looks like the movie TARSEM should have made

    by D.Vader

    I mean, THIS looks like a movie made by a "visionary" director, *not* Mirror Mirror.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    pink_apocalypse

    by phantomcreeps

    Just jerkin' your chain. You are one of the only cool girls around this place. And you are smart too! Imagine that. Seriously, though, I enjoy your posts. Take care.

  • Mirror Mirror is obviously a horrible misfire. A campy, unfunny preposterous mess. While this one looks overly serious but both better designed and better acted. By everyone except the main character. If they hadn't been competing so fiercely to be released first, they would have come to the inescapable conclusion that Kristen Stewart is just plain wrong for the role of Snow White and they should have pooled their resources and made Lily Collins the star of this one and quietly thrown the other version in the dustbin. Though seriously, Lily Collins has some major eyebrow issues. But she's not a blank slate half-dude charisma vacuum like Miss Twilight. One day a fan edit shall be made of these two movies, where they simply take all the decent scenes of the actually attractive Snow White and replace the scenes of the somnambulist Snow White who got her start playing Jodie Foster's son in Panic Room.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Yes, Hossein Amini took a pass at it, but John Lee Hancock did the production polish

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    And a guy named Evan Daugherty wrote and sold the original spec for a shitload. You can tell Amini took a pass at it because of the climax where Kristen Stewart crushes Charlize Theron's head like a fucking ripe melon in the elevator. Just saying...

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I doubt Kristen Stewart will be what ruins the movie

    by D.Vader

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Looks interesting...

    by bubcus

    ... I'm willing to give it a chance. Charlize and Chris are both gold in my books. I haven't seen any of Kristin Stewart's films so I'm curious to see how this plays out.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Eh, sorry, but I think Kristen Stewart is hot

    by Kammich

    Perhaps its only because I'm 22 years old and kind of into that type of girl, but I like me some Kristen Stewart. Charlize Theron? Absolutely gorgeous. Kristen Stewart? Sure as hell wouldn't kick her outta bed for leavin' crumbs.

  • Jan. 21, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST

    they will never top "7 Zwerge" for creativity

    by Larrylongballs

    The board game consisting of dwarves hitting each other in the head with boards was comedy genius.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Kristen Stewart in Adventureland? 100% FUCKABLE

    by D.Vader

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    OMG that looks amazing

    by disfigurehead

    Yeah..an amazing pile of shit!

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Exactly, d.vader

    by Kammich

    Kristen Stewart stripping naked as INXS's "Don't Change" kicks in? Boner patrol.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' Franky 5 Five Fingers

    by Al Swearengen

    Sounds like your dad is fuckin' alright.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:20 a.m. CST

    oh hey wow Cool to see that fantasy is still a genre

    by CT1

    no offense but wtf

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    anything with that twat in it is not good cinema

    by VonThunderballs

    that includes the runaways movie.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    @royston lodge

    by VonThunderballs

    agreed

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST

    black hole

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    crazy, crazy comic. Fucking cool short. Weird tail chicks rock

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Anyone who calls the LOTR films "awful

    by D.Vader

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Anyone who calls the LOTR films "awful"... can't be trusted

    by D.Vader

    That's just the way it is. Sorry, pal.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Yes, you're entitled to your own opinion, themeofme

    by D.Vader

    I don't begrudge you that. But anyone who goes out of their way to slam an extremely well-made series of movies seems to be compensating for something else, as if there's a ratio between how accepted a film is among the general public *and* the critics, and how annoying a film geek will be about slamming said movie to look different. Note, I'm not saying that's exactly what you're doing. But anyone else, be it someone who tries to say Lawrence of Arabia is terrible or that Casablanca is awful or what have you... they're going to look a bit foolish, a bit "Hey look at me, I'm different!" And no one really takes them seriously bc they appear to be prone to extreme hyperbole, desperate for attention.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    " Fuck you if you don't like it fuckhead"

    by D.Vader

    Shouldn't that be "Fuck you if you DO like it," fuckhead?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    themeofme is desperate for attention

    by Mattman

    Notice how he ALWAYS claims he doesn't care what people think of him? If he truly didn't care, he wouldn't feel the need to say it.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 5:32 a.m. CST

    had no interest in seeing this

    by palewook

    starting to win me over. will check it out after the dvd comes out.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Fuck You creepythinman!

    by phantomcreeps

  • Ah whatever, just make a fucking movie. Either way, I'm not going to pay for it, so see you later on in the year on Pirate Bay, bitches!

  • ... With an intelligent viewpoint or opinion. Just another spoiled and angry little talkbacker who is only capable of acting like a 10 year old rather than an adult. Sorry for your stunted growth. Pal.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    So themeofme DOES care what other people think, right?

    by D.Vader

    His behavior sure says so. He did get really defensive there, didn't he?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    They had me right up until I saw little Snow White in plate mail.

    by ravenloff

    I'm so thoroughly done with movies putting women in plate mail armor just to appease the feminists.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Isn't snow white supposed to be hot?

    by billandted

    ?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Dumb

    by grendel69

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    It's cuz she's young and has pale skin?

    by Royston Lodge

    I'd only buy that argument if the evil queen plans on killing EVERY young girl in the kingdom.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Funny. Theron wants to be "fairer" like Stewart!

    by thot

    Talk about killing the plot even before it gets started! Theron portrays a smoldering hot witch who wants to look like morose, awkward tomboy Stewart??? Hilarious! Talk about idiotic casting.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Kristen Stewart is unfit to play Theron's hunchbacked little sister.

    by golden tribw

  • Everything is about polish, now, about silly shots and filters and CGI, I'm not saying the movie is going to suck or anything but you can tell where its priorities are and they have nothing to do with storytelling.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    If it's anything like that Twilight shit...forget it!

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    If it's a decent fantasy flick then I'll take a look but I can't abide that teen Twilight crap.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Harry, you "love Theron & Kristen Stewart

    by Franck

    How can you seriously "love" Kristen Stewart ? I mean if you have any point to make about her acting, her presence, anything that would look like an argument, please make it, but "I love Theron & Kristen Stewart"? Oh, and this article was so badly written it's pathetic, sorry, not hating, just being honest. Peace.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    awful writing #1

    by KinoEye

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    GOLDENTRIBE, YOU HAVE BEEN COLORED SIR!

    by J-Dizzle

    Colored with radiant ambivalence!

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    FLYNN-LIVES

    by J-Dizzle

    I stopped reading at, "Hey folks, Harry here..."

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Dooooon't worry, this will bomb at the box office...

    by Ricardo

    Won't last a week.

  • And what's more original than Snow White: The Action Flick?

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Umm.. this isn't new also harry.

    by scott spivey

    You keep saying "their" renditions of DISNEYS' First Princess... umm.. this is an old Europe fairy tale, perhaps the first, thats probably why Disney isn't going batty on someone else making a new version of an old tale, even Uncle Walt would admit this wasn't his idea originally, although that is a beloved movie, i'll agree with you there. But Im trying to figure out what the new "look" at this and the other project is. I got a feeling you are going to say the same thing when we get two oz films, not trying to be over critical because I know you are as giddy as a school kid over these films, i"ll admit they look pretty good and dark as the original tales were, thats the problem with disney as beloved as those films are, they stray very far from the source material. I still like disney but Im glad someone is doing this right. Still not sure what you are trying to say, other than nothing new but it does bring up a good debate on what the better of the two projects might be.... Spivious out!

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Much obliged, Swedgin.

    by Pvt. Duke

    You cocksucker.

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    OMG, his How To Destry Angels Video

    by Elcabio

    is just sick! And by sick I mean, fucking awesome! http://www.rupertsanders.com/how-to-destroy-angels.html?ref=0 His "Wolverine" and HALO "ODST" commercials are pretty wicked too. Must watch the rest of his videos from his website...

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Oh yea

    by Elcabio

    ...and he did my favorite Call Of Duty commercial!

  • Jan. 22, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    SNOW WHITE & JOHN HUNTSMAN!

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Have no feelings either way toward this movie or

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    its actors until I see it, but in the folktale of Snow White, the queen mistakenly believes that it is Snow's youth and fair skin that makes her so popular, where in truth it is her inner beauty and compassion. Surprised few of you get that.

  • fucking retards

  • Jan. 23, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    disney write.

    by scott spivey

    Yeah my thoughts exactly myfatarse.