‘Pitch Perfect’, ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Sequels Planned For 2015

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 12:34pm PDT

Universal is developing a Snow White And The Huntsman sequel eyeing a 2015 release, Universal’s Adam Fogelson announced today at CinemaCon. Meanwhile, Kay Cannon (30 Rock, Pitch Perfect) is returning to script Pitch Read More »

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OSCARS: VFX Nominees Discuss Key Sequences

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor

This year’s nominees show how visual effects have spread from summer blockbusters to genres as diverse as superheroes, different flavors of fantasy, more traditional sci-fi territory, and even the art-house film. For each nominee, there’s a moment that makes it worthy of an Oscar nomination. Here, the visual-effects supervisors on the nominated films break down the key challenges and talk about the sequence that clinched the nomination.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The nominees: Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White

No. of visual-effects shots: 2,176

Tech breakthrough: The complexity and number of techniques used to create the digital creatures. “It’s a combination of lots of things to get a creature to that point”, says Letteri. “It’s muscles, it’s skin, it’s facial capture, it’s performance capture”. All those things had to come together to bring to convincing life six leading digital characters with dialogue. Read More »

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Universal Denies THR Story That Kristen Stewart Has Been Dropped From ‘Huntsman’ Sequel

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has taken the unusual step of outright denying a Hollywood Reporter story that Kristen Stewart had been dumped from the sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman. The studio issued this statement from Universal … Read More »

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Universal Buys ’90 Church’ For Rupert Sanders And Roth Films As Studio Ponders ‘Huntsman’ Spinoff

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has just acquired the Dean Unkefer book 90 Church: The True Story Of The Narcotics Squad From Hell, to be published by Random House in the US and Virgin Books in Europe in May 2013. This is a significant deal and it will reteam Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders with producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel, who’ll produce with Deborah Giarratana. They will begin looking for a high-end writer immediately.

The book was sold by CAA in a preemptive deal with the studio, with execs Jeffrey Kirschenbaum and Maradith Frenkel overseeing it. Sanders has been developing the sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman, a movie which did just under $400 million worldwide. That project is now moving on a slower track, as the studio tries to figure out whether it wants to make a sequel, or instead a spinoff that focuses on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. David Koepp, who I’d reported back in April was hired to script a straight sequel, isn’t going forward at the moment and no script will be written until Universal figures out the next move. Studio likes the spinoff idea greatly. Because the Huntsman package sold in a five studio bidding battle, Sanders has no option tying him to either film, but he is squarely in the mix. Read More »

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Universal Gets Rolling On ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Sequel

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Studios are relying heavily on sequels this summer, but the toughest thing to do is to introduce something new that launches a franchise. It looks like Universal has done that with Snow White And The Huntsman. I’m … Read More »

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Academy Allowing Q&As For First Time At Official Screenings Starting This Weekend

Pete Hammond

As first revealed on Deadline, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making good on its promise to liven up the official Academy weekend screenings by adding in-person filmmaker participation for the first time. On the June Los … Read More »

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Hot Interactive Trailer: ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’

By | Tuesday May 22, 2012 @ 8:19pm PDT

Movie trailers are almost a commodity now, turning up in numerous places online, so movie companies must do something special to make theirs stand out. Having compelling footage helps, but Universal‘s Snow White And The Huntsman has gone a further step, releasing an interactive trailer that offers viewers … Read More »

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Cannes: Few Hollywood Studios Marketing At Fest

The Cannes Film Festival is often called the second most mediatized event in the world, next to the Olympics. But you wouldn’t know it this year. Cannes kicks off Wednesday night but it’ll be a low-key affair for most … Read More »

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David Koepp Eyes Sequel To ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Snow White And The Huntsman SequelEXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures must be expecting a fairy-tale ending for Snow White And The Huntsman. I’m told the studio is already in discussions with David Koepp to come aboard to write the sequel. … Read More »

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Universal Battles For Latino Audiences

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 10:30pm PDT

In its continuing campaign to lure Latino audiences to its movies, Universal debuted a trailer specifically targeting this market titled Summer of Battles during tonight’s Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo. The two-minute Spanish-English ad combines footage from the studio’s upcoming summer movies Battleship, Snow White And Read More »

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Universal Rolls Out New Footage As Travolta, Theron, Renner, Stewart Hit CinemaCon

Pete Hammond

Universal may have been the last of the seven studios participating here in Las Vegas at CinemaCon but their one-hour-and-forty-minute presentation today at Caesars Palace’s Colisseum theatre was perhaps the starriest of all. Hosted with confidence and self-deprecating humor by the studio’s chairman and 13 year U veteran  Adam Fogelson, the exec made good use of Universal Footage Cineconhis background as the studio’s former marketing head to really sell their summer slate – and beyond – with good old- fashioned star power and well-chosen clips. In addition to extended looks at their summer lineup, the show also featured the first glimpse anywhere of footage from upcoming movies Les Miserables, 47 Ronin, Oblivion which just started shooting with Tom Cruise, next summer’s R.I.P.D., and a specially produced animated piece just for CinemaCon to announce the 2013 arrival of Despicable Me 2. But the clear emphasis was on this summer’s promising-looking lineup as Fogelson opened by saying, “it is a good time for Universal”, especially with the studio’s early 2012 box office success that he noted has made them No. 1 in market share so far this year with such films as Contraband, Safe House which has grossed over $200 million globally (Denzel Washington’s second biggest hit), American Reunion which Fogelson said will also surpass the $200 million global figure before it’s done as well as The Lorax which he noted is one of only three animated films since July 2010 to clear $200 million domestically – and two of them are from the studio’s partnership with Illumination. Read More »

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‘The Avengers,’ ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Top Must-See List: Fandango

By | Tuesday April 17, 2012 @ 2:09pm PDT

The Avengers Box OfficeMovie-ticketing service Fandango released results of its “Most Anticipated Summer Movie Survey” today, and the top pick among survey participants should be a relief for the folks at Walt Disney Studios: The Avengers. Read More »

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Oscar Winning Actresses Roberts, Theron, Jolie, Weisz Turn Evil To Boost Boxoffice Fortunes

Pete Hammond

Mirror Mirror may not have burned up the box office in its opening weekend. Its estimated $19 million made the family film a distant and weak third, but that won’t stop a trend among Oscar winning actresses from going evil. Not since … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ With Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron And Chris Hemsworth

Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has released an extended new trailer for the Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White And The Huntsman, the revisionist fairy tale that will be released June 1. The studio has also released a featurette on the making of a film that stars Charlize Theron as the sinister queen, Kristen Stewart as Snow, and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. The fantasy setting looks a lot like Middle Earth. Universal debuted the trailer on Comcast-owned Xfinity.com. Trailer is below, followed by the featurette. It looks pretty compelling, and the key is whether the young crowd that wants to see Snow White wrapped in chain mail and wielding a sword. Will those images be too upsetting? Similarly ominous images did not keep them away from Alice In Wonderland, which triggered the fairy tale frenzy.

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Relativity Pushes Back ‘Mirror Mirror’ Release To March 30

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 10:54am PST

Relativity’s Mirror Mirror, the studio’s take on the Snow White tale that stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer, is moving its wide release to March 30, 2012. It had been set for March 16. The move now pits … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Relativity’s ‘Mirror Mirror’

Last week we got a glimpse of Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman directed by Rupert Sanders. The first trailer for Tarsem Singh’s take on the fairy tale arrived today. Relativity’s Mirror Mirror will make it to theaters March 16 ahead of Universal’s version set for June 1.

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’

Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures has released a new teaser trailer for Snow White And The Huntsman, the studio’s big revisionist fairy tale that stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Rupert Sanders directed the film, which will be released June 1, 2012. That’s several months behind Relativity Media’s Mirror, Mirror, but … Read More »

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‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ Banner




Universal has released new artwork for Snow White And The Huntsman. The three-character banner shows Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth as the title characters and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen. Directed by Rupert Sanders, it’s slated to open June 1, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: UK, India, Korea

Solid First Half For UK’s Pinewood Shepperton Studios
Revenues are up 68% over the first half of the 2011 according to interim results released today, from $27M to $42M over the same period a year ago. The largest film production based at Pinewood Studios during the period was Dark Shadows (Warner Bros), and the largest production based at Shepperton Studios was Wrath of the Titans (WB). Other films that used Pinewood Shepperton facilities included The Iron Lady (DJ Films/Pathé), Gravity (WB), Woman in Black (Hammer Films), 47 Ronin (Universal) and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (Fox). Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman has just begun shooting at Pinewood. The surge in film business offset a drop in TV revenues from $8.3M last year to $7.6M, which the studio attributed to using more space on movie productions.

Off-Track Bond 23 May Exit India For South Africa
Unhappy that permission to shut down portions of two railways outside Mumbai still has not been granted, Take One Productions is threatening to move production of Bond 23 from India to South Africa. Originally scheduled to shoot in the fall, the Sam Mendes-directed project starring Daniel Craig is now pointing for a January start. “South African authorities are waiting to provide everything that is required to support this movie,” said Take One’s Pravesh Sahni. “If we can’t get this cooperation from India, the film will no longer be shot here.” The railroad scenes will be a major part of the film, Sahni told The Times of India. Read More »

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