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SNOW WHITE Turns Dark

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 03 June 2010 21:42   

There's a new trend in movies: the twisted, dark version of fairy tales. "Snow White" is the latest to get a retelling with Relativity Media picking up screenwriter Melisa Wallick's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Producer Bernie Goldmann said about the script, "While retaining the elements of the beloved Brothers Grimm tale, this is certainly not your mother's Snow White."  Relativity plans to release the film in 3D with Brett Ratner possibly (X-Men: The Last Stand) directing. Oh, it's also a comedy!?

While Ratner isn't set in stone to direct, he knows a lot about the project, telling Deadline.com, "Melisa went back to the 500-year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney's film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy. The original, made for its time, was soft compared to what we're going to do."

The dark "Snow White" is the latest classic kid's story to get remade in a scary, dark way. Disney's Alice in Wonderland kicked it off in concept more than in actuality (it wasn't as dark and scary as many thought Tim Burton might create). Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried is also going deep into the woods to get a less kid-friendly story. Of course, part of the point may be that if you've ever read the original fairy tales, they are pretty darn bloody, violent and inappropriate for kids. Dark versions of Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz are also in development as is Maleficent which will tell the story of Sleeping Beauty from the villainess' point of view.

To read more, go to:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118020181.html?categoryId=4026&cs=1

and

http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=28052

 

"Desperate" Villain a "Dum-Dum" for CAPT AMERICA

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 03 June 2010 21:26   

The role of "Dum Dum" Dugan in The First Avenger: Captain America is going to Neal McDonough who played a villain on "Desperate Housewives."

"Dum Dum" Dugan is an officer of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is a member of the Howling Commandos that supports Captain America as he fights Nazis during World War II. Paramount and Marvel Studios are planning to release the film July 22, 2011.

To read more, go to:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118020190.html?categoryid=4026&cs=1

 

Jennifer Aniston to be Offed in SCREAM 4?

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:16   

Jennifer Aniston may make an appearance in Scream 4, just long enough to die. The Wes Craven-Kevin Williamson movie franchise always offs an A-list actress as the serial killer's first victim.

Of course, this is from the less-than-reliable "Star Magazine," who is quoting Scream regular Courtney Cox-Arquette, Aniston's best friend, directly. Horror film website, BloodyDisgusting.com, says it's all completely untrue and given the incredible amount of secrecy covering Scream 4 in other ways, it's hard to believe that Cox-Arquette would share info like that to "Star."

 

Taylor Lautner ABDUCTs AVATAR Star

Written by Tara the Mom    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:04   

Avatar star Sigourney Weaver is joining Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins in Abduction, Lautner's first film under his Tailor-Made Films banner. Weaver will play the psychiatrist helping Lautner's character after he finds his baby picture on a missing children's website.

To read more, go to:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118020127.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

 

Dancing Gymnast to DREAM ON

Written by Tara the Mom    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 21:39   

Save the Last Dance director Thomas Carter will helm and produce Lionsgate/Mandate Pictures' new teen dance flick Dream On. The story is about a 17-year old gymnast training for the Olympics who gets sidelined by an injury and seeks solace in Atlanta's underground hip-hop dance world.

Carter has the credentials for the gig: not only has he also directed the teen dance pic Swing Kids, he helmed the inner city sports pic Coach Carter. 

To read more, go to:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118020112.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&ref=vertfilm

 


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