Will Julia Roberts Star as "Snow White's" Evil Queen?  


Everybody's in on this whole "Snow White" game. Two competing films based on the popular fairy tale will go on production soon! First, we have Relativity Media's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White." Tarsem Singh ("The Cell," "The Fall") is attached to direct, and Vulture is reporting that Julia Roberts is in talks to play the Evil Queen! That's intriguing right?

Then, we also have Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman." This is a re-imagining of the "Snow White" tale and "Twilight's" Kristen Stewart is negotiating to play Snow White (perfect!). Charlize Theron is also in talks to play the Evil Queen, and Viggo Mortensen to star as the Huntsman. I'm intrigued by this project too!

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Visual Effects Society Honors Christopher Nolan's "Inception" 


Christopher Nolan's "Inception" dominated the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards winning the top prize of Outstanding Visual Effcts in a VFX-driven feature. The mind-bending film won all four categories that it was nominated for.

DreamWorks Animations' "How to Train Your Dragon" also received love from the VES sweeping the feature animation categories including Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature.

The ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton, also paid homage to Nolan by giving him the inaugural VES Visionary Award. The great Ray Harryhausen was given the much-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 9th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Mike Chambers, Matthew Plummer

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hereafter
Michael Owens, Joel Mendias, Bryan Grill, Danielle Plantec

Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Simon Otto, Craig Ring, Bonnie Arnold

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
The Pacific
John Sullivan, David Taritero, William Mesa, Marco Requay

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Caprica
Michael Gibson, Gary Hutzel, Davey Morton, Jesse Mesa Toves

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Boardwalk Empire
Robert Stromberg, Dave Taritero, Richard Friedlander, Paul Graff

Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short
Day & Night
Teddy Newton, Kevin Reher, Michael Fu, Tom Gately

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Live Action Commercial
Halo: Reach
Dan Glass, Dan Seddon, Matt Dessero, Stephanie Gilgar

Outstanding Animated Commercial
Cadbury's Spots V Stripes
Jake Mengers, Julie Evans, Jorge Montiel Meurer, Michael Gregory

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
King Kong 360 3D
Matt Aitken, Kevin Sherwood, Eric Reynolds, R. Christopher White

Outstanding Real-Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
Halo: Reach
Marcus Lehto, Joseph Tung, Stephen Scott, CJ Cowan

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
World of Warcraft
Marc Messenger, Phillip Hillenbrand, Jr.

Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 - Dobby
Mathieu Vig, Ben Lambert, Laurie Brugger, Marine Poirson

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon – Toothless
Gabe Hordos, Cassidy Curtis, Mariette Marinus, Brent Watkins

Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Citron C3 The Spacebox – Citro
Michael Nauzin, Anne Chatelain, Gregory Mougne, Cedric Nicolas

Outstanding Animated Character in a Video Game
StarCraft II - Sarah Kerrigan
Fausto De Martini, Xin Wang, Glenn Ramos, Scott Lange

Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
How to Train Your Dragon
Andy Hayes, Laurent Kermel, Jason Mayer, Brett Miller

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Paris Dreamscape
Bruno Baron, Dan Neal, Graham Page, Per Mork-Jensen

Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program
The Pacific - The Battle of Iwo Jima
Marco Recuay, Morgan McDermott, Nick Lund-Ulrich

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception - Hospital Fortress Destruction
Ian Hunter, Scott Beverly, Forest Fischer, Robert Spurlock

Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
Boardwalk Empire - The Ivory Tower
J. John Corbett, Matthew Conner, Brendan Fitzgerald

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Astrid Busser-Casas, Scott Pritchard, Jan Maroske, George Zwier

Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
The Pacific - Peleliu landing
Jeremy Nelson, John P. Mesa, Dan Novy, Tyler Cote

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
LOOM
Regina Welker, Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay

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"Fletch" Lives Again in Planned Warner Bros. Reboot! 


Warner Bros. is investigating the possibility of bringing back "Fletch" to the big screen! According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio has bought movie rights to the Gregory McDonald mystery novels.

There's no writer or director or star on board yet, but the studio wants this new "Fletch" to be a "reimagining" and not a remake of the popular "Fletch" films starring Chevy Chase (1985's "Fletch" and 1989's "Fletch Lives").

Once upon a time, Harvey Weinstein, through Miramax and then The Weinstein Company, wanted to launch a "Fletch" franchise with director Kevin Smith for McDonald's "Fletch Won." Everyone from Ben Affleck to Jason Lee to Joshua Jackson were attached to star but it was ultimately a failed attempt to bring back "Fletch."

Maybe this time Warner Bros. will succeed in revamping the franchise.

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Cameron Diaz Joins Colin Firth for the Coen Brothers' Scripted "Gambit" 


Remember the 1966 movie "Gambit" starring Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine? The actors played two criminals who created an elaborate scheme to con millionaire Mr. Shahbandar played by Herbert Lom.

Well, the great Coen brothers wrote a script based on the original and now, Cameron Diaz is joining Oscar front-runner Colin Firth for the remake according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Hoffman, the guy who gave us "The Last Station," is attached to direct and will begin shooting the movie in London in May.

I can't wait for the Coen brothers' take on the film. The original movie was marketed as ""Go Ahead Tell The End - It's Too Hysterical To Keep Secret - But Please Don't Tell The Beginning!" Why? Because the film was told in reverse with a twist that happened in the beginning but the punchline was saved for the end. It was clever storytelling.

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Will Joaquin Phoenix Return to Acting in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?" 


Last week, we told you that Benjamin Walker will walk the part of Honest Abe in Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." We also told you that besides the beloved President, another juicy role in the film is the part of Henry Sturges, Lincoln's mentor who taught him how to slay vamps. Now, Deadline is saying that Joaquin Phoenix could return to acting playing the plum role!

The role was previously offered to "Inception's" Tom Hardy until the actor chose to work on Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." Apparently, Phoenix has met with 20th Century Fox and Bekmambetov and was told that the role is his if he wants it!

Like what I said in my "Two Lovers" (Phoenix's last film before he went play-pretend bonkers) or "I'm Still Here" movie reviews, Phoenix is a great actor and he should not forget acting!

So this is great news! The role of Henry Sturges is like Lincoln's Dumbledore, or Gandalf, or Yoda! Or heck, even similar to Buffy's Giles. And we always remember the person who taught our hero everything, don't we?

Let's wait and see if Phoenix will bite into the role! He should! Oh, and have I told you how much I love the book? You should read it!

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