Julia Roberts is "Snow White" Evil Queen! When Will We Get to See the Movie? 


As we told you last week, there are two competing "Snow White" projects. First, there's Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," a re-imagining of the Brothers Grimm tale where Viggo Mortensen is set to play the Huntsman and Charlize Theron is in talks to play the Evil Queen. We' re waiting to see if Kristen Stewart will sign on to play Snow White.

Meanwhile, Relativity Media is also prepping their own Snow White tale, this one will stay true to the spirit of the Brothers Grimm fable although it will have a more edgy take. Julia Roberts was in negotiations to star last week, now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that Roberts has signed on to play the Evil Queen part!

This version will be more of a vengeance movie where Snow White, with help from her seven dwarves, is looking for revenge after her evil stepmother kills her father.

We can judge Roberts' take on the Evil Queen June 29, 2012 when Relativity releases the film.

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My Fun Interview with Channing Tatum for "The Eagle!" 


When you think of Channing Tatum you don't think of Roman soldiers and swords-and-sandals epic tales. You think of romance ("Dear John"), or action ("G.I. Joe"), or heck, even a dance movie like "Step Up." But guess what? All those elements he learned from his previous movies came in handy when it comes to making "The Eagle." Tatum plays Marcus Aguila, a Roman soldier who will do anything to restore his father's reputation.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why he chose to make "The Eagle"
*** How director Kevin Macdonald's films influence his decision in joining the cast
*** How he prepared for the role
*** The biggest challenge in making "The Eagle"
*** What went through his mind upon learning that the Roman soldiers would be played by Americans


(Click here for my movie review of "The Eagle")



In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images.
Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jamie Bell, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
Produced by: Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore

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Jamie Bell Talks About "The Eagle" 


I had a great time meeting Jamie Bell, perhaps best remembered for his iconic role as "Billy Elliott." His dancing background helped him in making his upcoming film "The Eagle" where he plays Esca, a Briton slave who can fight in a feral, uncultivated way.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Is there a cultural connection between he and his character Esca?
*** What attracted him into making "The Eagle?"
*** The "clash of cultures" element of director Kevin Macdonald's films
*** How he prepared for the part
*** How he and Channing bonded
*** What's the biggest challenge in making "The Eagle?"


(Click here for my movie review of "The Eagle")



In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images.
Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jamie Bell, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
Produced by: Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore

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"The Eagle" Interview with Director Kevin MacDonald 


Academy Award-winner Kevin MacDonald ("Touching the Void," "The Last King of Scotland") made a swords-and-sandals epic with "The Eagle" starring Channing Tatum (Marcus Aguila) and Jamie Bell (Esca). Based on the novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, "The Eagle" tells the story of the Ninth Legion and one man's quest to restore his father's reputation, the Commander of the Ninth.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Making a historical film
*** Why his movies are mostly etymological study of clashing cultures between two men from two different backgrounds (think "The Last King of Scotland," or to some lesser degree, "State of Play")
*** The "bromantic" angle of "The Eagle"
*** Why he chose to hire American actors to play Roman soldiers


(Click here for my movie review of "The Eagle")



In 2nd-Century Britain, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Art/Foreign, Drama and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for battle sequences and some disturbing images.
Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jamie Bell, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Kevin MacDonald
Produced by: Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore

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"The Eagle" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Channing Tatum Get? 


When we hear the name Channing Tatum, we think of romance ("Dear John"), action ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"), or dance movies ("Step Up") but we never associate the actor with swords-and-sandals epics like his new film "The Eagle."


Set in 140 AD, Tatum stars as Marcus Aguila, a Roman soldier who will do anything to restore his father's reputation. 20 years earlier, the elder Aguila commanded his 5,000-strong Ninth Legion and marched north into Caledonia (today's Scotland), carrying their golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. They never returned. Read More...

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