Once upon a time, Viggo Mortensen was in talks to star as the titular Huntsman in Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" but the actor priced himself too high so the studio said buh-bye!
Now, with "Thor" smashing box-office competitions everywhere, Chris Hemsworth just closed the deal to star as the Huntsman opposite Kristen Stewart aka "Twilight's" Bella Swan who will play Snow White. Rupert Sanders is still attached to direct with Charlize Theron set as the Evil Queen.
When I interviewed Hemsworth for "Thor," I told him he'd be a major star very soon to which the sweet actor just replied with a humble laughter. (Check out my interview with Hemsworth, right here)
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Director Neil Jordan is set to return to the vampire genre with his upcoming film "Byzantium." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director is teaming up with producer Stephen Wooley for the new bloodsucker film which focuses on a mother and daughter vampires.
Both Jordan and Wooley have corralled Saoirse Ronan ("Hanna") and Gemma Arterton ("Clash of the Titans") for the film. Moira Buffini wrote the original script which tells the story of the mommy vampire who turns her own daughter into a bloodsucking creature. The film is set to shoot in October with a budget of $11 million.
Jordan gave us "Interview with the Vampire" in 1994 starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, and a very young but very memorable Kirsten Dunst as the little vampire Claudia.
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Lightning truly struck twice for the mighty "Thor!" The Paramount super-hero pic hammered down competition to emerge as the box-office champ in its second week of release. ("Thor" Movie Review)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins, "Thor" sold $34.5 million worth of tickets for a total of $119.2 million since its release. ("Thor" interviews with Chris Hemsworth, director Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Kat Dennings, and Jaimie Alexander)
Meanwhile, Universal's laugh-a-minute, "Bridesmaids" had a strong, solid opening! The raunchy but sweet comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph debuted at No. 2 with $24.4 million. ("Bridesmaids" Movie Review)
Universal is having a great weekend at the box-office! Its super-popular car-racing flick, "Fast Five" took the No. 3 spot with $19.5 million.
The other new film to open last weekend, "Priest," debuted at No. 4 with $14.5 million, not too shabby for a reheated B-movie schlockfest. But Fox's animated adventure, "Rio" continued to fly high with its No. 5 performance selling $8 million of box-office tickets in its fifth weekend in theaters.
Here's the complete Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of 05/13/11:
1. "Thor," $34.5 million.
2. "Bridesmaids," $24.4 million.
3. "Fast Five," $19.5 million.
4. "Priest," $14.5 million.
5. "Rio," $8 million.
6. "Jumping the Broom," $7.3 million.
7. "Something Borrowed," $7 million.
8. "Water for Elephants," $4.1 million.
9. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family," $2.2 million.
10. "Soul Surfer," $1.8 million.
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Here's more info on "Bridesmaids" from Yahoo:
Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.
Running Time: 2 hr. 5 min.
Release Date: May 13th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout.
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Cast and Credits
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper
Directed by: Paul Feig
Produced by: Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel
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"Bridesmaids" is unfairly categorized as the female version of "The Hangover." But the only common denominator between both comedies is the wedding theme inherent in their respective plots. And I hate to break it to you "Hangover" fans, but I find "Bridesmaids" funnier and more emotionally satisfying.
If "The Hangover" is a mystery built as a comedy, "Bridesmaids" is about one woman's quest to find redemption. In the center of it all is co-writer and star Kristen Wiig who is about to steal Tina Fey's cerebral comedienne crown. Read More...
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