Comic-Con: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Panel Recap; First Images of Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron via Collider

When asked what it was that appealed to him about the Snow White story, [Joe] Roth said he wanted to come up with an idea that everybody knows and find some deep seeded emotional connection to it. He wanted to do a modern version of a story that has emotional roots. Patel said Sanders was the first director he had in mind when he started to develop the project.

When asked how Universal’s film differs from Relativity’s Snow White project, Roth said they’re very different pieces. He said Snow White and the Huntsman is on the scale of Lord of the Rings, and it’s a “tough, rough male and female action movie.” He said Relativity’s film looks to be quite a bit softer.

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First Image of Lily Collins as Snow White via Page to Premiere

Relativity has released the first image of Lily Collins as Snow White in the ‘Untitled Snow White Project.’

Relativity Media has [picked] a March 16, 2012 release, with Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer also starring for director Tarsem Singh.


Casting Call: Sean Bean Joins ‘Snow White’ via Access Hollywood

[Sean Bean] has been cast as the king — aka Snow White’s father — in Relativity Media’s as-of-yet untitled “Snow White” film, the studio confirmed to Access Hollywood.

The fairytale re-imagining, which is currently shooting in Montreal, also stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, “The Social Network’s” Armie Hammer as the charming Prince Andrew Alcott and Lily Collins (of “Priest” and “The Blind Side” fame) as the fair-complexioned heroine.

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New Hobbit Images Online via Empire Magazine

[H]ere’s a sneak peek at two of the images inside the magazine, showing Bilbo and Gandalf in all their Martin Freeman-y, Sir Ian McKellen-y glory.

“I’m exactly the same filmmaker as I was ten years ago,” says Jackson. “I’m trying to nail the same thing that I did before. I’m just telling the story.” The only difference is that this time he has a bunch of snarky dwarves to corral. ““They don’t know what to make of Gandalf, they think Bilbo is a wuss, and Elrond a prissy headmaster type,” laughs Jackson.

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Another New Photo From ‘The Hobbit’ Reveals Bofur, Bombur and Bifur via Slash Film

Much in the way that Lionsgate teased out Hunger Games casting for weeks, steadily releasing small pieces of info over time, Warner Bros. seems to be revealing first looks at the characters from The Hobbit bit by little tiny bit. We’ve already gotten eyefuls of Dori, Nori & Ori, Oin and Gloin, and Fili and Kili. Today comes our first look at the dwarves Bofur, Bombur and Bifur, played by James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter and William Kircher, as they will appear in Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

While most of the Company of Thorin Oakensheild is related to the royal and noble line of Durin, Bofur, his brother Bombur and their cousin Bifur most definitely are … not. Born and bred in the West, descendants of coal miners and iron workers, they have joined the Quest for the Lonely Mountain partly to seek their fortune and partly because they were told the beer was free.

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Emma Watson & Guillermo del Toro Team Up For ‘Beauty & the Beast’ via ScreenRant

‘Harry Potter’ starlet Emma Watson is set to star in a new version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, as co-conceived by Guillermo del Toro.

The latest project set to utilize the creative talents of the Pan’s Labyrinth filmmaker is a new version of Beauty and the Beast, as is being co-conceived by Denise Di Novi, the producer of early Tim Burton titles like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas , and Ed Wood. Suffice it to say, she and del Toro are undoubtedly planning a darker spin on the famous fairy tale.

According to Coming Soon, Emma Watson is set to headline the film, which would be her first post-Harry Potter starring role in a fantasy genre piece.

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Will you see both versions of Snow White? Are you looking forward to The Hobbit? What do you think of a darker Beauty and the Beast?