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Hi-Ho! Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins & More Play Dwarves In 'Snow White and The Huntsman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:03 AM
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Eddie Marsan & Stephen Graham Also On BoardIn the battle to make anyone care about either of the duelling "Snow White" projects in the works, Universal just landed the first punch. Relativity Media's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" (a title that seems to be in some degree of flux) might have "The Fall" director Tarsem at the helm, Julia Roberts as the queen and Armie Hammer as the prince, but its rival, "Snow White and the Huntsman," is amassing a diminutive supporting cast that's really made us sit up and take notice.

Ian McShane Will Play One Of The Dwarfs In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 3:29 AM
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  • 7 Comments
He's been a saloon owner in the western "Deadwood," Blackbeard in "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and now Ian McShane is lining up a big, small role. What?

Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Is a Soggy Sea Chanty That Seems Awfully Familiar

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 13, 2011 11:48 AM
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  • 19 Comments
Executive producers of television series talk about needing to do a "bottle episode," usually about a third of the way through the season when they've unnecessarily overspent on the earlier episodes and need to save up so that the finale can go out with a bang. In a lot of ways "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (yes, that's the actual title) feels like a "bottle episode" in the franchise, one in which the scale is cut back tremendously, extraneous mythology shaved away, with the lavish direction of the original trilogy (by Gore Verbinski, who helmed one of this year's very best movies, "Rango") replaced with someone whose vision is, if not entirely lacking, somewhat more made-for-TV.

Ian McShane Gets Regal In Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2011 12:59 PM
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The new lease on life that Ian McShane's career seems to have found in the last decade or so never stops being amusing to those of us who best remember him as the roguish, massively-coiffed East Anglian antiques dealer in the 1980s/1990s BBC TV series "Lovejoy." Of course, most audiences are entirely unaware of his past, despite his career stretching back half a century that has seen the actor appear in "Magnum P.I" "Roots" and "Dallas" in addition to his extensive stage work.

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