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Neil Jordan Says He Would've Made A Better 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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Over his career, Neil Jordan has had more than his fair share of experience with fantastical tales thanks for efforts like "The Company Of Wolves," "Interview With A Vampire" and "Ondine." And later this summer, he returns to the world of bloodsuckers with "Byzantium." It's taken a while, but Hollywood has finally caught up with the fact that audiences love a good fairy tale, and it's definitely one of the hottest trends right now (just look at Disney's upcoming slate of "Cinderella," "Maleficent" and "Alice In Wonderland 2"), but frankly, Jordan thinks those big money productions aren't meeting expectations.

'Snow White And The Huntsman' Sequel Aiming For 2015, Universal "Actively Working" On Next Bourne

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2013 4:04 PM
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Today seems to be all about sequels at Universal. "Fast & Furious 7" is officially dropping in 2014, "Pitch Perfect 2" is coming in 2015 and now updates on two more brewing movies have popped up at CinemaCon.

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2' Dominates Razzie Awards, Takes Worst Picture & 7 More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2013 10:42 AM
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2012 wasn't lacking in terrible films, but it seems for the folks at the annual Razzie Awards -- celebrating the very best of the worst -- it was time to honor one franchise for delivering consistently schlocky films to massive box office success.

Sorry Rex Reed, Universal Wants An 'Identity Thief' Sequel, Eyes Summer 2014 For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 21, 2013 9:58 AM
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Though Universal Pictures seemed the picture of suffering through 2012 -- crawling through the “Battleship” disaster and receiving tepid returns on their other large bets -- the year was in fact the studio's highest-grossing worldwide. “Ted,” “The Lorax,” and “Les Miserables” are mostly to thank for that, but for a renewed 2013? It seems Kristen Stewart, “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” and Rex Reed's worst nightmare lead the charge.

Kristen Stewart Not Dropped From 'Huntsman' Sequel Plans; Does Anybody Want To See Part 2?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 3:55 PM
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It's the story that won't end. Last night, the Twittersphere erupted when reports went around that Universal was considering a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel focused on Chris Hemsworth (which was kind of old news), with THR throwing fuel on the tire fire by adding that Kristen Stewart wouldn't be invited back for the follow-up. Well, rest your weary heads KStew fans, as she's still going to get her chance to shine (and no, we don't mean as a vampire).

Universal Considering 'Huntsman' Spinoff Focused On Chris Hemsworth, Buys Gangster Pic '90 Church' For Rupert Sanders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 8:47 PM
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  • 35 Comments
So, is this more post-scandal fallout for Kristen Stewart, or Universal sticking to a plan they hinted at a while ago? If we were to guess... it's probably the latter. 

Kristen Stewart To Star In Scott Cooper's 'Lie Down In Darkness'; Rupert Sanders Still Attached To 'Huntsman' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 3:12 PM
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While entertainment pundit types continue to debate about what the fallout of Kristen Stewart's dalliance with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders will be and whether or not her public apology was the right PR move, the actress is already moving on, lining up a role in a period drama that has been brewing for a while now.

Discuss: Where Has The Sense Of Fun Gone From Most Modern Blockbusters?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 26, 2012 1:25 PM
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This past weekend, a film named "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" opened. And there were a number of surprising things about the movie: it wasn't an elaborate practical joke; it was greenlit with the expectation that people would want to see it and it seems the smart and capable cast and crew members didn't have anything better to do. But most surpising of all is the way in which a film with the words Abraham, Lincoln, Vampire and Hunter, in that order, in the title, is executed in such a relentlessly grim, humorless manner. Decades ago, it would have been the stuff of B-movies, and yet writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Timur Bekmambetov play it almost entirely with a straight face.

Weekend Box Office: '80s-Themed Pics 'Rock Of Ages' & 'That's My Boy' Stumble As 'Madagascar 3' Retains The Top Spot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 17, 2012 12:13 PM
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Kids sure do love these CGI ‘toons. “Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted” took over the box office for a second straight week, handily defeating holdovers and two new big releases despite falling off a bit heavier than your usual kids’ flick (41.1%). Having grossed $120 million domestically so far, the film is certainly playing up to expectations, currently performing in the vicinity of the previous installment. And it had better -- next week, the Pixar beast looms, with “Brave” taking both the family audience and a number of those 3D screens.

Weekend Box Office: 'Madagascar 3D' Bests 'Prometheus,' Solid Results For Both

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 10, 2012 11:31 AM
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There’s always an audience out there. You just have to serve it. And so it goes with the past three days, the second straight strong weekend of this summer that suggests business is rebounding from a tepid 2011. “Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted” took the crown in a fashion similar to the first two films in this series, because it is a CG-animated kids film with talking animals, and you have to purposely run a terrible ad campaign to not make money in that racket. It's been awhile since kids and parents have seen a CG-toon with a heavy marketing presence -- you probably could have released “Rio 5” in this atmosphere and it would have killed.

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