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Relativity Finds Prince Armie Hammer for Snow White

Someday Snow White's prince will come, and it looks like it's The Social Network's Armie Hammer. Relativity has cast Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott in its untitled adventure Snow White, a contemporary retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale to be directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). Hammer joins Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. Saoirse Ronan is in talks for the title role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2011 6:25 AM
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Hollywood Produces More of Same as Box Office Dwindles

Hollywood Produces More of Same as Box Office Dwindles
"It's content," says Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman of the continuing downward trend at the box office in 2011. What that means is that the movies being churned out by the studios during the first quarter are not connecting with audiences. Fellman denies that the young male demo has departed the multiplex: just wait until Hangover 2, he says, along with all the commercial films coming this summer. Warners will present a show reel of their upcoming product to exhibitors at the new NATO-controlled CinemaCon next week, where Paramount is expected to screen 22 minutes of J.J. Abrams' Super 8, among other reels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2011 9:46 AM
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Chasing Fan Boys, from Sucker Punch and Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises

Chasing Fan Boys, from Sucker Punch and Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises
With the annual box office at $1.93 billion, down 21% from last year, the film industry is holding out for a hero. Many were looking for succor from this weekend's Sucker Punch, the latest offering by director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), a visually gifted fanboy who knows what guys want. Anthony D'Alessandro examines the film's assets and liabilities and reports on why Hollywood likes to target the fanboy demo, from Wanted to Superman and The Dark Knight Rises. Inspired by Japanese Anime and the adult cartoon Heavy Metal, Sucker Punch, co-written by Snyder and his college buddy Steve Shibuya, follows a band of female mental patients who retreat into their own hyper-violent fantasy world as they plot to break out of a 60s insane asylum. Going into the weekend, Sucker Punch's tracking drew well ahead of Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, a family sequel that should score in the high teens over three days. But with current estimates pegging the film at a low $20-million bow, Sucker Punch is looking to be a gamble stateside for distributor/co-financier Warner Bros. Here’s what Sucker Punch faces at the box office:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • March 25, 2011 6:35 AM
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Post-Oscar: Weinstein Co.'s Future Slate, PG-13 King's Speech

Post-Oscar: Weinstein Co.'s Future Slate, PG-13 King's Speech
The question for The Weinstein Co. post-Oscars: how will the company run going forward? Will Harvey Weinstein's restored Oscar mojo with The King's Speech's four Oscar wins unleash his voracious appetites (he has been in buying mode), or will he keep himself in line?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2011 6:14 AM
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Cannes Fest Taps Kusturica as Jury President of Un Certain Regard

Cannes Fest Taps Kusturica as Jury President of  Un Certain Regard
The Festival de Cannes has tapped Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica to be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. Each year Un Certain Regard, which runs alongside the official competition, showcases about twenty films from around the world. Cannes has awarded Kusturica two Palmes d’Or, in 1985 for his second film When Father Was Away on Business, and ten years later, for Underground. The Prix Un Certain Regard is given out on the closing weekend of the fest; last year it went to Hong Sang Soo for Ha Ha Ha.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2011 4:18 AM
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Weekend Preview: Sucker Punch and Wimpy Kid vs. Indies

Weekend Preview: Sucker Punch and Wimpy Kid vs. Indies
The weekend brings few mainstream releases -- just Sucker Punch and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (each mark 27% of Fandango's pre-sales, as of Thursday). If you are seeking something new, you may want to check out indie offerings from well-reviewed doc My Perestroika to Francois Ozon's delightful 70s feminist comedy Potiche starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Details, reviews and trailers are below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • March 25, 2011 1:52 AM
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Actress Watch: Williams' Monroe, Green's Dark Shadows, Winslet the "Only Actress" for Mildred Pierce

- One of Michelle Williams's co-stars in The Weinstein Co.'s My Week With Marilyn, Dougray Scott, tells the Irish Independent that she is "amazing" portraying Monroe. He adds, "I can imagine [Michelle felt pressure] but she was amazing. She's a wonderful actress and lovely girl as well. I had great fun working with her." Simon Curtis directed the film, which is based on the diary of an assistant, Colin Clark, who worked on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl in 1956. Of his own role, that of Monroe's husband, playwright Arthur Miller, Scott says "[he is] such an iconic, interesting, enigmatic character, I had great fun researching and filming that."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 25, 2011 1:47 AM
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Tribeca Films to Release Movies During Festival, Including Bang Bang Club

Tribeca Films to Release Movies During Festival, Including Bang Bang Club
This year Tribeca Films is going forward with its long-term experiment to release some films day-and-date with the Tribeca Film Festival, in its 10th year (April 20-May 1). While some industry insiders question the wisdom of any filmmaker putting a movie on video-on-demand--much less streaming it-- before its theatrical options have been explored, Tribeca's Geoffrey Gilmore fervently believes that this sort of experimentation has to take place, while admitting that branding and marketing new films from less-known filmmakers, even with American Express advertising, is a continuing challenge. We spoke at a Tribeca party this week at the W in Hollywood that brought together L.A. filmmakers and indie execs to celebrate the upcoming fest, from David O. Russell and Gregg Araki to Roadside's Eric D'Arbeloff and Strand's Marcus Hu.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 8:44 AM
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Breaking Dawn Will Not Be First R-Rated Twilight Movie, Summit Confirms

During his promotional rounds for Water for Elephants, E.W. and Vanity Fair cover-boy Rob Pattinson talks about life beyond Twilight -- "I literally feel like we’ve been doing it my whole life" he says, and the upcoming Breaking Dawn movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2011 7:24 AM
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Tribeca 2011: Family Drive-In, Festival Street Fair, Sports Day Soccer with Pele and Pros

Tribeca 2011: Family Drive-In, Festival Street Fair, Sports Day Soccer with Pele and Pros
This year's Tribeca Film Festival free events include the return of their drive-in, a family festival street fair and sports day with ESPN. The Tribeca drive-in will feature The Muppets Take Manhattan, Fame and Haitain documentary When the Drum Stops Beating (including a live performance of Haitian-Caribbean-Jazz fusion band Septentrional) between April 21-23. For the first time, NYFest, on April 23, will have NYC's first film and entertainment soccer tournament (organized by Sony Pictures Classics' Dylan Leiner), a partnership between Tribeca and Umbro, featuring a five-on-five game with film, music, entertainment and sports pros -- all kicking off with a coin toss by soccer legend Pele (pictured).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 24, 2011 5:51 AM
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