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Beauty Watch: Theron vs. Roberts as Evil Queen, Portman and Cassel Talk about Women

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 14, 2010 at 5:05AM

We've been tracking the rival Snow White projects since September, and the latest is that Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts are both being wooed to play (beautiful) Evil Queens. Theron is in negotiations for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, with director Rupert Sanders (Michael Fassbender is currently rumored to be in the lead for the Huntsman, and four unknowns for Snow White, including The Tempest's Felicity Jones), while Roberts is Relativity's choice for The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. No word on whether Natalie Portman is still Relativity's choice for Snow White, or if Disney's Snow and the Seven is still planned (our guess is no).
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We've been tracking the rival Snow White projects since September, and the latest is that Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts are both being wooed to play (beautiful) Evil Queens. Theron is in negotiations for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman, with director Rupert Sanders (Michael Fassbender is currently rumored to be in the lead for the Huntsman, and four unknowns for Snow White, including The Tempest's Felicity Jones), while Roberts is Relativity's choice for The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, to be directed by Tarsem Singh. No word on whether Natalie Portman is still Relativity's choice for Snow White, or if Disney's Snow and the Seven is still planned (our guess is no).

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- Even if Portman is absent from the Snow White party, the Black Swan star -- just nominated for a Golden Globe -- will continue to make headlines such as Vogue's Spreading Her Wings, for one example. Here are three Portman quotes from January's issue, plus behind-the-scenes Black Swan photos courtesy of Interview Magazine (below):

Confirming that Portman eats: "I like pleasure, I like joy...I’m tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that’s also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.”

On her production company, Handsomecharlie Films: “We’re very into female comedies; there just aren’t enough. We’re trying to go for that guy-movie tone, like Judd Apatow’s movies, or The Hangover but with women—who are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar.”

On vulgarity: “There’s a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men’s-magazine cover and playing yourself—a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends—in a bra and underpants. You become an object if you simply put it out there. Most movies are made by men, it’s totally natural that they’re going to present their world view, so we’re trying to find more women who are writers and directors who are expressing their world view. Did you see Tiny Furniture? Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in it; she’s 23, and it is just amazing. She walks around in her underwear for the whole movie; it’s harsh. She’s the subject, she’s not the object, and it’s beautiful—that’s the kind of thing we need more of.”

- And here are soundbites from Black Swan's Vincent Cassel, featured by the Guardian:

On playing villains: "I do think villains are more interesting. Most of the time, they're more fun to play. They're far more true to life than really good people. I don't see all these really good people in real life. People are much more complex. The good guys are always more boring."

On how being a father informs his acting: "When you have kids, you realise how vulnerable you can be and perhaps that informs your acting. I'm a little bit more conscious of what it all means nowadays."

On being surrounded by women (wife Monica Bellucci and two daughters): "Well, that was always the plan."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.