Indian-born director Tarsem worked extensively in commercials and music videos before making his feature debut with the psycho-thriller "The Cell" (2000), a largely dreamlike film bringing life to the...
The current release schedule for a handful of films has been altered dramatically, so before you run to your local theater to see Star Trek 2 next summer and find it nowhere in sight you'd better read on.
Deadline reports that Star Trek 2 is behind schedule as its director J.J. Abrams has been busy finishing Super 8 while its three writers have been tied up with various other projects. That, and the fact that Abrams hasn't yet officially committed to directing the highly-anticipated sequel, is making Paramount Pictures nervous about meeting the June 29th, 2012 release date it set for the follow-up some time ago, and now the studio is considering pushing it back six months for a prime holiday bow. Fans may note that the first pic was originally slotted for Christmas 2008 before getting pushed back to May 2009, so it wouldn't surprise me if the sequel ended up a holiday tent pole. I hope that Paramount gives its star player all the time he needs to make the sequel as awesome as the original.
Meanwhile, over at Relativity a war has been brewing with Universal Pictures over their rival Snow White films. Universal's was originally a holiday 2012 release while Relativity's was set to hit that summer, but Universal moved their version up a full month before Relativity's. That must have upset Mr. Ryan Kavanaugh (CEO of Relativity), who has a lot invested in the Tarsem Singh-directed tent pole. His response? Move his film up to an even earlier release date, March 16, 2012. Now Universal's June 1st bow of Snow White and the Huntsman will battle Relativity's summer suspense romance Safe Haven while Relativity's Snow White hits theaters two and a half months earlier. Ouch.
Finally, Disney has just set Oz, The Great And Powerful for a March 8th, 2013 release. It's going up against District 9 helmer Neill Blomkamp's Elysium, an ambitious and equally expensive sci-fi action flick. It's a good date, as it will give director Sam Raimi plenty of time to film and edit the family fantasy film. James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams will star.
Source: Deadline, Relativity Media
The Relativity Media film was set for a June (12) release - but now it will jump up to 16 March (12), two months ahead of rival fairytale project Snow White & The Huntsman.
Phil Collins' actress daughter Lily will be Singh's leading lady, opposite Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer, while Kristen Stewart will play the princess in the Universal film, which was initially scheduled to hit cinemas first.
And these aren't the only Snow White projects in development - Ginnifer Goodwin has filmed a Snow White TV pilot, which she insists is "magical" and "incredible", stating, "I can't remember the last time I was so excited about something."
A full trailer of Immortals not enough for you? Want to see what Superman would like dressed up as a Roman soldier? Like groups of dudes with swords and spears? Have a thing for Stephen Dorff being in the background? Boy do I have the perfect picture for you:
I’ve kept my ear to the chatter of the internet, and it seems the initial reaction to Tarsem Singh’s Immortals first trailer can be boiled down to “Cheap knock off of 300! Boo!” Granted, they said it more eloquently than that (at least some places did), but that’s the gist of it. And in response, I only have one thing to say:
This movie is going to be awesome. Pajiba said it best when they described Singh as “the Zack Snyder before Zack Snyder” and it couldn’t be truer. His eye is so much stronger than Snyder’s and its about time he’s gotten a decent budget. Seriously, if you have any doubts about this movie, go rent his last film The Fall (preferably on Blu-Ray or via Netflix Instant with a really strong internet connection) and then imagine that crossed with Clash of the Titans. Yeah, soon enough they’ll be saying 300 was the cheap knock off of Immortals that was somehow released five years before.
WonderCon is turning into a wonderful place for breaking film news, as Lily Collins revealed to the world that she's seized the starring role in Relativity Media's developing Snow White project at the Las Vegas shindig. She joins Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts in the Tarsem Singh-directed fantasy epic.
This is, of course, not to be confused with Universal Pictures rival project Snow White and the Hunstman, which is starring Kristen Stewart as the fair-skinned young lady and Charlize Theron as the evil queen. That version is still without a male lead, as Viggo Mortensen, who was rumored to be taking the role of the heroic Hunstman, dropped out recently. Relativity, with pre-production well underway a more complete cast than Universal, aims to shoot in May for an earlier 2012 release (possibly June 29th) than Snow White and the Huntsman's December 2012 bow.
Collins is a rising star; daughter of famed musician Phil Collins who made her big-screen debut in 2009's The Blind Side and who next stars in May's Priest and John Singleton's Abduction opposite Taylor Lautner. She's also readying a leading role in Screen Gems' Mortal Instruments adaptation, another genre project that should project her further onto Hollywood's must-have list.
Source: Coming Soon
Armie Hammer is signing on as the man with the handsome face and mega castle in Tarsem Singh's Snow White. That's the one with Julia Roberts as the evil queen, not to be confused with Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the queen. Hammer couldn't be more perfect for this film; while we all enjoyed seeing two of him in The Social Network, seeing him as a charming Prince wooing Snow White is just a little more appropriate for his handsome face. But Hammer's good fortune good mean curtains for another actor. Saoirse Ronan was being considered for Snow White, but she's a little young for Hammer so it's likely they'll be aiming for an older actress.
Immortals is as different from Clash of the Titans as two movies about Greek gods can be. Directed by the extraordinarily talented Tarsem Singh the epic features future Superman Henry Cavill, but we also get Twilight hunk Kellen Lutz shirtless, the lovely (and by lovely I mean HOT) Slumdog Millionaire starlet Frieda Pinto and a scarred Mickey Rourke. But really, Mickey Rourke is always scarred so it makes sense.
Trust me, you want to see this movie.
Score one, Relativity Media. In case you're out of the loop, there's been a race for the next Snow White-inspired film to get into production already. In one corner, we've got Universal Pictures' Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, and Charlize Theron. In the other corner, we've got Relativity's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White with visionary director Tarsem Singh at the helm and as of this afternoon, Julia Roberts as the evil queen.
According to Deadline, Roberts is so close to signing the deal that it's literally down to whether she "gets a town car or an SUV." This could potentially be bad news for the rival Snow White adaptation because Roberts' star power outshines the rival cast. In addition to this sort of a blow, production on the film is said to be ready to begin as early as next month, while the Universal project won't get started until the summer. Universal does have the leg up of a release date, but it looks like the race to win out for a 2012 Snow White release is getting dicey. We'll have to see how the poison apples fall, but as of now, this race just keeps getting more and more interesting.
Ok, we’ve got two stories for you today - all for the price of one! We have the basic casting announcement of Kristen Stewart and Julia Roberts being offered parts in Snow White and the Huntsman and The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, respectively, which is great if you are particularly attached to either of those actresses. I would actually like to see both of these movies: Stewart’s because I don’t think she’s had the time or part to showcase her talents (which I do think she has) and Roberts' because Tarsem Singh is directing. He’s an incredibly stunning visual director and I think his take on the classic fairy tale would be gorgeous. But the other, more interesting story here is the articles that announce the news.
Last night, Deadline got all hot and bothered when The Hollywood Reporter said they had an exclusive on the Kristen Stewart story. Now Deadline, being the egotistical writers they are, threw up their painfully embarrassing TOLDJA! feature saying they had reported exclusively on that subject last week. Then later this morning, they report the same thing as Vulture did (that Julia Roberts had been cast). Now if you follow the links from Deadline, you see that they do actually have an exclusive on their stories. But that’s the thing. What THR and Vulture are reporting are new stories that they HAD exclusives on. Deadline saying Kristen Stewart was on a casting list was an exclusive. THR saying she’s in negotiations is an exclusive. Being on a "casting list" and "in negotiations" are two different stories and Deadline cares about this exclusiveness so much that they’re willing to sound like babies, attack their rivals, and shove their foot in their mouth by being wrong. Seems like even Hollywood writers (specifically Deadline, the others are more relaxed about it) can’t even escape the ego consuming culture of the business.
Source: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter , Vulture
Old broads seem to be getting all the love these days. As Betty White continues to field offers and win awards (as well as American's hearts), an even older entertainment icon has never been more in-demand. Three separate companies are developing big-screen Snow White films: Universal has Snow White and the Huntsman on the fast track with Rupert Sanders directing and Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart in talks for starring roles while Relativity Media has The Brothers Grimm: Snow White in active development with Tarsem Singh at the helm, but Disney has stepped into the fold with a much more worldly approach.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) will pen Snow and the Seven for the Mouse House and he's taking the beloved fairy tale international. The source claims that his version is to be set in 19th-century China and focuses on an Englishwoman who returns to her Hong Kong home for her father's funeral, only to discover that her stepmother is plotting against her. She escapes to mainland China, finding solace among a rogue band of seven international warriors.
If this is Snow White meets Seven Samurai, I am so in. The project is said to feature numerous different fighting styles, so we could see an intense, original and action-heavy rendition of what is widely considered a basic family film. Though I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by three somewhat identical projects, this one seems to be the most unique. Francis Lawrence has been attached to direct the film since its earliest stages in 2002, when Scott Elder and John Harmon's original screenplay wowed Disney brass. Since then, writers such as Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover) and Michael Chabon (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, upcoming John Carter of Mars) have touched up the script and that kind of talent has me salivating. Snow and the Seven is coming together as a layered ensemble film with a strong emotional core; a blockbuster with brains and a heart. Lawrence's visionary approach to material has always intrigued me; I'll be interested to see how he handles a period setting with this spring's Water For Elephants. If he nails the tone and aesthetic of the past, I'll be on board with his take on Snow White.
The million-dollar question is now whether or not Natalie Portman is still in. The Oscar-nominated thesp was attracted to the role but her involvement is in question as she gears up to give birth to her first child. One way or another, there are dozens of actresses testing for the various versions of Snow White coming to the big screen in the next few years, so I'm sure that it won't be difficult to find a replacement if Portman is unable to commit.
Directed the Suzanne Vega video "Tired of Sleeping"
Worked extensively as a commercial director, helmed memorable and award-winning ad spots for companies including Levi's, Lexus, Miller Lite and Anne Klein
Raised in India and Iran
Won the BAFTA-L.A. Award for excellence in commercial direction
Directed acclaimed commercial for Philips featuring a couple employing their car and a big screen TV as a personal drive-in
Helmed second feature film, the fantasy drama "The Fall"; also wrote and produced
Directed the Deep Forest video "Sweet Lullaby"
Made a splash as director of the widely acclaimed R.E.M. video "Losing My Religion"; video took six awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, including honors for Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video and Direction in a Video
Helmed the fantasy comedy "Mirror Mirror," starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White
Directed Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, and Freida Pinto in action adventure "Immortals"
Made feature directorial debut with the visually dramatic action thriller "The Cell"
Shot international scenes – as second unit director to David Fincher – in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Indian-born director Tarsem worked extensively in commercials and music videos before making his feature debut with the psycho-thriller "The Cell" (2000), a largely dreamlike film bringing life to the fantastical subconscious thoughts of a serial killer. Educated at a boarding school nestled in the Himalayas, Tarsem moved to the United States to study business at Harvard. After deciding to pursue film studies instead, the would-be director enrolled at Pasadena's renowned Art Center College of Design where he developed his unique, visually dynamic style. Early work included a stint directing the 1990 Suzanne Vega video "Tired of Sleeping", but he would become best known for his handling of R.E.M.'s 1991 smash single "Losing My Religion". Drawing on rarely used references like Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and Baroque painter Caravaggio, Tarsem turned out a video that enchanted and confounded the audience, not unlike the effect the often misinterpreted song had. The video's muted golden color palette and strange sexual imagery separated "Losing My Religion" from countless other videos and was certainly instrumental in the band's big breakthrough. In addition to being nominated for a Grammy, the video was up for eight MTV Video Music Awards and walked away with six of them, including honors for Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video and an honor specifically for Tarsem, Best Direction in a Video. R.E.M.'s domination of the awards ceremony, and Tarsem's eye catching formal ensemble, complete with turban made the honors all the more memorable to the general public.
Art Center College of Design
Singh's Levi's "Swimmer" ad won the British Television Advertising Awards' commercial of the year and the Smirnoff "Message in a Bottle" took the Kraft Award and Kodak Award for Excellence.The Smirnoff spot also earned the director a Gold Lion and Grand Prix de la Press at Cannes [in 1993]. – from Variety, April 22, 1994
On his approach to commercials, Singh told Variety on April 22, 1994: "Everybody who I have worked with in America knows that I don't shoot storyboards. They should be shooting them with somebody else, or they'll be wasting their money. No, boarding and animatics are nothing to judge by. I just say, 'Give me the ideas, I'll make the boards.' So far, that's worked out quite well with agencies I've worked with in America."
"My approach is that someone could stop the film anywhere and say, 'That's a cool still.' I say, let's shoot a still and put movement in it. For commercials I just want to know the idea: 'A man swims from pool to pool. The more you wash [Levis jeans], the better they get.' That's the kind of gem or one-liner that I need. I'll provide everything else." – Singh on his directing methodology, quoted in Daily Variety, April 22, 1994
"I'd say my work, both thematically and visually, reflects the influence of several different directors. I love rubbish cinema, crap films, lovely films, interesting films. I also watch a lot of latenight TV, porno films and Andrei Tarkovsky. All of that is in my work. I never know where it's going to go." --quoted in Variety, as part of the "10 Directors to Watch Feature", January 19, 2000
"The great thing about Tarsem is that he knows exactly what he wants in every single frame. That's what you want from a director; knowing that they have a vision and they're going to help you get there whatever way they can. What was also interesting about the film is that we were granted so much artistic license. We could experiment with things so that visually and creatively there were no limits." – Jennifer Lopez on Singh, quoted in the production notes for "The Cell", 2000