The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont has been tapped to direct the Snow White And The Huntsman prequel. The film will see the return of Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Both are set to reprise their roles as The Huntsman and villainous Ravenna, respectively.
Darabont replaces Rupert Sanders who directed the first film, but grabbed headlines when he was caught kissing the movie's leading lady, Kristen Stewart, in a Los Angeles car park after the shoot had wrapped. The fling ended his marriage and her romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. Stewart is not expected to return as Snow White.
Snow White and the Huntsman 2 is slated to hit cinemas in April, 2016.
Robert Pattinson has no hard feelings about his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart after she torpedoed their romance by locking lips with a married moviemaker in 2012, insisting infidelity is "normal" among young lovers. The British actor's relationship with his Twilight co-star was rocked two years ago, when Stewart was photographed kissing her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in a Los Angeles car park.
The illicit romance prompted Pattinson and Stewart to briefly split, before parting ways for good last year (13), while it also destroyed Sanders' marriage to model/actress Liberty Ross. Their divorce was finalised last week (ends25Jul14).
Pattinson has now opened up about the infamous fling in a candid new interview with Britain's Esquire magazine, admitting the worst part of the scandal was having to discuss it in public.
Brushing off the cheating controversy, he says, "S**t happens, you know? It's just young people... it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s**t?
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards. Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict."
The actor's dramatic personal life has also turned him into a paparazzi target, but Pattinson insists he "doesn't understand" the media's obsession with him.
Earlier this year (14), the actor sold off the Los Angeles property he once shared with Stewart, and he admits he won't miss having snappers camped outside his home.
He explains, "(The paparazzi) photographed anyone who came up to the gate, anyone who rang the bell, and they followed any car that came in and out. I used to dress up my assistant as me, and get him to drive off with like five cars following him around for hours..."
And he jokes, "Whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, 'Oh God, what have they found out!' Oh, THAT love child! I totally forgot!'"
Model/actress Liberty Ross and her director ex Rupert Sanders have finalised their divorce. Ross split from the filmmaker after he was caught kissing his Snow White and the Huntsman leading lady Kristen Stewart in a Los Angeles car park. The illicit romance also torpedoed Stewart's romance with Robert Pattinson.
According to the settlement agreement, obtained by TMZ.com, Ross gets the family home and two other London residences, $25,000 (GBP14,700)-a-month in spousal support for the next four years and $14,000 (GBP8,300)-a-month in child support for the couple's two children.
The model, who is now reportedly dating music mogul Jimmy Iovine, also gets 15 per cent of her ex-husband's future movie profits.
She will share joint custody of the kids with Sanders.
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Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are reprising their characters from Snow White & The Huntsman for a spin-off movie.
The two stars will be back as hero and villain without Snow White, who was portrayed by Kristen Stewart in the 2012 film. Moviemaker Frank Darabont is in talks to direct the new movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The original grabbed the headlines when Stewart was caught smooching with director Rupert Sanders. The fling ended his marriage and her romance with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.
Much to the dismay of Trekkers everywhere, Roberto Orci will be making his directorial debut with Star Trek 3. According to Variety, Orci, who wrote and produced the first two installments of the franchise with his business partner Alex Kurtzman, has been the frontrunner for some time now, although the names of the other directors being considered haven't been revealed. Orci's name has been in contention for the job since he and Kurtzman announced their split, so the news doesn't come as too much of a surprise. He's also been working on the script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, while J.J. Abrams will serve as producer.
Star Trek is just the latest franchise to take a chance on a new director, as studios have recently made it a habit of picking independent or first-timer directors to helm blockbusters like The Amazing Spider Man 2 or Godzilla. In fact, many of the most expensive films ever made were headed by directors making their feature film debut. Considering Star Trek Into Darkness had a budget of $185 million, it seems as if Orci will soon join the ranks of first-time directors taking on a big-budget franchise. In honor of the major challenge that Orci has ahead of him, we've rounded up the six most expensive directorial debuts and how those directors handled them. That way, Trekkies can try and manage their expectations.
Robert Stromberg, Maleficent - $180 millionWalt Disney Studios
Though fantasy fixtures like David Yates and Tim Burton were rumored to helm the Disney prequel, the studio instead handed the reins to Stromberg, an Oscar-winning production designer. We'll have to wait until the film's May 30 release in order to see how well he handled the material, but from the trailers it's clear that the director's previous experience has resulted in visually stunning movie.
Bob Peterson, Up - $175 millionWalt Disney Co. via Everett Collection
Before he took the helm for Up, Peterson was best known for providing voices for some of Pixar's most icoinc characters. However, his directorial debut blew his other projects away, earning five Academy Award nominations — including Best Picture, making it only the second animated film to be nominated in that category — a win for Best Animated Feature, and opening the Cannes Film Festival. Oh, and it grossed over $700 million at the box office.
Carl Erik Rinsch, 47 Ronin - $175 millionUniversal Pictures via Everett Collection
Loosely based on the fictional account of 47 samurai who avenged their master's death, the big budget film was entrusted to Rinsch by Universal, despite his lack of feature film experience. Unfortunately for the studio, it wasn't a gamble that paid off, as the film's release date was pushed back several times, it received largely negative reviews and it failed to break even at the box office. Hopefully Paramount won't find themselves in the same situation with Star Trek.
Rupert Sanders, Snow White and the Huntsman - $170 millionUniversal Pictures via Everett Collection
Prior to Snow White and the Hunstman, Sanders had primarily directed commercials, although that didn't stop Universal from trusting him with this fantasy epic. The resulting film did well at the box office even though it received mostly mixed reviews, and was rumored to be getting a sequel, with Sanders taking the helm once again. However, both films were overshadowed by the tabloid frenzy that resulted from Sanders' affair with his leading lady, Kristen Stewart, so it doesn't look like that will be happening any time soon.
Joseph Kosinski, Tron: Legacy - $170 million Walt Disney Studios via Everett Collection
When Disney decided to make a sequel to Tron almost thirty years after the first film was released, they turned to Kosinski, who had become known for his work with computer generated effects in the commercials he directed. Though Tron: Legacy received mixed reviews, choosing Kosinski turned out to be a smart choice in the long run, as the film grossed over $400 million during its run in theaters.
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph - $165 million Walt Disney Studios via Everett Collection
Before taking on Wreck-It Ralph, Moore made his name directing episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, which made him a perfect fit for the goofy, self-referential film. It was a major hit for Disney, grossing over $400 million at the box office, winning the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Picture. Unfortunately, it lost the award to Brave, because nobody loves a Pixar movie more than the Academy.
Actor Robert Pattinson has sparked rumours he is dating model Imogen Ker after the two were spotted on a couple of recent dates together. The Twilight star and Ker were reportedly spotted holding hands as they exited Hollywood hotspot Good Times at Davey Wayne's last month (Apr14), and they enjoyed a dinner date at another popular celebrity hang-out, the Little Door, a week later.
Pattinson and Ker, who is friends with the actor's ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, were reportedly introduced by mutual pal Dakota Fanning.
The 28-year-old hunk split from Stewart last year (13) after trying to save their relationship following her brief fling with director Rupert Sanders.
He was most recently linked to Sean Penn's model daughter Dylan, but she has denied ongoing rumours she's dating Pattinson.
12 Years A Slave has been given a big Oscars boost after dominating the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards by scoring five top honours. The critically-acclaimed drama, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, was named Best Feature, while British filmmaker Steve McQueen walked away from Saturday's (01Mar14) Santa Monica, California prizegiving as Best Director, dedicating his trophy to Solomon Northup, the real-life inspiration for the movie.
The film also claimed the Best Supporting Female title for birthday girl Lupita Nyong'o, who turned 31 on Saturday, in addition to Best Screenplay (John Ridley) and Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt).
12 Years A Slave led the nominations heading into the Oscars-eve event with seven nods, but both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender lost out on the respective Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male accolades to Dallas Buyers Club stars Matthew McConaughey, for his role as an AIDS activist, and Jared Leto, who played a transgender HIV sufferer.
The Best Female Lead went to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.
McConaughey was back on the podium to receive the Robert Altman Award as part of the cast of Jeff Nichols' coming-of-age drama Mud. The prize recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie.
The Independent Spirit Awards honours films which have been made for less than $20 million (£12.5 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, Toronto or the Los Angeles Film Festival, or run for at least a week at a commercial theatre.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Best Editing: Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
Best Documentary: Morgan Neville, 20 Feet From Stardom
Best International Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
First Feature: Fruitvale Station
First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston
John Cassavetes Award: This Is Martin Bonner
Robert Altman Award: Mud
Actor Robert Pattinson has sold the mansion he once shared with ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart. The Twilight star purchased the Los Feliz, California home in 2011 for $6.2 million (GBP3.8 million) and sold it for $6.3 million (GBP3.9 million) earlier this month (Jan14).
The property boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a large study and a tropical-themed backyard, complete with a pool.
Pattinson and Stewart began dating in 2008.
They broke up in 2012, after she was caught cheating on the actor with married director Rupert Sanders.
The couple briefly reconciled in 2013 before breaking up for good.
Stewart moved out of the home in 2012 and Pattinson left shortly after.
As the winds of award show nominations pick up, you won't be surprised to find 12 Years a Slave at the top of every list. But the Academy, the Golden Globes, and the various other captains of the circuit are inclined to overlook some of our smaller, more personal favorites in lieu of the big, grand, and wholly unavoidable awardable pictures like Steven McQueen's American slavery epic. That is not to rob 12 Years of Slave of its due credit — the film absolutely deserves as much awards attention as it is getting. It's simply the sort of movie that you know will get awards attention right out of the gate... whereas pictures just as pristine such as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha, likely won't be the center of attention come Oscar night. But that's what the Independent Spirit Awards are for: to recognize the movies that we cherish with intimacy rather than with grandeur. Among them are Frances Ha, new release Nebraska, Robert Redford's nearly wordless All Is Lost (also a viable candidate for the Academy, due to its own dezzling veneer), the Coen Bros' upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, and, yes, of course, 12 Years a Slave.
Check out the full list of nods below.
BEST FEATURE 12 Years A Slave All Is Lost Frances Ha Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska
BEST LEAD FEMALE Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Before Midnight Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy Brie Larson, Short Term 12 Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
BEST LEAD MALE Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale StationSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave Yolanda Ross, Go For Sisters June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave Will Forte, Nebraska James Gandolfini, Enough Said Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST DIRECTOR Shane Carruth, Upstream Color J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave Jeff Nichols, Mud Alexander Payne, Nebraska
BEST FIRST FEATUREBlue Caprice Concussion Fruitvale Station Una Noche Wadjda
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Computer Chess Crystal Fairy Museum Hours Pit Stop This Is Martin Bonner
BEST SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Before Midnight Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Lake Bell, In A World Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon Bob Nelson, Nebraska Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight Michael Starburry, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYSean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
BEST EDITING Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha Cindy Lee, Una Noche Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM A Touch Of Sin Blue Is The Warmest ColorGloriaThe Great Beauty The Hunt
BEST DOCUMENTARYThe Act Of Killing After Tiller Gideon's ArmyThe Square Twenty Feet From Stardom
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARDToby Halbrooks & James M. JohnsonJacob JaffkeAndrea RoaFerderick Thornton
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARDS Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course Jason Osder, Let The Fire Burn Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez, Manakamana
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARDS Aaron Douglas Johnston, My Sisters' Quinceanera Shaka King, Newlyweeds Madeleine Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARDMud
Model and actress Liberty Ross has opened up about her husband Rupert Sanders' 2012 fling with Kristen Stewart, revealing it was the worst ordeal to go through. Sanders was photographed kissing his Snow White & the Huntsman leading lady in a car park, prompting both him and the actress to come forward and own up about their secret romance.
The truth subsequently caused the break-up of his marriage and Stewart's relationship with Robert Pattinson.
Ross reveals she found out about the affair hours before the photographs were made public, telling Vanity Fair magazine, "It was horrible. It was really the worst. I have no words to describe what we went through. But I think, for me, something always has to completely die for there to be a rebirth. And I feel like I'm going through a rebirth."
She reveals she called on a friend to help her avoid the media storm following the publication of the kissing photos and her husband's confession, adding, "I was able to be there (friend's home) completely secluded. I tried to keep as far away from it as I could and to understand that this is my family and it's the most precious thing to me."
Ross admits Sanders wanted to reconcile, but she was not keen on the idea.
She explains, "I'm not a quitter. I've done everything I could to be the perfect wife and mother and really support my husband. But I just didn't have any more to give. We were together for 16 years, and that, in itself, is really beautiful. And we've created two exceptional lives (children) together."
Ross filed for divorce in January (13) and has been dating record executive Jimmy Iovine.
Stewart and Pattinson reconciled after the cheating scandal, but split for good earlier this year (13).