Screen Junkies » Tarsem Singh http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Tarsem Singh’s ‘Mirror, Mirror’ Trailer Looks Super Corny http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tarsem-singhs-mirror-mirror-trailer-looks-super-corny/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/tarsem-singhs-mirror-mirror-trailer-looks-super-corny/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:58:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=236756 It's safe to say that the dueling Snow White projects are not equally matched.

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I think it’s safe to say that the dueling Snow White projects are no longer equally matched. Last week we all rocked out to the action-heavy preview of Snow White and the Huntsman, and today we have our first look at Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror. Ouch. Whereas one went for pulse-pounding action and CGI sorcery, the other aimed for goddamn ridiculous.

Far too much of the trailer focuses on Julia Roberts and her hacky Catskills kvetching routine. She comes off more like Woody Allen than she does an evil monarch. Not that the dwarfs are any better. Actual exchange of dialogue upon meeting Snow White: “Snow White? Snow Who? Snow Way!”

I just don’t get it. Julia Roberts. Corny jokes. Fabulous outfits. Nathan Lane. Are they intending on bringing this to Broadway?

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This. Is. A. More. Clear. ‘Immortals’. Trailer!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-is-a-more-clear-immortals-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-is-a-more-clear-immortals-trailer/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:05:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=224719 Oh, so THAT's what this is about.

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10 photos‘Immortals’ Actress Freida Pinto

A new trailer for Freida Pinto, and Stephen Dorff opens in theaters on November 11th.

 

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The First Look At Tarsem’s Snow White Might Cause Retinal Damage http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-first-look-at-tarsems-snow-white-might-cause-retinal-damage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-first-look-at-tarsems-snow-white-might-cause-retinal-damage/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:22:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221323 Hint: It's a lot more radioactive-looking than the cartoon was.

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Entertainment Weekly got their hands on the first look of the non-huntsman-related Snow White, played by Lily Collins. Because you’re probably as confused at I am, and I do this for a living, let’s go through it. This Snow White film is currently untitled and will be helmed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall). It stars Julia Robert as the Evil Queen, who we have not had the pleasure of seeing in character yet. Sean Bean has been recently cast as her father and Armie Hamer as the Prince, giving that other Snow White film a run for its money in the casting department.

Collins’ Snow White looks…vibrant. Vivid? Like she’s designed to be held under a black light. Gone is the lush imagery we’ve seen in recent films like Red Riding Hood. This honestly looks a little headache-inducing. I’m hoping the entire production design doesn’t take on this sensibility, but when they lead with this retina-scorching image, you have to wonder.

I hope the 3D glasses are heavily tinted.

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Sean Bean Cast As Snow White’s King Daddy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sean-bean-cast-as-snow-whites-king-daddy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sean-bean-cast-as-snow-whites-king-daddy/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:37:21 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220565 All hail, King Bean!

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British actor, and complete badass, Sean Bean is in final negotiations for the role of the king in Relativity Media’s more family-friendly version of Snow White. He will play Snow White‘s (Lily Collins) papa, whose kingdom is destroyed by Julia Roberts. Actually, it’s by her Queen character, but it would be much more amusing the other way. Armie Hammer is set also to play the princely love interest in the film directed by Tarsem Singh.

Links Away: Sean Bean Sure Dies A Lot

Relativity’s take on the Snow White tale releases March 16, 2012, beating Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman by two months. The question is, once the audience has had its taste of one Snow White movie, will they care for another two months later? Especially one that doesn’t have Sean Bean in it? And the bigger question is, what new way can they kill Bean this time? The guy in the master of the on-screen death.

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This. Is. Another. ‘Immortals’. Trailer!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-is-another-immortals-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-is-another-immortals-trailer/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:06:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=217964 Such high-flying battles. Was gravity not yet invented in ancient Greece?

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10 photos‘Immortals’ Actress Freida Pinto

Ryan Seacrest posted video of shirtless men on his official website and I encourage you to watch. I should also mention that the video in question is a new trailer for Tarsem Singh‘s Immortals.

This time around we get a good explanation as to why everyone is jumping in slow motion and hitting one another with swords. It turns out that Mickey Rourke‘s evil King Hyperion wants to overthrow the Gods but cannot do so without a magica weapon (naturally). He rampages through and overturns all of Greece, village by village, in an attempt to find it. That’s when Freida Pinto‘s Oracle has a vision that Henry Cavill would be really good at saving the day. That, of course, forces Rourke to unleash the “dytans” or “titans.” I don’t know. He was mumbling. I just know that it lacked the passion that Liam Neeson had while releasing the Kraken.

And on a side note, we need to be careful. Between this and Game Of Thrones, we’re pretty much daring Seltzer and Friedberg to make a Meet The Spartans sequel.

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Nathan Lane In Talks To Join Non-Stage Version Of ‘Snow White’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nathan-lane-in-talks-to-join-non-stage-version-of-snow-white/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nathan-lane-in-talks-to-join-non-stage-version-of-snow-white/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 20:37:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210727 He's being forced to kiss Julia Roberts' ass.

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Here’s some news that will make the not-Nathan Lane Nathan Lane wish that he were Nathan Lane. Ahem. Nathan Lane is in talks to join Tarsem Singh‘s adaptation of Brothers Grimm: Snow White.

The film is already slated to star Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts, and Lily Collins. In the type of role that normally goes to Stanley Tucci, Lane will play the main servant to Roberts’ Evil Queen.  He’s reported to be loyal to her out of fear, so expect a lot of humble hunching over and skittering backwards out of the room. That’s textbook royal servant behavior. That and laying across puddles so the Monarch needn’t dampen their precious feet. (THR)

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This. Is. The ‘Immortals’ Trailer! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-is-the-immortals-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/this-is-the-immortals-trailer/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 05:56:03 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209167 The official trailer is here. You can now kick that crummy E! footage from earlier down a bottomless pit.

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You can now kick that crummy Immortals. Well, whether or not you can describe it as “new” is debatable, what with it seeming exactly like 300 and all. Still, if you can’t get enough of ancient angry military dudes giving impassioned speeches right before hyperstylized battle sequences, where the odds are tremendously against our heroes, be sure to click on the play button above.

Immortals stars Henry “Super Brit” Cavill, Stephen Dorff Mickey Rourke, and is directed by Tarsem Singh (“The Cell”). The film has an impossible-to-remember release date of 11-11-11.

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Watch Some ’300′, I Mean, ‘Immortals’ Footage http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-some-300-i-mean-immortals-footage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-some-300-i-mean-immortals-footage/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 03:38:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=209092 Sorry 'Chronicles Of Riddick'. The crown for silliest helmets no longer rests with you.

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Last night, E! presented some footage from 300, I mean, Conan, I mean, Troy, I mean, Centurion, I mean, Thor, I mean, Ironclad, I mean, Meet The Spartans, I mean, Clash Of The Titans, I mean, Chronicles Of Riddick, I mean, Immortals. Starring Superman-to-be Henry Cavill and directed by Tarsem, it looks pretty slick in an impractical helmet type of way.

Keep in mind that this is a bootleg version, so you should wait for the official trailer before you start comparing it to 300, or Conan, or Troy, or ….

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WonderCon: ‘Cowboys And Aliens’, ‘Immortals’, And ‘Dylan Dog’ Footage Breakdown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wondercon-cowboys-and-aliens-immortals-and-dylan-dog-footage-breakdown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wondercon-cowboys-and-aliens-immortals-and-dylan-dog-footage-breakdown/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2011 17:05:58 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205161 Favreau finally showed an alien! If you like '300' you'll probably like 'Immortals'.

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Cowboys And Aliens

As far as I was concerned, Jon Favreau just showed some footage of a cool new western he made. I was looking at all the western parts and what impressed me were the silent exploration and the subtle score.

The western town looks like a Leone/Eastwood movie, where it’s just past the studio backlot era and it looks like a real place people live. Those figures of Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig posing side by side in a widescreen frame are impressive, and Lonergan (Craig) sneaking around town to patch up his side wound is good visual storytelling.

Dolarhyde (Ford) gets a dramatic reveal, with the camera pushing in from behind as he turns around, looking up from under a hat. His issue is his cattle have been blown up, and it’s still approached like a rancher dealing with a real problem. Who would assume aliens? He drags the herder behind a horse because he assumes he’s lying about this bright light that zaps the cows (of course we see it in a flashback).

We saw a substantial alien attack. The ships za the town and snatch up some locals with their long tentacles, but Lonergan is able to blast one out of the sky with a device attached to his wrist. Lonergan establishes that he has no memory before waking up with it attached to his wrist.

After that first attack, the cowboys examine the downed ship at night. The townies are screaming about their captured family members but Dolarhyde shuts them up. A spark startles him though and he fires a round at the ship. That’s a joke, because it just clanks on the metal.

In quicker clips we saw Dolarhyde butt Lonergan with his rifle and Lonergan returned with a sock to Dolarhyde’s jaw. Alien ships fly over the stony canyons. There’s a big battlefield with horsemen galloping below the flying ships.

Jon Favreau said that the quick shot of an alien growling at a cowboy is exclusive to WonderCon, and he’s not going to show it any marketing before the movie comes out. That’s a great plan to keep the aliens a mystery, but I’m not sure the design is so original it’ll surprise anyone. I mean, a hulking mass of dark tissue with lots of pointy teeth kinda looks the same to me.

I don’t mind it. The cool part will be how the old west deals with this creature. CGI just looks like CGI, at least from a quick glimpse, so it seems to me like a familiar sort of creature to today’s audiences.

The Immortals

Immortals will benefit from the public’s interest in getting to know who this guy playing Superman is. Henry Cavill plays an action hero on Greek myth before he become The Man of Steel. At WonderCon, they showed a teaser trailer for Immortals.

I remember the teaser for 300 shown at Comic-Con and this is pretty much the same deal. There are a few memorable money shots and some flashes of setting to establish the tone. Only 300 was the first time we’d seen anything like that. Immortals REALLY looks like 300.

I’ll give Tarsem Singh credit that there’s an overall aesthetic plan. They picked out some shots of armies lining up and slow motion kill shots. It’s got that artificial golden light added in post production, set atop cliffs with fortified castle walls, so it all looks like a moving graphic novel.

Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has a harem, an arsenal and armory. Theseus (Cavill) seems to be the only man equipped to lead armies, although Zeus (Luke Evans) is on his side so that helps. Theseus finds his bow and it seems to get a magic spark. At the end of the teaser he shoots four arrows in quick succession and they fly with zinging sounds and glowing charges of light.

One totally Tarsem shot is what looks like a grounds-eye-view of a huge battle. You see all the soldiers as if they’re standing on glass. Maybe they were supposed to be flying through the air but I got the impression they were on the ground battling hand to hand, only we got an omniscient perspective, but from below instead of above.

Theseus gives a speech to motivate his troops and he even says, “Today we fight for honor.” Tonight we dine in hell, the glory of Sparta, blah blah blah. 300 had at least three glory speeches so if Immortal talks about honor four times I guess it wins.

Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night

Only two scenes screened for Dylan Dog: Dead of Night’s WonderCon footage, but that might be good. The two clips made the film look very entertaining, didn’t overdo it or give away too much.

Both scenes focused on Marcus (Sam Huntington) and all his zombie powers. In the first clip, Dylan (Brandon Routh) is in the supermarket, pushing Marcus around in a shopping cart. Marcus actually wakes up and notices the smell of his own rotting corpse. He’s also got a tattooed left arm of a different ethnicity he doesn’t recognize. It had to be replaced and they didn’t have any more Caucasian arms.

So Dylan explains that they’re picking up floor cleaner for soap, bleach for his teeth and other ways of keeping zombies fresh. Marcus tries to eat some food left on a counter for samples, but ends up vomiting it into a plastic bag (zombies can’t eat food like living people do.) The deadpan timing with which Dylan hands him the bag shows that they’re onto something here.

The second scene is lit by candlelight, or Dylan’s lighter to be accurate. He and Marcus are locked in a crypt. Marcus really freaks out about it, and a scene that could be annoying is actually endearing. Marcus tries his cell phone in a panic.

It turns out, as Dylan explains, that zombies are world class diggers. Marcus has the power to dig them out. Marcus protests no, no, no, no, no, I lost count of how many “no”s he says. Huntington made it sound like character, not schtick.

Closing with a brief montage, there were monsters and a buff shirtless Routh. Dylan Dog looks like a legitimate Hollywood movie considering its underground indie pedigree. Monster makeup is a plus for me and I like the irreverence towards living with a monstrous condition.

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Official Bidness: Tarsem Singh Directing Brett Ratner’s ‘Snow White’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-tarsem-singh-directing-brett-ratners-snow-white/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-bidness-tarsem-singh-directing-brett-ratners-snow-white/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 At last count, there are approximately 8,654 versions of Snow White currently in the Hollywood pipeline. Give or take. First, there's Disney's Snow White and the Seven, the action-driven Snow White and the Huntsman, and Brett Ratner's gangsta re-imagining of the classic fairy tale. Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Immortals) drew the short straw, and will be directing Ratner's take. Now, don't be concerned that this will be your grandfather's Snow White (assuming your grandfather was always talking about Snow White) because as previously noted by Ratner, "This is not your grandfather's Snow White." I don't know how to break this news to my grandfather. He's been really looking forward to our movie date. (THR)

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At last count, there are approximately 8,654 versions of Snow White currently in the Hollywood pipeline. Give or take. First, there’s Disney’s Snow White and the Seven, the action-driven Snow White and the Huntsman, and Brett Ratner‘s gangsta re-imagining of the classic fairy tale. Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Immortals) drew the short straw, and will be directing Ratner’s take.

Now, don’t be concerned that this will be your grandfather’s Snow White (assuming your grandfather was always talking about Snow White) because as previously noted by Ratner, "This is not your grandfather’s Snow White." I don’t know how to break this news to my grandfather. He’s been really looking forward to our movie date. (THR)

 

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