Source: Variety

Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in Snow White and the Huntsman, a retelling of the classic fairy tale which examines the relationship between the young girl and the man who is ordered to kill her. Viggo Mortensen is signed already to play the titular Huntsman, while Charlize Theron has been rumored as a possible candidate for the role of the Evil Queen.

Interestingly, neither director Rupert Sanders nor screenwriter Evan Daugherty have any significant previous screen credits, but Universal acquired the script after winning a bidding war last fall. The film is currently scheduled to be released on December 21, 2012. In the meantime, it follows in the footsteps of two other recent fairy tale-themed productions, Tarsem's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, and Disney's Snow White and the Seven.


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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Jonathan Glickman has been named MGM's President, Motion Picture Group, it was announced today by Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.

Glickman is the current President of Spyglass Entertainment, responsible for the development and production of all Spyglass films. His MGM appointment is effective immediately.

"Jonathan represents the best in the business. We recognized his talent, taste and acumen when we first hired him 12 years ago at Spyglass and can't wait to continue the journey with him here at MGM," said Barber and Birnbaum.

"Between MGM's storied history, the promise of the new leadership team and the chance to continue working directly with Gary and Roger, I can't wait to get started," said Glickman.

Glickman's role at MGM will include the oversight of development and production for all feature films, as well as helping to identify co-financing opportunities with other studios. He will report to Barber and Birnbaum, and will begin forming the motion picture group immediately.

Jonathan Glickman joined Spyglass Entertainment as President of Production in 1998. In 2003, he was promoted to President of the company. At Spyglass, along with Barber and Birnbaum, he produced such worldwide hits as "Four Christmases", "27 Dresses", "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "The Pacifier", "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Shanghai Noon". His duties at Spyglass also included the acquisition of co-finance opportunities, such as recent international hits "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Star Trek," and "Get Him to the Greek." Most recently, Glickman served as executive producer on the Paramount/Spyglass co-financed film, "No Strings Attached" and he is currently producing the romance "The Vow," starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

Glickman started his career in 1993 as an intern at Birnbaum's Caravan Pictures rising to President of the company in 1997. While there, he brought in such projects as "While You Were Sleeping" and executive produced "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "Inspector Gadget." In 1998, he and Birnbaum produced the global smash hit "Rush Hour," as well as the franchise's sequels.


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Source: Variety

Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday that his company will "enable consumers to watch movies in their home 60 days after theatrical release" during the second quarter of 2011.

The announcement is bound to cause an uproar in the exhibition industry. The theatrical release window that movie theaters depend on to keep their businesses alive could end up being compromised in a major way.

NATO president and CEO John Fithian recently wrote an editorial for Boxoffice stating that, "NATO has long maintained that a robust windowing system provides optimal results for the entire movie industry. The primacy of theatrical release enables feature films to demonstrate their appeal in the best platform of the big screen social experience. Success in a theatrical run drives success in the ancillary home markets. Consumers understand that a movie released in cinemas is different than product made for television, or for release solely on DVD or the Internet." Read the full editorial here.

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The official release:

Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro.

The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.

Following London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), it's the turn of Paris to be honoured by the lens of the New York film director most appreciated by European audiences.

"Midnight in Paris is a wonderful love letter to Paris", declared Festival director Thierry Frémaux. "It's a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration."

Produced by Médiapro (Spain) and Gravier Productions (New York), distributed by Mars Films in France, the film is to be released in France the same day it is screened at Cannes. French audiences will thus be able to enjoy it in 400 theatres throughout the country. For this occasion, the Festival de Cannes wishes, with the consent of its partner Canal+ and the support of the national federation of French theaters, to make the Opening Ceremony of the Festival available to any theatre requesting it, so that their audiences can experience live the entire programme of the Opening Night of the Festival.

In this way, the Festival de Cannes underlines the strong ties that unite it with the theatres and their audiences, and draws attention to the films in the Official selection.

The 64th Festival de Cannes is to take place Wednesday May 11th to Sunday 22nd May 2011.


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