At a time when it seems like virtually every movie at the multiplex is based on a fairy tale, comic book or best-selling YA novel, "Snow White & the Huntsman" checks off all the boxes even if it's none of the above as well.
Confusing? Well, the cast is clearly borne of past successful franchises, namely Kristen Stewart (have you heard of her?) coming off of "Twilight" and Chris Hemsworth dropping his Thor hammer in favor of an ax this go-round. And of course the film is inspired by one of the most cherished fairy tales of our youth. But look more closely at "SWATH" (as fans have quickly taken to calling it) and the film clearly owes more to Tolkien than to Walt Disney. And I think that's why we're all excited for its June 1 release. I know that's the case for me. It doesn't hurt that Charlize Theron looks to be chewing some scenery in a fun way with a diabolical take on the evil queen (much more fetching than the one in the cartoon of my youth, as I recall).
Tuesday night (at 7:56 p.m. on MTV & MTV.com to be precise) we're debuting "MTV First: Snow White & the Huntsman." As usual, we'll be debuting a never-before-seen clip, and I'll be sitting down with the cast (Stewart, Hemsworth, Theron and Sam Claflin, who portrays the prince in the tale) for a 30-minute interview. We taped the special a little while back, which means I can share something fun and exciting with you: Kristen Stewart's very first participation in "After Hours." And what better franchise to start her off on than "The Yes/No Show"?
There's a lot more where that came from on the full show Tuesday night, including tons of insight into the filming, the actors' takes on their iconic characters, Chris and Kristen's weapons technique and a near-breakup fight between Kristen and me. It's all in good fun, and we're quite proud of it. And there's more exciting "SWATH" news to come as I'm headed out to England later this week to reunite with the entire cast, so as always, feel free to send your questions to me @JoshuaHorowitz with the #MTVSWATH.
A Second Look
I got a chance to see "Avengers" for the second time over the weekend, this time in good old 2-D (and I'd recommend seeing it this way, by the way). And by gosh, I might have enjoyed it more the second time around. I have a bunch of conflicting feelings about the movie. After my first viewing, I was pretty convinced that while I had a great time watching it, it's less satisfying to me than most of the previous films. If we're looking at the recent bevy of Marvel flicks, "Captain America" is my favorite, delivering the most full-bodied experience (i.e., it's got the cool stunts and humor but it's also got a great character arc at its core). But a funny thing happened as "Avengers" rolled the second time around: I let go of my hang-ups with the story (er, there isn't much of one) and I let myself fully geek out for two hours at what Joss Whedon and company expertly did: create the purest fanboy-friendly film ever made.
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