fairy tales

Jan. 24, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Hansel & Gretel’ star Gemma Arterton finds her inner action hero

Gemma Arterton. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
So far in her Hollywood career, Gemma Arterton has played a Bond girl, a Persian princess and a Greek goddess cursed with immortality, roles that helped her make a name for herself but left her in the shadow of her male costars. Her starring turn in Paramount’s new fractured fairy tale, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” sees the ethereal English beauty finally on equal footing as a wisecracking, weapon-wielding heroine. “She’s not the damsel in distress, not the girlfriend,” Arterton said last week, speaking by phone from New York where she was promoting the film ahead of its opening Friday. “She’s a stand-alone character in her own right, very strong, very independent. That kind of role doesn’t come up very often, not having to be kissing anybody. It’s liberating.” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” picks up 15 years after the […]
Nov. 04, 2012 | 4:35 p.m.

‘Once Upon a Time’: Raphael Sbarge on Jiminy Cricket, magic

Rapheal Sbarge as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket. (ABC)
Named for an Italian master, veteran character actor Raphael Sbarge has worked for years in film and television and on stage in productions ranging from Shakespeare to “Star Trek: Voyager.” But it’s his turn as Dr. Archie Hopper — or, in fact, Jiminy Cricket — on ABC’s hit storybook drama “Once Upon a Time” that is bringing Sbarge, an avowed environmentalist, a new level of fame. The series, now in its second season, is all about reinventing characters from classic childhood tales and mythologies, and Sbarge’s Hopper is certainly no exception. Hero Complex contributor Jevon Phillips recently spoke by phone with Sbarge about life on the Vancouver set, how he’s enjoying his celebrity and what surprises are in store for the future. HC: What’s it like filming in Vancouver? RS: Aesthetically it makes a lot of sense because of all […]
July 16, 2012 | 2:30 p.m.

‘Once Upon a Time’: Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook in Season 2

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Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Captain Hook and Jack and the Beanstalk are coming to Season 2 of “Once Upon A Time,” creators revealed during Comic-Con International. The new season will also reveal the identity of Henry’s father, what happened to Rumplestiltskin’s son Baelfire, and the fairy tale alter-ego for mysterious Dr. Whale, the series creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis told their panel audience of roughly 4,000 in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday. Kitsis and Horowitz were joined on the panel by Lana Parrilla (the Evil Queen), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Meghan Ory (Red Riding Hood) and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming). ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” has become a smash hit, drawing an enthusiastic audience despite its small budget and unconventional story line. The show is set in […]
April 20, 2012 | 11:36 a.m.

‘Grimm’ finds a rhythm (and a ‘Lost’ guest star)

Here’s an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode of “Grimm,” the NBC fantasy series that premiered right before Halloween and has been a treat as it found that tricky balance between crime-of-the-week procedural and widening mythology (the secrets of the Grimms, the border patrol agents between humanity and fairy-tale beasties). Tonight, Neil Hopkins, a familiar face from “Lost,” plays a murder suspect who presents a quandary for Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), the police detective who must decide between the demands of his badge and his secret duties as a Grimm. And here’s something spooky: Over on Fox’s “Fringe,” also at 9 p.m., Henry Ian Cusick, another “Lost” and found actor, is the guest star in a story set in 2036. – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Supernatural’s’ rabid fans meet up with its playful cast J.J. Abrams on Eric Kripke’s ‘undeniably good’ pilot ‘Supernatural’: the CW show finds its future in the past Thones’ makes […]
March 22, 2012 | 1:05 p.m.

‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director: Disney turned us down

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Snow White has undergone many makeovers since her Brothers Grimm incarnation in 1812, and none persists in the American imagination of today more than Walt Disney’s warbling beauty. But “Snow White and the Huntsman” gives the raven-haired princess a treatment far bleaker than the current rival versions in “Mirror Mirror” and “Once Upon A Time.” A five-minute trailer, which aired Saturday at WonderCon, teases a dark epic in which Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, who play the film’s title characters, and a band of dwarfs lead a battle against Charlize Theron’s evil queen. It’s a bold feature film debut for director Rupert Sanders, whose previous work is primarily commercial. Hero Complex writer Noelene Clark caught up with Sanders to talk about the film’s magic, mythology and star power. NC: We see such a bleak world in the new trailer for […]
March 18, 2012 | 6:05 p.m.

WonderCon 2012: ‘Once Upon a Time’ creators spill a juicy spoiler

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Fans dressed as Disney characters are never a rare site at WonderCon, but they appeared a bit more frequently than usual Sunday afternoon, thanks to the presence of the “Once Upon a Time” creators at the pop culture expo in Anaheim. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz took the stage before an audience that had a scattering of Snow Whites, Belles and Maleficents. The freshman ABC series follows fairy tale characters who have been cursed to live in the real world in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine, with story lines taking place in both worlds. After a screening of tonight’s episode, “Heart of Darkness” (Snow/Charming fans will love this one), Kitsis and Horowitz chatted about the show, mostly staying tight-lipped about what’s to come, with the exception (spoiler alert!) of one tidbit about the finale: The huntsman will return. “And […]
March 12, 2012 | 2:02 p.m.

‘Snow White’: O.C. artist lashes together Disney forests, dark folklore

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Snow White, the “fairest of them all,” will be back in the popular imagination in a big way this year with two live-action Hollywood films – although, really, with bedtime-story bookshelves and  the persistent popularity of Disney’s animated princess, the character never really left. For Orange County illustrator Camille Rose Garcia, whose illustrated edition of “Snow White” was just published in February, a variety of the character’s different versions all came together in the Magic Mirror of her own artwork. Garcia, when deciding on her tone and text, looked back to the Brothers Grimm’s 1812 version of the story but, having grown up near and in Disneyland, she also couldn’t resist the tug of the classic 1937 animated feature film. “I did look to Disney’s animated ‘Snow White’ as the watercolor backgrounds were especially beautiful,” Garcia said. “I wanted to reference Walt Disney’s style but bring in the creepy […]
March 05, 2012 | 1:47 p.m.

PaleyFest: ‘Once Upon a Time’ talent teases the rest of Season 1

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Talk of fairies, princesses and villains dominated the Saban Theatre on Sunday afternoon, as PaleyFest brought the talent behind “Once Upon a Time” to the Beverly Hills venue for a Q&A panel. The ABC show follows fairy tale characters who have been cursed to live in the real world in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine, with story lines taking place in both worlds. Created by “Tron: Legacy” writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, “Once” is currently shooting Episode 20 as the writers work on the script for the season finale. At the event presented by the Paley Center for Media, teases of what’s to come abounded (so watch out for spoilers ahead). Here are 10 highlights from the event. 1. Before the end of Season 1, fans will find out what Snow did to make the Evil Queen hate […]
Feb. 12, 2012 | 9:21 a.m.

‘Once Upon a Time’ team: We show women who aren’t afraid of power

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In their office just down the road from Walt Disney Studios, “Once Upon a Time” writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis paper their walls with their own past (“Tron: Legacy” and “Lost” posters) as well as their influences (“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and a large, light-up poster of George Lucas’ Death Star). “Star Wars,” Horowitz says, is “one of the most iconic pieces of storytelling ever. It was inventing a fairy tale that also felt like it had always been around.” Fairy tale invention and reinvention are the duo’s focus goal these days as they break the story for the first season finale of “Once upon a Time.” Tonight’s episode, meanwhile, is “Skin Deep,” which takes on the tale of “Beauty and the Beast” and reveals more about how much Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin remembers of his life in Fairy Tale Land. During an interview with Hero Complex […]
Nov. 16, 2011 | 9:33 a.m.

‘Snow White’ vs. ‘Mirror, Mirror’: Which is fairest of them all?

Lily Collins, left, and Kristen Stewart. (Jonathan Short/Associated Press; Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
The world feels especially cruel, tense and chaotic these days, so of course people want new-look fairy tales to escape it all. That’s the presumption of Hollywood, at least, which thinks that what you need in a grim era is, well, more Grimm. On television there’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm,” in comics there’s Bill Willingham’s sprawling epic “Fables,” and on the big screen we have “Puss in Boots” cat-walking in the footsteps of “Red Riding Hood,” “Stardust,” “Enchanted,”  “Beastly,” “Hoodwinked,” “The Brothers Grimm” and the hugely successful “Shrek” films. Then there ‘s also the billion-dollar success of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Disney’s upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” which aren’t pure fairy tales but certainly qualify as bookshelf cousins that offer a similar otherworldy allure to filmmakers. Looking ahead, there’s “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” with Jeremey Renner and Gemma Arterton in […]
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