Hansel and Gretel

March 18, 2013 | 5:52 p.m.

‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ sequel in the works

Gemma Arterton plays Gretel and Jeremy Renner plays Hansel in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters."
(David Appleby /  Paramount Pictures)
Look out witches. Hunting season is starting all over again. Paramount Pictures and MGM announced plans on Monday to move forward with a sequel to January’s fractured fairy tale “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which paired Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the slaying siblings all grown up looking for vengeance. Although the R-rated movie earned just $55 million domestically, it grossed about $206 million worldwide on a budget of roughly $50 million to make, according to our sister blog Company Town. Written and directed by Norway’s Tommy Wirkola, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” picks up 15 years after the events in the Grimms’ famous fable. Having escaped their childhood captivity in the confectionery cottage, Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) have turned pro, coping with the trauma of their youth by slaying spellcasters for hire. The seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters appear […]
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 […]
Jan. 23, 2013 | 12:43 p.m.

‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’: 4 minutes to screen with ‘Hansel & Gretel’

Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, left, and Bruce Willis as Colton in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." (Jaimie Trueblood / Paramount Pictures)
The G.I. Joes will once again face off against terrorist organization Cobra in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” March 29, but fans can get their first glimpse of the film this weekend in a four-minute preview set to screen before certain showings of “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.” The first look debuts Thursday and will play before “Hansel & Gretel” showings in IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and digital 3D theaters. “Retaliation” — the second installment in the “G.I. Joe” film franchise — was originally slated to be released last summer, but five weeks before it was to arrive in theaters, the studio announced it would be delayed, reportedly to allow time for conversion into 3-D. The decision was a surprise, even to the film’s director, Jon M. Chu, but Paramount Pictures hopes the sequel will be a success, partly because it cost […]
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