May 02, 2013 | 6:44 p.m.
Lily Collins is about to add a new leading role to her résumé: The “Mirror Mirror” actress is in negotiations to star for director Burr Steers in the long-delayed big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s genre-defining literary mash-up, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Released in 2009, the book became a monster success, with its brilliant blending of Jane Austen’s classic romance and classic horror tropes, recasting fiercely independent protagonist Elizabeth Bennet as a budding zombie slayer in an England that’s been overrun by a plague of “dreadfuls.” The novel set off a wave of similar projects, even spawning a prequel and sequel from publisher Quirk Books. But making it into a film proved to be a complicated proposition. Such directors as David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie boarded, then exited, the project; a number of actresses, including Natalie Portman […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 9:26 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. “Mirror Mirror” on the wall: Will this fantastical twist on the tale of Snow White take home Oscar gold Sunday night at the 85th annual Academy Awards? [For the Record, 12:15 p.m., Feb. 20: Someone needs to get her fairy tales straight. An earlier version of this post said that “Mirror Mirror” was a fantastical twist on Sleeping Beauty. It’s a retelling of Snow White.] The lavishly costumed film starring Julia Roberts as the evil monarch who envies fresh-faced newcomer Lily Collins nabbed top honors Tuesday at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, winning for excellence in fantasy film. The guild awards come as the award season races toward its climactic finale, Oscar Sunday. The win suggests that “Mirror Mirror” could be the front-runner for the costume design Oscar. […]
Nov. 10, 2011 | 10:41 a.m.
“Immortals,” the new 3-D Greek mythology action movie opening Friday, bears the unmistakable visual stamp of its director, Tarsem Singh. The filmmaker made a name for himself with his preceding two features “The Cell” and “The Fall” (not to mention directing other projects like the music video for R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”), which teemed with surreal, intoxicating imagery. His latest, a CGI-heavy movie about a young man with the gods on his side who must stand up to a marauding king does differ from his previous film, “The Fall,” in one key way. For that project, he traveled to exotic locations including India, South Africa and Argentina. For “Immortals,” he primarily filmed inside the confines of a Canadian studio. “[Francis Ford] Coppola – when he did ‘Apocalypse Now’ – after he came back what he wanted to do was nothing […]