Universal released the first trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, one of the recently announced adaptations of Disney classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (hit the image for the video). I don't walk out of it with much expectation, although Charlize Theron (playing the Queen) looks malevolently gorgeous. As a matter of fact, are the producers seriously expecting Kirsten Stewart's Snow White to surpass the Evil Queen's beauty or even that someone is going to look at her without reminding of the terrible Bella (Twilight) ? Doesn't sound like a fairy tale either, but most like some sold-out medieval knight fantasy story, which the grimaces of Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman) only contributes to.
George Tillman Jr. is adapting Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis by the musician's son, for the big screen. It will become a biopic of the legendary Jazz player. This may not be that good news for the fans since the helmer's curriculum is not particularly stimulating (take Notorious).
"What do you know about meth ?". Eleven years after showing the world a brutal and crude portrait of a family's destructive spiral along the addictive path of drugs, the piece of film Requiem for a Dream which gathered most respect among the critics and audiences, arrived to television as a series of institutional ads for discouraging the consume of meth. Directed by Darren Aronofsky himself, it completes the hard task of not being blunt morality but scary awarness - check "Deep End", "Desperate", . It's great how the camera departs from ordinary but tense to disrupted and unbearable, as the sound works the senses with emergency.
Warner Brothers launched a "For your consideration" ad for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2, which confirms the emerging thesis that it was a serious candidate for the Oscar'12 Best Film nominee. From what I've seen, I wouldn't put it together with the five to ten best films of the year and while they usually consider the pieces of the saga for some of the technical categories, I hope they won't forget Best Cinematography (the portuguese Eduardo Serra) this time. And yes, I'd still like to see Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) for Best Suporting Actor.
New animation films coming up: MGM bought the rights for Where's Waldo; The Smurf's screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn may be on to adapt Popey; Warner Bros. Looney Tunes stars Tweety and Sylvester come out on a short film on November 18th.