Snow White

The Fairest of Them All

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2012

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  • Title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs-blu-ray75 years ago Walt Disney set out to create the first animated feature film by adapting the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White about a beautiful princess, a jealous queen, a magic mirror, and seven dwarves. Disney had to fight his business partners, movie theaters who balked at showing a full-length animated film, and a Hollywood movie business that saw the entire project as nothing more than “Disney’s Folly.”

Despite these obstacles, the film premiered to a standing ovation and went on to be the highest grossing motion picture of all time. (A record the film held until the release of Gone with the Wind.) The movie was an immediate box office and critical success that would give birth to an entire genre of animated film. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would be re-released in theaters eight times over the next half-century, each time earning new fans and more praise.

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Keeping with the Snow White theme of the day, Westland Giftware is releasing both a 10.75in. ceramic Snow White Cookie Jar and 4.25in. ceramic Snow White Salt and Pepper Shakers. Both are currently available for pre-order and will ship this October. The salt and pepper shakers can be yours for $14, but the cookie jar will set you back $45.

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Mirror Mirror

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2012

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  • Title: Mirror Mirror
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mirror-mirror-blu-rayDirected by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) Mirror Mirror was the first of two movies this year adapting the fairy tale of Snow White for the big screen. Mirror Mirror, much like Snow White and the Huntsman, is a bit of a mixed bag. The film definitely targets a younger audience with its PG Rating, but Lily Collins‘ Snow White is a pretty drab leading lady (at least until she starts her bandit career), and, despite what we’re told in the film’s opening narration, this is certainly Snow White’s tale and not that of the Queen (Julia Roberts).

After a brief opening narration, the film opens on Snow White’s 18th birthday where she ventures out into the village for the first time since the death of her father, the King (Sean Bean), years before. On her journey she will learn just how ruthless the Queen has become, meet a charming young prince (Armie Hammer) and a motley crew of dwarf thieves pretending to be giants, and find a way to live happily ever after.

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Snow White, Thor, and the Land of Meh

by Alan Rapp on June 1, 2012

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  • Title: Snow White and the Huntsman
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snow-white-and-the-huntsman-posterThe fairy tale of Snow White has been adapted to film and television several times over the years, most notably in Disney’s first animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White and the Huntsman marks the second time the story has hit the big screen this year alone (Mirror Mirror opened in theaters two months ago). Sure it may be better than Amanda Bynes‘ recent take on the character, but the latest version from director Rupert Sanders is a lavish affair that unfolds without an adequate supply of heart.

Our story opens with the birth of a young princess and the death of a Queen (Liberty Ross). The realm’s grief-stricken King (Noah Huntley) finds himself bewitched by the obviously evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who kills her husband on their wedding night and assumes the throne. Years later the princess, Snow White (Kristen Stewart), kept under lock and key for a decade, manages to escape the castle and begin a journey to free the realm from the witch’s power.

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To help promote their upcoming movie Snow White and the Huntsman, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron each sat down for an interview with Elvis Mitchell as well as pose for a photoshoot (which you’ll find pics of inside). In the interview Stewart discusses working with female directors, her first role in The Safety of Objects, how Twilight helped her understand the character of Snow White, and her roles in On the Road, The Runaways, and Welcome to the Rileys. Theron talks about her fear of live performance, her love of playing characters who are hard to love, working with Tom Hanks on That Thing You Do!, and her roles in Monster and Young Adult.

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