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WonderCon: Charlize Theron steals the show while showing off 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

After already vamping up a storm during the WonderCon panel for Prometheus, Charlize Theron was even more feisty when she returned to the third floor ballroom at the Anaheim, Calif. convention center for Snow White and the Huntsman (out June 1). Joined by director Rupert Sanders and costar Kristen Stewart, Theron was not one to mince words when it came to talking about taking on the well-known fairy tale character of Snow White’s Evil Queen. “Everybody has an idea of her,” Theron said with a wry smile, “and there’s something nice about f—ing with that idea.”

Later, a fan pointed out that Theron had just come off one of her darkest roles in her career — as a wannabe home wrecker in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult — by way of saying that she’s “playing evil really, really well.” READ FULL STORY

WonderCon: 'Prometheus' debuts new trailer, 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' new footage -- VIDEO

The brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus officially debuted today in Anaheim, Calif. at WonderCon, the fan convention little sister of Comic-Con. Screenwriter Damon Lindelof hosted the panel that featured Scott, and Prometheus costars Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, and before screening the trailer, they promised the two-and-a-half-minute clip would help resolve many pressing questions fans have about the film.

The trailer does indeed illuminate a bit more of the film’s storyline. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

'The Hunger Games' versus 'Twilight': How does the premiere fandemonium stack up?

It is far too easy to lump the Twilight franchise and The Hunger Games trilogy in the same gooey pile of frenetic teen appeal, romance, and endless merchandising opportunities.

It’s partly because it’s rare these days for one to be mentioned without the other and because, quite frankly, they do have a lot in common — starting with the unparalleled fan devotion. Both started with popular young-adult best-sellers that revolve around a tumultuous love triangle and the threat of early death thanks to some sort of fantastic, grotesque, inconceivable circumstances. The movie adaptations are filled with hot young things whose every move and comment after casting is closely observed, reported, and debated at water coolers, in high school hallways, through social networking sites, and on an extensive web of fan blogs. The films are promoted with T-shirt lines, dolls, and mall tours. Musicians clamor to be included on what will surely be a chart-topping soundtrack that even hipsters have to admit they browse on iTunes. Heck, now both movies are even brought to you by the same studio (Hunger Games distributor Lionsgate bought Twilight home Summit earlier this year).

Having covered all four Twilight premieres for EW and having slightly worse hearing to show for it, I assumed I was in for a very similar night — loud, long, and concerned about future generations thanks to the lewd signage — when I took the Hunger Games assignment. The banal details leading up to premiere day seemed suspiciously similar: Credentials had to be requested weeks in advance, getting into an early screening was harder than killing a Career Tribute, the event would be held at Nokia Theatre (the site of the last two Twilight premieres), and the press call time was four hours earlier than Jennifer Lawrence would even contemplate stepping on the carpet.

Once I arrived, though, the atmosphere felt different. The word that immediately popped into my head: calmer. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: 'Cabin in the Woods' director Drew Goddard's festival diary: BBQ with Robert Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford mom flirtation, and rain rain rain

Drew Goddard, the writer behind some of your favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelAlias, and Lost, made his feature directing debut with The Cabin in the Woods at the SXSW Film Festival last Friday night. Goddard co-wrote the highly anticipated horror film with producer Joss Whedon; it stars Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Bradley Whitford, and Richard Jenkins. In his first SXSW diary entry, Goddard forecasted his expectations for his first time at the Austin mega-festival, some of them a bit tongue-in-cheek. Little did he know how accurate his predictions would be

Thursday, March 8 — DAY ONE

7:10 p.m. – Plane lands in Austin. The Austin airport smells like barbecue. This delights me to no end.

7:30 p.m. – It is monsooning right now in Austin. Weather reports are predicting the worst rainstorm to hit Austin in six years. The director in me immediately worries about how this will affect my actresses’ hair tomorrow. (Note for aspiring directors: When working, you will spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about how the elements will affect your actors’ hair and makeup on any given day. This is not something they teach you in film school.)  READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games' premiere: It wasn't real until 20 minutes ago, says Jennifer Lawrence

It’s been a year since Jennifer Lawrence won the role of Katniss Everdeen on The Hunger Games, but it only became real to her last night when she walked the black carpet at the film’s world premiere in Los Angeles. Fans of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy had slept out in the freezing cold overnight just to get a glimpse of Lawrence and her handsome costars. “It’s not really until now that I’m realizing this is different,” said the 21-year-old Oscar nominee (Winter’s Bone). “Getting out of the car 20 minutes ago. It’s so loud. It’s unbelievable to me. The fans are so supportive and passionate and it feels pretty humbling to know they camped out for this.”

Lawrence wasn’t the only Hunger Games star that sent the crowd into a frenzy. “You hear your name being chanted and it seems like it can’t possibly be happening for real,” said Josh Hutcherson, who plays Katniss’ fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta. “I get a lot of marriage proposals. I think I have  like 80 wives right now.” READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Seth MacFarlane previews footage, and a special surprise guest, from his feature directorial debut, 'Ted'

After conquering television with his Family Guy/Cleveland Show/American Dad empire, could Seth MacFarlane become a titan of big screen comedy too?

That’s the impression left today at SXSW, after MacFarlane screened over ten minutes of footage from Ted, his feature directorial debut. The story of a thirtysomething guy (Mark Wahlberg) who still hangs out with the teddy bear his childhood wish brought to life 25 years before, Ted, MacFarlane explained, is what would happen after the end of a family-friendly Disney movie…about a young boy and his living teddy bear. To illustrate his point, MacFarlane then debuted the first eight minutes of the film, which unfolds as a family-friendly Disney story would, but in miniature. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Mormons, Olivia Munn, and Magic Johnson

Cold buckets of rain poured down the first two days of the SXSW film festival in Austin, TX. In other words, this was fine moviegoing weather! While my colleague Adam Vary enjoyed Friday night’s raucous world premiere of Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods, I cozied up with the folks two doors down at the Stateside for the American premiere of the dreamy and weird Electrick Children, which stars radiant newcomer Julia Garner, Liam Aiken and Rory Culkin. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: 'Cabin in the Woods' kills at premiere. Just don't talk about it!

After languishing for over two years on a shelf thanks to the MGM bankruptcy, the highly anticipated horror film The Cabin in the Woods finally played to a raucous, rapturous crowd Friday night at its world premiere at the SXSW film festival. There’s just one problem, summed up by co-writer/producer Joss Whedon’s introduction of the film: “I hope you enjoy it, and then sorta keep it to yourself.”

A twisted take on the horror genre, Cabin in the Woods is so riddled with genuine spoilers that talking about the film without ruining in some way it is an exercise in futility. (Which is why I’m going to put up the requisite SPOILER ALERT now, even though I’m going to try my darndest to avoid spoiling anything.) READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: 'Hunger Games' fans bring bloody noses and tears to mall event

It wouldn’t be the most anticipated film series since the Twilight if mayhem didn’t ensue at the Los Angeles mall tour stop for The Hunger Games, which was held at the Westfield Century City Mall on Saturday. Fans lined up on a bridge across from the mall as early as 8 p.m. the night before, with the majority of the 1,000 fans let in staking their claim on the cold cement around 4 a.m. just to get a chance to meet, or get a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.

“We got here at 4 a.m. and there were approximately 40 people already here. One person told us that they’ve been here since 8 p.m. last night,” 16-year-old fan Alexis Sunderland from Palmdale, Calif., said while waiting in line to have Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), and Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) sign her poster outside of the Microsoft store. Only a lucky 100 fans nabbed the coveted wristbands for the meet-and-greet part of the event, while others were simply allowed to the outdoor stage where the cast Q&A would be held a little before 6 p.m.

“It was chaos,” added Sunderland, who stocked up on food and drinks to get ready for the long, cold line outside. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Universal archives: Al Pacino's 'Scarface' costume, and preserving damaged classics -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Universal Pictures’ 100th anniversary is officially on April 30, but when one turns 100, one really ought to get a birthday year, right? In that spirit, as part of celebration lasting throughout 2012, the studio invited EW into its archives for a tour of its film storage and restoration programs.

For a special series of re-mastered Blu-ray editions of the studio’s most iconic films – All Quiet on the Western FrontThe BirdsBuck PrivatesDracula (1931), Dracula Spanish (1931), FrankensteinJawsSchindler’s ListOut of AfricaPillow TalkBride of FrankensteinThe Sting, and To Kill a Mockingbird – the studio has been culling through its vast archives to find the best possible original negatives and prints to be digitally scanned and restored. Color cut negatives are kept in a cold-storage facility at 34 degrees and 25 percent relative humidity, ideal conditions for maintaining celluloid film, but horrible conditions for thin-blooded Angelenos.

Kept at a far more tolerable 45-50 degrees is the 35,000 square foot storage facility that sits just off the Universal backlot. The giant, non-descript block building houses 45 miles of shelving containing over 2 million separate “records” — which, for many films, means stacks of film canisters containing every take of every scene. With a library that vast, it’s no surprise that studio archivists can accidentally happen upon films they had no idea were still around, like the original two-color negative for the 1925 silent film version of Phantom of the Opera.

Once all that material is found, the studio’s digital artists begin using it to restore all the scratches, tears, discolorations, and other assorted damage that can befall physical film, either in collaboration with the original filmmaker or, for the older films, with close study of the filmmaker’s original intent. It is the most complicated, “Photoshop” job imaginable.

Check out my interview with some of the Universal restoration experts below, along with an exclusive look at Al Pacino’s iconic costume for one of the studio’s best loved films: Brian De Palma’s 1983 crime epic Scarface. READ FULL STORY

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