Almost as famous as Snow White herself, Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Prince Charming (called Prince William in this iteration) played by Sam Claflin turned out to be one of the key players in the twist on the fairy tale classic.

In this exclusive interview with Hypable, Sam Claflin talks about how he reacted when he found out that he would be playing the type of character he’s always dreamed of playing, the motives behind his Prince, and his badass entrance into the film.

Hypable.com’s James Bean: So how did you feel about Snow White and the Huntsman? You’ve seen it, obviously.

Sam Claflin: Yeah.

JB: And you loved the filming of it-

SC: Well yeah, it’s really every boy’s dream come true, wielding a sword, shooting a bow and arrow; it took me back to my primary school days running around the playground pretending I was Robin Hood. As an end result, it’s something I’m really proud of.

JB: Talk about an entrance to a film, a shocking flaming arrow.

SC: Really, there should be an award for best entrance into a film.

JB: People have been so obsessed with archery lately-

SC: I know! I don’t know what that is. There’s been four or five films with an archer in it now.

JB: How did you even go about landing this? Did someone notice you in Pirates?

SC: When this project came up, my agent sent me the script, I was in Los Angeles in January of last year, and very soon after that I had a meeting with the director. We sat down, had a chit-chat, and he sorta talked me through his ideas and the visual world that he had created and I was sold. I wanted to be a part of it. Four months later after meeting the producers and having general meetings, I got a phone call from Rupert in London congratulating me. It was pretty insane.

JB: What was it like talking to him about his ideas? It’s such a dark and twisted world-

SC: He had a very specific idea of where he wanted to go with it. It was something I had never seen before personally. He showed me a lot of the concept art and the design he had come up with – the buildings, the castles, the costumes. Everything that he already had pre-planned was overwhelming, incredibly done and-

JB: Gorgeous.

SC: Right! And he was so exact. He literally knew everything from the details on the fairies to the dark forest to the sanctuary. Everything he had pre-planned, and to be able to share that with him, the experience was amazing.

JB: Now tell me a little bit about your role in this, because it gets pretty tricky. This is getting into spoiler territory, but you join the bad guys at one point. It’s all on your journey to get to Snow White, so how did you justify falling in with the bad people in order to meet your goal?

SC: He will do anything to get to her, and really he doesn’t really know who’s the baddies and who’s the goodies. He just needs to find someone who knows their way around the dark forest to get to her. That’s where he knows she is and he just joins up with guys who seem to be good trackers. Kinda lucked out I suppose! It was incredible going on that journey with the character and exploring this badass territory. It was a dream come true, getting to play the darker side of a character that people already know.

JB: How much of a say did you get in terms of his darker side? You don’t see too many protagonists dodge an arrow and then immediately kill someone.

SC: It was something that was very important to me and Rupert from very early on. In the first initial script, the character was very similar to the Prince Charming that we all know and love. The guy’s a little straight-laced, and doesn’t like to get involved – he’s just a good guy. Where we were going with the script was that The Huntsman was going to be younger and there was going to be more of a dynamic relationship between him and her. A kinda chemistry and I needed to be able to compete with him. The guy that needed to be the love of her life needed to be able to compete. It can’t just be a white-wash “I’d choose him over him,” I needed to be able to step up my game, and that led to the darker elements of the character.

JB: So how did it feel landing the role of Prince William, and then reading the script and finding out about the kiss?

SC: I thought it was a dream! For me the kiss was fantastic. Getting the phone call saying that I’d been offered the part, my lawyer and my agent, there were about four people on the phone and I just remember hearing the words “You’ve got offered -” and I just went [sound of immense excitement]! I didn’t know what I’d been offered but I just went, “No way!” I was so happy, sort of screeching loudly, swearing loudly, in the middle of London, which you can imagine got a fair few weird looks. I was not expecting that. I knew of a few other people that were auditioning, people I’m friends with even, and I just never thought it would happen.

JB: Wow, so it was a wide casting call then?

SC: Well I don’t know how many people exactly, but one of my very good friends was up for it, so I’m lucky. Very, very lucky. I don’t know if it was as wide a margin of a casting call as it was for Pirates, but they saw a fair few people. So I beat off everyone with a stick.

JB: You’re definitely the most charming. How about your next projects? I just happened to go through the synopsis of the next one about a professor that tries to create a poltergeist. Anything you can tell me about that?

Come back Wednesday for the rest of the interview! What did you think of Sam Claflin’s performance in Snow White and the Huntsman? Warning, the second half of this interview comes with spoilers, so be sure to see the film before you read it!

Check out our reviews of Snow White and the Huntsman by Jessie Cadle and James Bean! If you’ve seen it, don’t forget to sound off about it in our What Did You Think feature!

With Donald Trump’s presidency looking less and less like a joke, these high-profile authors and writers believe the time for silence is over.

Over 400 authors have signed a petition to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

The petition, titled “An open letter to the American people,” was written by Andrew Altschul and Mark Slouka. It unequivocally states that Trump must not become President of the United States, and explains why writers in particular are worried about the power of his empty words and fear-mongering rhetoric.

Signed by the likes of Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Cheryl Strayed, Colm Tóibín and Jennifer Egan, the open letter lays out reasons for openly opposing Trump’s candidacy, which they believe “appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society.”

The letter states:

“Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;

Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;

Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;

Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;

Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;

Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;

Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;

Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;

For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.”

While there are plenty of arguments for why Trump should not receive as much media coverage as he gets, we have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation when some of the country’s most respected artists take such a powerful stance as this.

The petition has been signed by over 7,000 people so far, and you can add your name to the list right here.

You can find out more about the group of writers who oppose Trump on Twitter, at @WritersOnTrump.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

GILMORE GIRLS
Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


LUKES LIVES


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.