As a fairy-tale-swooning female, I decided to give my take on Snow White and the Huntsman. Here is what writer James Bean had to say about the movie. As for me, I enjoyed the movie more than he did, because I cared about the characters, and, I’ll just admit it, I always grin when good triumphs over evil.

Let me just say this up front: I have never written a movie review before, and this one will be riddled with minor spoilers (because honestly, I don’t know how to write about a movie without revealing some small surprises). For another head’s up, I am not typically a Kristen Stewart fan (don’t ravage me to shreds readers), because her acting reads as emotionless — stoic at best — throughout the Twilight films thus far. And finally, I worship the ground Charlize Theron walks on (after Young Adult, who doesn’t?!).

I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman on a whim with no real expectations, and the film surprised me. Though the plot grew shaky at times, the writers took the time to give ample breathing room to each character’s back story, so by the end, you cared for each of them. The visuals blew me away (the scene in fairy forest … who do I have to bribe to take me there). And the classic story of Snow White wove into the plot without seeming forced. Neither the apple nor the kiss nor the mirror will disappoint. And to top it off, the film didn’t present the typical must-be-saved-by-prince plot line, but instead offered a heroine who had to learn to save herself.

The movie begins with a haunting sequence that breathes life into the plot. Princess Snow White is the pride and joy of the kingdom, while the evil — yet sexy — new Queen claws her way to the top. A thread is introduced here, a series of birds who Snow White healed as a child guide her to safety as the film progresses. Within the first 20 minutes, there is a lonely brother’s moment of weakness, a daring escape and a proper soul sucking. Wham, bam, boom, I’m hooked.

The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), our unlikely hero’s helper, now becomes part of the plot. And Snow and the Huntsman become a lovable duo making their way through the eerily enchanted dark forest. This portion disappoints only in that the dark forest is given no context. Why does it work the way it does, and why do the two make it out while almost no other’s survive? After this jaunt, the two come across my favorite village of people: the women who have sacrificed their beauty to raise their children in peace. It will give you chills.

As the story continues, we begin to feel sorry for the Queen and forgive some of her satanic ways. She is merely feeding the fire that keeps her alive at any price. And you get a whiff of how difficult her life has been in her moment of grief later in the film.

Within the first hour, the Duke’s son William (Sam Claflin) vies to help save the Princess. His character seemed to be the most disjointed. We get little background on him besides a few flashes of his childhood, and we don’t really understand who he is or why he fight’s for his childhood love. (And, let’s just be honest, we aren’t really rooting for him to win her back. Team Huntsman!)

After him, the lovable and insightful dwarves join the crew. Their characters grant the film a cup of comedic relief and a splash of sincerity. Once Snow White manages to wrangle the troops with a winning yet rushed speech, they’re off for an epic battle (which totally channeled the Hogwarts Battle, though with the evil inside the castle walls this time). In the final (and predictable) show down between the Queen and Snow White; the two brawl face-to-face, and it’s the Huntsman’s earlier advice that ends the battle. Beautiful.

Throughout the film, Kristen Stewart maintained her typically stoic demeanor, but for once, I actually think it worked for the character. It made her character hard as well as lovable. What made it better was the dichotomy between Stewarts’s shielded expressions and Charlize Theron’s grandiose ones. Theron was truly larger than life in this film, and Stewart served as the perfect balance.

Overall, the film was visually awe-striking, but it didn’t lack a plot. Though the narrative had loose ends, the critical threads were tied up nicely. More than anything, I cared about these characters, and I think the movie can appeal to action lovers and fairy tale fans alike. This isn’t a film I will own, probably just a one time watch, but it was worth the time and money to view in theaters.

Grade: B

Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality)

Snow White and the Huntsman is now available in theaters.

Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

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Disney is making another live-action movie, and this time it’s James and the Giant Peach, to be developed by Director Sam Mendes.

To refresh your memory, James and the Giant Peach is the terrifying delightful children’s movie directed by Henry Selick and based off of the Roald Dahl story. It features nightmare-inducing adorable stop-motion animated bugs that helped James float away from his mean aunts in a — you guessed it — giant peach.

The original film was an interesting mix of live-action characters in the beginning and at the end, with stop-motion animated sequences throughout the middle.

Now, according to Deadline, Disney is developing an all-live-action remake of the film. Nick Hornby will write the script, while Joe Roth is in negotiations to sign on as a producer.

If Mendes’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he directed the last two James Bond features, both Skyfall and Spectre, as well as 1999’s American Beauty.

You can check out the trailer for the horrifying original film below:

As of late, Disney has been announcing live-action versions of its properties left and right, including The Nutcracker (which has a huge cast of well-known actors), The Little Mermaid (with Lin-Manuel Miranda attached to help write the music), Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson), and Cruella (starring Emma Stone), among others.

With the amount of remakes — especially in the live-action department — it’s no wonder James and the giant Peach is the latest to be announced.

Do you want to see a live-action ‘James and the Giant Peach’ movie?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.