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Archive for the ‘“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”’ Category
  M.   September 05, 2012

Thanks to my dear friend Nicole.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters > Trailer

  M.   September 04, 2012

  M.   August 10, 2012

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is Paramount Pictures’ upcoming dark take on the classic folktale. The story picks up where the old fairy tale left off: Years after the traumatic childhood incident with the witch’s gingerbread house in the woods, the two siblings have become bounty hunters who track down witches.

It was recently reported that Paramount was quietly test screening two different cuts of the film — a hard R-rated version and a sillier PG-13 one — to gauge audience reaction before settling on a final cut. Now word has come out that the film will definitively be released with an R-rating.


  M.   August 08, 2012

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters got a big knock back on the release schedule when Paramount moved the 3D fantasy-action film from March 2, 2012 to January 11, 2013. The movie stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the eponymous characters who are all growed up and looking for a little payback against the witch community. In an interview last December, Arterton said the flick was “as much Pulp Fiction as fairy tale.” The studio has been test-screening the picture, and it seems like they’re not sure what they have on their hands. According to recent reports from IMDb users, the studio is showing two versions of the film: one is R-Rated and the other is PG-13, and the R-rated cut is getting the positive feedback.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters also stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare.

The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide recently came across a thread on IMDb where some users reported having attended various test screenings for the film (you signed an NDA, guys! You signed an NDAAAAAA!). According to RickCastle Writer:

I can’t say a lot because of agreements with the company, Overall I will say that I really enjoyed this one. It was different, violent, pretty funny- Sort of like Drive Angry 3D or Scott Pilgrim humor, and I thought everyone did well. It kind of felt like they nailed the ancient humor the way ‘Your Highness’ was supposed too but didn’t.

I went to the R-Rated version, I haven’t seen an PG-13 version and I didn’t even think they were cutting it up to be that, I hope they go back to the R Version because that was one hell of a fun movie. A PG-13 version would just ruin everything.

pyromaniac975 saw both versions:

The first one was definitely the Rated R version. Good humor, good action, great fight scenes, awesome dynamic between Renner and Arterton. I loved it so much the first time, I made a group of friends go to the second screening the next week. But the next week, they had heavily edited it and turned it into a PG-13 film.

If they keep it R, it’s gonna be great. Silly, but actiony and fun. If it’s PG13, it won’t be worth it. Let’s hope it’s an R rating.

Here’s a comment I didn’t expect:

“It was graphic and gory, I had to look away a couple of times because it was just gross.”

I haven’t seen either version so I’m not sure which cut would be better for the studio to see, but it sounds like the R-rated cut is the one that has gotten a far better response. If these responses turn out to be true, then Witch Hunters will definitely be on my radar. Then again, as user “douces” points out, why does a PG-13 cut eliminate the “Good humor, good action, great fight scenes, awesome dynamic between Renner and Arterton”? Hopefully, Paramount settles on a cut soon and we can get a look at this thing beyond the one image they released back in December 2011.


  M.   June 27, 2012

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) > Entertainment Weekly (USA) – June 29, 2012, thanks to Lorna

  M.   January 18, 2012

Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller are featured in the February 2012 issue of Vogue UK. They were photographed at London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

– Scans > Vogue (UK) – February 2012
– Scans > Clippings From 2012 –> thanks to the wonderful Lorna for the Star scan
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) > Related Clippings > SFX (UK) – March 2012
Byzantium (2012) > Related Clippings > Related Clippings > Daily Mail (UK) – January 13, 2012

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  M.   January 13, 2012

Gemma Arterton was in the gym six days a week for a month to get into fighting — or maybe biting — form to play a vampire.

The actress stars as Clara, a vampire who has to protect herself and her daughter (played by Saoirse Ronan) from those seeking to plunge a stake through their hearts.

‘She’s brittle and she’s a fighter,’ said Gemma of the role she plays in Byzantium, which is directed by Neil Jordan.

The film — set in both the 18th century and the modern day — is not all glossy surface nonsense like the Twilight pictures. For starters, it has a compelling storyline and much better actors, including Sam Riley, Daniel Mays, Jonny Lee Miller and Tom Hollander. Read More