Morning Must-Read: Kristen Stewart Dropped From Potential 'Snow White' Sequel?

Professionally speaking, Kristen Stewart was riding high. Her Twilight series was drawing to a close. Snow White and the Huntsman was a success. And the Cannes hit On the Road was gearing up for a fall film festival run. 

Now she seems to be struggling through a particular low, thanks in part to her affair with married Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. She broke things off with Robert Pattinson. She unceremoniously exited Nick Cassavetes’ upcoming drama. And now THR reports that Universal is reconfiguring a Huntsman sequel that will not involve Snow White. 
 
Ouch. 
 
The trade says the sequel is now being conceived as a spin-off, and that Stewart, 22, will not be invited back into the fold. THR says that this differs from the studio’s original plan of making another film with Snow White’s character, then spinning Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman off for a third film. Stewart’s personal decisions, however, seem to have altered the studio’s plan. 
 
We’ll see what happens with the Huntsman spinoff, which THR says is looking for a new writer and hopes to film in July, when Hemsworth has wrapped the Thor sequel. For now, though, it appears the franchise is moving forward, and they’re placing Stewart in the rearview mirror.
 
It’s tough to mention Stewart without adding a note about Pattinson, who is taking baby steps back into the media spotlight following the couple’s highly publicized break up. The actor appeared on The Daily Show for an uncomfortable interview promoting his role in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. But later in the day, THR links Pattinson to a new role: T.E. Lawrence … better known as Lawrence of Arabia. 
 
The Twilight hunk reportedly will join Naomi Watts for Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, a planned biopic of Gertrude Bell, described as the female Lawrence of Arabia. She’ll interact with Pattinson’s Lawrence as the two pioneers work to establish political borders in the Middle East. The trade says Herzog will begin shooting Queen in Jordna and England this fall.
 
Shakespeare on Screen: While we’re on the subject of England, the famed Globe Theatre in London has worked out a distribution deal to air three of its plays in movie theaters throughout the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand beginning in the fall. EW.com says “Globe on Screen” will bring William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, to movie screens near you. Specific release dates can be found right here, while EW also had an official poster for the screening series. We have it below:
 
 
Must-See Video: As we’ve learned over the past few days, Twentieth Century Fox seems content to let the character rights to Daredevil revert back to Marvel. Lost in that shuffle, however, was director Joe Carnahan’s plan to reboot the superhero franchise. Well, late Tuesday night, Carnahan took to Twitter and decided to share with fans the sizzle reels he’d pieced together to show Fox his potential vision for Daredevil. He made an NC-17-type clip, and a PG-13-type clip. Check them both out below:
 
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PG-13

ParaNorman will be in theaters this Friday, and it has been receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews. Focus Features released one last trailer for the film, which takes a bit of a different approach to the material. 
 


Positive reviews for ParaNorman help the advancement of stop-motion animation. Stories like this do not: Disney has halted the production of Henry Selick’s planned stop-motion film because the shoot was not where it needed to be in order to reach its planned release date. The project officially has stalled. 
 
Paul Dano’s career has not stalled. He’s currently entertaining audiences in the quirky rom-com Ruby Sparks. He has a part in Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper. And his Sundance film, For Ellen, is coming up on its limited release date. A new trailer just dropped. 
 


News & Notes: Hollywood is on a Sherlock Holmes kick these days. Benedict Cumberbatch brilliantly portrays the sleuth on the BBC’s exclusive drama. Robert Downey Jr. has played Sherlock in two blockbuster films. A U.S. television series Elementary will attempt to transplant Holmes to New York City in the fall. And now, according to Badass Digest, Paramount would like Harry Potter director Chris Columbus to reboot his 1985 hit Young Sherlock Holmes. Strike while the iron is hot, we say. 
 
Finally, the rumors that Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen are on board for Scary Movie 5 have been confirmed. And in addition, THR says that “one or both” will be killed in the movie’s opening sequence … which has become the franchise’s trademark. At least you know that if you are paying just to see Lohan and Sheen murdered on screen, you won’t have to sit through the whole “comedy” once it opens on April 19, 2013.
 
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