Ray Harryhausen, stop-motion animator and special effects innovator, died Tuesday in London. He was 92. According to the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s Facebook page, Harryhausen was first inspired by special effects and film when he saw King Kong in 1933.
This is no children's tale. The first trailer for Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was released today and looks to be a unique, R-rated take on the classic fairy tale. The film version of the age-old Hansel and Gretel fairy tale picks up 15 years after siblings Hansel (played by The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy and The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner, 41) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton, 26, of Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Tamara Drewe and Clash of the Titans) escape the nasty witch's (X-Men and Taken's Famke Janssen, 46) gingerbread house — an experience that turned them into bounty hunters who seek out and kill evil witches.
Mads Mikkelsen, the Dane who just scored the Best Actor award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role as Lucas, a man who becomes the target of small-town hysteria, in Thomas Vinterberg's Danish film, The Hunt, has now been cast in a few American roles, to follow up on his previous Casino Royle, Clash of the Titans, and Three Musketeers fame.
Avatar star Sam Worthington, 34, has recently split from his girlfriend of nearly three years, fashion stylist Natalie Mark. "It's been in the cards for awhile," a source close to the couple told Australia's Herald Sun.