It's been a big week here in Sydney, with lots of red carpet events and celebrity sightings to fill up our time. PopSugar editor Jess was up to her ears in Aussie stars (and a couple international) when she hit both the AACTA Awards and the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters premiere in Sydney. We spied so many gorgeous dresses on people like Cate Blanchett and Jessica Mauboy, and we were loving Megan Gale's dark, voluminous waves when she stepped onto the carpet. Ali went to fashion showings and received a very cool, very Chanel gift, while Alison's been trying out some new nail polish colours and perfecting her travel beauty kit. There's plenty more behind-the-scenes action to see — click through to check it out!
With the help of a ‘blood-spattered’ white carpet, trees and a machine that produced bubbles for a fake snow effect, Event Cinemas on George Street was transformed into a grim Winter wonderland for the Australian premiere of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (out Feb. 7) last night. Leading stars Jeremy Renner, in Vivienne Westwood, and Gemma Arterton, beautiful in an Erdem dress and Bulgari jewels, were on hand to promote the dark action flick, along with writer/director Tommy Wirkola and producer Kevin Messick.
British beauty Gemma did most of her own stunts in the movie — one that was too dangerous saw her character fall through three floors in a house, which resulted in her stunt double getting a “rusty old nail through her ear, like right close to her brain! But she was OK!” — and sustained an injury when she accidentally “cut my thumb open on a blade because [laughs] I forgot it was a real blade. It wasn’t even in the stunt, I was just running my finger across it, because usually it’s a blunt knife that you use. I just ran my finger along it and [makes cutting noise] — it was horrible. Right open. It was on the last day so it was OK.”
Jeremy, who was back in Sydney after a quick promotional trip for The Bourne Legacy last August, talked about the film’s lighter moments that aren’t heavily featured in promos and trailers: “There are some funny moments. I would never call it a comedy — it was just by circumstances that were absurd that make it have a sense of humour to it. And we don’t take ourselves too seriously in the movie. There’s a slight wink to a lot of the things that we do in it, so we’re not just these brooding witch hunters.” Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is considered a fairy tale for adults and when asked whether he’d like to do more child-friendly movies, Jeremy responded, “Not really, but it would be nice to do one or two.”
The blockbuster opened strongly in the US last week but has received poor reviews from critics. Both Jeremy and Gemma weren’t fussed by the criticism, with Gemma saying, “It’s not for them, it’s for the audience and they seem to be enjoying it, so that’s the main thing.”
Over the past couple of years it seems like pop culture has been revisiting classic fairy tales for sources of action on the big and small screen — think Snow White and the Huntsman, Once Upon a Time, Red Riding Hood and Grimm, to name a few. The latest storybook tale to make the blockbuster transition is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which sees the gingerbread house-eating siblings (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) transformed into badass, gun- and crossbow-weilding bounty hunters who have one mission: find witches and kill them. In this exclusive clip, Gretel comes face-to-face with Muriel (Famke Janssen), a witch who appears to be beautiful on the outside but shifts right before Gretel's eyes. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is released in Australia on Feb. 7, and stars Jeremy and Gemma will walk the red carpet at a Sydney premiere on Jan. 29.
We're looking forward to 2013 for a whole host of reasons, particularly the movies. There's a tonne of new releases to look forward to, like sequels, highly-anticipated literary adaptations, and movies we've just been hearing about for months. If you're gearing up for a new year of movies too, then we've got just the thing: all the trailers for upcoming 2013 movies, right here. Enjoy!