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Mirror, mirror

Two different directors are bringing Snow White back to the silver screen in 2012, in two equally different films.

Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White stars Lily Collins in the title role and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen.  Rupert Sanders cast Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Cherlize Theron in his Snow White and the Huntsman.

Now, you could decide which version to see based solely on the director….or on which actresses are your favorites.

Why not let these recently released photos be your guide?

The Brothers Grimm: Snow White

Snow White and the Huntsman

Wow, talk about different points of view. Which appeals to you?

For hire

Dear Robert Pattinson:

Please hire me as your publicist.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Being no doubt a faithful reader of The Sticky Egg — and why wouldn’t you?  I’ve mentioned you a whopping 12 times during the blog’s two-year existence — you might deem my motives less than honorable.

True, my mind does go a bit blank when I see photos of you.  And I will cop to letting a scream or two fly at midnight premieres of the Twilight films.

(All the other kids were doing it.)

No, this plea to join your entourage is motivated by a sincere wish to improve your public speaking skills.  It is purely professional.  Any personal enjoyment I might glean during the coaching process is simply collateral damage.

Don’t get me wrong — your sense of humor and lack of ‘slickness’ is charming in one-on-one interviews.  But in acceptance speeches and during the MTV Movie Awards’ salute to Reece Witherspoon last night, for example, just a bit of preparation and polish would have made a world of difference in that larger venue.

Your ideas are fun; they just need a little more work.  Reece showed that when she stepped on stage and made them better.

Let Chelsea Handler’s shocked reaction be your guide…and let me be your coach.

I promise to keep our interaction age appropriate.

That’s rich

You learn something new every day.  I know I do.

Take Forbes.com.

When I think of Forbes, I think of lists — lots of ’em, all about money and investing.  The best colleges to attend to get a job.  The best companies to work for.  The best investments that money can buy.

Basically, they know a lot more about money than I ever will…and probably take it more seriously.  That’s it — I think of them as being serious.

Well, when I’m wrong, I’m wrong.

Turns out Forbes.com has a sense of humor.  In fact, they have an entire “Fictional” section of their website.  Fictional lists.  Fictional interviews.  Still in their wheelhouse of jobs and money, but purely imaginary.

Their latest is “The Forbes Fictional 15” — a list of the wealthiest fictional characters, based on info gleaned from the source material and valued against real-world commodity and share price movements.

They update the list every year — how have I missed this — and the 2011 collection includes characters old and new.  For example, Russell Brand’s new version of Arthur Bach came in at #10, but Beverly Hillbilly Jed Clampett is still holding strong at #5.

And who’s Number #1, you ask?

Well, last year’s t0p dog, Dr. Carlisle Cullen, the patriarch of the Twilight film saga, slipped to #2.  (Bella’s getting married; no doubt vampire weddings cost a pretty penny.)  Which means our new number one is an oldie-but-goodie…

Scrooge McDuck, estimated by Forbes.com to have a net worth of $44.1 Billion.

This fictional character biz appears to pay pretty well.  Wonder what ya gotta do to get that gig?

Uh huh

Dakota Fanning was crowned Homecoming Queen at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood on Saturday.

Isn’t that sweet?

The child star of “I Am Sam” and “Man on Fire,” who now plays vampire killer Jane in the “Twilight” saga, is keeping it real by attending regular high school, cheerleading, and making homecoming court for the second year in a row, this time as queen.

Or, at least, that’s how the media is trying to spin it.

I don’t mean to be cynical.  But put yourself in the place of the other girls in the running for Homecoming Queen at her school.

Do we seriously think Dakota’s acting career has no impact on her popularity in high school?  That her repeat appearance on the court isn’t the teeniest bit a function of her celebrity?

Granted, it could go both ways.  Some people might vote for her simply because she’s an actor.  Others might vote against her.  But I would guess, combined with the votes of her real friends, she would normally come out on top.

It is a lovely idea, though.  The child actor, returning home, living a ‘normal’ life between movies.  But the Internet and television and magazines are everywhere.  Dakota can’t ever truly hide from her fame.  And goodness knows the public can’t, even when we try.

So when the media itself tries to sell the fairy tale, it lands with an especially loud thud.

Hands off

And now for something completely different — a disparaging remark about “Twilight.”

Well…not really about the saga itself.   It seems a member of the “Twilight” family is trying to score a bigger slice of the fame pie.

This instance seems particularly grabby….but maybe I should expect that from a hands model.

That’s right.  Kimbra Hickey is a ‘parts model’ — as in hands and feet parts — who lives right here in New York City.  Many moons ago, Hickey earned $300 for 2-hours work — the industry rate — to hold an apple for the book cover of “Twilight.”

Of course, at the time, no one knew what a smash hit the books and subsequent movies would be.  And now Hickey wants her extra pound of flesh.

The model has taken to hanging out at the cash register at the local Barnes & Noble, telling “Twilight” book purchasers ‘those are my hands’ and giving autographs.  She’s also attending “Twilight” fan conventions, selling apple-scented hand lotion.

Her ultimate goal?  A role in the final two “Breaking Dawn” films.

Now, as you know, I’m all about self-promotion.  But Hickey thinking she deserves special treatment from the “Twilight” movie producers based on that photograph would be like me expecting my own Emmy for being an extra in an award-winning episode of “30 Rock.”  Granted, I was, and I joked about it…but I didn’t show up at the after-party and expect to get in, or demand a recurring role on the show.  Even I admit that’s ridiculous.

What do you think?  How should Hickey be handled?  To help you make up your mind, check out her website, where she’s posted ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and her “Twilight” promotional schedule.

Or just visit Barnes and Noble during your next trip to Manhattan.  I hear her autograph is free…for now.

Out and about

Long before Team Edward and Team Jacob tore the teen world in two,  Betty and Veronica  of  “Archie Comics” fame split the vote of male and female readers alike.

I was a Betty.  (All smart people were.  Disagree?  I’ll still take you.)

So, this is one Betty who’s oh-so-happy to see Veronica finally get her due — that’s rejected, my friends — by Kevin Keller, the hunky new guy in town who she relentlessly pursues after dumping poor Archie yet again in issue #202.

Oh…and did I mention that Kevin is gay?

That’s right.  Riverdale is becoming more inclusive, and kudos to the publisher for taking this brave step forward.  It’s not their first venture into the 21st century; earlier this year, the comic depicted its first interracial relationship between Archie and Valerie, a member of Josie and the Pussycats.

(That group is still around?  I guess there’s still work to be done.)

It’s all part of a master plan to modernize Archie and make the comic more socially relevant.  Apparently they have already penned a two-volume “Twilight” parody (see artwork below — how did that get by me), and are planning a future issue inspired by the television show  “GLEE!” and some digital apps.

This all looks pretty cool.  I haven’t read an Archie comic book since junior high, and I’m curious enough to head to the bookstore and take a closer look-see.

Plus — and  I don’t mean to judge here — but doesn’t Archie seem way more creative with Veronica out of his life? Betty must really inspire him… encourage him to do bigger and better things.  Archie and the whole comic book seem way less self-involved now that Archie and Veronica are on a break.

You go, Betty.

Look again

There is nothing I love more than watching a movie and discovering a hidden gem.

You know — that actor or actress who’s the friend of the lead who looks kinda familiar but you can’t figure out where you’ve seen ’em before.

But I can.

It’s one of my favorite pastimes.  Ask my friends.  I’m actually pretty annoying about it.  So I cannot believe that I totally missed this one.

After seeing Anna Kendrick play Jessica in three “Twilight” movies and nab a much-deserved Oscar nomination for her work in “Up in the Air,”  it was only this week during publicity for her upcoming stint in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” — opening in theaters today — that I realized that I had seen her years ago in a little movie musical called “Camp.”

I think I hear my friends laughing at me….

If you haven’t seen it, “Camp” is about a summer camp for theater geeks.  Anna plays Fritzi, a wallflower who attaches herself to the camp diva…or so it appears.  At the end of the film, when all the campers are performing at the big gala for the parents, Fritzi sabotages the diva and steps in to sing her big number, “Ladies Who Lunch,” blowing off the roof in an incredible performance.

Of course, I didn’t know it was Anna then…just that there was this HUGE voice coming out of a teeny tiny little girl.

And that little girl was Anna Kendrick.

Well, knock me over with a vampire.

Hot ticket

I love movies, but this past weekend, the box office numbers were the best show in town.

“Despicable Me” was the number one movie, pulling in an incredible $60 million dollars.  Now, granted, it is an animated feature, and it was shown in 3D on some screens which jacks up the ticket price.  But I don’t think Universal promoted that movie very heavily, other than mentioning Steve Carell provided a voice, and showing us the yellow, roundish critters that are in it. As much as I am in the theater to see trailers, I have no idea what the movie is about.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter.  Here’s what I think did.

It was hot this weekend.  H-O-T hot.  And unless your movie theater suffered a power outage, it was comfortably air conditioned and soothingly dark inside.

“Despicable Me” was the one film that opened last weekend that was suitable for every member of the family.  So parents brought the whole gang and enjoyed the coolness, whether the story about the little yellow men was their cup of tea or not.

Just a theory.  You can challenge it.

Of course, lots of other people went to the movies, too.  “Eclipse” in its second week — with its more ‘specialized’ audience — still pulled in another $32 million.  “Predators” managed $25 million after being gutted in the reviews.  “Toy Story 3” in its fourth week added another $21 million to its coffers, and “The Last Airbender” and “Grownups” pulled in $16 million each.

Everyone stayed inside and caught a show, my friends.

‘Cause it was hot…

H-O-T.

Summer school

The Fourth of July was the official start of summer, and for some peeps, that means summer school.

Regis and Kelly are both going this week — for ratings, not grades — and are studying some really cool subjects: pizza-making, gymnastics, acting, bicycling, even how to be a ball boy at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.  (Heck, if they had offered stuff like that in summer school when I was a kid, I would have wanted to go.)

Which begs the question:  what kind of fun courses could I take this summer…if I wanted to go?

The Art of Walking” — Once I tell you this is offered at a college in Kentucky, you’ll be less surprised.

Maple Syrup: The Real Thing” — This Alfred University class teaches students how to make maple syrup.  (No prior experience is required)

“The Phallus” — Occidental College in Los Angeles offers this one.  Hope I get an A.

“Learning from YouTube” — Once I tell you this is offered at a college in California, you’ll be less surprised.

But seriously, here are a few that I would take:

“The Science of Harry Potter” — At Frostburg University in Maryland, you can see the science behind the movie magic.  (Insert spell here)

“Star Trek and Philosophy” — In this Georgetown University class, you watch Star Trek, read philosophy and talk about it. I’m guessing William Shatner will sit this one out.

Twilight: The Texts and the Fandom” — Brand new at Cambridge University, this course examines the saga’s impact on popular culture, even allowing people outside the class to participate online.

Hmmm.  Wonder which one I’ll take first…?

Triple threat

I hesitate to talk “Twilight” in this space…and never two days in a row.

But the premiere of “Eclipse” early this morning — which I attended with 7 million of my closest friends — seems like a worthy exception.

The large number of Twihards at the midnight screening isn’t that surprising.  The reviews are.

Even major papers — like The New York Times and Washington Post — had good things to say about the third installment of the “Twilight” saga.

“A more robustly entertaining film than either of its predecessors…”

“Darker, grittier, and a tad more thought-provoking…”

“If the movies keep improving like this, the people who automatically hate them just because they’re popular with teenage girls will be forced to reconsider.”

Wow.  I don’t think I could have found one sincere compliment about the other films…and these are a just a handful for “Eclipse.”

As for myself, I found the film very different as well.  I’ve always called the “Twilight” movies romances, but “Eclipse” is definitely an action/romance.  The fight sequences are incredible, yet the more emotional moments are handled with just as much care.  Jacob seems more animalistic, Edward more human, Bella more frustrating.

Pretty much by the book.