‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ – SR Underground Ep. 76

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode seventy-six of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick as well as fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw – plus special guests Andrew Dyce and Andy Knauer (writer of The Last Stand) – as we review Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, discuss a rumored Justice League roster and the announcement of J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode 7.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 76 – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

In episode 76 of the Screen Rant Underground podcast we review Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, discuss a rumored Justice League roster and the announcement of J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode 7.

[0:00] News: J.J. Abrams will director Star Wars: Episode 7 and which five heroes will be featured in the Justice League film?

[50:07] Interview: Andy Knauer (writer of The Last Stand – starring Arnold Schwarzenegger).

[1:16:46] Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (read our full review of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters).

[1:40:20] Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters SPOILERS conversation.

[2:06:03] Listener E-mail, Twitter Handles, and Contact Information.

[2:07:45] Game Rant News Brief.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.

Special Guests: Andrew Dyce and Andy Knauer

Next Week’s Review: TBD

Last Week’s Official Box Office Battle Reader Winner (The Last Stand opening): Sam Howard  with 10 points!

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Bullet to the Head
  • Stand Up Guys
  • Warm Bodies

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • N/A

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  1. Editor Box Office Battle picks for the weekend of ‘Warm Bodies’ opening:

    First Choice – Ben
    1. Warm Bodies
    2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    3. Mama
    4. Silver Linings Playbook
    5. Bullet to the Head
    10. Movie 43

    Second Choice – Rob
    1. Warm Bodies
    2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Bullet to the Head
    5. Mama
    10. Gangster Squad

    Third Choice – Ant
    1. Warm Bodies
    2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Zero Dark Thirty
    5. Django Unchained
    10. Rob Keyes: Secret Nazi

    Fourth Choice – Anthony
    1. Warm Bodies
    2. Bullet
    3. Silver
    4. HG:WH
    5. ZDT
    10. Django

    Plus final tallies for the weekend of ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ opening:

    1 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – $19,690,956
    2 Mama – $13,088,145
    3 Zero Dark Thirty – $9,700,132
    4 Silver Linings Playbook – $9,444,039
    5 Parker – $7,008,222
    6 Django Unchained – $4,946,932
    7 Movie 43 – $4,805,878
    8 Gangster Squad – $4,278,235
    9 Les Miserables (2012) – $4,221,055
    10 Broken City – $4,019,558

  2. I think it’s a good idea to have 5 core characters Flash & Green Lantern with the Big 3(Superman, Batman, & Wonder Woman) are the most recognizable & marketable of the other DC characters, would have liked to include Martian Manhunter because I feel like his powers on film could easily make him as cool as the Hulk in Avengers now they will probably try to make Green Lantern like the Hulk(which will be cool as well) the effects of the Flash with Bullet time-type stuff would be amazing…

    JJ Abrams was easily my first choice to direct this new direction of Star Wars because to me he has a very Spielberg-esque quality(good or bad) to his work & that would led him easy to work on Star Wars & obviously his other Sci-Fi work has been pretty good but its because of Kofi’s point that he’d probably be the one to do least terrible job of anyone because of Star Trek it will be good, it will be tough to see him leave work on other properties like Star Trek & Mission Impossible because he will probably be tied to this project at the very the least 3 years…

    Also try to talk about Warm Bodies next week I think it will make for interesting conversation…

    • Warm Bodies is one of the films we are considering 😉 Just not sure how much interest there will be in it or Bullet to the Head.

      • I vote warm bodies as Im gonna try to see it if I haz the monies.

      • I’m sure Bullet to the Head would probably make for fun review like Arnold’s Last Stand(Haha) but I think Warm Bodies will be an interesting watch like Zombieland was, I say both or a mini review or even a Rant & Rave from everyone also I would’ve be interested in seeing Duncan Jones or Rian Johnson’s version of Star Wars especially Jones I think he needs a big tent pole movie…

    • @ Cash: Definitely hoping Martian Manhunter shows up in the future (see: ‘Justice League Doom’ for reasons why) but that’s a big step to take in the first movie. Not that it can’t be done eventually, but that many heroes and “oh yeah, there’s a martian too” might be a lot to get audiences to suspend disbelief on.

      • Justice League Doom is pretty cool concept & a very complicated story-line maybe something they would introduce in a 3rd movie of the JL trilogy when they have established each heroes backstory/villain but I would’ve saved Darkseid & used an Earth in Crisis storyline with strange anomalies going on around the world it would be a different style Alien invasion from Avengers & it could be caused by Brainiac affecting the Earths Gravity, Core, Ocean & Technology Ocean which would explain the reason heroes would come together & each hero would fill a need with abilities(intelligence, strength, speed, etc) & Brainiac is a great villain because he can make multiple versions of himself, use technology as a weapon and his intelligence & Strength would challenge the Justice League…

    • @deadpool87: I’m with you on Aquaman in the New 52. That being said, if they made a smaller-budget movie with him – with the sense of humor totally feeding off the Aquaman jokes everyone’s heard – I’d pay to see it in a heartbeat.

      • That’d be sweet. We’d probably be the only few who would see it though.

        • ….I’m completely fine with that.

          Warner Bros. might not be.

  3. Running the podcast through “Levelator 2″ helped with the sound quite a bit 😉

    • Haha. Wait, does it say that somewhere on the file?

      I actually do use Levelator 2 for post-edit balancing but had to make some other (more hands-on) changes this time to mitigate the problems.

      • That’s cool. I do some podcast editing of my own and Levelator always works great, especially if the podcasters are on different coasts and using different devices when on the show. You also sound super excited on this show so I think that also contributes to your volume hehe

  4. I think you should have an open podcast so you have people call in. It would probably sound more professional and you wouldn’t have the brash guy speaking for his generation all of the time.

    As far as saying that Star Wars is not for the GENERATION that spent all of their money and made it what it is, then you are ridiculous. George Lucas lost touch with this mentality and you are still preaching it. J.J. is on record for saying he is a fan and he specifically wants to please the fans of the original trilogy. Really, even with Disney, why would you market a film like this to 4 years old when you already have their parents in your pocket? They are the ones paying. IT’s my generation that is paying for it.

    J.J. was chosen because he has proven that he can successfully re-cast and reboot a universe (Star Trek). He put another character as Capt. Kirk and it WORKED. He will do the same and stay true to the original Star Wars trilogy.

    IT is really hard to grasp your comments on the podcast because you guys speak over each other constantly. Give each other room to talk and work on your production values. It sounds like you are recording this on Ventrillo.

    And no Bale won’t be in to Justice League.

    • Thanks for the suggestions “Stupidheads.”

      As mentioned at the outset of the podcast, we encountered a problem on this particular episode that screwed up the balances. The audio is normally a lot clearer.

      As for not talking over each other, in general, we usually do allow for people to talk – I think the sound problems in this episode contributed to making it hard to hear everyone clearly when we were transitioning or in a conversation.

      I think Abrams will try to hit a lot of demographics but you’re as crazy as our brash man Kofi if you think that Disney is going to market it to adults. As you mentioned, they ALREADY have them in their pocket. What they need is to assure that Star Wars is as cool to younger moviegoers as The Avengers – because of all the marketing potential there. Star Wars history points to the same idea – Jar Jar Binks specifically. Kids are going to be a big focus for this new trilogy. Hopefully Abrams can please the returning adult fans as well.

      • I really disagree with your assessment that they will not market it to a bit older demo than toddlers. I am confident they have an understanding that the reason why the prequels are so frowned upon and are coming up with a formula to avoid that.

        I mean the original trilogy hit home with children. I was 8 when it came out and had every toy you can think of and they didn’t have Jar Jar in them. Ok, so there were the Ewoks, but I don’t see how targeting all the audiences, especially the ones that are paying for the kids, isn’t their goal. You simply can make more money because you attract both audiences young and old…and a new audience (Noobs to Star Wars) like Abrams did with the Star Trek Reboot. Why do you think they picked him??

        It doesn’t take a brainiac to realize Disney is a master of knowing it’s markets and I am confident that we will not have another Jar Jar incident on our hands. Because they will target both kids and the older generations that love the universe so dearly.

        Look at Disney’s and Pixar animation movies. They have a track record for sprinkling in adult humor to hook the parents in along with their children because they know the parents are going to spend more money that way.

        • BTW,

          I thought you were referring to just your mic and not the whole podcast. My bad.

            • Andrew,

              I wasn’t saying it should be solely marketed to 40-60 year old crowd. I was just commenting on the podcast where one of the guys strongly states that if you are a fan of the originals that these new movies are not for you.

              I was merely pointing out that I think it is a mistake to market only to kids and that if you don’t think they are taking my demographic into account then you are insane. Disney is a Money Making machine that is capable of marketing to all demographics in one swoop, that is what is unique about Disney.


              I think we agree more than disagree too. I just need a tylenol today. Anyhow, Chloe Moretz is in her middle teens, so hypothetically by the time the movie came out, shed be 18ish? Which is not far off of how old Luke was in a ANH.

              bottom line is I am just trying to demonstrate that I think Disney is smart and they will tow the line and balance between a kiddie star wars and an old fogey star wars and appeal to the entire fanbase. And I think they hired JJ because he will help tow that line.

              • and if they do what they did with Avengers, then that is success of appealing to everyone. I am just tired of people saying that Star Wars is no longer for me! So stop saying that. lol

                • You’ll see how “brash” I am when I’m proven right. You’re not the first to lose at this little game – won’t be the last.

                  See you on the playing field.

                  • P.S. – I also pointed out that Disney doesn’t NEED to market Star Wars to our generation – You’re already sold on seeing it.

            • Abrams’ Super 8 was featuring an all kids main cast but it tackled the whole story and tone in a pretty mature way that all ages could enjoy without feeling embarassed about what was going on. I definitely hope the new Star Wars movies will leave the silly toddler demographic alone and aim at kids without being anywhere near as infantile as the prequels were.

              As was said above: the original trilogy clicked with children (i.e. us) without utilizing Tele-Tubby humor, although the whole Ewok thing was dangerously drifting into that direction.

    • The wording of “not for your generation” may not have been the most literal meaning of what Kofi was saying, but I agree with you.

      Original Star Wars trilogy wasn’t pandering to kids like Clone Wars and the prequels and it did sell to kids, teens, adults. Abrams did that with Trek and I expect the same of Ep. 7.

  5. I think JL is going to get pushed back. Man Of Steel started principle photography in about August of 2011 and its just now coming out this July. In order for that 2015 date to stick, they’ll need to start pre production very soon because if Man Of Steel took that long to shoot, I think JL will need the same time. The only way I still see them keeping that 2015 time slot is if they already have actors and a director confirmed but are just not telling us, or they’re waiting for the results of Man Of Steel.

    • I’ve been wondering this as well. Unless they do really have a major set of announcements planned for Comic Con this year, it does seem like they’re waiting on Man of Steel to really get production rolling. Even if Superman does well in theaters, that doesn’t leave them a lot of time to get all the pieces in place. So, either they’re not telling us something or they may need to bump it back.

      Still, I’m inclined to think they’re planning a big reveal sometime in the next six month. Why else would they announce a release date? It’s all very strange (or secretive).

      • I hate to say this, but them announcing the release date at the time they did, I believe was based on the success of the Avengers, financially and critically. They could’ve launched a JL film forever ago since they have the rights, but they choose now to do it?

        I do believe they’ll release some kind of info in that time-frame also, just not at comic-con because it is possible that Man Of Steel, despite how anticipated it is, can perform like Superman Returns did and disappoint WB. The only way for them to pull of a summer 2015 release date in my opinion is if they already have actors set in stone, but just aren’t telling us. Because they have to scout for locations and all that pre-production stuff, it will take them forever to find actors to fulfill the Flash, Wonder Woman, and Batman role, and then post production will be a hassle too. Having Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, and ApDarkseid in a movie, will kinda guarantee a good deal of time in the post production department I believe.

    • If they shoot anytime from early to spring 2014, they can make summer 2015.

      I’ve been saying for a few years now that this is the Comic-Con for WB to take charge of what they’re doing and put a face on this franchise.

      • I don’t believe they’ll make a big deal of the JL film at Comic-Con like we all believe they should. I think it’s okay to say that they are waiting to see how Man Of Steel does financially. Although Man Of Steel is widely anticipated, what if it pulls in Superman Returns numbers at the box office? Although it did well, I don’t believe WB would be happy if this film performs like Superman Returns, and I believe that would delay a JL film a little bit longer.

      • I do wish WB would come out and say something meaningful about the Justice League film. There are all sorts of rumors floating around. The least they could do is confirm that they will make a shared movie universe or have “Man of Steel” be separate from everything else.

        We know that Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Flash are gonna be on the roster. That’s not going to get people’s attention.

  6. Box office battle
    1. Bullets to the head
    2. Hansel and Gretel witch hunters
    3. Warm bodies
    4. Mama
    5. Silver linings playbook
    10. Movie 43

  7. 1 warm bodies
    2 bullet in the head
    3 mama
    4 hansel and gretel
    5 zero dark thirty
    10 django unchained

  8. 1 – Warm Bodies
    2 – Hansel & Gretel
    3 – Mama
    4 – Bullet to the Head
    5 – Silver Linings
    10 – Django Unchained

  9. Ha! Kofi is great. “Disney does not give a **** about making a Star Wars movie for your old ass.”

    Great podcast and good guests! Didn’t have much trouble with the audio here and the fun conversations definitely made up for it.

    At first glance I like the idea of Ryan Reynolds and Christian Bale returning for Justice League but I think combining the Man of Steel, Green Lantern, and Batman universes and say they all exist together would be so forced and would raise sooo many questions. I remember Marvel had this timeline for all its movies where you could see exactly when everything took place but I think if you tried doing that with the DC movies it would just be a mess. It’s probably nitpicking and I’m sure a lot of people can look past the problems but it would kind of be disappointing for a Justice League movie to make sense only when you don’t think about it.

    • Glad the audio wasn’t a major problem for you. I felt terrible about it.

      Your point about Justice League is definitely true – that’s partially why I wonder if they’ll reboot Batman but bring back Ryan Reynolds. It might be a stretch given the events of Green Lantern were pretty large in scale but I feel like they’d have an easier time slipping him back into the mix.

      That said, The Dark Knight trilogy is definitely closer in town to Man of Steel.

      I just doubt very much that they’re going to launch Justice League with Bale – given that he doesn’t really want to do any more of these films. If they can find a suitable replacement, they can sign him to a 10 picture deal and introduce him in JL.

  10. Box Office Battle:
    1. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    2. Bullet to the Head
    3. Warm Bodies
    4. Mama
    5. Silver Linings Playbook
    10. Django Unchained

  11. 1 Warm bodies
    2 Hansel and Gretel
    3 Mama
    4 Zero dark thirty
    5 Bullet in the head
    10 Gangster Squad

  12. Although I originally was going to see The Last Stand in the theater I decided to skip it and wait for the home release instead. The reason for that is that the German distributor Splendid* has decided to only release a censored version in order to go with a lower rating (FSK 16). I won’t stand for that (pun intended). The uncensored version will only be available on DVD/Blu-ray.

    *Splendid is a really crappy outfit by the way. I feel sorry for every filmmaker who has to go to them for distribution. Their DVD/Blu-ray mastering is terrible. That’s why I will go for the UK or US version of The Last Stand.

    • Honestly, I wouldn’t want to see the censored version of the film either. I think some of the best moments are a product of Kim not holding back and just going all-in with certain gags.

      • Yeah, I figured as much. They say there will only be 22 seconds cut from the movie, but that can be quite a lot for an action movie.

  13. 1. Warm Bodies
    2. Hansel and Gretle
    3. Mama
    4. Bullet in the head
    5. Silver linings playbook
    10. Django

  14. #1 Warm Bodies
    #2 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    #3 Bullet to the Head
    #4 Mama
    #5 Silver Linings Playbook
    #10 Gangster Squad

  15. Boxoffice Weekend:
    1. Warm Bodies
    2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    3. Mama
    4. Bullet to the Head
    5. Zero Dark Thirty
    10. Django Unchained

  16. Here’s a possible reason why WB should NOT keep the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern continuity. (FYI, I think they should keep the continuity, but this is an argument against it.)

    There was alien life in Green Lantern. If GL is gonna be in the JLA continuity, then it means it’s in the Man of Steel continuity as well. Then, that means that Superman is not the first alien to come to earth. I was hoping that in Man of Steel, Supes would be the first alien to ever come to Earth, which would contribute to the public’s fear of him. But Abin Sur apparently beat him to the punch.

    I suppose this could be resolved by (A) Not having Superman being the first alien a big deal, (B) Only a select few people even knew about Abin Sur crashing, so it doesn’t really matter, or (C) Keep Reynolds, but not the entire continuity.

    Or of course, don’t keep the continuity.

    Again, I still think they should bring back Reynolds, I just wanted to raise an argument against it.

    • Yeah, I can totally see this. Basically, if they bring him back, where was Superman during the huge world-threatening Paralax fight, etc.?

      I think this is why JL is harder than the Avengers (in terms of shared universes) – mainly because Superman and Wonder Woman are over-powered. It’s hard to imagine them not helping out in a larger shared universe. Unlike the Avengers where Stark, Captain America, The Hulk, are basically enhanced humans (either by tech, mutation, etc). Thor isn’t from Earth so that helps people suspend disbelief for him.

      It’s doable in JL but it’s definitely a little more complicated.

  17. As usual your podcast made me giggle (in a good way)! However about HAGW I’ve a theory, the producers wanted that Arterton looked still a little sexy despite the role (since only Renner had the occasion to show off this time around) hence those random dubious scenes with the brother: it wasn’t meant to be seen “that way” (the actress told how them tried to throw in mostly a little familiar bond), even if I’ve heard that other viewers got the wrong vibe as well, especially those aware of certain anime/manga from Japan, that often deal with the forbidden love between siblings.

    …Unless this is also an hidden trick instead to invent that it’ll be revealed that 1 of the 2 was adopted for the sequel since their chemestry is too hot?! LOL! ;-P) Ciao*

    • I’d buy that theory!

      I mostly think it was unintentional but you never know.