Hey, that headline rhymes. I’m a poet and didn’t know it. But seriously, folks, we’ve got a lot of Kristen Stewart news to cover today.
We’ll get to the virus scare in a moment; but first, let’s deal with the most prominent K-Stew news circulating the gossip world over the last 12 hours.
In a very recent Hollywood Reporter scoop, the Twilight actress is apparently being dropped from a planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the sequel to June's Snow White, which starred Stewart, Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, is being reconceived as a spinoff movie. It's unclear whether director Rupert Sanders will return, though one source with ties to the production says he will. However, screenwriter David Koepp, who had been hired to pen the continuation of the original film, is being settled out of his rich contract, according to sources, as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write.
"The studio is currently exploring options to continue the franchise," a Universal spokeswoman says.
“But I thought that if you slept with the director it would HELP your career,” a confused Kristen Stewart was heard saying. Or at least I’m sure she thought it, I figure.
The Rupert Sanders-directed film made money for the studio, but Stewart’s hefty salary could trim a huge chunk off the sequel’s budget.
sickened thickened this morning when a spokesman for Universal told the LA Times that Stewart hasn’t officially been dropped, and may return as Snow White.
Really? The only thing white about this chick is the look on her boyfriend Robert Pattinson’s face when he found out she was cheating on him. Then again, if she doesn’t appear in the new film, I don’t think a movie simply called The Huntsman has the same ring to it. Not that another young actress couldn’t sweep in and take over, but then again I haven’t seen the film so I can’t comment on the legitimacy of her portrayal of Snow White.
Ok, what’s up with the virus thing, you ask? It turns out that a significant percentage of online content regarding her well-publicized affair contains links to malware that may harm your computer. Consider it the proverbial poison apple, if you will.
Researcher Daniel Peck of the anti-virus company Barracuda found that 20-25 percent of Stewart-related online content has some sort of malicious material attached.
"Spammers and malware creators are always looking for some current trends to lure people using search engines. Both 'Twilight' and 'Snow White' are popular targets," Michael Gregg, COO of Superior Solutions, an ethical hacker for Fortune 500s and trainer for government/military agencies, told FOX411's Pop Tarts column. "These techniques run the gamut from keyword stuffing targeted back links with terms such as 'Kristen Stewart Was Taped.' Regardless of the technique used, the end effect is to push the malicious site up to the first or second page of the search engine."
What’s a Twi-hard/Snow White Fan/Horny-guy-looking-for-nude-Kristen-Stewart-photos to do? Keep your security software up to date, or buy a Mac… but that’s an entirely different column altogether.
And last but not least in the Kristen Stewart news-a-thon? A Daily Beast piece defending the young actress, written by Jodi Foster.
“Acting is all about communicating vulnerability, allowing the truth inside yourself to shine through regardless of whether it looks foolish or shameful. To open and give yourself completely. It is an act of freedom, love, connection. Actors long to be known in the deepest way for their subtleties of character, for their imperfections, their complexities, their instincts, their willingness to fall. The more fearless you are, the more truthful the performance. How can you do that if you know you will be personally judged, skewered, betrayed? If you’re smart, you learn to willfully disassociate, to compartmentalize. Putting your emotions into a safety box definitely comes in handy when the public throws stones. The point is to survive, intact or not, whatever the emotional cost. Actors who become celebrities are supposed to be grateful for the public interest. After all, they’re getting paid. Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self,” Foster writes.
Well said, Agent Starling. Yet, as wise as these words are, they will not silence the media lambs.