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Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman, and Johnny Depp.
Run Time: 124 minutes
Special Features: Streep sings Sondheim “She’ll be back”, There’s Something About The Woods, The Cast As Good as Gold, Deeper Into The Woods, Audio Commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca, Music and Lyrics
Before we take a walk intrepidly through my Into The Woods review, I’ll make the confession that Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic is one of the only musicals I know really well. It comes from working at a famous outdoor theatre in London some years back and being part of the team who worked behind the version directed by Timothy Sheader. This was my first encounter with Sondheim and I came to »
- Dan Bullock
Written and Directed by Paul Feig.
A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.
Martin Scorsese has Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro, Tim Burton has Johnny Depp, and Paul Feig has Melissa McCarthy. Some actor/director combinations fit like a glove, and for the third straight outing (Bridesmaids and The Heat) we have another success with Spy.
Unexpectedly, there is also an admirable amount of unexplored range channeled from Melissa McCarthy, not portraying the sassy, loudmouthed, obscene character right out of the gate that we have grown accustomed to. Instead, she plays Susan Cooper, a CIA field operative assistant of 10 years with low self-esteem that decides to jump into the heart of the action when her good friend Bradley Fine »
- Robert Kojder
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer and fellow executives shared their plans and optimism Friday morning for the company’s coming film slate, which financially underwhelmed in its most-recent quarter due primarily to Johnny Depp‘s “Mortdecai” flopping. Pushing the upcoming rebooted “Power Rangers” from July to January isn’t exactly a move suggesting confidence. Executives warned reporters and analysts not to look too far into that move from summer to winter. “We’re very excited and with Dean’s vision; we felt very comfortable looking for opportunistic dating,” Lionsgate Motion Pictures Group Co-Chairman Rob Friedman explained the move on the conference call. »
- Tony Maglio
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Lionsgate has reported earnings of $19.6 million, or 14 cents a share, for its fourth fiscal quarter that ended on March 31 — down 60% from a year ago — in a report that left investors unshaken.
The studio’s fiscal year earnings increased 20% to $181.8 million. Quarterly revenues, on the other hand, dropped 10% to $646.1 million and fiscal year revenues declined 9% to $2.4 billion.
The report was issued Thursday after the market closed but Wall Street appeared to take the news in stride. The stock rose 12 cents to $32.10 a share in after-hours trading.
Lionsgate noted it had 10 wide release films in the fiscal year compared to 13 in the prior year. It anticipates 14 wide release theatrical films in the current fiscal year.
Free cash flow in the quarter jumped 161% to $157.2 million as of March 31. Free cash flow for all of fiscal 2015 was $261.6 million, marking the third straight year in which Lionsgate delivered over $250 million in free cash flow.
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate on Thursday reported significantly lower fourth-quarter earnings and revenue, but its 2015 fiscal year was strong and its shares held steady in after-hours trading at $32. The studio posted earnings of $19.5 million for the three months ending March 31, or 14 cents per-share. That’s a steep 60 percent drop from the comparable period last year, which showed a profit of $49.1 million, and below the consensus estimate for earnings of 34 cents per-share. The numbers were hurt by a downtrend on the film side thanks to the box-office flop of the Johnny Depp film “Mortdecai” — which made $30.4 million at »
- Todd Cunningham
Toby Stephens’ ruthless Captain Flint drives his pirate crew of thieves, backstabbers and brawlers to the point of mutiny in his obsessive hunt for gold-laden galleon the Urca de Lima
Black Sails is a lot smarter and classier than it at first appears. Ostensibly a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, it throws the novel’s fictional scurvy knaves – including John Silver, Captain Flint and Billy Bones – in with plenty of real-life buccaneers, from Calico Jack to Charles Vane. To be fair, though, the characters based on reality may as well be fictional too, given how sketchy records were at the time, and how inflated their daring exploits became with each retelling over the past 300 years. But no one will be watching Black Sails to revise for an exam. They’ll be watching for adventures on the high seas, swashbuckling quests for treasure and gory battles to the death. »
- Phelim O'Neill
There was some cheering, but also some jeering. The notorious Cannes crowd had mixed feelings about Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Like fellow Cannes contender Matteo Garrone (Tale of Tales), Sorrentini paints vivid tableaux, sometimes surreal. And while the story sometimes gets lost in these aesthetics, its array of colorful characters is what brings the film to life. A luxurious Swiss resort nestled in the emerald foothills of the Alps is the perfect retreat for retrospection, reflection and ultimately rebirth. Michael Caine is commanding as Fred Ballinger, or Maestro, a retired composer-conductor who refuses to play his famous "Simple Songs" for Queen Elizabeth II, despite the persistence of Her Majesty’s emissary. His days are spent in friendly banter with his best friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker, who is there with his team of young writers to finish the screenplay to his "testament movie," which will star his »
- Talia Soghomonian
The film, based on the sexually charged novel about a kinky billionaire’s seduction of a young college student, was No. 1 for the week ending May 17 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.
“Fifty Shades” easily outsold second-ranked “Pitch Perfect,” another Universal title, by a margin of more than 7 to 1. “Pitch Perfect,” a 2012 disc release that jumped back up the charts thanks to anticipation over its theatrical sequel, moved into the No. 2 spot on the overall disc chart from No. 7 the prior week.
“Paddington,” a family film from Anchor Bay, slipped to No. 3 its third week in stores, while the next three spots on the overall disc sales chart went to new »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play the villain in MGM and Sony’s “The Magnificent Seven” remake. He’ll be joining an all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Sony and MGM are splitting the cost evenly, with Sony distributing the pic, while MGM oversees production.
The 1960 film, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.
- Justin Kroll
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Exclusive: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
Penn has been in town meeting buyers to talk up the project, which Wild Bunch’s fledgling Los Angeles-based sales arm Insiders is selling here.
Production is scheduled to begin in early 2016, with Penn lined up to direct and star alongside his daughter Dylan Penn.
Flag Day tells of a young journalist who struggles to come to terms with the dark legacy of her father, a loving conman who was eventually arrested for one of the largest counterfeit money operations in Us history.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
Two years ago, I published an item asking whether the Lone Ranger was actually based on the exploits of a real life black hero. This was around the time that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced recent version of the Lone Ranger story that starred Armie Hammer as the Ranger, and Johnny Depp as his trusted Indian sidekick, Tonto. That person was Bass Reeves (the gent pictured above with one helluva mustache) who, not surprisingly, was written out, or purposely overlooked in histories of the West, by historians (until recently), and who was the subject of a long overdue book written a few years years ago by Art Burton, titled "Black Gun, »
Two years ago, I published an item asking whether the Lone Ranger was actually based on the exploits of a real life black hero. This was around the time that the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced recent version of the Lone Ranger story that starred Armie Hammer as the Ranger, and Johnny Depp as his trusted Indian sidekick, Tonto. That person was Bass Reeves (the gent pictured above with one helluva mustache) who, not surprisingly, was written out, or purposely overlooked in histories of the West, by historians (until recently), and who was the subject of a long overdue book written a few years years ago by Art Burton, titled "Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves." Born a slave in 1838, Reeves’ master brought him along as his personal servant when he went off to fight with the Confederate Army, during the Civil War. And seeing »
Last night on late night, John Oliver talked Nsa, FIFA, and contract chicken farming. On Friday, Oprah and Norm MacDonald came on Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed a Ucsb student whose flute recital invite went viral, and Anna Kendrick hates her “resting bitchy face”.
Oliver was surprised to report that the Us House of Representatives has passed a measure (H.R. 2048) to stop the Nsa collection of telephone data. That measure will be opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but has a good chance of passing, due to relatively strong bipartisan support and the support of the President, the Director of National Intelligence, and a federal appeals court.
Next, Oliver discusses the upcoming presidential election for FIFA. President Sepp Blatter, a maligned figure in world sport, stands for re-election. Blatter is responsible for handing out the 2018 World Cup to Russia, the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, »
- Max Wood
This week Neil Calloway looks at what winning the Palme d’Or can do to your box office…
So we are in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s easy to dismiss it as a two-week publicity vehicle for beautiful actresses to get photographed next to middle-aged European film directors on the Croisette, or a time for oligarchs and their trophy wives to entertain fading Hollywood stars on their super yachts. However, the importance of the festival to the film industry cannot be understated.
Cannes is the biggest film industry event of the year; the Oscars comes close but that only lasts one night. It is, in fact, one of the biggest annual events of any kind. As William Goldman points out in Hype and Glory, his entertaining memoir of sitting on the juries for both Cannes and the Miss America Pageant, the World Cup and Olympics are bigger, »
- Neil Calloway
ABC's Insiders gives Australia, indeed the world, the parody it had been waiting for with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Canine Calamity. It makes fine use of agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce's press conference from last week in which he gave the franchise's star, Johnny Depp, a 50-hour deadline to remove his dogs, Boo and Pistol, from Australia. The actor had allegedly brought them in illegally, but jetted out of Australia on Friday night just before time ran out Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
While Will Ferrell has a boatload of projects in development as either and actor or producer, he doesn’t seem to want to stop adding more. He’s now attached to Tom’s Dad, which Lasse Hallström will direct for producer Johnny Depp.The film will find Ferrell as the titular father figure, a struggling nightclub performer in 1960s Nevada who sees a chance to bond with his estranged 12-year-old son when his ex-wife leaves on a three-week trip. But he’s also got to juggle his performance responsibilities as he tries to make it big with his circus animal act. Martin Casella and Keith Clarke have worked on the script, which appears to offer the sort of blend of silly and heartwarming that Ferrell often does well with. If all goes well, Hallström aims to kick off production early next year. Ferrell, who last starred in the lacklustre comedy Get Hard, »
Screen’s Cannes Jury has given its lowest score in more than a decade to Gus Van Sant’s Competition entrant.
The Sea of Trees stars Matthew McConaughey as a suicidal professor who goes to Japan’s Aokigahara forest, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, where he encounters suicidal salaryman Ken Watanabe. Flashbacks details a troubled marriage with boozy Naomi Watts.
Review: The Sea Of Trees
With a score of just 0.6 (out of a possible 4), it’s the worst showing since 2003’s Les Cotelettes, which scored a bottom-scraping 0.3.
However, it still outranks Brown Bunny’s 0.5 (also in 2003) and Johnny Depp’s notorious directorial debut The Brave, which scored 1.0 in 1997.
Son of Saul still leads the league, with 2.8.
Click here for Screen’s Cannes Competition blog.
Screen’s jury chart will be updated daily »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Fionnuala Halligan)
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