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Directed by Rob Marshall
Normally, I’m a fair and agreeable chap who approaches each movie with an open mind. I must warn you, however, that my review of Into the Woods will be neither fair nor agreeable. I will not be fawning over director Rob Marshall, who seems clueless as to what his own movie is about, nor will I be singing the praises of Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, who has probably written grocery lists more pleasing to the ear than these tunes. What I will be doing is trying to deconstruct one of my most grueling cinematic experiences of 2014.
So you’ve got this great idea.
You want to combine the four fairy tales, “Cinderella (Anna Kendrick),” “Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford),” “Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk,” and “Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy),” into one big story. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Even if you’re not a “musical kind of person,” I challenge you not to want to sing along to the catchy tunes or laugh at the intentionally overdramatic comedy.
Meryl Streep delivers yet another memorably kooky performance as the Witch while Johnny Depp is in his wheelhouse once again as Little Red Riding Hood’s Wolf on the way to grandma’s treehouse. Anna Kendrick also plays someone you’d expect: a runaway almost bride known as Cinderella who evolves from rags to riches and wants the prince but fears the royalty.
But the standouts are the 13-year-old Lilla Crawford – who has played “Annie” and “Billy Elliot” on Broadway – and a surprising Chris Pine. Pine is the only non-safe casting decision – where it feels »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“The Interview” may be the most talked-about movie heading into Christmas Day, but the star-laden Disney musical “Into the Woods,” the Angelina Jolie–directed “Unbroken” and Oscar frontrunner “Selma” lead a holiday parade of eight new movies that could wrest the spotlight this weekend.
With the exception of the blockbuster Peter Jackson epic “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the holiday box office has been sluggish. But the high-profile releases could turn that around starting Thursday.
- Todd Cunningham
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton never officially tied the knot, and they famously lived in separate yet adjoining houses for years—but that doesn't mean certain precious assets don't need divvying up now that they've split up after 13 years together. Who gets Johnny Depp, for instance?! Depp co-starred with Carter in five films directed by her now former partner and teamed with her for the Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger; and Carter has even been referred to as "the female Johnny Depp." But Depp has worked with Burton eight times! So who gets custody? Well, someone at Playboy thought to ask that very question of Carter last »
Once upon a time, in a far off land called San Diego in the year 1986, a composer by the name Stephen Sondheim wrote a musical with fellow writer James Lapine. A year later it would debut on Broadway and went on to gain praise from audiences and critics alike, eventually receiving 10 Tony Award nominations and taking home 3 statues. Into The Woods is a twisty take on the classic fairy tales that we’ve grown up with. Several stories are intertwined so that Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel (just to name a few) are now living in the same universe. It’s a clever concept that might not seem as forward thinking today by some newer audiences especially considering all the shared universe discussions that make up the Marvel films. But once upon a time, this quirky show with beautiful compositions and memorable characters ignited excitement »
- Michael Haffner
Here is a new trailer for Mortdecai, which looks like a truly dreadful January release. The first half of the trailer for the spy comedy starring Johnny Depp relies entirely on the joke of his mustache. It is a rather arduous process to sit through it, and it is only forty-five seconds long. Then there's the second forty-five seconds, which is just as bad. I am sure the Depp fans will line up to see this, if they are still out there. But I do not know what the appeal of this isc Aren't we all tired of Depp's wacky schtick alreadyc I am. When he does decide to do it, it is much better in a small dose (i.e. Into the Woods). Well, if you are at all interested in the film also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Jeff Goldblum, you are free to watch the new trailer below. »
- Mike Shutt
The long awaited big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Into the Woods" finally hits theaters on Christmas and judging by the reviews so far the consensus is it ain't half bad. Of course the fact the film made AFI's top 10 of 2014 list, earned a Golden Globes nod for Best Film - Musical or Comedy (granted, a given) and has earned a slew of best supporting actress nominations for Meryl Streep (no, not a given) should have been a big hint. Still, it's slightly surprising considering director Rob Marshall's woeful track record since his feature debut, "Chicago," won best picture almost 12 years ago. Whether it can crack the best picture race remains to be seen (it would need to be a pretty massive hit to get the Academy's attention), but it will receive a significant number of nominations on Jan. 15. Inspired by the Grimm fairy tales »
- Gregory Ellwood, Louis Virtel
The end of December is full of lists, highlighting the best and worst aspects of the year, in practically every aspect of our society, including movies. While the nation's critics have been filing their top 10 lists over the past few weeks, Forbes offers their own top 10, analyzing which Hollywood actors are the most overpaid. For the second year in a row, Adam Sandler has topped the list, "beating out" stars such as Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller. Here's an excerpt from Forbes' story, where they explain how they came up with this list.
"To compile our rundown of Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors we use earnings estimates from our Celebrity 100 list. We look at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2014, since that was the end of our time frame for the Celeb 100. We don't include animated films or movies where the actor appears in a cameo or a very small role, »
Director Tim Burton has stepped away from fantasy, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter for the first time in at least a decade and the result is one of his best films. Big Eyes tells the true story of Margaret Ulbrick (Amy Adams), a divorced artist who lands in San Francisco, young daughter in tow, in the late 1950s. Her work, at first mostly portraits of her daughter, takes the cute but sad form of waifish children with dark, enormous eyes. She soon finds herself remarried, this time to the ridiculously charming Walter Keane (Christoph Watlz), a successful real estate salesman who paints bland Paris street scenes in his spare time. When he can’t get his or Margaret’s art exhibited in the hip art gallery run by bohemian Jason Schwartzman, he works out a deal to get the paintings displayed outside the restrooms at the ‘Hungry I’ jazz nightclub across the street. »
- Tom Stockman
Throughout the course of his career, Johnny Depp often gets the label of playing the same eccentric character in many of his films — Blow and Transcendence notwithstanding — but for Mortdecai, that aberrant personality fits the bill quite nicely, as the new UK trailer attests.
Stepping into the shoes of Charlie Mortdecai — a roguish art dealer with a fancy for all things expensive — the movie will see Deep’s character search high and wide for an elusive bank code believed to be the key to unlocking a safe filled with long lost Nazi gold.
In this latest clip, we hear the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry guide us through the on-screen mayhem, which tees up the narrative and outrageous tone that we’ve come to expect from Depp when he steps into this brand of action-comedy. For all intents and purposes, his character is a fish out of water, and it »
- Michael Briers
We bet Adam Sandler is less than thrilled to hold on to this title -- according to Forbes magazine, the 48-year-old comedian is the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row.
To calculate the list, Forbes looked at the last three movies of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and calculated what they were paid as compared to what the movies earned. The magazine estimates that for every $1 Sandler was paid, he only returned an average of $3.20.
Photos: The 5 Most Overpaid Actors in 2012
He also recently suffered embarrassment during the Sony leaks, when emails from employees revealed that they weren't big fans of the Grown Ups star, calling his recent films "mundane" and "formulaic."
Though don't feel too sorry for Sandler. In October, he signed a deal with Netflix to produce »
A new Stephen Fry-narrated UK trailer for writer/director David Koepp’s (Secret Window) upcoming comedy Mortdecai has been released online. The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. The role and tone of the film is actually quite fitting for Depp, who’s been increasingly hamming it up in front of the camera in recent years (I believe we achieved maximum ham in Tusk). The ensemble cast is swell and I quite liked Koepp’s last film, Premium Rush, so I’m pretty optimistic about this one. And if comedy Depp isn’t your thing, we have what’s sure to be a dark, dramatic turn in next year’s Whitey Bulger drama Black Mass to look forward to. »
- Adam Chitwood
"What is that infernal thing on your lip?" If you think Johnny Depp looks terrible in the new rogue comedy Mortdecai, you're not the only one. Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor both hate the actor's mustache in the new trailer from the United Kingdom. Of course, by the looks of this trailer (and the previous Us theatrical trailer), it's not just the mustache that's a turn-off. This doesn't look funny at all. This feels like something that was actually imported from across the pond and just doesn't work over here. It's dry, but not in an appealing way. It would be nice if Johnny Depp did something worthwhile again. Watch! Here's the new UK trailer for David Koepp's Mortdecai from Webzine Check: You can still watch the Us theatrical trailer for Mortdecai right here. Mortdecai is directed by David Koepp (Premium Rush, The Secret Window) and written by Eric Aronson, »
- Ethan Anderton
Acclaimed English actor Stephen Fry narrates the latest look at Mortdecai in a new U.K. trailer. Meet British spy Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp). He's incredibly refined. He's very dashing. And he's always in charge.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Mortdecai is on a mission to save the world in this latest sneak peek. This winter, meet the only spy who's licensed to thrill. Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt, and Jeff Goldblum.  Mortdecai opens in theaters on January 23, 2015. But you can enjoy Johnny Depp's antics right now »
Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" is about a lot of things. It's about Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter (Christoph Waltz), artists who popularized mass-market prints (Walter claimed he had created the artwork when Margaret was actually doing the painting). It's about the commercialization of art. And it's about the public perception of said art -- critics hated Margaret's paintings but consumers ate it up. And one of those arbiters of taste, in the film, is a snooty gallery owner played by Jason Schwartzman.
We sat down with Schwartzman recently to discuss what his favorite Tim Burton movie is, what he responded to in the script, whether or not he would hang a Keane painting in his house, and the response to a couple of his more recent films -- "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Moviefone: Let's start off by talking about what your favorite Tim Burton movie is. »
- Drew Taylor
Are you following Charlie Mortdecai aka @PartTimeRogue on Twitter? How clever and charming! The spy comedy is back with a vengeance in 2015 for better or worse and two of them are arriving in in the first two months of the year. You’ve got Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” on February 13th and “Mortdecai” starring Johnny Depp as a bumbling, but dashing and dapper version of James Bond arrive just two weeks earlier in January (later in the year “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig will unveil “Spy” with Melissa McCarthy). Here’s the synopsis: Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost »
- Edward Davis
Forbes magazine has released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors. And for the second year in a row, Adam Sandler topped the list, with his "Grown Ups 2" hit failing to compensate for the losses from "Jack and Jill" and "That's My Boy." On average, Sandler's films earned $3.20 for every $1 paid to the actor. Johnny Depp landed in second place for such failures as "The Lone Ranger" and "Dark Shadows." His films earned $4.10 for every $1 paid to the actor. And Ben Stiller took third place with $4.80 for every $1. Movies like "Tower Heist" and "The Watch" contributed the terrible numbers. Check out the full list below. 1. Adam Sandler - $3.20 for every $1 2. Johnny Depp - $4.10 for every $1 3. Ben Stiller - $4.80 for every $1 4. Ryan Reynolds - $4.90 for every $1 5. Tom Hanks - $5.20 for every $1 6. Will Ferrell - $6.60 for every $1 7. Channing Tatum - $6.70 for every $1 8. Denzel Washington - $6.90 for every $1 9. Sandra Bullock - »
Adam Sandler has topped Forbes magazine's annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood, the second time in a row for the comedian.
Forbes’ analysts examine the last three movies the actor was in and compare those combined grosses with his or her combined paycheck. The process generates an 'investment return' figure for each star - the lower the figure, the worse value they are. Sandler came in at $3.20 for every $1 paid.
Don't think this is a snobbish list though, many others who cracked this top ten are either audience and/or critical favorites. All this indicates is that their recent run of films haven't been too kind to their market value. Here's the Top 10 list in full:
Adam Sandler: returns $3.20 for every $1 paid
Johnny Depp: returns $4.10 for every $1 paid
Ben Stiller: returns $4.80 for every $1 paid
Ryan Reynolds: returns $4.90 for every $1 paid
Tom Hanks: »
- Garth Franklin
Forbes has posted its annual list of the most overpaid actors in Hollywood, and just like last year, former funnyman Adam Sandler finds himself in the unenviable position of first place, although he did have some competition from Johnny Depp following the disappointing box office for Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger.
The list is worked out by taking the estimated salary of each star and compared it against the budget and box office takings of their previous three movies, up to June 2014. For Sandler – whose past three films were That’s My Boy, Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2 – the return on investment worked out at $3.20 revenue for every $1 paid to the star. Here’s the full top ten:
1. Adam Sandler – $3.20
2. Johnny Depp – $4.10
3. Ben Stiller – $4.80
4. Ryan Reynolds – $4.90
5. Tom Hanks – $5.20
6. Will Ferrell – $6.60
7. Channing Tatum – $6.70
8. Denzel Washington – $6.90
9. Sandra Bullock – $9.00
10. Ben Affleck – $9.37
Still, a 3x return on investment isn’t that bad, »
- Gary Collinson
Ahead of its release in January, Lionsgate has released a new trailer for the Johnny Depp headlined comedy Mortdecai, which happens to be narrated by Stephen Fry. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
See Also: Two new TV spots for Mortdecai
Mortdecai sees David Koepp (Secret Window) directing a cast that includes Johnny Depp (Transcendence), Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man), Ewan McGregor (August: Osage County), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Paul Bettany (The Avengers), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Oliver Platt (Fargo).
Mortdecai is »
- Gary Collinson
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