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You wouldn't know it from the film's lack of marketing, but a new movie called Black or White debuted in theaters today. Despite the presence of stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, I've never seen a trailer or TV spot for the movie, which BoxOfficeMojo says is in over 1,000 theaters right now. (Apparently the film played at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and didn't receive very favorable reviews.) I don't ever plan on watching this film, but that doesn't mean that I can't come up with a tangentially-related article about it. Black or White got me thinking: what other movies share a title with a Michael Jackson song?
As far as ground rules go, there's really only one major one: the title of the movie and the song have to match exactly - if a word is possessive, I'm not making an exception. Exact matches or Gtfo. I'll embed »
- Ben Pearson
The award will be presented at the 51st annual Cas Awards on Feb. 14 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
“For nearly three decades he has made his mark on cinema,” said Cas president David Fluhr. “From ‘Slacker’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’ to the ‘Before’ series to this year’s groundbreaking film ‘Boyhood,’ he has entertained and surprised us with his vision as a storyteller and filmmaker. As a director, writer and producer, he has shown us that a lot can happen in one day or 12 years. Rick embodies the word ‘filmmaker,’ and we are honored to present him with the Cas Filmmaker Award.”
- Dave McNary
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive: These days, theater buffs can choose between two versions of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods — Rob Marshall’s big-screen extravaganza with tons of stars and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s off-Broadway presentation of loosey-goosey Fiasco’s stripped-down, story-theater version with no stars at all, at the Laura Pels. But that’s small beer compared to the coming showdown between the dueling productions of Wolf Hall, each offering lavish takes… »
- Jeremy Gerard
It’s hardly a brand new sentiment to express, but you really can never script Oscar season. No matter how you think the awards race is going to go, at least to some degree it always turns out different. This year is obviously no exception, so today I wanted to take a look at how the various frontrunner have changed throughout the season. In some cases, we’ve seen top tier contenders hold strong all year, but the frontrunners have shifted for sure. In a few instances, the early favorites didn’t wind up nominated at all. That’s just how the season goes. We’re deep into phase two now, so it’s a perfect time to look back at what things were like at the start of 2014. Obviously, you never truly know what’s going to happen during an Oscar race, especially when you start out in the »
- Joey Magidson
"Lost in the Awards Rush" is a new weekly series Slackerwood is running during the awards season, to suggest lesser-known but excellent alternatives to popular frontrunners for big movie awards.
Upon its Broadway debut in 1987, Into the Woods was praised as an innovative, dark, bold and musically astounding work that, to this day, remains unequaled. Naturally, a movie version had to follow of this re-imagining of classic fairy tales and what happens after "happily ever after." Though there were plans for a Rob Reiner-directed movie adaptation featuring Cher, Goldie Hawn, Elijah Wood and Robin Williams in the early '90s, that sadly fell apart -- the notion of bringing a project so well regarded and towering in both story and scope seemed virtually impossible.
Enter Rob Marshall, who successfully brought Chicago (2002) (another seemingly un-adaptable Broadway sensation) to the screen and had set out to work similar wonders with what »
- Frank Calvillo
Over the past two decades, and the last 15 years in particular, Colleen Atwood has cemented herself as one of Hollywood's leading costume designers. She's earned three Oscars and is continually sought after by many leading directors to design threads for a variety of time periods and genres. With "Into the Woods," she has once again reunited with Rob Marshall for an inimitable blend of period and fantasy. HitFix recently spoke the Atwood, who picked up her 11th Oscar nomination for the film earlier this month. Read through the back and forth below. "Into the Woods" is now playing in theaters. *** HitFix: You clearly had to create many iconic characters for this film. Is that intimidating at all? Colleen Atwood: It was totally intimidating and not only creating them but creating them together in the same movie! Like, everybody is iconic, but it sort of flowed once I started. I started with the witch. »
- Gerard Kennedy
Write Out of La on underappreciated directors of 2014's awards season
xkcd The Star Wars tipping point
Script Notes talks about the "default male" problem in screenwriting
Empire Warner Bros still wants to make a feature adaptation of The Jetsons
Vulture cable programmings explosion over the past 15 years. This is why no one can keep up.
Awards Daily the Oscar bump is helping the indies. Even the long since faded Whiplash was up 114% this past weekend
Dissolve Martin Scorsese finally approaching production of the long-gestatingSilence about Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan
- NATHANIEL R
Into the Woods, 2014.
Directed by Rob Marshall.
This adaptation of the popular fairytale-blending stage play finds a baker and his wife on the receiving end of an ultimatum from an evil witch: they must find and collect four specific items in the woods by the next two midnights if they ever want to conceive a child…
Into the Woods should have been a tonic. It should have been a blast of wild escapism in a month filled with deep, austere, thinking pictures like Foxcatcher and American Sniper. While they’re busy being serious and vying for awards, Into the Woods should have been busy injecting adrenalin into subdued audiences. But it wasn’t: why? They key factor in pinpointing the film’s failure is understanding that it »
- Edward Gardiner
Meryl Streep, Christine Baransky and Tracey Ullman all teamed up at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York City to sing a hilariously retooled medley from Into the Woods. Meryl Streep Honors Rob Marshall Baranksy was the first on stage Thursday night and gave a formal introduction for Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, whom she […]
- Chelsea Regan
On Jan. 22, the Csa Artios Awards turned 30 on two coasts, “which means next year she’ll be uncastable,” joked New York host Michael Urie at the ceremony at 42West—formerly Xl Nightclub—honoring film, television, and theater’s most notable casting directors. This year’s Artios Awards honored CDs with projects released over the last 18 months after the Csa moved its date from November to the height of awards season. The ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York were hosted by Patton Oswalt and Urie, respectively. The evening recognized “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with the Career Achievement Award, which he accepted in L.A. Also on the west coast, Ellen Lewis was presented with the Hoyt Bowers Award. Martin Scorsese, for whom she cast “Goodfellas,” gave a video dedication to the prolific CD that was screened in NYC. Urie read a thank you from Lewis where she acknowledged “every actor »
Attendees of the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York City got a pleasant surprise last night when some special guests appeared to help honor director Rob Marshall. As the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner was being presented with the New York Apple Award, Christine Baranski appeared on stage and began singing about how many actors decided they wanted to show up for Marshall. “Anyone else for the festival?” she sang, borrowing a page from “Prologue: Into the Woods.” And before the audience members could catch their breath, Tracey Ullman walked onstage, chiming in, “I want to go to the festival.” And, while the audience members’ mouths were still hanging open with awe and delight, the two actors harmonizing over screams and gasps, the one and only Meryl Streep walked out singing, “Please let me go to the festival.” The three continued with versions of “Into the Woods” songs about »
★★★★☆When it was announced that Disney would be making a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved musical for Into the Woods (2014), the ears of fans pricked up. Would the House of Mouse keep true to the sinister tone of the original or would they coat it in sugar to make it more palatable for little ones? Tasked with keeping the theatre wolves from the door is director Rob Marshall, best known for his 2002 Oscar-winning show-stopper Chicago. What he has crafted is an entertaining and highly camp magical number. For those not familiar with Sondheim's original, it is a modern re-telling of classic fairytales that generations of children were raised on, but with a deeply contemporary twist.
- CineVue UK
I think a good way to judge whether or not you thought the past year of film was a good one is how difficult it was to compile your top ten of the year. Did you struggle to fill spots or were there a bunch of films vying for positionsc 2014 ended up in the latter category for me, which is a very good thing. I was impressed with the slate of films released this year, mainly from the smaller side. Major Hollywood studios did manage to crank out a couple of high quality, blockbuster entertainments, like Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past, which, in my opinion, is two more than they usually produce. Obviously, we are not far away enough to know how remembered 2014 will be, and if it is, for whatc Will people remember this as the year Marvel could put out whatever and people would »
- Mike Shutt
Over the past three decades, Dennis Gassner has had a hand in creating many of Hollywood's most memorable on-screen worlds, from classic period ("Bugsy") to surreal contemporary ("The Truman Show") to other-wordly fantasy ("The Golden Compass"). This year, he's back at it again with "Into the Woods," his first foray into the classic movie musical. His work on the film earned an Oscar nomination last week, his fifth to date after "Barton Fink," "Bugsy" (for which he won), "Road to Perdition" and "The Golden Compass." Currently in Austria working on the "Skyfall" follow-up, "Spectre," Gassner recently spoke to HitFix about crafting the eponymous forest environment for the Stephen Sondheim adaptation, among other elements. The design began during a Skype chat between Gassner and director Rob Marshall that the production designer attempts to recreate. On his direction, I go to Google and type "Angel Oak." My reaction: "Wow," which was exactly »
- Gerard Kennedy
Stars: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, James Corden, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Lilla Crawford, Simon Russell Beale, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour | Written by James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall has had plenty of success in the world of musical motion picture. His 2002 film adaptation of Chicago won Academy Awards and boosted Marshall’s name into the Hollywood “it crowd” in the process. Following up Chicago with a lovely adaptation of the Arthur Golden novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, showed Marshall was an accomplished director who was capable of more than musicals. Those two films showed style, heart and confidence. Since then, Marshall has directed Nine, a less well-received musical in 2009, On Stranger Tides, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in 2011, a film that many thought was unnecessary and failed in comparison to its prior instalments, »
- Chris Cummings
Clint Eastwood’s remarkable film about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, American Sniper, broke all box office records this weekend with an estimated $90 million. Since it’s initial release on December 25, 2014, the R-rated drama’s total stands at $93.6 million domestically – $119 million globally to date. Made for $60 million, Bradley Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict, Kevin Lacz, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
The film is looking to add about $15 million Monday, raising its total since its limited Christmas Day release to $108.6 million in the U.S.
The screenplay, written by Jason Hall, is based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
American Sniper received 6 Academy Award nominations last week for Best Picture, »
- Movie Geeks
Hot off a win at the Critics Choice Awards for “Edge of Tomorrow,” Emily Blunt is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel “The Huntsman,” multiple individuals with knowledge of the project have told TheWrap.
Director Frank Darabont abruptly left the high-priority project this week but Universal is moving full-steam ahead and a new filmmaker is expected to be hired next week.
Universal did not confirm the casting, though sources did confirm Darabont’s exit, citing creative differences. »
- Jeff Sneider
Update: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs reacted to diversity criticism Thursday, telling Vulture, "The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it's being discussed, and it's helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter."
Despite a diverse year in film, the pool of Academy Award nominees is very narrow. That is to say most of the nominees are straight white men.
“Have you heard about this hot new trend called ‘white men’?” – The Oscars
— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) January 15, 2015
Even more disappointing is the fact that not one person of color was nominated for an acting award. David Oyelowo, who earned tons of accolades and praise for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, was snubbed in the Best Actor category. His co-star »
Broadway played a starring role in the 2015 Academy Awards nominations — just as two nominees are playing starring roles on Broadway.
Both Bradley Cooper, nominated for best actor for “American Sniper,” and Emma Stone, tapped for supporting actress in “Birdman,” are currently playing eight performances a week on Broadway stages. Cooper’s headlining the strong-selling revival of “The Elephant Man” through Feb. 21, while Stone is amping up sales at the revival of “Cabaret,” which she’ll exit Feb. 15.
And Broadway, of course, plays a major part in “Birdman,” in which Michael Keaton’s character tries to resuscitate his acting career by writing, directing and starring in a Main Stem play. Filmmakers of “Birdman” — currently celebrating the movie’s nine noms, including best picture — camped out in Broadway’s St. James Theater for weeks in order to film the feature and also shot a couple of important scenes in theater district hangout Rum House. »
- Gordon Cox
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