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Their launch was overshadowed by comments from original show composer Stephen Sondheim which suggested the Disney film made changes to the musical, eliminating some of the darker subject matter and fan-favorite songs to make it more 'family friendly'.
The backlash was swift and intense, and concerns weren't settled by a follow-up explanation. Speaking with EW, Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine") has taken a turn at trying to clear up any misconceptions:
"It's ironic that happened at all, because Steve's been part of every single step of this movie. And the truth is, we've been incredibly faithful to the original. I'm actually really impressed Disney's doing this film, because it's very brave. I don't feel we've watered it down in any way, shape, or form. »
- Garth Franklin
Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s longstanding 1986 musical fairy tale rumpus, kicks off with an innocent series of wishes; Cinderella wants to attend the King’s Festival, Jack wants his cow to produce milk, and the Baker and his wife want to have a child. But all of their better intentions and innermost hopes wind up being utterly dashed over the course of the show’s two act structure, thanks to liberal helpings of murder, infidelity, petty squabbling, more murder, and general displays of adult irresponsibility.
So when Disney took it upon themselves to transplant Sondheim’s work from stage to screen, speculation as to whether the Mouse House would stick closely to the source material began in earnest. How ...
- Andy Crump
It was revealed last year that Stephen Sondheim had written a new song for Meryl Streep as the Witch in the upcoming musical Into the Woods at Disney. Streep told Extra!, "I have a new song that Sondheim wrote for me, so it's all very, very... He gave me the manuscript of it and he wrote, 'don't f**k it up!'" Well, no words on whether or not Streep did in fact eff it up, but director Rob Marshall tells Entertainment Weekly the song won't actually make the final film saying, "It was beautiful and spectacular, but it was very clear, as good as the song was, that the movie was stronger without." As for Streep's performance, Marshall adds, "I don't think people will be remotely ready to hear her sing this material. The power from her is off the charts." Marshall also says the song "Rainbows", written by »
- Brad Brevet
don't cry Meryl, you've got plenty of songs to sing already!No sooner do we get the Oscar charts updated than everything changes. We are Sisyphus!
I was thrilled to have a new Stephen Sondheim song to look forward to after all the build-up, but we shan't be hearing it. At least not within the context of Into the Woods since they've cut it from the movie. Sorry Meryl... but you've got other great songs to sing. That means less one Oscar nomination for the movie which could earn anywhere from 0 to, you know, 14. I should pretend to have a clue how this will be received but my own deep love of Sondheim musicals has really messed with my radar about this movie. I remain both totally elated that it will be onscreen and terrified at all the things that are sure to be wrong with it. What should we »
- NATHANIEL R
Before Disney released a trailer and an assortment of first- (well, second-) look photos at Into the Woods in late July, there wasn’t much information available about the upcoming movie adaptation of the beloved 1987 Broadway musical. That’s why fans latched on tightly earlier this summer, when composer Stephen Sondheim indicated that the film had made certain changes to the show’s script—ones pertaining to death and sex and the elimination of fan-favorite songs.
Sondheim wasn’t pleased with the backlash. Despite the theater legend’s follow-up explanation, some fans had already decided that Disney was making a »
- Marc Snetiker
- Jazz Tangcay
The part of Sally Bowles has long been associated with Hollywood actresses. Performers as diverse as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natasha Richardson and most recently Michelle Williams have donned the distinctive bowler hat and stockings for an image that was made an icon of cinema by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film of Cabaret. Now after much speculation The Amazing Spider-man star Emma Stone is in the closing stages of negotiation to take over the stage show from Williams in November.
Relaunched in April by the powerhouse theatrical combination of former Donmar Warehouse boss/Skyfall director Sam Mendes (who previously staged it with Jane Horrocks) and Rob Marshall (Chicago), the production also features Alan Cumming as the ghoulish Mc who presides over the action as the Nazis encroach into the Weimar Republic in the run up to the Second World War. The Kander and Ebb musical is based on the writings of »
- Steve Palace
Auf weidersehen, Michelle Williams, wilkommen Emma Stone. A spokesman for the Broadway revival of the Broadway revival of Cabaret confirms that the Amazing Spider-Man and Magic In The Moonlight star “is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.” The Roundabout Theatre Company production stars Alan Cumming as the M.C., reprising the role that won him a Tony Award in 1998, when Sally was played by the late Natasha Richardson (who also won a Tony for her performance).
Staged by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, the show has done solid business since opening in April, most recently reaching about 80% of its gross potential and filling about 90% of Studio 54’s 893 seats. Stone was rumored to have been the first choice for the role when scheduling scuttled the plan. Williams, who has been terrific as the so-so chanteuse, recently extended her stay through November 9, when, presumably, Stone will take over. »
- Jeremy Gerard
The next big name to headline the Kit Kat Klub? Emma Stone. The Magic in the Moonlight actress is currently in negotiations to join Cabaret on Broadway, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The actress would star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of the musical as Sally Bowles, a role currently showcasing Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut. The show sees Alan Cumming reprising his role as Emcee in the revival of John Kander's and Fred Ebb's Berlin-set musical, directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. Williams has extended her run through Nov. 9, and the limited run at Studio 54
- Ashley Lee
Craig Ferguson announced he'd be leaving The Late Late Show back in April, but we hadn't heard much about who'll be replacing him - until now. British actor James Corden is rumored to be in talks to take over the late-night post. While you may be wondering who the heck this guy is, we're here to fill you in - and tell you that you may have just been introduced to him in these recent Into the Woods pictures! Here's what else you need to know about the star and where you may have seen him before. Source: Getty He's one of the stars of Into the Woods. Corden was recently spotted in the brand-new Into the Woods trailer as the Baker (with Emily Blunt as his wife). Though he's not so well-known to Us audiences yet, director Rob Marshall probably had good reason to cast him in the musical »
Considering I have 23 contenders in my 2015 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actress at this moment and the fact I've only seen two of the movies those 23 actresses star in, I think it's safe to say these are rather wild spit-ball predictions at this moment. However, we have to start somewhere and in that sense, it's probably no surprise one of the two performances I've actually seen tops my first look at the category. At #1 I have Patricia Arquette for her performance in Boyhood. It's a pick many will probably consider ridiculous considering IFC hardly has a budget to mount a serious Oscar campaign, but this is a film and a performance we can keep alive as fans of the film. Critics, commenters and film fans alike can help show support for what will undoubtedly be one of the best performances of the year. Will it be the best in the »
- Brad Brevet
Disney just unveiled the official trailer for it's upcoming "Into the Woods" movie, giving us a look at Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Prince Charming and many others. Check it out below. Plot: The humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) . all tied together by an original story involving a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. The new movie is directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and co-stars Johnny Depp as The Wolf. It's set to hit theaters on December 25th, 2014. Trailer: »
The big screen take on Broadway hit Into The Woods is coming. Here's the first trailer for it...
Taking the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm for its core, Into The Woods is a movie take on the hit Broadway show. It's being brought to the big screen by Chicago and Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. And the cast for the movie is impressive. Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp lead the ensemble. Plus, any film that finds a good role for Christine Baranski is doing something right in our book.
The film is due in cinemas at Christmas, and Disney has unleashed the first trailer for it here. Take a mooch, and see what you make of this...
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'Into the Woods' Trailer
The Into the Woods trailer introduces the story's many characters, including Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Cinderella’s Prince (Chris Pine), The Baker (James Corden), The Baker’s Wife (Emily Blunt), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and the Evil Witch (Meryl Streep).
Throughout the trailer, all of the characters say “I wish,” which is followed by a caution on the screen that reads, “Be careful what you wish for.”
The Evil Witch’s advice: “Go to the woods!”
Everybody loves musicals, right? Yes. Let’s go ahead and say that everybody loves musicals. But there is a caveat to this fact I’ve just gone ahead and made up. A musical is only warm and lovable if you explicitly know you’re watching a musical. Say you put on what you think is an ordinary film — let’s go with Blade Runner – and out of nowhere Rutger Hauer belts out an “Attack ships! On fire off the shoulder of Oriiiiiiiiiiiiiiooooooooon!” while a chorus line of Harrison Ford replicants shimmy across the background. That’s sure to put a lot of people off (although for the record, I would pay any sum of money to witness such a thing). Yet Into the Woods has just gone and played that same maneuver: the “singing robot surprise.” The first trailer for Rob Marshall‘s seemingly-ordinary fairy tale film has finally arrived, and »
- Adam Bellotto
Merry Christmas! Or it will be when the anticipated feature adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods hits theaters on Dec. 25 in a blaze of Rob Marshall-directed musical glory starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp. James Lapine, who wrote the book for the Tony-winning Broadway show, also wrote the screenplay. But for those who were hoping for a taste of the Sondheim songs being tackled by the supremely talented cast...sorry, the first teaser trailer for the film, released Thursday, contains no singing. Instead, the 1-minute, 48-second teaser sets up the basic frame of the story, which encompasses a number of familiar fairy-tale faces and tropes »
Christmas just got a whole lot merrier now that the first teaser trailer for Disney's Into the Woods has arrived online. Due in theaters on Christmas Day, Into the Woods is an adaptation of the popular Broadway musical that mashes up a bunch of iconic fairytale characters into one fantastical story about a couple (played by Emily Blunt and James Corden) who venture into the woods to see about lifting a family curse. Watch the teaser trailer below. This first look at what's sure to be one of the biggest films of the holiday season does a great job teasing the spectacle--from the music to the incredible ensemble cast, it's impossible to watch this and not immediately want more. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides...
- Erik Davis
Into The Woods is one of our early picks for next year’s Oscar race. Yes, we based this solely on Meryl Streep‘s witchy hair, Rob Marshall‘s first film, and the fact that Stephen Sondheim‘s musical is humorous, haunting, and increasingly affecting with each viewing.
Despite being a story focused around beloved fairy tale characters, it is not necessarily a show for kids. On the heels of the first official photos hitting the Internet this week, an early trailer was released today. And while there’s no singing to be heard — even though this is a musical— there’s plenty of quick judgments to make around its stars. Chris Pine knows how to fill out a prince’s suit, Emily Blunt‘s Baker’s Wife shares the same frazzled look as Runway senior assistant Emily, and Meryl’s fierceness shines through despite the warts, wrinkles, and an overwhelming amount of grey hair. »
- Emily Exton
Rob Marshall (Chicago) leads an all-star cast that includes Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracey Ullman, and Christine Barnaski in the production adapted from Stephen Sondheim and James Lepine’s musical theatre creation.
The musical focuses on The Witch (Streep) and her desire to teach various fairytale characters including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack (he of beanstalk fame) a lesson as the interconnected characters embark on a expedition into the woods.
The film won’t hit theaters until Christmas Day, but you can get your first look at the film’s mega cast now…sorta. You’ll get a good glimpse of everyone dressed in their fairytale counterparts like Chris Pine as Prince Charming, »
- Rachel West
Disney unveils its first trailer for Rob Marshall's adaptation of the Broadway musical "Into the Woods." Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine weave together several well-known fairy tales and explore the after of "happily ever after." The film will be released in the U.S. on Christmas Day and stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Meryl Streep. Thompson on Hollywood. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube Will the upcoming film "Birdman" finally be Michael Keaton's ticket to a first Oscar nomination? The first full-length trailer of the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu movie is now online in advance of its Venice Film Festival debut next month. It will also be the closing night feature of trhe New York Film Festival. It opens nationwide on October 17 and also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Huffington Post »
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