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Interview: Rob Marshall

23 hours ago | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Director Rob Marshall has been credited for reviving the musical genre and bringing films like Chicago to the big screen. For his latest film, he adapts Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Into The Woods. »

- Jazz Tangcay

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Review: Depressing new spin on 'Annie' seems completely embarrassed to be a musical

20 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As Will Gluck's new film version of "Annie" opens, an adorable red-haired moppet stands in front of her class reading a plucky book report. As she finishes, her teacher rolls his eyes and calls on the next student, Annie B. With that very post-modern move, things are handed over to Quvenzhane Wallis, who approaches her first scene the way she approaches literally every single second of the film: big smile in place, bouncing rather than dancing, and sing-talking her way through songs that demand a much better singer. Harsh, perhaps, but from start to finish, "Annie" feels like a movie made by people who are deeply embarrassed to be working on a musical, and that's a problem. Wallis, who is an appealing young performer, simply doesn't have the chops for what has traditionally been one of the more demanding leads in a musical for a young performer, and Gluck, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, James Lapine and Rob Marshall Talk Into The Woods, Casting, the Rehearsal Process, “Tinderella” and More

20 December 2014 9:07 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Twenty-seven years after Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical Into the Woods premiered on Broadway, the piece is making its was to the big screen.  The story centers on the Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) who so desperately want to have a child, but come to realize that they can’t unless they reverse The Witch’s (Meryl Streep) curse.  Meanwhile, elsewhere in the kingdom, Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) is busy slaving away for her wicked stepmother (Christine Baranski) while dreaming of attending the King’s festival and dancing before The Prince (Chris Pine). With Into the Woods making its way into theaters on Christmas Day, Corden, Blunt, Pine, Kendrick, Lapine and director Rob Marshall all came to New York City to participate in a press conference.  The group discussed the unique layers of the characters, the challenges of making a movie musical, the extensive rehearsal process and loads more. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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'Into the Woods' Preview Goes Behind the Fairytale

19 December 2014 5:39 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the Christmas Day release less than a week away, Walt Disney Pictures has released two clips and two featurettes for Into the Woods. Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) pushes away Prince Charming (Chris Pine) after he "strays" in the first clip, while Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) is forced to sell his beloved cow, at the behest of his mother (Tracey Ullman) in the second clip. The featurettes include interviews with cast members such as Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, composer Stephen Sondheim and director Rob Marshall, along with brand new footage and insight into this Broadway musical adaptation.

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood »

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'Into the Woods' (2014) Movie Review

19 December 2014 12:42 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I was both "excited and scared." These words, as sung by Little Red Riding Hood in the classic, Stephen Sondheim musical, echoed my sentiments as I walked into Disney's film adaptation of Into the Woods, a play I hold in very high regard and one of the seminal musicals that developed my love for the form. My cause for concern stemmed from director Rob Marshall (Chicago, Nine), whom, to this point, I don't believe has made a particularly good movie. Sitting down in the theater, my heart was pounding. Then, the fifteen-minute-long opening prologue started, and I began to settle. The show was in good hands, and the result is a successful entry into movie musical canon, even despite some issues. The film opens with a focus, primarily, on three separate fairy tales, two familiar to us all and one a new creation. First is Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) attending the king's festival, »

- Mike Shutt

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Review: ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Meryl Streep, Ana Kendrick, Emily Blunt & Johnny Depp

19 December 2014 12:40 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A grand, visually impressive adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical theater production, Disney's “Into The Woods” is at the outset enchanting, even entertaining. And if there were concerns that some of the darker, adult themes in the movie wouldn’t be addressed, well, this version is a lot more somber than you might imagine. But perhaps counter intuitively, this approach works to the detriment of the picture’s tenor, rhythm and initially vibrant energy: “Into The Woods” soon loses its spark in an enervating and overlong third act that winds up as a cul de sac to nowhere. Directed by Rob Marshall, ‘Woods’ certainly has its moments and a few enjoyable musical set-pieces, but that dour and drudging final section quickly saps the movie of its various charms. Mostly sticking to Sondheim’s basic plot faithfully —a mish mash of fairy tale tropes and Brothers Grimm stories— “Into The Woods” centers on a baker, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Steve Carell, Rob Marshall Set for Variety Creative Impact Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

19 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steve Carell will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award while “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall will be honored with the Creative Impact in Directing award at the Palm Springs Film Festival’s 10 Directors to Watch event on January 4.

The honor celebrates the scope of Carell’s work ranging from comedy performances to his dramatic role in this year’s “Foxcatcher,” for which he received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.

Marshall’s award honors his career as a theater and film director, especially his work adapting the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” on the bigscreen.

“Since his emergence as one of America’s most gifted comedic actors two decades ago, Steve Carell’s career has moved through breakout hit television and film roles from ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ to ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ to ‘The Office.’ Now, with his gripping portrayal of a man whose dreams and whims »

- Variety Staff

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UK movie releases: January 2015

19 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

January 2, 2015

The Theory of Everything

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones

Running time: 123 mins

Certificate: 12A

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Director: Tom Harper

Starring: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine

Running time: 98 mins

Certificate: 15

Birdman

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis

Running time: 119 mins

Certificate: 15

Dying of the Light

Director: Paul Schrader

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin

Running time: 92 mins

Certificate: 18

Enemy

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent

Running time: 90 mins

Certificate: 15

January 9, 2015

Taken 3

Director: Olivier Megaton

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace

Running time: Tbc

Certificate: 12A

Foxcatcher

Director: Bennett Miller

Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell

Running time: 134 mins

Certificate: 15

Into the Woods

Director: Rob Marshall

Starring: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick

Running time: 125 mins

Certificate: PG

January 16, 2015

American Sniper

Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Running time: 132 mins

Certificate: 15

Testament of Youth

Director: James Kent

Starring: Alicia Vikander, »

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‘Into the Woods’ is more shrill than charming

18 December 2014 9:02 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Into the Woods

Written by James Lepine, based on a musical by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Rob Marshall

USA, 2014

What is there to say about a film that is destined to succeed in spite of its weak ambitions and generic form? Rob Marshall’s newest project, Into the Woods, has been granted a Christmas Day release. which will no doubt pay off bigtime for the director and Disney Studios. It has all the ingredients of success: it is based off an incredibly popular Stephen Sondheim musical, it features a fairy-tale motif, and it has an all-star cast. It also cashes in on the fact that musicals are once again a highly commercial prospect, and while innovation within the genre seems to be at a virtual stand-still, audiences will flock to see nearly any Hollywood adaptation of a popular Broadway musical. More shrill than charming, Into the Woods shares more in »

- Justine Smith

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Into the Woods Movie Review 2

18 December 2014 8:05 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Into The Woods Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  C+ Director:  Rob Marshall Screenwriter:  James Lapine, music by Stephen Sondheim Cast:  Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski Screened at:  Lighthouse, NYC, 11/27/14 Opens:  December 25, 2014 The tagline for the movie is “Be careful what you wish for…” the implication being that you may get your wish but that you are worse off than ever.  In fact, the four people who make wishes right at the opening of the fairy tale all wish for the things that mean the most to them,  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Scribe James Lapine on Bringing ‘Into the Woods’ to the Big Screen

18 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Disney and director Rob Marshall needed a screenwriter for the movie-musical “Into the Woods,” they went straight to the source: James Lapine, the book writer of the Stephen Sondheim stage musical and the director of its 1987 Broadway bow as well as a 2002 revival.

Sondheim wrote a new song, but I didn’t hear it in the movie.

It was shot, but didn’t make the final cut. It was a song Meryl (Streep, who plays the Witch) sang, called “She’ll Be Back,” after Rapunzel leaves. It just stopped the action and diminished the impact of Meryl’s climactic number, “The Last Midnight.”

The movie has turned out to be pretty faithful to the stage version.

When we started I suggested to Rob, “Why don’t we throw out the opening and try a new number?” He said, “No way.”

How was it returning to the show almost 30 years after you first wrote it? »

- Gordon Cox

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'Annie's' Cameron Diaz sings 'Tomorrow,' questions how 'edgy' she is

18 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Would you like to hear Cameron Diaz and Bobby Canavale sing? Buy a ticket for "Annie" in theaters this week and you can! Then again, why wait. HitFix's Josh Lasser gets the stars of the new musical to belt their hearts out on a karaoke version of "Tomorrow" in the above-embedded video interview, which also has Diaz waxing poetic on why the musical's songs still appeal today: "They're just really upbeat, optimistic...when I think of these songs, they kind of like, they're going outward but they're also going in inward," she said. "They're soaring high but then they're drawing you in deep, you know? That's a nice juxtaposition." So what's Bobby's favorite karaoke song? And why doesn't Cameron think Rob Marshall or Baz Luhrmann would ever cast her in one of their film musicals? Find out by watching the full interview. "Annie" hits theaters on December 19. »

- HitFix Staff

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'Into The Woods' Reviews: Rob Marshall Directs a Solid, Satisfying Sondheim Fairytale

17 December 2014 11:26 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You can't please everyone, but Rob Marshall's reinvention of the Stephen Sondheim fairytale-mashup musical is just what the doctor ordered if you seek late-December escapism: catchy songs, blandly reassuring plot points, decent visuals and Meryl Streep as a witch in a wig. It's no "Chicago," but "Into the Woods" should satisfy (or, at least, shouldn't piss off) Sondheim fans, who were spoiled by Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" in 2007. If we can all take off our Streep blinders for a moment, the rest of the musical-savvy cast is also strong. Emily Blunt is especially striking as the Baker's Wife, bringing bouncy comedy to this otherwise thankless role; Anna Kendrick is as overly earnest as ever as the ragamuffin Cinderella; and Johnny Depp as The Wolf gets in and out of the way before becoming annoying. While the trades have stamped the film with approval—it's likely to nab SAG »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Annie' (2014) Movie Review

17 December 2014 10:31 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The story of the little red-headed orphan who warms the heart of a billionaire is one of the most famous in all of musical theater history. This is mainly due to the fact it has inspired countless little girls to annoyingly sing. The story has already been given two screen adaptations, one for the big screen in 1982 by John Huston and one for the small screen in 1999 by Rob Marshall. So, instead of Sony trying to adapt a musical that has not made it to the screen yet, they have decided to go to the Annie well once more. But this time the plot, setting, and music have been updated for 2014. The result is one of the most charmless movie musicals I have seen in some time. I knew I was in for trouble when the first scene of the film contains two groan-worthy winks at the audience (something that »

- Mike Shutt

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Into The Woods Review

17 December 2014 8:33 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Director Rob Marshall has masterfully brought three Broadway musicals to the big screen, although he has done so by breaking a cardinal rule of adapting a stage production. In the transition to the big screen, many directors choose to space their songs and scenes in a different way from the stage blocking, so that the story’s theatrical roots evaporate. For instance, instead of showing the scenes in a wide shot, akin to how an audience member would view a sweeping musical, they use one of the cinema’s most distinctive features, the close-up. Instead of allowing the characters to remain static as they sing their soliloquies, the director often lets the character move around and interact with the world around them. These tricks are meant to sever any stage-bound influences.

Nevertheless, the success of Marshall’s blustery, big-screen versions of beloved plays – the Oscar-winning Chicago, the under-rated Nine and now, »

- Jordan Adler

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Into the Woods review: How does the Meryl Streep, James Corden, Johnny Depp musical fare?

17 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Rob Marshall; Screenwriters: James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim; Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: PG

If ever someone was guilty of not seeing the wood for the trees, it's Rob Marshall with this fairytale mash-up based on the Broadway musical. The Chicago director gets bogged down in a multi-strand narrative that unfolds in frustrating, circular motion as he tries to weave together several Brothers Grimm fairytales. Even the songs by Stephen Sondheim seem to blur into one.

Thank goodness for a constellation of stars who manage to rise above, particularly Meryl Streep whose wicked witch livens up many a scene. James Corden and Emily Blunt spark off each other well, too, as the humble baker and his wife who are childless thanks to one of the witch's spells and venture into the woods in an effort to break it. »

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Into the Woods review: Musical can't see the wood for the trees

17 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Rob Marshall; Screenwriters: James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim; Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: PG

If ever someone was guilty of not seeing the wood for the trees, it's Rob Marshall with this fairytale mash-up based on the Broadway musical. The Chicago director gets bogged down in a multi-strand narrative that unfolds in frustrating, circular motion as he tries to weave together several Brothers Grimm fairytales. Even the songs by Stephen Sondheim seem to blur into one.

Thank goodness for a constellation of stars who manage to rise above, particularly Meryl Streep whose wicked witch livens up many a scene. James Corden and Emily Blunt spark off each other well, too, as the humble baker and his wife who are childless thanks to one of the witch's spells and venture into the woods in an effort to break it. »

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Into the Woods review: trees fall in a forest, making one hell of a sound

17 December 2014 6:59 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rob Marshall’s big screen version of the Stephen Sondheim musical has taken nearly three decades. Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep just about make it worthwhile

The path to the big screen for Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale mashup has been long and winding. A read-through was held more than 20 years ago, with Goldie Hawn and Robin Williams as the infertile baker and his wife, Cher as the witch who commissions them to fetch bits and bobs (cow, slipper, cape, hair etc) from the forest so she can break the spell, Danny DeVito as the giant, Steve Martin the big bad wolf and Roseanne Barr as Jack’s mother, fed up with her son’s bad haggling. A fresh cast – including Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon – were cued up by Jim Henson in the late 90s, before the curtain fell on that, too. Then, after the success of rootin-tootin »

- Catherine Shoard

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Film Review: ‘Into the Woods’

17 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Be careful what you wish for” warn the ads for “Into the Woods” — an apt summary of the movie’s theme, and also the mindset of many a Stephen Sondheim fan ever since it was announced that the composer’s popular 1987 Broadway musical was being turned into a film. But such fears are swiftly allayed by director Rob Marshall, who, um, marshals Sondheim’s cavalcade of fairy-tale all-stars on to the screen in a faithful, never particularly inspired, but supremely respectable version — one that outclasses Marshall’s prior “Chicago” and “Nine,” to say nothing of this season’s two-ton musical monstrosity, “Annie.” Strong reviews and family appeal should earn Disney much more than a bunch of magic beans at the holiday box office, with a long shelf life to follow.

It certainly took Hollywood long enough  to see the forest for the trees where “Into the Woods” was concerned. A »

- Scott Foundas

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'Into the Woods': Film Review

17 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The tentative 21st century rebirth of the movie musical has been one step forward, two steps back. But Rob Marshall, who directed a commercially successful example in Chicago and a misconceived dud in Nine, hits a sweet spot between cinematic and theatrical with his captivating film adaptation of Into the Woods. This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit. It benefits from respect for the source material, enticing production values and a populous gallery of sharp character portraits from a delightful cast. Its skeptical view

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- David Rooney

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