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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' One of Most Enjoyable Summer Blockbusters of Early 21st Century

29 June 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »

- Andre Soares

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Into The Woods Blu-ray Review

22 May 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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.

Certificate: PG

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

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The Week in Blu-ray: UK Edition – A Most Violent Year, Foxcatcher, Into The Woods, Orange Is The New Black Season 2

19 May 2015 12:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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

A Most Violent Year

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

Foxcatcher

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

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Interview: Thn Talk ‘Into The Woods’ With Tony Award-Winner James Lapine

18 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Into The Woods follows our favourite fairy tales – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood – in a twist on the usual ‘happily ever after’ as a witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.

We spoke to Tony Award winning writer and director James Lapine about his role in Into The Woods coming to life.

What drew you to adapting the musical into something as big as a Disney movie?

Uh… money? [laughs] No. The thing that was great about it was there were no constraints as there are when you do things on the stage. The fun part was taking something that we had dreamed up that had the limitations of having to be on the stage, and reimagining it visually to be able to do pretty much anything we wanted. »

- Hannah Ross

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Win ‘Into The Woods’ Signed Cast Poster & DVD!

14 May 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To celebrate the release of Disney’s enchanting Into The Woods on Blu-ray and DVD, we’ve got a poster signed by the cast and 3 DVD’s to giveaway to some lucky souls! Expect a twist on the beloved fairy tales you thought you knew as Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in this adventure directed by Rob Marshall.

Into The Woods follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Streep), who has put a curse on them. Plots intertwine in a spellbinding mix of song and action as we explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

Based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, »

- Dan Bullock

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Time Machine: Woman in Red Hathaway on Red Carpet - Co-Hosts of Worst Oscar Ceremony Ever?

6 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »

- D. Zhea

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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner, Ranked From Worst to Best

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."

The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »

- Gary Susman

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Even Sondheim Fans Might Choose to Avoid Venturing "Into the Woods"

26 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Behold! A great smorgasbord of genre-specific characters packed into a single narrative! No, not the ABC (i.e. Disney) fairy tale mashup show Once Upon A Time. And not the Gothic mosaic that is Penny Dreadful. Or the superhero ensembles of the Justice League and Avengers. Nor even the upcoming villainous cadre of Suicide Squad. This is “art:” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1986 Broadway triumph, Into the Woods, that managed to eek out three Tony Awards in a year mostly ruined for all other contenders by the arrival of Broadway’s now longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera. Ever since that first Broadway run, and every subsequent tour, restaging, and revival, Into the Woods has been a favorite of Drama Departments in liberal arts schools across the country. Sondheim aficionados can’t stop singing his praises, but, unfortunately, very few of them sang anything other than, “Get me out of these woods, »

- Kyle North

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

16 April 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 28, 2015.

The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015. The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7″) and Danny Elfman.

The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters on May 1, 2015.

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer »

- Michelle McCue

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Into The Woods Blu-Ray Review

10 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Disney‘s Into the Woods was as surprising as it was entertaining. Viewers probably should have expected something that was going to work from Disney, but translations from the stage are tricky. Worse, the idea may sound rather odd for the uninitiated. We may have heard a few of these actors do some singing, but this one is loaded with names we aren’t familiar with when it comes to their vocal ability. Plus, going in, it’s difficult to nail down exactly what this thing is about.

Then you watch it, and even if you had high expectations, it’s hard not to be blown away by the fun and magic that comes your way.

Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and especially James Corden, steal the movie, which is a pretty impressive job considering the rest of the cast.

Best of all, the movie manages to actually capture the idea of the woods as character, »

- Marc Eastman

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Blu Review: Into the Woods

3 April 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Walt Disney Home Entertainment takes us on a dark and dazzling journey Into the Woods with this mashup of the many fairy tales they’ve so colorfully brought to the screen in animation form before. If you can imagine Once Upon a Time loaded with never-ending musical numbers you have a good idea what to expect from this impressive film. Besides a few spots where you know you’re on a movie set, audiences will no doubt get lost in the land of make-believe Director Rob Marshall transports you to. 

In Into the Woods, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are childless as the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep). Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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Watch: Exclusive ‘Into The Woods’ Easter Egg! Own It May 18th

27 March 2015 5:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Who wants an early Easter bonus feature from the upcoming Home Entertainment release of Disney’s Into The Woods? Well, join us as we head into this entertaining exclusive behind-the-scenes clip before it’s released on May 18th on Blu-ray and DVD.

For those who only know a little, Into The Woods is a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, entwining  the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The humourous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall directs »

- Dan Bullock

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This Week in Blu-ray: Us Edition – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Unbroken, Into the Woods and more

23 March 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks at this week’s big Blu-ray releases in the Us…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

All roads have led to this point, as they say. The final film in both The Hobbit Trilogy and J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations (at least for now), director Peter Jackson bids a fond farewell to Hobbits, Orcs and Wizards alike. Martin Freeman, Ian e, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily and Orlando Bloom return amongst the stellar cast, as Bilbo and friends face the final battle to save Middle-earth from the deadly Smaug.

You read what Flickering Myth contributor Alfie Nobes made of the final chapter here.

Order The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies On Blu-ray Here

 

Unbroken

While it failed to make as much of an impact along the awards season over the last few months, Angelina Jolie’s excellent sophomore directorial effort made over $160 million »

- Scott J. Davis

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Into The Woods – The Blu Review

23 March 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“I was raised to be charming, not sincere.”

When Michael Haffner reviewed Disney’s Into The Woods here at We Are Movie Geeks, he wrote “.….Into The Woods soars when it focuses on the music and character development. The multiple stories occasionally slow down the film, and the fact that some aren’t entirely given a clear resolution speak to how overstuffed it often feels.” (read all of Michael’s review Here).

Unfamiliar with the stage version, I recognized Into The Woods’ flaws but enjoyed it for the most part. It performed well at the Bo but wasn’t well-received by critics last Christmas. Perhaps most disappointed were people waiting for a more typical Disney story with perfect adorable characters expressing themselves through singing. It’s not a movie for the whole family like we all are used to from the studio. I was looking for more from Johnny Depp, »

- Tom Stockman

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On Demand DVD New Releases March 23-29

23 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

On Demand DVD New Releases March 23-29 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (pictured below) After Smaug decimates the countryside, Bilbo and company set off to finish the quest. Only they are about to engage armies in some of the most intense warfare of the series. And what of Gandalf? He who was left in a precarious situation is there to help everyone survive. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage (PG-13, 2:24) 3/24 Into The Woods Director Rob Marshall brings a talented cast of actors together in this reimagined compilation of classic fairy tales. Take Little Red Riding … Continue reading →

The post On Demand DVD New Releases March 23-29 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Meredith Ennis

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Exclusive: Anna Kendrick Explains the ‘Terrifying’ Feeling of Making ‘Into the Woods’

20 March 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

For those who got to see Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Into the Woods know it’s a magical experience watching Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, and Anna Kendrick bring these fabled characters to life on the big screen.

The film is also a big deal for any Stephen Sondheim fan. The prolific composer -- responsible for Company, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and other shows -- has been making his mark on musical theater for over 40 years.

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And considering the pressure of living up to Sondheim’s legacy and doing his Broadway musical justice, you can’t blame the film’s cast for being stressed -- especially Anna Kendrick, who performed an updated version of “On the Steps of the Palace.”

“It was great and terrifying to be in the recording studio and have Stephen Sondheim knock on the door in between takes and »

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Into the Woods Exclusive: How Meryl Streep Actually Wore Very Little Makeup as Witch

18 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Into the Woods comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on March 24, and before you can bring home the hit musical next week, we have an exclusive look at one of the DVD extras. It highlights the incomparable Meryl Streep as Witch, and not only does Streep address her transformation, but director Rob Marshall reveals that Streep actually wore "very little makeup" to achieve both of Witch's distinctive looks. Here's how they pulled it off. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Contest: Win Disney’s Into the Woods on Digital

13 March 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Disney's Into the Woods adds a musical twist to the well-traveled universe of classic fairy tales. Chicago director Rob Marshall helms this tale of CinderellaLittle Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel discovering their fates will all cross paths with a baker and his wife.

Into the Woods stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp, and is set to make its Blu-ray, DVD and Digital debut on March 24. Thanks to the awesome folks at Disney we are going to award one lucky reader a Disney Movies Anywhere code for Into the Woods that will grant access to watch the film online on either a computer or mobile device.

For a chance to win the Into the Woods Disney Movies Anywhere digital code, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning »

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Harvey Weinstein Talks Taking a Chance on First-Time Filmmakers, George Clooney Regret

10 March 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

During his time running Miramax and The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein has released a number of movies directed by first-time filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Rob Marshall's Chicago, Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom, Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station and George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. This background made Weinstein an ideal honoree for the third annual First Time Fest, designed to discover, showcase and celebrate first-time feature filmmakers. Weinstein was honored during the closing night of this year's festivities, participating in a discussion with First Time Fest's director

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- Hilary Lewis

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Journeying Into the Costumes of Into the Woods

9 March 2015 12:46 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Into the Woods opened on Broadway in 1987, with the music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine. It is Sondheim’s most performed musical and one of his best known works. The story combines familiar characters from childhood fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and the ubiquitous Witch, and explores their journeys to get their wish, as well as the negative consequences of the small dishonesties committed by each character to get what they want. As the witch sings, “Told a little lie/Stole a little gold/Broke a little vow/Did you?/Had to get your prince/Had to get your cow/Had to get your wish/Doesn’t matter how.” As the story unfolds, the traditional dichotomies of good and evil, and our expectations of each character, are shaken.

Fairy tales exist in a world of fantasy, and have been »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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