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Venice — Your enjoyment of dodgy comedy "She's Funny That Way" will depend hugely on your personal tolerance for coincidence as plot mechanic. How many coincidences need to occur before the characters might as well start saying "a wizard did it" by way of explaining the wherefores of the plot? What's your personal tipping point? Perhaps your answer will depend on genre. Even in sci-fi or fantasy, "a wizard did it" is still a pretty poor explanation unless the wizard has a satisfying motive. In a more realistic genre, the greater the number of coincidences, the greater the strain on audience credulity. The genre of farce, though broadly realistic (there are usually no wizards), is of course often borderline fantastical in terms of the believability of people's behavior and the frequency with which coincidence craps all over the characters' hopes and dreams. "She's Funny That Way" leans heavily on this creaky »
- Catherine Bray
Screwball comedy was already a retro affair when Peter Bogdanovich mastered it in 1972 with “What’s Up, Doc?” Forty-two years later, that ageless throwback is the standard to which the director aspires in “She’s Funny That Way,” . At once invoking genre forebears like Ernst Lubitsch and contemporaries like Woody Allen, this diverting tale of a Brooklyn callgirl wreaking havoc among the romantically frustrated cast and crew of a dud Broadway play accumulates the necessary narrative chaos without ever building a full head of comic steam. The diverting result will find a modest audience principally among those old enough to recall Bogdanovich’s glory days.
“She’s Funny That Way” was initially, and more intriguingly, titled “Squirrels to the Nuts,” a reference to an irresistible nugget of do-your-own-thing philosophy from “Cluny Brown,” Lubitsch’s last completed film: “Some people like to feed nuts to the squirrels, but if someone wants »
- Guy Lodge
Peter Bogdanovich is back, and he's bringing a helluva ensemble with him. Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch all appear in the director's first feature in a decade, "She's Funny That Way. With the screwball comedy set to unspool at the Venice Film Festival, the first two clips are here to provide a zany look at the upcoming film. Set in the theatre world, the story follows a married Broadway producer (Wilson) who tries to convince a call-girl (Poots) to change her life. But that's just one thread in this multi-stranded tale, where the characters ping pong against each other. This fact is clearly evident with these two clips, where mixups and tension comedically rise to the surface. "She's Funny That Way" doesn't have distribution yet, but we're sure with this cast, it won't be too long until it does. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lucy Punch Comedy and The Dovekeepers have made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on CBS and FX. The Dovekeepers (CBS) Kathryn Prescott has been tapped for a lead role in CBS’ The Dovekeepers…Prescott will play Aziza, a stunning [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
It's been over a decade since Peter Bogdanovich directed a feature film. Since "The Cat's Meow" in 2001, the filmmaker has helmed an episode of "The Sopranos," the TV sports drama "Hustle" and the documentary "Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down A Dream." Now, he's returned with a full length effort, "She's Funny That's Way" (formerly known as "Squirrel To The Nuts"). Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson provided financial support for the film, and the cast includes Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch. It's a classic screwball yarn about a married Broadway producer (Wilson) who tries to convince a call-girl (Poots) to change her life. As Bogdanovich told us last year, he's kicked this screenplay around for a good long while. "We originally wrote the script back in 1998 around a difficult time in our lives »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Into The Woods is a modern twist on several of 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 (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, the acclaimed filmmaker behind »
- Melissa Thompson
Based on the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical and directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), Into the Woods combines classic tales such as Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and many more with an original story about a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) trying to remove a curse placed on them by an evil witch (Meryl Streep). Take a look at the first footage before this musical hits theaters on Christmas Day.
Into the Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. »
Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the first trailer for director Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, hitting theaters this Christmas and starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding and Annette Crosbie. »
The difference between a cow and a bean is a bean can begin an adventure, and the differences between the stage version of Into the Woods and the Rob Marshall movie version appear to be dust, mist, smokiness. People has some of the first stills from the upcoming film, and it ... you know, looks like a fairy tale.Here's Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife and James Corden as the Baker. Corden again and Meryl Streep in full witch regalia. Time to root through some rutabaga. Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, and Tammy Blanchard. It's your first big decision, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella. The choice isn't easy to make. Mackenzie Mauzy plays Rapunzel, but is probably best known for The Bold and the Beautiful. Chris Pine plays Cinderella's Prince. Shimmering and lovely and sad. Corden and Lilla Crawford, who recently played Annie on Broadway. And Johnny Depp as the barely »
- Margaret Lyons
Disney and director Rob Marshall are bringing one of Stephen Sondheim's classic musicals to life on the big screen this Christmas with Into the Woods, which intertwines the plots of several Grimm Brothers fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel and many more.
Today, we have nine brand new photos which give us our first look at Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), The Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp), The Baker (James Corden) and The Baker's Wife (Emily Blunt), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Cinderella's mother (Christine Baranski) and stepsisters (Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard), Prince Charming (Chris Pine), the Witch (Meryl Streep) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), along with commentary from director Rob Marshall and actress Emily Blunt.
After a bit of back and forth by Stephen Sondheim over the changes made to his musical "Into The Woods" for Disney's big screen, star-studded version, he's ultimately behind the "first-rate" production, and now the studio can push on with promoting the film. And today they've dropped a handful of new images to take you into the alternate fairy tale world you'll experience later this year. Featuring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Tracey Ullman, Lucy Punch and many, many more, "Into The Woods" turns the stories you thought you knew right upside down. The characters—The Wolf, Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, and more—are not quite wholesome, and the reconfigured tales are a bit darker and more twisted (but on this side of being family friendly we'd wager). Still, it's imaginative source material and it gives director Rob Marshall a lot to play with. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Walt Disney Pictures has released new photos from director Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, hitting theaters this Christmas and starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Richard Glover, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Riding and Annette Crosbie. »
A batch of new Into the Woods images from director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) feature film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical has landed online. The Disney production stars James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple. Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters. Today’s new images reveal quite a few of these, including Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf, and Chris Pine as Prince Charming. It’s an absolutely stacked cast, and Marshall had everyone sing live on set, so it should be interesting to see the final result come together this Christmas. With these images debuting today, I imagine a first trailer is right around the corner. Hit the jump to check out »
- Adam Chitwood
The trailer for Disney’s forthcoming adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods is on the horizon—but before the trailer debuts, the studio has released ten new production photos from the film exclusively to People.
Previously, fans have only seen a glimpse of Meryl Streep’s Witch. Now, though, they can take a good look at (almost) every major character in the movie, in which a handful of fairy tale characters—including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of beanstalk fame)—weaving an interconnected story as they each journey into the forest to find their »
- Marc Snetiker
The story is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities (aka. Powers) and follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities.
Also onboard are Max Fowler ("The Killing") and Adam Godley ("Breaking Bad"). Fowler plays the disaffected teen Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s previous partner who was murdered by a rogue Power. Godley is Captain Cross, head of the Powers division who may have his own agenda.
- Garth Franklin
While the actor playing male lead Det. Christian Walker is yet to be announced, The Following and Poltergeist remake actress Susan Heyward (below) has been nabbed to play his colleague Det. Deena Pilgrim, a role previously taken by Lucy Punch in the now-defunct FX adaptation.
Walker and Pilgrim are homicide detectives in a world that superpowers have made a very dangerous place. The live-action adaptation will be Sony PlayStation TV's debut series.
An adaptation of superhero-noir comic book Powers was long in development at FX. It had a full creative team — including the comic’s co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, who talked about the series with EW back in 2011. A pilot was even shot, with Jason Patric and Lucy Punch in the lead roles. But the project went into turnaround, with rumors of a new creative direction.
And if nothing else, we now know that direction led Powers right off cable television and into the frontier of streaming TV. At their press conference on Monday, Sony took a break from announcing new videogames »
- Darren Franich
June 2014. So what does the month of June usually remind one of during this time of year? Well, besides Father’s Day and possible scheduled weddings this sixth month in the calendar year marks the celebrated occasion for the ending of the school semester. Whether students are simply looking forward to their summer vacation or managed to complete a milestone in graduating from said grammar school, middle school, high school or college the month of June is closely identified with the school season coming to a close (unless one can escape the doldrums of a summer school session).
So to mark this auspicious occasion we should take a look at some random films with an educational theme. Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests. »
- Frank Ochieng
Stars: Tyler Labine, Malin Akerman, Lucy Punch, Dan Petronijevic, Benjamin Ayres, Kenneth Welsh, Nancy Beatty, Jonathan Crombie, Sabrina Grdevich, Jim Annan | Written by Jeremy Boxen | Directed by Peter Wellington
I was doing what many customers of Netflix do, browsing the catalogue of films on offer with a far-away look in my eye, unable to choose what to watch as the evening got later and later. As a fan of Tyler Labine from his work in Tucker and Dale versus Evil, I decided to give this movie a shot.
Also starring Malin Akerman (27 Dresses, Rock of Ages), Cottage Country is a comedy movie with elements of thriller, horror and romance, and is directed by Peter Wellington, who, from what I can tell, has only really been responsible for a few television movies, and random episodes of television shows I know little to nothing about.
Labine plays frustrated office worker Todd, a »
- Chris Cummings
Sony is bringing original programming to the PlayStation platform, with Deadline revealing that Sony Pictures TV is to adapt Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's Powers as an hourlong drama series which is expected to run for around 10 episodes.
Part superhero fantasy, part police procedural, Powers "is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. The series follows Detective Christian Walker, who is in charge of protecting humans like us and investigating cases involving the God-like men and women, referred to as 'powers,' who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below."
- Gary Collinson
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