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Theatre Review: Great Britain

28 September 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Richard Bean

Starring: Lucy Punch, Iain Mitchell, Aaron Neil, Ben Mansfield, Andrew Woodall, Rupert Vansittart, Dermot Crowley, Robert Glenister, William Chubb.

Synopsis: Set in a fast paced, quick talking news room, Great Britain follows an ambitious news editor who stumbles across the ability to hack phones.

Great Britain arrives at The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the back of some wonderful exposure and a lot of love pushed towards its satirical take on the world of Britain today. ‘Press. Police. Politics’ is the tagline, and each one is deconstructed and overblown to the point of absurd comedy that has a worrying sense of truth behind it all.

Richard Bean’s play is certainly a brave and bold attack on the British media and other such institutions, but it’s also something we are all aware of. There are many times when the script dances into serious territory, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Disney's Into The Woods - New Poster with Creepy Meryl Streep

21 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Disney released a new poster for their upcoming movie musical Into the Woods, which features a ghoulish looking Meryl Streep looking to haunt your nightmares. 

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, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them."

I've never seen the stage musical that this movie is based on, but I'm familiar with a couple of the songs. It looks like a decent movie, and it has an impressive cast that also includes Emily Blunt, James Corden, »

- Joey Paur

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Sony's 'Powers': First Look at Sharlto Copley and Susan Heyward

16 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After FX passed on the pilot for Powers, based on Brian Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's comic book, Sony's Playstation Network decided to revive the show with a whole new cast. Production is currently under way in Atlanta, and USA Today has the first official photo featuring Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker and Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim. Take a look at the photo below, then read on for more details from the show's cast and executive producers.

The show, which will be the first original program on Sony's Playstation Network, is currently in its fourth week of shooting in Atlanta, although it isn't clear when the show will make its debut. The series is set in a world where individuals known as Powers possess incredible, super-human abilities. Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim are partners in the Powers police division, which handles crimes committed by these superhumans. Here's what »

- MovieWeb

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'Into the Woods' Poster Features Meryl Streep as the Witch

16 September 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Meryl Streep is a dirty old witch in the first poster for Disney's upcoming musical Into the Woods. A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods plays with intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel are all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. As the poster warns: 'Be Careful what you wish for!'

Into the Woods is a humorous and heartfelt musical that 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 »

- MovieWeb

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Watch Jennifer Aniston trying to score drugs in new Cake clip

14 September 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A clip of Jennifer Aniston in her new film Cake has been released.

The drama stars Aniston as Claire, a woman suffering from constant and chronic pain following a car crash.

A depressed Claire comes to find solace in investigating the suicide of a woman from her chronic pain support group named Nina (Anna Kendrick).

The promo shows her attempting to procure drugs in Mexico, accompanied by her housekeeper Silvana (Adriana Barraza).

The film also stars Britt Robertson, Lucy Punch and Felicity Huffman.

Cake is due for release in 2015. »

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Toronto: Second Jennifer Aniston Pic Catches Buzz North Of The Border

12 September 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Most of the Jennifer Aniston-related focus at Toronto has been for Cake, the Daniel Barnz-directed pic in which she plays a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group. That film is still in the mix, but there’s another film creating buzz in Toronto even though it was not a festival selection. It’s She’s Funny That Way, the first film Peter Bogdanovich has directed in 13 years. While Cake got into Toronto, She’s Funny That Way premiered in Venice. But the buyers don’t flock to that festival, so the picture was screened secretly for buyers Monday afternoon by CAA, UTA and producer Cassian Elwes. There are four bids on the table, but they are smallish and the sellers still have the film in play. The screwball comedy is about a married Broadway director who falls »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Television that Home Video Forgot: The Class (2006)

9 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Class

Showcase Inventory

Created by David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik

Produced by CraneKlarik in association with Warner Bros. Television

Aired on CBS for one season (19 episodes) from September 18, 2006 – March 5, 2007

Cast

Jason Ritter as Ethan Haas

Lizzy Caplan as Kat Warbler

Heather Goldenhersh as Lina Warbler

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Richie Velch

Jon Bernthal as Duncan Carmello

Andrea Anders as Nicole Allen

Sean Maguire as Kyle Lendo

Lucy Punch as Holly Ellenbogen

Show Premise

A young romantic (Jason Ritter) sets up a surprise party in order to propose to his girlfriend, inviting members of their third grade class. Attending guests range from twin sisters, one anti-socially cynical (Lizzy Caplan) and the other eager to find love (Heather Goldenhursh), to an awkward would be suicide (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), a scorned at the prom ex (Lucy Punch) of a since out of the closet homosexual (Sean Maguire), and a couple of former flames »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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Can Great Britain still make a splash without headline star Billie Piper?

4 September 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Bean's newspaper farce is leaving the National, with Lucy Punch taking up the role of red-top editor Paige Britain. Some transfers, though, thrive without their biggest names

Although transfers from subsidised or smaller theatres to the West End obviously involve financial risk, producers gamble that the first run has proved the demand for a particular show or star and that reviews or word of mouth from the original can be used to draw other punters in.

But in the case of two shows moving to commercial venues this month, the flutter is greater because the show now being sold is not quite the one that original audiences saw. In the Theatre Royal Haymarket production of Richard Bean's newspaper and police farce Great Britain, the main role of a red-top editor passes from Billie Piper to Lucy Punch, while for the transfer to the Vaudeville theatre of the musical revue Forbidden Broadway, »

- Mark Lawson

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Review: 'She's Funny That Way' is a creaky throwback comedy with a charming cast

29 August 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Venice Film Review: ‘She’s Funny That Way’

29 August 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Watch: First 2 Clips From Peter Bogdanovich's Screwball Comedy 'She's Funny That Way'

28 August 2014 1:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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TV Casting: Lucy Punch in FX Show, Kathryn Prescott in The Dovekeepers

27 August 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  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 [...]

Continue reading: TV Casting: Lucy Punch in FX Show, Kathryn Prescott in The Dovekeepers »

- Rollo Tomasi

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Venice First Look: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots & Jennifer Aniston In Peter Bogdanovich's 'She's Funny That Way'

4 August 2014 7:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Into The Woods Trailer And Photos Have Arrived

31 July 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo by: Peter Mountain. © 2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..

Disney has released the first preview, as well as new photos, for Rob Marshall’s Into The Woods.

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.

Johnny Depp fills the shoes of the Big Bad Wolf

James Corden and Meryl Streep

Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind »

- Melissa Thompson

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'Into the Woods' Trailer Starring Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt

31 July 2014 9:47 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the photos that debuted yesterday, Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer for their upcoming musical Into the Woods, which hits theaters on December 25.

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. »

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Watch the First Trailer for Disney's Into the Woods!

31 July 2014 9:23 AM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

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. »

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Take a Look at the Into the Woods Stills

30 July 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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

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'Into the Woods' Photos Tease Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf

30 July 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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.

"As Little Red Riding Hood, Lilla Crawford takes on Johnny Depp's Big Bad Wolf. 'Everybody worked really well together," says director Rob Marshall. 'Of course it helps when »

- MovieWeb

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Step Into A Fairy Tale With New Images From Disney's 'Into The Woods'

30 July 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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 StreepEmily 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

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New Photos from Disney's Into the Woods!

30 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

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. »

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