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West Hollywood — On Wednesday it was Reese. On Thursday it was Shailene. On Friday it was Jennifer… …Aniston. Yes, this year's Best Actress contenders continued to celebrate their films with awards season events and Thursday night featured a special screening of Daniel Barnz's "Cake," where a post-show party at the Sunset Tower Hotel found Aniston, obviously, the center of attention. "Cake" stars Aniston as Claire, a woman whose life has come to something of a stand still because of chronic pain she's suffered from a major car accident. It's an impressive performance by the popular actress that I praised in my review of the film from the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, and hinted she could be an awards season player. Speaking to Aniston Friday night, she admitted that after some roles, directors and producers "box" you into a certain mold for a certain kind of a movie. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Vanity Fair has debuted a new featurette from Disney’s upcoming musical fantasy Into the Woods, which sees Meryl Streep’s Witch offering up a rendition of ‘Stay With Me'; check it out below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Ten character posters and new trailer for 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. »
- Gary Collinson
The livestream will air at 6:30pm Pst on Yahoo!@ Movies with the cast and filmmakers: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, director Rob Marshall, and screenwriter James Lapine. Johnny Depp, who stumbled through his presenting gig at the Hollywood Film Awards, is steering clear of another live public appearance for the moment. There will also be a first-look at an exclusive featurette from the film. »
- Anne Thompson
It’s nearly time to go Into the Woods!
"I thought it was fantastic," Streep told Et. "I remember coming out of the theater singing to myself."
News: First Look! Meryl Scares In 'Into the Woods'
Et got a behind-the-scenes look at some of the film’s special effects and talked to Sondheim about casting the star in the big-screen adaptation.
"Meryl Streep is so remarkable," the composer gushed. "She would do a number of takes on the songs in the recording studio and every one was different."
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Diehard musical theater fans have been skeptical about a lot of the choices that went into the film adaptation of "Into the Woods," but Meryl Streep as the Witch wasn't one of them. This featurette offers a sneak peek at Streep in action as she sings "Stay With Me" in a moving scene with Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy).
Granted, it doesn't really make up for what we've seen of Johnny Depp as the Wolf so far - that whiskery mustache! - but it's smart to give the Sondheim heads a slice of Streep to assuage at least some of their worries. And if that's not enough to entice viewers, there's always the costumes; between Chris Pine's fancy velvet pants and Billy Magnussen's leather trousers, there's a little something for everyone in these woods.
- Jenni Miller
The Witch (Meryl Streep) doesn't want her daughter Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) to leave home and find her Prince (Billy Magnussen). To convince her daughter to stay The Witch sings “Stay with Me,” which was originally written by Stephen Sondheim for the musical Into The Woods. “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 (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 talented filmmaker behind »
Fun fact: Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar five times in the last seven years. Combine her extraordinary acting ability with the pedigree of Into the Woods, and she could easily lock up yet another nod (which would make it her 18th Oscar nomination over the course of her career; that's what happens when you're a national treasure). A new featurette for the upcoming musical further pushes her awards chances as Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrics, praises her ability "to find colors in lyric." This featurette shows some of Streep singing "Stay with Me", and it's a beautiful rendition. I hope the rest of the film is worthy of her immense talent. Hit the jump to check out the new Into the Woods featurette. The film opens December 25th, and also stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tracy Ullman, »
- Matt Goldberg
Learning to hold a brush like Britain’s most revered landscape artist could be considered the easiest way to embody the role of J.M.W. Turner. But for Timothy Spall, who stars as the titular “Mr. Turner,” perfecting the artist’s signature grip was merely the first step in his quest to paint like a master.
“The job really was to get as much knowledge about the practicalities of the painter, try and understand what he was doing,” Spall says. “Basically, we were trying to make it look like I was familiar with a brush, like it was something that grew organically out of my whole being.”
The actor trained with watercolorist Tim Wright off and on for two years before he began shooting Mike Leigh’s look at the last 25 years of Turner’s life and prolific career. After a rigorous examination of the basics, Spall punctuated his »
- Christy Grosz
2014 was an exceptional year for blockbusters. Marvel proved that their superhero films were anything but one-trick ponies by following the paranoid conspiracy thriller vibe of Captain America: The Winter Soldier with the sharp-witted, rebellious sci-fi Guardians Of The Galaxy; Tom Cruise completed his career rehabilitation after Sofagate by starring alongside Emily Blunt in wildly inventive action film Edge Of Tomorrow; the X-Men franchise got back on track with Days Of Future Past; and that fourth Transformers film, um, happened. Less said about that the better.
With all that popcorn fodder vying for your attention, and with Hollywood unleashing their big guns even before the summer window has fully been cracked, it’s possible your attention was drawn away from some of the smaller, more interesting cinematic releases of the year. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. We all like shiny things, like explosions and Sebastian Stan’s glittering eyes. »
- Tom Baker
It's a style showdown between a mini fashionista and a stunning movie star!Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves' daughter Vida sported this floral Dolce & Gabbana dress during her famous dad's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Monday.The tiny tot paired her designer duds with a sparkly pair of pink Mary Janes and a braided 'do as she posed for pictures with her family. But, the four-year-old beauty wasn't the only starlet to wear this fun frock! Emily Blunt donned the adult-sized version of the dress during an appearance on "Good Morning America" back in May. The actress completed her elegant ensemble with hot pink heels, tousled waves and pretty pink lip. How adorable is this matching duo?! They both win! Click through the gallery above to see more stars sporting the same look. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Manuel here offering an off-beat theory on that new 50 Shades of Gray trailer.
The worldwide phenomena got a Beyoncé-scored trailer that debuted during last week's Scandal which suggests the marketing team at least know who they're courting. "Haunted" really is a great trailer song & when paired with (intentionally?) campy dialogue like
My tastes are very... singular.
Enlighten me then...
it makes for quite the breathy, pulpy trailer, but am I the only one noticing that this trailer makes the film look like an oddly humorless gender-bending fan-fiction of The Devil Wears Prada?
Between the Runway-looking office reception, Jamie Dornan's teased "gird your loins" entrance, and Dakota Johnson's Andy Sachs-esque outfit, I half-expected Dornan's Gray to give us a sibilant monologue on cerulean fabrics. Alas, despite its gorgeous London skyline shots and a "getting ready to meet Mr Gray" setup scene that might as well be scored to KT Tunstall's "Suddenly I See, »
- Manuel Betancourt
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"22 Jump Street"
Can Chris Miller and Phil Lord make anything entertaining? When "21 Jump Street" the movie was announced, it seemed utterly ludicrous, if not downright insulting. Yet here we are enjoying the sequel, digging on the continued doofy adventures of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum). What's next, a dazzling movie about Legos?!
"20,000 Days on Earth"
This documentary about writer and musician Nick Cave is just as weird and wonderful as its subject. It's a must-see for fans of Cave's oeuvre, but even if you don't know a Boy Next Door from a Bad Seed, you'll get a kick out of this strange film. Featuring appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Warren Ellis, and Blixa Bargeld.
"The Wind Rises"
Master animator »
- Jenni Miller
The Walt Disney Studios on Friday reached a new milestone, passing $4 billion at the global box office for the second time in its history. The first time was just last year, but that was on November 26, meaning Disney bested its speed to $4B by 12 days this year. The new tally of roughly $4.05B joins the studio’s other 2014 records, including $2B internationally on Aug. 4, and $3B globally on Aug. 5, faster than any previous year.
Disney’s 2014 box office has been largely driven by four films, two from the hit machine that is Marvel, and two firmly rooted in fairy tales, and with female protagonists to boot.
Tops is Guardians Of The Galaxy. With $330M, it is the year’s No. 1 film domestically, and its global cume of $770.1M makes it the the No. 2 film worldwide. It recently hit its last markets, including China, where it topped out at about $96.5M. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Last night, I finally got around to watching "Edge of Tomorrow" — or, as it's been retitled for home video, "Live. Die. Repeat." (Much more on that in a minute.) I had heard good things from friends and fellow critics, several of whom called it their favorite film of this past summer, and it was as they promised: funny and clever and absolutely kick-ass, with great performances from Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, and a very wise pivot of the usual Tom Cruise persona to acknowledge that many of us would probably enjoy seeing him humiliated, injured and killed as often as possible in a big-budget movie. How, I wondered, had a big-budget sci-fi action film with a star as relatively big as Cruise still is, and as well-made as this was, have been such a box office disappointment? I went on Twitter to ask for theories, and while a few »
- Alan Sepinwall
No diva attitudes here! In a fickle industry where perfectly applied lipstick or an elegant undo can override talent, a skilled glam squad is key. Lucky A-listers like Emily Blunt, Gwen Stefani, and Cameron Diaz -- with both beauty and talent -- explain how they struck it big with their reliable hairstylists and makeup artists in The Hollywood Reporter’s third annual beauty issue. Photos: Cameron Diaz's leggiest moments In a surprising twist, Blunt, 31, has her husband John Krasinski to thank for bringing makeup artist Jenn Streicher, who [...] »
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and John Krasinski had a triple date with their wives at Madeo in West Hollywood, CA, on Wednesday night. The A-list group was seen laughing and chatting as they left the restaurant before going their separate ways. Ben kept close to Jennifer Garner as they made their way to their car with Matt and Luciana Damon. Meanwhile, John and Emily Blunt showed sweet Pda after they waved goodbye to their famous pals. Jennifer made the dinner stop after walking the red carpet earlier in the evening at the Toms for Target launch event in La. While her dinner pals didn't join her for the event, they all have been very busy with appearances of their own. Matt and Ben reunited on the red carpet last Friday when they launched the new season of their HBO show, Project Greenlight. While at the event, Matt confirmed that not »
Imagine the irony—Emily Blunt takes on the role of a woman who desperately wants to have a baby but can't in Into the Woods, then finds out she's actually pregnant in real life right before filming. While it was surely happy news for the actress and hubby John Krasinski, it also meant that she would have to work with the crew of the highly anticipated Disney musical (in theaters this Christmas) to try and conceal her growing baby bump. Well, they did it, and now she and co-star Meryl Streep reveal how. "That was pretty funny," Streep told Disney twenty-three, the publication of Disney's official fan club D23. "They were constantly putting James Corden [the Baker] in front of »
Into the maternity wear! Emily Blunt's Into the Woods character is a woman who desperately wants a baby but can't have one, so when the Edge of Tomorrow actress got pregnant in real life before filming, she (and the costume department) had to figure out how to hide her burgeoning bump. "That was pretty funny," Blunt's costar Meryl Streep told Disney twenty-three, the publication of Disney's official fan club D23. "They were constantly putting James Corden [the Baker] in front of her belly, raising her apron higher [...] »
Walt Disney Records is set to release the Into the Woods original motion picture soundtrack and the Into the Woods Deluxe Edition on December 16, 2014. Into the Woods features 20 songs from the film and the 2-disc Into the Woods Deluxe Edition also includes score. Both versions are available for pre-order now.
The film will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.
“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production and Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a PBS television production and a 10-year-anniversary concert.
The big-screen adaptation welcomes songs from the stage musical, »
- Melissa Thompson
Sure, the event is smack in the middle of the awards corridor, so many contenders show up to work the room. It's like shooting fish in a barrel: Michael Keaton and Edward Norton ("Birdman"), presenter Chris Rock ("Top Five") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler"), Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"), Laura Poitras ("Citizen Four"), Gugu Mbatha-Raw ("Belle"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Logan Lerman ("Fury"), Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo ("Selma"), Bennett Miller and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"), Kevin Costner and Mike Binder ("Black or White"), Patricia Arquette, Eller Coltrane, Richard Linklater, and Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood"), Emily Blunt and Rob Marshall ("Into the Woods"), Robert Downey Jr. (in sparkling sneakers) and Robert Duvall ("The Judge"), Phil Lord and Christopher »
- Anne Thompson
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