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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
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. »
“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
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.
Running Time: 124 minutes
Synopsis: A childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt), must collect a series of items for a witch (Streep) in order to lift the family curse.
Johnny Depp. Disney. A Stephen Sondheim musical. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were stepping into a Tim Burton movie with Rob Marshall’s latest. With the plethora of fairy tale twists also coming out of Disney at the moment, you’d also be forgiven for thinking this was just another unimaginative money grab. To an extent you’d be right. After all, the stage show may have been around since 1987, but it’s taken this long to come around, and the success of Disney’s Once Upon A Time, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Disney has released a new scene from Into the Woods that puts yesterday's clip into context. The previous video showed The Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) trading young Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) some "magic beans" for his cow. Today's scene shows Meryl Streep's The Witch revealing to this couple that four things need to be obtained in order for her to create a potion that will "reverse the curse." The first item is the "cow as white as milk," followed by the "cape as red as blood," "the hair as yellow as corn" and "the slipper as pure as gold." The cow naturally belongs to Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, with the cape surely a reference to Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), the hair belonging to Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) and the glass slipper of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick).
Into the Woods is a modern twist on »
Yesterday we learned that Paramount Pictures is looking to hire one of these five directors to direct Star Trek 3: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of those directors I'd love to see Jones take on the project, but he's probably going to be busy developing Warcraft. Wyatt is the next best choice, and perhaps he's the studio's favorite as he just made The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg for them. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have some information on why the previously attached director, Roberto Orci, is no longer attached. One of those reasons was because the studio wanted Star Trek 3 to be more like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Orci wasn't on board with the idea so he walked.
The site reports that Orci »
- Joey Paur
The Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) try to trade some of their "magic beans" for young Jack's (Daniel Huttlestone) cow in a new clip from the Disney musical Into the Woods. Of course, these "magic beans" will eventually turn into a massive beanstalk, which young Jack is seen climbing up in a TV spot for director Rob Marshall's adaptation. Based on Stephen Sondheim's beloved Broadway production, Into the Woods brings several classic fairy tale characters to life under one big cinematic roof.
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 »
Since Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair for Star Trek 3, we've heard a rumor that Edgar Wright was wanted for the job. Then Star Trek: First Contact director Jonathan Frakes threw his name into the hat hoping to get the job. Now we have a list of five directors that are currently in the running to take on the challenge. Those directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of this current list, which comes from Deadline, my favorite choice is Duncan Jones. I think he's the most talented of the bunch, and could really bring something new, fun, and unique to the franchise that none of those other directors could bring. My second choice would be Wyatt, because he did do a great job »
- Joey Paur
There’s just 11 days to go until Christmas, which also means there’s only 11 days until the U.S. release of director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) musical fantasy Into the Woods, and so Disney has stepped up the marketing campaign by dropping a pair of new clips from the film, which we have for you below after the official synopsis…
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 »
- Gary Collinson
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new clip from director the upcoming musical fantasy Into the Woods, which sees Meryl Streep’s Witch offering to create a potion to reverse the curse she’s placed on the Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt), assuming they can get their hands on the neccessary ingredients. Check it out below…
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 »
- Gary Collinson
We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to hot Hollywood actors named Chris. There's Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who has a hard time keeping his muscles contained in a t-shirt; Chris Hemsworth, who was recently named People's sexiest man alive; and the hilarious Chris Pratt, who simultaneously keeps us cracking up and swooning. You may be thinking, "I don't have room in my heart for another hot guy named Chris!" but please consider carving out a place for Chris Pine. You may have first laid eyes on the striking 34-year-old in the 2006 romantic comedy Just My Luck, which he starred in with Lindsay Lohan. Since then, he's become known for his roles as CIA analyst Jack Ryan, Captain Kirk in the Star Trek films, and most recently, Cinderella's Prince in the highly anticipated Disney musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Besides having a chiseled jaw »
When director-producer Rob Marshall set out to bring beloved musical Into the Woods to the big screen, he brought in the big guns to begin. "I started with Meryl Streep first. That was key. That sort of aligns the stars, and everyone starts to be interested," Marshall tells People. "One of the great things about the piece is that it's a huge cast, so there's a big ensemble and wonderful parts to fill. It was exciting to put the whole team together." Make that the A(-list) team: Johnny Depp (The Wolf), Anna Kendrick (Cinderella), Emily Blunt (The Baker's Wife »
- Jeff Nelson and Mary Green
There's no stopping Meryl Streep.
On Thursday, the already legendary actress got her 29th Golden Globe nomination in the Best Film Supporting Actress category for her role as the Witch in the upcoming musical Into the Woods. Streep's incredible 29 nominations are the most of any man or woman in all film and television categories combined.
Meryl also has the honor of actually winning the most Golden Globe awards. Throughout her three-decade career, she's already won eight Golden Globes for her memorable roles in Kramer vs. Kramer, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Sophie's Choice, Adaptation, Angels in America, The Devil Wears Prada, Julia & Julia, and The Iron Lady.
Photos: 2014's Hottest Golden Globes Couples
One person poking fun at Meryl's amazingly decorated career?
"I have no words," she said in a statement to Et. "I am so incredibly honored and grateful for this »
• Chris Pine is set to narrate the high-school debate documentary, This Is Not A Club. Ari Levinson is directing the film, which tracks four debate teams over the course of a year as they compete in two-person speech competitions and, eventually, the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas. [Deadline] • Ewan McGregor will lend his voice as narrator of Humpback Whales. Greg MacGillivray is directing the underwater, 3D documentary for IMAX and giant-screen theaters. It follows humpback whales in their slow recovery after nearly being hunted to extinction. Stephen Judson is writing and editing. Expect it to hit theaters Feb. »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Star Trek’s Chris Pine is beaming his voice into high school debate documentary This Is Not A Club, the coming-of-age film about high schoolers performing in two-person speech competitions leading up to the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas.
Pine will narrate the indie documentary feature, which is directed by Ari Levinson and produced by Erica Dasher (Jane By Design) and Sami Kriegstein. Dasher and Kriegstein filmed footage themselves over the course of 12 months in seven states, capturing the highs and lows in the lives of their teenage subjects – four teams of two each – who grapple with issues from sexual identity, race and gender, parental pressures, and falling in love while competing in the world of “Duo” performance, in which partners cannot touch, make eye contact, use props or wear costumes.
Filmmakers showed Pine a cut of This Is Not A Club and brought him »
- Jen Yamato
Last week, we reported that Roberto Orci will not be directing Paramount Pictures' highly-anticipated Star Trek 3, although he is still remaining on board as a producer. Edgar Wright has been rumored to replace him, though it has not been confirmed if he has even been approached to take the helm. Over the past few days, Roberto Orci himself has posted a number of brief comments on TrekMovie.com's story about his departure from the director's chair, where he also cleared up a rumor from last week that time travel was a part of the story.
"I will be very involved:) Still excited to make Trek 3! And on time. We'll find the right director! No time travel was ever considered, fyi."
Have you seen “Into the Woods” yet?
I saw it on a day that I was just beyond the pale exhausted. I basically wept the entire way through it, and I got on the phone with Rob Marshall afterward, and I was like–“If I manage to get through this conversation without crying on the phone with you it’ll be the hardest thing I ever did.”
Why were you crying?
The movie is beautiful and sad. I hope you cry.
Did you ever see it onstage?
Gosh, have I ever seen it live? I don’t know that I have. I feel like I’ve seen it live because I grew up watching the Bernadette Peters VHS.
Did you have to audition? »
- Ramin Setoodeh
With no new wide releases in theaters this weekend, Jennifer Lawrence and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" once again had no trouble claiming the top spot at the box office on Friday. It earned $6.5 million, bringing its domestic to $242.6 million. By Monday, "Mockingjay" will be the second-highest grossing film of the year, moving past "Captain America: The Winter Soldier's" $259.7 million gross. The only film ahead of it will be Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," which topped out at a starry $331.9 million, and will have no trouble keeping the box office crown through the end of the year. However, it's not all good news for Katniss Everdeen. "Mockingjay" is still performing much lower than was expected, and will have a very difficult time matching the $424.6 million grossed by last year's "Catching Fire." Meanwhile, "Horrible Bosses 2" scored $2.7 million for second place on Friday. Its domestic total stands at a decent $30.2 million. »
- Dave Lewis
It’s not long now before we get to see the full extent of Disney’s version of Into The Woods and although some are a little concerned, I’m still thinking on the positive side, especially as Stephen Sondheim has been involved in the process of bringing this unique musical to the big screen. Today, we’ve got a new featurette that features Anna Kendrick talking about all things Cinderella.
The movie co-stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp, in this modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. You’ll head into a humorous and heartfelt world 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 »
- Dan Bullock
Yesterday, it was widely reported that Paramount had removed Roberto Orci as director on their upcoming sequel Star Trek 3. Though, he will be staying on as a producer. At the time, no reason was given for his dismissal. Today, Badass Digest claim the axe came down because of the script, which is also being dumped.
New writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay co-wrote the screenplay for Star Trek 3 alongside Roberto Orci, which the former director claimed was completed back in August. In October, stars Karl Urban and John Cho both praised the story, claiming it would 'blow fans away'. Apparently the studio thought otherwise, as this latest report states that the screenplay was one of the problem factors, and resulted in Roberto Orci being removed from the director's chair.
Badass Digest had this to say about the story, which reportedly involves more time travel, Vulcans, and a reason »
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