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Walt Disney Pictures' Into the Woods will pale in comparison to Stephen Sondheim's stage musical. According to the legendary composer, the film adaptation has been sanitized to broaden its appeal. The movie musical tells the story of a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) and their quest to have a child. It culls characters from a variety of fairy tales, including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford and Johnny Depp) Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone and Tracey Ullman) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy). Meryl Streep plays The Witch. Sondheim spoke about the plot changes made for the sake of the film during a recent event at Sardi's in »
Back in September it was announced that J.K. Rowling is busy scripting a Harry Potter spin-off for Warner Bros. based upon her 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which subsequent reports suggested would be the first chapter of a new trilogy of movies.
Well, we now know when the first Fantastic Beasts will arrive with Exhibitor Relations revealing that the movie will arrive in North American cinemas on November 18th, 2016. No other movies are set for that date as of yet (and will probably avoid it like the plague, based upon the previous success of the Potter movies), although Disney does have its animated Jack and the Beanstalk tale Giants set for November 23rd.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will revolve around “magizoologist” Newt Scamander and takes place in New York some 70 years before the Potter films.
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- Gary Collinson
The new Hobbit film is just one set piece battle after another with a love story tacked on
David Mamet once wrote that film was returning to the earliest days of the form, when audiences simply sat there to be thrilled and terrified by footage of an approaching express train. Something similar seems to be happening to family entertainment. I recently took my two youngest daughters to the National Theatre's The Light Princess and Emil and the Detectives. We saw Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story at Wembley Arena. The Desolation of Smaug we saw almost back to back with Disney's feted ice-drama, Frozen.
A lot happened in these shows. Bangs, crashes, songs, fights. But I didn't care enough. I wasn't emotionally invested because what happened wasn't in the shape of a proper story, the forward momentum of which »
- Tim Lott
Walt Disney Pictures is bringing 14 movies to the big screen next year, with the studio releasing their 2014 preview that includes new photos and official synopses for The Wind Rises, Need for Speed, Muppets Most Wanted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bears, Million Dollar Arm, Maleficent, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Big Hero 6, McFarland and Into the Woods.
The Wind Rises - February 21 (limited), February 28 (expanded)
In The Wind Rises, Jiro (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great »
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