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Cannes - Harvey Weinstein took center stage Friday evening as The Weinstein Company held what has become a semi-annual preview of the rest of their yearly slate for select members of the domestic and international press corps at Cannes. In the past Weinstein has used this event to tease expected players such as "Nine" and "My Weekend with Marilyn." Last year, however, the event created a tremendous amount of buzz after a surprise 10 minute plus first look of "Django Unchained" as well as sneaks of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." This time around »
- Gregory Ellwood
Update: Emily Blunt has nabbed the lead female role of the Baker's Wife in Broadway musical choreographer-turned-director Rob Marshall's ("Chicago") screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece "Into the Woods." She joins a knockout cast of Meryl Streep, who will play the Witch, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine as two princes and James Cordon ("One Man Two Guvnors") as the Baker. In "Into the Woods," the evil witch (Streep in the film) casts a spell on an unfortunate baker and his wife; they want a child, so they venture into the woods to try and find the witch. The only danger here is for Marshall's film version is that he's a big-spender; the period movie is starting to look expensive. David Krane (“Chicago,” “Nine”) is writing original music for the film, while James Lapine has adapted his book for the musical. Marshall’s producer »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Emily Blunt is looking to show off another facet of her talents: singing. The "Looper" actress is in final negotiations to join Disney's "Into the Woods," an adaptation of the Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim musical that's set to be directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Nine"). Blunt will be playing the role of the Baker's Wife, the female lead, while Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp have already been cast as the Witch and the Wolf, respectively. In addition, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine are reportedly in talks to play the two princes. "Into the Woods" weaves together narratives from a number of Brothers »
- HitFix Staff
Musical revolves around a childless baker and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch that put the spell on them. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, “Jack and the Beanstalk’s” Jack Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters.
Blunt would play the baker’s wife, the female lead in the film.
There is no production start date yet for the project, but »
- Marc Graser and Justin Kroll
There are few events in the entertainment calendar as painfully glamorous as the Cannes Film Festival. A-List stars parading around a gorgeous, exotic location in dresses that cost the same as a down payment on a nice semi-detached in Chiswick - this is showbiz heaven, isn't it?
You'd think it impossible when surrounded with so much luxury to have a bad time, but sadly for some celebs their visit to the showcase was a right pain in the derrière, as the French call it. As the 66th festival kicked off last night (May 15) with a gloomy, rain-lashed premiere of The Great Gatsby, we take a moment to remember the stars who came home crying from Cannes.
Despite being one of the most well-known women in the world, Angelina Jolie is fiercely private when it comes to matters of health and family. »
No other than Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal! The actors are in early talks to join Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical "Into the Woods" according to HuffPost. The two will be playing a pair of self-involved princes in the film. I'm guessing one will be playing Rapunzel's prince and the other, Cinderella's prince. There will be singing involved! Not quite sure about Gyllenhaal but we've seen Pine belt it out in the 2010 drama "Small Town Saturday Night" where the actor played a country singer. He even sang in the film's theme song "Someday Came Today."
But before "Into the Woods," Pine will be seen as Captain Kirk in the new flick "Star Trek Into Darkness."
For a little history of "Into the Woods" and what it's about, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Into the Woods is a musical with music »
In 2000, a groovy little Alien-ish sci-fi/horror film called Pitch Black turned into a sleeper hit at the box office. One year later, star Vin Diesel became Hollywood’s Next Big Action Guy with the success of The Fast and the Furious. A Pitch Black sequel followed called Chronicles of Riddick. It went full-saga: Elaborate space-mythologies, a $100 million budget, Judi Dench. The film underperformed at the box office, and the franchise seemed just about dead. Another Riddick film? They said it couldn’t be done. They were wrong. Dead Wrong. Nine years later, here’s the first trailer for Riddick, »
- Darren Franich
Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep all on the same silver screen?! Color us intrigued. Gyllenhaal and Pine are reportedly in talks to join Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods, a project which already credits Streep and Depp as castmembers. The Hollywood Reporter claims the talented twosome have already met—and sung—for director Rob Marshall, whose musical credits include Nine and Chicago, although no official deal is in the works. If the handsome pair signs on for the project, it will be their first onscreen singing roles (swoon!). The fairytale mashup film, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, follows a »
Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal could soon be headed "Into The Woods." Rob Marshall has long been developing an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's classic musical for a while now, and it seems like he's coming ever closer to finalizing his cast.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Gyllenhaal and Pine are in talks to play two key roles in the upcoming feature film. The site's sources say the two men would portray Rapunzel's Prince and Cinderella's Prince, two brothers who are concerned as much with themselves as they are with their significant others. They also get to sing the hilarious song "Agony," so that's something to look forward to if Pine and Gyllenhaal do take the roles.
- Terri Schwartz
While it's clear that Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) and Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd) have the pipes to carry a movie musical and writer-director Rob Marshall knows his way around the whole song-and-dance world (Nine, Chicago), Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal, though gifted in the looks department, have yet to prove they can carry a tune.
That looks to change with the news that the two are eyeing roles in Marshall's upcoming Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, where they'd play a pair of pompous princes looking to woo Cinderella and Rapunzel. So, yes this is another fairy tale movie where Streep will play the Witch (juicy!) and Depp the Wolf (yawn) while Tony-winning Brit James Corden has the lead role of Baker. »
- Andrea Miller
Even the greatest actors make bad decisions. As with all aspects of life, we don’t always know how things are going to turn out unless we try. And “try” is what the 10 actors we’ve assembled for the following list did in abundance. At least, we hope they tried (some of these picks are certainly questionable in that department).
In all cases, though, these downright strange and occasionally insane performances served only to have us questioning the talents of some of the motion picture’s most prestigious actors… how the hell did such defining talents manage to make us cringe quite so much as they did here? Just… don’t do it again, okay, guys?
Now that he’s officially “the greatest actor of all time,” given his record amount of Best Actor Oscar wins, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Daniel Day-Lewis could do no wrong. »
- T.J. Barnard
Feature Mark Harrison 1 May 2013 - 06:57
With The Avengers closing Marvel's Phase One, Mark looks ahead to the movies the studio has in store for Phase Two...
It's tough to think of a cinematic undertaking as vast as Marvel Studios' continuity of films since 2008's Iron Man. While The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter were both massive film productions based on a literary property, the first phase of Marvel's plan also cross-pollinated between respective franchises, all leading up to the big crossover in The Avengers.
On its own, The Avengers would have served as a nice conclusion to that series of inter-connected comic book movies, but it also marked the first chapter of a new story, which will »
Musicals are not something new for these stars, but it looks like Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep will be joining forces to feature in Disney’s adaptation of the 1980s Broadway show Into The Woods. The musical, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will be helmed by Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall, while the script will be written by James Lapine, who also wrote the book for the show.
If you are not a musical fiend, Into The Woods tells the story of a baker and his wife who desperately want a child. However, after being cursed by a witch the pair can’t have a baby. To break the spell they must complete various tasks on an adventure which will see them meet other fairytale characters.
There is no set production date for the project just yet, but it looks like it will start in 2014. Are »
- Lucy Cave
The members of New Directions take on Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits in the May 2 episode of Glee — all of which we have for your listening pleasure. Also, acting legend, Katie Sagal, guest-stars as Artie’s (Kevin McHale) mom! (Double awesomeness!)
Fox released the following to describe the episode:
The members of New Directions take on the greatest hits of music icon Stevie Wonder. Meanwhile, Artie receives news that could affect his future and his mom (guest star Sagal). In New York, Rachel prepares for her “Funny Girl” callback in the all-new “Wonder-ful” episode of Glee airing Thursday, »
- Christopher Rogers
Say what you will about Johnny Depp's singing prowess in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," but the actor may be back on the big screen with another musical role! This time it's the sexy and very hungry Wolf in the movie version of "Into the Woods."
THR is reporting that the actor is in talks to star in Disney's film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical for his "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director, Rob Marshall, who also helmed the Oscar-winning "Chicago" and "Nine" and the 1999 TV movie, "Annie."
Depp will be joining the fantastic Meryl Streep who is set to play the vain but very charismatic Witch. "Into the Woods" is a dark "Shrek" if you may, a hodge podge of classic fairy tales that feature a childless couple, Baker and his wife, who must go into the woods to lift a family curse. »
For those of you who've had the pleasure of seeing Stephen Sondheim's classic Into the Woods (1986) on stage, you know that, like most of the great composer's once-prolific oeuvre, it is very particularly a Work of Theater. Some artists' skill sets transfer easily between stage, screen, television and literature and so on but others do not. Certain geniuses are so tied to a particular medium they become it; Stephen Sondheim Is Musical Theater.
But musical theater is different from musical cinema. Naturally compromises will have to be made. The person doing the new compromising is Rob Marshall who Hollywood is still giving the musicals to, presumably because of the huge success of Chicago (2002) and not the floppery of Nine (2009). So yes, compromises must be made... but they do not have to be made in casting. Many star actors -- if you're forced to cast that way -- have great singing voices. »
- NATHANIEL R
The musical revolves around a childless baker (Depp) and his wife who attempt to lift a family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch (Streep) that put the spell on them.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Penélope Cruz turns 39 tomorrow! The Spanish actress has made a name for herself in Hollywood with roles in films like Blow, Nine, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which she won an Oscar in 2010. Of course, Penélope's most beloved roles at the moment are as a mother to Leo and wife to husband Javier Bardem. They'll soon add another member to their adorable family, as Penélope is pregnant with the couple's second child! In honor of Penélope's big day, we've rounded up some of her hottest moments on the beach, the red carpet, and beyond. Click through to see them all now! Source: Bauer-Griffin Online, INFphoto.com, FameFlynet View Slideshow › »
- Brittney Stephens
Johnny Depp has recently entered talks to star in the Rob Marshall-directed adaptation of Into the Woods. “What’s Into the Woods?” you may ask. Well, it turns out it’s a musical that tells the story of The Baker and his wife, who are cursed with the inability to have children. In their journey, they cross paths with other fairy-tale characters such as Cinderella and Rapunzel. While it sounds corny and too much like Shrek in a couple of ways, it’s said to be dark and grim.
We’ve seen Depp dance and sing before in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, so this news shouldn’t come as a shock — besides, he’s previously worked with Marshall on the critically-panned yet commercially successful Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He’s pretty busy promoting The Lone Ranger and has tons of other projects in line, »
- Paulo Lazo
Into The Woods Playbill Description:
A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods, where they encounter Rapunzel (and her witchly “mother”), Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters, and they all must learn the responsibility that comes with getting what you want.
The last musical film that Depp did was Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
Marshall has a strong theatre background having been nominated for six Tony awards in his lifetime. He transitioned his theatrical talents to the big screen in 2002 with Chicago starring Richard Gere. The film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director.
- Alex Corey
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