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The first clip from Disney's Into The Woods begins with the Baker, played by James Corden ("The Three Musketeers"), having an argument with his wife, who is played by Emily Blunt ("Edge of Tomorrow"), about the whereabout of a cow. Suddenly the Witch, portrayed by Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada"), shows up and threatens the childless couple. “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 »
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
Hidden within an interview with Collider about John Wick were some comments by producer Basil Ilwanyk (The Town, The Expendables) about the upcoming Splinter Cell adaptation from Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. The film has been in the works for quite some time now, and stars Tom Hardy in the lead role of badass Navy Seal operative Sam Fisher.
The film currently lacks a release date, but Ilwanyk gave a brief production update that points toward a production start date early next year:
“Splinter Cell will go some time next year, that’s Doug Liman and Tom Hardy. We’re getting the script right because if you have Doug Liman and Tom Hardy you want to make it great. It’s very, very active. We’re going to make it. Tom and Doug are going to make it when it’s perfect and we’re getting there. It’s »
- James Garcia
Solid biopic of the godfather of funk and soul, but there’s not much genuinely memorable about it beyond Chadwick Boseman’s stunning breakout performance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m skinny but I’m strong. I can read a little and I like to sing.” So does James Brown describe himself as a young man, just out of prison and ready to get on with his life. His cruelly long sentence for a petty nonviolent crime, of course, is but one racially charged injustice a black man would face in mid-20th-century America. Director Tate Taylor (The Help) — and screenwriters Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Edge of Tomorrow) and Steven Baigelman — avoids turning this solid, sympathetic biopic of the godfather of funk and soul into a sermon on racism, instead homing in »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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
The site notes that, while Cruise is very much on the studio’s radar for the part, “the interest appears to be one-sided.” Cruise, who starred in this year’s sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow, is often offered big projects,is “far from talks” for this Highlander film, and isn’t focused on future films right now, as he’s busy working on Mission: Impossible 5.
TheWrap notes that the role could very well be beefed up to accommodate a bigger star like Cruise, who doesn’t take smaller, supporting roles very often.
- James Garcia
Though he was unsuccessful in snagging the services of Idris Elba to once again mentor Charlie Hunnam – this time in King Arthur instead of Pacific Rim – Guy Ritchie is looking to replace him by once again raiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Djimon Hounsou in talks for a role.If he does make a deal, Hounsou will take the part that is reportedly a version of Bedivere, who is credited in many of the interpretations of Arthurian legend as a noble and loyal member of the King’s knights. In Ritchie’s take – which features a script by Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold – he’s apparently an older, wiser warrior and a right-hand man to Arthur’s father who makes it his mission to train the young man for his true destiny.The film finds Hunnam growing into his role as Arthur, with »
DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 1 on both national sales charts its first week in stores, displacing Walt Disney Studios’ “Maleficent” as the top-selling disc in the week ending Nov. 16.
“Dragon 2” was a top summer draw at the box office, earning a domestic box office total of $176.9 million to become the top-grossing animated film of the year. During its first week in stores, according to 20th Century Fox, consumers snapped up more than 2 million copies of the film on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital HD.
The film’s home entertainment release also was prefaced with a massive consumer and retail marketing campaign with a heavy emphasis on social media, including a #DragonsDay Twitter viewing party on the Friday night of the Digital HD release. According to 20th Century Fox, “Dragon 2” is the studio’s top Digital HD family title ever, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Variety are reporting that Djimon Hounsou is in talks to play the "Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur" in Guy Ritchie's upcoming take on the classic tale, which is being envisioned as a six-part saga at Warner Bros. Apparently this is the role Thor: The Dark World's Idris Elba was up for, but scheduling conflicts arose and he was forced to drop out. Hounsou would join Charlie Hunnam in the title role of Arthur Pendragon, Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere, and Jude Law is still in talks to play the villain. There have been various movies, comics and tv shows based around Arthurian legend over the years, including the underrated Camelot and the mediocre Disney produced flick with Clive Owen in the title role. The most successful take was arguably John Boorman's Excalibur back in 1981. Akiva Goldsman and Tory Tunnell will produce, Joby Harold (Awake, Edge Of Tomorrow »
Djimon Hounsou is in talks to play a Merlin-esque mentor to King Arthur in Warner Bros.' upcoming medieval adventure Knights of the Round Table. Idris Elba was in talks to play this mentor named Bedivere back in July, but the actor was forced to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.
Our report from July described Bedivere as the right-hand man to Arthur's father, who becomes Arthur's mentor and teaches the young king how to lead an army. Charlie Hunnam has signed on to play Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey portraying Guinevere. We reported last week that Jude Law is in talks to play the villain, but his deal has not closed yet. That report also revealed the Bedivere role was the last major role to be cast.
We first reported on this project back in January, when Guy Ritchie came on board to direct. This will be the first in »
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Nov 18 streaming only Guardians of the Galaxy The Giver And So It Goes As Above So Below dvd/streaming If I Stay 20,000 Days on Earth 22 Jump Street The Wind Rises Into the Storm Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Automata Housebound new UK Nov 17 streaming only Life Itself We Are the Giant dvd/streaming How to Train Your Dragon 2 The Purge: Anarchy 22 Jump Street Earth to Echo Transformers: Age of Extinction
more recent releases Us/Can streaming only Advanced Style Belle Camp X-ray Coherence The Congress Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Dinosaur 13 Frank Frequencies The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Kelly & Cal Life Itself Mistaken for Strangers »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Update, Tuesday, 4:02 Am Pt: A couple of things have happened in the world of international box office since late Sunday night. We now know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I will not be bowing in China in the 2014 calendar year, and we have a little more insight into why Korea is like the proverbial black hole for Interstellar (in the good sense). Exerting an incredible gravitational pull, Korea has advanced itself as a massive $35.9M play (so far) for Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic. Here’s why: There is a very strong and vocal Nolan fanbase in Korea, which has generated astronomical word of mouth in the market. I’m told there were a few midnight screenings the night before the opening on November 6, and online buzz began building immediately. The not-so-spacey elements have also played very well, with the emotional and family sub-plots broadening appeal. Worth »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Is 20 years too long to wait between sequels? Not according to Jim Carrey, who returns to his roots as a rubber-faced, gross-out idiot to join Jeff Daniels in a new follow-up to the Farrelly brothers' 1994 smash Dumb and Dumber. We'll ignore Dumb and Dumberer -- a project that was surely dumb enough but just not funny enough. Dumb and Dumber To is the real deal, original formula Harry and Lloyd, using their combined powers to get laughs out of things that no respectable adults should laugh at. Previously on Stripped: Big Hero 6, Interstellar, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja...
- John Gholson
Despite being one of the most fun action movies of 2014, “Edge of Tomorrow” only gave a middling box office return. Probably due to awful...just awful...marketing. Sure, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a dozen science-fiction tropes. Sure, the third act kind of falls apart. Sure, it’s got Tom Cruise in it. But even with all these faults, Cinema Sins likes this movie in spite of themselves. »
- Donna Dickens
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
Three new releases and an extended edition of a recent hit captured the top four spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Nov. 9, ending the three-week reign of 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” as the country’s top-selling disc.
“X-Men” finished the week at No. 5, ceding the No. 1 spot on both Nielsen VideoScan sales charts to Walt Disney Studios’ newly released “Maleficent,” the live-action powerhouse ($241.3 million box office) that stars Angelina Jolie as the notorious villain from Disney’s 1959 animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty.”
Paramount’s live-action retelling of the “Hercules” legend, with Dwayne Johnson in the title role, debuted at No. 2 on both the First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the Blu-ray Disc-only chart.
A third new release, Walt Disney’s animated sequel “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” bowed at No. 3 on both charts, while an extended »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The Hunger Games’ next installment, Mockingjay Pt. 1, is headed to a big holiday box office win, if social-media support is any indicator of the strength of its fan base and their interest in the property, says Adobe’s Digital Index analytics unit in its latest look at a season of blockbusters.
Interstellar, Dumb And Dumber To and the last of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle Of The Five Armies, all are also headed to profitable domestic runs, Adobe says, but Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott‘s Biblical tale, better pray for fan enlightenment a month out from its debut.
And one last unexpected bit: Adobe analysts say The Imitation Game, an indie biopic featuring Internet darling Benedict Cumberbatch (also the voice of the dragon in The Five Armies), is a “potential surprise hit,” even as the Weinstein Company pushes it for Oscar glory in some unexpected sectors.
The Adobe Digital Index, »
- David Bloom
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 [...] »
Big Hero 6 is Disney's first animated superhero adventure (The Incredibles was a Pixar movie and doesn't count) and their big gun for the holiday season. It's one colorful hunk of eye candy, but can our reviewer live on eye candy alone? He's really starting to think his eyes should maybe cut down on the sugar... click image to enlarge Previously on Stripped: Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Horns, Fantastic Fest, Interstellar.
- John Gholson
If you prefer your action/sci-fi blockbusters both slick and smart, you'll be hard pressed to find a more fitting title made in the last several years than director Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow. Adapted from the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film only reinforces what I already believed: that Tom Cruise is the greatest living movie star in the world. He's right in his wheelhouse as Major William Cage, a military officer who's far more versed in the ways of spin and public relations than in actual combat. When a run-in with a rare alien leads Cage to be repeatedly thrust into the heart of a destined to fail military attack, the result is a thrilling and surprisingly funny ride that Cruise and Emily Blunt deftly carry. Watching Cruise replay the loop time after time, learning from his mistakes and inching closer to finality with each retry, »
- Jason Barr
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