Into the Woods

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It seems that every year, a few musicals are sprinkled throughout the holiday season and many of them wind up being some of the most beloved films of the year.  This year, there will be two musicals fighting during the holidays for their right to take home the Oscar for Best Musical: Annie and Into The WoodsAnnie has given audiences a couple of trailers at this point and there really are no questions about what the film will be presenting audiences when it releases next month.  Into The Woods, on the other hand, has only given us a short teaser with absolutely no music, and a very iffy EW photo shoot.  Now that we are a little over a month and a half away from its Christmas release date, Into The Woods has finally released a trailer worth watching and (spoiler alert) there’s actually music in it! (more…)

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Disney is no stranger to the musical genre. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that musicals  are Disney’s bread and butter and they have almost perfected the art of transforming a medium that  some choose to avoid into a mainstream movie event that appeals to almost any demographic. The trailer for the latest outing in Disney’s movie musical library, Into the Woods, doesn’t showcase much of the music that will likely fill almost every scene, but it does give audiences plenty of reasons to run to the theater opening weekend. (more…)

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If it isn’t superheroes, it’s fairy tales, right? That seems to be the way of pop culture these days, and you only have to scan our front page to see it’s true; what with articles about Age of Ultron, Batman vs Superman, Cinderella or Frozen. And here’s further proof, our first look at Meryl Streep as The Witch in the upcoming big screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine‘s Into The Woods.

To truly appreciate what a remarkable make-up job they’ve done on Meryl, go check out the super hi-res image provided by Bleeding Cool.

She isn’t the only big name filming the latest movie musical, Into The Woods also stars Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as The Big Bad Wolf, plus Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal as a couple of princes among others. Honestly, this has the makings of being a really spectacular adaptation. Lapine has written the screenplay and Sondheim is providing a new song. Rob Marshall is directing, and as shown by his previous work on films like Chicago, I believe he’s quite capable of helming a movie musical.

Any interest in Into The Woods?

Source: Bleeding Cool

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I have to wonder if there’s a little in house competition between Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella and Disney‘s adaptation of the stage musical, Into the Woods. Both are based on fairy tales, both are expected to release in 2014, and they’ll both feature the glass-slippered princess. It’s Lily James in what I’m assuming will be a family friendly Cinderella, but it’s Anna Kendrick as the rags to riches beauty in the more mature Into the Woods.

Adapted from the Stephen Sondheim musical, the cast of Into the Woods is already impressive: Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski; the addition of Kendrick only increases that singing and star power. This version finds Cinderella after she’s already married to her prince, a vain man played by Pine, and looking for her place in the world.

Kendrick has been performing in musicals since a very young age, but other than a few songs in Pitch Perfect, she hasn’t sung on screen. Having not seen Pitch Perfect, or even knowing what it’s about, I’m excited for Kendrick joining Into the Woods. Mostly because I’m imagining she’ll play it like she did Scott Pilgrim’s sister. What a sass-tacular Cinderella, dontcha think?

Source: THR via Screen Rant

Disney Film Release Date Lowdown

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Disney owns pretty much everything these days, from Marvel films to Star Wars, along with all that other stuff they were doing before they started buying up franchises.  Which means they’re making a helluva lot of movies.  Here’s the latest list on what to expect from our Great Mouse Overlord for the next couple of years.

2014 –

Muppets Most Wanted – March 21st

Planes: Fire and Rescue – July 18th

The Hundred-Foot Journey – August 8th

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – October 10th

Tomorrowland – December 12th

Saving Mr. Banks – December 20th

Into the Woods – December 25th

2015 –

Avengers 2 – May 1st

2016 –

Marvel ‘Phase ?’ mystery movie, as of yet unknown – May 6th

2017 –

Yet another Marvel mystery movie – May 7th

 

Thanks to /film for the heads-up.

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Continuing the trend of fairy tales getting twisted and adapted for the big and small screen – similar new projects are Disney’s live-action Cinderella and ABC’s Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – is the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim‘s Into the Woods from Rob Marshall and Disney. There’s already been some very big names attached, specifically Meryl Streep as the witch and Johnny Depp as that nefarious wolf.

Today, THR is reporting Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are joining the cast as two princes, one for Cinderella and the other for Rapunzel. The casting is likely, not officially confirmed, though it’ll probably only be a matter of time. Were they to be cast in the musical this’ll be the first on screen singing role for either. So, while we can’t comment on either actors’ pipes, I don’t think anyone can deny these two will look absolutely dashing as princes.

Into the Woods follows a baker, his family, and the witch who curses them, starting an adventuring which includes several of fairy tales, like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and their classic characters. Some may argue we’re being over saturated with fairy tales, but me? I can’t get enough. Bring it on!

Expect more casting, likely with more high profile actors, in the coming weeks. Shooting is expected to begin in the fall. What are guys thinking? Excited? Or could you care less?

Source: THR via /Film