Meryl Streep Beckons You ‘Into the Woods’ in New Poster

Into the Woods - Meryl Streep as the Witch

Into the Woods is a sort of kitchen-sink fairy tale adaptation, combining the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood with a big Steven Sondheim soundtrack and a massive star-studded cast. But the latest Into the Woods poster keeps things very simple. Check it out after the jump.

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Well, you can’t accuse Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara of not wanting to try new things. The hot young stars have signed on for Ziggy, a musical Jazz Age love story from Diesel Schwarze. Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid will help provide original contemporary music.

If that sounds a bit like Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, there’s be a good reason for that. Schwarze is a protégé of Luhrmann’s who worked with him on Moulin Rouge! and Broadway’s La Boheme. Get Ziggy musical plot details and more.

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The Last 5 Years clip

Here’s hoping you enjoy Anna Kendrick‘s singing voice, because you’re going to be hearing a lot of it over the next year. There’s Into the Woods this Christmas, Pitch Perfect 2 next spring and, sandwiched between them, a little indie called The Last 5 Years.

Directed by Richard LaGravenese, The Last 5 Years stars Kendrick and Broadway vet Jeremy Jordan as attractive young couple Cathy and Jamie. The musical chronicles the ups and downs of their five-year relationship through song — like the one Kendrick belts out in the first The Last 5 Years clip. Watch it after the jump.

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Watch Tom Hiddleston Sing as Hank Williams

tom hiddleston sing as hank williams

To put it mildly, Tom Hiddleston didn’t seem like the most obvious choice to play Hank Williams in the Marc Abraham-directed biopic I Saw the Light. Hiddleston is a classically trained 30something British actor; Williams was an all-American country music legend who was just 29 when he passed away.

But now that he has the role, the question is whether Hiddleston’s got the chops — and naturally, Hiddleston seems very eager to put any doubts to rest. Over the weekend, he took the stage at Michigan’s Wheatland Music Festival for a performance of Williams’ “Move It On Over.” Hit the jump to watch Tom Hiddleston sing as Hank Williams.

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Ricky Gervais has revealed some new details on his Office spinoff movie, Life on the Road, and it’ll be music to the ears of fans.

Life on the Road is a mock-documentary that’ll revolve around David Brent, the character Gervais played on The Office. It’ll catch up with the former office manager a few years after the show’s conclusion as Brent continues his quest to become a rock star. That much we already knew.

Last week, the comedian/writer/director was on Sirius XM’s Opie and Jim Norton show and described the film as “almost a musical.” He’s currently writing songs and the script for the film with the hopes to have it in theaters in the next 18 months to two years. Read more about the David Brent movie below.

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Keith Stanfield Straight Outta Compton

Casting for any sort of musical movie can be tricky, since great actors don’t necessarily make for great musicians and vice versa. But the filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton seem to have lucked out with Keith Stanfield.

The 23-year-old actor and rapper, who broke our hearts with his big musical moment in Short Term 12, is set to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming film. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on Straight Outta Compton.

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Rudderless

The first Rudderless trailer and poster are here. Directed by William H. Macy, making his feature debut, the film stars Billy Crudup as Sam, a father who loses his son. Racked with depression, Sam eventually finds solace in his son’s original music. He performs the songs at an open mic, and eventually becomes popular because of the music. This creates quite the moral dilemma, as Sam is reaping the rewards of son’s genius without giving credit. From there, the film takes a dark twist that changes everything entirely.

Rudderless premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and I wrote a review which you can read here. It’s an uneven, but very interesting film with great music and performances by Crudup and co-stars Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. It’ll hit theaters and VOD on October 17 and now you can see it for yourself. The Rudderless trailer and poster are below. Read More »

Simon Cowell Is Making a Betty Boop Movie

Betty Boop and Simon Cowell

Another classic character is getting her turn on the silver screen. Betty Boop, the Depression-era cartoon siren, is going to be the subject of her own feature film — with a little help from Simon Cowell, of all people.

The American Idol and X Factor producer is teaming with Lego Movie animators Animal Logic for the project, described as “a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.” Hit the jump for more details.

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