That Hugh Jackman PT Barnum Musical Is Still Happening

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For several years now, Hugh Jackman has been attached to star in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth. As a matter of fact, he’s been attached so long we almost forgot it was happening at all. But Jackman hasn’t, and now it looks like it’s finally getting back on track.

The live-action movie musical is now on track for a summer start. Michael Gracey is directing from a script by Bill Condon. Hit the jump for more on the Hugh Jackman PT Barnum movie.

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There’s nothing like a nostalgia movie set during the decade you grew up in to make you feel old. The Nineties were my time. My teenage years. The films, music and culture of that decade have helped define who I am, which probably explains a lot about me. When it’s happening though, you never think you’ll see a time when the period you’re in will be looked back at with fond nostalgia. Until it happens, that is, and you realize how times have changed.

As time moves on, every era becomes a period film and the latest is the Nineties. Director Jon M. Chu, director of several Step Up movies, G.I. Joe Retaliation and the upcoming Jem and the Holograms as well as Now You See Me 2, has just sold a pitch to Focus Features for a Nineties-era dance film called Can’t Touch This. Read more about the Can’t Touch This movie below. Read More »

Into the Woods Disney

Disney may be riding high on their animation, Star Wars and Marvel, but that’s not everything going on in their kingdom. Later this year, they’re releasing the highly anticipated musical adaptation of Into the Woods, which stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine. Musical fans have along been singing the songs from the show, which blends a bunch of familiar fairy tales into a larger story, and now the hope is director Rob Marshall has brought some of that Chicago charm to the Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

Disney’s own magazine, Disney Twenty-Three, has Into the Woods on the cover this month and, below, you can get your first look at that as well as read an exclusive excerpt from the feature inside, which tells some behind the scenes stories including one regarding Meryl Streep’s finger nails. Read More »

Full-Length ‘Into the Woods’ Trailer Gets Musical

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The original teaser for Into the Woods seemed almost afraid to let on that the film was a musical, but happily that’s not true of the full-length Into the Woods trailer. There’s plenty of singing to be found here — and lots more plot points as well. Finally, we know exactly why all of these different fairy tales come to cross paths, and a bit more about what happens when they do.

At the center of the story are the Baker and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), who want the witch (Meryl Streep) to lift a curse so they can have a child. She sends them on a journey to procure several ingredients: “the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold.” Watch the new Into the Woods trailer after the jump.

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Why adapt just one fairy tale when you can tackle four of them at once? Disney’s Into the Woods takes the classic stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk, weaving them all into a single fantastical musical centered around the original tale of a baker and his wife, who just want to have a baby.

The plus side to this massive mash-up is that we’ll get to see our favorite fairy tale characters collide in unexpected ways, but the down side is that it’s hard to keep track of so many characters. So Disney has released a series of Into the Woods character posters to get you better acquainted. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Annie

Nearly two years after she took Sundance by storm with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quvenzhané Wallis is back this winter with Annie. The films are pretty different in most respects — one is a scrappy indie drama, the other a big-budget studio musical — but both are about irresistibly plucky young girls, and that’s where Wallis seems to shine.

She brings the same energy and enthusiasm that made her the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee, and the results so far look totally charming. See one last Annie trailer after the jump.

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Ethan Hawke Starring in Chet Baker Biopic

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Surprise! There’s a biopic of singer and jazz trumpeter Chet Baker shooting in Canada right now, and it stars Ethan Hawke. The film is called Born to Be Blue, and is written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Robert Budreau, who has already created a short about the player, called The Deaths of Chet Baker with Stephen McHattie in the leading role. But what about this new feature? We’ve got the Chet Baker biopic info — as much as there is to be had — below.  Read More »

Hear ‘Into the Woods’ Cast Sing in New Featurette

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Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »

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