anatomy of a scene series

As it has done in the past, the New York Times offered a great collection of conversations with directors this year, as the Anatomy of a Scene series gave the directors of many films a chance to dissect their approaches to major scenes in films such as Birdman, A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightInterstellar, Foxcatcher, Wild, and others. (My only complaint is that directors such as Ava DuVernay and Jennifer Kent are MIA.) Below, you can watch the Anatomy of a Scene series from late 2014. Read More »

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Anna Kendrick Into the Woods

When offered the chance to interview Anna Kendrick, I didn’t hesitate. Year after year, Kendrick proves herself to be one of the most fun and interesting people in Hollywood, jumping between big-budget blockbusters and small independent films. She’s also becoming increasingly popular due to her Twitter feed, which is filled with the kinds of humor you and your friends share in private rather than in public. It seems pretty obvious that Kendrick, with one Oscar nomination already, is well on her way to becoming one of our generation’s “It” actresses.

Her latest film is Rob Marshall‘s massive Disney musical Into the Woods, based on the Tony award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim. It’s classic Broadway fare, mixed with familiar fairy tales and a whole new story that is sure to make audiences reimagine some of their favorite characters of all time.

Kendrick plays Cinderella in the film, but this is not the Cinderella you know – or the one you are likely to see next year in another Disney film. We talked about that, as well the way she’s navigating her career, Disney in general, that Twitter feed and even a burning Pitch Perfect question I’ve had since the film’s original release. Below, read our Anna Kendrick interview. 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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into the woods movie songs

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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Johnny Depp wolf

We’ve seen some of the actors and their costumes in Rob Marshall‘s movie adaptation of Into the Woods, but until now we haven’t seen the Johnny Depp wolf outfit. And if that still from Tex Avery’s cartoon Red Hot Riding Hood (above) didn’t clue you in, the costume they’ve come up with for Depp is a little, uh, well just check it out below. Read More »

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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Into the Woods new Sondheim song

Recently, we’ve had word that Disney’s adaptation of Into the Woods would differ from the original in a number of ways. Most of the changes didn’t sound too promising, but one we were actually looking forward to was a new song, penned by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine for the movie.

Well, it turns out that’s not happening anymore. In a new interview, Rob Marshall confirmed that the tune had been cut from the film. If it’s any consolation, though, Marshall also clarifies that reports of some of the other changes were exaggerated. Get the details after the jump.

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