Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
For most kids, “hanging out with family friends” means getting sent upstairs to play Monopoly with some weirdo from school while your parents get drunk together in the living room. But things are a bit different when you’re the offspring of Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp.
After appearing together as two convenience store clerks in Tusk, Smith and Depp’s daughters Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp are reprising their roles in a much bigger capacity for Smith’s next movie, Yoga Hosers. The first image from that movie has just been revealed, and you can see it after the jump.
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Have you ever wondered what Kevin Smith might look like without a beard? The filmmaker and occasional actor (Silent Bob…etc) has shaved off the beard for an appearance in his latest film Yoga Hosers, and the photo might shock you! Someone showed me the image on their cellphone and I couldn’t believe it was him — but its for real. See the photo of a beardless Kevin Smith shooting Yoga Hosers after the jump.
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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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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 »
We’ve seen Javier Bardem play as bad as bad can be in No Country for Old Men, and we’ve recently seen him play a morally compromised but clear-eyed weirdo in The Counselor (above). And he’s explored exaggerated action-film villainy in Skyfall. Now he’s in talks to go into full-on cartoon villain mode for Pirates of the Caribbean 5. All the info we have on the potential Javier Bardem Pirates 5 deal is below. Read More »
Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Ever since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.
Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.
Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »
Kevin Smith has cast off ideas of retirement and is instead driving forward with the development and creation of small-budget films based on original ideas that spring out of podcasts and his own fevered brain. The next one is the horror story Tusk, which premieres next month at the Toronto Film Festival. At Comic Con, Smith revealed that Tusk is the first film in what he hopes will be a set of Canada-based stories called “The True North Trilogy.”
The second film in the set will be Yoga Hosers, a story about two high school girls who battle evil. The film is described as an “action/adventure movie” that Smith says will effectively be his own comic book movie. Johnny Depp is now set for the film, and the leads will be played by his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith. Read More »