Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, James Lapine and Rob Marshall Talk INTO THE WOODS, Casting, the Rehearsal Process, “Tinderella” and More

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Twenty-seven years after Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical Into the Woods premiered on Broadway, the piece is making its was to the big screen.  The story centers on the Baker (James Corden) and his Wife (Emily Blunt) who so desperately want to have a child, but come to realize that they can’t unless they reverse The Witch’s (Meryl Streep) curse.  Meanwhile, elsewhere in the kingdom, Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) is busy slaving away for her wicked stepmother (Christine Baranski) while dreaming of attending the King’s festival and dancing before The Prince (Chris Pine).

With Into the Woods making its way into theaters on Christmas Day, Corden, Blunt, Pine, Kendrick, Lapine and director Rob Marshall all came to New York City to participate in a press conference.  The group discussed the unique layers of the characters, the challenges of making a movie musical, the extensive rehearsal process and loads more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

Oscar Beat: The Best Supporting Actor Race at a Glance

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By the time the Academy Awards nominations are announced every year, there’s already been so much prognosticating and discussion about the race itself that in actuality, there aren’t a great deal of surprises.  Sure, every now and then you’ll have something like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting into the Best Picture race or Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow being left off the Best Director shortlist (that one still baffles me), but by and large, things mostly seem to fall into place as expected.  Where you can find many of the true surprises, though, is in the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.  This is where beloved character actors can finally get their due, or burgeoning newcomers can find themselves nominated alongside acting veterans; and these kinds of nominees actually have good shots at winning.  This year, the bench for the Best Supporting Actor category is yet again deep with talent, offering plenty of opportunities for some pleasant surprises.

After the jump, I run down the current state of the Best Supporting Actor race in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat.

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Review

by     Posted 26 days ago

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While 2011′s Horrible Bosses doesn’t hold up quite as well as I had hoped it would, the chemistry between leads Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis is still a lot of fun.  Watching the three actors bounce off each other is electric as they bicker and argue like foul-mouthed children.  Comedy sequels are always tough, but Horrible Bosses 2 makes the wise decision to shake things up not only in terms of avoiding a rehash of the first film’s plot, but also changing the tone of the comedy and the trio’s dynamic.  Although the movie falters at the end, Horrible Bosses 2 feels surprisingly fresh while never losing what made the original work so well.

Watch 9 HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Clips Featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine and Jamie Foxx

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We just saw Nick (Jason Bateman) unknowingly step into a sex addiction group therapy session and the guys go at it with Kevin Spacey’s Dave Harken in prison, but now it’s time for seven additional Horrible Bosses 2 clips.  They’re not all big winners, but the “kidnaping” gag from the film’s trailers works wells and the chemistry between Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis still packs the power to entertain and put a smile on your face.  This new batch of clips also includes some material with Jamie Foxx as Nick, Dale and Kurt’s personal murder consultant Dean “Motherf*cker” Jones and Christoph Waltz as Burt Hanson, the investor who steals Nick, Dale and Kurt’s big idea, but it’s Chris Pine as Burt’s rather unhinged son, Rex, who looks to be one of the more promising supporting characters on the roster.

Hit the jump to check out all nine Horrible Bosses 2 clips for yourself.  The Sean Anders-directed film is set to arrive in theaters on November 26th and also stars Jennifer Aniston.

First Z FOR ZACHARIAH Image: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine Survive a Nuclear War

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The first Z for Zachariah image has been released online, introducing us to director Craig Zobel’s (Compliance) adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic 1974 novel of the same name.  The story revolves around a woman who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, only to have two strangers come across her small farm.  The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie plays the lead role, while Chris Pine and one of last year’s Best Actor Oscar nominees, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, play the two strangers.  The debut image doesn’t really tell us much about the film (other than the fact that Robbie is gorgeous no matter her hair color, obviously), but it’s an extremely curious choice of material for Zobel, who gained plenty of buzz for his 2012 small-scale character drama Compliance.

Check out the full Z for Zachariah movie image after the jump.  The sci-fi thriller opens in theaters sometime next year.

New INTO THE WOODS Trailer Has Wishes and a Quest for Its Cast of Fairy Tale Characters

by     Posted 45 days ago

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Following yesterday’s motion posters, Disney has released a new Into the Woods trailer.  Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s classic musical stars James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her Prince (Chris Pine), Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and the Wolf (Johnny Depp).  Between Into the Woods and Annie, I’m curious to see if December is big enough for two famous musicals.  At least as far as Into the Woods is concerned, the studio is definitely pushing the star power since the lead cast is listed not once but twice.

Hit the jump to check out the new Into the Woods trailer.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Lucy Punch, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

INTO THE WOODS Motion Posters Featuring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and More

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A whole batch of Into the Woods motion posters just hit the web and while I do appreciate the subtlety of the designs, showing some branches swaying just isn’t enough to create a consuming atmosphere like the ones in, let’s say, the motion poster for The Wolverine or this one for Gravity.  However, the poster for Mackenzie Mauzy’s Rapunzel does resemble an eerie murder scene, although that likely wasn’t intentional.

Hit the jump to check out that poster as well as the ones of James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Lilla Crawford as Little Red, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Chris Pine as The Prince, Billy Magnussen as The Other Prince, Meryl Streep as The Witch and Johnny Depp as The Wolf.  Into the Woods is due in theaters on December 25th.

Check Out 29 New HORRIBLES BOSSES 2 Images Featuring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, and More

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Warner Bros. has released 29 new Horrible Bosses 2 images online.  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the first film, and this time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.

Hit the jump to check out the Horrible Bosses 2 images.  The film opens on November 26th, and also stars Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx.

8 New INTO THE WOODS Images Send Us Deeper into the Fairy Tale Musical Starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp

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Disney has released hi-res versions of previously released Into the Woods images along with a couple new stills as well.  The Disney production stars James Corden (Begin Again) and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her Prince (Chris Pine), Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and the Wolf (Johnny Depp).  I really liked the extended featurette we saw last week, and I hope we’ll get a new trailer soon that will give us an even better idea of what to expect from director Rob Marshall‘s take on Stephen Sondheim‘s terrific musical.

Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods images.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Lucy Punch, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

Extended INTO THE WOODS Featurette Provides Plenty of New Footage from the Upcoming Musical

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Following yesterday’s EW covers and new images, Disney has now released an extended featurette for Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s classic musical Into the Woods.  The Disney production stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch (Meryl Streep) responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters, all of whom have wishes to change their lives.  While I’ll admit that Johnny Depp‘s costume and makeup for the Big Bad Wolf continue to plunge the actor into self-parody, the rest of the movie looks surprisingly great.  This featurette really sells not only the fantastic visuals, but also shows that this is a true ensemble piece.  The featurette also provides the first time we’re hearing the actors sing some of the songs, and they sound terrific.

Hit the jump to watch the Into the Woods extended featurette.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Lucy Punch, Lilla CrawfordMackenzie Mauzy, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski.

Entertainment Weekly’s INTO THE WOODS Covers Offer First Look at Johnny Depp’s The Wolf

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There are stills of Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Meryl Streep in Into the Woods and we also got a few solid shots of them in the film’s trailer too, but what about Johnny Depp’s The Wolf?  Depp got a title card in that trailer, but then he just hid behind a tree.  Now it turns out, that was a good thing.

The new edition of Entertainment Weekly puts the spotlight on Rob Marshall’s rendition of the Stephen Sondheim musical with four different collector’s covers and one of them gives us our very first look at Depp in full costume and makeup.  Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods covers for yourself.  The film also stars Lilla CrawfordMackenzie Mauzy, Daniel HuttlestoneTracey Ullman and Christine Baranski, and is set to hit theaters on December 25th.

STRETCH Review

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One of the things I like about Joe Carnahan‘s films is that they filter drama and action through a working-class lens.  Narc is on the down-and-dirty streets; The Grey is about a group of oil drillers trying to survive in the wild; and even his blockbuster feature The A-Team sides with guys just trying to make a living.  The outlier is Smokin’ Aces, an ensemble piece that ranges from cartoonish to somber as assassins compete to take out an informant.  Carnahan’s latest feature, Stretch, attempts to blend the slapdash attitude of Smokin’ Aces with a grounded, working-class character.  The result is a movie that still manages to be endearing despite how often it tries to remind you of its weirdness.

William Shatner’s STAR TREK 3 Cameo Will Place Him in Familiar Company [Update: Shatner Comments]

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Just when we thought William Shatner-gate was over… they pull me back in.  For the past few weeks there have been whispers, an unconvincing denial, and then some soft confirmation that Shatner’s cameo Star Trek 3 was coming together after being left out of the first two films in J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot franchise reboot.  And now we have what seems to be some solid details on the scene itself.

I don’t actually consider this information to be super-spoilery at all, but out of sensitivity to you guys and fans of the franchise, I’ve decided to be vague about the nature of this thing in these opening paragraphs, so if you want the full story you’ll have to head below.  Hit the jump for details on William Shatner’s Star Trek 3 cameo.  The film will be directed by Roberto Orci and will hit theaters in 2016.

New HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis Are Entrepreneurs

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Warner Bros. has released a new Horrible Bosses 2 trailer for the upcoming comedy sequel.  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis reprise their roles from the first film, and this time around they decide to be their own bosses by setting out on their own entrepreneurial venture.  When a slick investor (Christoph Waltz) steals their idea, they decide to kidnap his son (Chris Pine) and hold him for ransom.  This trailer isn’t quite as funny as the previous one, but there are still some standout jokes thanks to the main trio.  While comedy follow-ups are incredibly hard to pull off, the chemistry of Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis is fantastically infectious so I’m optimistic here.  Moreover, between this and Stretch, Pine is proving himself to be quite the comedic talent.

Watch the new theatrical Horrible Bosses 2 trailer after the jump.  Directed by Sean Anders, the film also stars Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin SpaceyHorrible Bosses 2 opens in theaters on November 26th.

STRETCH Trailer: Patrick Wilson Needs $6,000 By Midnight in Joe Carnahan’s Colorful New Film

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Since director Joe Carnahan decided to take the marketing into this own hands, we’ve already seen a number of clips, images, and even a gag reel from his new film Stretch.  However, the first official Stretch trailer has now been released online, giving us a better handle on the plot for this colorful, insane-looking action comedy.  The story revolves around a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Patrick Wilson) who attempts to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious, eccentric billionaire (James Badge Dale).  As we can see from this trailer, he comes across a number of unusual characters during his service, and things appear to get weirder and weirder as the night wears on.  I loved the introspective nature of Carnahan’s The Grey, but it’s nice to see that he’s still able to have fun with things like this and The Blacklist, and Stretch certainly appears to be a very wild ride indeed.

Watch the Stretch trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms, Norman Reedus, Ray Liotta, Shaun Toub, Brooklyn Decker, and David HasselhoffStretch will be available on iTunes and Amazon on October 7th and on VOD on October 14th.

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