INTO THE WOODS Trailer: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, and More Get Musical

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Disney has released the first trailer for the fairy tale musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).  James Corden and Emily Blunt star as a couple who encounter Brothers Grimm characters while on a quest to reverse a curse that keeps them from starting a family.  This is very much a teaser trailer, which unfortunately means we don’t get to hear any of the songs just yet; this trailer is very much focused on introducing the cast and the magical world.  Marshall’s first foray into tentpole moviemaking with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was a bit of a misfire, but Into the Woods looks to combine the large-canvas sensibilities of that film with the theatrical quality of Chicago.  He’s assembled an incredibly talented cast to bring Into the Woods to fruition, so if he can deliver from a directorial standpoint (and if the songs turn out well), we could be in for something quite special.

Into the Woods stars Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski, and opens December 25th.  Hit the jump to watch the first Into the Woods trailer, and click here to see the recently released images.

Production Begins on Disney’s Musical INTO THE WOODS Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick

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Filming is underway in London on director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) feature film adaptation of James Lapine’s Tony-winning stage musical Into the Woods.  The Disney prouduction stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar characters like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella.  Meryl Streep plays the villainous witch, Johnny Depp is set to portray the Big Bad Wolf, Chris Pine is Cinderella’s prince, and Anna Kendrick steps into the role of Cinderella.

Talented actors and actress from the stage and screen fill out the rest of the cast, and Stephen Sondheim has contributed a new original song to the feature.  Lapine penned the screenplay, and the behind-the-scenes team includes legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which runs down every role.  Into the Woods opens in theaters December 25, 2014.

Anna Kendrick in Talks to Play Cinderella in Musical INTO THE WOODS; Daniel Huttlestone Joins Cast

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The world will soon have dueling Cinderellas to contend with; and from the same studio no less.  Lily James is poised to play the title character in Disney’s Kenneth Branagh-directed redo Cinderella, and now the lovely Anna Kendrick is in talks to put on the glass slipper for Disney’s musical Into the Woods.  Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, the Rob Marshall-directed film stars James Corden and Emily Blunt as a Baker and his wife who venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar characters like Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, which is where Kendrick’s Cinderella comes in.  The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Kendrick actually read the Cinderella part during a big table read of the script that Marshall set up last year.

Hit the jump for more on this star-studded project.

LES MISÉRABLES Review

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Les Misérables is a musical of big emotions.  Characters are brought to their lowest, experience love at first sight, sacrifice their lives for revolution, spend decades in pursuit of justice, and believe their quests are ordained by God.  The songs and their context can come off as cheesy, but the non-stop music and story wrap the production in grandeur that sweep the audience into a captivating world.  Paired with terrific performances, the film adaptation of Les Misérables is almost unstoppable.  But director Tom Hooper throws up a barrier as he constantly blocks out the tremendous production values with far too many close-ups and editing that chases the music rather than guides it.  We still hear the people sing, but their voices should ring louder.

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