Collider’s Most Anticipated Movies: October to December

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The summer movie season is behind us, and there is a lot to look forward to in the closing months of 2014.  As always there’s plenty of adult dramas to dig through, but the year’s final releases are an eclectic bunch ranging from massive-scale sci-fi films to psychedelic period romps, and there are more than a couple of new releases from some of the best filmmakers working today.  It’s an embarrassment of riches, but Matt, Adam, Perri, and Evan have each pored over the release calendar and picked out their five most anticipated films of this final quarter.  It certainly wasn’t easy.

Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.

New INTO THE WOODS Poster; Plus DRACULA UNTOLD, V/H/S: VIRAL and PLAYING IT COOL

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A bunch of brand new posters just hit the web.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

  • Into the Woods – This one’s rocking quite the cast, but when you’ve got Meryl Streep on the roster, how can she not be the one front and center on the poster?
  • V/H/S: Viral – We’ve got a new poster for the third installment of the V/H/S franchise just in time for the film’s Fantastic Fest screening.
  • Dracula Untold – We’ve got a brand new IMAX poster for Dracula Untold, but it looks a lot like the one we got back in June.
  • Playing It Cool – This movie looks pretty ridiculous and now it’s got an odd international poster featuring Chris Evans to match.

Hit the jump to check out the Into the Woods poster and more.

First SELMA Images Reveal David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.; Plus New Images from INTO THE WOODS and BIG HERO 6

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Paramount Pictures has released the first Selma images from director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic.  David Oyelowo takes on the role of Dr. King in the film, which recounts the epic, dangerous, and terrifying civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that resulted in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  It’s a story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking, as it evokes humanity at its best and worst.  Oyelowo is joined in the cast by Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Tim Roth, Wendell Pierce, and Colman Domingo.  The film will open in limited release on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide on January 9, 2015.

Hit the jump to check out the first Selma images, along with new images from the Disney musical Into the Woods and Disney’s animated comic book adaptation Big Hero 6.

New INTO THE WOODS Images Reveal Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella, Chris Pine’s Prince Charming, and Johnny Depp’s Big Bad Wolf

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A batch of new Into the Woods images from director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) feature film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical has landed online.  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 responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Along the way, they run into a number of familiar fairy tale characters.  Today’s new images reveal quite a few of these, including Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf, and Chris Pine as Prince Charming.  It’s an absolutely stacked cast, and Marshall had everyone sing live on set, so it should be interesting to see the final result come together this Christmas.  With these images debuting today, I imagine a first trailer is right around the corner.

Hit the jump to check out the new Into the Woods images, and click here to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Meryl Streep, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tracy Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Magnussen, Mackenzie MauzyInto the Woods opens in theaters on December 25th.

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now.  We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony.  Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race.  After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.

First INTO THE WOODS Image Features Meryl Streep as The Witch

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Director Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) started filming Into the Woods last week in London.  Tonight brings our first look at the film with an image of Meryl Streep as The Witch.  The Disney musical is full of stars in such flash fairy tale roles.  Johnny Depp is The Wolf, Anna Kendrick is Cinderella, and Chris Pine is her prince.  James Corden and Emily Blunt play the baker and his wife at the center of the story, on a quest to reverse a curse that keeps them from starting a family.  The couple encounter Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters along the way in the feature adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical.

Into the Woods is scheduled for a Christmas 2014 release.  See the image after the jump.

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.

D23 Recap: Walt Disney Studios’ Live-Action Films TOMORROWLAND, SAVING MR. BANKS, MALEFICENT, INTO THE WOODS, MUPPETS MOST WANTED and More

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We closed out our D23 experience with a presentation from Disney’s upcoming slate of live-action films.  Yesterday’s animation panel – featuring looks the films of Disney/Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios - was a difficult one to top.  We’ve already covered the superpowered side of things with our Marvel recap, so now we’ll move on to the live-action fairy tales, original sci-fi mysteries, puppet sequel capers and nature documentaries you’ve all been waiting for!

The second half of today’s presentation included advanced looks at Saving Mr. Banks, Into the Woods, Cinderella, Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Muppets Most Wanted and DisneyNature’s Bears.  There was quite literally something for everyone in this batch of upcoming films.  Hit the jump to read my recap and see which one(s) strikes your fancy!

Will Forte and Tatum O’Neal Join SQUIRRELS TO THE NUTS; Titus Welliver Joins TRANSFORMERS 4; INTO THE WOODS Casts Rapunzel and Her Prince

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Plenty of names in tonight’s casting report:

  • Will Forte, Tatum O’Neal, Joanna Lumley, and Debi Mazar have signed on to Peter Bogdanovich‘s show business comedy Squirrels to the NutsOwen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and Imogen Poots star.
  • Michael Bay cast Titus Welliver in Transformers 4Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor star.
  • MacKenzie Mauzy and Bily Magnussen will join Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick in the star-studded supporting cast of the the Disey musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides).

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Jake Gyllenhaal Drops Out of Fairy Tale Musical INTO THE WOODS to Shoot NIGHTCRAWLER

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The Disney musical Into the Woods technically follows a baker and his wife (played by James Corden and Emily Blunt) on a quest to reverse a curse that keeps them from starting a family.  But the sell is in the twist: the couple encounter fairy tale characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel along the way.  Director Rob Marshall recruited a stellar cast to portray the Brothers Grimm creations, including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman, Anna Kendrick, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Unfortunately, we have to scratch that last name.  Gyllenhaal had to bow out of the project due to scheduling issues with the independent thriller Nightcrawler.  Details after the jump.

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.

Disney Sets May 2016 and 2017 Release Dates for Untitled Marvel Films; INTO THE WOODS, ALEXANDER, PLANES 2, and More Dated

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Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel.  Briefly:

  • Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
  • The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
  • The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
  • The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
  • A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
  • Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
  • Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.

Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.

Eddie Redmayne to Play Stephen Hawking in THEORY OF EVERYTHING; Tracey Ullman Goes INTO THE WOODS; Laura Dern Joins STRINGS

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Casting for a notable biopic, a Disney fairy tale, and an indie music drama:

  • Eddie Redmayne is close to landing the lead role in the Stephen Hawking biopic Theory of Everything, which focuses on the relationship bewteen Hawking and his wife.
  • Tracey Ullman is in negotiations to join Disney’s Into the Woods, an adaptation of the Broadway musical in which Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Emily Blunt will play classic fairy tale characters.
  • Laura Dern has joins Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Lucas Till, and Tom Everett Scott in Strings, the feature directorial debut of Daniel Duran.

More on each project after the jump.

Emily Blunt in Talks for Female Lead Opposite Johnny Depp in Disney Musical INTO THE WOODS; Christine Baranski Joins Cast

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Disney has been furiously casting director Rob Marshall’s (Chicago) musical adaptation Into the Woods over the past few weeks, and now a couple more exciting cast members are being added.  Variety reports that Emily Blunt is in talks to play the female lead in the film, which centers on a Baker and his wife as they venture into the woods to confront the witch responsible for putting a curse on the childless couple.  Broadway actor James Corden is set to play the film’s male lead, the Baker, while Meryl Streep is set as the witch and Johnny Depp is signed on in an unspecified role.

We learned last night that Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal are also in talks to play the love interests of Cinderella and Rapunzel in the film (yes, they’ll sing), and The Wrap adds that Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) is in talks to reteam with her Chicago director on the pic.  Production is expected to get underway this fall on what is turning out to be one hell of a musical ensemble.

Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal May Go INTO THE WOODS, Christoph Waltz Enters THE CANDY STORE, RZA and Catalina Denis Join BRICK MANSIONS

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) are in discussions to join Into the Woods, the Rob Marshall-adaptation of the Broadway musical that stars Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
  • Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has joined Stephen Gaghan’s The Candy Store, which stars Robert De Niro, Jason Clake and Omar Sy.
  • RZA (The Man with the Iron Fists) and Catalina Denis (Sleepless Night) will join Paul Walker in Brick Mansions, the Camille Delamarre-directed remake of Luc Besson’s District B13.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

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