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Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Laing. Stephanie Laing allows herself to feel fabulous for five minutes a day. Just five. Then she does what any of us would do: spill her coffee or trip over her own two feet and get on with her long list of...
Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Laing. Stephanie Laing allows herself to feel fabulous for five minutes a day. Just five. Then she does what any of us would do: spill her coffee or trip over her own two feet and get on with her long list of to-dos. Unlike us, however, that includes producing the HBO series Veep, Eastbound & Down, and Banshee. Much like Selina Meyer herself, it's safe to say that Laing is beyond thriving in an industry that's historically male-dominated. But, when we met the Emmy-nominated producer and single mom of three, it was quickly obvious that none of that boys-club business really mattered. Getting her start in commercials and working her way up to HBO programming in '95, Laing says it was comedian Tracey Ullman who was one of her first mentors to recognize her work and help advance her through the next steps in her career. Of course, that would eventually lead to her current position of juggling the demands, budgets, and schedules of three sitcoms. Be it splitting her time between a Brooklyn home and Baltimore filmings; chasing down boats (perhaps one of the more difficult props to lug to set); and recently, chronicling a bit of her balancing act on Put Your Pretty On, a blog inspired by her daughter, we were thankful to land a little time with the lady calling the shots behind the first female vice president — at least the one on our screens. Read More
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Meryl Streep ventures Into the Woods as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The humorous and heartfelt musical, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, explores the consequences o...
Meryl Streep ventures Into the Woods as the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. The humorous and heartfelt musical, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, explores the consequences of the quests of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, and the witch who cast a spell on them. In theaters Dec. 25, 2014. Here’s the high profile cast: - Meryl Streep: The Witch - Emily Blunt: The Baker’s Wife - James Corden: The Baker - Anna Kendrick: Cinderella - Chris Pine: Cinderella’s Prince - Johnny Depp: The Wolf - Lilla Crawford: Little Red Riding Hood - Daniel Huttlestone: Jack - Tracey Ullman: Jack’s Mother - Christine Baranski: The Stepmother - MacKenzie Mauzy: Rapunzel - Billy Magnussen: The Price who courts Rapunzel - Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch: Cinderella’s stepsisters Florinda and Lucinda Originally published on ComicMix as First Look at Meryl Streep’s Into the Woods’ Witch
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The first image has arrived online from Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical Into The Woods, featuring a bedraggled-looking Meryl Streep as The Witch. The film will retell a series of classic fairy tales, all interwov...
The first image has arrived online from Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical Into The Woods, featuring a bedraggled-looking Meryl Streep as The Witch. The film will retell a series of classic fairy tales, all interwoven with the primary narrative of a simple baker and his wife attempting to shake off a witch's curse and start a family. Streep is said sorceress, and from the look of this first image, a very fearsome one she will make too… Streep is just one part of an all-star cast, with Johnny Depp appearing as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Prince Charming and James Corden and Emily Blunt as the baker and his wife. Directed by Rob Marshall and co-starring Frances de la Tour, Lucy Punch and Tracey Ullman, Into The Woods will open in the US on Christmas Day 2014, with a UK date to be confirmed.
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There are very few projects currently in production that excite me more than Into The Woods. Based on Stephen Sondheim's dark, brilliant stage play and featuring an extraordinarily talented cast, this could either be the best movie music...
There are very few projects currently in production that excite me more than Into The Woods. Based on Stephen Sondheim's dark, brilliant stage play and featuring an extraordinarily talented cast, this could either be the best movie musical in decades or a massively crushing disappointment. I know some of you are worried about Johnny Depp's involvement. But his role, The Big Bad Wolf, is so brief, I doubt he could do much damage. In fact, I think he could be delightful in small doses. Also rounding out the cast are Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, James Corden and Tracey Ullman. You can see much of the cast here filming on location in the UK. So far so good, folks. I love the modern fairytale look of the costumes. After the atrocity that is Once Upon A Time's costume department, this is a huge relief. Not cartoonish in the slightest. I've got the musical nerd tingles something fierce. Cinderella's Stepmother And Stepsisters The Baker's Wife And Rapunzel's Prince Cinderella's Prince, The Baker's Wife, The Baker Jack's Mother Rapunzel Cinderella's Stepmother The Baker (James Corden is such absolutely brilliant casting) Cinderella And Her Prince How long do we have to wait again? Ugh. Agony. (via Sarah Carlson)
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As you may know by now, the popular Broadway musical about mashed up of fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack & The Beanstalk, is being turned into a movie. While it’s a favorite among many for Bernadette Peter...
As you may know by now, the popular Broadway musical about mashed up of fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack & The Beanstalk, is being turned into a movie. While it’s a favorite among many for Bernadette Peters’ turn as the Witch, the best part of the Into The Woods has to be the star-studded cast. Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Emily Blunt and Tracey Ullman have all signed up to take on our favorite fairy tales. Of course, after all the casting news, fans have been clamoring to see everyone on set. Luckily, JustJared posted a few pictures of what’s in store. Emily Blunt (The Baker’s Wife) and Billy Magnussen (Rapunzel’s Prince): Chris Pine (Cinderella’s Prince): James Corden (The Baker): Anna Kendrick (Cinderella): Christine Baranski (Cinderella’s Stepmother): The film is scheduled to hit theaters around Christmas of next year. Check out more pics here.
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Theatre geeks rejoice: The way is clear, the light is good, and the first photos of Disney's Into The Woods have been released. Broadway World has assembled a first look at the Rob Marshall-directed, big-screen adaptation of the bel...
Theatre geeks rejoice: The way is clear, the light is good, and the first photos of Disney's Into The Woods have been released. Broadway World has assembled a first look at the Rob Marshall-directed, big-screen adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, which is currently filming on location in the UK. The photos seem to take place at the wedding of Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella and her Prince Charming, Chris Pine. Other photos feature James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s stepmother, and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s mother (of beanstalk fame). The musical, a dark adaptation of classic Grimm fairy tales, also stars Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, who have yet to pop up. Those unfamiliar with the musical can enjoy the anachronistic image of a fairy-tale prince with sunglasses and a digital camera, while ... Read more
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When most people think of Walt Disney films, they think of two genres: the animated musical and the live-action family film. Beauty and the Beast or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Snow White or Swiss Family Robinson. What’s slightly...
When most people think of Walt Disney films, they think of two genres: the animated musical and the live-action family film. Beauty and the Beast or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Snow White or Swiss Family Robinson. What’s slightly more rare of late is a blend of the two, the live-action musical, as we’ve seen in films like Mary Poppins, Newsies, Enchanted or The Muppets. These come out much less frequently. Next year, however, Disney will be releasing two live-action musicals: Muppets Most Wanted and one that’s likely to be their most elaborate and star-studded live action musical to date, Into The Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall and based on the Tony Award-winning broadway show with music by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods just began production aimed at a Christmas 2014 release. Below, read the full press release including the list of confirmed cast members, such as Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski and Tracy Ullman. Here’s the full release: Disney’s “Into the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics—including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. “Into the Woods” is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release. “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. The all-star ensemble cast includes: · Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “August: Osage County”) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. · Emily Blunt (“Looper,” “The Young Victoria,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother. · James Corden (Broadway’s “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Three Musketeers,” “Gavin & Stacey”) plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family. · Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” “Up in the Air”) fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery. · Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Jack Ryan”) portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride. · Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Lone Ranger,” “Sweeney Todd”) steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood. · Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way. · Daniel Huttlestone (“Les Misérables”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans. · Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son. · Christine Baranski (“Mamma Mia!,” “Chicago” “The Good Wife”) takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince. · MacKenzie Mauzy (“Brother’s Keeper,” Broadway’s “Nex
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Lilla Crawford Replaces Sophia Grace in Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ via Rickey.org Disney’s version of “Into The Woods” has kicked off production with an all star ensemble cast. However, there has been a...
Lilla Crawford Replaces Sophia Grace in Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ via Rickey.org Disney’s version of “Into The Woods” has kicked off production with an all star ensemble cast. However, there has been a surprising change in the cast. YouTube star Sophia Grace had previously been announced for the role of “Little Red.” Annie’s Lilla Crawford will be stepping in for the role instead. Via Broadway World: The all-star ensemble cast includes: Meryl Streep portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored; Emily Blunt is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother; James Corden plays the role of the Baker, a hard-working man who desperately wants to start a family; Anna Kendrick fills the shoes of Cinderella, who finds herself on a journey of self-discovery; Chris Pine portrays Cinderella’s Prince, charming and impossibly handsome, who is on an endless quest to find his bride; Johnny Depp steps in as the Wolf, who sets his sights on Little Red Riding Hood; Lilla Crawford (Broadway’s “Annie”) makes her feature-film debut as Little Red Riding Hood, a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way; Daniel Huttlestone (“LES MISERABLES”) lands the role of Jack, an absentminded and adventurous boy who trades his treasured cow for five magic beans; Tracey Ullman joins the cast as Jack’s Mother, a poor and exasperated mom who is overwhelmed, yet fiercely protective of her son; Christine Baranski takes on the infamous Stepmother who wishes for riches and grandeur; she’ll do anything to marry off one of her daughters to a prince; Mackenzie Mauzy (Broadway’s “Next to Normal”) plays Rapunzel, a sheltered young woman who experiences the world beyond her tower for the first time; Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Boardwalk Empire”) is the dashing and eager Prince who courts Rapunzel. The Voice • American Idol • The X Factor
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The landscape of animated television shows has shifted dramatically since 1989, when The Simpsons debuted. Perhaps the most significant change, though, is the sheer breadth of animated programming currently on the air. These shows were o...
The landscape of animated television shows has shifted dramatically since 1989, when The Simpsons debuted. Perhaps the most significant change, though, is the sheer breadth of animated programming currently on the air. These shows were once something of an anomaly, but now television has become a cartoony utopia––with room for wildly divergent tones all around. Amazingly enough, the show that made television safe for this kaleidoscopic range of styles is still on the air all these years later. Al JeanThe Simpsons is unique among cartoons, television shows, and entertainment as a whole. It's a sitcom about a nuclear family who attends church each week, but it's also one of the most subversive programs to ever grace TV screens. Like any long–running institution, naysayers have been decrying the show's newer output for years and years, yet The Simpsons is still popular. (And it's certainly inspired its share of comedies along the way). Although the continuity on the show is flexible, and the characters never age, one thing that has remained consistent through almost its whole run is writer/producer Al Jean. Along with comedy partner Mike Reiss, Al Jean was the first writer hired for The Simpsons, when the show branched out from its humble beginnings as a bit on The Tracey Ullman Show. He and Reiss remained on the show for years, ascending to the position of co–showrunners, before leaving to start their own primetime cartoon, The Critic, featuring the voice of Jon Lovitz. A few years later, Jean returned to The Simpsons, where he has remained ever since––most of the time, as showrunner. He was also one of those entrusted with writing and producing the well–received Simpsons Movie in 2007.Read Full Story
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Netflix is a revolving door of movie and television content, particularly on the streaming side of things. Though titles often disappear from availability, new ones are also frequently added. Sometimes these come in the form of Netflix o...
Netflix is a revolving door of movie and television content, particularly on the streaming side of things. Though titles often disappear from availability, new ones are also frequently added. Sometimes these come in the form of Netflix original shows or even exclusive access to certain programming, but sometimes it’s just older titles that many find to be still worth watching. Content is added to Netflix streaming each week, and it can be difficult to keep up with what’s available all the time. With that, here’s a look at some new additions. Note: This is for the U.S. The past week has been great for horror movies and TV shows on Netflix. In the upcoming week, subscribers will be getting a bunch of Disney content and documentaries, as well as a Netflix-exclusive stand-up special from Kathleen Madigan, and finally the Netflix debut of Ricky Gervais’ Derek. Here are some of the titles you’ll soon see appearing. Available 9/9: Kronk’s New Groove (2005) Patrick Warburton, Tracey Ullman, Eartha Kitt, David Spade, John Goodman, Wendie Malick, John Mahoney, Anthony Ghannam, Gatlin Green Kronk, the sorceress Yzma’s bodybuilder assistant, grabs the spotlight in this animated sequel. Mischief and mayhem take over when Kronk finds out that his father is coming to visit, and as he tries to win Dad’s approval, he leaves no stone unturned. Leroy & Stitch (2006) Tia Carrere, Daveigh Chase, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Chris Sanders, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett, Zoe Caldwell, Ving Rhames, Liliana Mumy When the evil Dr. Hamsterviel forces Dr. Jumba to create Stitch’s evil twin — a creature he dubs Leroy — and uses it to clone a mesmerizing army of fake Stitches, it’s up to Lilo to reunite the gang and save the day. Lilo & Stitch (2002) Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Zoe Caldwell, Jason Scott Lee, Kevin Michael Richardson A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo — who’s being raised by her older sister after their parents die — adopts a funny-looking dog and names him “Stitch,” not realizing her new best friend is, in fact, a wacky alien created by a mad scientist. Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch (2005) Chris Sanders, Dakota Fanning, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Kunewa Mook, Jason Scott Lee Just as rowdy alien Stitch begins settling in with his new adopted family, he suddenly goes haywire: It seems his molecular structure is off-kilter, restoring his destructive behavior. Can plucky island girl Lilo find a way to set things right? Stitch! The Movie (2003) Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett Knowing he’s not alone in the universe, Stitch, also known as Experiment 626, is joined by Lilo, Pleakley and Jumba as he sets out to free the other 625 alien experiments (including a lazy sandwich maker and an electrical havoc-wreaker). The Emperor’s New Groove (2000) David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick, Kellyann Kelso, Stephen J. Anderson, Tom Jones In this animated Disney adventure, South American emperor Kuzco experiences a reversal of fortune when his power-hungry adviser Yzma turns him into a llama. Exiled to the wilderness, Kuzco turns to kindly villager Pacha for help. Available 9/10: Army Wives: Season 7 This drama series follows the emotional ups and downs of four women and one man, each married to a soldier and living on an army base where they contend with infidelity, PTSD, their spouses’s long deployments and other heartaches. Becoming Chaz (2010) This gripping documentary from directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato follows the deeply emotional journey of Chastity Bono, daughter of entertainers Sonny and Cher, as she embarks on a program of gender reassignment to become a man. Focusing on
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