“From Stage To Screen” Featurette For ‘Into The Woods’ – Starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick…
From Walt Disney Pictures comes this behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Into the Woods.’ Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs the musical fantasy film, which is based on the highly acclaimed Tony Award–winning eponymous Broadway musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. Out now in the US and opening on January 9th in the UK, ‘Into the Woods’ is centered on a childless couple, who set out to end a curse placed on them by a vengeful witch.
The key cast for ‘Into the Woods’ is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, James Corden as The Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch as Florinda and Lucinda, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Annette Crosbie as Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother, Joanna Riding as Cinderella’s Mother, Frances de la Tour as the Giant, Richard Glover as the Steward, and Simon Russell Beale as the Baker’s Father.
Art by Martin Ansin.
Opening on December 18th, 2015, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films. “The Force Awakens” is set approximately 30 years after “Return of the Jedi”.
‘Selma’ is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
Strongly involved in the marches was Diane Nash, a founder of SNCC and then the wife of James Bevel (Common). Known for her visible bravery, Nash led lunch counter protests (she initiated the first successful civil rights campaign to integrate lunch counters), Freedom Rides (who de-segregated interstate travel), and began conducting non-violent actions in Alabama in 1963 following the Birmingham church bombing. Tessa Thompson (Dear White People), who takes the role, was awed by Nash’s grit. “She was an incredibly courageous woman who became a leader when she was only a teenager. At 20 she was able to make the U.S. Attorney General call and ask ‘who the hell is Diane Nash?’ because she was creating such a stir. To me, she is a leader of the civil rights movement who remains painfully unsung. So it was a pleasure to get to play her and in some small way contribute to people knowing more about her.”
Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of the year, brings the power of all the forces responsible for creating the hard-won moment of long awaited justice to cinema with an uncompromising immediacy. In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever. Courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote. The shocking confrontations, the triumphant final march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that followed are now an indelible part of history. But the vitally relevant, vitally human story of Selma – from the political battles in the halls of power to the grit and faith of people on the street to the private, inner struggles Dr. King faced – has never been seen on the movie screen.
The film chronicles a string of astonishing historical details, large and small — including the intense, adversarial relationship between Dr. King and President Lyndon Johnson, the troubling involvement of the FBI and the unbreakable spirit of ordinary men and women who sacrificed and united around voting rights. But what emerged from these stark details is a vivid tapestry of an American turning point in the making and the stirring journey of a man finding his way through doubts and daunting obstacles towards not just leadership but the togetherness required to make real change in the world. Says DuVernay: “Selma is a story about voice, the voice of a great leader; the voice of a community that triumphs despite turmoil; and the voice of a nation striving to grow into a better society. I hope the film reminds us that all voices are valuable and worthy of being heard.”
Katherine Waterston, who’s absolutely fantastic in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice,’ has reportedly landed a leading role in the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs film. According to Deadline, she has been offered the role of Chrisaan Brennan, Jobs’ first wife. Michael Fassbender plays Jobs, Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak, and Michael Stuhlbarg plays Andy Hertzfeld, the computer scientist and inventor who was part of the original Apple development team that came up with Macintosh Operating System. He worked closely with Jobs until he left for Google in 2005.
Last month the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, had been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, to the shock of many in the industry. Universal Pictures picked it up a week later. The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.
Hot on the heels of the news that Justin Lin is set to direct ‘Star Trek 3,’ Paramount Pictures have today officially announced a release date for the hugely anticipated film. The third entry in the rebooted sci-fi franchise is pegged to hit cinemas on July 8th, 2016 – which also happens to be Star Trek’s big 50th anniversary…. so no pressure at all! The likes of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Alice Eve and Karl Urban will return for ‘Star Trek 3.’
With ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ director J.J. Abrams hard at work on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Paramount Pictures had originally set series producer-writer Roberto Orci to make his directorial debut on the tentatively titled ‘Star Trek 3.’ However, with Orci recently departing the directors chair, Paramount Pictures and Abrams yesterday set Justin Lin to direct ‘Star Trek 3′, filling the biggest open directing assignment out there with the filmmaker credited with reviving the ‘Fast & Furious’ series.