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Disney Drops First Into The Woods Teaser Trailer

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A teaser is exactly what it is. On the heels of Walt Disney releasing ten new production stills, the studio debuts the first teaser trailer for Into The Woods.

The clip doesn’t give away too much in terms of plot nor does it showcase any of the cast singing. Pretty much, it touts the star-studded cast appearing in the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, especially Meryl Streep as the Witch. It’s all about her wickedly antics. However, once again, Johnny Depp’s turn as the Wolf has been kept hidden.

The highly-anticipated film also stars Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracy Ullman as Jack’s mom, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard as the step sisters and Christine Baranski as their mom.

This musical twisted fairy tale hits theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the first teaser trailer below.

Movie Synopsis

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.

watch the trailer after the jump

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Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep all in the same movie. Sign me up. The fact it’s an adaptation of a beloved musical is the cherry on top.

Ahead of the release of the first movie trailer, Walt Disney shares ten new production stills from Into The Woods. The film is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s classic Broadway musical which tells the tale of a handful of fairy tale characters’ journeys into the forest.

Rounding out the cast are Christine Baranski, James Corben, Billy Magnussen and several actors from New York theater. Into The Woods heads into theaters on December 25. Check out more pics below.

Movie Synopsis

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.

more photos after the jump

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In the grand tradition of the original Broadway musical, a woman has been tapped to play Peter Pan. NBC has found its leading lady for their upcoming Peter Pan musical in the form of Girls actress Allison Williams. She’ll play the titular character for the network’s live presentation airing December 4. Williams joins previously announced Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.

“We couldn’t be happier that Allison Williams is our Peter Pan,” said NBC chief Robert Greenblatt. “She’s a lovely rising star on the award-winning show Girls—where she occasionally shows off her incredible vocal talent—and we think she will bring the perfect blend of ‘boyish’ vulnerability and bravado to save the day against Christopher Walken’s powerful Captain Hook.”

Williams briefly demonstrated her singing abilities on the HBO comedy. I’m sure she’s actually better than what was shown on Girls. Love Allison but I’m not sure if she has the star wattage to lure in viewers like Carrie Underwood did last year with The Sound of Music. Her wooden acting generated 18.6 million viewers. Read Allison’s reaction below.

read Allison’s response after the jump

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On August 20, Andrew Rannells joins the Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a limited eight-week run. He takes over for a departing Neil Patrick Harris. Rannells will don the same glitter and high heels to play the German transvestite.

Rannells was last seen on Broadway originating the role of Elder Price in 2011′s The Book of Mormon, for which he was nominated for a Tony. Check out Andrew below in the first official promo photo.

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NBC Taps Christopher Walken For Peter Pan Musical

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NBC’s next live musical event finally has its first cast member. The network announced Christopher Walken’s addition during the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour on Sunday. Walken will play none other than Captain Hook in the network’s production of Peter Pan.

The 71-year-old actor is known mostly for his dramatic work but he’s worked in musicals before, appearing in both Hairspray and Jersey Boys, though he doesn’t sing in the latter. Here’s what NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters.

“He might really be a song and dance man at heart. He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play.”

“I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook,” added the exec. “He might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook.”

read Walken’s thoughts after the jump

Disney Developing Enchanted Sequel

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Get ready for another trip to Andalasia. Seven years after Amy Adams enchanted moviegoers as the princess Giselle, Deadline.com is reporting that Disney is developing a sequel to Enchanted. It makes perfect business sense since the original generated $340 million worldwide at the box office and even snagged Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write Enchanted 2. No word on if any of the original cast members including Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon or Adams will be involved.

It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes this time. It’d be a shame if Adams and Dempsey didn’t get their happily-ever-after, after all. Perhaps, the story could revolve around Dempsey’s daughter who’s probably a young adult now.

Are you looking forward to a sequel? Do you think the original stars should come back? Or should the sequel involve new characters? Sound off below.

The First Wives Club Heading To Broadway

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts
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The First Wives Club is the latest classic movie heading to Broadway. Designing Women writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) are bringing the classic 90s movie starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton to the Great White Way. It’s scheduled for a tryout at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in Spring 2015. If things go well, the production will aim for a Broadway debut during the 2015-16 season.

This isn’t the first time the film has been adapted into a musical. A production premiered in San Diego in 2009. Reportedly, this upcoming version will be vastly different. The new musical will feature original music, along with classics by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland. They were responsible for creating such classics including “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Stop in the Name of Love.”

Are you looking forward to a First Wives Club musical? Do you think it’s a good idea or horrible one? Weigh in below.

watch my favorite number from the movie after the jump

Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour Canceled

In: Donovan, Music
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Just days before the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar was scheduled to hit the road, producers abruptly pulled the plug.

“Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of S2BN Entertainment, announced today the cancellation of the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off in New Orleans on June 9. All purchased tickets will be refunded. Tickets purchased online and via telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased from outlets/venue box office must be returned to that location for refund.” – Official Statement

The 54-city tour which was to kick off on June 9 in New Orleans was canceled reportedly due to poor ticket sales despite the star-studded cast. Michelle Williams, J.C. Chasez, Brandon Boyd, and Johnny Rotten were all quite active promoting the show on social media. But clearly, it was all for naught.

“I got fired from #JesusChristSuperstar today….but so did the rest of the cast so we’re all sad together. Yeah, it’s true. Tour cancelled.” - Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus

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