Meryl Streep has long advocated the hiring of more women in all aspects of filmmaking and noted that so-called ‘women’s movies’ -when done well – makes a ton of money.
She has also put her money where it counts, funding a script development retreat for The Writers Lab that will give a dozen women screenwriters an intensive three-day opportunity to work up their next scripts.
New York Women in Film & and Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers, today announced the selected screenwriters and named the eight mentors who will work with them (it’s a very impressive list). Follow the jump for more.
Continue reading The Writers Lab Announces Women Screenwriters For Script Development Retreat!
Ricki Rendazzo is forever stuck in a bar band/supermarket cashier world after abandoning her family to follow her rock & roll dream. The only place she’s at home is on stage – and the tragedy of the film is that she seems to be doomed to never rise above bar band notoriety.
Continue reading Ricki and The Flash: A Rockin’ Heart Beats Clichés!
Meryl Streep plays a rockin’ mom who was pretty much never there for her daughter – played by her daughter Mamie Gummer – and returns home when she learns of her daughter’s being dumped by her husband.
Rick Springfield and Kevin Kline co-star. Check out the trailer for Ricki and the Flash after the jump. Ricki and the Flash opens on August 7th.
Continue reading Rockin’ Trailer: Ricki and the Flash!
A teaser for Suffragette – the story of the fight for women’s voting rights – has been created to help stress the importance of voting in the May 7th General Election in the UK.
Suffragette will be in theaters on October 23rd. Check out the teaser following the jump.
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Although Disney’s Into The Woods is doing well in theaters, it was considered to be a risky move – taking a three-hour hit Broadway musical and turning it into a two-hour movie. Plus, there was the fact that Into The Woods is not the lightest exploration of fairy tales.
On the plus side, director Rob Marshall was an old hand at adapting Broadway hits into movie form – his Chicago nabbed a few Oscars® – and the screenplay for Into The Woods was adapted by James Lapine, who, with Stephen Sondheim, created the original musical.
So, what did it take to take Into The Woods from stage to screen? Follow the jump to check out a video dealing with that very topic.
Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Into The Woods – From Stage To Screen!
Into The Woods takes four classic fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel – and looks at what happens after their happily ever after endings. There have been several films in recent memory that have tackled this idea, but when Into The Woods debuted, it was a radical new idea. It’s still the best take on the idea.
Continue reading Into The Woods – What Comes After Happily Ever After?
One of the highlights of Into The Woods is the moment that Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) realises that the Prince is pretty smart.
Follow the jump to hear her sing On the Steps of the Palace. Into The Woods opens on Christmas Day.
Continue reading Sneak Peek: Into The Woods: Anna Kendrick Sings
A new featurette for Into the Woods gives us a look at the characters and storylines in the film – and a chance to hear cast members, from James Corden to Meryl Streep, sing.
Into the Woods opens December 25th with an all-star cast that also includes Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp. Check out the featurette – The Story – after the jump.
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Disney has released the poster for its adaptation of the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods – and it’s certainly darker than I was expecting. I like it.
Check it out after the jump. Into The Woods premieres on December 25th.
INTO THE WOODS opens in theatres December 25, 2014!
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The story of a youth who transcends the bland utopia of his world is a well thought out piece of dystopic sci-fi until the last act, when it goes off the rails and into the realm of fantasy – thoroughly undermining itself.
Continue reading The Giver Gives Us Two-Thirds of a Good Movie!
When Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark Broadway take on fairytales, Into The Woods, was optioned by Disney, there was a lot of fear that it would wind up being Disnified – so much so that Sondheim had to go on record as saying that that just wasn’t so.
Now the first teaser trailer for the film has been released and it looks a couple shades darker than the usual Disney version. Check it out after the jump.
Continue reading Not-Quite-A-Fairytale Trailer: Into The Woods!