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New 'Into the Woods' trailer: Now with more singing

While the first Into the Woods trailer was light on the singing, the latest does not disappoint.   READ FULL STORY

New 'Into the Woods' posters get a touch of movement

Ahead of its Christmas debut, new posters for Into the Woods are here.

The characters’ names, presented in white, bold, cursive type, frame the image. The Witch, Rapunzel, The Prince, The Other Prince, Little Red, Jack, Cinderella, The Baker’s Wife, The Baker, and The Wolf are all featured. READ FULL STORY

'Into the Woods': Go behind the scenes with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and more


What’s that? You wish for even more inside dish from the most anticipated movie musical of the year? Wish: granted.

Into the Woods—the sprawling fairy tale epic gracing this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly—promises to be one of the holiday season’s most magical films, thanks to its top-notch design team (featuring the folks behind Chicago) and an A-list cast that includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and James Corden.

But the beloved 1987 Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical didn’t translate easily to the screen, which meant a creative challenge for the designers and actors looking to reinvent the well-known story while also staying faithful to the original Broadway production.

In addition to picking up this week’s EW, check out an exclusive behind the scenes featurette with some of the talent involved in ushering the fantasy to its new home on the big screen. As Streep, Blunt, Depp, and more share their experiences on set, feast your eyes on a whole lot of never-before-seen footage from this year’s biggest musical. READ FULL STORY

'Into the Woods' character names not getting Disney makeover (Updated)

Update: Musical theater fans can rest easy. According to Disney, a cast listing in which Into the Woods characters were listed as their Disney counterparts on was incorrect, and the page has been edited. This post has been updated to reflect this. READ FULL STORY

'Into the Woods' director Rob Marshall answers all your burning questions

Before Disney released a trailer and an assortment of first- (well, second-) look photos at Into the Woods in late July, there wasn’t much information available about the upcoming movie adaptation of the beloved 1987 Broadway musical That’s why fans latched on tightly earlier this summer, when composer Stephen Sondheim indicated that the film had made certain changes to the show’s script—ones pertaining to death and sex and the elimination of fan-favorite songs.

Sondheim wasn’t pleased with the backlash. Despite the theater legend’s follow-up explanation, some fans had already decided that Disney was making a squeaky clean adaptation of an otherwise dark, adult show.

But director Rob Marshall, the man behind movie-musicals like Chicago and Nine, wants to put fans at ease by clearing up a few things. READ FULL STORY

'Into the Woods' teaser trailer: No one sings, but everyone wishes

You wished, and it has been granted: the Into the Woods teaser trailer has arrived.

Just five months out from the Christmas Day release, the teaser for Disney’s hotly anticipated movie musical adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved 1987 show has hit the Internet, fresh on the heels of a batch of production photos that made their way online Wednesday.

Into the Woods tells the story of a gang of fairy tale characters who enter a dark forest in the hopes of achieving their deepest wishes. The film stars Meryl Streep as the Witch, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as the Baker’s Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as her Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, and Johnny Depp as the Wolf. (Yes, the cast is that large, and they’re all pretty important.)

Below, watch the teaser—which is curiously devoid of any song, but has plenty of money shots of Meryl Streep busting down the Baker’s door. READ FULL STORY

Disney's 'Into the Woods' drops 10 new production photos

The trailer for Disney’s forthcoming adaptation of the beloved Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods is on the horizon—but before the trailer debuts, the studio has released ten new production photos from the film exclusively to People.

Previously, fans have only seen a glimpse of Meryl Streep’s Witch. Now, though, they can take a good look at (almost) every major character in the movie, in which a handful of fairy tale characters—including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of beanstalk fame)—weaving an interconnected story as they each journey into the forest to find their dreams and make their wishes come true.

In addition to Streep as the rapping Witch and Johnny Depp as the Wolf (whose face has been kept hidden in the shots), Into the Woods stars a huge ensemble of both established film stars and relative newcomers from New York theater. Before the film hits cinemas on December 25, check out the production shots below: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Sondheim releases statement after backlash over 'Into the Woods' comments

So it’s all reportersfault.

Stephen Sondheim has released a statement after a loud Internet backlash earlier this week. Earlier, Sondheim spoke about changes in the upcoming Disney film version of Sondheim’s classic musical Into the Woods. The Musical Theater corner of the Internet was up in arms after reporters quoted Sondheim as saying Disney had cut the number “Any Moment,” toned down the sexual innuendo with The Wolf (Johnny Depp), and explained Repunzel wouldn’t die, among other changes that seemed to suggest that the all-star movie version would be taking out anything that wasn’t family-friendly and thereby ruining what made the original Broadway version so great.

Now, Sondheim has released a statement via Playbill saying he was misquoted and that fans of the musical shouldn’t be concerned about Disney coming in and taking a wrecking ball to the adult tale. READ FULL STORY

Sophia Grace Brownlee will NOT be in 'Into the Woods'

We know things now, and viral video star Sophia Grace Brownlee is no longer Red Riding Hood.

Despite earlier confirmation to EW from her publicist, Disney announced today that now Broadway star Lilla Crawford (who originated the role of Annie in the recent Broadway revival) will portray Red for the big-screen adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago). The all-star cast, including Meryl Streep as the Witch and Johnny Depp as the Wolf, is currently filming, and the picture is due to be released Dec. 25, 2014.

Much of the concern from fans about the ten-year-old Brownlee revolved around her age, as well as the fairly blatant subtext of the material she would have to perform, which included her seduction of sorts by Depp’s Wolf. Crawford, for her part, is just 12, so it’ll be interesting to see what changes, if any, are made from the Broadway version of the material.

Viral video star Sophia Grace Brownlee joins 'Into the Woods' as...

Ready to be “excited and scared”?

Viral video star Sophia Grace Brownlee (of “Sophia Grace and Rosie” fame) will play Red Riding Hood in Disney’s upcoming adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall, EW has confirmed.

Into the Woods tells the story of the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), who make a deal with an evil witch (Meryl Streep) in order to conceive. Their journey into the woods brings them face-to-face with many famous fairy tale characters, including Red Riding Hood (Brownlee), The Wolf (Johnny Depp), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), and Jack (Les Miserables’ Daniel Huttlestone) and his magical beans.

For those familiar with the work, the young age of Brownlee may give viewers pause. She’s 10, and will be metaphorically seduced by The Wolf (a.k.a 50-year-old Depp) and then develop a little bloodlust by the end of the movie.

For some context, check out Broadway star Danielle Ferland singing Red Riding Hood’s big number (full of veiled sexual references!) from the Broadway production of Into the Woods:

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