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'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

Vincent Piazza answers burning questions about Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys'

Did you know that Jersey Boys hits movie theaters June 20? No shame if you didn’t; there’s been a noticeable lack of buzz around Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the 2005 musical, which was a certified smash on Broadway: Jersey Boys won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and is currently the 13th longest-running Broadway tuner in history. (It may soon be the 12th, if the show hangs around the August Wilson Theatre until fall 2015.)

When news broke that Eastwood would helm a movie based on the show, the stage community was understandably intrigued. The cast was solid: John Lloyd Young would reprise his Tony-winning performance as the show’s original Frankie Valli, joined by fellow Jersey Boys alumni Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda, as well as Boardwalk Empire‘s Vincent Piazza. Still, the film’s late-to-drop trailer was as concerning as it was compelling. The question remained: With so few details having emerged, how exactly would Eastwood translate a beloved stage musical into a feature film?

Luckily, Piazza fielded plenty of those concerns when he dropped by the EW office to talk Jersey Boys. Theater fans, take note — the Jersey Boys movie might be exactly what you were hoping for. READ FULL STORY

Hear Lea Michele, Megan Hilty, and more in the 'Legends of Oz' soundtrack -- EXCLUSIVE

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The worlds of Smash and Glee collide — finally! — in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, a new, 3D animated feature coming to theaters this month.

The film stars Broadway vet Rachel Berry Lea Michele as its title character, who travels from Kansas back to the land of Oz for another adventure. This time around, she’s joined not only by her old pals the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion — played by the august comic trio of Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Jim Belushi — but also by a marshmallow man named (wait for it) Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), a kindly owl called Wiser (Oliver Platt), and, perhaps most excitingly, a delicate china doll played by ex-Smash star Megan Hilty. The whole gang must band together to fight a new foe: the wicked Jester, voiced by beloved actor/comedian Martin Short.

With all that vocal talent in play, it’s only natural that Legends of Oz would be a musical — and we’ve got an exclusive first listen at the film’s eight original songs, plus five instrumental tracks. Click your heels together,  and click “play” below:

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Anna Kendrick dives into 'The Last Five Years' with Jeremy Jordan -- FIRST LOOK

Anna Kendrick did not expect to become Hollywood’s resident musical theater It Girl, even though she earned her first Tony Award nomination at 12 years old and made her film debut in the cult musical comedy Camp.

With Pitch Perfect under her belt and the upcoming big-box items Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2 on deck, Kendrick’s next belting role is significantly more indie. She’ll play Cathy Hyatt in writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years, an Off Broadway two-hander that tells the story of a couple’s five-year relationship through two interweaving storylines (one moves forward, the other backwards).

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, EW has an exciting official first look at Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Broadway’s Newsies) in the roles of struggling actress Cathy and rising novelist Jamie. The film is in the can and about to screen for buyers, who would be wise to snatch up the alluring Kendrick and Jordan and the giant fanbase that the cult musical has accrued since debuting in 2001.

We caught up with Kendrick to talk about her surprising arrival on Hollywood’s movie-musical scene, getting drunk with her co-star, and whether there’s another stage turn in her future. READ FULL STORY

Cameron Diaz is the H-bomb as 'Annie's Miss Hannigan -- PHOTO

It didn’t take Cameron Diaz long to make a splash on Twitter. Since belatedly joining the social network last week, she’s attracted more than 214,000 followers. She’s bound to pick up a few more with her most recent tweet on Tuesday, which included a selfie and an introduction. “I want you to meet someone. Her name is Ms. Hannigan. She ain’t nice and she ain’t pretty.”

Diaz, of course, is playing Miss Hannigan in the upcoming remake of Annie, which stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Wallis will certainly be different from the traditional red-headed orphan of old, and Diaz will understandably be a little different, too. But I think we know all that we need to from her cockeyed stare and bling-y H-Bomb necklace. I love you, Miss Hannigan. READ FULL STORY

Two princes kneel before you: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine in talks to join 'Into the Woods'

The latest stars to be subjected to “yes, but can they sing?” scrutiny: Heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, potentially. EW has confirmed that Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairy tales. Deadline writes that Pine, too, is in talks for the film, though his rep would not confirm the news.

The actors are up for the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. There’s no word yet on which would be playing which. (Cinderella’s Prince is the bigger part, though.)

If their deals go through, Gyllenhaal and Pine will join a cast that already includes Meryl Streep (The Witch), Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden (The Baker), and Johnny Depp (The Wolf, a role traditionally played by the same actor as Cinderella’s Prince in stage productions). A screenplay reading last October featured actors including Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) and Allison Janney (Jack’s Mother), though there’s no word yet on whether any of those actors will be cast in the film.

Read more:
Casting Net: Johnny Depp might go ‘Into the Woods’ with Meryl Streep, more
This Week on Stage: Alec Baldwin fizzles and fumes, Christine Baranski returns to her roots
‘Smash’ recap: Not Dead Yet

Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and 'Les Mis' cast to sing at Oscars

In addition to musical performances by Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones, and Barbra Streisand — and a closing musical number from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth — Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced the names of the actors involved in the show’s live Broadway tribute, which will spotlight Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Misérables.

The actors involved have all starred in big-screen adaptations of the three featured musicals, including Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls; Catherine Zeta-Jones from Chicago; and Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter from this year’s Les Misérables.

Read more:
Melissa McCarthy among latest names added as presenters at Oscars
Oscars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, and more presenters announced
‘Les Mis’ returning to Broadway in 2014 as re-imagined adaptation
‘Behind the Ballot': Film editors weigh in on their craft
‘Behind the Ballot': Production design
‘Behind the Ballot’: Oscar makeup and hairstyles
‘Behind the Ballot’: Video series launches

'He's Just Not That Into You' director developing movie about cult rock band The Shaggs

Director Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) and writer Joy Gregory (Switched at Birth) have announced they are developing a movie version of the latter’s stage musical, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, which details the strange story of the titular, all-girl ’60s rock band.

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Oscar broadcast plans tribute to recent movie musicals

prize_fighter1_bannerThis hills won’t come alive with the sound of music, and nobody will be singin’ in the rain, but The Oscars will be dedicating a portion of this year’s ceremony to movie musicals.

The producers of the Feb. 24 show announced today that they are planning a celebration of musical films from the past ten years, an era that starts with one they helped produce themselves — Chicago, which won Best Picture at the 2003 Academy Awards. READ FULL STORY

'Les Miserables' trailer: Do you hear these movie stars sing? -- VIDEO

Forty-seven days more until Tom Hooper’s musical Les Misérables hits theaters — but the wait for a full-length trailer is finally over. In May, Working Title Films released a minute-and-a-half-long teaser of the movie set to Anne Hathaway’s bruised take on “I Dreamed a Dream.” This new international trailer is much longer — and it also gives us tantalizing hints of several other songs, including “Castle on a Cloud,” “One Day More,” and “Do You Hear The People Sing?” Even better, it features every one of the film’s stars showing off their pipes. (Well, except Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. My kingdom for “Master of the House”!)

Does Russell Crowe’s rock-honed voice translate well to musical theater? Is Amanda Seyfried’s soprano beautifully delicate or woefully thin? Can newcomer Samantha Barks (Eponine) hold her own in a part every theater kid — even the boys — has dreamed of playing? Watch the trailer below and judge for yourself:

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