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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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Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay on the 'Anchorman' musical that almost was

To millions of Anchorman fans around the world, the news that Will Ferrell’s blow-dried, self-mythologizing, jazz-flute-playing newsman Ron Burgundy is coming back to the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a veritable ticket to Pleasure Town. But if things had taken a slightly different turn along the way, we might now be talking about the Anchorman Broadway musical instead of the movie sequel. And no, that’s not a joke.

Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, who directed the original Anchorman in 2004, first started kicking around the idea of a sequel around 2008. But despite the movie’s growing cult status, the prospects looked iffy at best. With the original movie having grossed an unspectacular $84 million, Paramount Pictures wasn’t in a hurry to make a follow-up. Then in 2009, following Ferrell’s successful run as President George W. Bush in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America, McKay had one of those so-crazy-it-just-might-work ideas: What if they did the second Anchorman as a Broadway musical?
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to open Oscars Outdoors screening series; See full lineup

It’s much ado about movies at Oscars Outdoors this summer.

The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series.

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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

Oscars: 'Chicago' cast to reunite as Academy Award presenters

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The producers of the Oscars telecast have announced the music-heavy Feb. 24 show will feature a reunion of the cast of Chicago. Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who won a supporting actress award for her role in the film) will attend the event as presenters.

It’s no surprise that Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were able to pull the strings necessary to get them all together again — they served as executive producers of the movie musical, which won Best Picture in 2003. READ FULL STORY

'Easy A' director Will Gluck in talks to helm 'Annie' remake with music by Jay-Z

Will Gluck , writer-director of Easy A and Friends with Benefits, is in negotiations to helm Sony’s film adaptation of 1977 Broadway musical Annie, EW has confirmed. The project will be Gluck’s fourth movie for the studio. He is also expected to revise the screenplay for the new film version of Annie, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).

“At the helm of Annie, [Gluck] will bring to this film all the charm of the original Broadway production while also appealing to a new generation,” Doug Belgrad, president of Sony’s Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio, said in a release.
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Barbra Streisand to perform at Oscars

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Though Barbra Streisand has won two Academy Awards, she’s only performed at the ceremony once — nearly four decades ago. But today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed that Streisand will sing at this year’s Oscars telecast on Sunday, Feb. 24. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”

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Producers prep big-screen 'Jekyll & Hyde': 'It's long overdue'

If things go according to plan, Dr. Jekyll will be undergoing one more transformation: to the silver screen.

EW has confirmed that the producers behind Jekyll & Hyde (the musical) are planning a big-screen adaptation, with a hopeful eye toward a 2014 release.

“I think it’s long overdue, a musical version if it,” said Rick Nicita, one of the show’s producers, alongside Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy.

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