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Friday, December 19, 2014

Into The Woods

The Stars Come Out For The World Premiere Of "Into the Woods"
 NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Producer John DeLuca, Tracey Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone, producer James Lapine, Lilla Crawford, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Anna Kendrick, MacKenzie Mauzy, director Rob Marshall, Billy Magnussen, Christine Baranski and producer Marc Platt attends the world premiere of "Into the Woods" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 8, 2014 in New York City.The stars came out for the world premiere of Into the Woods on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Director Rob Marshall, the all star cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and writer James Lapine were all celebrating the cinematic event, bringing the humorous and heartfelt musical to the screen. Into the Woods is produced by Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. It opens in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

When I saw the first clips of INTO THE WOODS, the latest Walt Disney Studios movie based on a collection of well known fairy tales, I expected a lavish, funny, fantasy movie. It is a Broadway like musical production that reaches into the depth of the human psyche. This is not your children's fairy tale. Instead it is an astonishing look at how fairy tales can be used by the human mind to conquer adversity.

The cast is headed by the legendary MERYL STREEP as The
Witch, JOHNNY DEPP is a dapperly wicked Wolf, the adorable EMILY BLUNT plays The Baker's Wife who so desperately wants a child, TRACEY ULLMAN plays Jack and The Beanstalk's mom, and so on. The characters embody the human concerns of all time: love, poverty, social position, aging.

It is a dark film, a sad film, with the endless thread of characters wishing for their dreams to come true every step of the way as they sing and hope and cry. Just like us.


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