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Emily Blunt Wins Female Lead In Rob Marshall's Sondheim Adaptation 'Into The Woods'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2013 6:38 PM
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Even we weren't big Sondheim fans, we're starting to suspect that we'd be getting excited about "Into The Woods" regardless. "Chicago" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall's been prepping his film version of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale deconstruction for over a year now, but has started lining up a cast in recent weeks, and it's looking fairly spectacular.

Chloë Moretz & Keanu Reeves Recreate 'Taxi Driver' In Harper's Bazaar Photo Spread

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 12, 2011 8:48 AM
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What's the next best thing to being in a Martin Scorsese movie? Pretending to be in a Martin Scorsese movie.

'The Killing' Star Kristin Lehman Is A 'Golf Pro'; David Morse Enlists In 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 10:13 AM
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A couple bits of casting for you, one for a smaller comedy the other for a big budget zombie movie.

CBS Films In Talks To Buy TIFF Hit 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' With Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 9:30 AM
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It's been a fairly quiet market for big film deals at Toronto so far, with the sole major sale -- that of "Shame" to Fox Searchlight -- having been in the works since Venice, and even then, the film reportedly only sold for a six-figure sum, the film's backers placing great importance on being able to release the film before the end of the year, uncut, with an awards push for star Michael Fassbender. But the slow start looks to be coming to an end, with plenty of films courting distributors, and the first of them looks to have found a suitor.

Colin Firth & Emily Blunt Team For Lying, Thieving Dark Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 3:24 AM
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Yep, more new projects from Cannes. Bear with us.

Mindy Kaling, Chris Parnell & Jim Piddock Join Increasingly Awesome Cast Of 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2011 1:30 AM
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For the last few years, Hollywood's holy grail has seemed to be the R-rated relationship comedy -- it seems that every other script on the annual Black List is an attempt at the genre, and the summer is stuffed with examples. But only this morning, with the trailer for "What's Your Number?," we've seen that things aren't as simple as taking the traditional romantic comedy template and liberally sprinkling the words "fuck" and "vagina" over it -- there's an alchemy to the blend of crudity and heart that few have mastered.

'Adjustment Bureau' Is Not 'The Matrix' Says Emily Blunt; Matt Damon Calls It Un-Philip K. Dick-Like

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 4, 2011 10:31 AM
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Damon Says He Was Happy To Not Train, Sit In Corner & "Eat Donuts"; Plus Other RevelationsGeorge Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau" hits today, a very loose adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story. In the film, Matt Damon plays a politician who learns that there are forces conspiring to keep him on a political path distinctly severing his relationship with a beautiful dancer played by Emily Blunt; forces that aren't to be reckoned with and can erase his life entirely if he doesn't play ball.

Review: 'The Adjustment Bureau' Is A Heady Sci-fi Romance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 3, 2011 3:19 AM
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An air of mystery has permeated writer-director George Nolfi's "The Adjustment Bureau," the new science fiction political thriller love story starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt (and based on a typically paranoid 1954 short story by visionary crackpot Philip K. Dick). This is partially due to the elliptical nature of the movie's marketing, which seemed to emphasize the retro-cool costumes more than the story itself, and because, since its completion in 2009, it has both scheduled and missed a handful of release dates.

'Community' and 'Mad Men' Star Alison Brie Joins Nicholas Stoller's 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 1:37 AM
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Emily Blunt Confirmed As Female Lead Opposite Jason SegelAMC's "Mad Men" is pretty much the best drama series on television; "Breaking Bad" might give it a run for its money, but we reckon the period piece has the edge. While it's more divisive (including within the staff of The Playlist) NBC's "Community" is, for this writer, the best comedy on television -- with an ambition and, generally speaking, a level of execution (the show can be patchy occasionally) above even the excellent "Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock." And there's one person that links the two: 27-year-old actress Alison Brie.

'Gnomeo & Julet' Director Kelly Asbury Talks the Narrative Quality of Elton John Songs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2011 4:33 AM
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Plus: His Take on the Nearly Endless Development Process & Why Everyone Gets Uptight About the Movie's EnglishnessDisney and Rocket Films' "Gnomeo & Juliet," opening nationwide this Friday, has had a storied production history that could be its own compelling film. The story of star-crossed lawn ornaments was set up as a joint Disney/Rocket Films production in the first part of the aughts, under the supervision of "Beauty and the Beast" co-director Gary Trousdale, with Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor attached (they're now replaced by Emily Blunt and James McAvoy). The project fell apart, only to regain steam and be cut down again when Pixar's John Lasseter was installed, as the head of Disney's animation division (this was around the time he axed Chris Sanders' "American Dog," before neutering it and turning it into the toneless "Bolt"). The project was finally rescued by executive Dick Cook, who set it up not at Disney Animation proper, but with Miramax instead. Of course, with Miramax since being sold, Walt Disney are now taking on distribution duties for the film. At the end of all the back and forth, this take on the Shakespearean classic, thankfully, did not end in tragedy.

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