Johnny Depp to Play the Big, Bad Wolf in Movie Version of "Into the Woods" 


Say what you will about Johnny Depp's singing prowess in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," but the actor may be back on the big screen with another musical role! This time it's the sexy and very hungry Wolf in the movie version of "Into the Woods."

THR is reporting that the actor is in talks to star in Disney's film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical for his "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director, Rob Marshall, who also helmed the Oscar-winning "Chicago" and "Nine" and the 1999 TV movie, "Annie."

Depp will be joining the fantastic Meryl Streep who is set to play the vain but very charismatic Witch. "Into the Woods" is a dark "Shrek" if you may, a hodge podge of classic fairy tales that feature a childless couple, Baker and his wife, who must go into the woods to lift a family curse. Along the way, they encounter Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

The screenplay is written by James Lapine based on his book for the 1986 musical. Stephen Sondheim composed the Tony-winning original score with David Krane working on the music arrangement for the movie.

For now, have a taste of "Into the Woods" with this video and we'll see you happily ever after:



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"Wild Things" Sequel Inspired By Amanda Knox Murder Case? 


Remember the 1998 thriller "Wild Things?" The flop that became a cult hit thanks largely to all the salacious goodness of three-way sex scenes, girl-on-girl action, and Kevin Bacon's bacon.

According to our friends at Huffington Post, "Wild Things" could get a sequel and it will be inspired by the Amanda Knox Murder trial. The original movie starred Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Bill Murray, and Bacon told the story of a high school guidance counselor accused of rape by two female students.

Now, director John McNaughton, the guy who gave us the original "Wild Things," told Hollywood.com that this will not be a sequel per se but will focus on the original characters' children by way of Amanda Knox.

McNaughton further revealed that, "Something that's like the child of Suzie Toller [Campbell's character], she claimed that Matt Dillon's [character] had raped her a long time ago and maybe there is a child and maybe Bill Murray's character had a child and they're exchange students and things get out of hand. We're calling it 'Wild Child Things.'"

There is no studio attached to the project yet but according to McNaughton, screenwriter Steven Peters' manager sent him an email and a one-page outline.

We'll see if the original cast will return and more importantly, if Bacon's schlong makes another appearance.

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Will Matthew McConaughey Finally Win an Oscar for This Role? 


I love Focus Features, the indie studio who values storytelling over big-budgeted films. And I'm loving Matthew McConaughey lately especially with his scene-stealing turns in last year's "Magic Mike" and "Killer Joe." So I was pleasantly surprised that Focus has purchased "Dallas Buyers Club" starring McConaughey as Ron Woodruff, an '80s-era AIDS patient who started a "buyers club" for HIV-positive folks needing medication. The true-to-life film also stars Jennifer Garner as Woodruff's doctor and actor turned rockstar, Jared Leto, as a cross-dressing AIDS patient (perfect role right?). Jean-Marc VallVallée, the guy who gave us "The Young Victoria," directed the film from the original screenplay by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.

"Dallas Buyers Club" will be released during the second half of 2013, yup, the awards season!

Here's the full press release from Focus:

NEW YORK, April 23rd, 2013 - Dallas Buyers Club, currently in post-production, has been acquired by Focus Features for domestic theatrical release in the second half of 2013. The company has also acquired Latin American rights to the feature. Focus CEO James Schamus and Focus president Andrew Karpen made the announcement today.

A Truth Entertainment production, Dallas Buyers Club is produced by Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter. Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey stars in the fact-based drama for director Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria). The film's original screenplay is by Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack.

In Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1986, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. With the U.S. still internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, Ron grabbed hold of non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, he established a "buyers club," which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.

The cast of Dallas Buyers Club also includes Gotham Independent Film Award winner Jared Leto and Golden Globe Award winner Jennifer Garner. The movie's executive producers are Truth Entertainment's Tony Notargiacomo and Joe Newcomb; Nicholas Chartier; Cassian Elwes; Logan Levy; Nathan Ross; and Holly Wiersma.

Mr. Schamus and Mr. Karpen commented, "Matthew McConaughey is an actor at the top of his game, and he incarnates Ron Woodroof by showing how his self-interest was galvanized into something much more. Audiences will want to take this journey with him, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner, as guided by their dynamic director Jean-Marc Vallée."

Mr. Vallée said, "I'm extremely pleased that we are partnered with Focus Features. They have a long and successful history of sharing memorable stories. Ron Woodroof's story is one of an imperfect man and his fight for survival, during a confused and desperate time. We all believe that this film had to finally be made, and we are all grateful and privileged to be part of this project."

Focus Features and Focus Features International (www.focusfeatures.com <http://www.focusfeatures.com/> ) comprise a singular global company. This worldwide studio makes original and daring films that challenge the mainstream to embrace and enjoy voices and visions from around the world that deliver global commercial success. The company operates as Focus Features in North America, and as Focus Features International (FFI) in the rest of the world.

The current and upcoming Focus Features slate includes Derek Cianfrance's drama The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes; The World's End, the third installment of Edgar Wright's trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; Closed Circuit, the suspense thriller directed by John Crowley and starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall; the true-life dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, to be directed by Michael Cuesta and star Jeremy Renner; and the comedic fable The Boxtrolls, the new animated feature from LAIKA, directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable with a voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Tracy Morgan.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.

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Partly Crazy, Quasi-Interesting "50 Shades of Grey" Rumor I've Heard! 


So, will Gus Van Sant get down and dirty and direct the big screen version of E L James' best-selling sex novel? Say it isn't so. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is like "Twilight" for smut. Remove the sex scenes and it becomes less interesting (with "Twilight," remove all the vampire/werewolves references and we're left with nothing).

But according to TheWrap, Van Sant shot test footage of a sex scene last weekend with Alex Pettyfer playing Christian Grey, the main character and S&M connoisseur.

TheWrap went on further and revealed that the scene Van Sant shot was when the female character, Anastasia Steele, loses her virginity to Christian. Van Sant is an interesting choice by Universal and Focus (the studios are tag teaming production/distribution of this flick), if it's true. The Oscar-nominated director is known for well told films like "Milk" and "Good Will Hunting." But then again, Van Sant is also known for being experimental (remember his virtual shot-by-shot remake of "Psycho?") so entering the world of S & M may be something that excited the helmer.

Fans of the book have been inundated with various adaptation rumors before such as who will play Anastasia? Will it be Emma Watson? Mila Kunis? Allison Williams?

Until the next "50 Shades of Grey" rumor y'all!

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"Thor: The Dark World" Trailer 


Thor said he would return and voila, he's back! Marvel has given us a glimpse of what to expect from the sequel with the very first trailer for the sequel "Thor: The Dark World."

Chris Hemsworth returns to don the outfit as Thor. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Jaimie Alexander also return. The sequel follows what happened in the first one and "Marvel's The Avengers," and now Thor (Hemsworth) will be reunited with Jane Foster (Portman) and our superhero takes his love to Asgard. We'll also find out what happens to Loki, the super bad Big Bad brother of Thor played wonderfully by Hiddleston.

I enjoyed the first movie, but I gave original director, Kenneth Branagh, props for making the 2011 film full of pathos. We'll see if director Alan Taylor can match Branagh's flick with the sequel.

But seriously? I'm having a serious case of Marvel overdose! "Iron Man 3" in May (we'll pretend that the crappy "Iron Man 2" didn't happen), and then "Thor: The Dark World" on Nov. 8. After the fantastic "The Avengers," all the following Marvel movies better have the same weight or we'll stop caring! Right?

Here's the trailer for "Thor: The Dark World":



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