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Disclosure: Disney is providing me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #IntoTheWoodsEvent and #ABCFamilyEvent featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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About Emily Blunt and James Corden Friendship

When you get two friends of 8 years with great chemistry and a British accent, the interview has gone “mad” as they will say. Meaning crazy or insane in British. That is what happened during the interview of Emily Blunt (the baker’s wife) and James Corden (the baker) of “Into the Woods” last Friday.

James Corden is a Tony Award winning actor, comedian, writer, producer, and now television host of The Late Late Show. Emily Blunt is a Golden Globe Award winning actress and has appeared in Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, The Adjustment Bureau, Looper, Edge of Tomorrow. When the two found out from Rob Marshall that they were working together they were more than relieved because they have known each other for eight years when they met at a Polo Match where the princes Harry and William also attended.

As soon as the James Corden and Emily Blunt enter the room the laughter begins. James says, “Hi Mums” in his British accent and says, “This is my Dream”. He then jokingly asks Emily Blunt to leave the room as she is bringing his dream down. James starts talking about his wife and kids and then Emily looks over at him and points out some black stuff in James teeth. At this point all of us bloggers are just dying laughing because we know as moms that is what we would do too.

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On Emily Blunt being Pregnant while Filming Into the Woods

Emily found out that she was pregnant the same time she found out she got the part. She thought about how she could pull this off being pregnant and filming at the same time.  She said it wouldn’t be a problem if she gained a few pounds since she was the baker’s wife. People would just think she ate a lot of the bread.

She was past the first trimester at the point of filming so she found she has so much energy which was good because she did a lot of running around in the film. She had a pregnancy chair on set that said, “Emily Blunt’s Pregnancy Chair”, where she would often find Chris Pine in the chair because he would say he was so tired. Towards the end of her pregnancy you can find her hiding in the film behind James Corden,  the cow, a tree, and more to help hide her bump.

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Working with the Kids in the Film

Lilla Crawford (Little Red Riding Hood) and Daniel Huttlestone (Jack) was in several scenes with James and Emily. James mentions that they’re both incredibly talented and gifted kids. Lilla Crawford was doing 8 shows a week playing Annie on Broadway and knew how to come to the set of Into the Woods and work and be professional. When she opens her mouth, she has a voice like a trumpet that sounds amazing.

Daniel Huttlestone is so gifted, musically and the coolest kid. He would sit down at a piano, and he’ll playing these ukulele- he’s, he’s the real deal says, James Corden.

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James Corden on Hosting The Late Late Show

As many of you may know that Craig Ferguson retired from The Late Late Show this month and the new host will be the hilarious James Corden. He mentions that in this business opportunities come and go and when something comes along you go for it.  After shooting in Johannesburg for six weeks, Skyping his son on James’s birthday, he thought, this is only gonna get harder.

He is excited to be the Host of The Late Late Show because this is a job where he can go to everyday and be creative and at the end he can go home and be a father and a husband. And I just don’t think there’s ever a child when they’re twenty or thirty, sitting in a therapist’s chair going, do you know, my dad was just around too much, says James. He mentions how he feels very lucky to have such an opportunity where he can be home with his kids and family.

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Read about Into the Woods Facts, Interviews, and more…..

Into the Woods Review
“Into The Woods” Interview with Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, & Christine Baranski
Into the Woods Fun Facts

 

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The wait is almost over and Disney’s Into The Woods will be playing in theatres tonight beginning at midnight. Be sure to check your local listing and times. If you don’t want to venture out tonight, check out the film tomorrow, 12/25 with the entire family. Don’t forget to read my review about the movie Into The Woods here and my interview with Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, and Christine Baranski here.

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Fun Facts about Into The Woods:

  • Production on “Into the Woods” began in September, 2013 at Shepperton Studios and on locations throughout England.
  • Stephen Sondheim has received eight Tony® Awards, more than any other composer in history. He has won seven times: Best Music and Best Lyrics for “Company” (1971); and Best Score for “Follies” (1972), “A Little Night Music” (1973), “Sweeney Todd” (1979), “Into the Woods” (1988) and “Passion” (1994). His eighth honor was a 2008 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
  • The foundation of the Woods set, built on Stage H at Shepperton Studios, was made up of 2,000 tons of soil, over 600 ferns, acres and acres of ivy and countless pallets of moss and turf.
  • 95 percent of the trees used on the Woods set were real trees, which included 30-foot pine trees and hundreds of 25-foot oak tree branches, the leaves of which had to be removed and replaced with artificial ones (so they would last longer). The remaining five percent were full-sized whimsical trees constructed from plaster.
  • There were four cows cast to play Milky-White. Their names were Tug, Diamond, Two Fold and Pearl.
  • Rapunzel’s hair in the film is 20 feet long.  The braid is made from real hair and weighs almost six pounds.
  • The music for the film was pre-recorded over a two-week period at Angel Studios in London with a 56-piece orchestra, composed of some of the best musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic.

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Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Johnny Depp,  Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy,Tammy Blanchard, and Lucy Punch.

Director: Rob Marshall

Producers: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall

Screenplay by: James Lapine

Based on the Musical by: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Visit the Disney Into the Woods website!

And be sure to “Like” Into the Woods on Facebook ,  Follow @IntotheWoods on Twitter  (#IntoTheWoods), Tumblr, and  Pinterest!

Disclosure: Disney is providing me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #IntoTheWoodsEvent and #ABCFamilyEvent featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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I was so honored to be part of the #IntoTheWoodsEvent and saw the screening of Into The Woods Movie on 12/18 and able to share my review with all of you.

“Into The Woods” is the very first song you will hear each character sing at the beginning of the movie.  It is a catchy tune that is my favorite and you will find yourself singing it over and over again after you see the movie.

Disney’s Into The Woods movie is not your average fairy tale story. It is a modern twist of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood all in one story. It was adapted from the late 80s Broadway hit musical which was written by the legendary Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and now directed by Rob Marshall.

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The witch played by Meryl Streep puts a curse on the baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) where they have to retrieve items from the fairy tale characters to break the curse. Where else do they have to retrieve the items from but …. “Into the Woods”. Each character heads into the Woods for an adventure and comes along some obstacles and hilarious encounters.

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Starting off with the story of Little Red Riding Hood played by Lily Crawford runs into the Big Bad Wolf played by Johnny Depp who sings a song about eating Little Red Riding Hood. I don’t want to give away too much detail but you will have to see it for yourself to see what funny thing happens to the Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.

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My favorite part of the movie is where Chris Pine (The Prince) and Billy Magnussen (The Other Prince) do a duo together in the water singing “Agony”. They are both acting like they are sexy while singing at the same time. You can see both of them rip their shirt open and splash water around. It is one hilarious scene.

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Cinderella is not your normal Cinderella in this film. You will find her having a hard time to decide if she really wants the gorgeous prince (Chris Pine) or not. Three times she goes to the ball and even by the third time she is still indecisive. Will she fall in love and marry him? See the film on 12/25 to find out. You will love the result.

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You will find a strange twist with Rapunzel played by MacKenzie Mauzy and will see who her mother really is in the film.

Even though the Woods are dark and mysterious the costumes are done brilliantly by Colleen Atwood where she adds the appropriate pops of dark colors that completes each costume.

The "Into the Woods" Cast Gathers At The Samuel Goldwyn Theater For An All Guild Q&A

The director Rob Marshall knew what he wanted in this film and pulled it off. He has taken well talented actors and actresses and created one amazing film. He was even surprised by more talent he spotted as they were filming by the actors and actresses that he did not know about.

This is a movie the whole family can see on Christmas day as it is rated PG with a running time of 124 minutes. You might find it more appropriate for kids ages 8 and older as it may appear scary for younger kids. Seeing a movie on Christmas Day has become a family tradition for me and my family and I hope you can create that tradition with your family as well if you don’t already.  Even though it is based off of a musical, the movie is not entirely a musical. You will find more humor in it and a great story line that you don’t want to miss.

The "Into the Woods" Cast Gathers At The Samuel Goldwyn Theater For An All Guild Q&A

Cast: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Daniel Huttlestone, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Johnny Depp,  Billy Magnussen, MacKenzie Mauzy,Tammy Blanchard, and Lucy Punch.

Director: Rob Marshall

Producers: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Callum McDougall

Screenplay by: James Lapine

Based on the Musical by: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim

Visit the Disney Into the Woods website!

And be sure to “Like” Into the Woods on Facebook ,  Follow @IntotheWoods on Twitter  (#IntoTheWoods), Tumblr, and  Pinterest!