Monthly Archives: January 2014

Into the Woods Movie Casting

Into the WoodsWalt Disney Studios published the final casting of their production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods. It is directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) and hits theaters on December 25, 2014.

  • Meryl Streep (The Witch)
  • Emily Blunt (Baker’s Wife)
  • James Corden (Baker)
  • Anna Kendrick (Cinderella)
  • Chris Pine (Cinderella’s Prince)
  • Johnny Depp (Big Bad Wolf)
  • Lilia Crawford (Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Daniel Huttlestone (Jack)
  • Tracey Ullman (Jack’s Mother)
  • Christine Baranski (Stepmother)
  • MacKenzie Mauzy (Rapunzel)
  • Billy Magnussen (Rapunzel’s Prince)
  • Tammy Blanchard & Lucy Punch (Stepsisters)
  • Richard Glover (Prince’s Steward)
  • Frances de la Tour (Giant)
  • Simon Russell Beale (Baker’s Father)
  • Joanna Riding (Cinderella’s Late Mother)
  • Annette Crosbie (Riding Hood’s Grandmother)

“Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway on Nov. 5, 1987, at the Martin Beck Theatre. The production, which ran for 764 performances, won Tony® Awards for best score, best book and best actress in a musical. Among other awards, the musical received five Drama Desk awards, including best musical. “Into the Woods” has been produced around the world, including a 1988 U.S. tour, a 1990 West End production, Broadway and London revivals, in addition to a television production, DVD recording and a 10-year-anniversary concert.

Jesse-Eisenberg-006According to Variety:

Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming SupermanBatman film.

The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.

The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.

The Superman-Batman pic will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said. “What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure,” Snyder said. “He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

ROCRace01Ever want to try your hand at a “Wipe-Out” type course. The ROC (Ridiculous Obstacle Course) might just be the answer for you and your friends and its coming to the Great Park on May 3.

ROC Race is the original game show-inspired obstacle run featuring 12 larger than life obstacles including the infamous Wrecking Ball, the brand new Jump Balls, and the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide! Get ready for the craziest 5k of your life!

This is an untimed event open to everyone, from couch potatoes to track stars, ages 13 and up!

Prices ranged from $59 to $79 depending on advanced purchase. If you buy tickets before February 13, the price is $59.

Sharknado - 2013Syfy Channel announced that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April in the eagerly awaited “Sharknado” sequel, “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”  In “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.

Anthony Ferrante will once again direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote “Sharknado,” the iconic pop culture sensation which chainsawed its way through social media last summer.

Back To The FutureRobert Zemeckis and screenwriter Bob Gale have teamed with Universal Stage Prods., producer Colin Ingram and Amblin Entertainment to turn 1985 time-travel comedy “Back to the Future” into a stage musical.

Zemeckis, who directed the pic, and original screenwriter Gale will collaborate with theater helmer Jamie Lloyd to pen the book to the tuner, which will have original music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard augmenting songs from the movie by acts including Huey Lewis and the News and Chuck Berry. Lloyd, whose London stage credits include the musical version of “The Commitments” and the James McAvoy-toplined revival of “Macbeth,” will helm “Back to the Future,” aiming for a West End berth in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.

Universal Stage Prods. has a hand in theater-world blockbusters “Wicked” and “Billy Elliot,” while Ingram produced the musical version of “Ghost” (which had songs co-written by “Jagged Little Pill” co-writer and producer Ballard). Donovan Mannato and CJ E&M also produce.

Source: Variety

Gilbert Castellanos Photo by Laurent KramerOne night only (February 1) to experience Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet at the Off Center Festival at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Founders Hall.

Award-winning Southern California trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos is recognized as an American master by DownBeat magazine. Zan Stewart of the L.A. Times says: “[Castellanos] plays with élan, evincing a more individual, ever-large sound offering hard swinging, often ear-grabbing solos…[proving] that music with deep roots in jazz’s glorious ’50s and ’60s can sound completely contemporary today.”  He draws on two lifelong influences – the hardbop pioneers of modern jazz who have inspired him and the rhythmic pulse of the Latino heritage that nurtured him. Castellanos has worked with world renowned artists Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Haden, Les McCann, Poncho Sanchez, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Michael Bublé and Natalie Cole, to name a few.

For more information, visit the Off Center Festival’s website.

Tickets will be $25 for each performance and can be purchased online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Tickets may also be purchased for just $15 by clicking the Buy Tickets button on the Center’s Facebook page at Some performances are suggested for mature audiences only. Please contact the Box Office for suggestions. Artists and program are subject to change. For more information, please visit

Marvel Run Jump Smash 1Disney Interactive Announced today that the action-packed, super-powered endless runner game first a hit in Korea is now available across the globe for the iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®, as well as for Android™ and Windows enabled devices.

In order to save the classic Marvel cities, players must strategically collect teams of Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and Black Widow, all designed in a brand new comic art style. Marvel fans will need to dodge obstacles, fight villains, switch between Super Heroes, and activate each one’s special attack to save the city.

It is currently available for $0.99 at the iTunes store, Google Play and Windows Store.

Thor and LokiCraig Kyle, senior vice president of Production and Development for Marvel, has gotten the job of co-writing with Christopher Yost. Yost cowrote Thor: The Dark World with Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. That picture became Marvel’s highest grossing film behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Kevin Feige is producing. Kyle was exec producer of Thor: The Dark World and has worked in exec capacities at Marvel since 2001. Yost is repped by Verve and Industry.

“I am proud of Craig and have enjoyed working with him over these past years,” Feige said. “His creative instincts have helped shape Thor and Thor: The Dark World at every level of the filmmaking process. The entire team at Marvel is very happy to continue collaborating with Craig as he continues as a screenwriter working with Christopher on the forthcoming chapter of Thor’s adventure.”

disney-infinity_fall_holiday_character-lineup_transparentDisney Infinity invites players to submit their own Toy Boxes in a different challenge each week, and this week’s challenge is all about Disney Parks. Here are the winners of the Disney Infinity “Disney Parks” Toy Box challenge:

  • Indiana Jones – Foolish mortals! You looked into my eyes! Escape Mara’s wrath in the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Created by crazybynick.
  • Tower of Terror – One stormy night long ago, an elevator door opened into a nightmare. That door has now opened again for you! Created by crazybynick.
  • Fantasyland – Ride the fun attractions of Fantasyland, including King Arthur Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Mad Tea Party! Created by Kevin B.
  • Space Mountain – Blast off on a high-speed rocket through the darkest reaches of outer space. Created by James F.
  • Ride the Typhoon – Head down to Typhoon Lagoon to battle with sharks, ride the waves, race down the rapids and drift along the lazy river. Created by aceobssession.
  • Fantasmic! – Save Mickey Mouse’s imagination from the Disney Villains by rescuing all of the Hidden Mickeys. Created by Steve B.