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Stephen Sondheim Clarifies 'Into the Woods' Movie Changes

Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim is speaking out to clarify comments that he made about the changes being made to his musical Into the Woods for the upcoming movie, which caused an uproar among fans of the show.

In the original story, it was said that a major song was going to be cut and that one of the characters who dies in the play would live in the movie.

“An article in The New Yorker misreporting my ‘Master Class’ conversation about censorship in our schools with seventeen teachers from the Academy for Teachers a couple of weeks ago has created some false impressions about my collaboration with the Disney Studio on the film version of Into the Woods. The fact is that James (Lapine, who wrote both the show and the movie) and I worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall, the director. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive,” Stephen said (via Broadway World). “When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie.”

“And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince’s dalliance is still in the movie, and so is ‘Any Moment,’” he added.

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Chris Pine & Keira Knightley: 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Trailer!

Check out Chris Pine in the trailer for his hot new film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit!

The 33-year-old actor stars alongside Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, and Kenneth Branagh (who also is the director) in the new film based on characters created by the late author Tom Clancy.

The movie follows the Jack Ryan character in the modern day from September 11 through Afghanistan and into the CIA, where he uncovers a Russian plot to undermine the U.S. economy. It will be hitting theaters on Christmas Day.

Pictured inside: Chris and his co-star Billy Magnussen on the set of their upcoming movie musical Into the Woods on Thursday (October 3) in Surrey, England.


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Meryl Streep as The Witch in 'Into the Woods' - First Photo!

Check out your first look at Meryl Streep as The Witch in the highly anticipated movie musical Into the Woods (via Entertainment Weekly).

The 64-year-old three-time Oscar-winning actress is playing the role originated by Bernadette Peters in the 1987 Broadway production.

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

The film also stars Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, and Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother.

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Lilla Crawford Replaces Sophia Grace in 'Into the Woods'

Broadway actress Lilla Crawford will be playing the the role of Little Red Riding Hood in the movie musical Into the Woods, a part previously believed to be given to television personality Sophia Grace Brownlee.

Disney has confirmed that Lilla, who most recently originated the title role in the Broadway revival of Annie, will be playing the “smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.”

Last month, it was reported that Sophia Grace, who is known for her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, would be playing the role.

“Sophia Grace is starring in the movie ‘Into the Woods’ w/ Meryl Streep! The role of a lifetime. Also big for Sophia,” Ellen DeGeneres had tweeted.

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Sophia Grace: Little Red Riding Hood in 'Into the Woods'!

Sophia Grace Brownlee has reportedly been cast as Little Red Riding Hood in the highly anticipated film Into the Woods!

The 10-year-old singer’s uncle Lucas tweeted, “Its official, @PrincessSGB (sophia grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood.”

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Sophia would join a talented cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Chris Pine.

Sophia rose to fame while appearing on episodes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she would perform hits such as Nicki Minaj‘s “Super Bass” and “Starships.”

Billy Magnussen Replacing Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Into the Woods'?

Billy Magnussen is reportedly in talks to replace Jake Gyllenhaal in the highly anticipated movie musical Into the Woods, according to Deadline.

The 28-year-old actor, who is best known for his work on Broadway and in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, would play the role of Rapunzel’s Prince.

Billy is currently starring in the hit play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, in which he is shirtless for much of the show (pictured here). He even received a Tony Award nomination for his work in the show.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Exits 'Into the Woods' for 'Nightcrawler'

Jake Gyllenhaal has dropped out of the highly anticipated movie musical Into the Woods in order to focus on his upcoming project Nightcrawler, according to The Wrap.

The 32-year-old actor was in negotiations to play Rapunzel’s Prince in the fairytale film, but scheduling conflicts have forced him to take his name out of the running.

In Nightcrawler, Jake will play “a small-time Los Angeles criminal who gets a little too swept up in the nocturnal world of the city’s crime journalism community.”

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