“This is beloved material . . . you’d better not screw it up,” says Anna Kendrick, about her role in “Into the Woods.”

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“This is beloved material . . . you’d better not screw it up,” says Anna Kendrick, about her role in “Into the Woods.”

Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods’

How the Maine native came to play Cinderella in the star-studded Disney adaptation of the musical. By Laura Collins-Hughes

Buzzsaw

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/girls14_60.jpg Ten TV episodes that stood out in 2014

When an episode rewards the scrutiny, it’s a thrill. Here are 10 of Matthew Gilbert’s favorites of the year.

Book review

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/BG_RELIG_FINAL.psd ‘Fields of Blood’ by Karen Armstrong

Armstrong attempts to refute a growing school of thought that religion is at the root of much of history’s bloodshed.

newer music

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/01/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/kreiter_tuil4_g.jpg Asher Tuil returns to action on the Web

The once-prolific Somerville electronic sound artist has begun to reemerge by posting recordings on his Bandcamp page.

@LARGE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Was8890045.jpg Reader of the ‘Interview’ hack

We can’t help our curiosity about the Sony e-mails even as we loathe the secrets within.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/scrooged001-001.jpg Bill Murray twisted Christmas in ‘Scrooged’

Starring Bill Murray as the Ebenezer Scrooge stand-in, “Scrooged” has settled into the Yuletide-movie firmament over the past 26 years.

Holiday Arts Preview

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/wiggs_atkins_169715--90x90.jpg Holiday Arts Preview

“Rudolph” lights up the stage, tiny feet learn “The Nutcracker,” plus 50 critics’ picks.

What's on TV

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/03/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/AP997536893443.jpg Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV this weekend

A look at this weekend’s TV programs, including “Saturday Night Live” on NBC and Fox’s “The Simpsons.”

Movies

DOCUMANIA

Film programmer Nancy Campbell’s top docs

The Independent Film Festival Boston programmer has seen a lot of documentaries. Here are three of her favorites..

Theater & art

 “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” is based on the 1954 film that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney.

Stage Review

‘White Christmas’ glistens when dancers take the stage

According to Irving Berlin, “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” and that is certainly true of the return of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.”