The latest addition to Disney’s musical Into the Woods seems to be Emily Blunt. THR says the Salmon Fishing star is nearing a deal to join the live-action feature adaptation from Chicago director Rob Marshall. Her role will be that of the baker’s wife who is placed under a spell of barrenness by Meryl Streep’s character. Other stars in the film include Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Jake Gyllenhaal. This looks to be yet another solid follow-up for the Looper star coming off of The Five-Year Engagement and Arthur Newman. Her next major release All You Need Is Kill was just delayed to June 2014, so there looks to be a lot of time without Blunt ahead of us while she prepares these next projects.
Outside of next year’s sci-fi release Transcendence and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (releasing in Summer 2015,) Johnny Depp has a new in-development film added to his slate, once again pairing with the Mouse House. The Lone Ranger actor has just boarded yet another musical, this one called Into the Woods. This is his first singing role since Todd Sweeney and will reunite his with On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall. The plot of the film has a childless baker journeying to the woods to confront a witch to lift a curse–a little Dark Shadows for our taste, but I am sure this is hardly a fair comparison. The script comes from James Lapine who wrote a book for the musical.
Update 4/26: Meryl Streep is reportedly in talks for a part as well. Not much more to say other than this film could prove to be an Oscar contender given its pedigree. That will all depend on whether on not Marshall can deliver of course.
There are more presenters to be added to the roster for this month’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. Joining the previously announced duo for Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted will be Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer who are all winners from last year. This always happens. Nobody expected a switch-up, and no, you should not anticipate people plugging ABC’s hit programming because the Oscars have a bit more meaning than that. We’re look at you, SAG Awards. Continue Reading
Oscar-winner Meryl Streep just lined up a new gig. This one is a big screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical Into the Woods. Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is backing the project (it will be his return to the genre) from a script by James Lapine. Marshall collaborated on the musicals just mentioned with composer David Krane who is responsible for the headline today.
“They are doing a movie of the musical Into the Woods. Disney is going to make the movie and I will do the arrangements. Meryl Streep will be the witch and it will be the first time I have worked with her since 1977 when we did Happy End.”
Streep will be coming off of Hope Springs which is yet another one of those certifiable box office successes from the Mamma Mia! star. This should be an interesting role, thus why we will stay tuned to this throughout the lead up to other two films she has in development: August: Osage County and The Homesman.
Meryl Streep does not need big budget special effects to draw audience and critical recognition and nothing showcases that more than her latest movie Hope Springs. The movie about an older couple seeking marriage counseling advice opens in theaters nationwide today and the reviews are in: It’s a winner.
Critics are definitely digging the Vanessa Taylor-scripted effort from Marley & Me director David Frankel. The film is being called emotionally honest and major props are being given to its stars, especially Tommy Lee Jones who appears to have nearly stolen the show. All-in-all, this is technically a sex comedy which is never really too appealing to the masses, but the tandem appears to have sold it very well with help from a capable script that does not lean on the topic too much. Continue Reading
Sony just released their first trailer for Hope Springs–a movie that stars Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a middle-aged couple attending a weekend of counseling. Steve Carell and Elizabeth Shu are also in the feature which was directed by Marley & Me’s David Frankel. Look for this one to hit theaters in August.
It looks like Meryl Streep is following in the footsteps of Mr. Morgan Freeman by voicing her very own ‘life’ documentary. This one is from Warner Bros., and it is called To the Arctic 3D. The release date for the movie is April 20.
Good news for fans of both Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The two are doing a movie together called August: Osage County–a project based on an award-winning play by Tracy Letts, so this will clearly be a respected effort when it hits theaters which is something Roberts really needs right now. The actress’ latest movies include the ill-received Larry Crowne and the upcoming Snow White feature Mirror, Mirror which is not creating the early buzz that many would expect from a re-imagining of the Grimm fairy tale.
For those unfamiliar with August: Osage County, the play is a dark comedy about the strong-willed women in a family who reunite when a family crisis emerges. Meryl will be playing the pill-popping Violet Weston who is also the matriarch of the bunch while Julia has been cast as her daughter, Barbara.
You could have given Meryl Streep an award the moment she signed on to play Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd’s biopic about the former Prime Minister. Most everyone anticipated it would be a remarkable performance based on Streep’s record, but the only question was if she could carry the film to the point of uncontested recognition in a way that Colin Firth’s portrayal of King George VI did with 2010′s The King’s Speech.
The apparent answer is an emphatic, ‘no.’ In a rare case of dual consensus, the people who actually liked the movie agree with those who did not in their assessment of an otherwise tiring movie that was seemingly built solely to showcase Meryl Streep’s performance. The Iron Lady has still received decent grades (roughly 60% on Rotten Tomatoes), but that is nowhere near the respect of The King’s Speech because simply put, the movie is just plain lousy outside of the actress who plays its central character which is very similar to the sentiment surrounding Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar which starred Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.