Into the Woods Movie

In the mid-’80s Stephen Sondheim wrote Into the Woods, a musical that became immensely popular in part because it weaved together things that are familiar to everyone: fairy tales, sex, and death. There’s infidelity in the production, and some strange licentiousness, and at least one very familiar figure doesn’t make it out alive. Its a story about people making choices that aren’t always great. Not like it’s all right there on the surface, and on the stage, but it’s nearly impossible to miss the metaphor for sexual awakening in the first encounter between Little Red Ridinghood and the Big Bad Wolf.

Now Into the Woods is becoming a Disney movie, from director Rob Marshall, with actors such as Meryl Streep (above) and Johnny Depp in the cast. So what happens when Disney makes a movie adaptation of Into the Woods? If you guessed “sanitization,” you guessed right. Read More »

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Briefly: Two movies with major star-power were just given slots on the release schedule. The biggest one is To Reach the Clouds, Robert Zemeckis‘ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit. The film will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley. It’ll be out October 2, 2015. Read more about it here.

Then there’s Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-written drama starring Meryl Streep. It’ll be released June 26, 2015, some much needed counter programming in the packed summer. There’s plot info here. [ERC Box Office]

Meryl Streep

Three Oscar winners are hoping to team up for a brand new project. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct Ricky and the Flash, a new script by Diablo Cody (Juno) which will star Meryl Streep. No studio is attached but reports are several are salivating at the possibility. Read More »

The Giver trailer

We’re drowning in dystopian YA this week. Monday brought the first trailer for The Maze Runner, and Friday brings the premiere of Divergent. Today, we have the very first The Giver trailer.

Directed by Phillip Noyce, the Lois Lowry adaptation unfolds in a seemingly perfect society without hunger, pain, or strife. But when young Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is assigned to be the community’s keeper of memories, he discovers that this utopia comes at a staggering cost. Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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Kevin Spacey in Ameowadeus

For the last few years, one of the highlights of the Academy Awards night has been what comes after the Academy Awards. Namely, Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscar spoof of Hollywood filmmaking at its grandest. This year was no exception.

After knocking it out of the park two years in a row with Movie: The Movie and its inevitable sequel, he switched gears this year to bring us highfalutin Oscar bait trailers starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ben Kingsley… based on the likes of YouTube classics “David After Dentist,” “Keyboard Cat,” and “Charlie Bit My Finger.” Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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While addressing the issue of school shootings last year, NRA VP Wayne LaPierre decried on Hollywood’s “blood-soaked films” for promoting a culture of violence. Now Hollywood is getting ready to fight back, and to put the blame back on the NRA’s shoulders.

Producer Harvey Weinstein revealed that he and Meryl Streep are gearing up to make The Senator’s Wife, described as a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-esque drama targeting the gun lobby. Weinstein, a staunch Obama supporter, is making no bones about his stance on the issue — his hope is that the movie will damage the gun manufacturing industry and make the NRA “wish they weren’t alive.” More details on the film after the jump.

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Meryl Streep

You’d think The Expendables producer Avi Lerner might look to certain names for his “all-female Expendables” offshoot film, which for now he’s calling The ExpendaBelles. Sigourney Weaver, maybe, or Linda Hamilton.

But he’s shooting for the moon, and he’s trying to get there on starship Streep. Yep, Lerner says he’s in talks with Meryl Streep to join his modern bacchae. Clearly he’s a fan of The Iron Lady, and probably Hope Springs. Read More »

Into the Woods logo

Of all the Disney live-action fairy tale adaptations due out in the next several years, Rob Marshall‘s Into the Woods may be the biggest. The kitchen-sink musical features some of the most iconic characters of all time, from Cinderella to the Big Bad Wolf, and has huge, stellar cast to match.

The first still from the movie features arguably its starriest star of all, Meryl Streep. The normally lovely actress has clearly undergone several hours of makeup and an attitude adjustment for her role as the witch whose actions set the plot in motion, and it’s almost tough to recognize her here. Check out the image after the jump.

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