Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
When it first came out in 1964, Mary Poppins was a smash hit both commercially and critically: it out-earned The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady at the box office, received thirteen Academy Award nominations and won five. Now, nearly fifty years later, Disney is looking toward returning to the Mary Poppins well — but don’t worry, it’s not a sequel. The studio is close to picking up Saving Mr. Banks, Kelly Marcel’s 2011 Black List script about Walt Disney‘s 14-year effort to persuade author P.L. Travers to sell the movie rights to her tale.
While that may not sound like the sexiest premise in the world, the prickly relationship between Travers and Disney should provide more than enough drama to power a film. Especially if the story falls into hands as capable as those of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, both of whom are rumored to be eyeing the leads. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Phyllida Lloyd‘s Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady won’t open for a few weeks yet, but with all the buzz Meryl Streep has been getting for her lead turn, it’s no wonder the latest trailer has decided to focus on the woman at its center. The first teaser we saw offered just a brief snippet of Streep-as-Thatcher practicing her public persona, while the UK trailer kept things relatively light with a poppy soundtrack. The new one, however, is a dead-serious look at Thatcher’s personal journey — and through it, Streep’s amazing performance as the former Prime Minister. Watch it after the jump.
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Here’s the full UK trailer for The Iron Lady, in which Meryl Streep plays a strangely attractive version of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
There’s a lot of fire in Streep’s performance that will will likely overwhelm any complaints about a lack of authenticity. This trailer is a little bit The King’s Speech, and a little bit poppy thanks to the tongue-in-cheek use of ‘Our House’ by Madness, but in general it gets across the idea of Thatcher as a determined and iron-willed leader. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen Meryl Streep dressed up as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for The Iron Lady, and a new teaser for the biopic offers our first glimpse at Streep-as-Thatcher in action. In the clip, two of her colleagues discuss her image before Thatcher cuts in to let them know exactly where she she is and isn’t willing to negotiate. The whole scene is set to, of all things, Clint Mansell’s score for Moon.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!), The Iron Lady focuses on Thatcher’s days in power leading up to the start of the Falklands War in 1982. Watch the teaser after the jump.
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Great Hope Springs, the movie in which Meryl Streep plays one half of a married couple spending a week of marriage and sex therapy with a famous therapist (Steve Carell) has gone through a few possible male leads. Jeff Bridges was mentioned early on, and James Gandolfini looked like a possibility at one point. (Those were when Mike Nichols was going to direct, but now The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel will make the film instead.)
Tommy Lee Jones was next in the casting rumor series, but now he definitively has the gig playing husband to Meryl Streep. That’s a great pairing, and while the director may not be my top choice, I’m still as interested in watching these two actors trade barbs as I was when the idea first came up.
The synopsis for Great Hope Springs is after the break, along with news of new gigs for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter. Read More »
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Since last year, Meryl Streep has been part of a film called Great Hope Springs, in which she’ll play half of a couple that goes to a therapist to work out of the loveless malaise that plagues their relationship after 30+ years. Not long ago Steve Carell was signed to play the therapist, and David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada director) was set to direct. Now Tommy Lee Jones is reportedly the first in line to play the other half of the couple. Read More »
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The last time we heard about Great Hope Springs, it was looking as if Mike Nichols might direct the film, with Meryl Streep starring alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini. Now things have changed just a bit. Instead of Mike Nichols, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) will direct. More after the break, along with a larger image of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Read More »