Thursday, July 31, 2014

First trailer for "Into the Woods"

I've decided to break my own unwritten rule of posting a maximum of once a day, but this is a special circumstance.  The wait is over:



First reaction, like the production stills from Wednesday, is that it's beautifully shot.  As this is only a teaser, Disney has decided to leave out any singing.  For any of you who live under a rock, Into the Woods is a musical.  Meryl not surprisingly receives top billing.  It'll be a bit tough to campaign her in anything other than lead.  So excited for this!

Glimpses of teaser trailer from "Into the Woods"

Well, it's not the full trailer, but last night Entertainment Tonight showed us a few tidbits of what we can expect from the teaser.



It appears that the first trailer (which I anticipate being released online no later than Friday) won't include any singing.  Very much a teaser.  Disney has certainly been particularly stingy on how much they want to reveal. Always leave them wanting more, I guess.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New production photos from "Into the Woods"

Walt Disney Pictures has released 10 new production stills from the upcoming Into the Woods.  With the news yesterday that a trailer is likely being released this weekend, I think we can safely say that despite the current reshoots, this film will premiere as expected at Christmas.  Check these out:

James Corden as the Baker and Meryl Streep as the Witch

Emily Blunt as the Baker's Wife and James Corden as the Baker

Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince

Anna Kendrick as Cinderella

Johnny Depp as the Wolf

Daniel Huttlestone as Jack and Tracey Ullman
as Jack's Mother

Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Christine Baranksi as
Cinderella's Stepmother and Tammy Blanchard as Florinda

Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince

Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel

James Corden as the Baker and Lilla Crawford
as Little Red Riding Hood

These photos, particularly those in the woods, are stunning.  Aside from Meryl's my favorite is Rapunzel.  I think it's so cool how they've made her hair look like a fraying rope.  Regardless of how good the film may or may not be, the set production looks absolutely beautiful. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Into the Woods" trailer expected by week's end?

Earlier today someone posted on the Into the Woods Imdb page that he/she works at a theater and the updated "trailer hardrive" just arrived which included the trailer for Into the Woods!  Deluxe trailers lists it has being ready for August 1st, and to be played with the films Guardians of the Galaxy, Get on Up and Cavalry. 

If this is true I'm wondering if we'll maybe even see it released before Friday.  Evidently the running time is 1:45.  Fingers crossed we see it within the next couple of days!





Saturday, July 26, 2014

Rick Springfield to join "Ricki and the Flash"?

Evidently, Rick Springfield had to cancel an upcoming concert in order to fly to New York for a script reading of Ricki and the Flash.  Director Jonathan Demme had recently revealed that there's a role in the film of a man who plays Meryl's love interest, himself also a rocker.  Seems reasonable that this may in fact be the role Springfield is set to portray.  I've never seen him act, but it's widely known that he had/has a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital, so it's not like he's a total novice.  Interested to see if this pans out for him and the film.



Friday, July 25, 2014

Jonathan Demme on "Ricki and the Flash"

The Daily Beast recently interviewed director Jonathan Demme and he had this to say about his upcoming film with Meryl:


 Now, I’m in heightened pre-production on a feature film, Ricki and the Flash, which we’re going to start shooting on Oct. 1. It’s a great script by Diablo Cody, and Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Mamie Gummer are in the cast. It’s a rock ’n’ roll driven family drama/comedy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Top 10 Streep performances according to "Watch Mojo"

Recently, Watch Mojo posted a video of their choices for Meryl's top ten screen performances:



Of course all ten are of Oscar-nominated performances, and for the most part, I agree.  It's next to impossible to get a consensus on Meryl's best work, but since they did it, I'll do my best to list mine as well. If you ask me again in a year, my list may be different.  But today, it's this:

1. Sophie's Choice (duh)
2. A Cry in the Dark
3. The Devil Wears Prada
4. Adaptation
5. The Bridges of Madison County
6. Kramer vs Kramer
7. The Iron Lady
8. Julie & Julia
9. Silkwood
10. Doubt

Strong cases could be made for Out of Africa, Postcards from the Edge, August: Osage County, Ironweed, Angels in America (Ethel), One True Thing, The HoursThe French Lieutenant's Woman, The Manchurian Candidate and The Deer Hunter.  I actually happen to love her in Plenty, The River Wild, Prime and Music of the Heart as well.   As I said...next to impossible.   What do you guys think?