Johnny Depp is in talks to join Meryl Streep in a new big-screen adaptation of hit stage show Into The Woods. Streep was confirmed as the upcoming movie musical's evil witch back in February (13), and the Pirates of the Caribbean hunk is now said to have entered into negotiations to play a sexy variation of the big bad wolf.
If he lands the part, it will mark his first singing role since tackling the title character in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon of Fleet Street.
Into The Woods, which unites classic fairy tale characters, is also rumoured to feature Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Christine Baranski as the wicked stepmother and Patrick Wilson as Prince Charming.
Nine and Chicago director Rob Marshall, who worked with Depp on the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean installment, will take charge of the Stephen Sondheim project.
Another musical for Meryl Streep! Despite rumors she was no longer attached to the project, the actress will play The Witch in a new film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's hit musical Into the Woods.
The show combines the stories of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and explores the consequences of the characters' choices, combining beloved figures from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, among others. The main story revolves around a baker and his wife whose plans to start a family are complicated when a witch puts a curse on them.
Streep was in talks to portray The Witch back in the fall, but missed a group reading with the rest of the cast – Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Cheyenne Jackson, Allison Janney and Patrick Wilson – in October, which prompted many to believe that she had pulled out of the movie.
"Disney is going to make the movie,” arranger David Krane revealed in an interview with a Connecticut newspaper. “Meryl Streep will be The Witch and it will be the first time I have worked with her since 1977." Krane previously worked with Streep on the musical Happy End in the '70s.
Nine and Chicago director Rob Marshall is helming the movie. Baranski will play the Stepmother, James Corden will play the Baker, Kendrick will play Cinderella, and Wilson will play Prince Charming.
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The veteran entered talks about the project last autumn (12), but missed a reading get together with Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Cheyenne Jackson, Allison Janney and Patrick Wilson on 1 October (12), leading many to believe she had pulled out of the movie.
But the show's arranger David Krane has revealed he can't wait to reteam with the Oscar winner after working her on Happy End in the 1970s.
He tells BroadwayWorld.com, "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."
Nine and Chicago director Rob Marshall will take charge of the Stephen Sondheim project.
Reports suggest Baranski will play the Stepmother, James Corden the Baker, Kendrick Cinderella and Wilson Prince Charming.
Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, who were convicted of killing the Clutter family in Kansas in 1959, were the subject of the writer's famous book, as well as numerous film and TV projects including Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning 2005 movie Capote.
The pair was hanged in 1959 and buried in Mount Muncie Cemetery in Lansing, Kansas, but authorities exhumed the bodies on Tuesday (18Dec12) as part of an investigation into another killing.
Hickock and Smith have long been suspected of murdering Cliff and Christine Walker and their two young children at their home in Osprey, Florida on 19 December 1959 - a month after the Clutter killings - and Florida officials now hope to use DNA testing to prove the case.
Bone fragments taken from the bodies, which were subsequently reburied, will be compared to evidence taken from the scene of the Walker murders in a bid to solve the case which has remained a mystery for more than 40 years.
Kyle Smith, deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, says, "Our interest is providing closure to the Walker family. Obviously, where these perpetrators are dead, it's not going to result in any prosecution. Obviously, there's a lot of historical interest as well... Sometimes you just have to wait for the technology to catch up."
In Cold Blood has been adapted into many film and TV projects including 2006 movie Infamous, which featured James Bond star Daniel Craig as Smith and Lee Pace as Hickock, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson played them in a 1967 film, and a 1996 TV mini-series starred Eric Roberts and Anthony Edwards.
Forget that the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's sweeping romance novel comes from the man who brought us the slick-but-stuffy Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Every frame of director Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is a wonder to behold overflowing with visual spectacle and roaring performances. Keira Knightley Jude Law Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the rest of the cast fit perfectly in the high drama epic but it's really Wright's playground. Following Hanna an artful spin on the action movie Wright returns to the period drama but injects it with dazzling daring choices. A book like Anna Karenina could once fit in reality but its larger-than-life legacy precedes it. Wright acknowledges that from frame one approaching the film like a grand ballet or opera where grand gestures broad emotions and overt theatrics are commonplace. That vision clicks transforming Anna Karenina into an exhilarating moviegoing experience.
The storyline of Anna Karenina isn't far off from a daytime soap: It's 1874 and Anna (Knightley) is floating through existence as the wife of influential government player Karenin (Law). But when her brother Oblonsky (Matthew Macfadyen) summons her to Moscow to save his marriage Anna's entire world is shaken up. She meets Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson) a cavalry hunk who finds himself smitten with the taken lady. She's in the same boat: The two strike up a flirtatious relationship that evolves into one of sexual passion. A scandalous affair would incite trouble in the preset day but in the 19th century it's the ultimate crime. Quickly Anna's life comes crumbling down.
The intertwining melodrama of Anna Karenina earned the novel its classic status but Wright uses the material as a launching pad for imagination rather than a tome to translate to screen. Many of the scenes are staged in a theater creating an instant awareness of the production. Sets shift and are reconstructed into new rooms; actors costume change in the span of single shots; action sequences like a thrilling horse race are conducted on stage with special effects you might see on Broadway. Wright works this sort of stylization in the other direction too; a character could walk an empty stage open a door and suddenly be on a snow-covered hill. Anna Karenina isn't the first film to use the effect but in Wright's hands it's exhilarating.
The movie is Wright's third collaboration with Knightley and easily their most successful. Knightley never struggles to stay on the same page as the heightened material whether she's nailing a dance sequence or breaking down in a flood of tears. Casting an ensemble around Knightley is no easy task but Taylor-Johnson gives his best work yet as the debonair love interest and Macfadyen steals the show with moments of physical comedy.
We have expectations of the texture and structure of period romances. Anna Karenina defies them. Masterpiece Theater it is not.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall is the man behind the ambitious project, which brings fairytale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel to life.
Streep missed a reading of the film on Monday (01Oct12), but it was still an all-star affair, according to BroadwayWorld.com.
Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Cheyenne Jackson, Allison Janney and Patrick Wilson were in attendance.
Donna Murphy was drafted in as The Witch for the rehearsal.
Using the formula so many unsuccessful romantic comedies have employed before it (looking at you Valentine's Day) What to Expect When You're Expecting wrangles a cast of big name stars but drops them in roles perfectly aligned with their sensibilities. Paired with a relatable central concept — one way or another we've all seen a side of pregnancy — director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine) pulls off a comedy that's sweet poignant and most importantly funny. The experience of having a baby presented in the film isn't glorified or glamorized nor is it a one-person job resting on the women's shoulders making What to Expect a blockbuster comedy that delivers a little something for everyone.
Taking place primarily in Atlanta What to Expect bounces back and forth between a handful of couples with babies on the brain: Wendy (Elizabeth Banks) and Gary (Ben Falcone) are desperately trying to get pregnant while Gary's NASCAR legend father Ramsey (Dennis Quaid) is (frustratingly) having no problem with his trophy wife Skyler (Brooklyn Decker); Weight loss TV personality Jules (Cameron Diaz) takes home the top prize at a celeb dance-off at the same time she discovers she's carrying her dance partner Evan's (Matthew Morrison) child; Holly (Jennifer Lopez) and Alex (Rodrigo Santoro) are finally ready to take the plunge into the world of adoption but the actual process turns out to be an uphill battle; and Rosie (Anna Kendrick) a food truck owner has a wild night out with her competition (and former flame) Marco (Chace Crawford) that puts them both in a difficult situation. If you guessed she's pregnant you'd be correct.
What to Expect's DNA is a closer to match Woody Allen's Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask than anything out of the generic rom-com playbook. The screenplay from Heather Hach and Shauna Crossm is sharp with even the silliest and most expected gags landing thanks to the comedic talents of Banks Diaz Kendrick and the wicked rapport of the "Dude's Group " sporting Chris Rock Thomas Lennon Rob Huebel Amir Talai and Joe Manganiello. Even Decker who outshines her costars in Battleship holds her own taking the bubbly blonde to a whole other level
The movie makes a bold move to mix the less shiny moments of pregnancy in with the broad comedy and the results are mixed. Rosie and Marco's struggle with their accidental pregnancy takes a dramatic turn that doesn't feel earned in the grand scheme of things. Kendrick handles it with grace but pregnancy in its darkest moments require breathing room and with so many stories to juggle What to Expect can't afford it. Jennifer Lopez is the movie's biggest weakness a thread that never digs deep (or illicit laughs) from the roller coaster ride of adoption. The couple's predicament forces J.Lo to stick mostly to pouting and is completely overshadowed by the movie's highlights.
Thankfully those highlights are plentiful. Whether Diaz is spoofing Biggest Loser with her satirical take on TV personalities Banks is having a meltdown during her keynote at a baby expo or Rock is delivering a profanity-laden soliloquy on why dads need to man up What to Expect keeps laughs coming. Hollywood rarely gives birth to a comedy that's both hilarious and honest. What to Expect hits both chords defying expectations.
Rupert Grint is trading in his wand for a pair of sticks. The Harry Potter star just signed on to do The Drummer, a film about the last six years of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson's life. He'll play Stan Shapiro, a William Morris mailroom intern who became Wilson's close friend shortly before his 1983 death. Aaron Eckhart will star as Wilson and Vera Farmiga will play his lover, Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie.
Chloe Grace Moretz is also joining the cast as Wilson's daughter Jennifer, who was present during the worst of his alcohol addiction. We last saw her in the kid-friendly film Hugo, but this is definitely a darker role for the 15-year-old.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hugo star Moretz will portray the surf-pop icon's daughter Jennifer, while Harry Potter's Grint will play Stan Shapiro, the William Morris Agency mailroom intern who befriended Wilson and became an unlikely confidante.
Aaron Eckhart will lead the cast as Wilson, while Vera Farmiga has signed on to play his lover, Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie.
The film charts the last six years of Wilson's life.
Director Randall Miller is thrilled with his latest casting news, insisting Moretz is "the finest actress of her generation," and telling WENN she was the first and only choice for the role of Jennifer, who is a producer on the project.
And Miller has high hopes for Grint as Shapiro: "Rupert's character is the window into Dennis' world. He is the everyman who witnesses the train wreck. Rupert is going to nail it."
Filming on The Drummer is scheduled to start in June (12) to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys. The film will be shot in California and Georgia.
Vera Farmiga has signed up to play Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie in The Drummer, about the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson.
The famous drummer will be played by Aaron Eckhart in the film, which will center on the relationship between Wilson and McVie during the final years of his life.
Farmiga will be seen in next week's Safe House and has full slate of films due for release over the next two years.