Anna Kendrick, who plays Cinderella in 'Into the Woods', described her co-star Meryl Streep as "just kind of a bro" whilst appearing on a US talk show.
Anna Kendrick at the New York premiere of Into the Woods in December.
Meryl Streep plays the witch in Rob Marshall's adaptation of 'Into The Woods'.
Meryl Streep didn't have the most comfortable costumes on the set of 'Into The Woods', playing the wicked witch who leads everyone to their fate - but she admits that her character couldn't have been completed without the help of the behind the scenes crew.
Meryl Streep admits her witch costume stuck into her
Costume designer Colleen Atwood is a legend in the movie industry, having worked on a magnificent variety of outfits on a never ending list of films. She has won numerous awards including three Oscars: for Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland' and director Rob Marshall's 'Chicago' and 'Memoirs Of A Geisha'. Now she teams with Rob Marshall yet again for the Stephen Sondheim composed fairytale musical 'Into The Woods', and the film's star Meryl Streep couldn't been more thrilled to be working with her.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep: I Learned About 'Into The Woods' Character Through Costume
Rich Cline talks us through some of the best films to look out for in 2015.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10) Shaun The Sheep Movie - The British TV hit becomes a charming stop-motion feature (Feb). Other anticipated animations: Pixar's Inside Out (Jul), Despicable Me spin-off The Minions Movie (Jun) and Snoopy & Charlie Brown (Dec). Watch the trailer for Shaun The Sheep Movie here.
Continue reading: Contactmusic.com’s 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2015
'Into the Woods' is set to be a massive hit for Disney.
Nobody was quite sure about Into the Woods - a modern twist on several of the best-loved Brothers Grimm fairy tales. It has the big name stars - Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick - and a big-budget to match, but Into the Woods is a very intelligent musical adaptation that appears to have been worth the wait.
Meryl Streep plays the witch in Into the Woods
Early attempt to adapt Stephen Sondheim musical occurred in the early 1990s with a reading held that included Robin Williams, Goldie Hawn, Cher, Danny DeVito, Steve Martin and Roseanne Barr.
Continue reading: Subversively Witty 'Into The Woods' Was Worth The Wait
Anna Kendrick's brilliant vocals impress the cast of 'Into The Woods'.
Chris Pine likens seeing 'Into The Woods' co-star Anna Kendrick singing to 'watching a martial artist', as he admits that the musical task for the production of the film was nowhere near as simple as it would appear.
Chris Pine plays Cinderella's Prince Charming
It seems that none of the cast of 'Into The Woods' were particularly overwhelmed with confidence at the prospect of singing Stephen Sondheim's spectacular tunes - except perhaps Meryl Streep, who showed off her fabulous pipes back in 2008 with 'Mamma Mia!' Being more focused on acting than singing, it was nerve-wracking for the stars to say the least, and according to Chris Pine it didn't appear to get any easier once inside the studio.
James Corden 'gobsmacked' by Meryl Streep's rendition of 'Last Midnight'.
James Corden and Emily Blunt play the cursed Baker and his wife in 'Into The Woods'
Ok, so we already knew Meryl Streep had some pretty impressive pipes on her following her spectacular performance in 'Mammi Mia!' which, understandably, was then nominated for a Grammy award for Best Soundtrack, but 'Into The Woods' is something else. It's one thing being able to knock out a pop hit, it's another to reach impossible heights in emotional show tunes; co-star James Corden insists she's done just that.
Even the best actors can intimidated by serious movies.
There's an enormous buzz surrounding Rob Marshall and Stephen Sondheim's stage to film musical 'Into The Woods' with it's spectacular ensemble cast and vibrant setting, but even a super A lister like Johnny Depp couldn't help but feel a little nervous.
Johnny Depp is the wiley Wolf in 'Into The Woods'
Being surrounded by award-winning movie stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick is scary enough without the prospect of singing in front of them. While you'd think Johnny Depp would be used to it, having starred in Stephen Sondheim's Oscar winning film adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' back in 2007 and appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Helena Bonham Carter, Angelina Jolie, Christian Bale and John Malkovich. However, he admits he found his role as the Wolf 'daunting' even if it was a 'joy' to be involved. 'It's one of those moments that you realise you will never in your life have an opportunity like that again, as an actor or as a musician', he confesses, in the run-up to the film's release.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp 'Daunted' By Into The Woods Role
"Into the Woods" is staking a strong claim for the 2015 Oscars.
We’ve all been waiting for a film version of Into the Woods for approximately forever now and who better to play the beloved part of the witch than God... sorry, I meant Meryl Streep. Not that there’s a big difference anyway.
Meryl Streep as The Witch. Is this the best thing ever? Yes. Yes, it is.
The Disney flick screened on both coasts on Saturday, in Los Angeles and Burbank. It was just a press screening unfortunately, but just to reassure any desperate musical theatre fans among our readers – Into the Woods is coming to a screen near you as soon as Christmas Day. Or soon thereafter, if you live outside the US.
When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are unable to have children due to a curse, they are advised by a witch (Meryl Streep) to venture into the woods in order to find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Along the way, they become intertwined in the stories of 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Rapunzel', and 'Cinderella', in this original story based upon Grimm's classic fairy tales.
Continue: Into The Woods - Extended Trailer
Strong characters and a vivid sense of life in frontier America give this film a kick of authentic energy that makes it a gripping journey. While it may be a little too serious for its own good, the movie is strikingly shot and played to bring out the gritty tenacity of people who dare to live in such a foreboding place. And a couple of shocking twists in the tale keep us on our toes.
In the Nebraska Territory in 1853, life was so difficult that three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter) in a small community are driven mad by the isolation, desperation and harsh weather. Their husbands are too busy surviving to do anything about it, so the local pastor (John Lithgow) arranges for the strong-willed spinster farmer Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) to escort them back east to civilisation. She needs a "homesman" to help make the arduous five-week journey, so she drafts in drunken scoundrel George (Tommy Lee Jones). During their long trek across the plains, they have a series of potentially life-threatening encounters with the likes of well-armed Native Americans, an interfering opportunist (Tim Blake Nelson) and a cruelly dismissive hotel owner (James Spader).
The characters are strikingly feisty, starting with Swank's fiercely no-nonsense, self-sufficient Mary Bee, who one local observes is as good as any man around. She's also rather annoyingly holier-than-thou, which explains why she's has so much trouble finding a husband to help her. And these three women really push her to the breaking point: Gummer's Bella is consumed by grief, Otto's Theoline moans day and night, and Richter's Gro is a delusional menace. So it's a good thing that Jones provides some comic relief as the rapscallion George, a snarky realist who's the only likeable person on-screen.He also emerges along the way as the true protagonist of the tale.
Continue reading: The Homesman Review
When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for.
Continue: Into The Woods - Alternative Trailer
The second trailer for Into the Woods proves much more enticing for audiences
Disney has released a new all-singing, all-dancing trailer for its Christmas musical Into the Woods which is due out in cinemas on 25 December. After the first trailer, which might have got fans of musicals a little concerned with its lack of song, this latest instalment does not disappoint and the two minute teaser is jam-packed with musical previews.
Into the Woods sports an impressive cast of fairytale characters and Hollywood actors
The impressive ensemble of fairytale characters, played by an even more impressive ensemble of stars, all get their turn in the trailer spotlight but its Meryl Streep’s witch character that steals the show.
Continue reading: Into The Woods Finally Shows Off Its Singing
Take a sneak peak of forthcoming musical fairytale flick 'Into The Woods' in this short featurette, featuring comments from the stellar ensemble cast and crew. Among them are stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, as well as director Rob Marshall ('Chicago'), author of the book James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim ('Sweeney Todd').
Continue: Into The Woods - Featurette
Misty Upham's body was found during a late-night search by family and friends.
Police is Seattle have discovered the body of a woman, thought to be that of the missing actress Misty Upham. The 32-year-old Native American actress was found in a ravine near the White River on Thursday, with police spokesman Steve Stocker confirming that items confirming Upham's identity were found nearby.
A body believed to be that of Misty Upham was found in a ravine near Seattle after family and friends conducted a search
Officials are still waiting for the medical examiner to make a positive identification, Stocker noted.
Continue reading: 'August: Osage County' Actress Misty Upham Found Dead In Seattle
Misty Upham is still missing in Washington State, while her father says she was on medication for mental health problems.
Misty Upham, the acclaimed Native American actress best known for starring in the movie adaptation of August: Osage County alongside Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, is missing in Washington state. Police say the actress has not been seen for six days.
Misty Upham has now been missing for six days - she is thought to have been suicidal at the time of her dissaperance
According to Reuters, Ms Upham was last spotted walking by herself from an apartment on Sunday near Auburn, 20 miles south of Seattle. She was reported missing by her father on October 6.
Continue reading: 'August: Osage County' Actress Misty Upham Missing In Washington State
Steve Martin has been awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award which he will receive in a special ceremony in June 2015.
Steve Martin will receive the "highest honour in film", the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The AFI announced the news on their website on Friday (3rd October).
Steve Martin has been awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Continue reading: Steve Martin Awarded AFI's Life Achievement Award
Yet another teen sci-fi adventure, this movie may be sharply well-made but it struggles to find anything to say to an audience that has explored these themes much more meaningfully in films like The Hunger Games and Divergent. A solid cast makes it watchable, but a swelling flood of sentimentality undermines everything. And there isn't much subtext there to begin with.
Set in the distant future, society has rebuilt itself after "The Ruin" by eliminating all emotions, memories and art. The story centres on 18-year-old Jonas (BrentonThwaites), who is stunned to be selected as the next Receiver of Memories, working with the Giver (Jeff Bridges) to understand everything the elders have deliberately obliterated through both daily drug injections and some sort of magical barrier beyond the surrounding, forbidden mist. But the Chief Elder (Meryl Streep) is worried that Jonas is going rogue with his new knowledge, and Jonas' parents (Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes) are also noticing something is amiss. So when Jonas tries to enlist his childhood pals Fiona and Asher (Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan) in small acts of rebellion, things come to a head.
Director Phillip Noyce creates a terrific visual look for the film's setting, with slickly designed sets,eye-catching effects and a colour scheme that begins in black and white and slowly adds hues as Jonas discovers more truth. But nothing about this society resonates: the best science-fiction tells us something about our world here and now, but parallels are very hard to spot in this faux utopia. Instead, we are faced with an implausible set-up that tries to convince us that people would mindlessly carry on without emotional or physical connections. And the idea that deleting these from human existence would make for a more peaceful society is just silly. Sure, we'd all like a world without violence and bigotry, but at the expense of personal freedom?
Continue reading: The Giver Review
Young Australian Brenton Thwaites is the leading man in new dystopian action pic The Giver, but just who is this charming young thespian?
An impressive cast of screen veterans, promising young newcomers, a multi-millions selling pop star and Katie Holmes have assembled for the dystopian sci-fi pic The Giver, due for imminent release. Of course, a PG-13 sci-fi film aimed at the vast Hunger Games young-adult audience wouldn’t be complete without a handsome hunk occupying the leading role. Curiously, and perhaps bravely on the part of director Philip Noyce (The Bone Collector, Patriot Games), the lead role has gone to a youngster who is relatively rookie in the big screen business.
Thwaites is poised to ascend towards the accolade of Hollywood hunk.
Brenton Thwaites can almost guarantee to find himself in every adolescent female magazine’s ‘Hottest Guys’ list. 25 years old, permanently tanned from the Aussie sun and still sporting boyish good looks the young Australian will appear alongside screen heavyweights Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in the futuristic thriller. The Giver carries a wide appeal for audiences who are currently in thrall to dystopian action films. Thwaites will surely ascend to greater status in the industry and extend his fanbase beyond the growing army of teenage devotees.
Continue reading: Who Is The Young Actor Brenton Thwaites?
'The Giver' is an excellent adaptation of the best-loved book.
There were nervous, twitchy looks around the various Hollywood studios when Harvey Weinstein announced he was dipping his toe into the young-adult genre. That said, The Giver - based on Lois Lowrys beloved novel of the same name - was never going to be The Hunger Games or Divergent.
It tells the haunting story of a young man named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) who lives an ideal if colorless world of conformity and contentment. However, when he begins to spend time with 'The Giver' (Jeff Bridges) - the sole keeper of the community's memories - Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of the group's secret past.
The trailer for Disney's latest fairy tale, Into the Woods, has arrived.
Disney’s Christmas offering this year comes in the form of a bewitching fairy tale based on Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, Into the Woods. Set in an alternate world of various Brothers Grimm fairy stories, this modern twist centres around the original tale of a baker and his wife who have been cursed by a witch and must enter into the woods to break the spell so they can start their much-longed for family.
Further well-known classics intertwine with the desperate baker and his wife and they interact with other storybook characters from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel on their travels.
Continue reading: Let's Take A Sneak Peak 'Into The Woods'
George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When he finds himself in serious trouble (sat astride an impatient horse with his hands bound behind his back and a noose around his neck tied to a branch), he starts to think this could finally be the end for him. That is until he is found by a lone woman with a wagon named Mary Bee Cuddy who agrees to free him from his plight in exchange for a favour. Living alone, she is struggling to carry out an important personal mission; she wants to take three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa now that their husbands can now longer cope with them. Thus, she asks Briggs to help her on the dangerous five week journey and, despite his serious reservations, he agrees to act as her aide and protector against the brutalities they may face along the way.
Continue: The Homesman Trailer
When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for .
Continue: Into The Woods - Teaser Trailer
The first teaser trailer for Disney's new musical epic Into the Woods has been released, featuring a host of A-List stars.
Cinemas are set to get a whole lot more magical this winter with the release of the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. Directed by Chicago masetro Rob Marshall, the film depicts beloved fairytale characters as they've never been seen before, and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp.
Meryl Streep will be showing off her vocal talents once again
The story follows the Baker and his Wife, played in the film by James Corden and Emily Blunt, who are cursed by The Wicked Witch (Meryl Streep) to be childless, and subsequently set off on a quest 'into the woods' to find the items they need to break the spell. Along the way they will bump into familiar faces such as Cinderella and her Prince Charming (Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine) and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp).
Continue reading: Fairytales Come To Life In The First Trailer For Disney's Into The Woods
Meryl Streep, James Corden and Chris Pine also star in the upcoming musical.
Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood after they got their ‘happy ending’? Well Disney’s latest musical, Into the Woods might make you wish you’d never asked. In the movie, starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Deep we sadly learn that some of our favourite fairytale characters actually didn't end up living so ‘happily ever after’ once their stories ended.
Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella
Fairytales have certainly been enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late with movies such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent presenting the alternative side to some classic stories. But Disney’s Into the Woods it’s not just another fairytale retelling, instead it explores what happens after the fairytale ended, calling into question everything we ever believed about ‘happily ever after.’
Streep's next role will see her portraying the opera legend
We’ve seen her as Margaret Thatcher and she’s about to play Emmeline Pankhurst, but two time Oscar winner Meryl Streep has just been cast as another famous figure, opera legend Maria Callas. Page Six is reporting that Meryl is set to star as Callas in in a film version of Terrence McNally's Tony-winning play, 'Master Class' for HBO.
Streep will play Callas in 'Master Class'
In her day, Maria Callas was one of the most famous women in the world, with her voice and often turbulent personal life making her an international star. Maria was born Sophia Cecelia Kalos in New York to Greek parents. By the age of three, Maria’s mother Evangelia had discovered her daughter could sing and began pressuring her to perform. Evangelia later moved back to Athens with Maria, enrolling her in the Greek National Conservatoire. With her mesmerising soprano voice, wide range and overbearing stage mother, Callas was performing professionally by the age of 18, making her debut with the Greek National Opera in 1941.
On the eve of the release of 'Jersey Boys', we look at Eastwood's ten biggest successes as a director.
Having first installed himself within American culture with his recurring role as Rowdy Yates in the cowboy seriesRawhide, San Francisco native Clint Eastwood would become renowned across the world for his roles in a succession of violent and iconic Westerns. The ‘Man With No Name’ character, first seen in the hallowed ‘Spaghetti Western’ trilogy, saw Eastwood become internationally known as a steely actor who went down a storm with domestic and global audiences.
Clint Eastwood on the set of 'Changeling'
Continue reading: The Top 10 Movies Directed By Clint Eastwood
Tommy Lee Jones' fourth effort as a director has fared well with the critics, overall
‘The Homesman’ is the latest film to face the critics at Cannes 2014, which has thrown out some modern classics (like ‘Mr Turner) and some true stinkers (like ‘Grace of Monaco).
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, William Fichtner and Meryl Streep and helmed by Lee Jones in his fourth directorial effort, ‘The Homesman’ hasn’t reached one end of the critical spectrum or another, pleasing most critics but failing to excite others. This reaction has accumulated a fairly healthy 67% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Continue reading: 'The Homesman': Cannes 2014 Reviews Are Mostly Positive
Author Lois Lowry talks about her dystopian sci-fi book 'The Giver' in a featurette ahead of the release of the film adaptation starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. The film follows a young boy living in a world without war, crime suffering or diversity, who is chosen to receive information about the real disasters of the previous world in a program designed to keep the society stable.
Continue: The Giver - Featurette
Meryl Streep stars in the hard-hitting historical drama
When The Suffragettes’ indefatigable quest to grant women the vote in the early 20th century came to fruition, history was made. Through hunger strikes, peaceful and non-peaceful protests, force feeding and lobbying, woman in the U.K were finally allowed to participate in democracy.
'Suffragettes' filming in London
And now, in 2014, The Suffragettes are making history again, this time in the movies. For the first time in its history, The Houses of Parliament have been opened up and cleared for use as a film set, as Sarah Gavron (director) and Abi Morgan’s (writer) movie continues shooting.
Continue reading: 'Suffragette' Is First Movie To Shoot At Houses Of Parliament [Pictures]
Piers Morgan has criticised the US government for quailing under pressure from the gun lobby. Morgan delivered an impassioned speech on the last episode of his CNN show 'Piers Morgan Live'.
Piers Morgan ended his three year run on his CNN talk show Piers Morgan Live on Friday (28th March) with a plea to the US government to change "the absurd gun laws".Morgan's show was cancelled following low ratings and possibly his involvement in the phone hacking scandal, nevertheless he left the show on a somewhat controversial note.
Morgan, ever controversial, used his final show as an opportunity to comment on the social and political implications of gun laws in the US. He referenced recent tragedies in which guns were used to kill large numbers of people which prompted criticism of gun laws in the US and worldwide.
Morgan has spent a number of years in the states over the past decade and described gun violence, such as that displayed in the Connecticut Sandy Hook massacre and the Colorado Aurora Cinema, as "a disease that infects every aspect of American life". Referencing these attacks Morgan said, as The Independent reports: "I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theatre and then just a few months later 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, that the absurd gun laws in this country would change, but nothing has happened".
Continue reading: Piers Morgan Criticises US Gun Laws On Last CNN Show
'The Giver' finally makes it to cinema's later this year, but what do you need to know about the movie?
The first trailer for 'The Giver' has been released and it looks as if it might just live up to the book's expectations. The movie's been in development for quite some time now but finally on August 15th we'll get to see it on the big screen. Just about enough time then to find out everything you need to know about 'The Giver' before it hits the theatres.
Jeff Bridges has been responsible for brining 'The Giver' to the big screen
Continue reading: 'The Giver': Everything You Need To Know [Trailer + Pictures]
Jonas is a young man who lives in a community where everybody is the same. Pain and suffering has been abolished by authorities simply by forcing everyone to conform and prohibiting any form of variance. Jonas is about to become an exception to the rule when he is selected as the next Receiver of Memories. His new role requires training from a man called The Giver (the former Receiver) who will subsequently imbue Jonas with knowledge of the world before this compliant society. With that he will understand the pain of death and conflict, but will also begin to understand the importance of love and distinction and it is this that forces him to break away from his community - wishing to live a life with more depth and meaning. However, it soon becomes clear that he's not getting out that easily.
Continue: The Giver - Teaser Trailer
Could Meryl Streep's role as Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming movie Suffragette win her another Oscar?
If there’s one thing that can be said of Meryl Streep, it’s that she’s not an actress who shies away from challenging or controversial roles. So the recent announcement that Streep will be taking on the role of iconic feminist, Emmeline Pankhurst, in Suffragette, a movie which will be adapted from Abi Morgan’s new script, doesn’t come as entirely out of the blue. Streep and Morgan have in fact worked together before, on Morgan’s 2011 biopic The Iron Lady, which saw the legendary screen icon win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as recently deceased ex British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
It has been announced that the fabulous Meryl Streep will be playing Emmeline Pankhurt
Streep and Morgan are obviously a dynamic pair when it comes working on a project together, so it wouldn’t be totally outlandish to predict that Meryl Streep’s latest role could also land her her next Oscar winning performance.
Continue reading: Will Meryl Streep Win Another Oscar For 'Suffragette' Movie?
The Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Selfie: did Jennifer Lawrence have the best pose or was it Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt...or Kevin Spacey?
Pretty much everyone has seen the Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie by now; the celeb-packed pic that sent the Twittersphere into melt-down and quickly became the most retweeted image of all time. The Oscars host somehow gathered the cream of the awards' red carpet for last night's impromptu snap, which has become the evening's most shared and talked about image.
Ellen DeGeneres Oscar Selfie Has Become The Most-Shared Image On Twitter.
The glory of the Oscars selfie lies in the pure and unabashed joy seen on every one of its twelve featured Hollywood stars' faces. Gone are the pouts, poses and glowers of the red carpet pap-snap and instead we have a bunch of gorgeous and joyous actors ready to party at the year's biggest movie awards.
Tracy Letts adapts his own prize-winning play into a blistering depiction of one of cinema's most dysfunctional families ever. It's still rather theatrical, throwing a mob of top actors into a room for what feels like a fight to the death, but it's so well written and so beautifully observed by the actors that we can't look away. And of course Meryl Streep walks off with the show.
Everything kicks off when Beverly Weston (Shepard) goes missing, leaving his ruthlessly straight-talking, pill-popping wife Violet (Streep) to assemble the family in their rambling Oklahoma home. They have three equally feisty daughters: Barbara (Roberts) is a tightly wound bundle of anger with an estranged husband (McGregor) and surly teen daughter (Breslin) in tow; Karen (Lewis) is a free-spirited floater with yet another random boyfriend (Mulroney); and Ivy (Nicholson) is fed up with being the dutiful daughter who stayed close to home. Also on hand is Violet's sister Mattie Fae (Martindale), whose husband (Cooper) is the family patriarch now that Beverly is gone, which means their son (Cumberbatch) feels even more useless than normal.
What plot there is centres on skeletons rattling out of closets and relationships imploding spectacularly. The film is a series of brutally intense encounters between people who probably still love each other in vaguely undefined ways and express it through bitter bursts of witty cruelty. Streep has the meatiest role as the imperious Violet, who knows a lot more than she's letting on. And her chief rival is Barbara, played with unnerving intensity by Roberts. The only person we even remotely like is Mattie Fae, and the always-superb Martindale finds all kinds of layers in the character.
Continue reading: August: Osage County Review
In addition to his new anti-NRA movie, Weinstein wants to cut down on screen violence as a whole
Harvey Weinstein got tongues wagging this week with the announcement that his production company are making an anti-gun film, one that will star Meryl Streep and take a direct shot at the National Rifle Association. If his stance on gun ownership and violence wasn't already clear, the Hollywood producer has since admitted that he wants to see a crack down on film violence too and he will be at the forefront of this cut down.
Harvey Weinstein wants to see a change in the movie industry
Weinstein is known for producing some of modern cinema's most graphically violent film in recent years, forging a successful working relationship with Quentin Tarantino, with who he helped make the Kill Bill films, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction, in addition to a host of other violent titles such as Gangs of New York, Sin City and the reboots of Piranha, Rambo and Halloween. Now the Hollywood powerhouse wants to hang up his fake blood and replica weapons for good, as he told CNN's Piers Morgan on Friday (17 Jan.) night that he can no longer advocate these types of films in good conscience.
Continue reading: Harvey Weinstein Vows To Back Major Cut Down On Violent Movies
The 79 year-old 'Philomena' actress heads a talented field of old Oscar-nominated actors.
Dame Judi Dench has been nominated in the Best Actress category ahead of this year's Academy Awards for her lead role in the British film Philomena, which has also been nominated for Best Film. The nomination marks Dench's seventh Oscar nomination, having won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1998's Shakespeare In Love.
Judi Dench Has Been Nominated For Her Seventh Oscar.
Dench, 79, heads up a promising league of talented older actors at this year's Oscars, which also includes Nebraska stars Bruce Dern, 77, and June Squibb, 84, who have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Continue reading: Judi Dench Leads Veteran Oscar Nominees June Squibb And Bruce Dern
The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York was chock-full of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment including 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' star and director Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese, as well as Meryl Streep who later shocked attendees with her speech against Disney's apparent bigotry and anti-Semitism.
Reviews of 'August: Osage County' have mainly focussed on how the Pulitzer Prize winning stage play has transferred to the screen. Whilst the actors have been praised, many reviewers claim their knowledge of the play was lacking, a fault they attribute to director John Wells.
August: Osage County appears to have all the qualities needed to make a movie to combat January blues: a stellar cast, strong female characters and enough gentle humour to rival a Richard Curtis script. But do critics agree?
Julia Roberts stars in August: Osage County.
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the film follows a group of strong, and somewhat eccentric, women in the Weston family and is centred on their Midwest childhood home at the time of a family crisis. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love), Juliette Lewis (Open Road) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) star as the women of the Weston family. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen); Dermot Mulroney (New Girl); and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) appear in supporting roles.
Continue reading: 'August: Osage County' Reviews Preoccupied With Adaptation Issues
Meryl Streep ruthlessly buries Walt Disney when honoring Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review Awards: "[Walt] was certainly, on the evidence of his company's policies, a gender bigot."
The movie award season is well underway and Tuesday night's National Board of Review Awards was made memorable by the iconic Meryl Streep.
The Oscar winning actress was the highlight of the night after delivering an unforgettable speech when presenting the Best Actress Award to Emma Thompson for her role in 'Saving Mr. Banks'.
What made Streep's speech so unique was the ruthless criticism she made of Walt Disney, labelling him anti-Semitic and sexist.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10. The Expendables 3 (Aug) - Hopefully this meathead action romp will be the guilty pleasure of the year. Other muscle-bound, brainless thrills may come from Pompeii (Feb), Tarzan (May) and Hercules (Aug).
Read more about 'The Expendables 3' here
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Steve McQueen's slavery drama leads 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'August: Osage County' in the Screen Actors Guild nominations.
12 Years a Slave hasn't even been released in most countries yet but has already been heaped with accolades with more awards bound to blossom from the scores of nominations Steve McQueen's movie has garnered. The Screen Actors Guild awards nominations are out and yet again the slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged on top with four major nominations.
Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Leads The SAG Nominations.
The critically lauded movie is up for best ensemble, best male actor (Chewitel Ejiofor), best supporting male actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting female actor (Lupita Nyong'o). 12 Years will come up against American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, according to the LA Times.
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The comic actor also took home the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award
Sacha Baron Cohen not only left the Beverly Hilton with the highest honour awarded for comedy by the BAFTA-LA ‘s annual Britannia Awards, but also left with the audience either still in shock or holding on to their sides with laughter following an inspired practical joke. Los Angeles' British alliance was out in force for the Saturday (9 Nov.) night ceremony, and there were even a few non-Brit Hollywood heavyweights doing their best to pretent to be from the other side of the Atlantic for the awards show.
Sacha Baron Cohen flanked by his wife Isla Fisher [R] and Salma Hayek [L]
Airing on BBC America on Sunday (10 Nov.) night, host Rob Brydon had the job of handling the more raucous than usual crowd, which had plenty to do with Cohen's stunt. It began when Salma Hayek came on stage with an elderly woman to present the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award. Confined to a wheelchair, she was identified as Grace Collington, an actress she said appeared with Charlie Chaplin in 1931′s City Lights when she was just 5-years-old. She very believably told the audience, “At 87, she’s the oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie,” at which point Cohen climbed to the stage to accept the honour. The elderly woman presented Cohen with one of Chaplin's trademark canes, at which point Cohen pushed her from the stage and began his acceptance speech as 'Collington' lied motionless on the ground.
Johnny Depp, Lily Cole, Chris Pine and Tom Ford are amongst those featured in McCartney's exciting new video.
A week after Sir Paul McCartney's latest solo album, New, debuted, the brand new video for track 'Queenie Eye' premieres today (October 24, 2013). However, this isn't any old music video: the former Beatle has called on a few friends to help, with stars including Gary Barlow, Alice Eve, Kate Moss, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, James Corden and Jeremy Irons all featured.
A Little Help From My Friends: Paul McCartney Prepared To Launch New Music Video.
The song is named after and draws inspiration from a childhood game McCartney used to play in Liverpool. "Queenie eye, queenie eye, who's got the ball? It isn't in my pocket. O-U-T spells OUT!" sang a young Macca and the same lyrics are called upon for Paul's latest, upbeat track that has been described by Q Magazine as "jaw-dropping."
The highest grossing actor of all time is in line for an Oscar this year, who is it?
As we approach winter, Oscars season is in full swing, with convincing predictions and hypothesis available for each and every film, actor and director in contention for any category you can think of. The frontrunners for those coveted golden statuettes include Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips
It’s a fine list of names, for sure. And it’s basically a given that most people would love to swap shoes with any of the aforementioned actors who we consider to be in line for at least nominations - if not a few trips to the stage - when the Oscars are handed out in March 2014.
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Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor star in the drama about a dysfunctional family reunited.
John Wells' August: Osage County adaptation premiered last night at the Toronto International Film Festival after years of being performed as a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play. The movie boasts a star-studded caast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and Sam Shepard.
Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts Serve Up Roaring Performances In August: Osage County.
The plot centres on outspoken matriarch, Violet (Meryl Streep), who is addicted to painkillers with the excuse that she has mouth cancer. Her husband Beverly (Sam Shepard) hires a Native American housekeeper (Misty Upham) to take care of his wife and he moves away. Upon her husband's absence, Violet summons her three grown-up daughters who have each moved away from the isolation of their family home, set in the desolate landscape of Oklahoma.
We take a look at the front-runners and underdogs for next year's Oscars ceremony.
Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?
It’s Oscars season.
Sophia Grace Browlee has landed a role in Into the Woods. She will play the role of Little Red Riding Hood and will star opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick.
Sophia Grace Brownlee has been cast in Into the Woods. She has landed the role of Little Red Riding Hood, in the film which is due to be released in 2014.
Rosie McCelland (L) and Sophie Grace Brownlee (R) at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, held at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Brownlee first came to public attention after appearing on a YouTube video covering Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass'. The 2011 video went viral of Brownlee, and her cousin Rosie McClelland, went viral and the two girls have since appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show. They have appeared on the talk show on multiple occasions as they have gained the approval of the crowd.
Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep will act together for the first time in 20 years.
The darkly comic tale is told through the eyes of Hildy Good (Streep), a New York realtor and recovering alcoholic whose life begins to fall apart when she forms a new friendship with Rebecca McCallister.
As Rebecca becomes the subject of town gossip, Hildy rekindles her friendship with old flame Frank Getchell (De Niro) a straight talking Yankee who tries to uncomplicated her life.
Is Cate Blanchett a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination?
Ok, so this happens every year. Every movie writer around - including yours truly - writes a story about Oscar buzz and whether or not an actor will score a golden statuette come February. It's happening again this year. Idris Elba could win Best Actor. The Monuments Men could win Best Picture. But Cate Blanchett could win Best Actress - she really could.
We're not afraid of using the word. So we're going to use it. There's serious 'buzz' around Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine, particularly the Australian actress's performance as Ruth Madoff, a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.
"In all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years," said David Denby of the New Yorker.
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