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The Weinstein Co 2013 release dates

Count on a few important acquisitions later in the year, as yet unknown.

The Sapphires….. 3/22/13
Kon-Tiki………. 4/19/13
Unfinished Song… 6/21/13
Populaire……… 7/19/13
Haute Cuisine….. 8/16/13
Satanic……….. 8/30/13
Fruitvale……… 10/18/13
August: Osage County 11/8/13
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 11/29/13
Grace of Monaco… 12/27/13

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59 Comments

  1. CMG
    March 2, 2013

    The Sapphires was incredibly popular in Australia, plus there is an American tie-in with them doing USO tours. Kinda sorta potential catnip for the Academy but it will have to have incredible staying power.

    I feel like no matter how well August: Osage County comes out, and people around these parts including myself are worried about this, it will get a shit-ton of nominations because it is TWC. Just hope the film is the goods so I am not going to turn like I have on Harvey-backed projects.

    Fruitvale- Well-received at Sundance, has an Oscar-winner in the ensemble, a potential break-out lead performance, very zeitgeist-y, and potentially controversial due to the true story.

    Grace of Monaco- Could be catnip but did the entire budget get handed to Nicole? Because some of the ensemble casting choices are….. interesting?

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom- Potentially, this could be Elba’s year and the role he is rewarded for (but of course, we may opine a year from now at how much better he was in Pacific Rim).

    BTW, what ever happened to that biopic on Mandela’s wife that starred Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard as NM?

  2. christiannnw
    March 2, 2013

    I’m looking forward to “The Sapphires”, “Fruitvale”, and “August: Osage County”, but Osage in particular because of the acting talent involved. It seems like a shoo-in for the SAG Ensemble prize next year.

    *Just remembered “Argo” won the SAG Ensemble prize this year, bangs head on desk over my overly-presumptuous logic.

  3. March 2, 2013

    Osage County looks like a big contender, but for now, I’m happy just to anticipate fun genre flicks like Trance.

  4. Bball_Jake
    March 2, 2013

    August: Osage County is that rare great family drama like Ordinary People that wins Best Picture! Its Weinsteins only film I look forward to this year.

  5. Henry Z.
    March 2, 2013

    August: Osage County is a film (and play) with such a terrible title – I know the performances will be excellent, but I do believe the Academy is tired of the Weinstein’s winning Best Picture. Grace of Monaco looks to be a very strong contender.

  6. daveinprogress
    March 2, 2013

    Yes, that’s an early release for The Sapphires. It is a great piece of storytelling. A little ‘Dreamgirls’, a little bit Vietnam, and an indigenous tale as well. Chris O’Dowd is fantastic, so too Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy. All won Australian Academy awards in January, with the film taking Director and Best Film as well. It’s really well put together – not high art, but good entertainment.

  7. JP
    March 2, 2013

    I think Fruitvale is this year Beasts. Weinstein’s money for the big one are surely in AO:C. Mandela and Grace are acting category fillers and Elba could potentially become a strong contender. It looks like it will be a strong year for male black performers. Michael B. Jordan and Chiwitel Ejifor are also likely to join this race.

  8. A.J
    March 2, 2013

    The Sapphires should get some love from the HFPA, of course misplaced in the Musical/Comedy category but still some love.

  9. March 3, 2013

    If Kidman ‘Grace of Monaco’ and Streep ‘August Osage County’ knock it out of the park which is possible who will Weinstein push for the best actress Oscar? I am not sure though if Streep can win a fourth Oscar so soon. I grew up watching some of Grace Kelly’s films. So I hope that ‘Grace of Monaco’ is a great film.

  10. Drew
    March 3, 2013

    Here is hoping Nicole does a splendid job and earns a fourth Best Actress nod. I wouldn’t mind both Streep and Kidman running against each other for Best Actress. They are friends and I think friendly competition would be great.

  11. Christophe
    March 3, 2013

    TWC is also supposed to have 3 more anim features coming this year: Leo the lion, Trick or treaters and Santapprentice. I wonder if they can break in the anim race, if not bp.

  12. Teo
    March 3, 2013

    Grace of Monaco will be a big flop, due to its mediocre director.

  13. Jules
    March 3, 2013

    So I guess The Butler and Lowlife are following the Festival Route?

  14. Zooey
    March 3, 2013

    Of course you aren’t sure Meryl can win so soon. Meryl always gets that.
    But Day-Lewis won five years after his second, so Meryl can win two years after her third.

  15. JulieF
    March 3, 2013

    Dahan’s direction helped Marion Cotillard get an Oscar. I love Grace Kelly; I have watched all 11 of her films and “Children of Theatre Street,” which she narrated. I am a huge fan and read many biographies on her as well, so I am incredibly excited for this movie. Kidman and Naomi Watts are good friends, so it’d be interesting if Kidman’s Grace and Naomi’s Diana were up against each other for Best Actress.

    An interesting sidenote is that Diana met Grace only one time, and she asked her what to do about her newfound fame and the paparazzi. Grace reportedly replied, “Don’t worry, dear. It’ll get worse.” How prophetic.

    I hope Meryl doesn’t win a fourth and tie Katharine Hepburn. Because of that, I am not excited about “August: Osage County.”

  16. the ghost of easter
    March 3, 2013

    I remember hearing reports last year about Mandela going back to his village of birth to live out the last of his days…. So would it irriversably change the oscar-race if Nelson Mandela were to die this year? Please someone answer….

  17. March 3, 2013

    After a whole Oscar season being upset with Harvey, now I have to turn around and be grateful that we get The Sapphires. So often the really good Australian films never get the showcase they deserve in the US. Hope this is a harbinger of good things to come.

  18. March 3, 2013

    JP

    Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Chiwetel Ejiofor AND Forest Whitaker. African American leading men could have their strongest year in Best Actor in 2013.

    Having said that, even sight unseen, the category looks massive with all the A-listers and remarkably promising rising stars.

  19. KT
    March 3, 2013

    I have a feeling Leo will get a Best Actor nomination, and it may turn out to be his year.

    I have my doubts about August: Osage County. I’ll be shocked if it’s actually a great film. When was the last time Meryl did a truly great movie that was more than just her performance? ….Yeah

  20. March 3, 2013

    ‘Adaptation’, ‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘Hope Springs’ and ‘Doubt’ were great films beyond just Meryl Streep. ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘Julie and Julia’ on the other hand was all about Streep.

  21. CMG
    March 3, 2013

    Yeah, there is that thing where Meryl chooses good to great parts for movies where nobody is going to the movies to see the movie itself, but to see her. At this point, she seems way too conscious about that because she knows if she read a phone book she will get nominated. But dammit, it is such a good part…. but so was Sister Aloysius in Doubt and she managed to have less dimension than a regional production of Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All (and it was not surprising to find out she was not raised Catholic after seeing it).

    The Fantastic Mr. Fox (know it is a voice role but she was so well-suited), A Prairie Home Companion, Adaptation., and the remake of The Manchurian Candidate (seriously underrated movie) were the only stuff where I can objectively say they were good movies and good roles for her. Stuff like The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia just seemed like good roles where she steals the thunder of the younger co-lead. Doubt was just a depressing misfire all-around with the exception of Adams and Davis in their roles.

    And I really hope Michael B. Jordan gets great notice and an Oscar nomination. I love rooting for former Friday Night Lights alum (and really, besides Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, nobody has stepped up although Taylor Kitsch is really, really trying).

  22. Sonja
    March 3, 2013

    The big difference between A:OC and Doubt is that the former has Weinstein behind it and the latter had not. So much for that at the moment.
    We’ll see how well (or not) recieved A:OC is, but it sounds like Meryl’s 18th nom.
    I don’t think she’ll win a fourth so soon, though I don’t mind to be wrong in the end. ;)
    But she will win a fourth in the future. And even then she would need a fifth (and fourth in lead) to tie with Hepburn.
    And I don’t think that’s her goal at all. She’s happy what she gets and the third last year was still a huge surprise for her.

  23. CMG
    March 3, 2013

    I hope she does not win a 4th that quickly. She has gotten a lot of nominations due to the Academy shunning the riskier women roles (this may be controversial but I do not think Sandra Bullock winning over Streep was some sort of crime against humanity) and has led to really unimpressive Best Actress categories. She looks like an early leader though. Kidman and Watts also are players but those are bait-y parts to begin with. Then there is Jennifer Lawrence in Serena and another DOR movie but no way they are giving her 2 statues in 2 years. Hopefully there is a Riva, Wallis or even a Chastain type of performance that comes out of nowhere to make the race feel not as stale. Maybe Audrey Tatou in Mood Indigo or Amy Adams getting a leading actress nomination for the first time?

    I am still disappointed that during The Hours (a movie I hated, but respect for having that deep of a bench in great actresses), Adaptation., Angels in America, and The Manchurian Candidate ‘She is BACK’ period that Meryl Streep did not continue that trajectory. The Devil’s Wears Prada felt like a switch in direction because she suddenly became bankable again too.

  24. kasper
    March 3, 2013

    When I head that Dahan was doing a movie with Renee Zellweger as a wheelchair-bound folk singer in the south I was like Renee Zellweger is gonna win an Oscar! Hahhaah. Did that movie even ever come out?

  25. March 3, 2013

    I wonder if any of the actresses in August: Osage County will give better performances in more interesting roles than Lawrence did with Tiffany.

    What I mean is, I wonder if ALL of the actresses in August: Osage County will give better performances in more interesting roles than Lawrence did with Tiffany.

  26. KT
    March 3, 2013

    Still, when you look at Meryl’s career, she arguably doesn’t have a truly great film to her belt, one that will hold up many years as a classic and be revisited and studied. Many of her 80s and 90s films are largely forgotten and feel very dated, yes even Sophie’s Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer. Some of her best performances (I loved her in The Hours) come in films that left me indifferent. Now look at a Robert De Niro who has Godfather II, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas. Jack Nicholson with Chinatown, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining, Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider. And for females, Jodie Foster with Silence of the Lambs and Taxi Driver. With Meryl, as I find myself going over her work, I’m surprised by the number of films that do not stand out. That’s what I meant (the Silkwoods, the Cry in the Darks, the Out of Africas, the French Lieutenant Womans–the don’t really hold up). I don’t think Mamma Mia, Hope Springs, or Doubt are great films; I really enjoy Adaptation, which is fantastic, but it’s not in a class with the above films for the three actors I mentioned. I love Meryl (how can you not?), but I think she has gotten way too many Oscar nominations (yes, the category has certainly been anti-risky roles) and I would LOVE to see her in a film with a great auteur director, kind of like the route Jessica Chastain has been taking.

  27. CMG
    March 3, 2013

    “What I mean is, I wonder if ALL of the actresses in August: Osage County will give better performances in more interesting roles than Lawrence did with Tiffany.”

    When the supporting cast of actresses includes Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, and Juliette Lewis, it is very possible. Namely because Letts, when he wants to, can really write some interesting women.

    And back to Meryl, it is true. What is her great film with a great role? Even in stuff like Adaptation. you got Cage in an astonishing double-role turn and Chris Cooper and yes, it is not in the class of iconic role-iconic movie. She has become a very ubiquitous figure in how we imagine a great actress to be but she is for people who want to just see the performance and not the movie. Even somebody like Nicole Kidman, who seems like a very polarizing figure to both cinephiles and average moviegoers, gets me to really be immersed in both the performance and the movie albeit I think we have yet to see the iconic role with the iconic movie for her (though Birth, To Die For, and Moulin Rouge! each work for me on that level). I think Chastain has always been most vocal about admiring Isabelle Huppert as her favorite actress, even when there have been so many Meryl Streep comparisons thrown at her, because it is about both the actress and the movie. I find it hard for people to tell me they held separate opinions Chastain’s performance and Zero Dark Thirty as a whole because to me they need to both work in sync than just having some rock star performance in a okay movie or a great movie with a non-existent lead.

  28. Bryce Forestieri
    March 3, 2013

    Wow seems like another lame year for the Weinstein Co. I mean unlike last year that 2 of their films made their top 5, and another one made my top 50. I don’t care about any of these titles. Maybe if i read AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY I’m bound to like it? Is it all about women? Any hot men in there?
    Is it

    Meryl Streep(AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY) vs. Jennifer Lawrence(SERENA) for Best Actress? I mean who else is in their way realistically speaking. I hope someone comes out of nowhere honestly otherwise wake me up when it’s over. Is Serena over 300 pages? I might read that I guess.

  29. Bryce Forestieri
    March 3, 2013

    “And back to Meryl, it is true. What is her great film with a great role?”

    SOPHIE’S CHOICE is a fucking great movie overall that is very underrated just because all people talk about is the performance which is pretty goddamn great too don’t get me wrong. So there you go. Plus she’s in THE DEER HUNTER which is another great one but it’s not her show I suppose.

  30. joe
    March 3, 2013

    The weinsteins got alot of movies coming what are they about exactly?

  31. Bryce Forestieri
    March 3, 2013

    “she is for people who want to just see the performance and not the movie”

    Yeah actually I agree. This assessment is accurate about the members her fanatics’ cult.

    Even somebody like Nicole Kidman, who seems like a very polarizing figure to both cinephiles and average moviegoers, gets me to really be immersed in both the performance and the movie albeit I think we have yet to see the iconic role with the iconic movie for her

    Wait what? Can you please name at least three Actresses with the “iconic role with the iconic movie”? Because I’m not sure what you’re talking about. Please don’t mention male actors because that’s too easy. Have you seen DOGVILLE? EYES WIDE SHUT?

  32. Bryce Forestieri
    March 3, 2013

    @KT

    “Now look at a Robert De Niro”

    Please that’s too easy. Please come up with names of American actresses Meryl should have modeled her career after. And please don’t say Katharine Hepburn because her film have been even more forgotten than Meryl’s. Chastain is a good call, but she had her big break year in 2011. Big difference. Analogy invalidated.

    Shit, I’m defending Streep. I better get out of here.

  33. Bryce Forestieri
    March 3, 2013

    “I really enjoy Adaptation, which is fantastic, but it’s not in a class with the above films for the three actors I mentioned”

    LOL Yes it is.

    “And for females, Jodie Foster with Silence of the Lambs and Taxi Driver.”

    2 Titles? THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is way more re-watchable than the overwhelming majority of Jodie Foster movies.

  34. Bryce Forestieri
    March 3, 2013

    **I forgot the quotations marks in my second comment**

    “Even somebody like Nicole Kidman, who seems like a very polarizing figure to both cinephiles and average moviegoers, gets me to really be immersed in both the performance and the movie albeit I think we have yet to see the iconic role with the iconic movie for her”

    Wait what? Can you please name at least three Actresses with the “iconic role with the iconic movie”? Because I’m not sure what you’re talking about. Please don’t mention male actors because that’s too easy. Have you seen DOGVILLE? EYES WIDE SHUT?

  35. Zooey
    March 3, 2013

    How doesn’t Meryl have a really great movie?
    Manhattan? The Deer Hunter?
    Even Adaptation?

    Really when it was DDL you had nothing against him winning a third so soon and now when it’s Meryl most simply hope she wouldn’t win. That’s sexism. Pure and simple. In its worst form. How many masterpieces does DDL have on his resume?

  36. KT
    March 3, 2013

    “LOL Yes it is.”

    No, Adaptation is not at the same level as the movies I mentioned. Maybe it’ll get there though in the future.

    “2 Titles? THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is way more re-watchable than the overwhelming majority of Jodie Foster movies.”

    Well, that’s still two more truly great films than Meryl has, which is what we’ve been getting at. This isn’t about the performer; everyone knows Meryl is in a league of her own. I don’t think Sophie’s Choice has held up well over time; my opinion, yes, but I don’t see it as a work that inspires many viewings, full of the detail and subtext and craftsmanship that can be mined in a great director-driven film. Chastain has that, amazingly—Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty will be talked about for years, though she is new to the scene. The Deer Hunter is the only one I’m coming up with, though I know for many the opening wedding sequence is excruciating. I guess it makes sense when Meryl recently said that it is the film most men remember her for. I have no problem with her winning again. All I’m saying is I have my doubts about August: Osage County based on her recent choices/the roles she looks for, and that I want her to work with a great auteur director.

  37. CMG
    March 3, 2013

    There are actresses with the iconic movie and iconic role, some even have more than one like Hepburn, Davis, Taylor, Stanwyck and even Jane Fonda.

    For somebody considered the greatest ever, where is the central role in a really great, among the pantheon movies? Adaptation and Manhattan are great, but both are supporting roles.

    And BTW, if I was not clear, I love Nicole Kidman. I am just mentioning that she is polarizing despite really fitting an ideal I have for actors.

  38. Marlen
    March 3, 2013

    I’m sorry but: Manhattan, Kramer vs Kramer, The Deer Hunter, Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, Adaptation, The Hours, The Devil wears Prada, are big iconic roles AND movies to me, so I’ll have to disagree with that argument, and I just feel Streep has managed to find very different roles to play especially in recent years, which have made her not only critically acclaimed but also bankable, a pretty smart move for her and I’m especially excited for this role because I think this might be one of her best roles and movies yet, but only time will tell.

  39. JP
    March 3, 2013

    @ KT

    Have you really watched The Deer Hunter? You say De Niro is in it but don’t say a single word about Meryl.

    Do you really think Manhattan, widely considered Woody Allen’s best film, is not a great film?

    As for Sophie’s Choice, her performance there is considered one of the best ever – male of female.

    I’m a huge fan of Jodie Foster but the comparison is ridiculous. Jodie has done 2 great films… and so what? Rotten Tomatoes is not always trustworthy but do you know how many Jodie Foster films since The Silence of the Lambs are above the 80s? Only one – Inside Man, in which she’s not the lead.

    And I think you probably know the fact that Hollywood gives its best roles to man. Do you think Leonardo DiCaprio is a best actor than Meryl Streep? He’s been in Django, Inception, The Departed, The Aviator, Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York, Titanic… has worked with Scorsese, Spielberg, Nolan, Tarantino, Woody Allen, Sam Mendes and James Cameron. Does this make him bigger than Meryl?

  40. CMG
    March 3, 2013

    Not to speak for KT, but DiCaprio has been shamelessly out for an Oscar since Gangs of New York and has never quite stopped on that mission. He does not take enough risk only until this last year working with Luhrmann again along with Tarantino (that was going to get awards notice).

    And I do not want to come off as hating Meryl Streep as there are plenty of movies that I like that she is in but I am the admitted snob who likes the actresses/muses of auteurs (since I much more about directors than actors) with multiple appearances on Criterion (sort of an exaggeration but not by much), so my heart is with Deneuve, Huppert, and Rowlands. I like to see movies where the picture and performance are tied together in terms of high-quality. So here is hoping August: Osage County lives up to the hype and Meryl’s performance does justice to Deanna Dunagan’s original interpretation of Violet.

  41. rufussondheim
    March 3, 2013

    Not sure if it’s been widely seen, but I think Plenty with Streep and directed by Fred Schepisi is a great movie that many people have probably forgotten about.

    And I think A Cry in the Dark is a masterpiece. I think it got a bad rap because people wanted to think Lindy Chamberlain was guilty and Streep played her as if she were innocent. And then along came Seinfeld with “the dingo ate my baby.”

    Well, it turns out the dingo did eat her baby and Chamberlain has been vindicated by science and the courts.

    If you haven’t seen it lately, watch it again, it really is a prescient film about contemporary news coverage of sensationalized events. And it’s also heartbreaking, and it’s Streep’s best performance after Sophie’s Choice.

  42. Diego
    March 3, 2013

    Why has this become a Meryl thread?

  43. KT
    March 3, 2013

    JP: You’ve read my ideas all wrong, as well as the thrust of the conversation between CMG and myself. This isn’t about who is a better actor or comparing careers, I made that very clear when I said “everyone knows Meryl’s in a league of her own.” This is about the films and the type of roles she goes after: All I’m saying is that for all the great performances Meryl has given, the seemingly endless Oscar nominations, it’s hard to find a truly great film. And I have touched on The Deer Hunter…I mentioned that Meryl has said multiple times that men always ask about that movie first. That, for me is telling because the majority of her films in the 80s and 90s are largely forgotten; they are not studied or rewatched, and it’s hard to make an argument that any are classics. You mention Manhattan, but she’s hardly in it….we were talking iconic role + iconic film, together. Foster was cited because it’s undeniable that Taxi Driver and Silence of the Lambs have entered the pantheon, widely considered great American movies. And Jessica Chastain was mentioned since Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty are two films that will be studied for years. That’s what we’re saying, we want Meryl to work with great directors.

    Some points:
    - She has starred in 5 best picture nominees: 1977 (Julia) to 2002 (The Hours)
    - The last time she starred in a Best Picture or Best Director nominee was over 10 years ago; a Best Picture winner was close to 30 years ago
    - The most nominated Streep movies came between 1977 and 1985
    - Look at the scores of Meryl’s movies on Metacritic/Rotten Tomatoes. It’s very telling:
    1. Julia –/74
    2. The Deer Hunter 73/92
    3. Manhattan 82/98 (***highest***)
    2. Kramer vs. Kramer 77/86
    3. Sophie’s Choice 67/81
    4. Silkwood 64/70
    5. Out of Africa –/57(!)
    6. A Cry in the Dark –/92 (very few reviews)
    7. Bridges of Madison County 66/90
    8. The Hours 81/81
    9. Adaptation 83/91
    10. Devil Wears Prada 62/76
    11. Doubt 68/78
    12. Julie and Julia 66/75
    13. Iron Lady 54/53(***lowest***)
    - What we’ve been trying to say is that Meryl often elevates the films she appears in, but tends to value character over story. It’s not that that’s bad, I’d just like to see her work with a visionary director. Where Hepburn, Davis, Stanwyck have those iconic roles, they are also in very very highly regarded films.

  44. KT
    March 3, 2013

    Forgot to mention–that’s a good point about DiCaprio and the roles. Maybe a lot of those directors have no interest in working with Meryl?? Part of the reason I brought this up was I was hoping someone might pipe in if they ever read something about her reputation, if she’s difficult to work with for a director who likes total control over production and performances. I also think DiCaprio has been hunting for Oscar-type roles, especially following The Aviator, in an attempt to prove himself as a serious actor and shed his teen idol image….maybe a good analogy to some of his roles is the directors that deliberately seek certain projects out to gain recognition. Oh, wait—some of the movies DiCaprio has been in fit that bill…usually those come up short in both respects of the Oscars and the actual quality of the film.

  45. Zooey
    March 4, 2013

    Name the great movies Hepburn has been. She hasn’t been in that many great films, not to mention that of her four Oscars three are for movies I consider really mediocre. On Golden Pond? Morning Glory? And of course Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner! Politically correct schmaltz.

    Streep has been in Manhattan, The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice (AFI Top 100 and maybe it’s for her performance alone, but it is there and while it doesn’t prove it’s a great movie, it proves it’s held in high esteem), Silkwood, A Cry in the Dark, The Bridges of Madison County (by the way considered the TOP film of the 90′s by a very prestigious film magazine – Cahiers du Cinema).

  46. Tero Heikkinen
    March 4, 2013

    Diego, every thread about A:OC or Meryl’s possible competetors in BA category are bound to become “Meryl threads”. That’s the world we live in. I like that bit actually, because Meryl is worth talking about.

    How about voice work? She worked with Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg in 2000+.

    I rewatched The River Wild yesterday after almost a decade. A pretty basic action thriller (screenplay not its strongest suit) where good direction is visible, but where the acting talent is really shining. Meryl is absolutely amazing in it (and no, she was not nominated – not every time :))

  47. Tero Heikkinen
    March 4, 2013

    Then, what is Rufus saying about this?

    From Simplystreep.com

    “Back in October, there were news about a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” with Meryl in talks to play the Witch. Now, according to Broadway World, the casting seems to be announced. In a new interview with the Litchfield County Times with arranger David Krane confirms, telling the paper that: “I am coming into an exciting time,” said Mr. Krane in a telephone interview from New York City. “My show, “The Road to Qatar,’ is being presented in London next month and then I am doing a revival of an old show, ‘Good News’ at the Goodspeed Opera House. And then the biggest news-they are doing a movie of the musical ‘Into the Woods.’ 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 when we did ‘Happy End.’ For one, a new project would make sense since “August: Osage County” is wrapped, but as always I’d consider a project official once the film studio makes an announcement or Meryl mentions it in an interview. The same can be said about recent news of Tommy Lee Jones’ next film “The Horseman”, which has been announced some time back as a vehicle for Meryl – so far, there hasn’t been an official confirmation. Let’s see what happens…”

    Meryl can do good box office for a musical, we already know this.

  48. Sonja
    March 4, 2013

    Why did this become a Meryl thread?
    Because she rules us all, in a good or bad way, but she just rules.
    No, it’s simply amusing how her filmography is discussed over and over again, with nothing really changing, but in the end most of us agree she won’t be remembered because of her films but her performances in them.
    All of her awards are for best actress, not best actress in a film everyone will remember.

    Hopefully A:OC will turn out into a memorable film, though there’s a guarentee at least Meryl’s performance will be remembered.

  49. Sato
    March 4, 2013

    Comment

  50. Sato
    March 4, 2013

    August: Osage County and Grace of Monaco for me… And I hope both Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman battle it out for Best Actress… Still, too early to hope for something…

  51. rufussondheim
    March 4, 2013

    Ooh, the news about Into the Woods is wonderful!

    But I’ve seen the show so many times with the original cast, it’s hard to see anyone else in those roles.

    It’s streamable on Netflix, by the way, and it’s very very good.

  52. rufussondheim
    March 4, 2013

    Oh, and I can’t even speculate on whether Into the Woods will make a great movie, or how much appeal it will have beyond the theatrical crowd.

    The show is divided up into two acts. Act 1 is very much a “kids” show. It takes all of these fairy tales and throws in a new one and it’s a complex stew that’s fun and original and at times quite funny. And it’s definitely aimed at more of a family audience. In fact, it’s often performed for kids and called “Into the Woods, Jr.”

    Then comes the second act, which shows what happens after happily ever after. And in it main characters die and disappoint. While there’s nothing in it that’s explicitly adult, it’s definitely not aimed at kids (two characters even commit adultery!)

    The resulting film will probably be rated PG-13. Not for language, but for adult themes and mild violence. It will be a tough film to market, and if it’s to make money it will have to have a big cast and get awards attention.

  53. CMG
    March 4, 2013

    Into the Woods needs a good director, which Rob Marshall, who has been attached to it forever, is not. I think if you gave that to Alfonso Cuaron or even a Sam Mendes (who knows the difference between stage and movie direction) you might have something there.

    Also, since Amy Adams was the Baker’s Wife this summer at Shakespeare in the Park, I am certain she was aiming for the movie role.

    I think it could work. Sweeney Todd was an R-rating and did great business, albeit with an A-lister and auteur with a rabid fan base (though the end result was an effective if surprisingly humorless movie).

  54. Bill_the_Bear
    March 4, 2013

    Getting back to Weinstein upcoming releases…the two French films they’re releasing in the summer have both already opened here in Montréal.

    “Populaire” is the better of the two…an interesting cross of a rom-com and a sports film, with the sport being speed typing. Set in the late Fifties, it’s gorgeous to look at (and it’s a bit strange to see Bérénice Béjo in colour)and kind of fun, but the film is a bit lightweight.

    “Haute Cuisine” (original French title “Les Saveurs du Palais”) is a trifle, based on a true story of a country woman who became the personal chef to the French President. Catherine Frot, in lead, is good (she usually is), but the film itself is a bit underdone. Neither of these is going to become any sort of hit in the way that “Les Intouchables” did last summer.

    Oh, for CMG in entry #1…that Mandela film did have a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it release in Canada last year. I blinked and missed it.

  55. KT
    March 4, 2013

    Zoey: Check this site out and compare Meryl’s filmography (the number of starred and highlighted films—just 1, The Deer Hunter) with those of the other actresses listed in the top 50, especially the most notable. You’ll get the point.

    http://www.filmsite.org/100greatfilmstars10.html

  56. Markup
    March 5, 2013

    Is Streep going supporting for August Osage County as being predicted by several pundits?

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