Meryl Streep takes part in new music video of Paul McCartney’s, Queenie Eye (2013)

I’m told: “There were a whole host of celebrities taking part. It was a really mixed bunch. Meryl Streep and Gary Barlow were in the studio, and there was an audience on set. But the big talking point was Kate and Johnny.

Johnny Depp and Kate Moss were confirmed to be joining as well. [Article] Jude Law and Chris Pine are also in!

Also first video from on set. We get a glimpse of Meryl at the very beginning as well.


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Into the Woods wraps on first week of shooting; Odeya Rush joins cast of The Giver

Filming on the first week of shooting for Rob Marshall’s eagerly awaited stage-to-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s celebrated fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp is now complete and the soundtrack is already nearing completion according to Tweets by cast-members shared this week.

James Corden, who stars as the Baker, wrote earlier today, “First week shooting Into The Woods done! Tired but loving it.

Earlier this month, Corden posted a shot from the recording studio of a microphone and sheet music, commenting, “This is my view. Into The Woods without delay!”

Check out the original Tweet and follow Corden on Twitter here.

Broadway favorite Tammy Blanchard, who plays one of Cinderella’s step-sisters in the film, Florinda, also commented on the recording process, taking to her Twitter account at the beginning of this month to write, “Sooo excited to record tomorrow. We start filming so soon! Loving every moment here in London. #ITW.”

Follow Tammy Blanchard on Twitter here.

Daniel Huttlestone, who plays Jack, commented on the recording process and posted a photo to his Facebook account, as BroadwayWorld originally reproted here, and also posted a new picture to his account yesterday with the caption, “First day of shooting today !! Aaaahhh ! So excited !”

Follow Daniel Huttlestone on Facebook here.

Additionally, ensemble cast member Michelle Grant took to her Twitter account to write, “Costume fitting @sheppertonstudios – ‘Into The Woods’ Movie #intothewoods” while posting a picture of the famous studio where the film is being shot.

Check out Michelle Grant’s original Tweet here.

The confirmed complete cast for INTO THE WOODS is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella,Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother, with Sophia Grace Brownlee as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack.

View the photos of Corden, Huttlestone and more in the recording studio and onset of INTO THE WOODS below.

Filming Wraps On Week 1 Of INTO THE WOODS! Stars Tweet From Recording Studio & SetFilming Wraps On Week 1 Of INTO THE WOODS! Stars Tweet From Recording Studio & Set

Filming Wraps On Week 1 Of INTO THE WOODS! Stars Tweet From Recording Studio & Set


The Weinstein Co.’s lit adaptation The Giver has added 16-year-old Odeya Rush to its cast. The actress, seen in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, joins Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Brenton Thwaites in the dystopian tale adapted from Lois Lowry’s novel about Jonas (Thwaites), a young man who is chosen to receive memories of life before emotion was wiped from society. Israel-born Rush will play Fiona, the best friend and love interest to Jonas. She is repped by Gersh, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Rick Genow.


Sophia Grace is little red riding hood in ‘Into the Woods’?!

According to a new post on Twitter, it appears as though the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s celebrated fairy tale-themed musical INTO THE WOODS has found its Little Red Riding Hood – none other than internet sensation Sophia Grace.

Lucas Brownlee, Sophia Grace (Brownlee)’s uncle, writes, “Its official, @PrincessSGB (Sophia Grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood,”

He also writes, “Alongside jonny depp, james corden, chris pine and meryl streep amongst others, out on boxing day 2014,”

Check out Lucas Brownlee’s original Tweet here.

Grace now joins an impossibly impressive array of talent in the film from CHICAGO director Rob Marshall, all officially confirmed in this very column on BroadwayWorld last month – among them, Meryl Streep andJohnny Depp and many more.

Of note, no official confirmation has yet been given as to what actor will essay the role of Jack, though young LES MISERABLES lead Daniel Huttlestone is rumored as the front-runner.

Leading INTO THE WOODS will be acclaimed stage and screen superstar Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf,Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella’s Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda,Christine Baranski as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack’s Mother.

INTO THE WOODS is directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by original bookwriter James Lapine and is set to premiere in December 2014.

Sondheim’s score for INTO THE WOODS features such cherished gems as “Children Will Listen”, “No One Is Alone” and many more. Sondheim and I discussed the previous attempts at a feature film adaptation of INTO THE WOODS in both of our InDepth InterViews, as well as the themes and specific songs of the musical itself.

A portion of our second InDepth InterView pertaining to INTO THE WOODS follows:

“PC: So many songs in this book seem to deal with the idea of family and parents – “Children Will Listen” from INTO THE WOODS being the foremost example.

SS: That’s the whole idea – that’s the whole show; fairy tales are about the relationship between parents and children. If you look at all the fairy tales, they are all about that – Cinderella; Jack and the Beanstalk; they are all about it – because that’s the way fairy tales were told. You know, they weren’t written down – they were told from generation to generation and, usually, matriarchal. So, often, it’s from the woman’s point of view – because in many of the fairy tales, if not most of them, the fathers are missing and the mothers are left. So, that all has to do with the tradition of fairy tales. The Grimm Brothers just collected a lot of them – as all the other fairy tale collectors did – but, they were all from an oral tradition. So, that’s what accounts for the fact that most of them deal with parents and children.”

Check out the world premiere exclusive INTO THE WOODS film confirmed casting article here.

Full article – BroadwayWorld


Ben Affleck, Meryl Streep, and others spend Saturday at Oscars rehearsals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some dressed down in jeans and hoodies. Others looked camera-ready in suits or chic dresses and spiky stilettos.

But all of the stars who rehearsed Saturday for the 85th Academy Awards seemed excited about being a part of the big show.

They paraded through the Dolby Theatre in 15-minute increments: Meryl Streep. Ben Affleck. Reese Witherspoon. Richard Gere. Jennifer Aniston. John Travolta. Nicole Kidman. Jack Nicholson. And dozens more.

Each practiced their lines in front of an audience of show workers and awarded prop Oscars to rehearsal actors. They also scanned the theater from the stage, searching for their show-night seats.

“Oh, wow. That’s a very dramatic picture of me,” best-actress nominee Jessica Chastain said after spotting her seat-saving placard. “I’m looking at everyone’s headshots. It’s kind of incredible.”

Affleck confessed his excitement from the stage as he looked out at all the famous faces expected Sunday.

“This is like the most memorable aspect of the Oscars,” the “Argo” director said. “You see all these place cards (at rehearsal), then you come back and they’re all here!”

Affleck also chatted backstage with the college students who won a contest to serve as trophy carriers during the ceremony.

“I love that,” he said. “It’s super cool.”

Travolta also took time with the students.

“I was there when that idea was born and I said it was the best idea they could possibly come up with,” he told the aspiring filmmakers backstage. “And here you are!”

Travolta plans to bring his 13-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, to the ceremony.

Kidman made rehearsals a family affair. Husband Keith Urban and their eldest daughter, Sunday, watched from the audience as Kidman ran through her lines.

She looked impeccable in a wine-colored dress and tall, metallic shoes, but other stars were decidedly more casual. Kristen Stewart arrived in jeans, sneakers and a backward ballcap. (She also limped on an injured right foot.) Renee Zellweger also opted for comfort in jeans and running shoes.

The cast of “Chicago,” including Gere, Zellweger, Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones, injected their rehearsal with silliness. Latifah purposely over-enunciated her lines, and when a pair of rehearsal actors claimed an Oscar onstage and gave an acceptance speech, Zeta-Jones started to play them off with an imaginary violin.

“Get outta here!” Gere said with a smile.

Octavia Spencer, who won the supporting actress Oscar last year for her performance in “The Help,” also had a little fun.

“I’m going to do a soft-shoe,” she said, shuffling off stage.

Streep and Jane Fonda were each wowed by the set design. Fonda snapped a photo of it with her iPhone, and Streep marveled at how far the walk to the microphone was.

“All the way to here?!” she asked. “Oh my God.”

Halle Berry literally stumbled during her first rehearsal, her pointy heel catching on part of the stage. She insisted on trying again.

“Woo hoo,” she said. “Made it.”