Yet another police procedural from the network that already offers 50 or 60 of them each week. Sure, this one has most of the usual elements: an angry police chief who always seems to be on the verge of a cardiac festival, two edgy, mismatched partners, and lots of running in slow motion. But this one is different. Starring Matt Smith, who just finished paying Prince Phillip on the first three seasons of The Crown, and James Corden, in the role of a lifetime, Lizzie & The Duke is like no other cop show you’ve ever seen.
Just a teaser, unfortunately.
Obsessed much? Yeah, I’ll admit it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about the release of a film. Into the Woods has always been one of my two favourite Sondheim musicals. (Sweeney Todd, obviously.)
Opens on Christmas, but I’ll wait to see it until after the first of the year.
Disney Studios hosted a bi-coastal sneak preview of Into the Woods last night, with simultaneously screenings in New York and at Disney Studios in Burbank. Reviews of the film are embargoed until mid-December, but Pete Hammond has posted a long, detail-rich article titled “Into The Woods” Sings Its Way Straight Into The Oscar Race at Deadline Hollywood. There was a post-screening Q&A featuring director Rob Marshall, screenwriter James Lapine, and cast members Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Tracy Ullman, Chris Pine, and James Corden.
It’s v much worth reading!
Hammond mentions the aborted Penny Marshall plan to film Into the Woods back in the 90s. Looking at the cast list, I stand by the comment I posted last year: