Two final items, and then no more Into the Woods postings until after the holidays. The movie’s release is only a few days away, so it’s time for me to start obsessing about something else. I hear there’s a show called Better Call Saulthat I might be interested in catching….
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:
“Writer, director, editor, public speaker, occasional actor” Adam Goldman has had a brilliant idea. He’s re-cut the movie Julie & Julia to eliminate the “Julie” parts, leaving only the Julia Child scenes. The result is an hour-long video called & Julia.
Julia Child herself disliked Julie Powell’s blog and subsequent book. In both the film and in real life, Julia is a far more interesting character that Julie. In the movie, Amy Adams gives a solid performance as the somewhat unlikable Julie, but it’s Meryl Streep’s Julia that soars.
First picture of Meryl Streep in the upcoming film version of Into the Woods. It’s set for a Christmas 2014 release.
Meryl Streep as the Witch in Into the Woods. Photograph: Peter Mountain/UNIT
Into the Woods is one of my two favorite Sondheim musicals. (Duh. Sweeney Todd, of course.) I first saw it at Kennedy Center during its post-Broadway tour, with Bernadette Peters as the witch.
Years later, I saw a student production at George Washington University, and I don’t know how it happened, but I felt magic that night. It was like going to the theater for the first time, when I was a little kid. The costumes, the lighting, the music, the flood of sensation…. The actors weren’t people on a stage, they were something larger, something more real than everyday life. It transcended.
I hope the movie can retain some of the sensibility of the musical. I was never able to make it through more than half an hour of the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version of SweeneyTodd, and I see Depp is playing the wolf in this one. The rest of the cast looks excellent.