TV Review: Big Little Lies (Sky Atlantic) – Season Two

Created by David E. Kelley and based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, Big Little Lies tells the tale of five mothers (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz) in a seaside town in California whose seemingly perfect lives unravel after they become involved in a murder case investigation. Looking at how their emotionally troubling issues can affect a community, including their husbands, wives, children, and school teachers, this series sees Meryl Streep join the cast as the mothers must deal with the consequences of their lie.

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Film Review: Into The Woods

Directed by Rob Marshall and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and Stephen Sondheim‘s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, Into The Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales. A witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt) with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree, intertwining the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy).

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New Poster For Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Arrives

(Written for Filmoria)

This week we have a brand new poster for Rob Marshall’s highly anticipated upcoming family musical, Into The Woods. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, the new poster sees a sinister Meryl Streep creeping out from the darkness, luring audiences in to find out exactly what her story is.

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical play by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, with Lapine also penning the screenplay and Sondheim providing the music and lyrics for the film, Into The Woods is a humorous and heartfelt musical that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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DVD Review: August – Osage County

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August: Osage County, directed by John Wells and based on scribe Tracy Letts‘ own Pulitzer Prize-winning play, looks at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. With an ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, the drama follows this family as they are brought back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, after their father has gone missing and their dysfunctional mother is struggling to cope, suffering from oral cancer and an addiction to narcotics.

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Brits At The Box Office: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor & More!

(Weekly feature written for BritScene)

From thrillers to vampires to an adaptation of Shakespeare, we have some great films set to be released over the next week which include some brilliant British actors. With Kate Beckinsale making it to the top of the box office from last week in Contraband, we see her turn to a much darker world in a new release with Underworld: Awekening, whilst there’s a bloody battle ongoing between Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in Coriolanus and an action-packed Haywire starring Ewan McGregor and Micheal Fassbender as well.

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New Trailer, Featurette and Poster for ‘The Iron Lady’

(Written for BritScene)

The Iron Lady, an upcoming biographical film starring Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has a new poster, featurette and trailer this week, offering us some new footage as well as some behind-the-scenes commentary.

The film looks at the life of Thatcher, and the price that is paid for power, as the Prime Minister in London in the 1980′s. It shows how she came from nowhere, smashing through the barriers of gender and class to make her voice heard in a male dominated world. Beginning in 2008, with an elderly Thatcher preparing breakfast for her husband Denis, the film will be narrated through a series of flashbacks, including the 17 days leading up to the Falklands War in 1982.

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First Full Length Trailer for ‘The Iron Lady’ Starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

(Written for BritScene)

The Iron Lady, a biographical film with Meryl Streep starring as former and controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has this week been given an official trailer.

The film looks at the life of Thatcher, and the price that is paid for power, as the Prime Minister in London in the 1980’s, who came from nowhere, smashing through the barriers of gender and class, to make her voice heard in a male dominated world. Beginning in 2008, with an elderly Thatcher preparing breakfast for her husband Denis, the film will be narrated through a series of flashbacks, including the 17 days leading up to the Falklands War in 1982.

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Film Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Directed by Wes Anderson and based on Roald Dahl‘s children’s novel, an urban fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his wife (Meryl Streep) who live in an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But Mr. Fox can’t resist returning to his farm-raiding ways and must help his animal community survive when the farmers – Boggis (Robin Hurlstone), Bunce (Hugo Guinness) and Bean (Michael Gambon) – are forced to retaliate.

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