International Teaser: Meryl Streep is The Iron Lady

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Poster/Trailer: Mia Wasikowska in Gus Van Sant’s Restless
IMP Awards has the poster. Yahoo has the trailer.

Mark Wahlberg and Jonah Hill to fill buddy/mercenary comedy gap in Good Time Gang
(LA Times)

Here there be dwarves
Dori, Nori and Ori from The Hobbit to be exact (EW)

Grey Gardens director Michael Sucsy to adapt Rosaline
Rebecca Serle’s debut novel tells the story of Romeo and Juliet from the POV of Romeo’s ex-girlfriend. Apparently the studio resisted the urge to update the story to a modern high school setting and it will take place in 16th century Verona as did the play. (Variety)

Melissa McCarthy joins Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off
As an occasionally fractious but ultimately loving and committed married couple, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann were the best part of the slightly overrated (in retrospect) Knocked Up and they reprise those roles in this still untitled spin-off. Bridesmaids highlight McCarthy will play the (no doubt goofy) parent of one of the Rudd/Mann-spawn’s classmates. The classmate will be played by Ryan Lee, the little bucktoothed arsonist from Super 8. (THR)

Modern Family’s “Luke” joins The To Do List
Nolan Gould is pretty hilarious in his TV gig so maybe he can make up for the comedy black hole that is Andy Samberg. Bill Hader and Aubrey Plaza co-star while the addition of Clark Gregg and Rachel Bilson was announced a couple of days ago. (THR)

Limitless director Neil Burger in negotiations for Uncharted gig
This is Sony’s adventure video game adaptation that at one point had David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg going for it. Russell dropped out and no one knows if Wahlberg is still involved. (Variety)

Machine Gun Preacher with Gerard Butler set for 9/23
The film’s original distributor Lionsgate said their 2011 schedule was too crowded to satisfy director Marc Forster’s wish to have his film released this year so they handed it over to Relativity. In a ripped from the headlines true story, Butler plays a former drug dealer turned crusader for children who have fled the brutality of a religiously motivated Ugandan army terrorizing parts of Africa. Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone, Source Code), Kathy Baker (TV’s Picket Fences, Edward Scissorhands), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Shotgun Stories) and Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo) co-star. (Deadline)

(above) International Teaser: Meryl Streep is The Iron Lady
I love Meryl Streep best when she’s playing a fictional character cut from whole cloth, but I thought she did a nice job even as Julia Child. This time as Margaret Thatcher? I’m not so sure. I think it’s the way the teaser is cut with her reveal as kind of a money shot that’s built up to at the end. It’s hard to tell from this little snippet (which probably isn’t even in the movie) whether Thatcher is a fleshed out human being or just a caricature in a Saturday Night Live sketch. Yes, she gets a lot of Thatcher’s facial and vocal quirks, but there’s no way to know if the performance goes deeper than that and it needs to if the movie is going to be any good. Having said that, I’m going to go ahead and give Streep the benefit of a doubt. The Iron Lady opens in the US on September 16. (EW)

7 Responses to “News du Jour: 7/7/11”

  1. Prediction: the first part of that trailer is going to become a YouTube meme, ala Downfall, with different characters revealed at the end.

    As for Streep, I don’t know. Seemed odd to me, but then I’m a 38-year-old who barely remembers Thatcher’s voice and mannerisms, so what do I know.

  2. Felt odd to me too. More comedy sketch than performance.

    I think you need to get on your Mac and edit together the first meme salvo.

  3. Thatcher had a distinctive delivery and style, sort of like someone trying really hard to maintain their cool after smelling a horrific fart, and she had that look all the time. But she could also be funny and she deadpans quite well. Looking forward to seeing Streep pull this off.

  4. I hope she does, Joel. I’m not a fan of Thatcher’s politics, but she’s an interesting character nevertheless.

  5. Am I the only person on the planet who actively dislikes Knocked Up? When I read they were doing a spin-off I think I sprained a muscle rolling my eyes.

  6. Okay… What the hell is up with the “Moon” music in the Thatcher trailer? As soon as I hear that Clint Mansell, I can’t think of anything other than Sam Rockwell and Sam Rockwell driving lunar buggies.

    Seriously, the only music they should’ve been using for any trailer like this– “Peg”.

    Jenny– I hate Judd Apatow movies, plain and simple. You’re not alone.

  7. The classmate will be played by Ryan Lee, the little bucktoothed arsonist from Super 8.

    Haha, nice character description.

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