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Casting Net: Meryl Streep in talks to join 'The Giver,' set to reunite with Robert De Niro; Plus more

You know filmmakers mean business when they cast two Oscar winners to star in their adaptation of a best-seller. Meryl Streep is set to star as Hildy Good, the main character of Ann Leary’s The Good House. Hildy is a grandmother, a real-estate broker, and an alcoholic. The book is set a year after her family tried to intervene, when Hildy starts to immerse herself in the sordid secrets of her Massachusetts town as she befriends, and then tries to protect, a younger transplant named Rebecca, who has yet to be cast. Robert De Niro, who starred with Streep in The Deer Hunter, Falling in Love, and Marvin’s Room, will play Frank, a fellow resident of the town who Hildy reconnects with. Michael Cunningham (The Hours) is writing the adaptation, and there is currently no director attached. [Deadline]

• Streep is also in talks to join Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of The Giver, where she’d play the part of the Chief Elder. Bridges plays The Giver and relative unknown Brenton Thwaites will play Jonas in the big screen take on Lois Lowry’s new classic. Production is expected to begin in South Africa in two months, with Phil Noyce directing. [Deadline]

• In more Giver news, Alexander Skarsgård (The East) and Cameron Monaghan (Click) may be joining the cast as well, as Jonas’ father and best friend, respectively. [The Wrap]
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Two princes kneel before you: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine in talks to join 'Into the Woods'

The latest stars to be subjected to “yes, but can they sing?” scrutiny: Heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, potentially. EW has confirmed that Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairy tales. Deadline writes that Pine, too, is in talks for the film, though his rep would not confirm the news.

The actors are up for the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. There’s no word yet on which would be playing which. (Cinderella’s Prince is the bigger part, though.)

If their deals go through, Gyllenhaal and Pine will join a cast that already includes Meryl Streep (The Witch), Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden (The Baker), and Johnny Depp (The Wolf, a role traditionally played by the same actor as Cinderella’s Prince in stage productions). A screenplay reading last October featured actors including Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) and Allison Janney (Jack’s Mother), though there’s no word yet on whether any of those actors will be cast in the film.

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'August: Osage County' trailer: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and more! -- VIDEO

August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angle with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).

As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. Roberts is weary. Streep, with a frizz of black hair, has the juiciest role in the play. Edward Sharpe plays in the background.

Is it foolish to admit I’m most excited for Juliette Lewis?

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Casting Net: Johnny Depp might go 'Into the Woods' with Meryl Streep, more

• Johnny Depp is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 musical that borrows characters from classic Grimm fairy tales while following a baker and his wife as they venture into the woods to find the witch who put a spell on them. Meryl Streep will reportedly play the evil witch, a character originated on Broadway by Bernadette Peters, and Depp would play the baker. Rob Marshall (Chicago) is set to direct the project, and held a script reading in October 2012 with Anna Kendrick reading the role of Cinderella, Patrick Wilson as her Prince, and Megan Hilty as Lucinda, among others. But don’t get too excited — participating in a script reading doesn’t necessarily mean any of them are up for the roles. [Variety]

• Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is going back to his indie roots. He’s currently in talks to secure the financing that would allow him to write, direct and star in Chef, a comedy about a chef in Los Angeles. Favreau became known for writing and starring in 1996′s Swingers, but in the 2000s he transitioned into directing (and sometimes acting in) big budget productions such as Elf, Iron Man and its sequel, and Cowboys & Aliens. [Variety]

Key and Peele favorite Keegan Michael Key might be joining Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans, Jr. (Happy Endings) in the comedy Let’s Be Cops. Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door), will direct the film, which he also wrote, about two guys who decide it’ll be fun to impersonate police officers. [The Wrap]

• Would you want to relive the worst day of your life? Well, for some reason the lead character in Unmasked does, and he joins a dangerous club in order to do so. That part has yet to be cast, but Christina Ricci (Speed Racer) is in talks to join the independent feature from first time writer Peter Scott Vicaire. It will be directed by Geoffrey Sax (White Noise). Ricci can be heard in the upcoming Smurfs 2 (out July 31) where she voices the part of Vexy. [THR]

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Meryl Streep: 'Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer'

One of the tricky bargains that actors have to make when they choose to play a living person in a film, is that they’ll be forever inextricably linked to that figure. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film The Iron Lady, and on news of her passing issued a heartfelt statement expressing her complicated admiration for the former Prime Minister.

Streep did not shy away from the fact that Thatcher was a divisive figure, noting her controversial policies. But the legendary actress also was unafraid to praise Thatcher’s “grit” and her important place in history. Streep wrote: “To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.”

Read the statement in full below.

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Meryl Streep wants you to stop and smell the roses with mesmerizing 'Wings of Life' doc -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Spring is in the air, and Meryl Streep would like to tell you about the birds and the bees.

The three-time Oscar winner narrates Wings of Life, an eye-popping, hi-def nature documentary from Disney that zooms in to examine the pollination partnerships between flowers and the butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and bats that make our quality of life possible.

It’s the perfect project for Streep, especially when you hear the Adaptation star wax poetic about an ingenious orchid. She gives voice to the planet’s flowers, to whom “beauty is our strategy” to invite animals and insects for a transaction that perpetuates both species.

Using amazing high-speed camera equipment that can shoot up to 1,500 frames per second, Wings of Life will open your eyes to the majestic beauty and mystery of nature, both exotic and familiar. In an exclusive clip from the documentary, which becomes available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand on April 16 — just in time for Earth Day — a hummingbird’s task is visually deciphered into a divine aerial ballet. Watch the clip — followed by the trailer — below. READ FULL STORY

Oscar honcho on First Lady, Meryl Streep's blunder, and song for the losers

How did the producers manage to keep the First Lady’s involvement in the ceremony a secret? Why didn’t Meryl Streep open the envelope for best actor? Did Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth actually know the identity of the losers before they wrote that snarky ode to them? We asked Director Don Mischer to answer some of our burning questions about Sunday’s telecast of the Academy Awards.

When did they book Michelle Obama to reveal the Best Picture winner? “That happened about two weeks ago and we kept it all a secret,” Mischer told EW. “There were just a few of us who knew. We had a code name for it… Operation Florence. Nobody on our crew knew until Sunday afternoon before we went on the air.” READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer to present at the Oscars

No surprise here, but now it’s official. Last year’s acting winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer will present at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” said Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.

This isn’t the only bit of presenter news lately: Earlier, Mark Wahlberg confirmed he would be presenting alongside the animated bear, Ted.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, air Feb. 24.

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Golden Globes: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and more to present

George Clooney and Meryl Streep will be among the presenters at Sunday night’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.

In addition, the presenters include: Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Wiig, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell. Smash‘s Debra Messing is also reportedly set to take the stage as well, according to a tweet from the Today show.

Lincoln leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, while Django Unchained scored five noms. On the TV front, Showtime’s Homeland and the HBO movie Game Change topped the nominees, though there were plenty of surprises, including a Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical nod for Smash.

Hosted by comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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'Hope Springs' Blu-ray: Tommy Lee Jones and his corgi fantasy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are both Ivy Leaguers who broke into Hollywood in the 1970s and went on to become Academy Award winners, but somehow they never managed to truly work together. Yes, they both co-starred in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion in 2006, but they never shared a scene, making Hope Springs, that summer movie that your mom and her book club raved about, extremely special. The duo play an aging married couple who have allowed the sizzle to go out from their marriage, and Steve Carell is the marriage specialist tasked with getting them back in the groove. The Blu-ray and DVD are released today, and EW has an exclusive clip from the DVD Gag Reel. Two reasons why this gag reel is superior to 99 percent of gag reels: Tommy Lee Jones and corgis. READ FULL STORY

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