News Nuggets: Watch brand new trailers for Oscar contenders ‘Into the Woods’ (Meryl Streep) and ‘Birdman’ (Michael Keaton)

Disney unveils its first trailer for Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of the Broadway musical “Into the Woods.” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine weave together several well-known fairy tales and explore the after of “happily ever after.” The film will be released in the U.S. on Christmas Day and stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Meryl Streep. Thompson on Hollywood.


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Will the upcoming film “Birdman” finally be Michael Keaton‘s ticket to a first Oscar nomination? The first full-length trailer of the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu movie is now online in advance of its Venice Film Festival debut next month. It will also be the closing night feature of trhe New York Film Festival. It opens nationwide on October 17 and also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Huffington Post.

Oscar-winning makeup artist Dick Smith dies at age 92. The legendary “Godfather of Makeup” earned an Academy Award for his work on “Amadeus” (1984) and an Emmy for “Mark Twain Tonight!” (1967). His career also included the films “The Godfather,” “The Exorcist,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Little Big Man,” and “Death Becomes Her.” He received an honorary Oscar in 2012 as well. Variety.

Casting director Marion Dougherty will be posthumously honored with a Governors Award from the TV Academy. It will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony on August 16. She was instrumental in casting Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton for “All in the Family” and in the casting of many other programs and films. In other news, juried awards will be presented to variety costume winners “Saturday Night Live” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Ten award winners have been chosen for the individual achievement in animation category. Deadline.

 Actress Jessica Lange is slated to receive the 2014 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. She will accept the award on November 16 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She is a two-time Oscar winner (“Tootsie,” “Blue Sky”) and two-time Emmy winner (“Grey Gardens,” “American Horror Story”). She will be seen in the upcoming film “The Gambler” with Mark Wahlberg. The Wrap.

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Dennis Moore profiles rising young star Chadwick Boseman, who has the daunting task of portraying music legend James Brown. The Tate Taylor film “Get On Up” opens this Friday nationwide and also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, and Dan Aykroyd. Taylor compares the grueling transformation to Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull.” USA Today.

The eighth season of “The Big Bang Theory” is on hold as the show’s five original stars are negotiating for new salaries. Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are asking to triple their current paychecks for the popular CBS show. The first table read for the new season was scheduled for this Wednesday. It is unclear who long production might be delayed. Grantland.

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