Meryl Streep Casts a Spell: Into the Woods

December 9, 2014 9:24 PM

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Missing from Monday's lunch at The Leopard, Meryl Streep, wicked as an ugly witch in Rob Marshall's movie adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, was on a train returning to the city from the Kennedy Center Honors. No matter. James Corden, who plays The Baker in the film's intertwining fairy tales, spontaneously fielded questions in her behalf, reminding everyone of her witch preparation as Margaret Thatcher. This was a golden moment, proof in fact, that the British actor will be perfect as Late Late Show host on CBS, filling Craig Ferguson's shoes when he retires. "They've made a big mistake," Corden quipped, nailing British self-deprecation. "They've been trying for years to keep people like me off television."

Emily Blunt, who plays The Baker's wife, and Anna Kendrick as the play's indecisive Cinderella also attended the luncheon, as did James Lapine who collaborated with Sondheim on the musical and wrote the screenplay, dining with Susan Lucci, Celia Weston, and many others on a freezing cold day. Blunt,...

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