The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Meryl Streep is in a sexy new movie, Chloë Sevigny gets scary, and The Avengers is already a hit.
Here is a trailer for the upcoming comedy Hope Springs about an older married couple, played by Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, who are trying to get the spark — wink wink, nudge nudge — back in their marriage. (No, unfortunately, it is not a remake of this.) So they go up to some sort of crazy sex camp or something and just figure the f-cking the f-ck out. Or, actually, they go to a therapist played by Steve Carell and hilarious awkward situations ensue, including three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep sitting on the toilet reading Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man and contemplating putting a banana... somewhere. Nothing wrong with that, of course, it's just a little surprising. Which is of of course the point. The most surprising thing in this trailer, though, is that Elisabeth Shue, yes the Elisabeth Shue, appears in the movie and gets to do at least one scene with Meryl Streep. So, all is not lost in that particular true Hollywood story. Anyway, this looks pretty good? It's directed by The Devil Wears Prada's David Frankel and seems to be easy and glossy like many a summertime comedy. (Streep's latest box office specialty.) Can't wait to see Tommy and Meryl's big O. Well, hm, that sounds a little... prurient or something, doesn't it. How about... Looking forward to this comedy movie. That's better.
Marvel's big superhero party The Avengers — everyone's invited! No, not you, Green Lantern, never you — doesn't open in the States until next Friday, but it's debuted in several markets overseas and it is already kickin' butt and taking names. It's only been out for a day and it's already taken in $17 million, which is pretty freakin' good for overseas. So, we all knew this movie would be a big fat hit, but could it be a really big fat hit? Seems likely. It's a bunch of hit movies all squished into one enormous ball of a mega-movie. Who doesn't want a mega-movie? Everyone wants that. If this movie does extraordinarily well, look for some sort of Superman/Batman mashup from DC Comics. No, not with you, Green Lantern. What did we just say? [Deadline]