The franchise is making an unexpected return.
Universal are officially moving ahead with a sequel to 2008 smash hit movie 'Mamma Mia', with screenwriter Ol Parker ('The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel') on board to helm the new flick, serving as both writer and director. Dating the flick - which they're calling 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' - Universal revealed it is currently set to hit cinemas on July 20, 2018.
Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried were among the leading cast for the original flick
The follow-up is allegedly something that's been up for discussion for years now at Universal, with the studio bouncing around a variety of ideas as to how they could continue on with the franchise. Now sources claim that there will be a focus on Meryl Streep's character Donna, with Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan returning as her love interests in a story that takes place years before the original.
Continue reading: 'Mamma Mia' Sequel Announced
The Chanel designer had claimed Streep decided against wearing one of his gowns to the awards, after another designer had offered to pay her.
Meryl Streep has hit back at Karl Lagerfeld, accusing the Chanel creative director of 'lying and defaming' her.
It comes after Lagerfeld gave an interview to Women's Wear Daily where he claimed Streep had ordered a dress from Chanel for the Oscars, but changed her mind after another designer offered to pay her to wear one of their creations.
Lagerfeld has since apologised for his comments and admitted he was wrong, however Streep does not accept his apology.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Hits Back At Karl Lagerfeld's 'Lies' Over Oscars Dress
Last month Trump called Streep 'one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood'.
Meryl Streep has responded to Donald Trump’s ‘overrated’ jibe, describing herself as the most ‘overrated’, ‘over-decorated’ and currently ‘the most over-berated actor’ of her generation.
The Oscar winner came under fire from the President last month after she criticised him in her Golden Globes speech, causing him to respond by calling her 'overrated' during a Twitter rant.
Meryl Streep says she’s ‘overrated and over-berated’
Continue reading: "Most Overrated And Over-Berated" Meryl Streep Responds To Donald Trump
Emily Blunt will star as everyone’s favourite Nanny in the sequel.
Production has commenced on the highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns and Walt Disney Studios have finally revealed some exciting plot details.
Filming is currently underway at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England and the musical is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018.
Emily Blunt stars in Mary Poppins Returns
Continue reading: Here's What We Know So Far About 'Mary Poppins Returns'
The Florence Jenkins star was criticized by Donald Trump after her Golden Globes speech
"Overrated" actress Meryl Streep has become the only actor to earn 20 Oscar nominations after her latest Academy nod for Best Actress in Florence Foster Jenkins. The star was attacked by Donald Trump after she gave a speech that lambasted the President at the Golden Globes.
Meryl Streep proved she's anything but overrated after securing her 20th Oscar nomination
The all-time winner of most Academy Award nominations was described as "overrated" by her President who tweeted that she was a "Hillary flunky who lost big".
Continue reading: "Overrated" Actress Meryl Streep Lands 20th Oscar Nomination
Clooney remembered Obama's response to the Charleston massacre in 2015.
With just a few days left in Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency, some of Hollywood’s greatest are getting wistful about the prospect of him bowing out to make way for the divisive Donald Trump.
One such star is George Clooney, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in London at a special screening of Netflix’s Syrian civil war documentary The White Helmets on Monday night (January 9th). The actor, known to be frequently politically engaged, shared his thoughts on the most memorable moment in Obama’s two terms as president.
George Clooney with wife Amal at Cannes in 2016
Continue reading: George Clooney On Barack Obama's Most Memorable Moment As President
Streep criticised the President-elect, without naming him, during her speech on Sunday.
Donald Trump has called Meryl Streep “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood”, after she criticised him during her Golden Globes acceptance speech.
During her speech on Sunday night Streep, without naming Trump, referenced a 2015 incident when the President-elect appeared to mock a disabled reporter during a rally.
Meryl Streep criticised Donald Trump during her Golden Globes acceptance speech
Continue reading: Donald Trump Calls Meryl Streep "Overrated" After Golden Globes Speech
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will bestow Streep with its highest honour in at the ceremony on January 8th, 2017.
Hollywood legend Meryl Streep is to be honoured with the lifetime achievement prize, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, at the Golden Globes in the new year.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes for the Golden Globes, announced to various news outlets on Thursday morning (November 3rd) that it was bestowing its highest honour upon the 67 year old actress.
Every year, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given to a talented individual whose body of work has contributed significantly to the medium of film in general, and the wider world of entertainment.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep To Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award At Golden Globes
Variety indicates that Streep is in talks to join Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns'.
The hotly-anticipated sequel to Mary Poppins looks like it will boast a star-studded cast when it eventually arrives, with reports that Meryl Streep is set to join the project.
Variety reported on Thursday (July 28th) that the 67 year old screen legend is in talks to join previously confirmed stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda on Mary Poppins Returns, which is vaunted for a release on Christmas Day 2018.
Meryl Streep is in talks to join the cast of 'Mary Poppins Returns'
Continue reading: Meryl Streep In Talks To Join Cast Of 'Mary Poppins' Sequel
Streep, who played Emmeline Pankhurst in 2015’s 'Suffragette', backed Clinton to be America’s first female president, while drawing on inspiration from women in history who had also accomplished "firsts".
Oscar winner Meryl Streep showed her support for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, with a powerful speech noting the women in history who had accomplished “firsts” with "grit and grace.”
Meryl Streep has spoken at the DNC in support of Hillary Clinton.
"What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit and it takes grace," Streep told the crowd. "Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That's what I want to know.”
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Shows Support For Hillary Clinton With Rousing DNC Speech
Hathaway starred opposite Meryl Steep in the 2006 box office hit.
Anne Hathaway celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Devil Wears Prada on Instagram, Thursday by posting a tribute to “the movie that changed my life.” The 2006 comedy drama took over $300 million at the worldwide box office upon its release and raised Hathaway’s profile significantly, helping her transition into more adult roles.
Continue reading: Anne Hathaway Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of 'The Devil Wears Prada'
With her new biopic Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep found a deep bond with her character.
Florence Foster Jenkins was a socialite who threw parties in 1930s and 1940s New York and turned to singing, oblivious to the fact that she couldn't quite hit a note. "The first time I heard about the project," Streep says, "was when the director Stephen Frears called me and said, 'I have a part for you!' And so I said, 'What is it?' And he said, 'It's the worst opera singer in the world!" And I was thrilled."
When she read the script she grew even more intrigued by the project. "Really the movie is much more than the story of the worst opera singer in the world," she says. "It's about a marriage, the happy, long relationship between two people whose self-interest was as equally served by the relationship as their honest feeling and affection for each other."
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Calls Florence Foster Jenkins 'Heartbreakingly Funny'
Although this comedy-drama seems to have been written specifically to give Meryl Streep a chance to dress up and put on a silly show, it's actually all true. And it's hugely entertaining, generating gut-wrenching laughter and some sharply resonant emotions too. It's also a subtle exploration of pop culture, most notably privileged artists and the fact that there's more to stardom than just talent.
Streep shines as Florence, a socialite who hosts lavish parties in 1944 New York with her husband St Clair (Hugh Grant). Both of them are frustrated artists: Florence sees herself as an opera diva, while St Clair never quite made it as an actor. So at her parties, Florence puts on performances for her friends, oblivious to the fact that she's riotously off-key, while St Clair plays the doting husband, protecting her from criticism and hiring talented young pianist Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) as her accompanist. Florence doesn't really mind that St Clair has a woman (Rebecca Ferguson) on the side. But when she books Carnegie Hall to perform a concert for troops returning from Europe, St Clair realises that he can't protect her from a real audience.
Writer Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears construct the story beautifully, building up to reveal Florence's voice in a painfully hilarious sequence that's expertly played by Streep, Grant and Helberg. Streep's enjoyment of the role is infectious, and she makes Florence sympathetic by letting us see her yearning to sing. She imagines she sounds like her operatic idols, so can't hear the strangled notes coming from her mouth. And those who don't applaud are laughing so heartily that surely they're just as entertained. Streep's performance soars through the performance scenes, but is just as powerful in the comedy and at moments when Florence is vulnerable and nervous.
Continue reading: Florence Foster Jenkins Review
The reviews are in for Meryl Streep's latest movie.
'Florence Foster Jenkins', a comedy drama from Stephen Frears based on the real story of an infamously tone-deaf soprano, arrives in cinemas this week starring Meryl Streep - possibly an unusual choice given that her true vocals are, in fact, incredible - and critics are so far lapping it up.
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant star in 'Florence Foster Jenkins'
Despite the fact that 'Florence Foster Jenkins' is billed as a comedy, it's not entirely easy to describe the life of the titular opera lover without acknowledging the tragedy of it. This was a woman whose voice was so bad that her loved ones had to do everything within their power to protect her from criticism, and when she eventually discovered that she wasn't, in fact, the vocal prodigy she had always believed, she appeared to die of a broken heart just days later. It's no wonder, then, that the movie has something of a controversial premise, which has predictably divided critics in its execution.
Continue reading: 'Florence Foster Jenkins' Hits All The Right Notes For Most Critics
Turns out the three-time Oscar winner is a big fan of ‘Homes Under the Hammer’.
Actress Meryl Streep has revealed her secret addiction to British daytime TV programmes, admitting she loves real-estate based shows such as ‘Homes Under the Hammer’. The Oscar winner made the revelation while promoting her new film Florence Foster Jenkins on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, alongside co-star Hugh Grant.
Meryl Streep can't get enough of British daytime telly.
"I'm addicted to everything where they do real estate. I love ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘Homes Under the Hammer’,” Steep told Norton. The actress then gave a special shout-out to Channel 4’s ‘Come Dine With Me’, which she described as ‘fabulous’.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Reveals 'Addiction' To British Daytime TV
The shows Florence Foster Jenkins put on were true spectacles but there were only a modest few who were privileged enough to witness them. The American socialite wasn't exactly given a natural gift to sing, but that wasn't going to put her off her ambition to appear on the same stages as some of the best operatic voices of her time.
Her ever-loving second husband was always on her side to give her the support to fulfil said dream.
In recent years Meryl Streep has appears in many films including Ricki and the Flash, Into the Woods and Mama Mia which all include musical scenes which she must showcase her vocal abilities, now she must take on a completely different approach in order to sufficiently mimic Foster Florence Jenkins' unique voice.
Florence Foster Jenkins was never what you might call a 'naturally' talented opera singer, however she had a remarkable talent for entertaining crowds. Most opera singers are trained from a young age but without her father's help (which he refused) Florence was unable to raise the funds to support her dream.
After her father's death, Florence found herself heir to enough money to begin a quest to fulfil her dream. She set up her own club and became a member of many social groups. Her live shows became renowned but she would never make her appearances public. Each of her shows had a strict guest list, with Florence deciding exactly who would get the tickets.
With the help of her husband St. Clair Bayfield, in 1944 at the age of 76, Florence finally decided that it was time to take up a new challenge and perform to her biggest crowd to date at Carnegie Hall.
Perhaps somebody should have been there to yell 'Cut!'
Meryl Streep has caused uproar with a remark about the lack of diversity in the film industry, saying “we’re all Africans, really” at a press conference to promote her position as the jury president at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
At an event on Thursday (February 11th), Streep deflected a question about the fact she was heading up an all-white, seven-person jury at the 2016, saying “at least women were included”, arguing that her appointment as jury president indicated an important change.
Meryl Streep at the opening day of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival, at which she is jury president
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Courts Controversy With Diversity Comments - "We're All Africans, Really"
The (RED) campaign was set up by Bono to raise money to tackle AIDS.
Almost exactly a year to the day since he seriously injured his arm in a bike accident in New York, U2 singer Bono will be auctioning a bicycle ride as part of a charity campaign for his organisation (RED), which raises money to tackle AIDS.
The campaign launches on Tuesday (December 1st), which honours World AIDS Day, according to the Associated Press. It can be entered by donated at least $10 through the Omaze website, and the winner will get to accompany the iconic frontman on a bike ride through New York’s Central Park, where he injured his arm so badly it required surgery this time last year.
Bono performing with U2 on their recent world tour
Continue reading: Bono Auctioning Off Bike Ride In Central Park For AIDS Charity
It's well-known that Meryl Streep has an extraordinary singing voice as well as being a remarkable actress, but now she's mastered an additional talent by learning rhythm guitar to play rock veteran Ricki Rendazzo in music drama Ricki And The Flash. One of the songs that she learned was movie original 'Drift Away'.
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George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When he finds himself in serious trouble (sat astride an impatient horse with his hands bound behind his back and a noose around his neck tied to a branch), he starts to think this could finally be the end for him. That is until he is found by a lone woman with a wagon named Mary Bee Cuddy who agrees to free him from his plight in exchange for a favour. Living alone, she is struggling to carry out an important personal mission; she wants to take three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa now that their husbands can now longer cope with them. Thus, she asks Briggs to help her on the dangerous five week journey and, despite his serious reservations, he agrees to act as her aide and protector against the brutalities they may face along the way.
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When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for .
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The first teaser trailer for Disney's new musical epic Into the Woods has been released, featuring a host of A-List stars.
Cinemas are set to get a whole lot more magical this winter with the release of the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. Directed by Chicago masetro Rob Marshall, the film depicts beloved fairytale characters as they've never been seen before, and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp.
Meryl Streep will be showing off her vocal talents once again
The story follows the Baker and his Wife, played in the film by James Corden and Emily Blunt, who are cursed by The Wicked Witch (Meryl Streep) to be childless, and subsequently set off on a quest 'into the woods' to find the items they need to break the spell. Along the way they will bump into familiar faces such as Cinderella and her Prince Charming (Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine) and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp).
Continue reading: Fairytales Come To Life In The First Trailer For Disney's Into The Woods
Meryl Streep, James Corden and Chris Pine also star in the upcoming musical.
Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood after they got their ‘happy ending’? Well Disney’s latest musical, Into the Woods might make you wish you’d never asked. In the movie, starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Deep we sadly learn that some of our favourite fairytale characters actually didn't end up living so ‘happily ever after’ once their stories ended.
Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella
Fairytales have certainly been enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late with movies such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent presenting the alternative side to some classic stories. But Disney’s Into the Woods it’s not just another fairytale retelling, instead it explores what happens after the fairytale ended, calling into question everything we ever believed about ‘happily ever after.’
Continue reading: First Pictures Of Disney’s ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Anna Kendrick And Johnny Depp
Streep's next role will see her portraying the opera legend
We’ve seen her as Margaret Thatcher and she’s about to play Emmeline Pankhurst, but two time Oscar winner Meryl Streep has just been cast as another famous figure, opera legend Maria Callas. Page Six is reporting that Meryl is set to star as Callas in in a film version of Terrence McNally's Tony-winning play, 'Master Class' for HBO.
Streep will play Callas in 'Master Class'
In her day, Maria Callas was one of the most famous women in the world, with her voice and often turbulent personal life making her an international star. Maria was born Sophia Cecelia Kalos in New York to Greek parents. By the age of three, Maria’s mother Evangelia had discovered her daughter could sing and began pressuring her to perform. Evangelia later moved back to Athens with Maria, enrolling her in the Greek National Conservatoire. With her mesmerising soprano voice, wide range and overbearing stage mother, Callas was performing professionally by the age of 18, making her debut with the Greek National Opera in 1941.
Continue reading: Who Is Maria Callas? Meryl Streep Is Set To Play Opera Legend In HBO's 'Master Class'
On the eve of the release of 'Jersey Boys', we look at Eastwood's ten biggest successes as a director.
Having first installed himself within American culture with his recurring role as Rowdy Yates in the cowboy seriesRawhide, San Francisco native Clint Eastwood would become renowned across the world for his roles in a succession of violent and iconic Westerns. The ‘Man With No Name’ character, first seen in the hallowed ‘Spaghetti Western’ trilogy, saw Eastwood become internationally known as a steely actor who went down a storm with domestic and global audiences.
Clint Eastwood on the set of 'Changeling'
More: Eastwood Made Jersey Boys Actors Sing Live On Set
Continue reading: The Top 10 Movies Directed By Clint Eastwood
Tommy Lee Jones' fourth effort as a director has fared well with the critics, overall
‘The Homesman’ is the latest film to face the critics at Cannes 2014, which has thrown out some modern classics (like ‘Mr Turner) and some true stinkers (like ‘Grace of Monaco).
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, William Fichtner and Meryl Streep and helmed by Lee Jones in his fourth directorial effort, ‘The Homesman’ hasn’t reached one end of the critical spectrum or another, pleasing most critics but failing to excite others. This reaction has accumulated a fairly healthy 67% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Continue reading: 'The Homesman': Cannes 2014 Reviews Are Mostly Positive
Author Lois Lowry talks about her dystopian sci-fi book 'The Giver' in a featurette ahead of the release of the film adaptation starring Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites. The film follows a young boy living in a world without war, crime suffering or diversity, who is chosen to receive information about the real disasters of the previous world in a program designed to keep the society stable.
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Meryl Streep stars in the hard-hitting historical drama
When The Suffragettes’ indefatigable quest to grant women the vote in the early 20th century came to fruition, history was made. Through hunger strikes, peaceful and non-peaceful protests, force feeding and lobbying, woman in the U.K were finally allowed to participate in democracy.
'Suffragettes' filming in London
And now, in 2014, The Suffragettes are making history again, this time in the movies. For the first time in its history, The Houses of Parliament have been opened up and cleared for use as a film set, as Sarah Gavron (director) and Abi Morgan’s (writer) movie continues shooting.
Continue reading: 'Suffragette' Is First Movie To Shoot At Houses Of Parliament [Pictures]
Piers Morgan has criticised the US government for quailing under pressure from the gun lobby. Morgan delivered an impassioned speech on the last episode of his CNN show 'Piers Morgan Live'.
Piers Morgan ended his three year run on his CNN talk show Piers Morgan Live on Friday (28th March) with a plea to the US government to change "the absurd gun laws".Morgan's show was cancelled following low ratings and possibly his involvement in the phone hacking scandal, nevertheless he left the show on a somewhat controversial note.
Morgan, ever controversial, used his final show as an opportunity to comment on the social and political implications of gun laws in the US. He referenced recent tragedies in which guns were used to kill large numbers of people which prompted criticism of gun laws in the US and worldwide.
Morgan has spent a number of years in the states over the past decade and described gun violence, such as that displayed in the Connecticut Sandy Hook massacre and the Colorado Aurora Cinema, as "a disease that infects every aspect of American life". Referencing these attacks Morgan said, as The Independent reports: "I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theatre and then just a few months later 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, that the absurd gun laws in this country would change, but nothing has happened".
Continue reading: Piers Morgan Criticises US Gun Laws On Last CNN Show
'The Giver' finally makes it to cinema's later this year, but what do you need to know about the movie?
The first trailer for 'The Giver' has been released and it looks as if it might just live up to the book's expectations. The movie's been in development for quite some time now but finally on August 15th we'll get to see it on the big screen. Just about enough time then to find out everything you need to know about 'The Giver' before it hits the theatres.
Jeff Bridges has been responsible for brining 'The Giver' to the big screen
Continue reading: 'The Giver': Everything You Need To Know [Trailer + Pictures]
Jonas is a young man who lives in a community where everybody is the same. Pain and suffering has been abolished by authorities simply by forcing everyone to conform and prohibiting any form of variance. Jonas is about to become an exception to the rule when he is selected as the next Receiver of Memories. His new role requires training from a man called The Giver (the former Receiver) who will subsequently imbue Jonas with knowledge of the world before this compliant society. With that he will understand the pain of death and conflict, but will also begin to understand the importance of love and distinction and it is this that forces him to break away from his community - wishing to live a life with more depth and meaning. However, it soon becomes clear that he's not getting out that easily.
Continue: The Giver - Teaser Trailer
Could Meryl Streep's role as Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming movie Suffragette win her another Oscar?
If there’s one thing that can be said of Meryl Streep, it’s that she’s not an actress who shies away from challenging or controversial roles. So the recent announcement that Streep will be taking on the role of iconic feminist, Emmeline Pankhurst, in Suffragette, a movie which will be adapted from Abi Morgan’s new script, doesn’t come as entirely out of the blue. Streep and Morgan have in fact worked together before, on Morgan’s 2011 biopic The Iron Lady, which saw the legendary screen icon win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as recently deceased ex British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
It has been announced that the fabulous Meryl Streep will be playing Emmeline Pankhurt
Streep and Morgan are obviously a dynamic pair when it comes working on a project together, so it wouldn’t be totally outlandish to predict that Meryl Streep’s latest role could also land her her next Oscar winning performance.
Continue reading: Will Meryl Streep Win Another Oscar For 'Suffragette' Movie?
The Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Selfie: did Jennifer Lawrence have the best pose or was it Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt...or Kevin Spacey?
Pretty much everyone has seen the Ellen Degeneres Oscars selfie by now; the celeb-packed pic that sent the Twittersphere into melt-down and quickly became the most retweeted image of all time. The Oscars host somehow gathered the cream of the awards' red carpet for last night's impromptu snap, which has become the evening's most shared and talked about image.
Ellen DeGeneres Oscar Selfie Has Become The Most-Shared Image On Twitter.
The glory of the Oscars selfie lies in the pure and unabashed joy seen on every one of its twelve featured Hollywood stars' faces. Gone are the pouts, poses and glowers of the red carpet pap-snap and instead we have a bunch of gorgeous and joyous actors ready to party at the year's biggest movie awards.
Continue reading: Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Selfie Destroys Twitter: But Which Celeb Had The Best Bomb?
Tracy Letts adapts his own prize-winning play into a blistering depiction of one of cinema's most dysfunctional families ever. It's still rather theatrical, throwing a mob of top actors into a room for what feels like a fight to the death, but it's so well written and so beautifully observed by the actors that we can't look away. And of course Meryl Streep walks off with the show.
Everything kicks off when Beverly Weston (Shepard) goes missing, leaving his ruthlessly straight-talking, pill-popping wife Violet (Streep) to assemble the family in their rambling Oklahoma home. They have three equally feisty daughters: Barbara (Roberts) is a tightly wound bundle of anger with an estranged husband (McGregor) and surly teen daughter (Breslin) in tow; Karen (Lewis) is a free-spirited floater with yet another random boyfriend (Mulroney); and Ivy (Nicholson) is fed up with being the dutiful daughter who stayed close to home. Also on hand is Violet's sister Mattie Fae (Martindale), whose husband (Cooper) is the family patriarch now that Beverly is gone, which means their son (Cumberbatch) feels even more useless than normal.
What plot there is centres on skeletons rattling out of closets and relationships imploding spectacularly. The film is a series of brutally intense encounters between people who probably still love each other in vaguely undefined ways and express it through bitter bursts of witty cruelty. Streep has the meatiest role as the imperious Violet, who knows a lot more than she's letting on. And her chief rival is Barbara, played with unnerving intensity by Roberts. The only person we even remotely like is Mattie Fae, and the always-superb Martindale finds all kinds of layers in the character.
Continue reading: August: Osage County Review
In addition to his new anti-NRA movie, Weinstein wants to cut down on screen violence as a whole
Harvey Weinstein got tongues wagging this week with the announcement that his production company are making an anti-gun film, one that will star Meryl Streep and take a direct shot at the National Rifle Association. If his stance on gun ownership and violence wasn't already clear, the Hollywood producer has since admitted that he wants to see a crack down on film violence too and he will be at the forefront of this cut down.
Harvey Weinstein wants to see a change in the movie industry
Weinstein is known for producing some of modern cinema's most graphically violent film in recent years, forging a successful working relationship with Quentin Tarantino, with who he helped make the Kill Bill films, Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction, in addition to a host of other violent titles such as Gangs of New York, Sin City and the reboots of Piranha, Rambo and Halloween. Now the Hollywood powerhouse wants to hang up his fake blood and replica weapons for good, as he told CNN's Piers Morgan on Friday (17 Jan.) night that he can no longer advocate these types of films in good conscience.
Continue reading: Harvey Weinstein Vows To Back Major Cut Down On Violent Movies
The 79 year-old 'Philomena' actress heads a talented field of old Oscar-nominated actors.
Dame Judi Dench has been nominated in the Best Actress category ahead of this year's Academy Awards for her lead role in the British film Philomena, which has also been nominated for Best Film. The nomination marks Dench's seventh Oscar nomination, having won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 1998's Shakespeare In Love.
Judi Dench Has Been Nominated For Her Seventh Oscar.
Dench, 79, heads up a promising league of talented older actors at this year's Oscars, which also includes Nebraska stars Bruce Dern, 77, and June Squibb, 84, who have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Continue reading: Judi Dench Leads Veteran Oscar Nominees June Squibb And Bruce Dern
The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York was chock-full of Hollywood's biggest stars of the moment including 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' star and director Leonardo Dicaprio and Martin Scorsese, as well as Meryl Streep who later shocked attendees with her speech against Disney's apparent bigotry and anti-Semitism.
Continue: Video - Meryl Streep And Leonardo DiCaprio Among 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala Arrivals - Part 2
Reviews of 'August: Osage County' have mainly focussed on how the Pulitzer Prize winning stage play has transferred to the screen. Whilst the actors have been praised, many reviewers claim their knowledge of the play was lacking, a fault they attribute to director John Wells.
August: Osage County appears to have all the qualities needed to make a movie to combat January blues: a stellar cast, strong female characters and enough gentle humour to rival a Richard Curtis script. But do critics agree?
Julia Roberts stars in August: Osage County.
Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the film follows a group of strong, and somewhat eccentric, women in the Weston family and is centred on their Midwest childhood home at the time of a family crisis. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Julia Roberts (Eat, Pray, Love), Juliette Lewis (Open Road) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) star as the women of the Weston family. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen); Dermot Mulroney (New Girl); and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) appear in supporting roles.
Continue reading: 'August: Osage County' Reviews Preoccupied With Adaptation Issues
Meryl Streep ruthlessly buries Walt Disney when honoring Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review Awards: "[Walt] was certainly, on the evidence of his company's policies, a gender bigot."
The movie award season is well underway and Tuesday night's National Board of Review Awards was made memorable by the iconic Meryl Streep.
The Oscar winning actress was the highlight of the night after delivering an unforgettable speech when presenting the Best Actress Award to Emma Thompson for her role in 'Saving Mr. Banks'.
What made Streep's speech so unique was the ruthless criticism she made of Walt Disney, labelling him anti-Semitic and sexist.
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Uncharacteristically Blasts Walt Disney As Anti-Semitic And Sexist
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10. The Expendables 3 (Aug) - Hopefully this meathead action romp will be the guilty pleasure of the year. Other muscle-bound, brainless thrills may come from Pompeii (Feb), Tarzan (May) and Hercules (Aug).
Read more about 'The Expendables 3' here
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Steve McQueen's slavery drama leads 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'August: Osage County' in the Screen Actors Guild nominations.
12 Years a Slave hasn't even been released in most countries yet but has already been heaped with accolades with more awards bound to blossom from the scores of nominations Steve McQueen's movie has garnered. The Screen Actors Guild awards nominations are out and yet again the slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged on top with four major nominations.
Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Leads The SAG Nominations.
The critically lauded movie is up for best ensemble, best male actor (Chewitel Ejiofor), best supporting male actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting female actor (Lupita Nyong'o). 12 Years will come up against American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, according to the LA Times.
Continue reading: SAG Awards Noms & Snubs: '12 Years A Slave' Leads The Way [Trailer]
The comic actor also took home the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award
Sacha Baron Cohen not only left the Beverly Hilton with the highest honour awarded for comedy by the BAFTA-LA ‘s annual Britannia Awards, but also left with the audience either still in shock or holding on to their sides with laughter following an inspired practical joke. Los Angeles' British alliance was out in force for the Saturday (9 Nov.) night ceremony, and there were even a few non-Brit Hollywood heavyweights doing their best to pretent to be from the other side of the Atlantic for the awards show.
Sacha Baron Cohen flanked by his wife Isla Fisher [R] and Salma Hayek [L]
Airing on BBC America on Sunday (10 Nov.) night, host Rob Brydon had the job of handling the more raucous than usual crowd, which had plenty to do with Cohen's stunt. It began when Salma Hayek came on stage with an elderly woman to present the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy award. Confined to a wheelchair, she was identified as Grace Collington, an actress she said appeared with Charlie Chaplin in 1931′s City Lights when she was just 5-years-old. She very believably told the audience, “At 87, she’s the oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie,” at which point Cohen climbed to the stage to accept the honour. The elderly woman presented Cohen with one of Chaplin's trademark canes, at which point Cohen pushed her from the stage and began his acceptance speech as 'Collington' lied motionless on the ground.
Continue reading: Sacha Baron Cohen's Hilarious Stunt Steals The Show At BAFTA-LA Britannia Awards
Johnny Depp, Lily Cole, Chris Pine and Tom Ford are amongst those featured in McCartney's exciting new video.
A week after Sir Paul McCartney's latest solo album, New, debuted, the brand new video for track 'Queenie Eye' premieres today (October 24, 2013). However, this isn't any old music video: the former Beatle has called on a few friends to help, with stars including Gary Barlow, Alice Eve, Kate Moss, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, James Corden and Jeremy Irons all featured.
A Little Help From My Friends: Paul McCartney Prepared To Launch New Music Video.
The song is named after and draws inspiration from a childhood game McCartney used to play in Liverpool. "Queenie eye, queenie eye, who's got the ball? It isn't in my pocket. O-U-T spells OUT!" sang a young Macca and the same lyrics are called upon for Paul's latest, upbeat track that has been described by Q Magazine as "jaw-dropping."
Continue reading: Little Help From My Friends: Paul McCartney Recruits Johnny Depp, Kate Moss And More For 'Queenie Eye' Video [Pictures]
The highest grossing actor of all time is in line for an Oscar this year, who is it?
As we approach winter, Oscars season is in full swing, with convincing predictions and hypothesis available for each and every film, actor and director in contention for any category you can think of. The frontrunners for those coveted golden statuettes include Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips
It’s a fine list of names, for sure. And it’s basically a given that most people would love to swap shoes with any of the aforementioned actors who we consider to be in line for at least nominations - if not a few trips to the stage - when the Oscars are handed out in March 2014.
Continue reading: Forget The Oscars, Which Actor Has The Biggest Overall Box Office Gross?
Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor star in the drama about a dysfunctional family reunited.
John Wells' August: Osage County adaptation premiered last night at the Toronto International Film Festival after years of being performed as a Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play. The movie boasts a star-studded caast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and Sam Shepard.
Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts Serve Up Roaring Performances In August: Osage County.
The plot centres on outspoken matriarch, Violet (Meryl Streep), who is addicted to painkillers with the excuse that she has mouth cancer. Her husband Beverly (Sam Shepard) hires a Native American housekeeper (Misty Upham) to take care of his wife and he moves away. Upon her husband's absence, Violet summons her three grown-up daughters who have each moved away from the isolation of their family home, set in the desolate landscape of Oklahoma.
Continue reading: 'August: Osage County' Premieres At TIFF: How Did The Adaptation Of The Play About Strong Women Fare?
We take a look at the front-runners and underdogs for next year's Oscars ceremony.
Six months of anticipation for four hours of award giving: that’s what you signed up for. The Oscars 2014 has its host, and now it has its favorites. Which director will be hurtling through an acceptance speech at breakneck speed, and which actor will be practising their sad-yet-humble loser face?
Sandra Bullock [L] and George Clooney [R] In Gravity
It’s Oscars season.
Continue reading: Predicting The Oscars 2014: Is George Clooney Guaranteed An Academy Award?
Sophia Grace Browlee has landed a role in Into the Woods. She will play the role of Little Red Riding Hood and will star opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick.
Sophia Grace Brownlee has been cast in Into the Woods. She has landed the role of Little Red Riding Hood, in the film which is due to be released in 2014.
Rosie McCelland (L) and Sophie Grace Brownlee (R) at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, held at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Brownlee first came to public attention after appearing on a YouTube video covering Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass'. The 2011 video went viral of Brownlee, and her cousin Rosie McClelland, went viral and the two girls have since appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show. They have appeared on the talk show on multiple occasions as they have gained the approval of the crowd.
Continue reading: Sophia Grace Brownlee Lands 'Into The Woods' Role, Ellen Degeneres Favourite Cast As Little Red Riding Hood
Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep will act together for the first time in 20 years.
Twenty years since their last movie role together, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep - two giants of Hollywood - are to reunite for an adaptation of Ann Leary's novel The Good House.
The darkly comic tale is told through the eyes of Hildy Good (Streep), a New York realtor and recovering alcoholic whose life begins to fall apart when she forms a new friendship with Rebecca McCallister.
As Rebecca becomes the subject of town gossip, Hildy rekindles her friendship with old flame Frank Getchell (De Niro) a straight talking Yankee who tries to uncomplicated her life.
Continue reading: After 20 Years, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep Reunite For 'The Good House'
Is Cate Blanchett a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination?
Ok, so this happens every year. Every movie writer around - including yours truly - writes a story about Oscar buzz and whether or not an actor will score a golden statuette come February. It's happening again this year. Idris Elba could win Best Actor. The Monuments Men could win Best Picture. But Cate Blanchett could win Best Actress - she really could.
We're not afraid of using the word. So we're going to use it. There's serious 'buzz' around Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine, particularly the Australian actress's performance as Ruth Madoff, a New York housewife struggling through a life crisis.
"In all, this is the strongest, most resonant movie Woody Allen has made in years," said David Denby of the New Yorker.
Continue reading: It's Too Early To Call The Oscars. But Cate Blanchett. Blue Jasmine. Seriously.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the on screen pair certainly sounds like a good idea.
Johnny Depp is reportedly in talks to star in his second film adaptation of a Steven Sondheim musical.
This time it’s Into the Woods. If the deal is struck, Depp would be joining Meryl Streep, who has already been confirmed as the female lead. The actor would be playing the Baker and Streep would be filling the role of the Witch, Broadway.com reports. For those unfamiliar with Into the Woods, the musical tells the story of a baker and his wife, who make a deal with a witch, in order to conceive. Their journey into the woods (hence the title) crosses the couple’s paths with fictional characters like the Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame). Each of these fairytales has something to teach our main protagonists and all of the characters show what happens after Happily Ever After.
If he accepts, this won’t be Depp’s first go at a Sondheim musical. The actor played Sweeney Todd in a 2007 adaptation of the popular musical. That film reunited the dream team of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but it failed to achieve critical success. Perhaps under new direction (Rob Marshall is at the helm of this project), he will handle the genre better. Additionally, Marshall is no stranger to adaptations of Broadway favorites, having directed the 2002 film Chicago – still considered one of the best stage to film adaptations.
Continue reading: 'Into The Woods' Adaptation Might Unite Johnny Depp With Meryl Streep On Screen
Letterman said he caught Harmony Korine stealing from Meryl Streep's purse after visiting the actress' dressing room.
David Letterman banned guest Harmony Korine from the Late Show after he found the Spring Breakers director rifling through the purse of Meryl Streep. Letterman told the story on Monday (March 25, 2013) when prompted by guest James Franco, the star of Korine' latest movie.
The actor said he heard Korine was banned after pushing Meryl Steep backstage, though defended his director, saying, "Harmony is a very sane guy now -- a great artist and great person to work with. But I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night.
Letterman proceeded to correct Franco on the incident, saying, "I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knock on the door ... and she was not in there.And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said: 'That's it. Put her things back in her bag and then get out."
Continue reading: Letterman Banned Guest Harmony Korine For Stealing From Meryl Streep
Jennifer Lawrence got a lot of stick for saying "Oh, what does it say? 'I beat Meryl!'" when she picked up her Golden Globe for Silver Linings Playbook, so how satisfying must it have been to tell everyone it was actually a film quote.
"It's never a good idea for me to wing it, but it was a quote from First Wives Club!" the actress said on 'Late Night with David Letterman' Tuesday night. "[In the movie] Bette Midler was talking about a Globe -- I can't believe nobody has ever done it before -- where she says, 'Look what it says, it says I beat Meryl.'" She went on to say, "First of all, it's Meryl Streep. You can't offend Meryl Streep. And then all of the sudden I hate Meryl Streep. Is that what this turned into? I don't like Meryl Streep? As if I had my eyes on getting that girl forever and I was like, 'Finally! I knew it would happen one day!'"
Silver Linings has been a welcome surprise amongst this year's Oscar contenders. And has Lawrence heard from Streep? "No, I don't know if I want to. I'm nervous. She doesn't care. I wanted to make a public statement and say, 'Hey idiots. It's a quote from a movie," she said, "And it's Meryl Streep. God I wonder what Twitter's going to say now."
Bradley Cooper was quick to put an end to the rumours that he was dating Jennifer Lawrence, when he was quizzed on the issue, by Entertainment Tonight. He was speaking on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, where Lawrence won the Best Actress gong for her role opposite Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook and told them in no uncertain terms “No, no, no, no, no. Not even close. First of all, I could be her father. No, I'm kidding. But no, not even close.”
It’s hard to believe, folks, but sometimes, actors and actresses simply have this thing called ‘on-screen chemistry.' It’s what makes acting… acting. It’s what makes good acting… good acting. And as the 38 year-old actor pointed out, “We’ve done two movies together (Silver Linings Playbook and Serena). If it didn’t happen by now, it’s not going to happen.” So, another fiery rumour well and truly extinguished, according to New York Daily News.
Jennifer Lawrence’s acceptance speech ended up being one of the more cringe-worthy moments of Sunday night’s awards ceremony when she looked at her award and blurted “oh I beat Meryl (Streep)!” Of course, it wasn’t a dig at Streep, but it wasn’t perhaps the most gracious acceptance speech the world has ever known. Lawrence may well want to get something better prepared for the Oscars, just in case. She could probably take a few pointers from Jodie Foster, who didn’t leave a dry eye in the house when she collected the Cecil B Demille Award.
Continue reading: Rumours Extinguished: Jennifer Lawrence And Bradley Cooper Deny Romance
2012 has held big things for Anne Hathaway with multiple media appearances, a lot of activism and of course, the big one – a part as Catwoman in Dark Knight Rises. But that wasn’t all – in November, Hathaway married jewelry designer Adam Shulman and she is reigning in the new year with multiple award nominations for her highly critically acclaimed part as Fantine in the screen adaptation of Les Miserables. Although her career started out with parts in lighthearted comedies like The Princess Diaries or The Devil Wears Prada, the actress has talked about trying to shake off the squeaky clean teenager reputation.
The beginning of her career was a struggle to build a reputation in Hollywood. The actress graduated from New York University, all while acting in numerous flicks and steering away from the now classic story of a young actress’s fall from grace.
"I see the sort of work that people like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet can do, and I want to do that level of work so badly," the actress said to the LA Times. "But I don't believe I'm as gifted as them. So the only thing I can control is how hard I work at it — how much do I commit to it? How far will I take it?"
Continue reading: Golden Globe Nominee Anne Hathaway Believes She's Finally Shaken Off Her Princess Diaries Rep
Mamie Gummer, the 29-year-old daughter of Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep and the sculptor Don Gummer, is looking to do things her way. The actress, who made her movie debut with a part in 'Heartburn' opposite her mother, is headlining her first television series.
Medical drama 'Emily Owens M.D.' premieres on the CW on Tuesday (October 16, 2012) and has courted gentle praise for its pilot episode. Gummer seems pretty confident of her own ability, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I've been the star of my own show forever - it's just now people can tune in once a week to watch me," though maintained that the media buzz surrounding her first major show "is weird." In 'Emily Owens,' Gummer plays a shy medical student who suddenly realizes the hospital she works in is far too similar to her high school. "She was just sort of jumping around the page and at me," Gummer said of her character. "It felt like a great opportunity to carry a show for myself - to play on a bigger level." Though it's her first major television role, the actress has had plenty of time to hone her talents, appearing onstage in 'Mr Marmalade' and 'The Water's Edge' as well as landing a small role in HBO's 2008 Emmy-winning miniseries 'John Adams.'
Despite the millions of dollars that her mother commands for lead Hollywood roles, Gummer has an altogether different approach to the acting game: "I'm not going to lie to you. The last play I did in New York, I got paid $330 a week," she revealed. If 'Emily Owens' takes off, we're pretty sure her pay-packet will be considerably heftier.
Girl Rising, a documentary focusing on female education and featuring narration from Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, will kick-start CNN's feature-length documentary series, the network announced on Monday (October 8, 2012). The movie, directed by Richard E. Robbins, follows seven girls around the world who seek to overcome obstacles and follow their dreams.
The new documentary division - CNN Films - will develop features that "examine an array of political, social, and economic subject matters," with deals already in place for documentarians Alex Gibney and Andrew Rossi to develop original features for the network. Its looks to be a pretty sweet gig for the pair - getting paid to go out and make documentaries without the need to find financial backing, or a distributor is pretty rare, though they know all about that. Both are Oscar-winning documentary makers, Gibney is best known for 'Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room and Client 9, while Rossi's credits including Page One: Inside The New York Times and Fall Of Eliot Spitzer.
Girl Rising will air in the spring of 2013 with other movies following shortly afterwards. While the films will initially air on CNN, the network has plans to enter them in international film festivals and distribute them to theaters, according to TVGuide.com.
The story starts when Kay (Streep) finally refuses to accept her dried-up marriage to Arnold (Jones), who can't see any reason to change things. She enrols them in an intensive counselling session in Hope Springs, Maine, with a well-known therapist (Carell), and after initially refusing to go, Arnold tags along. Their sessions immediately hone in on their nonexistent sex life, which causes both Kay and Arnold to squirm in their seats (and provides most of the laughs for the audience). And their small-step exercises aren't exactly a roaring success. But Kay is determined that she wants a real relationship or nothing at all.
Continue reading: Hope Springs Review
After 31 years of marriage, Kay is starting to feel disheartened by the lack of a spark between her and her husband Arnold. Desperate for romance and intimacy again, Kay searches out a well-known specialist in marriage counselling who she arranges to visit to enrol in one week of therapy sessions in order to rekindle their relationship. She drags a reluctant Arnold on a plane to the town of Great Hope Springs for the counselling that will prove either futile or life-changing; it certainly doesn't look like an easy task what with the couple being faced with their sexual reservations and, conversely, each other's illicit fantasies.
Continue: Hope Springs Trailer
When Margaret Thatcher started out in politics she always aspired to do something great, though just how far she'd take her career was beyond imagination. Having first made her mark in local politics in 1959, Margaret was named MP for the first time.
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CIA watchdog Corrine Whitman (Streep) sets up the titular protocol when evidence is uncovered against Chicago family man and chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), Egyptian by birth. Whitman suspects that El-Ibrahimi had a hand in a recent bombing of an unnamed North African tea house; an attempt on the life of North African security head Fawal (Igal Naor). Fawal heads the "interrogation" with CIA analyst Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) there as counsel while they electrocute, drown, beat, and strangle Anwar to give up information on the attack.
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It also has the genius of a multi-disguised Jim Carrey, the narrative voice (and silhouetted presence) of a finely articulated Jude Law, and a basis in a best-selling series of books, 18 million copies of which have been sold since 1999. The movie has seamless effects, inspired inventiveness, and a serious dramatic "problem." More on that below.
Continue reading: Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events Review
Strange then: Nicholson isn't funny at all, and only the quirky charms of Meryl Streep make Heartburn remotely palatable. Heartburn is Nora Ephron's first comedy, based on her novel of the same name -- a thinly veiled expose about her life with journalist Carl Bernstein. The film casts Streep as a New York food writer and Nicholson as a Washington columnist. They meet, fall in love, decide to marry, have kids. Unfortunately, Nicholson can't keep it in his pants -- and all manner of trouble ensues.
Continue reading: Heartburn Review
It also has the genius of a multi-disguised Jim Carrey, the narrative voice (and silhouetted presence) of a finely articulated Jude Law, and a basis in a best-selling series of books, 18 million copies of which have been sold since 1999. The movie has seamless effects, inspired inventiveness, and a serious dramatic "problem." More on that below.
Continue reading: Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events Review
Part one, "Millennium Approaches" is full of ominous portents, plague and destruction, the rampant spread of AIDS in the chilly clime of '80s conservatism, while the second, "Perestroika" makes the political issues bandied about earlier in the film devastatingly personal. The story runs from 1985 to 1990 and takes in a broad sweep of characters, but not nearly as many as other writers would have packed in, simply to give a broader demographic sampling. Central to the film is Prior Walter (Justin Kirk), a 30-year-old AIDS sufferer whose boyfriend Louis (Ben Shenkman) leaves him in an astonishingly heartless manner, only to take up soon after with recently uncloseted U.S. attorney Joe Pitt (Patrick Wilson). Left mostly to his own devices, with only his friend Belize (Jeffery Wright) to help, as Walter gets sicker, he begins to have visions of an angel (Emma Thompson, odd, arrogant and completely captivating), determined to make him a prophet, claiming that God has deserted the world and that humans are at fault.
Continue reading: Angels In America Review
When Walt Tenor (Greg Kinnear) decides he wants to become an actor, he tries to convince his twin brother Bob (Matt Damon) -- his conjoined twin brother -- to move out to Hollywood with him by saying, "You could be my stunt double!"
Yes folks, "Stuck On You" is another cheeky comedy of good humor and questionable taste from the Farrelly Brothers ("Kingpin," "There's Something About Mary" and "Shallow Hal"), and yes, folks, they get a surprising amount of mileage out of jokes like that one -- rim-shot-quality punchlines given winkingly ironic sparkle by the wily writing-directing team's laughing-with-not-laughing-at sensibilities.
There's the scene in which Walt walks his shy sibling over to a pretty blonde in a bar, then takes over the seduction himself when Bob blows it -- and ends up bringing the girl home (Bob tries to ignore their moaning from the other side of a makeshift curtain). There's Walt's "one-man" stage show about Truman Capote, in which Bob tries to slouch as inconspicuously as possible behind Walt's back.
Continue reading: Stuck On You Review
"The Hours" is an Oscar voter's nightmare. An adaptation of Michael Cunningham's novel about three women in three different time periods whose lives are profoundly affected by Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway," the film features equally magnificent performances of nearly equal screen time from three of the best actresses working in film today.
Meryl Streep submerges herself in the self-sacrificing soul of Clarissa Vaughan, a modern Manhattan book editor whose longtime dear friend -- and volatile ex-lover -- Richard (Ed Harris) likes to ruffle her feathers by comparing her to the heroine of Woolf's book. Both women are externally serene, perfectionist party-throwers hiding deep reservoirs of regret over missed opportunities while living lives as mother-hen caretakers to others.
Julianne Moore plays Laura Brown, a fragile, pregnant 1950s housewife in the midst of reading "Mrs. Dalloway," whose deep depression (like Woolf's) and suicidal musings (like Dalloway's) go all but unnoticed by everyone except her young son (Jack Rovello), who clings to her apron strings with worry.
Continue reading: The Hours Review
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