If disses were marble, Tracy Letts would be Michelangelo and 'August: Osage County' would be his David. His characters in this film, directed by John Wells and based on his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, are an extended family of well-off Oklahomans loaded with secrets and festering emotional wounds. They have gathered to bury the patriarch, played by Sam Shepard in one outstanding prologue scene.
Shepard may have been the Dad, but the Mom (Meryl Streep, in peak form, even for her) is the real power. A strong and severe woman who speaks her mind loudly and frequently, and is currently suffering from mouth cancer - an irony not lost on anyone - is facing her winter years by popping pills and settling scores. A major early set piece around a dinner table has Streep sitting like a General, barking humiliating things at her family. Why, you might be thinking, would I ever want to see such a thing? For starters, it is very, very funny.
Meryl vs. Oprah. It’s the matchup that likely has the 2014 Oscar producers dreaming of Nielsen ratings, as Americans tentatively turn out to see perennial Oscar champ Meryl Streep go toe-to-toe with the Queen of All Media -- Oprah Winfrey – in this year’s Best Supporting Actress category.
Much like HBO's other buzzy hot-button drama 'Girls,' we're excited for a second cycle of Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' regardless of what people had to say about the first. We've already heard about a few high-profile guest stars for the second season, including comedian Patton Oswalt and 'Mad Men' star Rosemarie Dewitt, but who else might be go for a trip to 'The Newsroom?' Meryl Streep would certainly be a good get, but if not her, how about her daughter Grace Gummer?
It would appear as though the 2013 awards season already has a major player in 'The Homesman,' and the picture hasn't even begun shooting yet. The film, set to be written and directed by Tommy Lee Jones (who also plans to star), is an American frontier drama with a handful of meaty roles. Today, we may know who will occupy a couple of those meaty roles: Oscar-winners Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank. (Jones won an Oscar too, so we're talking lots of potential "Academy Award Winner..." titles on 'The Homesman's' poster.)
Meryl Streep has done a lot acting-with-a-capital-a lately; big, showy performances with accents and makeup and wigs and uncanny impressions of famous people. 'Hope Springs' proves she can still act-with-a-lower-case-a -- playing a nobody suburban housewife trying to breathe life back into her long-standing but lifeless marriage -- and produce equally big results. She's fantastic, and she seems to bring out the best in everyone around her, like a pitcher working on a no-hitter whose teammates are inspired to rise to the occasion and make outstanding defensive plays.
Why didn’t ‘The Devil Wear Prada’ get a sequel? Even ‘Garfield’ got ‘A Tale of Two Kitties.’ And ‘Prada’ was a flat-out hit. It earned $326M worldwide (on a reported $35M budget). It nabbed Meryl Streep yet another Oscar nomination. And it elevated the already rising stars of both Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt. All of these factors should have led to a sequel. Now, 6 years later, it just might.
There's no subject more ripe for cinema than the sex lives of old people. Who doesn't want to talk about older couples bumping uglies? That's why 'Hope Springs' pairs Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep together for a big summer release. The film is about an older couple who've unintentionally lapsed into celibacy and are looking to reheat their sex life. It comes out August 10, and now we have a trailer.
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