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.
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'.
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.
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.
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
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'.
The stars turn out for the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, while Tomorrowland holds a child-friendly premiere in California, and Miles Teller and Jonah Hill are on location in Miami. Trailers arrive for Woody Allen's Irrational Man, the long-awaited Vacation sequel, Meryl Streep's musical Ricki and the Flash, and the Hathaway-De Niro comedy The Intern...
The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on the French Riviera this week with acting icon Catherine Deneuve, who stars in the opening night film Standing Tall. She was joined on the red carpet by a glamorous line-up including Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Jane Seymour.
Catherine Deneuve at Cannes Film Festival
The weekend is looking good for new releases, but The Hobbit still dominates.
What does it say about the Christmas season that a true-to-life war story has topped a fairytale musical adventure at the box office? I’m talking, of course, about the Angelina Jolie-directed, Jack O’Connell starrer Unbroken, which raced past Into the Woods on Friday with $12,3 million, while the Disney reimagining of the popular musical came close with $12,2 million.
Meryl Streep as The Witch is kind of the best thing to ever happen to musical theatre nerds.
Unfortunately, that’s as good as it’s going to get for the new releases this weekend, with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies still dominating the chart. Peter Jackson’s fantasy epic checked in with $15,6 million this Friday and isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon. Of course, we won’t have the final word until later tonight, but you can already see where this is going, can’t you?
Natalie Portman has paid tribute to the late director Mike Nichols in a statement. She joins the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Steven Spielberg in expressing her grief via social media or in a media statement.
Natalie Portman at the Childrens' Hospital Gala in Los Angeles in October 2014.
A look back on the legacy of the late director.
Today Hollywood mourns the death of Mike Nichols, the mind behind films like The Graduate, Closer and Working Girl. Having started out his career as a comedian and later moving on to comedy, standup, directing, drama and a whole list of other film credits, Nichols could truly be called a Renaissance man of modern cinema.
Throughout his career, Nichols played with genres and characters to explore the broad range of the human condition.
He was one of the few multi-talented artists to enter the EGOT club, as Tracy Jordan would call it and win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony for his work. Nichols frequently went from the comic to the tragic and right back again in his quest to explore all aspects of the human condition.
Continue reading: The Life And Career Of Late Director Mike Nichols
'Into The Woods' brings together some excellent stories, a stellar cast and a fantastic composer.
Fairytale adaptations are gaining some serious popularity at the moment, while musicals on the big screen continue to be award magnets, put those two together and add an incredible ensemble cast and you have Rob Marshall's 'Into The Woods'.
Meryl Streep plays the wicked witch in 'Into The Woods'
This holiday season brings a rather special twist on the fairytale movie sub-genre, starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine. While it's clear that Hollywood is enjoying bringing Grimm and Perrault's stories to life with such creations as 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' and the Emmy nominated series 'Once Upon A Time', 'Into The Woods' goes that step further. With an excellent musical score by the Academy Award winning Stephen Sondheim (composer of 'Sweeney Todd', contributor of 'Dick Tracy' and 'West Side Story' lyricist), we're expecting this movie to join that ever-popular brand of Oscar worthy musical cinema.
Continue reading: Will Stephen Sondheim Bring Fairytale Musical 'Into The Woods' An Oscar?
The stars of 'The Giver' were snapped on the red carpet at the New York premiere of the movie at the Zeigfeld Theater. They were Meryl Streep with her daughter Grace Gummer, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush and Cameron Monaghan.
The cast of teen dystopia 'The Giver' make their arrivals at the New York premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Among them were lead stars Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites, as well as Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush and Emma Tremblay. Other arrivals were director Phillip Noyce, the original book's author Lois Lowry and executive producer Scooter Braun.
Into the Woods is Disney's first foray into musical adaptations: but what other sing-along films have we enjoyed?
Disney is heading in a new direction with its Christmas film offering this year by producing its first theatrical adaptation of a Broadway musical, Into the Woods. Directed by Rob Marshall, and based on Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award winning show of the same name, the film is set in an alternate world of various Brothers Grimm fairy stories.
Into the Woods is Disney's first Broadway adaptation
This modern twist centres around the original tale of a baker and his wife who have been cursed by a witch and must enter into the woods to break the spell so they can start their much-longed for family.
Continue reading: Mamma Mia, Sweeney Todd? Which Is The Best Musical Movie?
The Giver was released in US cinemas on 15 August - what can we expect when it comes across to UK shores?
American social science film, The Giver, was recently released on 15 August in the USA and is due to hit UK cinemas in the next few months. The film centres on a ‘perfect’ utopian society that lives without pain, war, suffering, differences or choice. However, when 12-year-old Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories, he must take on the emotions lacking in his perfect community and confront the unhappy truths of the real world.
Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites star in The Giver
Based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Lois Lowry, the movie has been produced by Jeff Bridges who spent years trying to bring the futuristic novel to the big screen. After encountering obstacles when Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film, Bridges was finally able to bring his vision to worldwide cinemas.
Continue reading: The Giver: What Do We Need To Know?
Jon Favreau's new movie 'Chef,' has got our mouths watering. Here's our top five favourite films about food. WARNING: Don't watch on an empty stomach!
Jon Favreau’s new film Chef was released last weekend to nearly unanimously positive reviews. Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times raved, “Favreau is flat-out terrific. Warm, dimensional and intuitive, his Carl proves an ideal combo of top dog and underdog - as well as a thoroughly credible kitchen master.”
Jon Favreau's new movie Chef has gone down a storm with the critics
Praise for Favreau and the script aside, hardly a single critic doesn’t recommend making sure you watch Chef on a full stomach. The tantalising dishes served up are just too much to take if you’ve skipped lunch. We recommend stocking up on snacks before watching these fantastic food movies, too.
Continue reading: 'Chef' And Our Five Other Favorite Films About Food
The Hunger Games shoots in Paris, Warren Beatty films his Hughes biopic in L.A., and Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell hit the set in Dublin. Trailers reveal more of The Expendables 3 and the Ninja Turtles reboot. And there's a back-stage glimpse of The Giver, while new clips build anticipation for X-men: Days of Future Past...
In Paris, Jennifer Lawrence was caught on camera as she shot scenes for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 involving a huge crowd of elaborately costumed extras. The hotly anticipated Mockingjay Part 1 opens this coming November, with Part 2 coming in 2015. Check out photos from 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' film set in Paris - May 2014.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Warren Beatty was shooting his new Howard Hughes movie out on the streets where photographers caught Matthew Broderick and a glammed-up Lily Collins at work. The still-untitled film centres on an affair the elderly Hughes (played by Beatty) had with a younger woman. Costars include Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Alden Ehrenreich, Brooklyn Decker, Oliver Platt and Candice Bergen. The film will be out next year. Take a look at the photos of Lily Collins and Matthew Broderick prep for filming 'Untitled Warren Beatty Project' - May 2014.
The Oscar pizza guy was real, though he had no idea he'd be delivering slices to the stars.
The Oscar pizza guy who turned up at the 86th Academy Awards to deliver Ellen Degeneres, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep some premium cheesy goodness walked away with a $1000 tip. Edgar, the owner of Big Mama's & Papa's pizza in Los Angeles appeared at the Dolby Theatre and in front of millions watching at home and delivered pizza to the A-listers in the first couple of rows at the Oscars.
Ellen DeGeneres Personally Tipped the Oscars pizza guy $1,000
The order came in 24 hours before the Oscars though Edgar assumed he would be delivering pizza to the writers, producers and backstage crew. However, when he arrived, he was led to the auditorium and found himself waiting for a tip from Pitt, Streep and company.
Continue reading: Yep, The Oscars Pizza Guy Was Real, And He Got Tipped $1,000
In light of James Corden's recent onstage kiss with Nick Grimshaw, we look at our other favourite award's show kisses.
Good friends Nick Grimshaw and James Corden shared an intimate (and kind of tonguey) kiss at last night’s BRIT awards, much to the delight of the crowd. The kiss marked the final time that Corden would present the awards show, and also seemed to make quite an impression on Nick who then propositioned his friend: "We can be happy together. Just leave your wife! We can bring up that child on our own."
Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson shared a kiss on stage at the MTV VMAs
Famous people kissing has become almost as much a part of awards shows these days as presenting and receiving the actual awards themselves!
Continue reading: Corden And Grimshaw? Our Favourite Awards Show Kisses
Meryl Streep is returning to the indie scene with the feminist drama Suffragette.
Meryl Streep will play British activist Emmeline Pankhurst in Ruby Films’ Suffragette, the studio has announced. Pankhurst was the leader of the British Suffragette movement who founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the early 1900s. The veteran actress, who is an outspoken feminist and equality advocate herself, has come into the project on short notice, since the film begins shooting in the UK on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Streep is diving back into the indie scene with a hard-hitting drama about the Suffragette movement.
Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan, who plays a young foot soldier of the early feminist movement who is radicalized and turns to violence after seeing peaceful protests achieve nothing. Streep plays a supporting part. The film will reunite her with screenwriter Abi Morgan, who worked with Streep on the Margaret Thatcher biopic Iron Lady. Sarah Gavron is directing. The film doesn’t have a distributor yet, which means that it may take some time and a couple of festival tours until Suffragette comes to a theatre near you.
Meryl Streep stuns in 'August: Osage County' - but will it win her another Oscar?
It seems like all Meryl Streep has to do is sneeze on-screen to get an Oscar nomination. But then, that sneeze would probably be utterly amazing. Since she first hit movie screens in 1977's Julia, stealing focus from Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, she has been a force to reckon with every year during awards season. She landed the first of her record 18 Oscar nominations two years later for The Deer Hunter, then won her first Oscar a year after that for Kramer vs Kramer.
Meryl Streep [center[ in August: Osage County
Over the next 35 years, she has won two more times: in 1983 for Sophie's Choice and, after a very long wait, in 2012 for The Iron Lady. And the longest gap between nominations was the five years between 1991's Postcards From the Edge and 1996's The Bridges of Madison County.
Continue reading: 'August Osage County': The Frankly Unstoppable Meryl Streep
Hey NRA. Harvey Weinstein is coming for you.
Harvey Weinstein Has A NRA Movie Up His Sleeve
Speaking on Howard Stern's radio show, the big time movie producer said he plans to make a project that takes on the controversial group. He didn't go into specifics but said that multiple Oscar winner Streep was involved and that it would not be a documentary, but "a big movie like Mr Smith goes to Washington."
As we swing into awards season, the drama heightens: 'Gravity' is top dog, Steve McQueen won't stoop to hecklers and Meryl Streep knows how to make a good speech.
People's Choice Selects Victors: This week saw the annual People's Choice awards handed out and what an evening it was. Hosted by the stellar Two Broke Girls' Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings, the audience were kept laughing whilst a slew of gongs were distributed to the year's finest figures in popular culture. Sandra Bullock emerged as the star of the evening after she won four awards for her roles in Gravity and The Heat, not including the overall film win for the space thriller. Check out all the winners here.
The evening also brought tears, drama and scandal as former Vampire Diaries couple Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder hinted during their acceptance speech that things are still very amicable between them whilst singer/actress Jennifer Hudson welled up with emotion when she was honoured with a 'favorite humanitarian award.' Read up on the glam evening's highlights here.
Streep's speech in honor of Emma Thompson at Tuesday night's awards went in an unexpected direction.
Meryl Streep has been a self-professed feminist throughout her career and she walked the walk on during Tuesday night’s National Board of Review gala in New York. The August: Osage County actress took the stage to present her colleague and friend Emma Thompson with the Best Actress award for her role in Saving Mr. Banks and in the process ripped into Walt Disney for his sexist and racist tendencies.
Streep used the National Board of Review platform to express some controversial opinions.
A transcript of her speech has been obtained by Entertainment Weekly. In her ten minute address, Streep said: "Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn't really like women... Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company's policies, a gender bigot...”
Continue reading: Meryl Streep Toasts Emma Thompson And Roasts Walt Disney
The actress called out the late animator for his unsavoury views whilst celebrating a new Disney movie and Emma Thompson.
Meryl Streep has called out the late animator and business magnate Walt Disney for the views he allegedly that that would nowadays be considered highly offensive. The August: Osage County star made the comments at the National Board of Review awards gala where she was presenting fellow actress Emma Thompson with an award for her portrayal of P.L. Travers, the writer of the Mary Poppins books, in the new Disney film Saving Mr Banks.
Meryl Streep Called Out Walt Disney At The National Board Of Review Awards Gala.
"Disney, who brought joy, arguably, to billions of people, was perhaps, or had some racist proclivities," said Streep, according to Vanity Fair magazine. "He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobby. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company's policies, a gender bigot."
The Capri Awards have a history of foretelling the favorites for the Oscars.
After early predictions pegged the Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts starrer August: Osage County as a frontrunner for awards season 2014, the film has now picked up four awards at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival.
Streep received the Best Actress awards, possibly setting her up for a successful awards season.
The film centers on the reunion on a dysfunctional family in which Streep plays the prescription drug addicted matriarch Violet. The Tracy Letts adaptation won Film of the Year, while Streep (naturally) won the Best Actress award for her role. The cast also picked up the Best Ensemble award. Co-star Chris Cooper was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.
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.
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.
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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?"
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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"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.
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