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Watch: Tommy Lee Jones Rides Into Danger In First Trailer For 'The Homesman' With Hilary Swank & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 12:35 PM
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The Homesman
The Cannes Film Festival lineup is just around the corner, and one movie we're banking on making an appearance is the sophomore feature film directorial effort from Tommy Lee Jones, "The Homesman." The first trailer is here, and it's promising stuff.

Meryl Streep To Star In Diablo Cody-Penned Jonathan Demme Pic, Kevin Spacey To Play Churchill & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 3:23 PM
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Two projects have cropped up this afternoon, one of which that needs financing and the other a director, with both featuring two of the best acting talents around. So let's hope some movie producers open up their wallets and do their jobs.

Watch: First Trailer For YA Adaptation 'The Giver' Starring Jeff Bridges & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 9:17 AM
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The Giver
Here we go again... While Jeff Bridges may have been on the ball with "The Giver," developing the adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning book for well over a decade, the film is entering an arena littered with carcasses of similar, but failed efforts ("The Host," "Beautiful Creatures," "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" etc). So can this one rise above the pack?

Watch: 'Bitman Begins' & 'Ameowdeus' With Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Gary Oldman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 9:05 AM
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Ameowdeus
In case you were blessed with the superhuman ability to withstand more television after enduring the 3 1/2 hour Oscar ceremony, then perhaps you tuned in (late) last night for a very special episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Or perhaps you went straight to bed like the rest of us. But no worries, because the highlights are now online.

Jai Courtney Is Kyle Reese In 'Terminator' Reboot, Meryl Streep Joins Carey Mulligan In 'Suffragette' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 1:46 PM
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Jai Courtney, Kyle Reese, Terminator Genesis
The long national nightmare is finally over. Sort of. After other people like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund passed on the part, Jai Courtney has landed the role of Kyle Reese in the "Terminator" reboot aka "Terminator 5" aka "Terminator: Genesis." Hooray. He'll join the returning Ah-nuld, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke in the Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," "Thor: The Dark World") directed movie, about which details are being kept under wraps for now.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

Harvey Weinstein Planning 'The Senator's Wife,' An Anti-NRA, 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington'-Style Film With Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 2:43 PM
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The Senator's Wife Harvey Weinstein Meryl Streep
While Harvey Weinstein didn't have such a great morning today, with rising producer Megan Ellison roundly trouncing the awards season veteran with her movies tallying 17 nominations, he's still likely pleased that the reliable Meryl Streep was once again given a nod, this time for her work in his "August: Osage County." And now it looks like the pair are lining up their third project together (you forgot about "Music Of The Heart," didn't you?), one that will draw no shortage of controversy.

Review: Sprawling, Sneering 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2013 1:07 PM
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August: Osage County
It's undeniable that, at least on paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a can't-miss proposition. Pairing Tracey Letts' Pulitizer Prize and Tony Award-winning play with an outstanding ensemble cast ranging from awards-nominated veterans to rising young stars—Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham—it's hard to fathom the material not working. And while the choice of helmer John Wells ("The Company Men") might not seem like the most inspired decision, all he theoretically has to do is put the camera on a tripod and let the actors do their thing. And he does. And yet, 'Osage County' still turns out be an exhausting, screechy drama, in which a lot of very good actors work very hard, and yet produce so little as a result.

‘August: Osage County’ Didn’t Change Its Ending; Watch 1-Hour-Plus Q&A With Cast & Producer George Clooney Plus New Photos

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 26, 2013 5:09 PM
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August: Osage County
Expectations can be a bitch or a nice surprise when you’re out of synch with the conventional wisdom. Reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival (including ours) might have led some to believe (myself included) that “August: Osage County” is shrill, pitched up to one volume and disjointed. While it’s unclear if it’s been through an editing process in the three months since the September festival circuit, the “August: Osage County” I saw last night was unexpectedly funny. This is pure Tracy Letts (the playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for ‘August’ onstage in 2008). A corrosive and toxic look at family, “August: Osage County” is unrelentingly dark, but it’s also a black comedy with the most delicious of evil barbs. Family is a four letter word? Hell, yes.

Watch: Meryl Streep Isn't Politically Correct In 4 Clips From 'August: Osage County'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 3:32 PM
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Although it isn't opening for another month, Harvey Weinstein wants to remind audiences (and of course, Oscar voters) that Meryl Streep is once again in contention and eats up whole scenes in the forthcoming "August: Osage County." So four brand new clips—in advance in some sort of live Facebook chat or something tomorrow night—have arrived to show off her skills.

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