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Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz & Milla Jovovich Are 'ExpendaBelles'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2013 3:21 PM
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Avi Lerner has found a pretty successful formula with "The Expendables." With two films grossing just under $600 million worldwide combined, and a third on the way, the recipe of old-people-doing-action-stuff has paid off well. But why just relegate the franchise to the dudes? You may have forgotten, but last year a female twist on the series was put into development called "ExpendaBelles" (GET IT?) and it seems it's actually a thing that might happen.

Oscars: A Look At The Best Actress Front-Runners, Including Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock & Amy Adams

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 16, 2013 3:00 PM
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Received wisdom has it that, in most years, the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards is less competitive than their male equivalent. It's certainly true, if it even needs to be said, that great roles for women are far, far less common than they are for men. But one only has to think of the performances that haven't been nominated in recent years to realize that it's not the lack of talent out there, so much as the Academy, or even the prognosticators, tending to be a little more conservative in their picks.

Meryl Streep Gets Witchy In First Official Image From Disney Musical 'Into The Woods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 10:31 AM
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Frankly, it should be criminal how talented Meryl Streep is, and certainly, there will never be another one like her. The three-time Oscar winner has a Wikipedia page dedicated to her various nominations and honors, and from drama to comedy to musicals, she's not only done it all, she's knocked it out the park more often than not. So next her on list of things to do? Play a witch in a Disney musical.

Watch: New Trailer & Photos Of 'August: Osage County' Starring Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 9:17 AM
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August: Osage County
With TIFF heading into its last few days, and NYFF around the corner, we're only at the start of the awards season, and Harvey Weinstein will be in full effect. This year in Toronto, he's been busy acquiring films and unveiling a small handful of movies, but one of most high profile was "August: Osage County."

'August: Osage County' Ending Still In Flux After TIFF Premiere

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 3:12 PM
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While we weren't too keen on John Wells' adaptation of Tracey Letts' "August: Osage County" (you can read our review here), that doesn't mean that the film isn't still a heavy Oscar contender, especially with the star wattage of the cast (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, the list goes on) and the raw schmoozing power of its producer, Harvey Weinstein. One thing that seems to be very much in the air, though, is the nature of the ending, which was changed at the last minute due to test audience reactions and Weinstein's insistence, but still could go back before the movie's theatrical opening in December. Read on for details of the saga; spoiler warning for those who care about the downbeat conclusion to a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that ran on Broadway for a hundred years.

TIFF Review: 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 10:43 PM
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August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep
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.

Meryl Streep Joins YA Adaptation 'The Giver' With Jeff Bridges

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 7:29 PM
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Meryl Streep has seemingly done it all in her career, but a YA adaptation? Nope...not until now anyway. The legendary actress is getting ready to make herself known to the tween set by coming on board "The Giver," which will also mark her first collaboration with Jeff Bridges.

Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep Reteam And Move Into 'The Good House'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 1:49 PM
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While they already have the classic "The Deer Hunter," the underrated "Falling In Love" and the tough indie "Marvin's Room" under their belt, it has been seventeen years since Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep last graced the big screen together. But it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for another movie with the legendary pair as they've got a new project lined up.

Watch: First Trailer For 'August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 8:58 AM
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August: Osage County' Starring Meryl Streep
On paper, "August: Osage County" looks like a no-brainer awards season behemoth. Based on prize-winning source material? Check. All-star cast? Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney and Margo Martindale...so hell yes. An exciting director? John Wells. Okay, so two out of three ain't bad. The end result? Well...

Sorry, Meryl Streep Won't Be In 'Anchorman 2,' But Greg Kinnear & Josh Lawson Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 3:12 PM
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About a week ago, word start burbling around the interwebs that Meryl Streep was looking to cameo in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." Speaking with Shortlist, Steve Carell said about his "Hope Springs" co-star: "Meryl Streep told me she was a huge 'Anchorman' fan and she’d love to have a cameo in the sequel. That could be really funny. There are going to be plenty of great cameos in this movie." And while that notion is a fun one to think about, alas, it has not come pass.

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