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Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Picture Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 26, 2013 2:34 PM
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After 6-9 months of fevered speculation and prognostication, the 2012/2013 awards season climaxed on Sunday night with the 85th Academy Awards, as Ben Affleck's "Argo" took Best Picture, Ang Lee won his second Best Director Oscar, Daniel Day-Lewis became the first person to win three Best Actor awards, Christoph Waltz took his second Supporting trophy in four years, and Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence won their first awards.

Ewan McGregor Latest To Join Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts & More In 'August: Osage County'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 5:09 PM
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Emboldened by two Best Picture wins in two years (plus two Best Directors, two Best Actors and a Best Actress...), Harvey Weinstein seems to be setting out to win all the Oscars in 2013 -- "The Master" and "Silver Linings Playbook" all look like players, and The Weinstein Company is also holding out hope for "Django Unchained," "Killing Them Softly," "Untouchable," "Song for Marion," "Quartet" and more. Next year, however, he's going for a simpler approach, by cramming as many acclaimed actors as possible into a single acclaimed piece of source material.

Sam Shepard To Head The Weston Clan In 'August: Osage County' & Jennifer Jason Leigh Wants 'The Spectacular Now'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 28, 2012 12:37 PM
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There's quite a cast building for the upcoming adaptation of "Bug" and "Killer Joe" scribe Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, "August: Osage County." Of course, there's the powerhouse teaming of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, but on top of that, names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis and Andrea Riseborough are also on board the film, which will see John Wells ("The Company Men") direct.

Benedict Cumberbatch Heads To 'Osage County'; Mireille Enos Takes 'Breacher'; Shiloh Fernandez & Alexander Ludwig Book Gigs

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 24, 2012 10:18 AM
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In today’s casting round-up, we have some news regarding a boxing biopic, an adaptation of an award-winning play, another cop film from the king of cop films, and the true story of a Navy SEAL mission gone wrong.

William Hurt Tells 'Winter's Tale'; Margo Martindale Moves To 'Osage County'; Terrence Howard Has 'A Girl And A Gun' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2012 10:37 AM
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It's a good week for dream projects with Akiva Goldsman involved, with Warner Bros. helping to make them come true. With the studio now taking a very close look at Ron Howard's sprawling "The Dark Tower," they are also flipping the switch on the long developing "Winter's Tale." Set to mark Goldsman directorial debut, the fantasy will be led by Collin Farrell and "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Findlay-Brown with Will Smith and Russell Crowe in small roles, in the story that follows a thief who breaks into a wealthy man’s home, sparking a relationship with the man’s terminally ill daughter with reincarnation, a flying horse, and a time-shift of 100 years all playing a part of the plot. William Hurt has now joined the film, and will be playing the father of the dying girl. Production begins in October.

Abigail Breslin & Juliette Lewis Join 'August: Osage County' With Julia Roberts & Meryl Streep

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 2:22 PM
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You know, with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep already starring in this thing, the filmmakers could populate the rest of "August: Osage County" with circus clowns, and not only would the two leads still deliver strong performances, and inevitable Oscar nominations would follow. It looks like the folks behind the film plan to surround their leads with some strong talent, and two more reliable names are coming on board.

Chris Cooper Moves To 'August: Osage County' & James Woods Signs Up For 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 4:47 PM
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Two of our fave grizzled actors have joined a couple of upcoming flicks, so read onward to see who will growl in what....

Andrea Riseborough To Join Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts In 'August: Osage County'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 6, 2012 8:58 AM
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If the name Andrea Riseborough isn't one you're overly familiar with, you might want to do the appropriate homework. The rising British actress broke onto the scene in 2010 with "Made In Dagenham," "Never Let Me Go" and "Brighton Rock" but didn't exactly earn much recognition as all three films failed to make a big impression. Madonna's "W.E.," in which Riseborough plays infamous heiress Wallis Simpson, also came and went, but the actress is fighting back, starring in "Shadow Dancer" and "Welcome to the Punch" later this year and is currently shooting "Oblivion" opposite Tom Cruise. And now, most excitingly, the actress is lining up a teaming with two of the biggest names going around.

Julia Roberts & Meryl Streep May Combine Powers In September To Finally Shoot 'August: Osage County'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2012 12:20 PM
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We're surprised this hasn't happened sooner, but the delay has not been for a lack of trying. On paper, the pairing of Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep is a no brainer, but in reality it's been hard to pull off. Way back in 2010, the pair signed up to star in "August: Osage County," an adaptation of Tracy Letts' ("Killer Joe," "Bug") Tony award-winning play about the relationship between a drug addicted family matriarch Violet (Streep) and her daughter Barbara Fordham (Roberts). The latter is reeling from the revelation that her husband is cheating on her, but the entire family comes together when the patriach of the clan goes missing, and sparks fly. So yeah, sounds awards season-ready and pretty damn great.

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