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VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE: Roberts, Ejiofor, Elba and Clooney on Front Cover, Who Was Brave Enough to Pose for a Chuck Close Polaroid? (VIDEO)

The annual Vanity Fair Hollywood cover has arrived in the mail. They've gone back to established movie stars for the front cover: those gorgeous faces include Oscar contenders Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), as well as global movie stars Idris Elba ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") and George Clooney ("Gravity").
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 14, 2014 2:41 PM
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Grammys Score Big Viewership UPDATED (Plus Watch Roberts, Leto, Renner Presenter Videos)

UPDATE: Grammy viewership was strong last night, with early ratings suggesting it scored one of the top largest three audiences for the show in the past 20 years. Almost 30 million viewers tuned in between 8 and 11 pm (but because the show went until nearly midnight, these first numbers are still incomplete). At the moment, this is about on par with last year's show.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 27, 2014 11:50 AM
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Larry Kramer's 'A Normal Heart' Will Debut on HBO in May

Ryan Murphy and Larry Kramer's adaptation of his Tony-winning play 'A Normal Heart,' starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, will debut in May for HBO Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 6:56 PM
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Review and Roundup: 'August: Osage County,' Starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (VIDEO)

Crowdpleaser "August: Osage County" is a messy sprawling dysfunctional family drama that manages to wring some tears by its utterly satisfying conclusion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2013 1:53 PM
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Watch: THR's Actress Round Table with Oprah, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong'o (VIDEO)

The Hollywood Reporter's round table series adds its next installment this morning, assembling actresses Oprah Winfrey ("Lee Daniels' The Butler"), Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks"), Octavia Spencer ("Fruitvale Station"), Amy Adams ("American Hustle") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") to talk everything from summoning tears for Steven Spielberg to, er, "muff shots." Quote highlights below, plus full video.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 4:22 PM
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Harvey Weinstein Cuts a Swath Through the Fall Fests, from 'August: Osage County' to Pick-Ups

The Weinstein Co. was on the move on the fall festival circuit. They unveiled hyped documentary "Salinger" to mixed response and Stephen Frears' Judi Dench vehicle "Philomena" to raves in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. They world-premiered at TIFF not only sprawling dysfunctional family drama "August: Osage County," which will factor in the Oscar race for Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and possibly even supporting stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper, but "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as the South African leader, which failed to achieve take-off, the well-received "One Chance," based on the true story of a Welsh coal miner who goes on Britain's Got Talent and turns world class opera singer, and Maverick Series doc "12.12.12."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 3:13 PM
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EW's Fall Movie Preview Arrives: 'Anchorman' Sequel, 'August: Osage County,' Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Tell-All (TRAILERS)

A huge survey of the season's most anticipated films, Entertainment Weekly's annual fall movie preview hits newsstands today. From the "Anchorman" sequel to Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," we've rounded up some highlights here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 9, 2013 2:05 PM
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Trailer Watch: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Go Toe-to-Toe in Weinstein Entry 'August: Osage County'

Check out the first trailer for "August: Osage County," starring heavyhitters Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The Weinstein film hits theaters on November 8 and, needless to say, is a likely Oscar contender. (Harvey Weinstein is expected to introduce some material on the film at a press preview in Cannes.)
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 10, 2013 2:57 PM
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Weinstein Lines Up Oscar Slate, First Reactions to 'August: Osage County,' Starring Streep

First reactions are coming in for the Weinsteins' "August: Osage County," an adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play with director John Wells at the helm. TWC production exec Ben Famiglietti told Harvey Weinstein that the 190-page play was "the best writing ever out of Chicago," Weinstein recalled at a Sundance panel. "It was amazing, we invested in the play, which means getting movie rights. It stars Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, is produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 4:19 PM
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Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo to Star in Larry Kramer's HIV-AIDS Drama 'The Normal Heart,' with Director Ryan Murphy

Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo are set to star in HBO Films' "The Normal Heart." Roberts' "Eat Pray Love" director Ryan Murphy will helm the project, set to shoot in New York City later this year. The film will be based on Larry Kramer's Tony Award winning play of the same name.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 4, 2013 5:34 PM
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