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From Meryl Streep to Expendables Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford, Big Stars in Small Roles Boost Summer Blockbusters

The trailers for “The Giver,” a dystopian adventure based on the 1993 Newbery Medal-winning novel by Lois Lowry that opens this weekend, features a character who was a mere footnote in this influential young-adult source for such futuristic fables as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent." Not only that, she's Hollywood royalty hiding under a veil of gray hair: Meryl Streep.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 12, 2014 5:24 PM
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WATCH: Disney's 'Into the Woods' Gets a Tantalizing First Trailer (And Production Photos)

Musical theaters nerds, our wishes have been granted: the first trailer for Rob Marshall's adaptation of "Into the Woods" is here, and it definitely makes us wish for more.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 1:40 PM
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Comic-Con 2014: Why 'The Giver' Is Like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'John Carter'

The Comic-Con footage for "The Giver" looks good once you get past the all-too similar dystopian subject matter. Even though Lois Lowry's book paved the way for all that young adult fiction 21 years ago, can the Weinsteins make audiences want to see it?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2014 4:33 PM
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Screen Talk Report from Halls of Comic-Con, 'The Giver' and Other Oscar Possibilities

Every year I approach the trip to Comic-Con in San Diego with equal measures of anticipation and dread. Why? It's huge, crowded, stressful and crammed with the best and worst of pop culture. I talk about it with Indiewire critic Eric Kohn on our weekly podcast, sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Hall H between panels with my laptop, holding my snowball mic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2014 12:49 PM
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Handicapping this Year's Movie Musicals, from 'Jersey Boys' to 'Annie' to 'Into the Woods'

The multiplex is alive once more with the sound of Broadway show tunes: a trio of popular shows, all aimed at distinctly different audiences, will take a bow in movie theaters this year.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 17, 2014 7:00 AM
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TriStar's Rothman Adds 'Bridesmaids' Scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo to His Starry Roster

Chalk up another win for new TriStar Productions chief Tom Rothman, who is lining up an impressive roster of movies for Sony release. The latest: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the writing team behind 2011's groundbreaking "Bridesmaids," are joining forces to write, produce and star in another comedy. The film will also be Wiig's directorial debut, a welcome change, given that of the 129 major films due to be released this year, only four are directed by women.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:39 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'The Giver' -- Weinsteins Give YA Drama 'Butler' Slot

A first trailer for "The Giver" has arrived, adapted from Lois Lowry's classic YA novel of the same title. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges both star (with Bridges playing the Giver), along with Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brendan Thwaites. The Weinsteins are aiming at August--for now. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 12:09 PM
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Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep is up for an Oscar on March 2 for her over-the-top portrayal of a grieving, drug-addicted mother in John Wells' movie version of Tracy Letts' Broadway smash "August: Osage County," although she's not pegged for another win. Critic Karina Longworth zeroes in on ten iconic Streep characters in her new book.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 5:11 PM
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Meryl Streep Joins Carey Mulligan for 'Suffragette,' Written by Abi Morgan

Meryl Streep is set to play Brit political activist Emmilene Pankhurst in "Suffragette," alongside Carey Mulligan. The period drama will be helmed by Sarah Gavron ("Brick Lane"), and is written by "Iron Lady" scribe Abi Morgan.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 1:33 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Marshall Harvey on Albert Brooks' Otherworldly Limbo Dramedy 'Defending Your Life'

To Live and Shake and Die in LA! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with editor Marshall Harvey introducing Albert Brooks' "Defending Your Life," starring Meryl Streep and Brooks.
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  • January 24, 2014 3:05 PM
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