Steven Spielberg has always done a fine job of rotating between his entertainments and his more serious pictures. After all, we’re talking about a filmmaker who somehow managed to release Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List in the same year. Note how he balanced The Adventures of Tintin with War Horse and Bridge of Spies with The BFG. It’s no coincidence that the upcoming Ready Player One will arrive shortly before The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. Spielberg is a storyteller with many interests and we are better for it.
And on a day that confirmed he will soon get around to finally making Indiana Jones 5, it only makes sense that we would also learn that Spielberg is making a movie about the infamous “Pentagon Papers,” with the thespian dream team of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep set to star.
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After tackling time travel last year with 11.22.63 and a futuristic theme park populated by advanced androids in Westworld next month, director/producer J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner are venturing into different territory for their next television project.
Warner Bros. Television has just closed a deal for J.J. Abrams to direct and produce a television adaptation of Nathan Hill‘s multi-generational story The Nix. The novel follows a woman who gets national media attention for throwing rocks at a conservative governor on the presidential campaign trail and her estranged son who uses her sudden controversial fame to advance his career by smearing her profile. Making this series sound even more interesting is that it will have Meryl Streep making a leap to TV in the lead role.
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There are few hard and fast rules in the world of filmmaking, many of them technical. However, there is one that is more important than just about any other: any movie that features the presence of Meryl Streep has an instant leg up on every other movie in existence. The three-time Oscar winner has made bad movies watchable and has consistently turned in one magnificent performance after another in more than her fair share of great movies. Even when she’s goofing off and having a lark on screen, she’s still making the whole “being one of the greatest actors of all time” thing look effortless.
The latest movie to become instantly more interesting by adding Streep to the cast is Mary Poppins Returns, which has cast her as Topsy, the cousin of Emily Blunt‘s Mary Poppins.
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Director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) has not one but two biopics out in theaters this year. The Program was recently released, but the Lance Armstrong biopic was a disappointment, despite a dedicated performance from Ben Foster. It’s probably Frears’ next film, Florence Foster Jenkins, that more people will be talking about later this year. The director’s upcoming picture stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Rebecca Ferguson.
Watch the Florence Foster Jenkins trailer below.
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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Meryl Streep can do just about anything. She’s done comedy and drama, played witches and rock stars and Holocaust survivors, brought the likes of Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child to life — and for all that trouble, she’s been nominated for Oscar a record 19 times (including three wins). But the one thing she can’t do, in the new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, is sing.
To be fair, Streep herself can sing perfectly well — you can hear her in musicals like Mamma Mia! and Into the Woods. It’s her character who possesses a famously abysmal voice. However, Florence Foster Jenkins isn’t letting a little thing like lack of talent keep her from pursuing a career as an opera singer. Especially since, thanks to her devoted manager St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), she has no idea how bad she is. Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda, and Rebecca Ferguson also star. Watch the Florence Foster Jenkins trailer after the jump. Read More »
Meryl Streep (Adaptation) isn’t a feminist. In her own words, she’s a humanist, a comment which drew some flack, as did a recent photo shoot she did to promote her newest picture, Suffragette. In the photo, Streep wore a shirt with the slogan, “I’d rather be a rebel than slave,” an arguably tone deaf and outdated line from Emmeline Pankhurst, the women’s right activist portrayed by Streep in the film.
These recent missteps shouldn’t detract from everything right the actress has to say, though. Such as her comment about Rotten Tomatoes needing more female critics. Read more after the jump.
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Forbes has released their annual list of the highest paid actresses and actors. Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence tops the actress list, while Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr tops the highest paid actor list. Not any big surprises there. Hit the jump to see the rest of the lists to find out who are the biggest movie stars of 2015.
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Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015 by Angie Han
We got a brief teaser for Suffragette back in April thanks to the U.K. election. But today we have a much better look at what may very well be the source of Meryl Streep‘s next Oscar nomination.
Directed by Sarah Gavron, the historical drama chronicles the fight for women’s suffrage in 1910s England, led by activists like Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep). But the real center of this particular story is a foot soldier in the movement, a working class woman named Maud played by Carey Mulligan. Watch the new Suffragette trailer after the jump. Read More »
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In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a woman whose career as the frontwoman of a rock band seems to be kind of fading (she’s playing clubs, not massive stadiums), but a trip home in order to support her adult child in a for a moment of crisis forces her to confront the many aftereffects of putting her music career before her family. And because this is Meryl Streep (being directed by Jonathan Demme, no less, from a script by Diablo Cody) she makes the process of wringing tears out of audiences look pretty effortless.
Check out the Ricki and the Flash trailer below, and keep an eye out for Meryl’s amazing American flag back tattoo. What’s the story behind that? Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s easy to take for granted the right to vote when you don’t remember ever not having it. In truth, women won that right less than a century ago in the U.S. and the U.K. And though the victory feels inevitable in retrospect, it was a painful struggle at the time.
In the first Suffragette trailer, Carey Mulligan plays a foot soldier of the movement — a young wife and mother who’s decided to fight for herself and women like her. Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, a legendary activist. Watch the first Suffragette trailer after the jump. Read More »