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A new red-band clip from director John Wells’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play August: Osage County has been released online, and it is very Nsfw. The story follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. This new clip is a nice showcase of the complicated and tense relationship between Meryl Streep’s pill-popping matriarch and Julia Roberts’ oldest daughter. As you can see, there’s not exactly a language filter in this family, and Roberts more than holds her own opposite Streep for the film’s runtime, turning in her best performance in years. Hit the jump to watch the new red-band clip, and click here to read Matt’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also stars Julianne Nicholson, Ewan McGregor, »
- Adam Chitwood
Weinstein Co's August: Osage County has a new red band clip up for their very-eagerly-anticipated release, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. The film helmed by John Wells from the play and script by Tracy Letts, opens on Christmas Day, and looks like another winner for the top tier distributor. August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. ] »
Catch an exclusive featurette from John Wells' John Wells August: Osage County. The incredible cast of the Weinstein Co release which opens on Christmas Day includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. »
To say the ensemble cast of the upcoming film “August: Osage County” is star-studded would be an understatement. A-listers like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Chris Cooper, are usually names rattled off together by a presenter in an awards show. Yet, with 'August' they’re all there, and surprisingly, most of them had to audition. “We saw a lot of people audition that hadn’t auditioned in years,” casting director Kerry Barden said to Backstage, who worked on the project with his partner, Paul Schnee, of Barden/Schnee Casting. “It was one of those high-profile projects that a lot of movie stars were attracted to. There aren’t that many roles. It was a really exciting casting process for it.” Dermot Mulroney, who will next star as the lead in NBC’s new series “Crisis,” originally auditioned for the role of Bill Fordham (played by McGregor), but Barden »
Alexander Payne directed and co-wrote only six films, including Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants, but he’s regarded as one of the best American filmmakers working today. He’s directed some of the best performances from Hollywood’s top actors, including Paul Giamatti, Jack Nicholson, and George Clooney in starring roles, and he and his writing partner Jim Taylor have picked up two Oscars for best adapted screenplay. His new film, Nebraska, stars Bruce Dern, who won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Nebraska adds another strong resonant chapter to Payne’s remarkable filmography, so we thought we should take a look back at his career. Here is our list of his movies in order of least favourite to favourite. Enjoy!
Directed by Alexander Payne
USA , 2011
In tone, approach, and general structure, »
The cast of John Wells' chilling portrait of an American family, August: Osage County, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney, gathered at Essex House New York on Central Park South during Thanksgiving week to celebrate the upcoming Christmas day Us release of their film. Sam Shepard, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch were conjured up by Meryl Streep. Julia Roberts got the parakeets and wanted to set straight her relationship with Dermot Mulroney on the set, while he spoke about a most memorable dinner scene and who has the best coffee.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
In awards consideration, a voter tries to be objective. But when any human watches a film or TV show, they bring along all their thoughts and feelings about life — and death.
By any standard, James Gandolfini’s performance in “Enough Said” is a gem. But it is hard to watch the film without occasionally thinking about his shocking death in June at age 51. Should those thoughts affect his awards chances? Absolutely not.
In conversations, many people have told me they like the film, but they almost never mention him. If I bring up Gandolfini’s name, they say “He’s wonderful, it’s so sad, isn’t it?” or something similar. People don’t like to be reminded of death, and I fear he is getting more pity than appreciation, as if his performance belongs in a different, lesser category.
I just hope everyone will consider his work with the »
- Tim Gray
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me"
What's It About? The Memphis band Big Star has legions of diehard fans and critical acclaim aplenty, and its influence can be felt across the history of rock 'n' roll. But why did mainstream success elude them? Why did Big Star flame out after only three albums? This doc tries to put the pieces together.
Why We're In: Even fans don't know the whole story about this cult band and its members, so this doc will help them fill in some of the blanks. Chris Bell died in 1978 as an unknown, and the late Alex Chilton was also not a huge fan of talking to the media. "Nothing Can Hurt Me" puts the band into context of the Memphis scene, and it has tons of interviews with everyone left who was involved with the band, rock critics, and »
- Jenni Miller
New York, November 27: Meryl Streep has revealed that she been smoking and staying up late drinking red wine to prepare for her next role.
The 64-year-old American actress has been indulging in "a lot of smoking and bad posture and staying up late drinking red wine with Margo Martindale" to prepare for her role as a very badly behaved Oklahoma matriarch in 'August: Osage County', the New York Post reported.
'The Devil Wears Prada' actress was spotted with Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Chris Cooper, director John Wells and writer Tracy Letts at the AMC Lincoln Square event. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Getaway (action, Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez; rated PG-13) Jobs (biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs; Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney; rated PG-13) Red 2 (action sequel; Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins; PG-13) Turbo (animated; voices: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti; rated PG) The Truth About Emanuel (thriller; Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario; pretheatrical release; not rated) The Punk Singer...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Max Martini, who starred in The Unit and recently appeared in Pacific Rim and Captain Phillips, will play Christian Grey’s bodyguard in Fifty Shades of Grey. Martini’s character, Jason Taylor, is described in the book as a “taciturn” ex-military guy who heads Grey’s security detail.
Jamie Dornan has been cast as Grey and Dakota Johnson will star as Anastasia Steele in director Sam Taylor-Johnson adaptation of E L James’ erotic thriller. Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, and Jennifer Ehle will also co-star. The film, which had its release date recently delayed to Feb. 13, 2015, will begin filming in Vancouver in December. »
- Jeff Labrecque
In anticipation of the December 25 release of “August: Osage County,” all those excited for the upcoming film will have the opportunity to live stream a post-screening Q&A at 10:00Pm Et with Meryl Streep, director John Wells, writer Tracy Letts and cast members Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper and Dermot Mulroney. Adapted from Letts’ pulitzer prize winning play of the same name, “August: Osage County” tells the story of a shattered Osage County, Oklahoma family reeling from the sudden suicide of poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) who in passing leaves behind the unraveling emotional turmoils of a family that has refused to see eye to eye for far too long. “August: Osage County” stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. It is also produced by George Clooney, »
- Ramzi De Coster
The Weinstein Company will be hosting a screening followed by a live Q&A today with the cast of "August: Osage County" in New York City and Los Angeles. Meryl Streep, director John Wells, writer Tracy Letts and fellow cast members Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper and Dermot Mulroney will be on-site for the live, interactive Q&A session. The screening will be held at AMC Loews Theater Lincoln Square 13 at 8:00 Pm Est, with the Q&A following at 10:00 Pm. A simultaneous screening of the film will take place on at The TV Academy Theater in North Hollywood at 5:00 Pm Pst, which will be followed by a live stream at 7:00 Pm Pst of the interactive Q&A session from New York. When: Monday, November 25, 2013 New York Screening: 8:00 Pm Est Live Q&A to follow at 10:00 Pm Est Los Angeles Screening: 5: »
Sneak Peek a new clip revealing more footage from director John Wells' adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy play "August: Osage County", starring Meryl Streep, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin and Sam Shepard:
"...the strong-willed women of the 'Weston' family, come together during a family crisis, bringing them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional women who raised them..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "August: Osage County"...
- Michael Stevens
A new clip from director John Wells’ adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts play August: Osage County has been released online. The story follows the women of a family whose lives have splintered in many directions until a crisis bring them back to their childhood home and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. That pill-popping matriarch is played by Meryl Streep, and this new clip is from focuses on Streep’s character grilling one of her daughters’ (Juliette Lewis) new beau (Dermot Mulroney). It’s a nice tease of what to expect from Streep’s dark portrayal, and it comes in the middle of an extended dinner sequence that acts as the fantastic dramatic centerpiece of the film. Hit the jump to watch the clip and click here to read Matt’s review from Tiff. The film also stars Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margot Martindale, Chris Cooper, »
- Adam Chitwood
Taylor Swift's red hot!The singer stunned at the Weinstein Company's Holiday Party on Thursday. The country cutie looked radiant in her maroon long-sleeved, form-fitting dress. Swift finished her look with loose curls and her signature bold lip. But the "Begin Again" singer wasn't the only star at the Hollywood heavyweight's holiday party -- Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin were spotted chatting the night away at the bash, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., James Marsden, Jane Fonda and more! How do you think Swift looks? Tell toofab in the comment section below, and click "Launch Gallery" above to see all the party pics from last night's event! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Jean Fordham (Abigail Breslin) shares her vegetarian beliefs with the family over dinner in this first clip from the star-studded stage adaptation August: Osage County. Watch as family patriarch Charles Aikens (Chris Cooper) scoffs at her notion that when you eat meat you are ingesting an animal's fear. This scene also features ensemble cast members Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale and Dermot Mulroney.
August: Osage County comes to theaters December 25th, 2013 and stars Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Meryl Streep, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson. The film is directed by John Wells. »
Darkly comic drama "August: Osage County" tells the story of the Weston family, driven apart over the years only to return to their Oklahoma home for a funeral and a reunion with their overbearing, straight-shooting matriarch, Violet (Meryl Streep).
In this clip, premiering today exclusively on Moviefone, Violet complains to her daughter, Barbara (Julia Roberts), and Barbara's estranged husband, Bill (Ewan McGregor), about the recent hiring of a live-in Native American housekeeper, Johnna (Misty Upham). Violet doesn't see anything wrong with calling Johnna an Indian -- within earshot of the woman, no less -- despite Barbara and Bill's attempts to educate her otherwise.
Violet's stubbornness in this scene -- and self-congratulatory response to that stubbornness -- gives the audience a taste of what to expect from the character throughout the film, an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, who also wrote the screenplay. Get ready for lots »
- Katie Roberts
Making its debut out in Toronto back in September, John Wells’ August: Osage County has been coming in a little more under the radar in recent months, but is very much a contender heading towards January’s Oscar nominations announcement.
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts anchor the family comedy-drama, and having seen little from the film since the latest trailer that surfaced in tandem with its Tiff premiere, The Weinstein Company has released a new clip over on IMDb, giving a look at Streep as the family matriarch.
“August: Osage County” tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
- Kenji Lloyd
Watch the Q&A Live
Clooney, a producer on the film, recently premiered the pic at the AFI Film Festival.
“As you well know, Julia (Roberts) is an alcoholic,” Clooney joked. “It was easier to work with her because you just offer her booze, apply that with anything.”
Co-starring Meryl Streep, the bigscreen adaptation of the Tony award-winning play opens Dec. 25 in U.S. theaters.
Watch the Q&A Live
- Variety Staff
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