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Over her storied career, Meryl Streep has racked up dozens of film credits going back to the ’70s, scored a record-breaking 20 Oscar nominations (along with three wins), and, of course, delivered golden line after golden line.
With the actress turning 68 on Thursday, Variety decided it was as good a time as any to look back at some of Streep’s best lines, from the funny to the sassy to the downright inspirational.
“How do I look?” — Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Following a divorce, and nasty custody battle complete with character assassination and conflicted emotion, Streep as Joanna Kramer seals her first Oscar win with a question — “How do I look?” — as she boards an elevator to see her son.
“The dingo took my baby!” – “Cry in the Dark” (1988)
Often misquoted as “A dingo ate my baby,” Streep’s exclamation after a wild dog snatches her infant from a tent, delivered in a flawless Australian accent, has become part of pop culture. Elaine made it a memorable put-down in a “Seinfeld” episode.
“I’m not a box. I don’t have sides. This is it. One side fits all.” — “Postcards From the Edge” (1990)
In “Postcards From the Edge,” Meryl Streep is Carrie Fisher’s muse, and embodies the late Hollywood royal in all her snarky, unpredictable, and out-of-control glory. With this line, Streep’s Suzanne Vale snaps back at her love interest Jack Faulkner (Dennis Quaid) to make sure he knows exactly where they stand.
“I am a righteous bitch, aren’t I?” — “Dancing at Lughnasa” (1998)
In the long history of Streep delivering flawlessly sassy lines, let no one forget her 1998 role in period film “Dancing at Lughnasa,” where she played Kate “Kit” Mundy. After her sister Aggie (Brid Brennan) declares, “Do you ever listen to yourself, Kate? You are such a damned righteous bitch,” Streep’s Kit can only delightfully agree.
“That is what we do. That is what people do. They stay alive for each other.” — “The Hours” (2002)
In one heartbreaking scene of “The Hours,” Streep, who plays New Yorker Clarissa Vaughan, has a candid conversation with the AIDs-striken Richard (Ed Harris), who asks her why he should even stay alive, if not for her.
“The assassin always dies, baby. It’s necessary for the national healing.” — “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004)
Meryl Streep played U.S. Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, the manipulative mother of Liev Schreiber’s Raymond Shaw. She perfectly embodies the ruthless nature of her character when she delivers the difficult truth to her son.
Various — “Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
Where to even start with Streep’s endlessly quotable performance as Miranda Priestly? At the end, of course, with the line that the actress brilliantly tweaked during the table read from “Everybody wants to be me” to “Everybody wants to be us.” With this statement we realize how much Andy (Anne Hathaway) has changed (and, really, how much we all have). Some of Streep’s greatest lines stem from her impatient snark (“By all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.”) And she has a certain specialty in the way she delivers questions (“Why is no one ready?”; “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”). But the line that defines Streep’s performance, is the two-word dismissal that becomes her refrain: “That’s all.”
“I have doubts… I have such doubts.” — “Doubt” (2008)
Meryl Streep allows the veneer of stern self-assurance in her character, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, to crack in a moment of emotional release. “I have doubts … I have such doubts,” she breaks down about her ability to expose Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and her faith in the church at large.
“If what I think is happening is happening … it better not be.” — “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)
Meryl Streep is the matriarch in Wes Anderson’s endlessly quirky and quippy animated masterpiece — stern and even, and a foil for her rambunctious husband voiced by George Clooney. In this scene she calls out his tomfoolery: “If what I think is happening,” she says, and the camera closes in on her judgmental gaze. “… it better not be.”
“These damn things are as hot as a stiff c—!” – “Julie and Julia” (2009)
“We will stand on principle, or we will not stand at all.” — “The Iron Lady” (2011)
Streep’s performance as Margaret Thatcher earned her her most recent Oscar, and it’s easy to see why. When she tells Alexander Haig (Matthew Marsh) about why she will go to war with Argentina in an empassioned speech, it’s hard not to get chills.
“Is anybody supposed to smoke?” — “August: Osage County” (2013)
Streep played the delightfully sardonic Violet Weston in John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play. Her response to Ivy’s (Julianne Nicholson) quite obvious question is only one of many memorable lines from the drama (though not uttered by Streep, who can forget Julia Roberts’ “Eat the fish, bitch”?)
What’s your favorite Meryl Streep movie line? Let us know in the comments below!
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- Variety Staff
As we rapidly approach 2017’s midway point, there are already a number of films that deserve to be remembered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when Oscar ballots go out at the end of the year. Academy voters notoriously have short memories, though it’s hardly their fault alone; studios are so obsessed with back-loading the year with prestige product that in the rush, earlier gems are often forgotten.
So we’re here to help. Perhaps members will take a moment to bear these contenders in mind before the awards season glut finally hits.
Note: This list spotlights films theatrically released to the paying public. There have been festival standouts that won’t hit theaters until the coming months, and a number would bear mentioning. Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler are all fantastic in Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” for example. And David Lowery’s vision for “A Ghost Story” makes for one of the greatest motion pictures of the year. But we’ll stick to what will hit theaters as of June 30 for this piece’s purposes.
Best Picture: “The Big Sick”
Don’t dismiss it just because it’s the funniest movie of the year so far, it’s also the most heartfelt and intelligent. Willing to mix big issues with big laughs, the tone is held together perfectly by director Michael Showalter, the outstanding cast and an excellent script. (Jr)
Netflix’s Cannes entry is a whole lot of movie, and a whole lot of vision. Director Bong Joon Ho dazzles with his deft kinetic touch while also pulling an impressive performance out of young lead Seo-Hyun Ahn to anchor the zany satire. But as ever, Bong proves a master of balancing tonal shifts, ultimately crafting a moving piece of work. (KT)
The role of an aging star who never realized his greatness fits Elliott like a glove. It’s also a reminder of how underutilized he has been on the big screen. (Jr)
Hawkins is always excellent and reliable, but she outdoes herself portraying Canadian painter Maud Lewis. Crippled by arthritis, married to a rough fisherman (a great Ethan Hawke), Hawkins allows Maud’s joy to shine through. (Jr)
Let’s be honest; take away the superhero element and this would be an Oscar slam-dunk. Stewart’s portrayal of Charles Xavier in waning health with a broken mind will break your heart. (Jr)
Jordan Peele’s impressive directorial debut deserves a shout-out in virtually every category, but hopefully no one snoozes on Betty Gabriel’s unsettling work as a housekeeper trapped in “the sunken place.” She etches that inner turmoil across her face with such aplomb you simply cannot look away. (KT)
Best Screenplay: “Shimmer Lake”
Technically ineligible for Oscars as it didn’t receive a theatrical run, that doesn’t stop this twisty thriller from earning our consideration. What sounds like a gimmick — a crime drama told backwards — proves absolutely essential to telling a fascinating story. (Jr)
Best Cinematography: “Kong: Skull Island”
Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ simian sequel was a bit of a tonal omelette, but one element that gave it an unexpected level of iconography was Larry Fong’s striking photography. Sunburnt vistas and heat-rippled frames sometimes call back to “Apocalypse Now,” but more often they give the film its own intriguing visual identity. (KT)
Best Costume Design: “Wonder Woman”
Speaking of iconography, one of the eye-popping elements of Patty Jenkins’ landmark superhero entry is the iconic image actress Gal Gadot strikes as the eponymous Amazon. But beyond Diana Prince’s well-known threads, there’s a whole array of dazzling outfits on the screen, from the battle gear of Themyscira to 1920s fashion and World War I attire. (KT)
Best Film Editing: “LA92”
Lest we forget, National Geographic’s Emmy-contending L.A riots documentary is also eligible for Oscar consideration this year. Last year “O.J.: Made in America” garnered some attention for its handling of tons of material, and hopefully reminded voters that documentary editing ought to be recognized. Reams of footage were assembled from countless sources to drive this particular version of the story, which was also covered elegantly by director John Ridley in “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992.” (KT)
Best Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast”
It’s a tall order to match the stunning animation of the original film, but the “Beauty and the Beast” team pulled it off. Every ornate touch, from the Beast’s castle to the world of Belle’s village, was a visual feast. (Jr)
Best Sound Editing: “Baby Driver”
Being something of a musical-slash-actioner, Edgar Wright’s latest owes everything to its soundtrack. But more than that, the precision with which sound is layered and cut to enhance the various tracks scattered throughout gives the film an innervating sense of propulsion. When there’s no sound, you’re desperate for it to scream back. (KT)
Best Visual Effects: “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
It’s a pity we can’t throw “War for the Planet of the Apes” (July 14) in here, but more on that in due time. Marvel’s latest installment of the “Guardians” franchise doubles down on rendered environments. When you have a character who at times serves as the actual location (I guess you have to see the film to understand), the sky is the limit on VFX. (KT)
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- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley
Here were the biggest stories out of La La Land this week:
Bachelor in Paradise suspended over alleged sexual misconduct
Production on the next season of Bachelor in Paradise was brought to a halt this week, after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestant DeMario Jackson, 30, and Corinne Olympios, 25
Warner Bros. first announced news of the show’s suspension on Sunday, blaming it on an unnamed “misconduct.”
Sources later confirmed to People that the incident involved Jackson and a female cast mate — Olympios’ name not identified out of respect to the privacy of victims of alleged sexual assault. »
- Lindsay Kimble
Author: Scott Davis
Open Road Films have released a brand new trailer for their upcoming comedy-drama Home Again, which you can view in the player below.
Home Again follows the story of a woman (Oscar Winner Reese Witherspoon) who turns forty and was recently separated from her husband. She somehow ends up with three aspiring (and hunky) directors living under her roof and hilarity, and love, ensues. The film will certainly have a familiar look to many as it has all the hallmarks of a Nancy Meyers film, the acclaimed writer/director behind such films as It’s Complicated (which starred Meryl Streep and Steve Martin), Something’s Gotta Give (with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton), The Holiday (which starred Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) and The Intern, her most recent film which starred Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
But this film marks the directorial debut of Hallie Meyers-Shyer »
- Scott Davis
Like many Americans, some celebrities enjoy the occasional — or not-so-occasional — herbal indulgence.
These stars, from A-list actors to singing sensations, have candidly shared their funniest tales of 420 escapades. Whether you’re stone cold sober or sky high, their confessions are bound to give you a serious case of the giggles:
While explaining her decision to take a break from smoking weed on The Tonight Show, the notoriously pro-marijuana singer revealed that the drug had influenced her interview antics.
“You, without knowing it were kind of the reason for ,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “Because I’ve always been very stoned on your shows… »
- Lydia Price
Dan Stevens has a lot to be grateful for.
Previously best known for playing Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, the culmination of his work in the five years since leaving the Masterpiece series has come to fruition as the actor leads back-to-back high-profile projects, most notably Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and the FX X-men series Legion. The former dominated the box office, taking in $1.2 billion worldwide, while the latter debuted to critical acclaim and has since earned considerable Emmy buzz. The success of those two projects, coupled with the releases of Colossal with Anne Hathaway, Kill Switch, The Ticket and the Tribeca Film Festival debut of Permission, not only makes Stevens feel like the man of the hour, but also makes Crawley seem like a distant memory.
“I've felt like I've grown so much as an actor,” Stevens tells Et of the opportunity to showcase a transformation from lord and lover to a multifaceted »
Jessica Chastain was a vision in white when she tied the knot with her longtime Italian boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, in Treviso, Italy, on Saturday. The couple, who first started dating in 2012, shared a few loving glances as they gathered with the bridal party for a few photos at his family-owned Villa Tiepolo Passi estate. Some of Jessica's famous friends were also on hand for the reception including Anne Hathaway; Anne's husband, Adam Shulman; Emily Blunt; and Jessica's Zero Dark Thirty costar Edgar Ramirez. Emily certainly made the most out of her Italian getaway. The actress was recently spotted catching some rays ahead of the wedding as she relaxed off the coast of Tuscany with husband John Krasinski. RelatedWedding Bells: 19 Celebrity Couples Who've Already Said "I Do" This Year »
- Kelsie Gibson
Jessica Chastain tied the knot in style!
On Saturday, the 40-year-old actress said "I do" to longtime boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in a ceremony held in Treviso, Italy. Chastain looked absolutely gorgeous in a custom-made strapless gown that she paired with a simple updo and a long white veil. As for the 34-year-old groom, he wore a dapper blue suit. A few of Chastain's famous friends attended the ceremony, including Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway and Chastain's Zero Dark Thirty co-star, Edgar Ramirez.
A day prior to the wedding, the couple held a reception in Venice, Italy, and Chastain wore a show-stopping embroidered red dress and Christian Louboutin booties.
The couple reportedly started dating in 2013. Passi de Preposulo's noble family reportedly goes back 1,000 years in Bergamo Alta. His father, Alberto Passi de Preposulo, uses his "Count »
Jessica Chastain is a married woman! The Hollywood actress said "I Do" to Italian fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in front of friends and family during a romantic wedding ceremony, E! News has learned. The longtime couple tied the knot Saturday in an intimate ceremony at Villa Tiepolo Passi in Carbonera in front of family and friends, including celebs such as Anne Hathaway, who arrived with husband Adam Shulman and was Chastain's co-star in Interstellar, and Emily Blunt, who appeared with her in The Huntsman: Winter's War. The two actresses were photographed at a pre-wedding dinner Friday. "The wedding was stunning," a source told E! News. »
Congrats to Jessica Chastain!
The 40-year-old actress tied the knot to her longtime love, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, in a gorgeous Italian wedding on Saturday, People reports.
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The couple said "I do" at Passi de Preposulo's family estate, Villa Teipolo Passie, which is three hours north of Venice. The 34-year-old Italian hunk's noble family reportedly goes back 1,000 years in Bergamo Alta. His father, Alberto Passi de Preposulo, uses his "Count" title, though the Italian aristocracy is no longer recognized by the Italian government.
Just one day before the wedding, Chastain, sporting a stunning red dress, and Passi de Preposulo, stepped out for a pre-wedding party in Venice.
Related: Five Things You Don't Know About Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain is married! The actress tied the knot with her longtime Italian boyfriend, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, at his family's Villa Tiepolo Passi estate in Treviso, Italy, on Saturday, People reports. The couple held a reception the night before, which brought out Anne Hathaway, Anne's husband, Adam Shulman, Emily Blunt, and Jessica's Zero Dark Thirty costar Edgar Ramirez. RelatedWedding Bells: 19 Celebrity Couples Who've Already Said "I Do" This Year Jessica and Gian have been dating since 2012 but have managed to keep their relationship pretty private. While she rarely publicly speaks about her other half, she did wish him a happy Valentine's Day on Instagram earlier this year. " »
- Monica Sisavat
Jessica Chastain has tied the knot!
The actress, 40, married her Italian boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, 34, in his home country after five years of dating. The wedding took place in the northern Italian city of Treviso at the Passi de Preposulo family estate Villa Tiepolo Passi, which is less than an hour north of Venice.
Guests began arriving in Venice for the wedding on Wednesday, the day Chastain and Passi de Preposulo were seen taking in the sights of the city with family members from both sides. The couple were also spotted leaving a pre-wedding party on Friday where »
- Ale Russian
Jessica Chastain’s husband-to-be Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo is seriously cool.
The two-time Oscar-nominated actress, 40, is marrying her Italian boyfriend in the northern Italian city of Trevisio (about an hour north of Venice) on Saturday. The couple held a reception in Venice on Friday night which famous guests like Anne Hathaway and Chastain’s Zero Dark Thirty costar Edgar Ramirez attended.
Though the couple has been dating since 2012, they have kept their relationship super private, with Chastain rarely opening up about her romantic life in interviews. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t shows love for her fiancé »
- Ale Russian
Jessica Chastain is marrying Italian boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, 34, in Italy this weekend after five years of dating. And what better way to celebrate than with a pre-wedding party in Venice?
The Zero Dark Thirty star and Passi de Preposulo were spotted leaving a Friday bash in the romantic Italian city alongside a big group of revelers — including Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman. Earlier in the week, Chastain was spotted in Venice with Passi de Preposulo and several family members from both sides.
According to local reports, the couple will tie the knot Saturday at Passi de Preposulo’s family estate, »
- Ale Russian
The former Into the Woods costars reunited for “Soundtrack to Romeo and Juliet,” a contemporary take on the William Shakespeare classic featuring 14 songs and seven sets, all in one take. The six-minute production closed out Corden’s three-night stint in London, with the virtuosic duo performing both Adele and Lionel Richie’s versions of “Hello,” Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and Bruno Mars »
17 years after Steven Soderbergh gave us one of the most charismatic casts to grace the screen in the 21st century with Ocean’s 11, we’ll see a new team of thieves form in Ocean’s Eight. Director Gary Ross put together a hell of a crew, too, with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and […]
The post ‘Ocean’s Eight’ Adds Another ‘Ocean’s 11’ Cast Member appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
While it is Diana Prince’s sacred duty to defend the world, it has now become Wonder Woman’s duty to protect the future of DC Comics and the superhero genre in general. That’s thanks to the film’s solid 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, positive reviews and $100.5 million in opening weekend ticket sales. It should come as no surprise that a sequel is already being discussed.
Today’s Wonder Woman is more than a simple sex symbol, thrown into other superheroes’ movies to run down the beach Baywatch-style, provide an impressive spin and plucky attitude and rock a flashy cape and boots. Thanks to this new installment, she now represents something else entirely.
More: 'Wonder Woman' Is the Best Movie to Come Out of the DC Extended Universe Thus Far
Colossal, from director Nacho Vigalondo and co-starring Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens, is the story of a New York party girl whose life seems insignificant. When a giant monster begins rampaging across the globe in Seoul, she soon realizes that her actions may have a devastating effect on the world around her.
The Colossal Blu-ray release will be a combo pack with DVD and Digital. Audio will be presented 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features are unknown at this time, and a Colossal 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release is not currently planned.
You can currently pre-order Colossal on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo at Amazon. »
“Pretty Little Liars’” famous time jump took its high school protagonists five years into the future, but the show’s star, Lucy Hale, is set to return to high school one last time. She and Kathryn Prescott (“24: Legacy”), Alexandra Shipp (“Straight Outta Compton”), and Awkwafina (“Neighbors 2”) play four best friends in the throes of senior year in “Dude,” a coming-of-age comedy directed by Olivia Milch. Deadline reports that Netflix just secured a world rights deal for the project.
The film follows the four girls in the final two weeks of their high school experience. “It’s a grounded comedy about dealing with the first real losses in life — leaving your best friends and contemplating death and the passage of time, that odd mixture of grief and nostalgia experienced by young people as they try to understand these losses. It is also about getting stoned with your friends in your car while listening to hip-hop,” Deadline summarizes.
The series finale of “Pretty Little Liars” will air on Freeform June 27. Marlene King created the mega hit mystery based on the book series by Sara Shepard. Up next for Hale is “Life Sentence,” a new CW series co-created by Erin Cardillo (“Fuller House”). She plays a woman who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, later finds out she’s not dying, and is forced to revisit the choices she made when she lived like there was no tomorrow.
Netflix Nabs Rights to Olivia Milch’s Lucy Hale-Starrer “Dude” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
STXfilms has snagged distribution rights to the Amy Schumer-led comedy “I Feel Pretty,” Variety reports. The project marks the directorial debut of “How to Be Single” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The pair also penned the script.
Schumer will portray an “ordinary woman woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis” but wakes up from a fall with a completely different view of herself, Variety summarizes. She suddenly believes she’s “the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly.”
“Amy is a spectacularly talented comedienne and actress and this story could not be more perfectly suited to her incisive observational skills and humor,” said STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson. “We are excited to be working with her and we love adding ‘I Feel Pretty’ to Stx’s growing list of female-driven comedies. Abby and Marc are among my favorite comedy screenwriters working today and they have a fantastic vision as directors for this film.”
Stx’s previous women-centric comedies include box office megahit “Bad Moms” and critically acclaimed “The Edge of Seventeen,” the latter of which was written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. The company has an untitled romantic comedy in the works toplined by Anne Hathaway and written by Kohn and Silverstein.
Schumer can currently be seen on the big screen in “Snatched” alongside Goldie Hawn. The comedy centers on a mother and daughter whose vacation goes horribly awry. The “Inside Amy Schumer” co-creator and star’s upcoming projects include Rebecca Miller’s comedic drama “She Came to Me” and “Thank You for Your Service,” a drama about U.S. soldiers dealing with Ptsd. She received a Golden Globe nod last year for “Trainwreck,” her first major role in a film.
STXfilms to Release Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein’s Amy Schumer-Starrer “I Feel Pretty” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
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