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Meryl Streep: 'I wasn't happy with The French Lieutenant's Woman'

18 April 2016 4:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor has revealed she ‘didn’t feel I was living it’ when she played the leading role in Karel Reisz’s film-within-a-film of the John Fowles romance

Meryl Streep’s role in the 1981 romance The French Lieutenant’s Woman earned her Bafta and Golden Globe wins and an Oscar nomination. It was also rated a prestigious four out of five Meryls by the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw in a career roundup from 2015.

Related: And the Meryl for best Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep performance goes to …

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Meryl Streep Reveals the Movie Role She Didn’t Get Right

16 April 2016 3:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may have earned her a best actress Oscar nomination, but Meryl Streep wasn’t entirely pleased with one particular movie role.

“You won’t guess because I’ve just collected a lot of awards for that film,” she said Friday on the “The Graham Norton Show,” flipping her hair, jokingly. “It was venerated.”

She finally admitted the performance was in the 1981 movie adaptation “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.” Streep played an actress (opposite Jeremy Irons) in the movie-within-a-movie whose character was having an affair both on and off screen.

“I’m giving myself an out, but part of it was, the structure of it was sort of artificial because I was the actress playing ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman,'” she said. “At the same time I was an American actress playing a British woman.”

Streep won a Golden Globe and BAFTA for her role in the film, directed by Karel Reisz. »

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Berlin: Meryl Streep Talks Working With Clint Eastwood, Female Directors and Vanity

14 February 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlinale jury president Meryl Streep took time in between watching competition films to chat about her long career on Sunday as part of a Berlinale Talents event series.

In a casual and oftentimes humorous conversation with film historian and writer Peter Cowie, Streep spoke about working with leading directors, selecting parts, her ear for languages and the changing role of women in the film business.

Asked about working with Clint Eastwood in “The Bridges of Madison County,” Streep quipped that director Mike Nichols used to drill her about other directors she had worked with. “I’d say, ‘That’s like asking about the other boyfriends. Does he do it better than I do?’ They are all different.”

About Eastwood, Streep said, “He never says action. As director, I would sort of have to divine when he was starting to act. He would stroll from behind the camera into the kitchen and he would say, »

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Remembering National Society of Film Critics Award-Winning Brazilian Superstar Pêra

10 February 2016 7:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981),[1] a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old)[2] suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »

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Movies About 'Gambling'

27 January 2016 2:59 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ classic movies with 'gambling' as the main story focus including "The Big Town", "The Gambler", "California Split" and "Croupier":

One common trend with gambling in movies is that many of them (with the exception of Martin Scorsese's "Casino"), feature a peripheral mention of gambling, with sequences rarely comprehensive, doing little to impress everyday players.

"The Big Town" (1987), directed by Ben Bolt and Harold Becker, features a variation of the game known as 'heads up craps' where players make side bets between themselves instead of  betting against the house.

Odds of the games were negotiated among the parties involved with the focus getting someone else to agree on 50-50 odds.

The film stars Matt Dillon as a successful craps shooter who moves to Chicago to become a professional player, when craps was popular before the rise of today's casino games played online. 

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