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Meryl Streep was lauded at the Kennedy Center Honors which aired on CBS. The funniest line of the night came from Robert De Niro who paid tribute to his “Deer Hunter” co-star by saying “I was amazing in ‘The Deer Hunter.’” Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and saxophonist Sonny Rollins were also among the nominees. Anne Hathaway paid tribute to Streep in song–and with a split. Watch a clip from the show.
- WSJ Staff
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Meryl Streep has admitted that she feared her career would be over when she turned 40. The two-time Academy Award winner scored rave reviews early in her career for films like Kramer vs. Kramer and The Deer Hunter, but she considered finding a new profession when she received three consecutive offers to play a witch on the big screen. "I remember turning to my husband and saying, 'Well, what should we do? Because it's over'," she recalled to Vogue. Since her 40th birthday in 1989, Streep has garnered eight Oscar nominations and this week received a Golden Globe nod for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron (more) »
- By Justin Harp
College kids are very much focused on and engaged with the present. They know the hippest music that came out this month, they’re passionate as hell about whatever social issue was being talked about on the cable news channels this morning. Talk about something new, and a nineteen-year-old’s eyes light up. But talk about their dad’s favorite music or the social issues the world was going through twenty years ago, and they glaze over. So why can you go in any dorm in the country today and still find someone watching John Landis’s 1978 comedy Animal House? This film is an everlasting staple of college life. The Deer Hunter won Best Picture in 1978, but good luck walking into a college party and trying to get anybody to watch that. But if you tell them you’re popping in a copy of Animal House, they’d be totally cool with it. To »
- Nathan Adams
A number of guests spoke on behalf of the honourees and Streep enjoyed tributes from some of Hollywood's biggest names.
After a series of clips showing her stellar big screen career, Streep's The Deer Hunter co-star De Niro joked, "My first thought was, I was amazing in Deer Hunter. Meryl, you are the very best. I love you."
"First, her own character, who is always so complete, so natural, you forget that somewhere in there is Meryl Streep. Then the second is stabilising the other actor who is having a nervous breakdown because they're in a scene with Meryl Streep." »
Meryl Streep never tires of Oscars buzz, despite receiving 16 nominations during her stellar big screen career.
Streep won her second Oscar for 1982's Sophie's Choice and she has gone on to become the most nominated actress in history.
She was last nominated in 2010 for her role in Julie & Julia, and she is hotly tipped to walk away with her third Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards for her role as former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
The actress she insists she still gets excited about the prospect of winning an Academy Award.
Streep tells the BBC, "Sadly it still matters. It's so exciting, it really is. I remember the first time I went and (Laurence) Olivier was here and I was next to Gregory Peck and Bette Davis was behind me.
"I mean, I've been going to that thing for many years but it's still the one." »
By Lee Pfeiffer
The White Bus (aka Red, White and Zero) is an experimental film by future acclaimed director Lindsay Anderson. Running a scant 46 minutes, the movie was intended to be one third of a feature film that consisted of other offbeat stories by different directors. For various reasons, the other segments were never completed, thus leaving Anderson's work an orphan. MGM has released The White Bus as one of its burn-to-order DVD titles. The merits of the film are debatable. It's visually striking. Filmed primarily in B&W with occasional short sequences in color, the movie is a fairly incomprehensible critique of British society. Like Bryan Forbes' The Whisperers, the movie was largely photographed in and around Manchester and the city fairs equally bad in Anderson's work. The plot, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
(Douglas Trumbull, 1972, U, Eureka!)
This authentic 1970s cult sci-fi classic stars a key figure of the period, patrician hippie Bruce Dern, as an idealistic crew member of a 21st-century space station refusing to destroy the only forest vegetation saved from a defoliated Earth. The screenplay by Deric Washburn and Michael Cimino (later to collaborate on The Deer Hunter) and Steven Bochco (of subsequent Hill Street Blues fame) delivers its ecological message with humour and imagination, and Joan Baez sings the appropriate songs. But this deeply moving, immaculately staged film is essentially the work of Douglas Trumbull, only 28 at the time, a special effects expert who got the assignment after making a major contribution to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Unless you count Brainstorm, Natalie Wood's disastrous final film, he didn't direct anything of significance again, though his work on Robert Wise's The Andromeda Strain and Ridley Scott's »
- Philip French
Scarlett Johansson Finds Summer Novella
Get a director’s chair ready, because actress Scarlett Johansson is prepping for her first job behind the camera. Is she ready to tackle material from Truman Capote? No one ever said she didn’t like a challenge.
In the news this week, Capote’s so-called “lost novella” has been adapted into a screenplay by the hand of playwright Tristine Skyler and producers have agreed to support Scarlett Johansson to direct the picture and embrace her directorial debut. Those producers are heavy-hitters in their own right. Barry Spikings won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter and has teamed up with Peter D. Graves and the Truman Capote Literary Trust.
The movie and the novel are called Summer Crossing. The tale is set in New York shortly after the end of WWII. The main character is an 18-year-old girl struggling to discover her own identity. First »
- Sasha Nova
Scarlett Johansson To Make Directorial Debut With Summer Crossing
Scarlett Johansson has announced she will move behind the camera soon and make her directional debut with the once lost Truman Capote novel, Summer Crossing. The film, which is currently without a studio, will be produced by The Deer Hunter producer Barry Spikings from a Tristine Skyler script.
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- Blake Dew
Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson will soon join the ranks of actresses-turned-directors with Summer Crossing, Truman Capote's first novella, about a 17-year-old Manhattan socialite who breaks away from her family and has an affair with a working class parking lot attendant in the summer of 1945. The Avengers star had discussed her directorial debut previously this fall, but with backers and The Deer Hunter producer Barry Spikings it seems the project is actually happening. Yes, but will it measure up to Jen Aniston and Demi Moore's cancer dramas? Gauntlet dropped, ScarJo. [Variety] »
Yep, she's becoming a director, too, just like Madonna and Angelina Jolie. Variety is reporting that Barry Spikings, Oscar winning producer of The Deer Hunter, is backing and producing the feature directorial debut of actress Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow in The Avengers next summer. She'll be taking on an adaptation of Truman Capote's 40s lost novella Summer Crossing, about an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality. Well, this sounds like an interesting step for Johansson, but she did direct the 2009 short These Vagabond Shoes just before. The news focuses on the project coming together with producers, including executive producer Peter D. Graves in conjunction with the Truman Capote Literary Trust and its trustee Alan Schwartz. Screenwriter and New York playwright Tristine Skyler (Getting to Know You, The Bell Jar) is adapting the Capote novella for Johansson. "Summer »
- Alex Billington
Tristine Skyler is adapting the novella, which Truman Capote wrote in the 1940s. The book was lost for more than 50 years before being discovered and published in 2006. The story centers on an 18-year-old girl who runs away from her wealthy, elitist family to discover her own path in life.
It isn't known when production may begin on Summer's Crossing. »
Screenwriter and New York playwright Tristine Skyler is adapting the script set in post-WW2 New York. The story centers on an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality.
- Garth Franklin
Scarlett Johansson will make her directing debut on the indie film Summer Crossing, based on a Truman Capote novella. It's about an 18-year old rich girl who tries to break free of her smothering family in Post World War II-New York City. Oscar winning producer Barry Spikings (The Deer Hunter) will produce and actress/playwright Tristine Skyler will adapt the novella into a screenplay.
Johansson seems open to mixing things up in her career. She's also pursued a singing career, most recently putting out a solo album of covers as well as a duet album with Pete Yorn.
Source: Variety »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Watch out Martin Scorsese -- Scarlett Johansson is making her way into the director's circle! Johansson is set to make her directorial debut on " Summer Crossing ," an adaptation of a Truman Capote novella. The story is set in a post World War II New York and follows an 18-year-old woman breaking free from her strict, rich parents. Producer Barry Spikings -- who won an Oscar for " The Deer Hunter " -- just signed on to produce the project, so it looks like Scarlett is in good company. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Once she has finished buying a Zoo and assembling the Avengers, Scarlett Johansson plans to make her directorial debut from a lost Truman Capote novella that only just resurfaced. Capote wrote .Summer Crossing. in the 1940s, but ignored it and left it to only be unearthed and published in 2005. It retells an oft-told story of a teenage girl . in this case, Grady McNeil -- discovering her sexual independence as she fights to break free from her stifling New York family. Capote set his story against the backdrop of a nation emerging from the horrors of World War II, but stands apart from the pack for its bleak, depressing ending (no spoilers here). Variety says Oscar winner Barry Spikings (The Deer Hunter) will produce Johansson.s film, which New York playwright Tristine Skyler will adapt from Capote.s retrieved novel. There.s no timetable in the trade story, and Johansson.s »
Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson will be making her directorial debut on Summer Crossing , an adaptation of Truman Capote's lost novella. Barry Spikings, who won an Oscar for The Deer Hunter , is producing and Peter D. Graves is executive producing in conjunction with the Truman Capote Literary Trust and its trustee Alan Schwartz. The book is described as follows: Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved. Fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's and Capote's short »
Just in time for a mild controversy over women’s presence behind the camera, Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson will make her directing debut with Summer Crossing, an adaptation of a once-lost Truman Capote novel. The Deer Hunter producer Barry Spikings will get behind the Tristine Skyler-scripted project, along with the Truman Capote Literary Trust; no studio is currently attached.
Capote‘s novel, the first of his career, centered on Grady McNeil, “an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich, smothering, family to discover her own identity and sexuality” in a post-World War II New York City. Part of her discovery comes by “intensifying an affair with and quickly marrying a parking lot attendant from a dysfunctional Brooklyn Jewish family,” a decision that leads to her pregnancy.
From that summary, I’m not getting the impression that the story will demand the utmost directorial ability or control — if only »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
She can act. She can record a rather strange album of Tom Waits covers. And now, she can direct, too.
Scarlett Johansson is adding another hyphenate to her business card to become an Actress-Singer-Director as she's set to make her directorial debut with "Summer Crossing," according to Variety.
"Summer Crossing" is based on a lost novella by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood") set in post-wwii New York that centers on an 18-year-old girl breaking free of her rich smothering family to discover her own identity and sexuality.
What, doesn't she want to make a movie about the romantic pratfalls of twentysomething slackers like every other first-time director under the age of 30?
The "Avengers" star has quite a creative team backing her up on this endeavor, with Barry Spikings ("The Deer Hunter") set to produce and New York playwright Tristine Skyler set to adapt the screenplay. "Summer Crossing" was written by »
- Bryan Enk
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