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on Kramer vs Kramer with Dustin Hoffman
Since it's Meryl Streep's 68th birthday today, let's gawk at some behind the scenes photos. It's a good way to pay tribute since the Grand Dame of American Cinema has been working pretty much non-stop (except during the 90s when she spent a lot of time with her little children) since the world first fell for her.
- NATHANIEL R
In honor of Streep’s incredible feat (which she celebrated with an epic gif of her dancing; see below), we’re looking back at the roles that got her the accolades.
(We’re just as excited as you, Meryl!)
1979: The Deer Hunter
Though she didn’t win for her turn as the girlfriend of a fallen soldier in Vietnam, the role helped establish Streep as one to watch in the awards show game, »
- Maria Yagoda and Diana Pearl
Variety highlights 10 Spanish women who are rising in the film biz:
New York-based Spanish actress Asensio (“The Afterlight”) recently dazzled with her directorial debut “Most Beautiful Island,” a winner at SXSW. She wrote and starred in it, and based it on her own experiences in New York. Currently penning her sophomore feature — a psychological thriller — Asensio likes “exploring human behavior in extreme or challenging situations where responses are more instinctual and primitive than rational,” she says.
Based at Setembro Films in Barcelona, Del Nido leaped into the limelight co-producing Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” and, before that, Julio Hernández Cordón’s “Dust.” She is developing “After the Storks” with the Netherlands’ Prpl and Belgium’s Savage Film, with Joost Van Ginkel directing. “I want to make difficult-to-pigeonhole cinema with a clear director’s vision that sticks in the memory,” she says. »
- Emilio Mayorga
During the 80s when you think of boxing movies you’ll always think of the Rocky franchise. But there was one boxing movie in 1986 that featured a young Wesley Snipes in only his second featured film (first one was Wildcats) called Streets of Gold. The movie stars Klaus Maria Brandauer, the Oscar winner from “Out Of Africa,” as an alcoholic former boxing champion from Russia, a Jew who was the greatest Soviet fighter of his generation but who wasn’t allowed to fight outside Russia because of his religion. Now we meet him 10 years later, stumbling through the gutters of
Underrated Boxing Movie You Should See: “Streets of Gold” »
- Nat Berman
Celebrated author Robert James Waller has died at the age of 77. Take a look back at People’s 1995 cover story on Meryl Streep and her emotional role in the film adaptation of Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County.
In the final days of the five-week shoot of The Bridges of Madison County last fall, Meryl Streep did one of the many things she does better onscreen than anyone else: she cried. Filming an emotional scene in which her character struggles to say goodbye to her lover, the actress would show up on the set in Winterset, Iowa, at 9 in »
- People Staff
Susanne Bier reveals that a script is being developed for BBC and AMC.
Danish director Bier told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast that a script for the follow-up to the John le Carré adaptation is “slowly being developed” for the BBC and AMC.
Oscar-winning Bier said: “We all very much want to do a season two but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one. That would be a really bad idea.”
A second series of the drama would mark the first time a le Carré adaptation has gone beyond the original text of one of the author’s books.
The script is currently being written by a “team of writers” and it’s not clear whether David Farr, who wrote the first series, is involved »
Jimmy Kimmel seems like he was practically made in a factory to be the ideal Oscars host. For his first time hosting the big show, he did an excellent job. His opening monologue targeted Matt Damon (of course), Mel Gibson, and pretty much everyone sitting in the front row. Throughout the show, he made fun of almost all the nominees and eventually brought it back to Matt Damon. Here are his best one-liners of the night! "I really hope the other guys from *Nsync were watching that performance because if they were, I think there's a really good chance they're going to let you back in the band." - After Justin Timberlake's performance "There's only one Braveheart in this room, and he's not gonna unite us either. You look great, I think the Scientology is working." - To Mel Gibson "He handed that part to his friend and took a Chinese ponytail movie. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The 89th annual Academy Awards have officially kicked off — and Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time in getting everyone laughing.
The host took over after Justin Timberlake‘s upbeat opening number to rib on Hollywood’s best and brightest. Kimmel predictably harped in on his bitter “rival” Matt Damon, as he pretended to put their long-running feud behind while actually continuing to insult him.
Another highlight came at the end when he referenced President Donald Trump’s tweets calling nominee Meryl Streep “overrated.” Kimmel remarked on Streep’s long career and her record-breaking 2o nominations before asking the actress to stand »
- Ale Russian
Jimmy Kimmel knows he can’t bring America together, but he tried on Sunday night via his Oscars opening monologue.
“I’m not the man to unite this country,” he said on stage, noting that there was only “one ‘Braveheart’ in the room and he’s not going to unite us either” (referring, of course, to controversial Mel Gibson).
But, he added, it can be done: “There are millions of people watching. If everyone of you took a minute to reach out and have a positive conversation – not as liberals or conservatives but as Americans, we could make America great again. It starts with us.”
From there, Kimmel quipped that it was time to bury the hatchet with his old nemesis, Matt Damon. “When I first met Matt I was the fat one,” he said, kicking off his “apology.” Damon, as a producer of “Manchester by the Sea,” could have starred in the Oscar-nominated film, »
- Michael Schneider
Jimmy Stewart holding the wrong number of fingers up for our exercise!We're so close to the big show. Voting ends Today. And then it's all over but the big night (and recapping and contemplating celebratory madness). For today's trivia item with the number 5, a random sampling of men... stepping away from the ladies for a minute. (gasp)
Five time male winners
Johnny Green (composer on lots of musicals)
Fred Hynes (sound on lots of musicals)
Dennis Murren (visual fx: Terminator 2, Innerspace, The Abyss, etc)
Edward Selzer (animated short films: Speedy Gonzalez, Sylvester & Tweety shorts, etc)
Actoriffic-ness after the jump. »
- NATHANIEL R
Out of Africa may be coming to the small screen. Deadline reports Heyday Television is developing a new TV series based on the classic book.Written by Karen Blixen, the memoir "recounts the seventeen years that Blixen spent in the Ngong Hills of Kenya during the last decades of the British Empire as she searched to find her role and voice in a changing world." In 1985, the book was adapted as a film starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The movie went on to win seven Academy Awards, including the one for Best Picture.Read More… »
The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am
This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.
Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.
Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats. »
- Adriana Floridia
Mop-headed Luke had just turned 5 a couple of weeks ago when I ended up standing in a Starbucks line next to his mother. I began wondering what, and where, and how, a kid like that will be watching video entertainment a few years from now.
Luke is part of Generation Z, the giant cohort of kids growing up right now, a cohort even bigger than the Millennials. And everyone’s scrambling to reach these kids as they head toward an even bigger role than the Millennials in shaping our dominant culture and tech. Normally, seeing a cute kid capering in a coffee shop doesn’t cartwheel my mind into the future. But I’d simultaneously been texting with a producer pal of mine, Max Gottlieb, about the fast-changing market for film and TV.
Back in October, Max premiered an ultra-low-budget movie chock full of influencers part of a promising new »
- David Bloom
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- Laura Berger
Out of Africa is the latest big-screen classic eyeing a move to TV.
Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman is developing a series adaptation of Karen Blixen's memoir, which also spawned the 1985 Robert Redford-Meryl Streep drama, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Heyman's Heyday Television — a joint venture with NBCUniversal International Studios — has acquired the rights to the book, with Oscar winner Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) attached to executive produce and direct. Heyday Television's Nancy Cotton is also on board as an executive producer.
"'I had a farm in Africa' is Blixen’s most famous line: she was »
- Kate Stanhope
Exclusive: Heyday Television — Harry Potter and Gravity producer David Heyman’s joint venture with NBCUniversal International Studios — has acquired the rights to Karen Blixen's classic memoir, Out of Africa, to develop as a drama TV series. Emmy-winning The Night Manager director/executive producer Susanne Bier set to direct and executive produce the series, which is based on Blixen’s book and expands upon the world created in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 epic romantic drama… »
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
Everyone talks about Meryl Streep’s record-setting number of Academy Award nominations, but perhaps even more impressive is the number of Golden Globe Award nominations she’s received: 30, as of this year, with her latest nod for Florence Foster Jenkins.
In fact, the Hollywood Foreign Press seems to be so enamored with Streep that they’ll give her a nomination for pretty much anything (even Mamma Mia!). And now, they’re finally giving her the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
In honor of Streep’s incredible feat — only Jack Lemmon has even come close, with »
18 items from 2017
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