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Five Portrayals of Politicians In Movies

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The news must have had every paid up member of the Conservative Party choking on their breakfast cup of tea. In a thousand Home Counties bungalows, men called Jeremy or Brian must have reached for their writing paper and fountain pens to compose a strongly worded letter to the Telegraph. The reason behind their outrage was the actress Meryl Streep. Or to put it more precisely, not Meryl Streep herself. Jeremy and Brian probably quite like Meryl Streep. What they can’t tolerate is the idea of Meryl Streep, American as crippling medical bills, donning a wig, putting on an accent and playing Margaret Thatcher.

The Iron Lady opens in cinemas this week. Opinion on Thatcher as a person might be divided, but opinion on Streep’s portrayal of the woman who invented Mr Whippy icecream and kicked the Argies out of a sodden little pile of rock called the Falklands,
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Hopkins To Play Hemingway

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Hopkins To Play Hemingway
Sir Anthony Hopkins is to play revered author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway in a new movie, directed by Andy Garcia.

The Welsh actor, who has played real-life figures in Nixon, Surviving Picasso, Amistad and The World's Fastest Indian, will play Hemingway in independent movie Hemingway & Fuentes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Garcia co-wrote the script with Hemingway’s niece, author Hilary Hemingway. He will star opposite Hopkins - as fishing-boat captain Gregorio Fuentes, who befriended the writer in the last decade of his life.

Fuentes is reportedly the inspiration behind Hemingway’s Santiago character in his beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning tale The Old Man and the Sea.

Annette Bening is in talks to play Hemingway’s wife Mary Welsh, according to the publication.

Brolin To Play George W. Bush?

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Brolin To Play George W. Bush?
Legendary director Oliver Stone is set to make a movie about U.S. president George W. Bush - and he's appealing to Josh Brolin to take the title role. Stone, who has previously made movies about former presidents John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Richard Nixon (Nixon), is currently in talks with No Country For Old Men star Brolin and hopes that he will sign on for the currently untitled project. The 61-year-old moviemaker insists Brolin will be perfect for the role of the Republican president. He says, "Josh (Brolin) is actually better looking than (George W.) Bush but has the same drive and charisma that Americans identify with Bush, who has some of that old-time movie-star swagger. I want a fair, true portrait of the man," The director aims to begin production in April as the script - which was penned by Stanley Weiser, co-writer of Stone's 1987 film Wall Street - was completed before the start of the Hollywood writers strike in November.

HFPA to honor Hopkins with DeMille Award

Anthony Hopkins will receive the 2006 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 63rd annual Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced Wednesday. Unlike other Golden Globe honors, the DeMille Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the entertainment field, is voted on only by the HFPA's board of directors. Hopkins is a six-time Golden Globe nominee. He was nominated four times in the best actor (drama) category for Nixon, The Remains of the Day, Silence of the Lambs and Magic. He received a best supporting actor nomination for Amistad and a nomination as best actor in a mini-series or motion picture made-for-television for The Tenth Man (1988).

Forman bets on Cage-led 'Slim' biopic

Milos Forman and Nicolas Cage are betting on a feature film about the larger-than-life gambler Amarillo Slim Preston. Screenwriters Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, who worked on the biopics Ali and Nixon, will adapt Preston's memoir Amarillo Slim in a World Full of Fat People: The Memoirs of the Greatest Gambler Who Ever Lived. The project would Mark Forman's first directorial outing since 1999's Man on the Moon. Although formal commitments have not yet been put on paper, Cage has been developing the project -- which he will star in and also produce with his Saturn Films partner Norm Golightly -- for more than a year.

Sir Anthony's Sadness Over 'Estranged' Daughter

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Sir Anthony's Sadness Over 'Estranged' Daughter
Movie legend Sir Anthony Hopkins has spoken of his regret at losing touch with his only child - and doesn't even know where she lives at the moment. Speaking on Howard Stern's radio show, the Silence Of The Lambs Oscar-winner admitted he had lost contact with daughter Abigail Harrison, 33, to the extent that knows only that she lives "somewhere in England". The Welsh-born star sent Abigail, the product of his first marriage to Petronella Barker, a message wishing her good luck. Abigail was just a baby when Sir Anthony walked out on her mother in the early 1970s and was four when they divorced in 1973. She changed her name when she embarked on an acting career, saying she thought it would be better if people were not aware of her famous father's identity. But she did remain in touch with the 64-year-old Nixon actor for a number of years, appearing alongside him in Shadowlands and The Remains Of The Day. Now though, relations between father and daughter are more distant. Sir Anthony admits, "I hardly ever hear from her. I guess we are estranged. I don't think she wants to know very much. I hope she is well. I hope she is okay. The divorce with her mother was a long time ago. She has probably got good reasons. She is too busy and all of that. She has to do her own thing." Sir Anthony, who is now a US citizen and lives alone in California, adds, "I think she is in England somewhere. Life is life. You get on with it."

Oliver Stone: The Final Cut

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Oliver Stone: The Final Cut
Perfectionist director Oliver Stone is so unhappy with his finished movies that he's going back and changing them. The Natural Born Killers (1994) director is to have a special DVD collection of all his films released - and he's using the opportunity to correct some past mistakes and add new scenes. Tom Cruise fans will be able to see powerful new scenes that were previously cut from Born on the Fourth of July (1989) while the DVD version of Nixon (1995) will include new scenes between Anthony Hopkins and Sam Waterston that were chopped from the original cut. Stone, who is also inserting "very sexy as well as very poignant" scenes between Al Pacino and Elizabeth Berkley in Any Given Sunday (1999) admits, in the original shoot, "I cut some things wrong. I was in a hurry to get it out." In addition to the previously unseen footage, Stone fans will also be able to see commentaries from the director on the making of the films, and the criticisms which followed such films as Natural Born Killers (1994).

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