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Meryl Streep is the greatest actress who has ever lived. No, we’re not arguing about it. She simply is. Streep has been nominated for 18 Academy Awards (including her nomination this year for Best Actress for her work in August: Osage County) and has taken the award home thrice. She can play anything from a terrifying matriarch to the steely Prime Minister of Great Britain and make us believe it. Where does her power come from? Well, it doesn’t hurt that Meryl Streep is a total boss bitch in real life.
Meryl Streep might be 64 years old, but she’s not some sweet old lady. She’ll be the height of class on your talk show, while explaining that she would gladly kill Dustin Hoffman and sleep with Jack Nicholson. She hung out with 50 Cent at Madison Square Garden last month, made out with Sandra Bullock »
- Meghan O'Keefe
There are only a handful of actresses working today who are capable of doing justice to iconic figures, and Meryl Streep is right at the top of that list. Having previously taken on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to much acclaim, including an Oscar win for Best Actress, Streep is now turning her attention to playing feminist icon Emmeline Pankhurst in the upcoming film Suffragette.
Suffragette will cover the rise of the early feminist movement and its subsequent radicalization. Despite Streep’s presence, Pankhurst is not the central character of the film. That honor goes to Maude, played by Carey Mulligan, described as a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement.” Maude turns radical, engaging in violent techniques to rally for change. Streep’s small part will feature little more than a rousing speech on women’s rights, but the veteran actress is very cautious with her project choices, so »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
ScreenDaily understands that Streep will have a small but important role in the film, which will see her character give a “tour de force” speech on women’s rights during a political rally.
Additional high profile casting has rounded on the project in recent weeks and will be announced in the coming days.
Pathe, Film4 and the BFI are among backers on the drama, in which Carey Mulligan stars as Maude, a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement” who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
In honor of the upcoming 2014 Academy Awards, we've decided to take a journey into Oscar's past by looking through the winners of the coveted Best Actress award. From beloved stars of contemporary cinema (Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman) to the Hollywood starlets of yesteryear (Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn), we've compiled a list of 21 films to have earned their leading ladies an Academy Award and that are currently streaming online on a number of platforms (Netflix, iTunes, Hulu and Amazon Prime). If you haven't seen these movies before, now's your chance to watch them: The Iron Lady (2011) - Meryl Streep Black Swan (2010) - Natalie Portman The Blind Side (2009) - Sandra Bullock The Reader (2008) - Kate Winslet Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Hilary Swank The Hours (2002) - Nicole Kidman Monster's Ball (2001) - Halle Berry Shakespeare in Love (1998) - Gwyneth »
- Ziyad Saadi
Coming off the back of an acclaimed performance in Whiplash, Miles Teller is already lining up another new film for his slate, Bleed for This, telling the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, now Vinny Paz.
Teller would play Pazienza, who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made an incredible comeback. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
- Kenji Lloyd
They will star in Synchronicity Entertainment's biopic about boxer Vinny Pazienza.
Teller will play the boxer who shot to stardom before being involved in a near-fatal car crash.
Told that he would never walk again, he defied doctors' orders by returning to the gym under trainer Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) and going on to win several more titles.
Watch the trailer for I, Frankenstein below: »
Oscar winner Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street) will executive produce the project which Synchronicity Entertainment, the cutting edge division of The Solution Entertainment Group, will sell at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Based on the incredible true story of one of boxing’s most charismatic and exciting figures, Bleed For This centers around Vinny Panzienza (Teller), who quickly shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. A near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
- Michelle McCue
Bleed for This tells the true-life story of 5-time world champion Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza as he recovers from a near fatal car accident that left him with a broken neck. He then goes on to win three additional world boxing titles, one of the most incredible and dramatic comebacks in sports history.
Golden Globe nominated actor Aaron Eckhart, (The Dark Knight, Olympus Has Fallen, I, Frankenstein) will take on the role of Paz's boxing trainer, Kevin Rooney. Rooney was the trainer to Mike Tyson when Tyson won his first heavyweight championship. Rooney had a major role in changing Vinny's boxing style that lead him to become one of only two boxers ever to win titles in the lightweight and junior »
News and notes from up and down the channel guide:
- "The Crazy Ones" has booked a "Mork and Mindy" reunion. Pam Dawber will reunite with Robin Williams 32 years after the series finale of their sitcom when she guest-stars on "The Crazy Ones" later this season as a free-spirited author who goes on a date with Williams' Simon Roberts. Williams says the reunion is "a dream come true" and Dawber adds that "it'll be a great week" because she hears the "Crazy Ones" set is "a very happy one."
- USA has picked up a legal comedy, "Benched," starring Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings") and Jay Harrington ("Better Off Ted"). The show will follow Nina (Coupe), a corporate attorney, who suffers a public breakdown and ends up working as a public defender. Phil (Harrington) is her scruffy, gambling colleague. "Benched" will be executive-produced by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, John Enbom, Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay. »
Paladin Pictures has acquired "A Short History of Decay", the directorial debut by author journalist, and war correspondent Michael Maren ("The Road to Hell"). The film debuted last fall at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film follows Nathan Fisher (Bryan Greenberg of "Prime" and "One Tree Hill"), a thirtysomething Brooklyn hipster whose ambitious girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui) leaves him after his writing career stalls. Nathan soon gets a call from his brother in Florida that their father (Harris Yulin) has been hospitalized. Nathan arrives home to find his father recovering, if grouchy, and his mother (Linda Lavin) in a hazy state. While there, he meets his mother's manicurist (Kathleen Rose Perkins), the polar opposite of his girlfriend, but perhaps what he needs to recover. The acquisition was announced by the Paladin's president, Mark Urman. The company previously released Michel Gondry's "The We and the I" and acquired last year's Sundance. »
- Max O'Connell
The Oscar nominations are in, and if you haven’t glanced at the Best Actress category, you’re in for a star-studded explosion. Collectively, the five chosen actresses have been nominated 38 times for Academy Awards, so any member of this esteemed quintet could run off with the gold.
But every great actor is an entitled to a mediocre performance or two. Here are my least favorite performances by the five nominated actresses of 2014.
Amy Adams: Julie and Julia
I actually appreciate that Julia and Julia was half-about the tribulations of a blogger trying to establish herself. Scaring up pageviews in order to sustain a living is an unusual situation, and I haven’t seen that explored in many movies. But Amy Adams is a pile of quirks and unfunny dialogue in this movie, and I’ve never seen her so flatly perky. You miss Meryl when she’s not »
- Louis Virtel
Meryl Streep is a staple during award season, and this year is no exception. The legend is up for several awards again, this time for her role in August: Osage County. Do you know your stuff when it comes to this actress? It's time to test your Streep smarts. Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: Prime She-Devil The Devil Wears Prada Manhattan »
- Lizzie Fuhr
2013 was the Year of Benedict Cumberbatch: he was involved in two new huge franchises, as seen in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," and "Star Trek Into Darkness." He voiced Alan Rickman and the Prime Minister on "The Simpsons." He starred in the critically acclaimed ("August: Osage County" and "12 Years a Slave") and the controversial ("The Fifth Estate.")
Here are just 19 of the wonderful gifts he gave us in 2013.
1. When even he couldn't get Siri to work, proving that he is
just like the rest of us.
2. His re-enactment (with monkeys) of how Sherlock survived the fall.
3. When Evangeline Lilly called him "fit" and he was adorable in reply.
4. When he gave the most perfect response to a question ever and caused an internet meltdown (and probably mountains of fanart.)
5. He gave a dramatic »
13 items from 2014
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