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2019 Oscars: Best Actress Predictions

Breaking out of Sundance, Netflix-produced Tamara Jenkins drama “Private Life” (Metascore: 81) stars Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as a couple struggling with a midlife infertility crisis. They turn to their beloved niece (Kayli Carter) to consider donating some of her eggs to the cause, to the horror of her mother (Molly Shannon). Netflix plans a fall festival break for the movie as an awards season launch.

Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette” (Metascore: 74) is a conventional arthouse play, predictably picked up by Bleecker Street (partnering with 30West). The charming British-accented biopic stars Keira Knightley as a smart young French beauty plucked from the country in Burgundy to marry a sophisticated older Parisian, womanizer Henri Gauthier-Villars (Dominic West). She ghostwrites his “Willy” potboilers for him until she eventually grows into her own identity as a woman writer, stage performer and lover of women. Knightley and West are both superb in the well-mounted period movie,
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far
Big Little Lies” was supposed to be a miniseries; it wasn’t supposed to return for a second season. But it proved to be such a big hit that HBO just couldn’t let it go.

After much speculation and a triumphant awards season, HBO made it official and ordered another seven episodes full of mom drama, lies (of all shapes and sizes) and stunning beachfront property.

Since the first season covered the entirety of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, little is known about the direction the second season will take or how the show will build upon the already-told story. But with the series currently in production, we do know some of what “Big Little Lies” Season 2 will look like. Here’s everything we know so far.

Also Read: First Look at Meryl Streep on 'Big Little Lies' Season 2, Courtesy of Nicole Kidman (Photo)

1. Most of the cast is returning

As executive producers in addition to their on-screen roles, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were the first announced to return to Monterey, but they were followed by nearly all of the show’s original cast.

Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz will also star in the second season, and they’ll be joined by Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Iain Armitage, Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Sarah Sokolovic and Merrin Dungey.

2. Even Alexander Skarsgard

Skarsgard’s character Perry, the abusive husband of Kidman’s Celeste, died at the end of the first season, but according to TV Line, he is still expected to appear “in some capacity.”

When asked about the report by People, the actor replied, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not.”

Also Read: Laura Dern Shares On-Set Photo From 'Big Little Lies': 'Madeline and Renata Are Back' (Photo)

3. Newcomers include Meryl Streep and Bonnie’s parents

As though a second season pick up wasn’t surprising enough, “Big Little Lies” shocked everybody when it announced its newest cast member: Meryl Streep.

For the first time on television since 2003’s “Angels in America,” the three-time Oscar-winner will play Perry’s mother Mary Louise Wright, who arrives in Monterey over worry about her mourning grandchildren.

Kidman shared the first photo of Streep in character (complete with one hell of a wig) on Instagram:

First day on the set with Meryl and “my” darling boys! #BigLittleLies

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And though Kravitz’s character Bonnie saw her role reduced from the book in Season 1, it seems like Season 2 will take a deeper dive into her backstory.

Weeds” alum Martin Donovan and “In the Heat of the Night” star Crystal Fox have signed on to recur in the upcoming episodes as her parents, Martin and Elizabeth, though further character and plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.

Also Read: HBO Exec Apologizes for Saying Network Was 'Raped' by 'Big Little Lies' Cast Negotiations

4. Here’s what the other characters will be up to

Much of the plot remains unknown — as the show will go beyond its source material in Season 2 — but the episodes will be written by showrunner David E. Kelley and are partially based on story by Moriarty herself.

HBO has teased some of the season’s arcs in character descriptions, which you can read below:

Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright: Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.

Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie: Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family.

Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman: While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy.

Laura Dern as Renata Klein: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage.

Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson: Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past.

Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright: Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.

Adam Scott as Ed Mackenzie: Ed is forced to confront major challenges in his marriage to Madeline.

James Tupper as Nathan Carlson: Nathan copes with a complicated turn of events in his marriage and with his eldest daughter Abby.

Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein: Gordon faces the consequences of a big mistake and risks losing everything along the way.

Iain Armitage as Ziggy Chapman: Ziggy starts second grade and continues to be the light of Jane’s life.

5. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman got big pay bumps to return

Because the show was conceived as a miniseries, HBO did not have options for the cast beyond the first season. And, as The Hollywood Reporter reported in January, landing deals for the cast to return came at a steep price for the network.

Witherspoon alone, whose producing slate has exploded in recent months with high-profile projects at Apple and now Hulu, is earning “in the $1 million-an-episode ballpark” for the second season, along with fees for serving as an executive producer and points off the backend. Kidman, also an executive producer, is said to have a similar deal.

That led to a brief controversy for the network when an HBO exec said the company had been “sort of raped” financially by the negotiations, comments for which she later apologized.

6. David E. Kelley will write the show; Andrea Arnold will direct

As noted above, Kelley will write and executive produce the second season, as he did the first. But Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée (who retains an Ep credit) will be replaced by Andrea Arnold.

Arnold won an Academy Award in 2005 for directing the short film “Wasp” and has since gone on to direct a number of acclaimed films including “Red Road,” “Fish Tank” and a 2011 adaptation of “Wuthering Heights.”

Her most recent film, 2016’s “American Honey,” took home the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was hailed by critics as the film that proved Arnold to be one of the industry’s best working directors.

7. It will probably premiere in 2019

HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed in an interview with THR in January that with filming on “Big Little Lies” beginning in March, the show would not be back on the air in 2018.

So fans will have to wait until next year to watch Season 2, along with the final run of “Game of Thrones” and the long-awaited third season of “True Detective.”

8. There’s a dog, and he has great hair

Look at him!

Introducing Jolly. He has the best hair of all the cast !! #BigLittleLies @nicolekidman @hbo

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Ed Harris movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘The Hours’

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Ed Harris movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘The Hours’
In Ed Harris‘s over-40-year career he has surprisingly never won an Oscar or an Emmy, despite four nominations from the motion picture academy and two from the TV academy. Emmy voters can start to make up for that this year as the second season of HBO’s “Westworld” premieres on Sunday, April 22. In honor of his return to the small screen, let’s take a look back at some of his best big-screen performances. Tour through our photo gallery above of Harris’s 15 greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Harris received his first Oscar nomination in 1995 after almost two decades in front of the camera: Best Supporting Actor for “Apollo 13.” He subsequently competed for “The Truman Show” (Best Supporting Actor in 1998), “Pollock” (Best Actor in 2000), and “The Hours” (Best Supporting Actor in 2002). He didn’t win any of those, and he hasn’t been nominated since,
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Emily Blunt on taking over from Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins Returns

Following her role in husband John Krasinski’s acclaimed horror A Quiet Place, Emily Blunt will next be seen taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

Speaking to Variety, the actress has been chatting about stepping into the shoes of Julie Andrews and what drew her to the film, which reunites her with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall.

“Rob Marshall called me a couple of years ago and pitched it to me,” said Blunt. “The script hadn’t been written and they hadn’t written the songs, they were just crafting a narrative. He explained that this was much more in the same world as the books. It’s set in the ’30s during the Great Depression, which is when P.L. Travers wrote them. It was the idea of having a darker backdrop in which hope could reappear from the skies.
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Nicole Kidman Was Just Named One of the World's Most Influential People

Honestly, is there anything Nicole Kidman can't do? She's (deservedly) won accolade after accolade for her portrayal of Celeste Wright, as well as her role in producing HBO's mini-series Big Little Lies, and now she's winning global praise for her support of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements by Time magazine. Releasing their annual top 100 list of their most influential people, Nicole joined the likes of Cardi B, Gal Gadot, and Hugh Jackman on the esteemed list. This comes as no surprise to us — we've known all about Nicole's starpower for decades. But ever-so-humble Nic doesn't claim all the credit for her success — specifically the success of Big Little Lies. Nicole as Celeste in Big Little Lies. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) While recently opening up to The Australian Women's Weekly, the 50-year-old mom-of-four credited her producing partner Reese Witherspoon for being the ultimate wingwoman in Hollywood. "I called Reese
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‘Sneaky Pete’ Star Giovanni Ribisi Looks Back on Days as a Child Actor

‘Sneaky Pete’ Star Giovanni Ribisi Looks Back on Days as a Child Actor
Giovanni Ribisi has chalked up television and film credits every year since he started acting as a preteen in 1985. He’s played a range of characters in a variety of productions, from a doomed medic in 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan” to Scarlett Johansson’s fashion-photographer husband in 2003’s “Lost in Translation” to an officious administrator in 2009’s “Avatar.” He now starts his second season in Amazon Prime’s “Sneaky Pete,” as a con man who has assumed his cellmate’s identity.

Ribisi calls the show’s shooting schedule “grueling and difficult,” squeezing 10 hours of content within four-and-a-half months. He allows
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‘Sneaky Pete’ Star Giovanni Ribisi Looks Back on Days as a Child Actor

‘Sneaky Pete’ Star Giovanni Ribisi Looks Back on Days as a Child Actor
Giovanni Ribisi has chalked up television and film credits every year since he started acting as a preteen in 1985. He’s played a range of characters in a variety of productions, from a doomed medic in 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan” to Scarlett Johansson’s fashion-photographer husband in 2003’s “Lost in Translation” to an officious administrator in 2009’s “Avatar.” He now starts his second season in Amazon Prime’s “Sneaky Pete,” as a con man who has assumed his cellmate’s identity.

Ribisi calls the show’s shooting schedule “grueling and difficult,” squeezing 10 hours of content within four-and-a-half months. He allows that the job requires stamina but credits the writers, cast and crew with keeping him inspired and focused.

Variety first mentioned Ribisi on Sept. 27, 1985, in the cast list of the second-season premiere of NBC’s hit series “Highway to Heaven,” playing a child battling cancer.

What do you remember about
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Meryl Streep (‘Sophie’s Choice’) is clear choice for top Best Actress Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]

Meryl Streep (‘Sophie’s Choice’) is clear choice for top Best Actress Oscar winner of 1980s [Poll Results]
Meryl Streep‘s heart-wrenching performance in “Sophie’s Choice” is your easy choice for the top Best Actress Oscar winner of the 1980s. The legendary actress handily won Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your favorite Best Actress winner of the decade, trouncing most of her competition.

Streep won with an astonishing 51% of the vote — very impressive in a field of 10 powerhouse winners. The only other actress to rack up a double-digit percentage is Cher in “Moonstruck” with 15%. Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”) and Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) tied for third at 7% apiece, while Jodie Foster (“The Accused”) and Katharine Hepburn (“On Golden Pond”) were next at 6% each. Further down, Jessica Tandy (“Driving Miss Daisy”) earned 3% and Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) and Geraldine Page (“The Trip to Bountiful”) tied at 2%. Sally Field (“Places in the Heart”) came in last place with
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John Wells Productions Taps Amazon Studios’ Erin Jontow As Evp Of Television

John Wells Productions has brought in Erin Jontow as Evp of Television. Jontow comes to Jwp from Amazon Studios where her work included overseeing production on Matthew Weiner's upcoming anthology series The Romanoffs and development of The Nix, the J.J. Abrams-Meryl Streep limited series, which the streaming service had in consideration for some time in the past year or so. Prior to Amazon, Jontow worked as the VP of Television at Media Rights Capital Studios on series…
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Months of Meryl: She-Devil (1989)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#16 — Mary Fisher, a frivolous romance novelist who steals the husband of a dowdy housewife.

John: For such a tepid and unruly film, She-Devil enjoys quite an outsized reputation. Considered by many to be the nadir of Streep’s early career and one of her worst performances, She-Devil is also a Streep turn that is often reblogged context-free online, which makes sense when one considers its outre, Gif-ready moments of ironic femininity and gaudy Real Housewives of Long Island aesthetic that some might consider ahead of its time. Having seen these images of Streep’s Mary Fisher before watching the film, I had anticipated fun kitsch or perhaps even smart camp. Roseanne’s film debut! Susan Seidelman with a budget! Meryl’s comedy vehicle to silence the critics! But these are promises that She-Devil most certainly does not keep.
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Chris Hemsworth in '12 Strong,' Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Commuter The Post In the Fade Ghost Stories (horror; Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Paul Whitehouse; available 4/20 on cable Mod and in select...
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Nicole Kidman Gushes About Working With "Amazing" Meryl Streep on 'Big Little Lies'

We were originally just happy to be getting a second season of Big Little Lies, but now we're all about Meryl Streep's addition to the cast — and so is Nicole Kidman! Back on Jan. 24, it was announced that the Academy Award-winning actress would be joining the already star-studded cast of the hit HBO show, and, now that they've started filming, Nicole couldn't help but gush about working with Meryl on set. "We've already been shooting. It's so good. She's just amazing, and to watch her do her craft, it really is artistic craft when you watch her, we're all — Laura Dern, Shailene [Woodley], Zoe [Kravitz], Reese [Witherspoon] — we just go, gasp, can you believe it?" she revealed to Entertainment Tonight on Sunday, April 15. "She's got a fantastic character. It's also grounded and it's based in something very, very real, and we hope we bring you the [best] second season and it delivers. We're working hard.
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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Are the Proud Parents of Four Awesome Kids — Meet Their Blended Family!

It might not be easy growing up in the shadow of a father like Tom Hanks and a mother (or stepmother) like Rita Wilson. But Colin, Elizabeth, Chet, and Truman Hanks have all made names for themselves in various ways — scroll down to learn all about Tom and Rita's children! Colin Hanks (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The 40-year-old is by far Tom Hanks' most recognizable son… and not just because he's the spitting image of his dad! The son of Tom and his late first wife, the actress Samantha Lewes, Colin is also an actor and made his Hollywood debut in popular teen comedies including Get Over It and Orange County before transitioning to adult fare with TV roles on Dexter and Fargo. These days, he's starring on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces and in the horror film It: Chapter Two. He and his wife of seven years, Samantha Bryant,
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More Streaming Options

If you're bored with your new choices on Netflix, thought we'd give a shout out to a few options for only 99¢ on iTunes at the moment. Stronger, with Jake Gyllenhaal (who won our Bronze for Best Actor for last season) is their movie of the week. But in their often changing "Movies You Might Have Missed" section, also 99¢, they're currently offering five Pedro Almodóvar movies, Meryl Streep in She-Devil (which the Month of Meryl column hits next Thursday), the Glenn Close classic Fatal Attraction, David Fincher's Se7en, and, um, a Chinese remake of the unimprovable 90s romcom My Best Friend's Wedding... but at least it stars Shu Qi so it *might* be worth 99¢

And still more streaming options if you're not in the mood for Dwayne Johnson's Rampage this weekend or you've already see the delightful / problematic / futureOscarnominee Isle of Dogs. Amazon Prime has added a 55 wide movie
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Nicole, Reese, and Meryl Are a Powerhouse Trio on the Set of Big Little Lies Season 2

Get ready, Big Little Lies fans, because Madeline and Celeste have officially reunited! On Wednesday, the show's lovable stars and executive producers, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, were spotted filming the much-anticipated season two in Sausalito, CA. Aside from sharing a few laughs as they made their way to set, the on and offscreen friends got to act alongside the show's latest addition, Meryl Streep. While it's unclear what exactly the scene was about, the ladies don't look enthused as they run into her at the local coffee shop. Seeing that Streep is playing the mother of Celeste's late husband, it shouldn't be hard to tell why. Get a glimpse of the photos below.

Related: Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Get Cozy With a New Bll Cast Member in This Bts Shot
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Months of Meryl: A Cry in the Dark (1988)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#15 — Lindy Chamberlain, a New Zealand matriarch wrongfully convicted of her child’s murder.

Matthew: One evening in August 1980, Azaria Chamberlain, the two month-old daughter of New Zealand couple Michael and Lindy Chamberlain, was taken while the family was camping near Ayers Rock. She was never found again. Seconds before Azaria disappeared, Lindy claimed to have seen a dingo rummaging through the tent where her daughter lay sleeping, putting forth the soon-to-be-infamous story that a dingo had taken and perhaps eaten her baby. A seedy, sensationalist media frenzy ensued, with the Chamberlains’ faces splashed across the covers of obsessive tabloids and speculative segments of nightly news programs as many, including the New Zealand high court, viciously questioned the veracity of the family’s explanation.

None of Meryl Streep’s vehicles have entered the cultural lexicon with quite the same
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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Get Cozy With a New Bll Cast Member in This Bts Shot

Production is officially underway for season two of Big Little Lies. After much anticipation - and some exciting new additions to the cast - our prayers have been answered and we finally have a sneak peek of what's to come. Zoë Kravitz (Bonnie Carlson) recently shared an Instagram selfie on set, writing, "Bonnie's. Back. #BLL2." Moments later, Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman) followed suit with a snap of her own, captioning it, "Janes Back. #letsdothis #BLL2." Laura Dern was quick to follow with her own epic photo with Reese Witherspoon a few days later, and the pictures have just kept coming.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reason HBO waited so long to confirm the second season was because it was finding a new director. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the first season, is now directing Sharp Objects. But don't worry - American Honey director Andrea Arnold has signed on for season two.
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Meet the New Big Little Lies Season 2 Star With "the Best Hair of All the Cast"

Meet the New Big Little Lies Season 2 Star With
Move over Laura Dern! Step aside Shailene Woodley! Watch out, Zoë Kravitz! There's a new Big Little Lies star for season two and this new addition has "the best hair of all the cast," according to series star and executive producer Reese Witherspoon. This new cast member? He's a dog. Witherspoon took to social media to introduce the world to Jolly, the latest addition to Big Little Lies season two. She posed for a photo with her costar and fellow executive producer Nicole Kidman. Kidman had her Celeste Wright wig on, so you know they're shooting. The other Big Little Lies newcomer to get a welcome with this much fanfare? None other than Meryl Streep. Streep will play Mary Louise...
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The Top Five Funniest Meryl Streep Scenes in Movies

Some folks don’t think of Meryl Streep as a comedian and quite honestly being in funny scenes isn’t why she’s normally given the awards she’s amassed over the years. But don’t sell her short on this one since she is known to be quite amusing and has been in her fair share of comical scenes throughout the years. It might not be that she’s funny per se, but she knows how to play to the camera and hit her mark in a way that makes it look like she’s been a passingly good comic for a while. I’ll admit she’s

The Top Five Funniest Meryl Streep Scenes in Movies
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The Voice Puts Kelly Clarkson on Blast & She Admits She "Made an Ass" Of Herself In Front of Meryl Streep

The Voice Puts Kelly Clarkson on Blast & She Admits She
It's hard to forget that time on the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet when Kelly Clarkson met Meryl Streep. She was leaving her interview with E!'s Ryan Seacrest when she spotted Streep on the carpet behind her and completely freaked out, nearly falling and asking "Can I meet you?" In the exclusive Voice featurette above, Clarkson recalls that moment. "I think everyone knows this answer," she says. "Someone who makes me starstruck—cuz I meet a lot of people, but boy, I just made an absolute ass of myself in front of Meryl Streep. Yep. And you know what? I don't care. I don't care." The singer, who is currently in the midst of her first...
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