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Months of Meryl: Rendition (2007)

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

#37 —Corrine Whitman, the ruthless head of U.S. intelligence.

Matthew: If the one-two punch of A Prairie Home Companion and The Devil Wears Prada in 2006 represent a high-water mark for Meryl Streep then 2007 might very well be the single oddest year in the actress’ career. How else to explain Streep’s decision to accept secondary and even tertiary parts in four independent-to-midrange projects that not a single Streep enthusiast has ever had the inclination to hold up alongside her most acclaimed or memorable works? Streep spent part of the prior year accepting prizes for Prada and, most excitingly, playing one of the all-time greatest characters in theater history on the outdoor stage of the Delacorte. During that period, Streep also found time to dip her toes into the murky waters of post-9/11 cinema for a second time, following
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Months of Meryl: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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

#30 —Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, manipulative mother of a Vice Presidential candidate brainwashed by an international cabal.

John: The one regrettable casualty of this feature-film series is, of course, Streep’s Emmy winning performance(s) in Mike Nichols’ 2003 HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Perhaps we’ll have time to dig into that series in the future, but suffice it to say we rank her work in it quite highly. In 2004, Streep signed on to her first-ever remake, Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate, playing a role made famous by Angela Lansbury in John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film. Demme’s version updates Frankenheimer’s film and Richard Condon’s 1959 source novel to contemporary times, made amid the the Bush/Kerry election and thematically enmeshed in the U.S.’s “War on Terror.” Denzel Washington stars as Ben Marco,
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The Evolution of Denzel Washington, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘The Equalizer 2’ (Photos)

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The Evolution of Denzel Washington, From ‘Malcolm X’ to ‘The Equalizer 2’ (Photos)
Three Oscars, Three Golden Globes, a Tony, and a lifetime of memorable performances. Denzel Washington has proven that he is one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood today. With his latest film “The Magnificent Seven” out and his expecting Oscar-contending film “Fences” coming soon, let’s look back at his long career.

Let’s start with this picture of him as a kid that was used in a Boys & Girls Club of America ad, just to show you he was born with that steely-eyed gaze.

After getting started in Maryland and Off-Broadway theatre, Washington got his first major role on the 80s hit medical TV show “St. Elsewhere” as Dr. Philip Chandler.

In 1987, Washington earned his first Academy Award nomination playing the famed South African activist Steve Biko in “Cry Freedom.”

Two years later, Washington was officially a major star in Hollywood when he won Best Supporting Actor at
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Kimberly Elise Asks Kraft Heinz to Offer Families a Healthier Boca Brand by Dropping Dairy

Actor Kimberly Elise has penned a letter to the CEO of Kraft Heinz, writing as one parent to another to urge his company to offer families a healthier and more compassionate Boca Foods by dropping dairy from the brand.

Kimberly Elise Asks Kraft Heinz to Offer Families a Healthier Boca Brand

Sending her powerful note, the mother of two joins a Compassion Over Killing campaign that in 2010 prompted Kraft Heinz to remove eggs from the meatless Boca line. Though the promising step impacts the lives of millions of hens, and new vegan Boca falafel bites recently debuted, cruel dairy remains in the majority of Boca products.

Elise writes to Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees, “I’m reaching out as a fellow parent to encourage you to make healthy, sustainable, and kinder foods accessible to families like mine everywhere by dropping dairy from your Boca brand.”

“More and more moms are
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Poll: What’s the Best Denzel Washington Movie?

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Poll: What’s the Best Denzel Washington Movie?
With “Equalizer 2,” Denzel Washington tackles the first sequel of his career.

The movie, debuting July 20, follows the first film’s breakout success. Released in 2014, the action movie, also starring Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo, was a hit, grossing $192 million on a production budget of $55 million, making a sequel a no-brainer.

Washington won his first Oscar for best supporting actor with one of his most famous roles: 1989’s “Glory,” in which he played an ex-slave soldier. Another fan favorite came the following year, with Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues,” with Washington playing fictional jazz musician Bleek Gilliam.

He earned another Oscar nomination in 1992 for one of his most critically acclaimed roles, “Malcolm X.” One of his most popular roles, ” cop thriller “Training Day,” garnered him his second Oscar win in 2002. In the mid-’00s, he appeared in a series of thrillers that included
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Ascap, Bmi Schedule Workshops for Composers

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Two major performance-rights organizations announced this week the launch of workshops designed to aid up-and-coming film and TV composers: Ascap, for film scoring; and Bmi, for conducting.

Both are multi-week events for which hundreds apply annually, and the two will culminate in live recording sessions at Los Angeles area studios later this month.

Ascap began its 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop today, with Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis as mentor and Ascap film and TV executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon producing.

It’s a comprehensive, four-week program that has proven a launching pad for many composers in the past, including Jim Dooley (“Pushing Daisies”), Rob Duncan (“Castle”), Matthew Margeson (the “Kingsman” movies), Cliff Martinez (“Drive”), Mateo Messina (“Juno”) and Austin Wintory (“Journey”).

This year’s 12 composers — chosen from nearly 400 applicants — include Shaun Crawford of Cape Town, South Africa; Damien Lane of Cambewarra, Australia; Kyle Laporte of Playa Del Rey, Calif.
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45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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Here’s Everything That’s Coming to and Leaving Hulu in July

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Hulu is ringing in the summer with plenty of new titles to keep you occupied during your air conditioned TV binges next month.

The Stephen King multiverse series “Castle Rock” finally makes its debut on July 25, and the final season of Hulu’s original series “Casual” will land on July 31.

Meanwhile, the second season of Hulu’s “Harlots” premieres on July 11, and Season 4 of “You’re the Worst” is available on July 6. The third season of Lifetime’s “UnReal” is available on July 2.

Also Read: Hulu Orders Drama Pilot 'Reprisal' From 'Handmaid's Tale' Producer Warren Littlefield

See below for the complete list of titles coming to and leaving next month.

Available July 1

Alone: Complete Season 3 (History)

American Pickers: Complete Season 17 (History)

American Ripper: Complete Season 1 (History)

Ancient Top 10: Complete Season 1 (History)

The Curse of Oak Island: Complete Season 4 (History)

Doomsday Preppers: Complete Season 2 (Nat Geo)

Forged in Fire: Complete
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Angela Lansbury: Finally an Emmy winner for ‘Little Women’ after 18 career losses?

Angela Lansbury: Finally an Emmy winner for ‘Little Women’ after 18 career losses?
Angela Lansbury, 2018 Emmy contender for Masterpiece Theater’s adaptation of “Little Women,” has one of the most unique awards histories of any performer. In her over 75-year career she has managed to amass a significant number of nominations for all three of the major acting awards: three Oscar noms, 18 Emmy bids and seven Tony citations. While she has sailed through the Tony Awards winning five times, the other awards have been more elusive.

Her Oscar nominations all came early in her career and she came up empty handed all three times (the Academy did remedy that with an honorary Oscar in 2013). Lansbury’s Emmy history has been downright infuriating for her fans since she has lost a staggering 18 times. That streak may come to an end this year if Lansbury is able to achieve the award for her work in PBS’s “Little Women.”

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: PBS ‘Masterpiece’ categories for ‘Little Women,
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Angela Lansbury movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Angela Lansbury movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’
In her 74 years in show business, Dame Angela Lansbury has become a legend in film, theater and television. She has been nominated for three Academy Awards and was bestowed with an honorary Oscar in 2013. In addition, she has won two Golden Globe Awards for her film work, as well as two additional nominations. She has also won five Tony Awards (from seven nominations) for her work in the theatre. It has been quite a career. She is one of the few performers equally known for all three entertainment genres, and for that effort she was recognized with a Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: PBSMasterpiece’ categories for ‘Little Women,’ ‘The Child in Time’ and more

Yet the only major award to have eluded Dame Angela is the Emmy. Famously, she has been nominated 18 times for the golden statue and yet has never won the golden statue. All of her
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Blu-ray Review – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Series

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Series

Starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Henry Silva, Tim O’Connor, Mel Blanc, Pamela Hensley, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gary Coleman, Sid Haig, Frank Gorshin, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Synopsis:

A 20th century astronaut is caught in a freak accident in space that sends him back to Earth… 504 years in the future.

It’s easy to sneer and mock at old TV shows from years gone by but if you were a child of the 1970s/1980s then the recent Blu-ray releases of the likes of The A-Team, The Incredible Hulk and Airwolf are pure magic, especially as we can watch them now and point out all of the famous faces that appeared in them every week. Originally broadcast in 1979 and running for two seasons, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was based on the 1920s comic strip character and was, along with Battlestar Galactica,
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Blu-ray Review – Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)

Amazon Women on the Moon, 1987.

Directed by John Landis/Joe Dante/Carl Gottlieb/Robert K. Weiss/Peter Horton.

Starring Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Arsenio Hall, Peter Horton, Griffin Dunne, Joe Pantoliano, Forrest J. Ackerman, Sybil Danning, Henry Silva, Carrie Fisher, Steve Guttenberg, Jenny Agutter, Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, and Russ Meyer.

Synopsis:

An anthology of comedy shorts and sketches based around the broadcast of a spoof 1950s sci-fi movie.

French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once noted that the more things change, the more they stay the same and how right he was because Amazon Women on the Moon, despite being made in the 1980s, is as largely relevant today as it was back then. Yes, the fashions and the technologies change but the sentiment and the ideas that are being parodied remain as funny and sharp as they did 30 years ago, which is quite depressing when you think about it.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’: A look back at her 20th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 20 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Award, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 2015, more than a decade since their collaboration on “The Manchurian Candidate,” Meryl Streep and filmmaker Jonathan Demme reunited on what would prove the director’s final motion picture. “Ricki and the Flash”, written by another Oscar winner (Diablo Cody), cast Streep as a wannabe-rock star who abandoned her family to chase her dreams. She later returns home, hoping to reconcile, to a chilly reception.

While “Ricki and the Flash” has its passionate proponents, the film was greeted that August to a lukewarm critical reception and modest box office – Streep’s lowest-grossing live action feature in nearly a decade. Even more
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’: A look back at her 14th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’: A look back at her 14th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 14 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

The three years following “Adaptation” (2002) did not produce an Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep – her longest drought since the early 1990s, following “Postcards from the Edge” (1990). That is not to say, of course, that these years were without substantial Streep contributions to the big and small screens and stage.

Sans a brief cameo portraying herself in the Matt DamonGreg Kinnear conjoined twins comedy “Stuck on You,” Streep did not grace the silver screen in 2003. She did, however, hit the television circuit in a big way with her reunion alongside filmmaker Mike Nichols on the HBO production of Tony Kushner‘s “Angels in America.
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Denzel Washington movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

Denzel Washington movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best include ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’
From civil rights activist Malcolm X to wrongly imprisoned boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Denzel Washington has given a number of memorable performances over his 30-plus year career. He added another to his resume in 2017 as a legal savant in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” The film brought him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, the ninth bid of his career and his eighth for acting. How does this latest entry compare to the rest of his filmography? Tour through our photo gallery above of Washington’s 20 greatest movies ranked from worst to best.

See Denzel Washington (‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’) will attempt to be sixth Best Actor champ as his film’s sole nomination

Washington snagged his first Oscar nomination exactly 30 years ago: Best Supporting Actor for “Cry Freedom” (1987). It was a mere two years later when Washington won that category for “Glory” (1989). And he made history 12 years after that when
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Civilizations: Liev Schreiber to Narrate PBS Series About the Power of Art

Civilizations will soon come to PBS, and it will feature Live Schreiber. He will narrate the new series that will focus on the power of art.PBS revealed more about this series in a press release. Check that out below.“Today at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, PBS announced that acclaimed film, theater and television actor Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, Spotlight, The Manchurian Candidate) will narrate its series, which tells the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day - for the first time on a global scale.Civilizations will premiere on PBS on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:00 pm, with the next four episodes airing Tuesdays through May 15. Four more episodes will air in June.The five episodes airing in April and May are:
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New Meg Synopsis Has Jason Statham Fighting a 75-Foot Shark

Warner Bros. has released the first official synopsis for Meg, the studio's upcoming thriller that takes the shark movie genre to new lengths, quite literally. The last we heard about this movie was way back in January, when Steve Alten, who wrote the book that Meg is based on, stated that this will be an "edge-of-your-seat scary movie" that features a massive 70-foot shark, but this new plot synopsis straight from Warner Bros. states that the shark is even bigger, coming in at a whopping 75 feet long. Take a look at the official synopsis below.

"A deep-sea submersible, part of an international undersea observation program, has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific... with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited
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Beauty vs Beast: Political Animals

Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" where we are wishing the grand Dame Angela Lansbury a happy 92nd birthday today! It's difficult to believe we still have an entire year before Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins Returns film comes out (Xmas 2018) but we're still hoping, as we did when she was cast, that Landsbury's got something lovely to work with in the film - we don't get to see her on-screen nearly as often as we'd like to.

But she's such a legend... how could I possibly find someone to compete? Well "somebody" already had the gumption to do it herself - in 2004 a working actress by the name of Meryl Streep tackled Lansbury's still delightfully against-type turn in the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. So let's put these two ladies in a room and see which one walks out...

Previously Did everybody watch Mindhunter over the weekend?
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From Gravity to Transparent: the best of film and TV streaming in Australia in September

Denzel Washington gets brainwashed, Kristen Stewart struggles with grief and Naomi Watts leads a double life – all on your streaming services this month

Film: The Manchurian Candidate (Us, 2004) by Jonathan Demme – out now

Related: Growing Up Gracefully: sharp, surreal satire on womanhood that Australia needs

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Blu-ray Review – Prizzi’s Honor (1985)

Prizzi’s Honor, 1985.

Directed by John Huston.

Starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Anjelica Huston, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, William Hickey, and Lee Richardson.

Synopsis:

John Huston’s penultimate movie, Prizzi’s Honor, arrives on Blu-ray, but the bonus features leave a bit to be desired. You get trailers for five other movies and a commentary track featuring film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson. It’s still a worthwhile purchase if you’re a fan, though.

If you approach director John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor with a frame of mind shaped by such films as The Godfather trilogy and Goodfellas, you’ll likely find yourself thrown by this movie’s tone. In fact, you might think that Huston was attempting a mob film only to fall flat, but the reality is that he was making a mob movie as seen through the lens of dark humor.

Prizzi’s
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