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'August: Osage County' trailer: 'You don't get a vote in who's in your family' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Family drama — just in time for the holidays.

In August: Osage Country, the star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning play about an Oklahoma family “marinating in its own miserablism,” as EW’s Owen Gleiberman referred to the plot in his review at the Toronto Film Festival, Meryl Streep portrays an aging matriarch presiding over her husband’s funeral. When her grown daughters — Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson — return home, verbal sparks fly as long-brewing conflicts and resentments come to a head.

In an exclusive trailer, below, check out press conference highlights from Streep, Roberts, and director John Wells about how the film came together. “You don’t get a vote in who’s in your family,” Streep explains in the clip. “And that is the story.”

Julia Roberts attacks Meryl Streep in 'August: Osage County' poster -- PHOTO


Home is where the heart is.

That sounds so much better than “Home is where the bile ducts are,” but the latter anatomical metaphor seems better suited to August: Osage County, the star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning play about an Oklahoma family “marinating in its own miserablism,” as EW’s Owen Gleiberman so aptly phrased it.

In the film, which arrives on Christmas Day, Meryl Streep plays the harpyish matriarch who presides over her husband’s funeral — he committed suicide — and drives her three daughters up the wall. Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Julianne Nicholson play the daughters, who all drag their own adult baggage back into their childhood house.

Norman Rockwell would spit-take on his canvas when he sees the “family photo” that serves as the film’s poster.

Click below for the film’s trailer, which showcases the amazing supporting cast of Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham. READ FULL STORY

Toronto 2013: 'August: Osage County' is a feisty revel in family darkness

When a movie is based on a celebrated Broadway play, the first question you want to ask is pretty basic: Does it play? In the case of August: Osage County, an adaptation of Tracy Letts’ 2007 Pulitizer Prize-winning stage drama about a feisty Oklahoma family marinating in its own miserablism, the answer is a resounding yes. The fights and insults and sadistic parent-child mind games, the disease and addiction, the decades’ worth of gnarled domestic resentments, the powerhouse acting that sometimes shades into overacting (though in this case I’ll be damned if you could the draw the line)…the movie is red meat for anyone who thrives on confrontation and a certain brand of punchy, in-your-face emotional shock value. Yet the pull of what was happening on screen came, for me, with a major qualification: I went with it, I often enjoyed it, but I didn’t entirely buy it. As a play, August: Osage County might have been designed to make every last person who sees it think: “Thank God for my family! Looking at these raging Middle American crazies, I never realized how much I had to be grateful for!” Which is to say: The film, directed with head-on prosaic craft by John Wells (who made the very sharp downsizing drama The Company Men), is an extremely canny theatrical contraption that spreads its darkness like whipped butter on a roll. Is it a good movie? Let’s call it the feel-good feel-bad domestic snake-pit melodrama of the year. READ FULL STORY

Julia Roberts calls 'August: Osage County' 'the best acting experience' of her life

An exuberant Julia Roberts calls working on her latest film, August: Osage County, “the best acting experience of my life.”

The actress was bubbling with enthusiasm the day after the highly anticipated adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, Roberts plays the eldest daughter of a brutally honest matriarch, played by Meryl Streep.

“I’ve never worked so hard in my life – and I’ve given birth to three children,” Roberts told reporters Tuesday.

The large cast lived near the on-location set in Oklahoma, devoting themselves to capturing Letts’ dialogue. The film, to be released Dec. 25, drew mixed reviews at the festival but praise for its performances.

'August: Osage County' trailer: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and more! -- VIDEO

August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angle with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).

As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. Roberts is weary. Streep, with a frizz of black hair, has the juiciest role in the play. Edward Sharpe plays in the background.

Is it foolish to admit I’m most excited for Juliette Lewis?


The rival Snow White films: Other than a name, do they have anything in common?

Since the two fairy tale projects were announced in 2010, Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror have been expected to battle for the title of fairest Grimm adaptation of them all. Would this be like 1998’s dueling global destruction flicks, Armageddon and Deep Impact, or 1995’s Scottish standoff between Rob Roy and Braveheart? Could there be enough Snow White to go around? As the two movies race to the big screen, it turns out — aside from the name of our heroine — they actually don’t have much in common at all.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott in 'Mirror, Mirror'

Armie Hammer (The Social Network) plays dashing Prince Alcott  — the object of both the conniving Evil Queen’s (Julia Roberts) somewhat suspect affections and of Snow’s (Lilly Collins) more pure ones — in the upcoming fairy tale Mirror, Mirror. Director Tarsem Singh’s rethinking of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs imagines the tale as a high-style romantic comedy.   Check out Hammer discussing his role and clips from the movie’s key love potion scene after the jump. READ FULL STORY

It's official: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts to star in 'August: Osage County' together

Osage County is about to welcome two new high-profile residents: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

The Weinstein Company confirmed today that, after being in talks with the Oscar-winning actresses for over a year, Streep and Roberts will appear on screen together for the first time for the adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County. TV vet John Wells (Shameless, ER, The West Wing), who was recently at the helm of the Ben Affleck drama The Company Men, is on board as director. (As we put it back in 2010, “BIGGEST. MOVIE. EVER.”)

'Mirror Mirror' release delayed two weeks as new trailer hits the Internet

Just as a new international trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror has appeared online, the whimsical retelling of the Snow White story has been pushed back from its March 16 release date. Now Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen will make her debut in theaters on March 30, which still gives Mirror Mirror a two-month lead on competing project Snow White and the Huntsman. Lily Collins plays the lead in the Relativity production, with Armie Hammer as her prince. Nathan Lane, Sean Bean, and Mare Winningham also star. See the new trailer (with a costume ball and 700% more dwarves!) below. READ FULL STORY

Julia Roberts to star in and produce workplace comedy 'Second Act'

Cue that laugh: Julia Roberts will return to comedy once again, this time as both star and producer of an upcoming feature from New Regency. The production company confirmed to EW that the Oscar winner will pull double duty on the project, which she’ll produce alongside Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Lisa Gillan, and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas. The film, which does not have a director or writer on board yet, will be about a woman (Roberts) who is forced to head into the working world despite never having held a job before in her life. In other words, a bit of a stretch for Roberts, who is as busy as ever and will soon be seen in the other Snow White movie, Mirror, Mirror.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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