Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are both Ivy Leaguers who broke into Hollywood in the 1970s and went on to become Academy Award winners, but somehow they never managed to truly work together. Yes, they both co-starred in Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion in 2006, but they never shared a scene, making Hope Springs, that summer movie that your mom and her book club raved about, extremely special. The duo play an aging married couple who have allowed the sizzle to go out from their marriage, and Steve Carell is the marriage specialist tasked with getting them back in the groove. The Blu-ray and DVD are released today, and EW has an exclusive clip from the DVD Gag Reel. Two reasons why this gag reel is superior to 99 percent of gag reels: Tommy Lee Jones and corgis. READ FULL STORY
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Two years ago, the Interwebs exploded with the news that Tina Fey and Meryl Streep might co-star in a comedy called Mommy & Me, directed by Stanley Tucci. And while the idea of sharing the big screen with acting’s reigning queen seemed like a dream to Fey, unfortunately the reality is that the film is unlikely to happen… at least in the foreseeable future. “It seems to have fallen apart for now,” says Fey in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Still, she adds: “Sometimes movies come back together.” Click through for the full exchange. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Justin Timberlake drinking in 'The Last Drop.' Plus: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank
• Justin Timberlake is negotiating to star in The Last Drop, a romance about a food critic for New York magazine who realizes his love of alcohol is getting in the way of a budding relationship. Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is directing the indie from the Black List screenplay by Brandon and Phil Murphy. [Variety]
• Nicolas Cage is attached to star in Amicus, a thriller based on the true story of a hired assassin who used a book called Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors to help him carry out the murder of his client’s wife, paralyzed son, and the son’s caretaker. The victims’ families then hired real-life First Amendment expert Rodney Smolla (Cage) to sue the publisher of the book. Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, The Box) is writing and directing the independent production. [Variety]
• Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank are attached to the sale of distribution rights to Tommy Lee Jones‘ next directorial effort, The Homesman, a period Western about a pioneer man (Jones) and woman (Swank) tasked with bringing three mentally ill women through the American frontier. Along with directing and starring in the film, Jones is also penning the screenplay and producing. [TheWrap]
• Speaking of Hilary Swank, the two-time Oscar winner is also set to star in You’re Not You, about a woman with a terminal illness (Swank) and the wayward twentysomething woman who becomes her caretaker. George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) will direct the adaptation of Michelle Wildgen’s novel by screenwriters Shana Feste (Country Strong) and Jordan Roberts (3, 2, 1…Frankie Go Boom). [Variety]
• David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series) has joined director Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem, about a computer mastermind (Christoph Waltz) hoping to divine the meaning of life. Pat Rushin wrote the script. [The Playlist/Voltage Pictures]
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Filmmaker and author Nora Ephron died Tuesday, leaving behind a huge legacy of films, as well as many friends and colleagues in Hollywood. Here are their thoughts and memories of Ephron:
“Nora was a person whose gifts of mind, amply displayed as a young person in her sharply observed journalistic pieces and in her personal wit, were, when I first met her, kind of scary: aimed and airy at the same time, an insouciant sharpness that could be intimidating, because you could never catch her ‘trying’, everything seemed effortless. But as I got to know her, I understood what drove her was her acute curiosity, and her desire to observe and find out stuff. It’s what made her great as a journalist, and as a director, too. She thought fast, loved new ideas, processed swiftly, decided what was valuable and what was not with clarity. It’s hard to credit how very smart she was, cause she was always deflectively feminine and funny, the sharpness of mind softened and smoothed by genuine charm.” — Meryl Streep, star of Silkwood (co-written by Ephron) and Julie & Julia (written and directed by Ephron)
“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her…” — Tom Hanks, star of You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, both co-written and directed by Ephron READ FULL STORY
Meryl Streep may not be sporting fancy wigs or plummy accents for Hope Springs, her new comedy about a sixtysomething married couple (Streep and a growly Tommy Lee Jones) facing down the sexual doldrums of entering retirement age. But thanks to a can-do couples counselor (Steve Carell), her character does contend with some salacious fruit. Check out the new trailer below: READ FULL STORY
'The Artist' and others enjoy post-Oscar box office bumps, but will online streaming be the next sign of success?
America has all but recovered from the zeitgeist circus that is the Academy Awards (which this year featured a performance by an actual circus!), but the effect that Oscar has on moviegoers is still being felt at the box office, with several winning films picking up momentum after Hollywood’s big night.
Consider this: In the four days following the Oscars ceremony, The Artist – which took home Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and two other awards – rounded out its week of box office grosses up a healthy 14 percent from the week before, adding 158 theaters to its 966 and grossing $4.3 million (according to Box Office Mojo). Then this weekend rolled around, and a whopping 790 additional theaters later, the Jean Dujardin-led silent charmer has finally cracked the top 10 with a $3.6 million gross in 1,756 theaters. READ FULL STORY
One of the most astonishing elements of Meryl Streep’s Oscar nominated performance in The Iron Lady is how much the actress resembles former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. EW spoke with one-half of the film’s Oscar nominated makeup team, Mark Coulier, about how he collaborated with Streep and her longtime makeup artist J. Roy Helland* to come up with Streep’s look as Thatcher both in her political prime and in her later years as an 85-year-old woman struggling with dementia. (*Fun fact: Helland has been working with Streep for over 35 years, but this is his first nomination for an Academy Award.) READ FULL STORY
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