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Meryl Streep: 'Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer'

One of the tricky bargains that actors have to make when they choose to play a living person in a film, is that they’ll be forever inextricably linked to that figure. Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 film The Iron Lady, and on news of her passing issued a heartfelt statement expressing her complicated admiration for the former Prime Minister.

Streep did not shy away from the fact that Thatcher was a divisive figure, noting her controversial policies. But the legendary actress also was unafraid to praise Thatcher’s “grit” and her important place in history. Streep wrote: “To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable.”

Read the statement in full below.


Meryl Streep wants you to stop and smell the roses with mesmerizing 'Wings of Life' doc -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Spring is in the air, and Meryl Streep would like to tell you about the birds and the bees.

The three-time Oscar winner narrates Wings of Life, an eye-popping, hi-def nature documentary from Disney that zooms in to examine the pollination partnerships between flowers and the butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and bats that make our quality of life possible.

It’s the perfect project for Streep, especially when you hear the Adaptation star wax poetic about an ingenious orchid. She gives voice to the planet’s flowers, to whom “beauty is our strategy” to invite animals and insects for a transaction that perpetuates both species.

Using amazing high-speed camera equipment that can shoot up to 1,500 frames per second, Wings of Life will open your eyes to the majestic beauty and mystery of nature, both exotic and familiar. In an exclusive clip from the documentary, which becomes available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand on April 16 — just in time for Earth Day — a hummingbird’s task is visually deciphered into a divine aerial ballet. Watch the clip — followed by the trailer — below. READ FULL STORY

Oscar honcho on First Lady, Meryl Streep's blunder, and song for the losers

How did the producers manage to keep the First Lady’s involvement in the ceremony a secret? Why didn’t Meryl Streep open the envelope for best actor? Did Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth actually know the identity of the losers before they wrote that snarky ode to them? We asked Director Don Mischer to answer some of our burning questions about Sunday’s telecast of the Academy Awards.

When did they book Michelle Obama to reveal the Best Picture winner? “That happened about two weeks ago and we kept it all a secret,” Mischer told EW. “There were just a few of us who knew. We had a code name for it… Operation Florence. Nobody on our crew knew until Sunday afternoon before we went on the air.” READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer to present at the Oscars

No surprise here, but now it’s official. Last year’s acting winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer will present at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” said Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.

This isn’t the only bit of presenter news lately: Earlier, Mark Wahlberg confirmed he would be presenting alongside the animated bear, Ted.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, air Feb. 24.

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Golden Globes: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and more to present

George Clooney and Meryl Streep will be among the presenters at Sunday night’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.

In addition, the presenters include: Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Wiig, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell. Smash‘s Debra Messing is also reportedly set to take the stage as well, according to a tweet from the Today show.

Lincoln leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, while Django Unchained scored five noms. On the TV front, Showtime’s Homeland and the HBO movie Game Change topped the nominees, though there were plenty of surprises, including a Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical nod for Smash.

Hosted by comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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'Hope Springs' Blu-ray: Tommy Lee Jones and his corgi fantasy -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


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

Tina Fey on 'Mommy & Me' with Meryl Streep: 'It seems to have fallen apart for now'

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


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• 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 DarkoThe 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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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, others share thoughts on Nora Ephron

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

'Hope Springs' trailer: What is Meryl Streep doing to that banana?

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

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