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Meryl Streep starts the season with a Kennedy Center honor

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:42 am · September 7th, 2011

Last week Larry King said he had it on good authority that Meryl Streep would be honored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Today, it turns out he was right. Streep will be feted alongside musicians Neil Diamond and Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and singer/actress Barbara Cook. The announcement is [...]

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Telluride guessing game

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:34 am · July 28th, 2011

(UPDATED: 8/29) Now that the Toronto and Venice line-ups have been unveiled (though we have a few more Toronto announcements to come), I figured I’d take a few stabs at sussing out the Telluride crop this year. I haven’t been a good journalist and called around or anything. Just spinning my wheels. One studio that [...]

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Clint Mansell scoring ‘The Iron Lady’

Posted by Guy Lodge · 7:16 am · July 22nd, 2011

I’ll level with you, folks: there are a lot of prestige titles coming out in late 2011 that I’m itching to see, and “The Iron Lady” isn’t one of them. Putting to one side concerns about Phyllida Lloyd’s filmmaking prowess — I thought her ill at ease with the medium in “Mamma Mia!”, but she’s [...]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 57 — SPECIAL EDITION! — Oscar’s rule change, prospects at the mid-way point, Spielberg hitting the zeitgeist, lead actress race already looking contentious

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:54 am · July 8th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty [...]

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‘The Iron Lady’ international teaser trailer

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:56 am · July 7th, 2011

The Weinstein Company has a handful of possibilities in this year’s Oscar season. As usual, we can expect the boys to sit back and wait for a contender to survive Darwin-style before doubling down, but one element of “The Iron Lady” everyone expects to have no trouble finding a nomination is Meryl Streep’s performance as [...]

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Weinsteins announce release dates for winter bait

Posted by Guy Lodge · 6:10 pm · June 17th, 2011

Harvey Weinstein has never been one to put much faith in the length of Academy voters’ memories, so as usual, he’s favoring a late-year release plan for his presumed awards contenders — the prospects of which I was discussing only the other day. Thanks to Coming Soon’s Ed Douglas for pointing out the newly announced [...]

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Madonna’s ‘W.E.’ joins Weinsteins’ scattered 2011 slate

Posted by Guy Lodge · 11:56 am · June 13th, 2011

Having done all right with the last film to cover the romantic tribulations of King Edward VIII — it was called “The King’s Speech,” it won a few Oscars, you might have heard of it — The Weinstein Company clearly feels there’s an appetite among audiences for more on that chapter of British royal history, [...]

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Weinstein acquires ‘The Iron Lady’ for 2011 release

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:59 am · May 13th, 2011

When I get around to updating Oscar predictions in a couple of weeks, I will, as usual, refrain from including any films that don’t yet have domestic distribution. But one title can be taken off of that list, and may have just thrust Meryl Streep to the top of the lead actress race (though she’ll [...]

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Hope for Meryl

Posted by Guy Lodge · 7:10 am · February 10th, 2011

I didn’t post this still of Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” that did the web rounds two days ago, largely because I didn’t have much to say about it — for all the “uncanny resemblance” claims being made by some excitable bloggers, she looks rather a lot like Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. (Which [...]

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