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Meryl’s latest ‘vanishing act’ yields Oscar nod

STREEP AND ROBERTS. Cast as mother and daughter in “August: Osage County.”

Tinseltown’s most dedicated actors will do anything for their art. In fact, a top young actor intimated to us last year that, halfway through the shooting of the acclaimed gay-themed indie he starred in some years ago, he began “falling in love” with his costar—because the role called for it!

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STREEP. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.” AFP

Meryl Streep has not allowed fame and fortune to spoil her. Some of her memorable musings: The great gift of human beings is the power of empathy. Expensive clothes are a waste of money. I don’t follow fashion or understand trends.

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Hanks, Bullock, Streep honored in Palm Springs

Tom Hanks (left) and Julia Roberts pose backstage at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. AP

Sandra Bullock shared the painful results of Googling herself, Meryl Streep shadowboxed on-stage, and Tom Hanks braced for awards season’s “celebrity mule train” at the year’s first glitzy Hollywood gala.

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Most fascinating H’wood interviews of 2013


These are some of the interviewees who made us sit up and listen more closely than usual, think and laugh or simply inspired us to write.

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Review: Streep holds nothing back in brutal drama

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows, from left, Meryl Streep, Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis in a scene from "August: Osage County." AP

Planning some extended family dinners over the holidays? Worried that folks might not get along, that festering tensions might surface, that people might get tipsy and say too much?   Well, here’s an idea: First, go see “August: Osage County,” the blistering film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Tracy Letts play starring Meryl Streep and Julia [...]

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