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Emma Stone: Who is this Meryl Streep woman?

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FROM LEFT: Dick Clark Productions’ EVP of TV Barry Adelman, Jeremy Piven, Kate Beckinsale, Paula Patton, Peter Krause, Miss Golden Globe Greer Grammer and HFPA president Theo Kingma

Meryl Streep who? Emma Stone, reacting last Thursday to her nomination in the Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress category where she’s pitted against the formidable Meryl, jested, “Can someone please explain who this ‘Meryl Streep’ woman is?!”

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Chris Pine’s singing is one of ‘Into the Woods’’ surprises

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PINE. Portrays Cinderella’s vain Prince.  Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

One of the nice surprises of Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods” is not that Chris Pine sings, but he sings rather well. Playing Cinderella’s vain Prince, Chris shows he’s got real singing talent, especially in “Agony,” a funny, intentionally over-the-top duet with Billy Magnussen, Rapunzel’s Prince.

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Totally bewitched by Meryl Streep

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STREEP as The Witch in the big-screen version of the musical “Into the Woods”

I made Meryl Streep gasp and suddenly stand up in near-panic during a recent New York press conference. I had barely begun asking my first question about Stephen Sondheim when the greatest living actress, hearing the composer’s name, exclaimed, “Oh, I have a letter from Stephen! Let me find it!” She hurriedly stepped out of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel meeting room to look for the letter.

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Stellar cast buoys up ‘The Giver’

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THWAITES, STREEP AND BRIDGES. Costar in film version of dystopian thriller.

Meryl Streep shot some of her scenes in “The Giver” while she was filming Rob Marshall’s star-studded screen musical, “Into The Woods,” where she sings Stephen Sondheim’s brooding melodies as the vengeful Witch.

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Meryl’s latest ‘vanishing act’ yields Oscar nod

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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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