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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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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

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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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Meryl Streep ‘perfect’ as a drug-addled bully

NEW YORK—Meryl Streep is brilliant as a domineering, drug-addicted, cancer-suffering grandmother in her latest film “August: Osage County” but she won’t pretend to have the worst job in the world.   The star of the film, given a standing ovation at a prerelease screening in New York, the American actress was asked repeatedly how difficult [...]

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Julia Roberts: Acting with Meryl Streep a blessing and a curse

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ROBERTS plays Streep’s daughter in “August: Osage County.” It’s their first time to share the big screen.   photo:aceshowbiz.com

LOS ANGELES—“It is a blessing and a curse because you just want to be amazing in front of her. But you are also terrified because it’s [she]—the best there is,” Julia Roberts said in a recent interview about acting opposite Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County.”   The good news is that Julia stands her [...]

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Meryl Streep from ‘August: Osage County’ and ‘Into the Woods’

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STREEP: One scene, to her, “felt like several circles of hell to shoot.” RUBEN NEPALES

Filming “Into the Woods” in London and promoting “August: Osage County” was putting Meryl Streep in two conflicting moods.

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Stars’ ‘personal best’ portrayals recalled

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REDFORD AND NEWMAN. Exceptional screen pairing.

Popular film luminaries get to play many roles in the course of their decades-long careers, but when all is said and done, they are remembered for only a few of them—unless they happen to be Meryl Streep, whose filmography spells versatility incarnate—a virtual gallery of memorable portrayals!

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At last, Hilary Swank is in a film with Meryl Streep, but…

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SWANK. Plays the title role in “The Homesman.” photo: ruben nepales

“It’s a dream come true—I’m in a movie with Meryl Streep,” Hilary Swank happily informed us of being cast with arguably the greatest living actress, in “The Homesman.” Then, Hilary added, “But I don’t have one scene with Meryl! I thought, ‘Well, on the days that I’m not working, I’m going to be a fly on the wall. I’m just going to watch Meryl—but, she wasn’t even in the same location! I did all my work in New Mexico. When we wrapped there recently, they went to Georgia.”

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When stars play famous people

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ECHO Rosales (left) doing a more believable job portraying the much-loved Jesse Robredo than Piolo Pascual personifying Ninoy Aquino

Amazingly apt and believable portrayals like Meryl Streep’s spot-on screen personifications of Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child should convince other actors that, when they play famous people, they should try really hard to at least look the part.

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Winsome pair buoys up mediocre comedy

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BATEMAN AND MCCARTHY. Amiable performers with contrasting comedic gifts.

Can a fine performance save a mediocre film? Yes and no. If you’re Meryl Streep, you can turn a cheesy musical (“Mamma Mia”), a by-the-numbers actioner (“The River Wild”), and a dawdling biopic (“The Iron Lady”) into enjoyable screen romps.

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