October 6, 2012 |
Comic, actor, writer, director, and producer Mel Brooks , who is one of only 14 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award, will be given the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the AFI announced Friday. Brooks, 86, is the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to such Hollywood legends as Orson Welles , Bette Davis , Elizabeth Taylor , Steven Spielberg , Meryl Streep , and Morgan Freeman . The award gala will air in late June on TNT and Turner Classic Movies.
August 8, 2012
Directed by David Frankel. With Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and MGM. Running time: 1 hour, 39 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (sexual candor) Playing at: area theaters
February 29, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Shortly after Meryl Streep beat out Viola Davis for the lead actress Academy Award on Sunday night, Disney / ABC Television President Anne Sweeney bumped into Octavia Spencer, Davis' co-star in "The Help. " Sweeney was overheard in an elevator leaving the awards telling Spencer that she was "upset. I feel bad for Viola," Sweeney said. Spencer, who had just won an Oscar herself for supporting actress, asked Sweeney how she thought the upset had happened. "I have my theories," the executive said, without elaborating.
February 28, 2012
THE BEST OF OUR BLOGS Gary Thompson Keep it reel Meryl Streep's upset of Viola Davis ruined my otherwise perfect Oscar scorecard, and apparently many others' as well. An overnight Fandango poll showed fans thought the Davis snub was by far the night's biggest - 51 percent chose it over the George Clooney loss to [Jean] Dujardin (17 percent) and "Bridesmaids" best original screenplay loss to Woody Allen (10 percent). Davis backers may have an argument. I don't think Davis had a great deal of help in "The Help.
February 17, 2012 |
Have any doubts that Bart and Homer Simpson have totally defined the culture? Consider this: Fox's animated social satire (and hilarious 'toon) will air its 500th episode , "At Long Last Leave," on Sunday. Ay caramba! It's a feat. Only two other prime-time scripted series have reached this milestone, Gunsmoke (635) and Lassie (588). "I never imagined this," Matt Groening , the wigged-out genius behind the show, tells USA Today.
February 6, 2012 |
TARIQ TROTTER , a/k/a Black Thought, of The Roots , hosts Let's Move It Philly, a charity concert/party for his GrassROOTS Community Foundation Feb. 18 at Sigma Sound (212 N. 12th), a place near and dear to his heart, as it is where the Roots rehearsed and recorded their first few albums. He'll also perform at the event along with Roots drummer ?uestlove , who will DJ along with Rich Medina , Power 99's Diamond Kuts . Nikki Jean and the Money Making Jam Boys are also among entertainers that night.
January 27, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Musician Dolly Parton; writer Alan Zweibel. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - President Obama; Yo-Yo Ma & Friends perform. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Meryl Streep; Stephen Merchant; Kina Grannis performs. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10) - Daniel Radcliffe; Elisabeth Hasselbeck; Common.
January 13, 2012 |
THE MARGARET Thatcher bio "The Iron Lady" is brought to screen by director Phyllida Lloyd and star Meryl Streep, who collaborated on "Mamma Mia. " To me, this conjures an image of Thatcher in a Harrier jet, strafing the two of them on a Greek beach before they can get their singing, dancing, ABBA-loving and probably liberal hands on her conservative legacy (Maggie, as we see in "The Iron Lady," was a Rogers and Hammerstein girl). Certainly the film has already elicited hatchet job complaints among Thatcherites.
January 11, 2012 |
In The Iron Lady , opening Friday, Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher. Not only does the actress - renowned for her command of accents - get the combative cadences of the former British prime minister just right, she nails the gestures, the comportment, too. Certain to be nominated for a best-actress Oscar, Streep's performance - like her Julia Child, her Lindy Chamberlain ("the dingo ate my baby") - goes beyond mimicry to become art. Streep transforms. How exactly does she do it?
January 3, 2012 |
Meryl Streep is to be honored for her wide-ranging career at this year's Berlin film festival. Festival organizers said Monday that Streep, 62, would be presented with an honorary Golden Bear, the event's top award, on Feb. 14. Festival director Dieter Kosslick says that "Meryl Streep is a brilliant, versatile performer who moves with ease between dramatic and comedic roles. " The two-time Oscar winner will be honored at a screening of her latest movie, The Iron Lady , in which she plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.