April 23, 2014

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Meryl Streep donates $10K to charter school supported by Viola Davis

HollywoodNews.com: Meryl Streep has been lucky enough to win an Oscar this weekend, but she is giving back by donating $10,000 to a bankrupt charter school that Viola Davis supports in her hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Streep reportedly donated the money on behalf of her foundation, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, states UsMagazine.com.
“We’re excited Meryl Streep has gotten the ball rolling for us, but we recognize there’s a long road ahead of us,” Angelo Garcia, the founder and director of operations at the Segue Institute for Learning, commented about the wonderful donation.
What do you think about her donation?
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Viola Davis on Competing with Meryl Streep for Oscar

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com:Considering how serious “The Help” really is, it’s nice to see the Oscar buzzed actresses from it have a sense of humor. At a lunch/screening on Friday for the terrific Disney film, I asked stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer how they dealt with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard off camera. After all, Howard plays a nasty, racist socialite who causes a lot of misery for the local maids. “We just took Bryce out back and gave her a beating,” laughed Davis. She and Spencer held forth at the lunch, at Desmond’s on East 60th St., with a room full of admirers.
“Bryce is like the sweetest person. When we met her, I thought, how’s that going to work?” Davis said. “Then the cameras rolled and she went right into the character.” Spencer talked me about her relationship with co-star Jessica Chastain. “We’ve become great friends. I’m having dinner with her in LA right before Christmas. That’s the way it was from the beginning.” Davis is a cinch for a Best Actress nod, while Spencer and Howard should be locks in Best Supporting Actress. (Chastain will be covered in that category for “The Tree of Life.”)
Meanwhile, Davis told me to send a message to “Iron Lady” star Meryl Streep, with whom she will likely be in the Best Actress race. “You tell Meryl Streep it’s not about competition,” she said, with great gravity. Remember, the two had quite an on screen showdown in “Doubt.”
“I mean, she’s Meryl Streep. She is amazing. I’m in awe of her.”
Got that, Meryl?
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And the 2012 Oscar contenders are…

By Daniel Montgomery
HollywoodNews.com: When is it too early to start considering who’s ahead in the Oscar derby? Never! While it was less than three months ago that “The King’s Speech” took top honors at the Oscars, the 2011 race has already begun with many contenders, even sight unseen, generating buzz about their prospects. Indeed, there is already a lively discussion underway in our forum.
Topping the list is Meryl Streep who stars as the polarizing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” The Weinstein Company just picked up this biopic for distribution stateside. Streep, who has racked up a record 16 Oscar nominations, last contended in 2009 for her performance as French chef Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.” She lost that race for Best Actress to Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”). That marked her twelfth consecutive defeat. The second of her two Oscar wins was way back in 1982 for “Sophie’s Choice.” That was nod number four for Streep who had won the supporting award with her second bid in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”
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Meryl Streep fans: the return of ‘Streep Tease’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: How great is this?
I got a note last night from the brilliant Roy Cruz who tells me that the very fantastic stage show he created, ‘Streep Tease,’ will return to the Bang Theatre this Saturday after a six-month hiatus.
The show is an evening of Meryl Streep monologues performed by an all-male cast. The most memorable films of the great Streep are given a new interpretation on stage. Each actor gives his own interpretation of his favorite Meryl Streep monologue. The cast includes Cruz, David Dean Bottrell, Bryan T. Donovan, Ron Morehouse, Matthew Nouriel, Joel Scher and Trent Walker.
The show is directed by Ezra Weisz with choreography by Fred Tallaksen. It is produced by Cruz and Kenneth Hartung.
“We have three new monologues and the show has evolved,” Roy says.
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Meryl Streep’s third appearance on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: With the Academy Award nominations set to be announced tomorrow morning, I’m grateful that the great Meryl Streep is getting a year off from being a nominee.
Yes, she has two Oscars (for ‘Sophie’s Choice’ and ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’) but she has also lost the award a stunning FOURTEEN times including last year. Sorry Sandra Bullock fans, but there is no way Sandra should have won for ‘The Blind Side.’ That award deserved to be Meryl’s for ‘Julie & Julia.’
With no films released in 2010, Meryl is sitting this year out and will next star as Margaret Thatcher in ‘Iron Lady.’
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‘Drop Dead Diva’s’ Brooke Elliott on season two

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: “Drop Dead Diva” star Brooke Elliott reports that the just-launched second season of her Lifetime series is at least as star-studded as the first season was, or more. Viewers can expect to see Lee Lee Sobieski, Robin Givens, Jasmine Guy, Rosie O’Donnell back in her judge character, plus Sharon Lawrence and Kurt Fuller as Elliott’s parents, plus Cybill Shepherd. “She was a riot and so much fun,” says Elliott. “She plays a character that’s sort of like Meryl Streep’s in ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’
“They’re all so great. We’re so humbled by the fact they want to come play with us,” she adds.
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A-listers turn to drastic measures to land roles

By Emily-Fortune Feimster and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: At one point in their careers, celebrities have had to go the extra mile to get a great part in Hollywood. Every good actor knows that sometimes it takes a lot more than just showing up to an audition to land a great role.
Kate Winslet was bent on nabbing the leading lady part in “Titanic,” for example, but director James Cameron resisted. She’d done “Sense and Sensibility” and “Hamlet,” and he was afraid she had the wrong image. When her agents failed to get the point across to Cameron that Winslet was Rose, she reportedly left a rose in his car with a friendly note. Then she got his cell phone number and called to convince him herself. Cameron was on the freeway, and said “I’m going somewhere.” Undeterred, Kate insisted to him, “I just have to do this, and you are really mad if you don’t cast me,” the actress recalled. Cameron reconsidered. Winslet was also hell-bent to get Leonardo DiCaprio to play opposite her, and tracked him down to his hotel room at the Cannes Film Festival to persuade him.
Perhaps the greatest film actress of her generation, Meryl Streep, can play aggressive as well as she plays everything else. Alan Pakula actually turned Meryl down for “Sophie’s Choice.” She phoned the director and, as she puts it, “begged and pleaded for an interview.” Pakula consented out of politeness, expecting nothing, but Streep dazzled him in the interview and got the part — for which she later won an Oscar. Similarly, Sydney Pollack didn’t see Meryl as a good prospect for his “Out of Africa,” and told her agent he wasn’t interested. Srteep heard through the grapevine that the director didn’t think she was sexy enough. She got a meeting with Pollack, walked in wearing a dynamite push-up bra, wowed him and the rest is history.
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