It feels like Meryl Streep enters the Oscars race every single time she appears in a film.
And that’s certainly no different this fall, considering her much-applauded turn in upcoming film August: Osage County.
A new trailer for the film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, features Meryl as Violet Weston, the pill-popping matriach of a dysfunctional family.Oscar-worthy performance? Meryl Streep stars in August: Osage County as a matriach with a sharp tongue and an addiction to prescription pillsMeryl Streep stars in new August: Osage County trailer
Adapted from the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, August: Osage County follows the family as they come together after the death of Beverly Weston (Violet’s husband).
It’s clear that there’s plenty of drama – and awkwardness – to air out, as each person holds their own backstory and quirks.
‘Look at your boobs! The last time I saw you, you looked like a little boy,’ Mattie Aiken (played by Margo Martindale) tells teenager Jean Fordham (Abigail Breslin).Growing up: Abigail Breslin, now 17 years old, stars as the daughter of Ewan McGregor and Julia Roberts’ characters
What did you say? Ewan McGregor and Abigail Breslin stare in shock at a rude comment from Meryl Streep’s character Violet Weston
In another scene, Meryl can be seen rolling her eyes and making faces as Chris Cooper, in the role of Charles Aiken, talks about the ‘joy of family’ as he says grace at the dinner table.
Her befuddling temperament might have something to do with her prescription drug habit: ‘She takes pills – Valium, Vicodin, Xanax,’ her husband notes.
The drama also follows the separation of Barbara Weston (Julia Roberts) from Bill Fordham (Ewan McGregor), who is apparently involved with ‘a younger woman.’
‘Well, the odds are against you there, babe,’ Violet drawls to her daughter.Big claims: Julia Roberts has called her acting experience opposite Ewan and Meryl as the ‘best’ of her illustrious career
Why the tears? Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming film The Fifth Estate, looks distraught in the clip
August: Osage County has earned kudos for its all-star ensemble cast, which also includes Benedict Cumberbatch (The Fifth Estate), Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and others.
The film has received many positive reviews, with the most praise going to the performances, particularly Meryl’s.
Julia Roberts has even called her role ‘the best acting experience of my life,’ according to the Associated Press.
The film opens Christmas Day in the U.S.Settle down: Chris Cooper calms Benedict down as they discuss Beverly Weston’s funeral
Winning ways: Variety’s Scott Foundas calls Meryl’s performance ‘electrifying,’ and she’s certain to get awards-season attention
Leading lady: Meryl Streep attends the Crystal & Lucy Awardsi, held at the Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in June 2012
Watch the 2nd trailer of ‘August: Osage County‘, just released by Yahoo, here.
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In some cosmic switcheroo, Taylor Swift may just have been the perfect megawatt replacement for Meryl Streep last night at Grey Goose Soho House. Streep had been the most anticipated guest of TIFF 2013 in connection with her latest sure-to-be Oscar nominated leading role in August: Osage County, but bowed out at the last minute due to illness. There were tears for many, especially one pint sized fan who wore a “Meryl in training” T-shirt to the film’s screening at Roy Thompson Hall earlier that evening. Not for the film’s cast and Gucci and Holt Renfrew’s hosted after-party guests however—they all seemed thrilled by the surprise appearance by Swift, who showed up in a wowza Calvin Klein Collection number after walking the red carpet of One Chance. Flanked by Harvey Weinstein and a dapper Brenton Thwaites who I’m sure will be the talk of the blogs all day long (he’s about to be a Disney prince!), Swift held court on the second floor for most of the night, that is, while she wasn’t busy hanging with the film’s star studded cast, aka. the fixtures of the rip-roarious festivities.
Julia Roberts, breathtaking in raspberry Dolce & Gabbana, chatted animatedly with co-stars Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Julianne Nicholson and Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding 2.0!) for most of the evening. Her million dollar smile and signature cackle were as omnipresent as you’d, or say a little gal watching Pretty Woman on repeat a million times, imagine. Everyone was hugging. Everyone was so huggy! Nearby, Chris Cooper, whose performance instigated applause multiple times throughout the screening, ate dinner with wife Marianne Leone.
The cast seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves, spending hours in and around the club. I even found Roberts, McGregor, Mulroney and Swift making use of Soho House’s photo-booth, conveniently located beside the women’s bathroom. “It’s a good look, you should keep it,” said Mulroney to Swift as I meekly shuffled by. (I had to touch her back. It was soft. And awkward.)
Later that night, the party got even wilder as more celebs packed in. Juliette Lewis, who swapped into a white off-the-shoulder cocktail dress after the premiere, toasted with friends on the newly opened rooftop as the familial-y blessed Jack Huston and the familial-y famous Jason Bateman hung out at tables nearby. Back on the club floor, we were thrilled to see that IRL, Mad Men’s Lane Pryce aka. Jared Harris, was very much alive. Felicity Jones was there too, cause why the heck not.
And because that wasn’t all, I witnessed Ralph Fiennes showing off his moves to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” as an impromptu dance party broke out on the main floor. Devil may care? More like wizard can dance, am I right?
It’s been ten years since Lauren Weisberger picked up her pen and laid bare a thinly-veiled account of her time as a harassed assistant to Vogue editor Anna ‘Nuclear’ Wintour.
Now, eight years after Andy Sachs quit her job in the middle of a Parisian street, she’s back – and so, of course, is Miranda Priestly, the editor of fictional fashion bible Runway, who is just as conniving as ever.
Here MailOnline has an exclusive extract from Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns of the moment that Andy is left reeling as she comes face to face with Miranda once again.
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The woman’s eyes grew wide. ‘Ohmigod, he’s here. I can’t believe he’s actually here,’ she mumbled through her half-chewed food, the hand in front of her mouth doing little to hide it.
‘Who’s here?’ her husband asked with seemingly zero interest.
‘Valentino! He just arrived! Look!’ The woman managed to swallow her chip and re-apply lipstick in one almost-graceful motion. Max and Andy swivelled toward the red carpet and sure enough, a tanned, taut, and pulled-tight Valentino gingerly removed his loafers and stepped aboard.
Ten years on… Anne Hathaway’s Andy (left) and Meryl Streep’s Miranda (right), captured our imagination on screen in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada. Now they’re back in Lauren Weisberger’s follow-up novel
A lackey standing just off to the side handed him a snorting, wet-faced pug, which he accepted without comment and began to stroke. He brazenly scanned the party and, appearing neither pleased nor displeased, turned to offer his one free hand to his date.
Long-time partner Giancarlo was nowhere to be found; instead, Andy watched in horror as five long fingers with red-lacquered nails reached up from the below decks stairwell and wrapped themselves, talon like, over Valentino’s forearm.
Andy glanced at Max. Had she screamed that aloud or just thought it?
As if in slow motion, the woman materialized inch by dreaded inch: the top of her bob, followed by her bangs, and then her face, twisted into an all-too-familiar expression of extreme displeasure. Her tailored white pants, silk tunic, and cobalt high-heeled pumps were all Prada, and her military-inspired jacket and classic quilted bag were Chanel.
‘Miranda didn’t like parties; she didn’t like boats, and it stood to reason that she especially didn’t like parties on boats’
The lone jewellery she wore was a thick, enamelled Hermès cuff in a perfectly coordinating shade of blue. Andy had read years earlier that the cuffs had replaced the scarves as her Hermès security blankets – apparently she had collected nearly five hundred in every imaginable color and size – and Andy sent up a silent thanks that she was no longer responsible for sourcing them.
Watching in a sort of fascinated terror as Miranda refused to remove her shoes, Andy didn’t even notice when Max squeezed her hand.
‘Miranda,’ she said, half whispering, half choking.
‘I’m so sorry,’ Max said into her ear. ‘I had no idea she was coming.’
Miranda didn’t like parties; she didn’t like boats, and it stood to reason that she especially didn’t like parties on boats. There were three, perhaps five people on the planet who could convince Miranda to board a boat, and Valentino was one of them.
In Vogue: Author Lauren Weisberger (left) famously leaned on her time working as an assistant to Anna Wintour (right) for material for the two books
Even though Andy knew Miranda would only deign to stay for ten or fifteen minutes, she was panicked at the idea of sharing such a small space with the woman of her night terrors. Had it really been almost ten years since she’d screamed F you on a Parisian street and then fled the country?
Because it felt like only yesterday. She clutched her phone, desperate to call Emily, but she suddenly realized Max had dropped her hand and was reaching out to greet Valentino.
‘Good to see you again, sir,’ Max said in the formal way he always reserved for his parents’ friends.
Read the rest: Revenge Wears Prada is published in the UK on June 20 and is available in the U.S. now
‘I hope you will excuse the intrusion,’ Valentino said with a small bow. ‘Giancarlo was planning to attend on my behalf, but I was in New York tonight anyway to meet with this lovely lady, and I wanted to visit with my boat again.’
‘We’re thrilled you could be here, sir.’
‘Enough with the “sir,” Maxwell. Your father was a dear friend. I hear you are doing good things with the business, yes?’
Max smiled tightly, unable to discern if Valentino’s question was merely polite or fraught. ‘I’m certainly trying. May I get you and . . . Ms Priestly something to drink?’
‘Miranda, darling, come here and say hello. This is Maxwell Harrison, son of the late Robert Harrison. Maxwell is currently overseeing Harrison Media Hol—’
‘Yes, I’m aware,’ she interrupted coolly, gazing at Max with a cold, disinterested expression.
Valentino looked as surprised as Andy felt. ‘Aha! I did not realize you two knew each other,’ he said, clearly looking for a further explanation.
At the exact same moment that Max murmured, ‘We don’t,’ Miranda said, ‘Well, we do.’
An awkward silence ensued before Valentino broke into a raucous laugh. ‘Ah, I sense there is a story there! Well, I look forward to hearing it one day! Ha ha!’
Andy bit her tongue and tasted the tang of blood. Her queasiness had returned, her mouth felt like chalk, and she couldn’t for the life of her figure out what to say to Miranda Priestly.
Thankfully Max, ever more socially graceful than she, placed his hand on Andy’s back and said, ‘And this is my wife, Andrea Harrison.’
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger is published by HarperCollins priced £7.99 on June 20. Available in the U.S. now at Laurenweisberger.com
They are Oscar wining actresses who have both played a slew of feisty characters in a variety of films.
So it’s no surprise that sparks fly when Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts go head to head in their new film drama.
A trailer for August:Osage County shows the women engaging in several dramatic scenes.
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Matriarch: Meryl Streep plays fearsome family matriarch Violet Weston in new movie August: Osage County, with the new trailer released on Friday
Julia plays Barbara Weston, daughter of Violet, the cancer stricken sharp tongued family matriarch.
Co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, the new trailer features the actresses sparring, in with one piece of dinner table footage especially dramatic.
The drama is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Tracy Letts and made its Broadway debut in 2007.
Mother daughter tension: Julia Roberts plays Violet’s daughter Barbara in the film
Powerful drama: The feature film promises some powerful scenes between Julia and Meryl’s character
Adaptation: The film is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Tracy Letts
It revolves around a dysfunctional family who gather together in Oaklahoma after the suicide of family patriarch Beverly.
Along with star names Streep and Roberts, the film features a star-studded cast including Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juliette Lewis.
The dark dramedy, directed by John Wells, is slated for release on November 8, putting it in direct contention for awards season.
Family affair: Juliette Nicholson as Ivy Weston, Violet and Barbara return to Oklahoma after father Beverly commits suicide
Star-studded cast: The film features a slew of big names including wan McGregor as Barbara’s estranged husband Bill
Oscar hopes: The film’s release on November 8 puts it in line for awards season
Producing partners Grant and George will be hoping to match their Oscar triumph for this year’s Best Picture winner Argo.
The trailer opens with Beverly (Sam Shepard) declaring that ‘life is very long,’ before his death brings the family together again.
Movie goers can expect some dark undertones, with the film’s tagline reading: ‘Misery Loves Family.’
Dysfunctional: Ewan plays a college professor who has left his wife (Roberts) for a younger woman
Part of the ensemble: Benedict Cumberbatch plays clumsy and unemployed ‘Little’ Charles Aiken
The first trailer for drama film “August: Osage County” is finally out! You can watch it on the ABC official website so far.
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