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
Just a decade ago, as an actress aged her fate was sealed – planned obsolescence meant young faces were rolled out to dethrone the red carpet’s older reigning A-list.
But as the median age of movegoers increases, it seems Hollywood’s actresses are aging with them – and they are getting better parts, and better pay, out of it.
From Cameron Diaz to Sandra Bullock, and Nicole Kidman to Melissa McCarthy, top film actresses in their 40s now out-earn their 30-year-old counterparts.Staying power: As the age of movegoers increases, it seems Hollywood’s actresses are aging with them – and they are getting better parts, and better pay, out of it; Meryl Streep, 63, pictured in “The Devil Wears Prada”
‘There’s a change afoot,’ Sean Bailey, head of production at Disney live-action films, told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘Part of that is attributable to changing audience trends. Women and a broader array of age groups are starting to matter more and more.
‘A lot of these big movies are no longer solely dependent on young men showing up. When you take that in combination with the number of phenomenal actresses in this age range, it adds up to something exciting.’
Where middle-aged actresses once had to pick up supporting roles scraps – with the exception of Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton – they are now taking center stage, dominating big Hollywood’s biggest parts.
And a recent Performer Q Study, which measures how well-known and how well-liked a celebrity is, found that Ms Bullock, Ms Roberts, and Ms Streep took the top three film actress spots among U.S. survey respondents over 18.
And television might be playing an important role, too.
Glenn Close, 66, appeared on The Shield and then Damages; Helena Bonham Carter, 47, will play Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming BBC movie about the movie star’s relationship with Richard Burton; and Ms Roberts is just taking on her first major TV role as a wheelchair-bound physician in HBO’s The Normal Heart.
Style icons for women in their 60s
- Dame Helen Mirren
- Dame Judi Dench
- Joanna Lumley
- Meryl Streep
- Jane Seymour
- Camilla – Duchess of Cornwall
- Sharon Osbourne
- Sigourney Weaver
Even we single-minded toilers in the YOU kitchen occasionally look up from our marble worktops to acknowledge that there is a wider world out there – and if it involves a few celebrities, so much the better.
This handsome cookbook scores on both counts. It has been published in aid of Women for Women International, a charity set up in 1993 to support women affected by war in countries such as Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and South Sudan.
WfWI has helped over 400,000 women rebuild their lives after suffering brutality and tragedy, many of them losing homes, husbands and children.
The charity has enabled them to learn skills, find employment, earn money, enjoy independence and gain self-respect. Some of their harrowing stories are told here, a stark reminder of just how fragile civilisation can be.
But overall this is a joyous and hopeful book, which celebrates WfWI’s achievements and the common bond we all share through food.
It includes recipes from people involved in humanitarian causes, and from a handful of well-known chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. More likely to satisfy the appetites of shameless celeb watchers are contributions from the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep, Mia Farrow, Nelson Mandela, Robin Wright and Sir Paul McCartney.
Their recipes are simple and credible, which makes this a book worthy of a place on your kitchen shelf. But that is almost beside the point; all profits from the sale of Share will go towards funding WfWI’s continuing work, which is reason enough to buy it.
Share: The Women for Women International Cookbook, edited by Alison Oakervee, is published by Kyle Books, priced £25. To buy for you.co.uk’s special offer price, click here.
Annie Lennox’s porridge
The purist’s porridge always has salt – with maybe the addition of a little bit of cream from the top of the milk – but it can be a great base for all kinds of delicious toppings, such as toasted coconut, demerara sugar, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, lemon rind, sultanas. It’s cheap, it’s nutritious, it’s comforting and it makes you glow!
- 100g pinhead oats or rolled oats
- 600ml milk or water, or equal parts milk and water
- milk or cream, to serve
- toasted coconut, demerara sugar, clear honey, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, grated lemon zest, sultanas
- Place the oats in a large heavy-based pan with a generous pinch of salt. Pour in the milk or water and bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring continually with a traditional spurtle or wooden spoon.
- When the porridge starts to thicken, reduce the heat and simmer until the oats are cooked through and the porridge is smooth, stirring occasionally with the spurtle or wooden spoon to stop it sticking to the pan. Serve with a little extra cold milk or cream poured over the top and with a topping of your choice, or a spoonful of the spiced fruit compote (see below).
Spiced fruit compote
- 3 fruit tea bags
- 1-2 tsp clear honey
- ½ cinnamon stick
- pinch of ground allspice
- 250g dried mixed fruit such as apricots, apples, pears, prunes, figs and cranberries, roughly chopped
- natural yogurt, to serve
- Place the teabags in a pan, pour over 300ml boiling water and stir in the honey. Add the cinnamon stick and allspice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the mixed fruit and then simmer for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to steep until ready to serve. Remove the teabags and cinnamon stick before serving.
- Serve spooned over porridge or on its own with natural yogurt.
Trudie Styler’s spaghetti al aglio e olio
I absolutely love Italy, and Sting and I spend as much time as we can at our home in Tuscany. This pasta dish is classic Italian simplicity. The flavours of fine olive oil, garlic and spicy chilli flakes combine perfectly to create the ultimate comfort food with a kick that keeps you coming back for more. A generous shaving of good Parmesan completes the dish, and all in about 10 minutes flat. A delicious quick lunch or simple supper that anyone can make – equally scrumptious with wheat-free pasta, quinoa or rice spaghetti.
- 450g dried spaghetti
- 175–225ml extra virgin olive oil
- 6–8 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 ½ tsp chilli flakes
- finely shaved Parmesan cheese, to serve
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water for about 8–10 minutes or until barely tender but firm to the bite. Drain and reserve about 4 tablespoons of the cooking water. Set aside and keep warm.
- Return the pan to a medium heat and pour in the extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic and chilli flakes, then reduce the heat and immediately add the drained hot pasta and the reserved cooking water. Toss and stir so that the oil and water emulsify. Serve immediately, topped with grated Parmesan and accompanied by a bitter leaf salad
Cook’s tip Pasta cooking water is the secret ingredient of this dish. It has a unique flavour, a combination of the salt and high starch content.
A replica House of Commons in which Meryl Streep starred as Margaret Thatcher is up for grabs on eBay.
And the courtroom and prison from The Bill are also going under the hammer.
The iconic film sets graced by Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weiz, Ed Sheeran and many others are being sold off by Wimbledon Studios, in south west London.The set for sale on eBay was used in the 2011 film The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep as Margaret ThatcherThe 5,000 sq ft House of Commons set was created in 1986 for the Granada TV series First Among EqualsThe sets were put up for auction on eBay by Wimbledon Studios with bidding starting at the low price of 99p
They blame a lack of space and their rapid expansion for the sale of the sets, with bidding starting at just 99p.
The 5,000 sq ft House of Commons set was created in 1986 for the Granada TV series First Among Equals.
It was later bought by writer Paul Abbot who wrote BBC drama State of Play, before being bought by Wimbledon Studios.
The set was designed to be an exact replica of the real House of Commons with similar materials and wood carvings used to make it as authentic as possible.The 1,000ft courtroom from The Bill was more recently TV comedy shows This is Jinsy and Dead BossThe courtroom set measures 1,000 ft and has been used in The Bill, This is Jinsy and Dead Boss
HOUSE OF COMMONS SET
The set is described as being a one-to-one scale replica of the House of Commons.
When fully erected, the set is approx 5,000 sq ft but it can be housed within a 2,500 sq ft warehouse when disassembled.
It was used by Meryl Streep in the 2011 blockbuster, The Iron Lady.
It was originally built for 1986 series First Among Equals at Granada in Manchester And regularly appeared in shows such as The New Statesman between 1987 and 1992.
Paul Abbott, a former Granada scriptwriter, bought the set to save it from destruction and stored it in an Oxfordshire barn after it ceased being used for State of Play.
In its eBay advert Wimbledon Studios adds that with clever dressing the set can be made to look like the House of Lords, by replacing green benches with red ones.
Meryl Streep used the set in 2011 to film parts of the international blockbuster The Iron Lady.
The prison set has welcomed Hollywood stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weiz who filmed scenes there for 2011 film 360.
Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran have also spent time filming music videos on set.
The 1,000ft courtroom was frequently used in the long running iconic cop drama The Bill and more recently TV comedy shows This is Jinsy and Dead Boss.
Piers Read, managing director at the studios, said: ‘Selling the sets cements our new future as an exclusive hub for creativity in South West London.
‘High demand and upcoming productions require more floor space currently being taken up storing the House of Commons, Courtroom and Prison sets.
‘While it will be sad to see such iconic creations go, our clients need the extra space to deliver their productions on time, so we need to make changes to accommodate their needs.’
The auction will end on March 22 at 5pm and is collection only.Hollywood stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weiz used the prison set when filming 2011 film 360
Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran have also spent time filming music videos on the prison set
An article by Dailymail and some parts about Meryl in it:
Scarlett Johansson had been off sick for a couple of days and the first night she returned to play the smouldering Maggie in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof there was Meryl Streep sitting in the front of the stalls.
Jessica Lange was on an aisle; Anna Wintour and Kelly Reilly were close by. But that’s New York for you. I often spot Oscar and Tony winners, or famous writers and directors, in the audience at plays in New York.
Now I think about it, though, it’s mostly Meryl. I like the way she stays in her seat during intervals, so as not to attract too much attention. And I love it when something makes her laugh.
She was certainly tickled when Scarlett’s Maggie kept referring to some off-stage brats as ‘no-neck monsters’. Scarlett delivered the line with such delicious relish that I, too, was amused.
And Meryl was riveted by the on-stage confrontations between Scarlett and Benjamin Walker (as Maggie’s ‘crippled’ husband Brick) and the Act 2 session between Brick and Big Daddy, played by Ciaran Hinds.
Another article for The Kennedy Center State Dinner, this time with the photo of Meryl and Don:
Alec Baldwin and his pretty new wife looked every inch the glamorous power couple as they posed on the red carpet on Saturday night.
The couple, who wed in June of this year, didn’t seem to have a care in the world as they happily posed for photographs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The appearance came just days after Baldwin’s alleged stalker, Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin, was jailed for violating a protection order the star has against her.The happy couple: Alex Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Thomas walk the red carpet at the 2012 Kennedy Centre State Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday
Police originally arrested Sabourin in April after authorities said she had implored Baldwin to see and to marry her in emails sent only days after he became engaged to yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas.
On Tuesday, the actress was jailed at the close of an otherwise-routine court appearance and ordered to stay away from the 30 Rock star and his wife.
Still, the couple showed no hint of the strain.
Hilaria, 28, looked ravishing in a black strapless, floor-length gown with a gold and black Pashmina.
Her only accessory was an elegant black clutch and with her cherry-red lips and glossy hair she couldn’t have looked more radiant.
Baldwin was dapper in a classic tuxedo with his distinguished grey hair slicked back.Among the honourees: Dustin Hoffman (centre with wife Lisa and family) is one of the seven talents up for the prestigious Kennedy Centre HonourAcclaimed actor: Like the other honourees, the 75-year-old star is being commended fir his outstanding contribution to American cultureSoul master: Blues legend Buddy Guy (pictured with his family) is also an honouree
Though Baldwin, 54, was not among the seven recipients for the prestigious award, which commends outstanding contribution to American culture, he was there to support the list of honorees.
Bluesman Buddy Guy, actor and director Dustin Hoffman, comedian and television host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin were the chosen few to receive the award, presented to them at a dinner hosted by Hillary Clinton on Saturday, the night before the actual gala.
As well as the Honorees Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg were in attendance, as well as Jimmy Kimmel and girlfriend Molly McNearney, Stephen and Evelyn Colbert and Meryl Streep and husband Don Gummer
Star-studded: Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg (right) as well as Meryl Streep and her husband Don Gummer (left) were also in attendance
Thrilled: Honoree David Letterman and his wife Regina (left) and Jimmy Kimmel with Molly McNearney (right) show off their other halves
Speaking about the extraordinary talent of the lucky seven, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, said: ‘With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world.
‘Buddy Guy is a titan of the blues and has been a tremendous influence on virtually everyone who has picked up an electric guitar in the last half century, Dustin Hoffman’s unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation.
‘David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm.’Rock legends: The three original and surviving members of Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page, Paul Jones and Robert Plant. Their iconic band will also be receiving an honour
He continued: ‘Natalia Makarova’s profound artistry has ignited the stages of the world’s greatest ballet companies and continues to pass the torch to the next generation of dancers and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands.’
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will also be present at the Sunday gala on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage but will receive the seven Honorees at the White House beforehand.
The event will be broadcast on CBS on December 26 with guest appearances from ‘great performers from New York, Hollywood, and the arts capitals of the world’, according to the Kennedy Centre website.
More famous guests: Satirist and political commentator Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn
And the first article, on Dailymail, with more photos from the event:
It was difficult to tell who was more star struck – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep.
Either way, the women seemed delighted to spend their Saturday evening together at the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala.
Looking lovely, the pair posed for photographs on Ms Streep’s iPhone before Ms Clinton worked the room, mingling with 2012 Honorees including members of the band Led Zeppelin and Blues legend Buddy Guy.
Actor Dustin Hoffman and TV talk show host David Letterman were also among the guests being recognised at the star-studded event.
Wearing a long-sleeved green gown and a sparkling diamond choker, the 65-year-old politician joked around with husband, Bill Clinton, and their famous friends before sitting down for a group photo.
But it appeared to take a collective effort to get the suddenly shy former President to take his chair, which he finally did with a grin.Say cheese: Actress Meryl Streep uses her iPhone to get a photo of her and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala
All smiles: The women, looking lovely, seem to enjoy each others company at the Washington event
Rock legend: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chats with Kennedy Center 2012 Honoree Robert Plant from the rock band Led Zeppelin
Snap: Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pose for a photo after the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala on Saturday
Star-studded: Kennedy Center 2012 Honorees actor Dustin Hoffman, second from right, chats with television host David Letterman, right, while Bill Clinton is with the band
Best pals: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, shares a joke with Jimmy Page, right, and and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin
Listen up: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton seems to be getting on like a house on fire with the band Led Zeppelin after the U.S. State Department gala dinner
Hugs: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, hugs 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree ballerina Natalia Makarova at the end of the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala
Happy couple: Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pose for a photo after the State Department Dinner for the Kennedy Center Honors gala on Saturday
Laughs: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laughs as she chats with Kennedy Center 2012 Honorees Led Zeppelin and fellow Honoree Blues legend Buddy Guy, third from right
Come on Bill: The 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from left, wait for former President Bill Clinton, left, to join them for a group photo
That’s better: From left, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton join the 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees John Paul Jones, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page, Natalia Makarova, Robert Plant, Dustin Hoffman, and David Letterman
Friends: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton hugs Kennedy Center 2012 Honoree, Blues legend Buddy Guy as rock band Led Zeppelin members John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page watch in background