FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced additional Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings – comprised of a world premiere, award season contenders and highly anticipated independent and international films of the fall – for AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi.
There will be a red carpet Gala each night of the festival. The additional Centerpiece Galas are AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (DIR John Wells) on Friday, November 8; THE LAST EMPEROR 3D (DIR Bernardo Bertolucci) on Sunday, November 10; and the World Premiere of LONE SURVIVOR (DIR Peter Berg) on Tuesday, November 12. All Galas will be presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – In this dramatic comedy with an all-star cast, a crisis reunites the women of an Oklahoma family and reignites their dysfunction. DIR John Wells. SCR Tracy Letts. CAST Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard. USA.
Friday, November 8, 2013.
The film, which will be released on Christmas Day, features a star-studded cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale.
The cast of August: Osage County will receive the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards, the first awards show of the 2013 season, on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
John Wells‘ big-screen adaptation of Tracy Letts‘ Tony- and Puliter Prize-winning play features a star-studded cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis,Dermot Mulroney, Benedict Cumberbatch,Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
The film, which premiered at September’s Toronto International Film Festival and will be released nationwide by The Weinstein Co. on Christmas Day, is a dramedy about intra-family chaos. It revolves around three sisters (Roberts, Lewis and Nicholson) and their significant others (McGregor, Mulroney and Cumberbatch), plus other relatives (Martindale, Cooper and Breslin), who reunite at the Oklahoma home of their mother (Streep) following the death of their father (Shepard), whereupon they air their grievances about how others present at the gathering have caused their lives to become terribly screwed up in one way or another. August‘s producers include George Clooney and Grant Heslov, who also produced last year’s best picture Oscar winner, Argo.
The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. De Abreu tells THR, “We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of August: Osage County, for their dramatic and outstanding performances.” (Full disclosure: Dick Clark Productions, which shares the same parent company as THR, has an undisclosed investment in the Hollywood Film Awards.)
Previous recipients of the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award include Crash (2005),Bobby (2006), Hairspray (2007), The Secret Life of Bees (2008), The Social Network(2010), The Help (2011) and Argo (2012). Crash, The Social Network, The Help and Argoall went on to score best picture Oscar nominations; Crash and Argo won.
Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produce the Golden Globe Awards, entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years. Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.
Other 2013 honorees who have already been announced include 12 Years a Slave directorSteve McQueen and supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o; 42‘s supporting actorHarrison Ford;August: Osage County‘s supporting actress Julia Roberts; Before Midnight lead actress/co-screenwriter Julie Delpy, lead actor/co-screenwriter Ethan Hawke and co-screenwriter/director Richard Linklater; Behind the Candelabraproducer Jerry Weintraub; Captain Phillips producer Michael De Luca; Dallas Buyers Club‘s lead actor Matthew McConaughey and supporting actor Jared Leto;Gravity‘s lead actress Sandra Bullock; Lee Daniels’ The Butler director Lee Daniels;Monsters University‘s director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae; Pacific Rim visual effects supervisor John Knoll; and Prisoners‘ supporting actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
LOS ANGELES – Juliette Lewis said she was “in tears” just thinking of doing a scene with Meryl Streep for ‘August: Osage County’.
Abigail Breslin is “Little Miss Sunshine” no more; she has grown into a voluptuous young woman.
Juliette, Abigail and many more stars livened up InStyle magazine and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual party last Monday that celebrated the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
In one corner of the posh Windsor Arms courtyard ablaze with red orchids and candles, Juliette told us that a pivotal dinner scene in director John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner (Tracy also wrote the screenplay) took four days to shoot. Juliette, who plays one of the daughters in the Weston family of strong-willed women, remarked that she was very honored to be acting with the formidable Ms Streep.
Imagine a dinner scene presided over by the family matriarch, a sneering, pill-popping Meryl (in a tour de force performance), and with such actors as Juliette, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney and Julianne Nicholson. Julia, as the eldest daughter, holds her own against Meryl. Chris also stands out, especially in a scene where he rebukes his wife, Margo (also fine as Meryl’s sister). Sam Shepard is memorable in a cameo as the patriarch as well as Misty Upham as the new maid.
But the film itself is “stagy” and only occasionally comes to cinematic life. The film’s ending, different from the stage version, also left some critics grumbling.
Tweet – @WeinsteinFilms
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?
Julianne Nicholson, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August: Osage County Photo: The Weinstein Co.
The Twin Cities Film Fest announced a quartet of films in its 2013 lineup and the bar is set impressively high. The 10-day series will host area premieres of prestige-heavy entries from Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Idris Elba, and directors Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”) and David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada.”) Anyone curious about titles sure to be talked about this awards season should start right here. Most TCFF films will be shown months before their theatrical release.
“August: Osage County” is based on playwright Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning tragicomedy of the same name. The piece brings together members of a monumentally dysfunctional family at a funeral, mining melodrama and dark humor from the problems and secrets that emerge. The stellar cast includes Streep, Roberts, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin. John Wells (“The Company Men”) directs, George Clooney is the producer. View the trailer here.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” follows Nelson Mandela from his village childhood through his opposition to apartheid and 27-year imprisonment through his inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Elba (“Pacific Rim”) takes the title role, with Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) as his wife, Winnie. View the trailer here.
In Payne’s black and white “Nebraska”, Bruce Dern plays a cantankerous farmer convinced he’s won a million-dollar sweepstakes. Will Forte plays his seldom-seen son, who grudgingly consents to drive him across the Midwest to collect his prize. Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk co-star. View a clip from the film here.
“One Chance” is a musical comedy underdog story based on real events. James Corden plays an aspiring singer who becomes a YouTube sensation after winning a British TV talent show. Also in the cast are Julie Walters (“Mamma Mia!”) and Mackenzie Crook (“Pirates of the Caribbean.”)
TCFF runs from Oct. 17 through Oct. 26. The full schedule of films will be announced in September.
Ewan McGregor’s mother Carole was refused odds on Meryl Streep winning an Oscar (WENN) Carole McGregor was mysteriously refused odds on Streep bagging an Academy Award for her role in August: Osage County. MacGregor also stars in the film.
Perthshire-born McGregor, 42, is convinced Streep is heading for her fourth Oscar.
He revealed the bizarre story at a publicity event in London, saying: “I told my mum to go to the bookies and put money on Meryl. She said, ‘I don’t know if you can do that’. I said, just try and you will get amazing odds. But they just wouldn’t give her any odds on it.”
Ewan believes that Meryl Streep may win her fourth Oscar for her latest role (WENN)
The film’s production outfit, The Weinstein Company, have postponed the release of the picture, also starring Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis and Benedict Cumberbatch, to November in the belief this will enhance its chance of awards.
McGregor plays the unfaithful husband of Roberts’ character, whose dysfunctional family is gathering at the home of their cancer-stricken mother, played by Streep.
“I had the best seat in the house for their performances. Meryl is just a great leading lady,” McGregor added.
Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts’ August: Osage County, Clooney/Bullock’s Gravity, Jackman/Gyllenhaal’s Prisoners among Toronto Fest entries.
Tweet – @nepalesruben
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY world premiering at
Tweet – @peterknegt
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival announced a portion of its lineup on Tuesday morning, with big films like “August: Osage County,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” making the cut. Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate,” about WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, will open the prestigious film festival. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Assange, with support from Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Stanley Tucci.
More on the 2013 TIFF lineup can be found here. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5 to Sept. 15. Festival organizers said about one-quarter of the films screening were announced on Tuesday.
An astounding ensemble cast — Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis — star in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play.