Meryl Streep

50 Essential Movies About Exhilaratingly Bad Women

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is a three-hour epic featuring a number of debaucheries committed by the men who rule the country’s financial institutions. While the film has sparked debate over its depiction of drugs and sex, many critics have complained of its lack of a feminine perspective. If you’re looking for the chance to see female characters going head-to-head with their devious male counterparts, you’ll likely have to skip Scorsese’s latest picture. The good news, however, is that cinema has a long history of devious women and femmes fatales. Here are 50 of the most notorious and downright thrilling bad women in movie… Read More

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‘August: Osage County’ Is a Forgettable Film, But Offers the Year’s Best Performances

When Tracy Letts’ epic three-hour play August: Osage County debuted on Broadway in October 2007 after a critically acclaimed run at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago (where Letts is an ensemble member), it was immediately clear that it was a modern theatrical classic. The play took well-worn territory — the dysfunctional family drama — and turned it on its head: the lengthy production boasted an impressive set (a three-story house) and a cast of 13 characters who throughout the evening yelled and screamed, climbed over tables, and broke down in tears. It was both funny and depressing, and it was an immediate hit, spawning a national tour and various international productions. Even before Letts nabbed a Pulitzer Prize and the production swept the Tony Awards, it was clear August would become a film. … Read More

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The 20 Essential Movies About Breaking Up

Surely you don’t need to be reminded how hard it can be to fall out of love. But for those whose romantic pursuits have ended in ways they consider less than ideal, there are plenty of movies to look to for comfort — if only as reminders that romantic disappointments and those horrific related emotions are quite commonplace. Here are 20 films that are essential viewing when you’re going through a breakup, because you can only listen to “Someone Like You” so many times (although if you’re in need of some breakup music, check out our list of the best breakup albums of all… Read More

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Meryl Streep’s 10 Worst Movies

Meryl Streep is arguably our greatest living actor, if not in the running for the best American actor in history. And while she’s turned out some amazing performances in some pretty good movies, you’re not likely to be studying Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, or Heartburn in your film studies classes any time soon. What makes Meryl Streep so lovable though, is that she seems pretty down-to-earth and, more importantly, fun. She makes pretty bold moves, too, when it comes to picking her roles, and like any other performer has picked some clunkers in her time. Bad movies happen to good actors, even Meryl Streep! In honor of birthday tomorrow, we celebrate her brave and resilient nature — even these movies can’t hold her back. … Read More

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15 of the Greatest Celebrity Commencement Speeches

We’re almost through the month of May, and you know what that means: it’s college commencement speech season! While some of us had boring academics speak at our college graduations, there are a lot of other people who get to listen to folks like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, or Meryl Streep. So if you’re like me and are still annoyed that the creator of Joan of Arcadia was the celebrated guest who spoke while you baked in your black polyester cap and gown, take a short break and listen to these famous (and, generally, hilarious) people give advice to 22-year-olds. … Read More

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27 Awesome Photos of Cultural Icons at Prom

Now that May is here, there’s no ignoring it: our tackiest American teenage rite of passage is approaching. That’s right, it’s prom season. Whether this conjures up cringe-worthy memories or no memories at all for you, not to worry — hosts of your favorite cultural icons have gone through it too, with varying degrees of grace. Click through for a collection of some of the greatest photos of actors, politicians, musicians, and even writers in their prom-night… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got films from Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Michael Shannon, Anna Kendrick, Elisabeth Moss, Will Smith, and Martin Lawrence; check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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British Pop Culture’s Ambivalent Relationship with Margaret Thatcher: A Retrospective

As you’ve no doubt heard, Margaret Thatcher died this morning, leading to a flood of internet coverage of her divisive years in power and her legacy. The serious commentary is best left to our friends across the Atlantic (if you’re after such, we recommend David Stubbs’ coruscating obituary for the The Quietus.) We’ll limit ourselves to a survey of how the Thatcher era manifested in popular culture — and for all that plenty of outlets have published articles today about anti-Thatcher songs, etc., the truth is rather more nuanced — for every “Margaret on the Guillotine” or “The Day That Thatcher Dies,” there’s a Thatcherite pop star waiting in the wings. Anyway, here’s a brief look at how the Thatcher years and the woman herself have been depicted in popular culture, both at the time and the benefit of hindsight. … Read More

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5 Lessons from Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop at SXSW 2013

AUSTIN, TX: “I’ll just start talking. Hi, I’m Jeffrey.”

And with that, Jeffrey Tambor strolled out onto the stage, bare save for three chairs, at SXSW’s Vimeo Theatre and gave one of his acting workshops, which have become the stuff of legend around here. This is the eighth year he’s flown down to Austin to conduct a session with young actors, in front of a crowd of directors, actors, and fans. And although he is best known for his comic work (primarily as George Sr. on Arrested Development and Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show), and he’s the kind of born entertainer who can’t help but make this audience laugh, acting is a very serious business to Mr. Tambor. … Read More

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Meet One of the Lucky Film Students Who Presented This Year’s Oscars

Movie stars aren’t the only ones who help hand out Academy Awards: each year, they’re joined by a cast of presenters who help distribute the statuettes to winners. Previously, these presenters have been gorgeous, skinny model types, but the producers of this year’s show wanted to switch it up: they asked aspiring film students around the country to submit a 30-second video clip explaining how they would contribute to the future of film, then selected six winners from over 1,000 entries. In an interview with the AP, co-producer Neil Meron explained, “This tradition of the buxom babe that comes out and brings the trophy to the presenter to give to the winner seemed to be very antiquated and kind of sexist, too… Why can’t we have people who actually care about film and are the future of film be the trophy presenters?” Flavorwire reached out to contest winner and Oscar presenter Jennifer Brofer, a Marine Corps vet who currently studies at the University of Texas at Austin, to ask about her work and what it was like to take part in the biggest award ceremony of  the year. … Read More

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