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December 18, 2013 | By Susan King
The 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring three-time Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep with its Icon Award. The actress, who won her Academy Awards for 1989's "Kramer Vs. Kramer," 1982's "Sophie's Choice" and 2011's "The Iron Lady," will receive the festival's honor at its awards gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Streep has already received lead actress nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Movie Awards for her performance as matriarch of a dysfunctional family in "August: Osage County," which opens Dec. 27. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "We're overjoyed to recognize Meryl Streep for yet another Oscar-worthy performance in 'August: Osage County," festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement.
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December 11, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The best actress category went largely as expected when the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced Wednesday. The category is heavy on veterans, with a mix of prior nominees and winners, and looks to include the names likely to be mentioned most during the rest of this awards season. Making the cut were Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County,” Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” and Judi Dench for “Philomena.” With Blanchett the youngest among them at 44, the five nominees have eight SAG awards and eight Oscars between them.
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October 17, 2013 | By David Ng
Before her movie breakout role in "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, for which she received her first of 17 (and counting) Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep was a hard-working New York stage actress who appeared in productions both on Broadway and at some of the city's most prestigious nonprofit theater companies. She performed in Central Park numerous times as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. She sang in an off-Broadway musical production of "Alice at the Palace. " She paid her dues in plays by Chekhov, Brecht and Arthur Miller.  In April, Streep will be recognized for her contributions to stage acting with the 14th Monte Cristo Award, presented by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, which is located in Connecticut.
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September 10, 2013 | By Susan King
Before its world premiere Monday night at the Toronto Film Festival, the all-star adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama “August: Osage County” was considered one of the leading Oscar contenders. With critics in Toronto weighing in quickly, the reaction is decidedly mixed for the drama and its all-star lineup, which features Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin and Benedict Cumberbatch. Much of the praise was aimed at Streep's turn as a dying, drug-addicted matriarch.
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July 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Claire Danes covers the August issue of Vogue magazine and she's candidly sharing exactly what she thinks about being a Hollywood actress. "I always have the fear that I won't be able to do it, because I am convinced that it left me and I don't know how I managed it before," the "Homeland" star tells the fashion tome. "You just hold out for those rare moments when you feel a real fusion with this imagined person. It's really like surfing. You get that wave and think, All right, I can be in freezing-cold water at 5:00 a.m. in the hopes that I will get one. And maybe you get three of those a year.
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June 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It may be only the start of summer, but the jockeying for position in Hollywood's end-of-year awards derby is already well under way. The Weinstein Co. has moved the release dates of two of its hopefuls. "August: Osage County" is being pushed back to Christmas Day from its previous date of Nov. 7, while "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman as actress-turned-royalty Grace Kelly, will come forward from Dec. 27 to Nov. 27. Directed by John Wells, "August" is adapted by Tracey Letts from his own play and features a heavyweight, hardware-hungry cast of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch.
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April 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Americans may be most familiar with Margaret Thatcher through her friendship with Ronald Reagan and the more recent Oscar-winning portrait of her by Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” but the former British prime minister was a frequent subject of dramatic interpretation at home. Thatcher passed away Monday at age 87, and a scan of her depiction in TV programs, film and onstage (to say nothing of song), shows just how deeply polarizing a figure she could be. “The Iron Lady,” the 2011 film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, was a sympathetic portrait that found the aging Thatcher skipping through memories of her life as she is overcome with dementia.
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April 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in  the 2011 film “The Iron Lady,” and her performance will likely go down as the most enduring cinematic portrait of the former British prime minister. So after news broke Monday that Thatcher had passed away at age 87, Streep released the following statement: “Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. "It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century.
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March 14, 2013 | By David Ng
It was a VIP guest list that few Broadway productions could dream of. Former President Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton paid a visit Tuesday to "Ann," the one-woman biographical play about former Texas Gov. Ann Richards that is running on Broadway. The former first couple was joined by Gabrielle Giffords, the former U.S. representative, and actress Meryl Streep. The group posed for a picture that can be viewed here . FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview "Ann" stars Holland Taylor as Richards, the tough-talking, liberal politician who became governor of Texas in 1991.
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March 14, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
A kind of crash course in 50-plus years of environmentalism, the documentary "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet," adapted from the book by Philip Shabecoff, proves a worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved. REVIEW: More movie reviews from the Times Writer-director Mark Kitchell ("Berkeley in the Sixties") efficiently divides the film into five acts - "Conservation," "Pollution," "Alternatives," "Going Global" and "Climate Change" - narrated, respectively, by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.
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