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Meryl Streep to Play Margaret Thatcher in New Biopic

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Biopics, Drama, Casting, Upcoming Releases,

Let the Oscar buzz begin.

Meryl Streep will go to work next month to film The Iron Lady, a biopic focusing on Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who served from 1979 to 1990.

“She’s perfect casting in many ways,” Jim Broadbent, who plays Thatcher’s husband Denis, said of Streep. “She’ll absolutely do it in a brilliant way.”

Margaret Thatcher was Britian’s first female prime minister, and her gender will be a central thesis of the film.

Meryl Streep is an American by birth and citizenship, and her costar says she’ll bring a unique point of view to the script.

“She can bring an outsider’s view of the story, so that it won’t become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what’s going on.”

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In Theaters This Holiday Week: December 29, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Another Year* (PG-13): starring David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Karina Fernandez (directed by Mike Leigh)
  • Biutiful* (R): starring Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib (directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • Blue Valentine* (R): starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel (directed by Derek Cianfrance)
  • The Red Chapel* (NR): starring NAMES (directed by Mads Brügger)
  • The Strange Case of Angelica* (NR): starring Ricardo Trepa, Luis Miguel Cintra, Pilar Lopez de Ayala (directed by Manoel de Oliveria)

*limited release


In Theaters This Weekend: May 21, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 9, 2009

Couples Retreat

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Couples Retreat (PG-13): starring Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau (directed by Peter Billingsley)
  • Adventures of Power* (PG-13): starring Adrian Grenier, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Jean-Louis (directed by Ari Gold)
  • Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story* (NR): starring Eddie Izzard (directed by Sarah Townsend)
  • Bronson* (R): starring Tom Hardy, Matt King, James Lance (directed by Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • The Damned United* (R): starring Michael Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall (directed by Tom Hooper)

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences are Taken with Liam Neeson

Maggie Grace in Taken

While it would seem logical to find a female-oriented movie on top after Super Bowl Sunday, an action thriller proved there was more than enough testosterone to go around. , starring Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson, took in $24.7 million making it the second best opener ever during the same football period. (Last year’s Hannah Montana concert film grossed $31.1 million.)

Meanwhile, a romantic comedy starring an actual Oscar winner, failed to do what counterprogramming options are meant to do: score a touchdown. , starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., earned $6.7 million and a disappointing 8th place. (Apparently Academy Awards don’t guarantee future success.) The romantic comedy raked in about 1/2 as much as Zellweger’s Leatherheads did…and that’s saying a lot.

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Box Office Breakdown: New Life for Oscar Contenders

Slumdog Millionaire

Nominations? doesn’t need any stinkin’ nominations…

Although the 78-year-old was recently overlooked by the Academy, the actor/director still got some respect from the paying public. This past weekend, landed softly into third place and, most importantly, topped the actual Best Picture contenders.

But that’s not to say a nomination is pointless. Last week’s #10, Slumdog Millionaire, jumped 5 positions this week after nabbing 10 nods on Thursday. (It also bested Torino’s per screen average.) Meanwhile, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - thanks to 13 nominations - found itself reentering the Top Ten.

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 23, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

New International Harry Potter Teaser Trailer


Since Warner Bros. has chosen to delay the next Harry Potter premiere, this international preview gives a whole new definition to the word “tease.”

If you can’t wait until next year, just keep flipping back and forth between the first and second trailer and pretend you have a whole movie.

hits theater on July 17, 2009.

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In Theaters This Weekend: June 6, 2008

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • Kung Fu Panda (PG): starring Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Jackie Chan (directed by Mark Osborne, John Stevenson)
  • You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (PG-13): starring Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Emmanuelle Chriqui (directed by Dennis Dugan)
  • The Go-Getter* (R): starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone (directed by Martin Hynes)
  • Mister Foe* (R): starring Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Claire Forlani (directed by David MacKenzie)
  • Miss Conception* (R): starring Heather Graham, Tom Ellis, Mia Kirshner (directed by Eric Styles)

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Official Title Announced for ‘Indiana Jones’

Indiana JonesIn a truly auspicious moment at Sunday’s Video Music Awards, Shia LeBeouf announced the title of the upcoming fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series:

So I’ve been sworn to secrecy by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas not to tell you the title of the next Indiana Jones movie. What the hell, I’m 21 and we’re in Vegas, baby, so here it goes. The official title to the next Indiana Jones installment: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The much-anticipated film has already been filming for several months and will star Harrison Ford, Shia LeBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Jim Broadbent, John Hurt, Ray Winstone and Karen Allen.  It’s scheduled to open in theatres May 22, 2008.

Does anyone else think the title is a bit busy?  I mean, at least Raiders of the Lost Ark was officially titled as such, without the Indiana Jones and the at the beginning.  It could be worse, I suppose—how about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Shiny Crystal Skull or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that Bites People.  Imagine if M. Night Shyamalan, once offered a chance to write the screenplay, had penned the script: Indiana Jones and the Amish Comic Book Alien in the Water that Sees Dead People.  Scary.  But I’d love to see the poster.

Oh well, I suppose the title has little to do with the content—let’s hope that the film supersedes its bloated moniker, hmm?

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