A dark, hilarious and touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family will be featured in the upcoming film – August: Osage County. This movie stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor. August: Osage County revolves around the lives of the women of the Weston family whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back into one roof, the Midwest house and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. This film will surely bring a new taste of comedy this Christmas. Check out the latest news for August: Osage County below:
“Meryl Streep in August: Osage County
More than any performer of her era, Meryl Streep, 64, has reflected the hopes and fears of her moviegoing contemporaries, who have aged with her and seen their lives reflected in the roles she played, decade by decade.
They might be stunned by what they see in her latest portrayal, that of Violet Weston, the diseased harridan of “August: Osage County,” the movie version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, directed by John Wells. The movie is already appearing at film festivals around the country, as the producers seek to build momentum for an awards race that will soon hit full stride. If the character doesn’t scare off Ms. Streep’s admirers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, she may be in line for her 18th Oscar nomination (she already holds the record in the acting category) and a fourth win.
Scary or not, Violet Weston — she is the one being smashed to the floor by Julia Roberts on the movie poster — will again show Ms. Streep pointing the way for a graying generation. She is a mother from hell — she drinks, she pops pills, she’s dying too slowly for some — who is carrying out late-life reckonings with her children, a situation that may be familiar to her baby boomer peers.
“I’ve often thought of it as I watched her,” said Gail Sheehy, referring to the close congruence between Ms. Streep’s film roles and the generational crises Ms. Sheehy has described in her pop psychology hit “Passages” and later books.
Mr. Wells, in a phone interview, said Ms. Streep was understandably cautious about taking a role that has much to say, and not in a pleasant way, about aging parents and their relationships with children.
“I’m going to have to live in this character for a significant period of time; is that a place I really want to go?” Mr. Wells said, describing Ms. Streep’s initial concerns.
Mr. Streep’s roles have captured the personal and family dramas of many people who came of age in the late ’60s and early ’70s. When Ms. Streep was 30, the Vietnam-era ingénue she played in “The Deer Hunter” gave way to the troubled feminist, Joanna Kramer, in “Kramer vs. Kramer.” In that role, from 1979, Ms. Streep left her family in search of fulfillment, then returned to fight for custody of her son.
“It was exactly what so many women fired up by the women’s movement were feeling,” Ms. Sheehy noted of Ms. Streep’s performance, which also matched what her much-read book had labeled “Catch-30,” a predictable collision with the complications of adulthood. The film earned Ms. Streep a second Oscar nomination, and her first win, as best actress in a supporting role. (Three years later, she won her first best actress award for “Sophie’s Choice.”)”
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August: Osage County is directed by John Wells and is scheduled for a wide release on December 25th 2013.
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