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Blu-ray Review: 'The Iron Lady'

April 17th, 2012 10:00am EDT
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Meryl Streep channeling Margaret Thatcher – sounds like great acting bound! We’re checking out the currently out on Blu-ray release of "The Iron Lady" from The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment. Follow the review pearls below!

Title: "The Iron Lady"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company

Website: www.anchorbayent.com

The Flick: The casting and superb execution of Meryl Streep as the hard fisted Margaret Thatcher is a no-br...
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'The Iron Lady' And Four Other Memorable Meryl Streep Portrayals Of Real People

April 9th, 2012 2:45pm EDT
The Iron Lady
This week, the DVD/Blu-Ray release of “The Iron Lady” hits stores. The film garnered Meryl Streep 29 different acting award nominations, including her 17th Academy Award nomination (and third win) and her 26th Golden Globe Award nomination (and eighth win), solidifying her place in Hollywood as the most-nominated actor in the history of the industry. The film was released to mixed reviews but it is her performance as Britain’s first (and thus far only) female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher that makes this movie a compelling viewing. Streep has made a name for herself turning real peop...
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Check Out 'The Iron Lady' On Blu-ray & DVD April 10 (Win The Blu-ray!)

April 7th, 2012 7:22am EDT
The Iron Lady
Hollywood icon Meryl Streep walked away with her third Academy Award after winning the Best Actress prize for her portrayal of the U.K.'s first female leader in "The Iron Lady."

Streep was thrilled when she was asked to play former British leader Margaret Thatcher because the Prime Minister left an "indelible impression" on her at a lecture.

Streep was criticized for taking on the role of someone who is in frail health, but the actress insisted she wanted movie fans to remember Thatcher as the Iron Lady.

British Prime Minister David Cameron criticized her portrayal of Thatcher as a v...
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Meryl Streep Takes Oscar To Women's Conference

March 11th, 2012 7:59pm EDT
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep took her Best Actress Oscar to a conference in New York on Saturday for her star turn introducing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The actress won her third Academy Award last month for playing former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady and she took the statuette with her when she attended the Women in the World Summit in Manhattan.

Streep took to the stage to introduce Clinton and placed the golden trophy on the podium as she told the crowd, "This is what you get when you play a world leader. But if you want a real world leader, and you're really, reall...
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Q&A: Daniela Bobadilla On 'Awake,' Working With Charlie Sheen

March 8th, 2012 12:15pm EST
Daniela Bobadilla
She's got not one but two high-profile roles: tonight she makes her debut on NBC's Awake, and on June 28 she'll be seen as Charlie Sheen's daughter in FX's Anger Management. So how's actress Daniela Bobadilla handling that workload?

Just fine, actually, because she's not your typical 18-year-old.

With a warm personality and a refreshingly positive outlook, Daniela has herself much more together than most people her age. Here's what the articulate young actress had to say about her busy present and what she'd like to accomplish in what should be a bright future.

What led you to decide...
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'Drive' And 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Lead 2012 Empire Awards Nominations

March 5th, 2012 11:25am EST
Drive
Ryan Gosling's thriller Drive and the final Harry Potter installment lead the nominations for the 2012 Empire Awards.

Drive has landed five nods, with Gosling and his co-star Carey Mulligan both vying for Best Actor/Actress awards, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 also scored five nominations.

Both movies will compete for the Best Film prize, along with the American version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Daniel Radcliffe will compete with Gosling for the Best Actor Prize, along with Daniel Craig (The ...
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Meryl Streep Slammed For Forgetting Margaret Thatcher In Oscars Acceptance Speech

February 28th, 2012 8:33am EST
Meryl Streep
One of Margaret Thatcher's former aides has criticized Meryl Streep for failing to mention the ex-British Prime Minister in her Oscars acceptance speech.

The Hollywood icon walked away with her third Academy Award after winning the Best Actress prize at Sunday's ceremony for her portrayal of the U.K.'s first female leader in The Iron Lady.

Streep thanked her husband, Don, and her Hollywood pals, but did not remember Thatcher in her emotional speech, and Lord Norman Tebbit, who served with Thatcher in government for six years, has been left fuming by the exclusion.

He tells Britain's T...
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'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...
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Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.
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'The Artist', Christopher Plummer And Octavia Spencer Lead Experts' Oscar Race

February 23rd, 2012 11:07pm EST
The Artist
The Artist appears to be a slam-dunk to win the 2012 Best Picture Oscar on Sunday - all 30 experts picking the victors on top awards website GoldDerby.com have chosen the film to score gold.

Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) also appear to be clear favorites to pick up the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies, but the 30 'Oscarologists' are split on the Best Actor and Actress honors.

The majority has picked Viola Davis (The Help) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist), but there are still experts pulling for Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and George Clooney (The D...
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'The Artist' Leads 2012 BAFTA Nominations

January 17th, 2012 8:17am EST
The Artist
Silent movie The Artist looks set to continue its winning streak after picking up a massive 12 nominations for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

The critically-acclaimed film, which won a coveted Best Picture prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, now looks set to dominate the U.K. film awards after the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

The Artist scored 12 nods in categories including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, as well as acting honors for its stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another major c...
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Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Best And Worst Of 2011

January 16th, 2012 3:29pm EST
Quentin Tarantino
The highly acclaimed Reservoir Dogs director, Quentin Tarantino, recently released a list of his Top 11 favorite movies of 2011, via The Quentin Tarantino Archives. The list is extremely varied, including a bunch of both mainstream and indie films. Although, some entries are quite unexpected, for example, The Three Musketeers was Tarantino’s 11th favorite movie. The number 1 spot was awarded to Woody Allen’s charming, Midnight in Paris, a complete opposite film compared to that of his favorite in 2010, a la, Toy Story 3.

Alas, with the good, always comes the bad and so Tarantino has also i...
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'The Descendents' & 'The Artist' Triumph At The Golden Globes (See Pics & Full List Of Winners)

January 15th, 2012 11:57pm EST
2012 Golden Globes
Oscar favorites The Descendants and The Artist were the big winners at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday night, picking up the top movie awards and the two Best Actor honors.

The Artist was a triple winner, in addition to Best Picture the film won for Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Original Score; while director Alexander Payne's The Descendants took home the Best Motion Picture Drama prize and a Best Actor gong for George Clooney.

There were no multiple wins for any other movie, but TV series Homeland picked up two honors for Best TV Drama and Best Actress (Claire Danes).

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Brad Pitt And 'The Artist' Dominate The NYFCC Awards

January 10th, 2012 11:02am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt added to his trophy cabinet on Monday night by scooping the coveted Best Actor prize at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The Hollywood hunk, who also landed a best actor honor at California's Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday, attended the Manhattan ceremony with his partner Angelina Jolie and picked up the trophy for his roles in Moneyball and The Tree of Life.

Silent movie The Artist also continued its success, being named Best Picture, while its maker, Michel Hazanavicius, landed the Best Director nod.

Meryl Streep was named Best Actress for her...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Contraband,' 'Joyful Noise' & More

January 9th, 2012 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
After a great deal of hype, I finally watched David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and honestly I’m not in love with it. Aside from the fact that it’s long-winded at 2.5 hours, the movie isn’t all that exciting in the first act. We get to see two separate storylines involving Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) and Mikael (Daniel Craig), which aren’t very compelling on their own, especially Craig’s portion.

My biggest gripe however, is its over-sexualized lead character Lisbeth. Even though I haven’t read the book series on which the film is based, I understand that Lisbeth is not terr...
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Meryl Streep Defends 'The Iron Lady' After British Prime Minister David Cameron's Criticism

January 8th, 2012 1:15pm EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep has hit back at British Prime Minister David Cameron after he criticized her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher as a vulnerable elderly woman in The Iron Lady, insisting his comments were in poor taste.

Cameron questioned why the plot focused more on Thatcher's battle with ill health in her later years, including her struggle with dementia, instead of her time in office as the U.K.'s first female prime minister.

He told BBC Radio 4, "It's a fantastic piece of acting by Meryl Streep. You can't help wondering, why do we have to have this film right now? It is a film much more about...
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Meryl Streep Defends Making Margaret Thatcher Film

December 28th, 2011 8:35am EST
Iron Lady
Meryl Streep was thrilled when she was asked to play former British leader Margaret Thatcher because the Prime Minister left an "indelible impression" on her at a lecture.

Streep has been criticized for taking on the role of someone who is in frail health, but she insists she wants movie fans to remember Thatcher as the Iron Lady - the title of her new movie.

She tells WENN, "I did not meet her. I did see her once at my daughter's university in 2001/2002. We went to see her lecture and that made an indelible impression on me."

And Streep is keen to answer critics who feel she should have...
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'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' And 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics' Circle Nominations

December 20th, 2011 1:17pm EST
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive look set to lead the 2012 London Film Critics' Circle awards after landing six nominations each.

Both movies have been named in the coveted film of the year category, alongside silent movie The Artist and The Tree of Life.

Gary Oldman is up for actor of the year for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, against other contenders including George Clooney (The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Ryan Gosling (Drive).

Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Anna Paquin (Margaret), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), a...
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Golden Globe Nominations: Snubs And Surprises

December 15th, 2011 7:43pm EST
The Ides of March
‘Tis the season… for Ricky Gervais to make nasty jokes and make Robert Downy Jr. blush…. Fa la la la la la la la la. That’s right, the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. There were a few surprises, a few snubs, and a few nominees that make you go, “Hmmmm”? Let’s break it down by Movie and TV categories.

Movies

Films like 'The Artist' and 'The Help' dominated, not surprisingly.

The most surprising inclusion here? ‘The Ides of March,’ which up ‘til now was considered an also-ran in awards season. But the film picked up nods for Best Drama, Best Director (George Clooney),...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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'The Help' Tops List Of 2012 SAG Film Nominees

December 14th, 2011 10:22am EST
The Help
The Help has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after receiving four nominations.

The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and...
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Meryl Streep Crashes Couple's Wedding Day Dressed As Margaret Thatcher

December 2nd, 2011 2:41pm EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep made an English couple's wedding day all the more special by applauding the newlyweds while dressed as former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Freya and Graham McAnally had booked to have their nuptials at Manchester Town Hall in the north of England, and were stunned to find The Iron Lady crew shooting scenes in the building, which has similar architecture to the Houses of Parliament in London.

And the pair couldn't believe their eyes when they stepped out of the registry office to find Streep in her Thatcher finery smiling and applauding.

Freya says, "It was all ve...
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Stuart Brazell and JoJo Wright's 2012 Oscar Nomination Predictions!

December 1st, 2011 4:20pm EST
Stuart Brazell and JoJo Wright
Who will be nominated this year? We preview 2011′s Oscar worthy pictures: “The Iron Lady,” “We Bought A Zoo,” “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” and “A Dangerous Method.” Check out our video below on our Oscar nomination predictions.

All of these movies are amazing! Who do you think will be nominated? Tweet me @stuartbrazell
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Can Meryl Streep Win A Third Oscar? Ever?

December 1st, 2011 10:55am EST
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep hasn’t won an Oscar since 1982.

Most people don’t remember that because it feels like groups hand her awards like they’re flyers on street corners. But she’s deserved most of them, and she should probably be on her fourth or fifth Oscar by now.

This year, she has a good chance playing Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady.’ The trailer alone promises that she is fantastic in the movie. Her performance has been buzzed about for months, and she’s been a front-runner for the Oscar longer than any other actor or movie this year. The problem is, most of the time she’s considered th...
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'The Artist' Scores Big Wins At New York Film Critics Awards

November 29th, 2011 3:53pm EST
The Artist
Silent movie The Artist has been hotly-tipped for Oscars glory after winning two top trophies at the New York Film Critics Awards.

Officials at the New York Critics Circle, whose top picks are considered a good indicator for the Academy Awards, honored the black-and-white drama with Best Picture, while Michel Hazanavicius was named Best Director.

Brad Pitt claimed the title of Best Actor for his roles in Moneyball and The Tree of Life and while Meryl Streep took home Best Actress for her portrayal of Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady.

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Meryl Streep Says 'It Was A Privilege' To Play Margaret Thatcher

November 14th, 2011 8:36am EST
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is proud of her portrayal of former British leader Margaret Thatcher in new movie The Iron Lady, branding the role a "privilege" to play.

The Hollywood actress tackles the part of the U.K.'s first female prime minister and even attended sessions at London's Houses of Parliament earlier this year to help prepare for the shoot.

Streep admits the role was grueling, but insists her effort was worth it.

She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It took a lot out of me, but it was a privilege to play her, it really was. It was one of those rare, rare films where I was grateful to be an ...
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