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Meryl Streep remembers Robin Williams on 'Today'

While doing press for her role in The Giver, actress Meryl Streep took a moment to reminisce about the late Robin Williams.

“He was such a generous soul,” said Streep to host Matt Lauer. Streep looked back fondly on Williams’ boundless energy and commented on the actor’s friendship with fellow actor Christopher Reeve. READ FULL STORY

A deep dive into 'The Giver' trailer ('sup, Taylor Swift?)

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Releasing a film adaptation of The Giver in 2014 was always going to be tricky.

Why? Because Lois Lowry’s kid-lit classic, first published in 1993, helped to invent the tropes of dystopian young adult fiction. (Even though, as its Newbery Medal would attest, it’s actually meant for middle-grade readers; yes, young adult and middle-grade are different.)  The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Matched, The Maze Runner — they’re all indebted to Lowry, even if each of those later books is less lyrical and more literal than Lowry’s original.

But now that there’s a glut of dystopian YA fiction — both on bookshelves and at multiplexes — a film version of The Giver runs the risk of seeming both generic and derivative… even though its story was written long before Katniss was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’s eye. Thankfully, a faithful adaptation of Lowry’s story would help to curb those accusations, since the book is really pretty different from the works it inspired: The Giver has no real action sequences. Its main character is a thoughtful 12-year-old boy, not a brooding, badass teenage warrior. The entire narrative takes place in fewer than 200 pages — a far cry from the increasingly bloated tomes being churned out by present-day YA authors.

The Weinstein Company’s new Giver movie is… not that faithful adaptation. How do we know? Because of the film’s first trailer:

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Hidden Gems of the 2014 Pizza Oscars

These Oscars were unusually lacking in memorable reaction shots — perhaps Amy Adams’ quick iPhone-check sums up the whole show?

Below, my quick play-by-play of the Oscars’ (arguably) least significant details: READ FULL STORY

'August: Osage County' QuickDraw: Things turn dark at stick-figure dinner -- VIDEO

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep both snagged Oscar nominations for their roles in the dramedy August: Osage County, but if you haven’t seen it yet and want to be up to date, just watch our QuickDraw of the film. Watch the clip below to see a light family dinner transform into some Jerry Springer Show-type drama: READ FULL STORY

The sweariest movie in Academy history, who's up for an EGOT, and more 2014 Oscars talking points

Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)

- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, with a mere 300 documented “f—“s, is the previous record holder.

- American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nods in every acting category. David O. Russell is the first director to helm two movies (back to back, no less) that have both achieved this feat. No movie has ever won all four acting awards, though A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976) got three wins apiece. Also worth noting: While quadfectas generally snag at least one acting award, only two (1942’s Mrs. Miniver and 1953’s From Here to Eternity) have ever managed a Best Picture win.
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Oscars 2014 will celebrate heroes -- many of whom will likely be in the room

For this year’s Oscars, it will be an ode to the honorable.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Tuesday that this year’s Academy Awards will have a movie hero theme. Meron made the announcement through an Instagram video saying the night would be a celebration of all heroes: popular heroes, real-life heroes, animated heroes, and superheroes.

Does that mean we can expect host Ellen DeGeneres in a Wonder Woman suit? Probably not. However, many of the stars in contention for Oscars this year have already played heroic parts. Here is a look at some of the best (cape not required):
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Actors, politicians, and other people who lie for a living top list of the 100 Most Trusted People in America

Reader’s Digest has released their list of the 100 Most Trusted People in America. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Brian Williams, Judge Judy, Hillary Clinton, and many other politicians, performers, and TV hosts — people whose entire professional existence is arguably focused on constructing elaborate fictions and saying what you want to hear in lieu of the actual truth — all feature prominently in the list, beating out by a wide margin “Your Mother,” “Your Father,” “Your Second-Grade Teacher,” and many other people you probably should actually trust despite the fact that they aren’t famous. READ FULL STORY

Which Oscar-winner did Harmony Korine shove to earn 'Letterman' ban? James Franco gets answers! -- VIDEO

James Franco went on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote his new film Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, but what he really wanted to know was why Korine had been banned from the show about 10 years ago.

”The legend is that he pushed Meryl Streep backstage,” Franco said, quickly adding ”I mean if you push Meryl Streep backstage you get kicked off.”

”Not necessarily,” Letterman joked.

Letterman tells his own recollection of what actually occurred in the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lawrence explains Golden Globes 'I beat Meryl!' quip -- VIDEO

“It’s never a good idea for me to wing it,” Jennifer Lawrence told David Letterman last night after he asked about her Golden Globes acceptance speech. Her fans, of course, would disagree — when Lawrence wings it, she tends to produce endlessly quotable lines about everything from her first meeting with Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence (“I spit egg inside his mouth when I was talking. Into his mouth”) to her post-red carpet ritual (“The first thing I do when I get off a carpet is take my heels off, rub my makeup everywhere, and basically pick up a garbage can and go ‘Rawwrrrrr!’ and dump it all over my head”).

Then again, sometimes Lawrence’s goofy sense of humor can get the Silver Linings Playbook star into trouble. Take that Golden Globes speech, for instance: Upon accepting her award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, the first thing Lawrence said was, “What does it say? ‘I beat Meryl!'” Many viewers at home — including prolific Globes tweeter Lindsay Lohan — were scandalized; what right did this 22-year-old have to diss the world’s most celebrated actress?

But others understood what Lawrence was really doing — and while on the Late Show, she took the opportunity to set the record straight.  READ FULL STORY

Definitive proof Meryl Streep needs to play Hillary Clinton on the big screen

Last night, while I was lounging on my couch and finishing off a pint of “Everything but the…” (a pint I had started in the same sitting, mind you), the photo you see above was being taken. That’s right, Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton are apparently BFFLs and enjoy Instagramming themselves on their nights out. Stars! They’re just like us (except a night out for Hillary and Meryl means the Kennedy Center Honors gala and not your local college pub — eh, potato, po-tah-toe).

But it’s not the womance that’s the news here — though I’d love a reality show on these two (MTV take note!) — it’s the uncanny resemblance between them. READ FULL STORY

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