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Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline to star in one-night-only reading of 'Romeo and Juliet'

A pair of (movie) star-crossed lovers! Kevin Kline, 64, and Meryl Streep, 62, are set to play Romeo and Juliet (approximate ages: 16 and 13) in a one-night-only staged reading of the play at the Public Theater in New York’s Central Park.

The momentous coming together of two sexagenarian thespians is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park, a theater series in which both Kline and Streep have participated in the past. The staged reading — which means you won’t see a full-on balcony scene or Renaissance nobility couture — will play the Delacorte Theatre on June 18, but tickets for the starry event start at $1,500 a pop (unless the Public opts to let in groundlings this year). Al Pacino will also be honored at the gala for his work with the Public Theater.

Kline and Streep certainly have the gravitas to pull off Romeo and Juliet, but the wrinkled elephant in the room — their ages. Will Montague be played by Mickey Rooney? Will the nurse be less of a matronly figure for Juliet, and more of a Golden Girl BFF? And will Friar Laurence look like the Crypt Keeper? I know 60 isn’t that old, but a more appropriate title may be Romeo & Juliet: Off Their Rockers, would it not?

PopWatchers, monologue for me: How will Kev and Meryl pull this one off? Aren’t they just a little old? Are you planning to grab a ticket for the spectacular Shakespearean event?

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Meryl Streep: Once or twice, believe it or not, she wasn't even nominated...

Even before Meryl Streep was awarded her third Oscar last night, there was no denying that she is among the most honored movie actors of our (or any) time. Since co-starring in The Deer Hunter 34 years ago, she has been nominated for 17 Oscars, a Ruthian record that appears unbreakable. She’s five nominations ahead of Jack Nicholson, who’s tied with Katharine Hepburn for second place of all time, and 36-year-old Kate Winslet is only one-third of the way to eclipsing Streep, who, by the way, is far from finished (See: the upcoming Great Hope Springs, with Tommy Lee Jones; and August: Osage County, opposite Julia Roberts). Twenty Oscar nominations is certainly within her reach.

You could argue that she should be there already. Though it seems like Streep has been nominated for every role she’s ever played, there have been times where she’s actually been overlooked. I’m not talking about Mamma Mia! or The River Wild, though they were two of her most popular movies. I’m talking about numerous carefully calibrated turns that if you don’t have her IMDb page open in front you, you’d swear she was nominated for. When you’ve been nominated as many times as Streep, it’s difficult to recall which ones were recognized by Oscar and which ones were merely excellent films, sans nomination. A little test, to prove my point: I’ll list five of her movies, three of which earned her nominations.

Without Googling, pick the two that didn’t make the cut:

-The Hours

-Ironweed

-Marvin’s Room

-Music of the Heart

 -One True Thing

Click below for the answers and for three of my favorite non-nominated Meryl Streep performances.

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Oscars Myth Busting: Do presenters have a connection to the winner?

Put down those Pop Rocks and Diet Cokes. We’ve got some A-list myths to examine! Ahead of this Sunday’s Oscars, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous myths to rise out of the annual awards ceremony. Want to know if being nude will get you a Best Actress statue? Or if the Best Supporting Actress trophy is indeed a curse? You’re in luck -- we’ll be investigating one Oscars-related urban legend each day this week. Today, we’ll see if we can bust the presenter-winner nepotism myth: Over the past 25 years, has everyone been as connected as, say, 1994 presenter and winner Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg? Read on to find out. (And click here for more of EW’s Oscars Myth Busting.)

Oscar myth: Presenter-winner nepotism

What Is It?: In some quarters, there is a belief that Oscar presenters are handpicked to deliver the award to their A-list buddies or former costars. READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: William Shatner returns to Broadway, 'August: Osage County' film moves ahead

The boards had a busy week. The Book of Mormon won a Grammy. Broadway’s upcoming Once musical gave us a video sneak peak. Jeff Goldblum announced that he is replacing Alan Rickman in Seminar. Chris Colfer, Kevin Bacon, and John C. Reilly joined the star-studded cast reading of Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 play. Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark’s producers reached a settlement with the union that represents Julie Taymor. The film adaptation of August: Osage County finally secured leads Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. The stage version of The King’s Speech found a spot on the West End. The Bodyguard musical got closer to actually happening, while the Sleepless in Seattle musical was delayed. The Newsies cast asked Christian Bale to come see their show. And our critics reviewed five plays in New York and Los Angeles.

How I Learned to Drive: Film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum gives a B- to this off-Broadway revival of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-hander about a girl who is molested by her wayward uncle. READ FULL STORY

Ask Libby: Submit your Oscar questions to EW's proudly shallow columnist

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, columnist Libby Gelman-Waxner opines on the healing power of Michael Fassbender’s mesmerizing costar in Shame, and why Meryl Streep’s Iron Lady is even sexier than Michelle Williams’ Marilyn.

But with the Academy Awards just around the corner, Libby is eager for more of your burning questions for her recurring Ask Libby column here in PopWatch. Need help filling out your office Oscar pool? Is there any role that Meryl Streep can’t play? Have a suggestion for an award category that the Oscars don’t, but should recognize? Just tap the “Ask Libby!” button to submit, then check back soon for her next column.

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‘Ask Libby': Michael Fassbender, ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Artist’
Libby Gelman-Waxner: Look, I’m Back!


Oscar luncheon photo 2012: Smile, you're standing next to Brad Pitt!

There’s one in every class photo, isn’t there? In the photo taken at yesterday’s prestigious Oscar luncheon for the 2012 nominees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel you can spot Best Animated Short Film nominee William Joyce (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore) in the third row (good eyes, EW commenter!) giving bunny ears to his collaborator Brandon Oldenburg, who obliged him with a funny face.  (Sorry Armie Hammer, this might be the photo-bomb to end them all.)

Of course, there’s plenty more to marvel at at this virtual Where’s Waldo? of Hollywood. (Except in this case, everyone is Waldo and Waldo is very, very beautiful and rich.) The top row has some heavy-hitting power clusters, including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, and Rooney Mara, as well as Michelle Williams next to Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg, with Martin Scorsese on the far right. (Now that would have made for a memorable bunny-ears pose.)
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Pop Culture by the Numbers -- Oscar nominations 2012 edition!

When Jennifer Lawrence and AMPAS President Tom Sherak announce the nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards tomorrow morning, lives will change, salaries will grow instantly, and new Cinderella stories will be spun. But what of the nominees of the past? What was Oscar’s most expensive film ever nominated? Who has been recognized the most times without ever actually winning? And which actor was nominated two years in a row — even after his death? Read on…

$320 million Production cost (adjusted for inflation) of 1963’s Cleopatra, the most expensive movie ever nominated for an Oscar — even with nine nominations, that’s about $35.6 million per nomination

1939 First year an Oscar (Hammerstein II) was ever nominated for an Oscar READ FULL STORY

Kennedy Center Honors air tonight, and Anne Hathaway doing a split to honor Meryl Streep isn't even the best part

The Oscars may be entertainment’s most glamorous night, but no awards show is more entertaining than the Kennedy Center Honors. Taped earlier this month, they finally air tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.This year’s honorees include Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, and singer and Tony winner Barbara Cook. If finding out how Anne Hathaway ends up in a split while honoring her Devil Wears Prada costar Streep (who is also feted by Robert De Niro, Mike Nichols, Kevin Kline, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and Tracey Ullman) isn’t enough of a reason to tune in, below are a few others. (Update: Watch the Meryl Streep tribute here and read our recap.) READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Christmas movies, dragon tattoos... and Justin Bieber

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well, not so much here in Los Angeles, where the only snow is the fake kind at the mall, but definitely on TV and in theaters. Whether you can’t get enough of holiday movies and cheer, or you’re looking for a way to ignore the whole thing, this week has something for everyone. PopWatch Planner is here to help guide you through the holidays with nine can’t-miss entertainment events.

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Meryl Streep on 60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
How does she do it? The two-time Oscar winner (and most nominated actress ever) shares her tools of the trade with Morley Safer. Streep plays former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in her latest film, Iron Lady, which opens Dec. 30. Catch a preview of the interview here. READ FULL STORY

Contrarian Corner: The Academy can no longer 'ignore' Meryl Streep

Oscar can be a softie. The Academy Awards has a long track record of rewarding deserving actors and directors after years of neglect. (See: Scorsese, Martin; Newman, Paul.) As it normally goes, a storyline often emerges during Oscar season that a nominee is due, that it’s his or her time, that the Academy can redeem itself with a single stroke. Normally, I hate this. (Giving Al Pacino a trophy for Scent of a Woman doesn’t make up for not giving him one for The Godfather or Serpico.) But this year, I believe that sentimental favorite should be Meryl Streep. And I’m totally okay with it. READ FULL STORY

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