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Maggie Gyllenhaal to replace Meryl Streep as Marie Curie

Maggie Gyllenhaal will play Nobel-winning scientist Marie Curie in a special reading of Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, taking over for Meryl Streep, who had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict. Streep’s spokesperson said in a statement that the two-time Oscar winner was “very disappointed to miss this important and inspiring event.”

Gyllenhaal joins the all-star cast of Radiance, which also includes Amy Adams, Bill Camp, Allison Janney, David Morse, Liev Schreiber, and Brent Sexton. Written by Alan Alda and directed by Bob Balaban, the reading anchors the 2011 World Science Festival Opening Night Gala Celebration on June 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

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Meryl Streep to play Marie Curie for World Science Festival

Meryl Streep will play Marie Curie in a special reading of Alan Alda’s new play, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie. The cast also includes Amy Adams, Allison Janney, Liev Schreiber, and David Morse. Directed by Bob Balaban, the play anchors the World Science Festival’s opening night gala on June 1 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Radiance “explores the intellectual passions of the physicist/chemist most famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity, as well as her tumultuous private life marked by her strong determination to pursue both love and knowledge,” according to a release. Tickets to the event are on sale at www.worldsciencefestival.com/gala.

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Steve Carell's post-'Office' projects: Are you ready to see Michael Scott get serious?

Steve-CarellImage Credit: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic.comSteve Carell must feel like the prettiest girl at the ball right now, because his dance card is filling up faster than Scarlett O’Hara’s. Mandate Pictures just announced that the actor will star in Dogs of Babel, an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel The Dogs of Babel. Carell will play Paul Iverson, a grief-stricken linguistics professor who tries to teach his dog to talk after his wife’s sudden death. A few days ago, EW confirmed Deadline‘s report that Carell is also in talks to star opposite Meryl Streep in Great Hope Springs, a movie about a troubled couple that turns to a therapist in an attempt to save their marriage. Carell would play the shrink, while Streep will play his female client; James Galdolfini is rumored to be playing her husband. READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep channels Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady'

meryl-streep-thatcherBehold, the first still of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming biopic The Iron Lady. The film reteams Streep with her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd and focuses on the 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War.

Pearl necklaces and button earrings will make anyone look like a politician — see: every impression of Hillary Clinton, ever — but it takes a special kind of talent to hold one’s face in a stress position for an entire movie. Meryl Streep! She can do everything.

It’s almost like elaborate make-up and fake teeth can really transform someone’s appearance, PopWatchers. But I’m still really impressed by how convincingly not Meryl Streep-y this photo seems. Aren’t you?

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Meryl Streep on Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy': Sneak peek

Just because Lisa Kudrow’s latest project is on the web (as opposed to film or TV) doesn’t mean that she can’t pull in A-list guest stars. In fact, the former Friend landed none other than Meryl Streep to appear on her Internet comedy show, Web Therapy. Streep plays a sexual-orientation therapist named Camilla Bowner, who, according to the clip at least, seems to be a bit ditzy, a bit passive aggressive, and a whole lot of funny (love the dramatic hair flip and the chintzy, soft pink furnishings in the background). For the uninitiated, Web Therapy follows the life and career of Kudrow’s Fiona Wallace, a shrink who treats clients via webcam. The full episode “airs” on Monday, Nov. 8 at LStudio.com

Take a peek at the teaser and let us know what you think below. READ FULL STORY

Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, and Oprah to co-star in home-shopping movie. Michael Patrick King, YOU get an awesome cast!

Sandra-Meryl-OprahImage Credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; George Burns/Harpo ProductionsAnd I thought the power of three only existed on Charmed! Today came the announcement via Universal that Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey would all co-star in Michael Patrick King’s untitled project about a home-shopping channel. Wait a tick — you’re telling me I can get Hollywood’s three wisest women for one easy payment of $12?! (Or, $17, if King decides to go the 3-D route.) Can they come with a bonus Slap Chop too? READ FULL STORY

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the film version of 'August: Osage County'? BIGGEST. MOVIE. EVER.

Julia-Roberts-StreepImage Credit: Tony Barson/FilmMagic.com; Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesEW has confirmed the news from Deadline that Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are in talks to star as daughter and mother in the film adaptation of the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play August: Osage County, which is obviously the biggest news ever. Think I’m exaggerating? Okay, let me put it this way: Our (arguably) greatest female movie star and our (inarguably) greatest living actress will play daughter and mother in an adaptation of the best piece of American theater since Angels in America. See. Now you’re convinced. This will be the BIGGEST. MOVIE. EVER.

Yes, granted, it’s based on a three-and-a-half-hour play set entirely in an Oklahoma country house in which a single extended family — led by its pill-popping matriarch Violet (that would be Streep’s character) and her headstrong eldest daughter Barbara (that would be Roberts’ character) — grieve the mysterious death of its patriarch and then proceed to (verbally) rip each other apart. On paper, that doesn’t exactly scream “box office gold.” And, I know, I know, it’s got a serious title problem. READ FULL STORY

New report reveals which actors rake in most bang for studios' buck

shia-lebeoufImage Credit: John Shearer/WireImage.comA new report in Forbes magazine tallies the monetary worth of Hollywood actors, working in the numbers of their fees, their movies’ budgets, and how well studios fared for their investments once the box office receipts were all counted. Shia LaBeouf gets to spend the day feeling like the cock of the walk as, thanks to a comparably modest quote and hits like the Transformers sequel and the fourth Indiana Jones, he claimed the top spot. For every dollar a studio invested, LaBeouf turned around and made them $81. It’s an impressive trade-off but perhaps a dubious victory in a town where people are commodified and an actor’s worth is decided by box office and magazine covers. Something tells me LaBeouf’s agent will most likely spend the day on the phone hollering like Ari Gold for Hollywood to show his client the money. Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, and Robert Downey Jr. round out the top four. Bewilderingly (and this coming from a person who adored his supporting role in Kick Ass), Nicolas Cage also makes an appearance.

No reasonable person would ever wring her hands over whether an actor pulls in $2 or $12 or $20 million a picture. But a bell-ringer line from the story — “Because women typically earn less than men in Hollywood, they make up a full half of our top 10 list” — is nevertheless distressing. Bravo to Meryl Streep for swanning her way into the No. 6 spot, without the help of 3D or CGI or robots or merchandising tie-ins. Bravo to Jennifer Aniston (and this coming from a person who threw a Pillsbury crescent roll at the screen during the interminable Love Happens), for reminding her critics that people like her, they really like her. Robert Downey Jr., do your thing.

What say you PopWatchers? Whose inclusion on this list baffles you the most? Delights? Should we take the buck out of the equation and simply make a list about the actors whose choices and goods we trust, whose name in the credits secures a call to the babysitter? I’ll start: Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon… Your turn.

Meryl Streep and Tina Fey will indeed star together in a Stanley Tucci movie. Yes, please.

Mommy-and-MeImage Credit: Insidefoto/PR Photos; Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos (2)There are a few things that sends my Awesome-o-meter off the charts. The upcoming meeting of Willis, Schwarzenegger, and Stallone in The Expendables. A monkey riding a horse. This photo. And now the prospect of Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, and Stanley Tucci working together. Yes, that’s right — The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed talk that the two actresses are set to star together in the Tucci-directed comedy Mommy & Me.

Sure, it’s a softer, gentler trio than the Expendables group, but I think it could be equally exciting. The title leaves a little to be desired — strangely, it just makes me think of this — but what do you think, PopWatchers? Interested to see Fey and Streep share the screen?

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Tina Fey to co-star with Meryl Streep? Why, it’s Fey’s dream collaboration!

Tina Fey to co-star with Meryl Streep? Why, it's Fey's dream collaboration!

The L.A. Times has an intriguing story today about Creative Artists Agency shopping around the tentatively titled Mommy & Me, a movie to be directed by Stanley Tucci starring Meryl Streep and Tina Fey. There’s no script yet — hell, there isn’t even a writer — so this project is just learning to crawl. But the idea of a Streep-Fey pairing with Tucci behind the lens a) fills me with joy; and b) jogged my memory about something Fey said when I interviewed her (with Steve Carell) for EW’s Date Night cover story in March.

When I asked Fey whom she still dreams of working with, she said, “Well, doesn’t every person dream of, like, Meryl Streep?” (Yes. I totally dream of Meryl Streep, even though I have no plans of ever starring in a movie.) Then she added, “I’d like to play Meryl Streep’s mother.” Now, a sane person would argue that she was just making a Tina Fey funny here. (Carell let out a big ole wallop of laughter.) But I think she was sending out a message to the universe, which Tucci soon picked up. The guy is so gonna grant Fey her wish with Mommy & Me. Biology be damned, the Emmy-winning actress is gonna play the Oscar-winner’s mama. And win an Academy Award for her efforts! It’s going to be the cinematic event of the century! The grosses will top Avatar!

Or, you know, Mommy & Me will just be a really funny movie and make a lot of us moviegoers very happy. Fingers crossed this cinematic magic will come to fruition. What do you think of Mommy & Me‘s potential for awesomeness?

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