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THE MORE WE SEE MERYL, THE MORE WE LOVE HER


So what if she recently turned 57? Meryl Streep, arguably the finest screen actress of our time, is not about to slow down. Browse below to see what we mean. And to check out the upcoming projects of Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Heath Ledger, Kirsten Dunst, Jude Law and many more of your favorites, click here for our alphabetical file of STAR TURNS.

 

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, L. Q. Jones, Maya Rudolph (Directed by Robert Altman; Written by Garrison Keillor; Picturehouse) In provocative, unforgettable films ranging from “Nashville” to “The Player” to “Short Cuts,” director Robert Altman has demonstrated a special genius for assembling actors with boldly individual styles and shaping them into a seamless ensemble. There’s a strong chance he will pack another character-driven wallop with this tale of the backstage craziness that prevails on what is meant to be the final broadcast of a quirky and extraordinarily popular radio show not unlike Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” A special bonus: Keillor himself was persuaded to play himself by starmaker Altman. To read Guy Flatley's review of "A Prairie Home Companion," click here. Now Playing

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Adrien Grenier, Emily Blunt, Simon Baker, Traci Thoms, Giselle Bundchen (Directed by David Frankel; Written by Aline Brosh McKenna and Don Roos; Fox) The fact that Lauren Weisberger, the author of the book upon which this film is based, slaved as an assistant to Vogue super-editor Anna Wintour does not mean that what we have here is a biopic. But I don’t know anyone who believes that not to be the case. Nor do I know anyone who is not keenly anticipating the sight of Meryl Streep as she dons her shades and British accent, cracks her whip, and spews venom upon her cringing serfs. For a Critics Roundup on "The Devil Wears Prada," click here; for details about many more new biopics, click here. Now Playing

DIRTY TRICKS: Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Annette Bening, Jill Clayburgh (Written and directed by Ryan Murphy; Paramount) They called her Martha the Mouth, Mouth of the South or simply Moutha. Her real name was Martha Mitchell, and she was the full-throttle wife of John Mitchell, Attorney General to President Richard M. Nixon. Never one to hold back, Martha, who died in 1976, had this to say about her hubby’s boss: “Nixon bleeds people. He draws every drop of blood and then drops them from a cliff. He’ll blame any person he can put his foot on.” Nor did Martha go all that easy on Mitchell himself, referring to him at one point as “that gutless, despicable crook.” Is it any wonder that in an effort to shut her up, her enemies eventually drugged her and held her captive in a California hotel room? Ryan Murphy, director of “Running With Scissors,” is helming this adaptation of John Jeter’s play about the woman who spilled the beans that hastened Tricky Dick's departure from the White House. And, best news of all, Murphy had the good sense to cast Meryl Streep as the biggest Moutha ever. Also on prominent display: Jill Clayburgh as Pat Nixon, Gwyneth Paltrow as Maureen Dean and Annette Bening as Helen Thomas, the White House correspondent who received many a late-night phone call from the whistle-blowing Martha. To read about many more new biopics, click here. Opening date to be announced

WANTED: Jennifer Aniston, Meryl Streep, Kevin Wethington (Written by Sheldon Turner; Plan B Productions Inc.) Jen’s in deep, deep trouble here. Playing a fearless Texas narcotics cop, she is framed on a trafficking charge and sent to the meanest slammer this side of Guantanamo. What she needs is a partner smart and tough enough to help her break out. And that’s just what she gets in the person of the ever-game Meryl Streep, cast as her cellmate--a violent activist turned pacifist. Screenwriter Sheldon Turner based his screenplay on the novel by Kim Wozencraft. Who? Surely you remember Kim Wozencraft. She’s the former undercover narcotics agent who wrote “Rush,” the source for the relentlessly dreary 1991 movie about Texas cops & druggers that totally failed to make bankable stars of Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Opening date to be announced

FIRST MAN: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep (Written and directed by Diane English; Disney) If a guy’s got tons of self esteem and doesn’t give a hoot if people ridicule him for giving up his dream of becoming the next Ted Turner in order to give his wife a career boost, that’s a thing of beauty. Especially if his wife has her heart set on the White House. Coming from Diane English, who created “Murphy Brown,” this could turn out to be a cutting-edge romantic comedy. On the other hand, didn’t Fred MacMurray and Polly Bergen already cover this ground in 1964’s “Kisses for My President”? Opening date to be announced

CHAOS: Meryl Streep, Aishwarya Rai, Michael David White (Directed by Coline Serreau) Brutally assaulted by a trio of street punks, a blood-splattered prostitute pleads with a middle-aged couple to take her into their car. The driver shuts his window and drives on to a dinner party. The next day, the driver’s guilt-ridden wife tracks down the victim and before long they are close--and exceptionally scheming--friends. French film director Coline Serreau is directing this English-language remake of her story of vengeance, violence and bizarre bonding. Streep plays the older woman, and Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai plays the hooker who changes her life, not entirely for the better. Opening date to be announced.

DARK MATTER: Meryl Streep, Val Kilmer, Liu Ye (Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng; Myriad Films) Based on a tragedy that took place on the University of Iowa in 1991, this film centers on Liu Xing, a brilliant Chinese physics student who fell victim to campus politics, suffered an emotional breakdown, and went on a bloody rampage, killing six people. Chen Shi-Zheng, famed for his work on the operatic stage, is making his movie directorial debut here. Opening date to be announced