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‘God’s Own Country’ Director and Stars on Making a Romance for the Ages

Judging from the precision of the characters and the seamless storytelling at hand, it’s incredible to believe that God’s Own Country is director Francis Lee’s debut feature. His story of brooding farmer Johnny (Josh O’Connor) and Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu), the Romanian worker he falls in love with, have all the makings of a legendary romance, something the Brontë’s would’ve written in less oppressive times. Set in misty Yorkshire, the film chronicles the tender romance as Johnny, who has no problem conquering men and women, meets his match in the soft spoken but confident Gheorghe. O’Connor and Secareanu light up the screen together turning short glances and shy smiles into sweeping moments that make this a romance for the ages.

Lee’s film is made even richer by the geographical and societal context he gives it, this isn’t a film about whether the
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“Ritesh Batra’s ‘Our Souls At Night’ starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda is a masterpiece” – Subhash K Jha

Our Souls At Night

Starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda

Directed by Ritesh Batra

It starts quietly, and ends without drama, melo- or otherwise. After The Lunchbox and its tad disappointing followup The Sense Of An Ending, you know how it is with Ritesh Batra. This is a filmmaker who loves silence and embraces it with all its inbuilt hazards and uncertainties.

We’ve seen him work wonders with wordless emotions in his earlier works. So no surprise if here he once again weaves a luminous lucidity into the looming stillness of a landscape that won’t judge mankind. Kindly or otherwise.

With Our Souls At Night, a deeply stirring gentle humane drama about two autumnal souls drifting together in ways that The Bridges Of Madison County could never fathom, Batra joins the ranks of the greatest living filmmakers. And we are not speaking of India alone. Batra is a
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The meaning of Clint: what watching 40 Eastwood films has taught me

A new collection crams much of Clint Eastwood’s six-decade career into a box set. What do the films, from Dirty Harry to The Bridges of Madison County, tell us about the life and politics of this prolific American institution?

Clint Eastwood occupies the same position in pop culture that Keith Richards does: he has been around for ever; he has done tons of amazing work; he embodies the rebellious, iconoclastic spirit of the mid-60s; and he has never sold out and become a joke like just about everyone else in his generation.

Even timid, self-effacing men who have never fired a gun, much less puffed on a stogie, secretly wish that they could just once sport that filthy poncho, bite down on that cigarillo and fill the streets of Laredo with lead. When push comes to shove, Eastwood, the original rock-star cowboy, can always fall back on the statement: “I’m Clint Eastwood,
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Meryl Streep Makes History with 20th Oscar Nom: A Look Back at Her Iconic Nominated Roles

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Meryl Streep Makes History with 20th Oscar Nom: A Look Back at Her Iconic Nominated Roles
Last year, Meryl Streep received her 20th Academy Award nomination for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins. Streep’s nod makes her the most nominated performer in Oscars history.

In honor of Streep’s incredible feat (which she celebrated with an epic gif of her dancing; see below), we’re looking back at the roles that got her the accolades.

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(We’re just as excited as you, Meryl!)

1979: The Deer Hunter

Though she didn’t win for her turn as the girlfriend of a fallen soldier in Vietnam, the role helped establish Streep as one to watch in the awards show game,
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Win a Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection boxset

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To mark the release of Clint Eastwood 40 Film Collection, out now, we’ve been given a copy of the boxset to give away on DVD.

For nearly 40 years, Clint Eastwood has called Warner Bros home. This essential collection contains the extraordinary films created during his partnership with the studio, where Eastwood opened Malpaso Productions in 1975. The deluxe boxset includes: Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), Firefox (1982), Sudden Impact (1983), City Heat (1984), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), Bird (1988), The Dead Pool (1988), Pink Cadillac (1989), White Hunter, Black Heart (1990), The Rookie (1990), Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Absolute Power (1997), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), True Crime (1999), Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima
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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
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From the People Archives: Celebrate Author Robert James Waller’s Legacy with a Look Back at the Bridges of Madison County Movie

From the People Archives: Celebrate Author Robert James Waller’s Legacy with a Look Back at the Bridges of Madison County Movie
Celebrated author Robert James Waller has died at the age of 77. Take a look back at People’s 1995 cover story on Meryl Streep and her emotional role in the film adaptation of Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County.

In the final days of the five-week shoot of The Bridges of Madison County last fall, Meryl Streep did one of the many things she does better onscreen than anyone else: she cried. Filming an emotional scene in which her character struggles to say goodbye to her lover, the actress would show up on the set in Winterset, Iowa, at 9 in
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Robert James Waller Dies: ‘Bridges Of Madison County’ Author Was 77

Robert James Waller Dies: ‘Bridges Of Madison County’ Author Was 77
Robert James Waller, whose romantic novel The Bridges of Madison County sold more than 12 million copies and was turned into an Oscar-nominated film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has died in Texas. He was 77, his agency confirmed. Scott Cawelti, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, told the Associated Press that Weller died early Friday at his home in Fredericksburg. He had been fighting multiple myeloma, a form of cancer. Critics didn’t even pretend to treat the 171-page…
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Bridges of Madison County Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77

Bridges of Madison County Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77
The Bridges of Madison County author Robert James Waller has died at 77.

Waller died at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas early Friday, his friend Scott Cawelti of Cedar Falls, Iowa tells the Associated Press. He had been fighting multiple myeloma, a type of cancer.

Waller wrote the bestselling romance novel in 1992, and it was later turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, as well as a Broadway musical.

The novel, which Waller wrote in 11 days, tells the story of a National Geographic photographer named Robert Kincaid, who seduces a lonely Italian-American woman named Francesca Johnson while on
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‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77

‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author Robert James Waller Dies at 77
Robert James Waller, author of the novel “The Bridges of Madison County” that was embraced by Hollywood through its big screen adaptation starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, has died. He was 77.

Waller died early Thursday morning at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas, due to complications of pneumonia and multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, his representatives confirmed to Variety.

Waller was born in 1939, in Rockford, Iowa, and went on to receive two degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (then known as Iowa State Teachers College). In 1968, he received his doctorate degree in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. Later that year, he returned to Iowa to teach management and economics, becoming a full professor by 1977.

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By 1992, Waller famously wrote “Bridges” in a mere 11 days. The novel chronicles the wandering National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid. He spends four days wooing Francesca Johnson,
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Robert James Waller, ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author, Dies at 77

Robert James Waller, ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Author, Dies at 77
Robert James Waller, who wrote the bestselling 1992 book, “The Bridges of Madison County,” has died at the age of 77. His famous book made the writer a multimillionaire after it was made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. It was also turned into a Broadway musical. Waller died in Texas, according to his longtime friend Scott Cawelti, who spoke with The Associated Press. Cawelti said Waller had been fighting multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, and died in his Fredericksburg, Texas home early Friday. Waller famously wrote “Bridges” in 11 days. The novel follows roving National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid,
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'Bridges of Madison County' Author Dead at 77

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Robert James Waller, best known for penning the romantic novel "The Bridges of Madison County," has died. Waller passed away in Texas either Thursday or Friday, according to his literary agency after battling some sort of illness. Waller wrote several books but "Bridges of Madison County" was his most popular, spending over 3 years on the New York Times bestseller list. Rumor has it he wrote the book -- about a National Geographic photographer who falls
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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am

This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.

Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.

Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats.
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Meryl Streep Responds to Oscar Nomination With a Gif

Meryl Streep Responds to Oscar Nomination With a Gif
How did Meryl Streep respond to her record-setting 20th Oscar nomination? A single Gif.

“Please find the following Gif as a statement on behalf of Meryl Streep,” a Paramount publicist wrote in an email following the nomination announcements Tuesday morning. The Gif in question, which features Streep dancing, originates from the Paul McCartney music video “Queenie Eye.”

The iconic actress was nominated for her role as the questionably-talented opera singer in “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Some of Streep’s other notable nominations include best actress nods for 1983’s “Sophie’s Choice,” 1996’s “The Bridges of Madison County,” and 2007’s “The Devil Wears Prada,” and supporting actress nods for 1979’s “The Deer Hunter,” 1980’s “Kramer vs. Kramer” and 2015’s “Into the Woods.” Of her 20 nominations, she’s taken home three statues for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice,” and “The Iron Lady.”

Streep’s Oscar nomination comes after being honored for her
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A Look Back at Meryl Streep’s Record-Setting 30 Golden Globe-Nominated Roles

A Look Back at Meryl Streep’s Record-Setting 30 Golden Globe-Nominated Roles
Everyone talks about Meryl Streep’s record-setting number of Academy Award nominations, but perhaps even more impressive is the number of Golden Globe Award nominations she’s received: 30, as of this year, with her latest nod for Florence Foster Jenkins.

In fact, the Hollywood Foreign Press seems to be so enamored with Streep that they’ll give her a nomination for pretty much anything (even Mamma Mia!). And now, they’re finally giving her the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

In honor of Streep’s incredible feat — only Jack Lemmon has even come close, with
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30 Nominations (and Counting!): A Look Back at Meryl Streep’s Record-Setting Golden Globes Run

30 Nominations (and Counting!): A Look Back at Meryl Streep’s Record-Setting Golden Globes Run
The 74th Golden Globe Awards are just around the corner, and Hollywood’s favorite golden girl is nominated once again!

Legendary actress Meryl Streep has scored a record-breaking 30th nod — more than any other actor in the history of the Globes. Since 1979, the actress has consistently racked up nods for her acting throughout her lengthy career. In fact, Streep has only been kept off the ballot just 12 years out of the 37 since her first nod — doubling up on nominations in 2003, 2009 and 2010.

Take a look back on her long history with the Globes, and a beginning steeped in tragedy.

Triumph Amid
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Why I Watch The Ref Every Christmas Eve

Why I Watch The Ref Every Christmas Eve
Every family has their tradition when it comes to the holidays. Ever since I was a kid, we would celebrate with my father's side of the family on Christmas Eve, and then with my mother's side on Christmas Day, a tradition that has remained unchanged to this day. There is one tradition that we added on Christmas Eve night, maybe a decade or so ago, after my younger twin brothers and I would come back to my mom's house after spending the day with our father. We would watch the obscure 1994 R-rated Christmas comedy The Ref. Not It's A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story or A Miracle of 41st Street, but an underrated and underseen comedy starring Denis Leary, post-Remote Control, Kevin Spacey, pre-Oscar win and Judy Davis, post-Oscar nomination. While The Ref may not be as revered as those aforementioned movies, I will always watch The Ref every Christmas Eve,
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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred.
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Meryl Streep Vows To ‘Correct’ Clint Eastwood’s Decision To Vote For Donald Trump: ‘I’m Shocked’

Meryl Streep would like to have a few words with her former director and co-star, Clint Eastwood. Eastwood appeared opposite Streep in the 1995 movie “The Bridges Of Madison County”, a film which he also directed. Now, the actress is taking aim at his outspoken political views and recent endorsement of Donald Trump for president. […]
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Sorry, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep Says This Election Will Be a ‘Reckoning’

Sorry, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep Says This Election Will Be a ‘Reckoning’
“What does it take to be the first female anything,” Meryl Streep asked, clad in an American flag blouse on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. “It takes grit and it takes grace.”

She went on to pay homage to female “path breakers” like Deborah Sampson, the first woman to take a bullet for the country, disguised as a man in George Washington’s Continental Army; Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; and of course Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated president by a major American political party.

Streep tells Variety that just before walking out to address the delegates, she fretted about her speech, whether she had prepared the proper words, whether she was doing all of this “right.” But backstage with stars like Alicia Keys and Elizabeth Banks, watching a video put together by Banks and Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen (“American Beauty
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