August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Letts’ play made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run. Cast Meryl Streep as Violet Weston Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston-Fordham Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham Chris Cooper as Charles Aiken Abigail Breslin as Jean Fordham Benedict ... Read more
While Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are getting most of the awards recognition for August: Osage County, it’s fair to say that neither role would’ve been as impressive if they hadn’t had another great performance in the film to play off of — Ivy Weston, portrayed by Julianne Nicholson. Nicholson’s character is Roberts’ character’s sister and Streep’s character’s daughter, so Ivy plays a central role in the family feuds that make up the story of the movie. Because she is not normally an actress in lead roles, Nicholson spoke to Reuters about what she found difficult about the role and ... Read more
One of the films currently gunning for an Oscar nomination is August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the dysfunctional family drama. Actress Julianne Nicholson, who plays Roberts and Juliette Lewis‘ younger sister with a shocking secret, the role was a chance to shine alongside some of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters. While the film has a serious of climatic moments, the reveal to Nicholson’s character Ivy that her cousin Little Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch) is actually her brother is heartbreaking. The two characters had been carrying on a secret affair so the taboo of incest slaps the audience in the ... Read more
2013’s hottest actor in Hollywood is on a winning streak right now. With career-making turns in August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave and The Fifth Estate, Benedict Cumberbatch is making himself a household name. In a recent interview with Moviefone at the Toronto Film Festival, the actor revealed the transformation he underwent to play controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. Morphing into the polarizing figure not only happened mentally, but physically as well. Cumberbatch shared how putting on the bleach-blond wig put him right into character. “I think the first time I put it on, and ... Read more
Benedict Cumberbatch admits that he approached Streep on the set of August: Osage County, which is due out later this year, to ask her about how she would approach a multi-layered character like his Star Trek Into Darkness villain John Harrison.