Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale & Abigail Breslin Talk 'August: Osage County': Video

After a screening of August: Osage County this week at the TV Academy’s theater in North Hollywood, I sat down with three augustosage45of the stars from the film’s cast —Meryl Streep, Margo Martindale and Abigail Breslin — to talk about making the film based on Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play of a deeply dysfunctional Midwestern family coming together, physically if not emotionally, after a tragedy. The three actresses talked about living and cooking together for two months in a group of condos behind a Toyota dealership in the Oklahoma town where the film was shot; what screenwriter-playwright Letts and director John Wells took out and put into the two-hour movie compared with the original three-hour play; the “real” secret behind the makeup that transformed Streep and the emotional challenges of playing a cancer-stricken, pill-popping matriarch who’s mad at just about everybody, including herself. The original conversation was videotaped by The Weinstein Company, the film’s distributor, and by the KCET Cinema Series, which I host. The movie opens in select cities December 27 and goes wide nationally January 10.

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  1. Wish someone would call out The Weinstein Company’s very disingenuous and misleading TV ad campaign for August: Osage County. They are touting Meryl Streep as “Winner-Best Actress” and Julia Roberts as “Winner-Best Supporting Actress”, with only in very small writing at the bottom saying “nominee”. And they only mention the Golden Globes earlier in the ad. You can’t really say you’re a winner when you’ve only been nominated so far and the awards haven’t been handed out yet.
    Both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards should be upset because they are trying to mislead uninformed viewers into thinking Streep and Roberts have won Oscars for this movie. I don’t know how they get away with stuff like this. Maybe there will be some kind of backlash if anyone notices or cares.

    And all this is in addition to splitting who’s lead and supporting, and calling the film a comedy, when it seems to be much more a drama, all to maximize the Globe nominations which they can twist into something they’re not for their TV ads. I guess when you have a terrible title, you need to make up for that by misleading people.

  2. Stop trying to make this movie happen. It’s going to do as well at Tracy Lett’s BUG, which got a 60% on Rotten despite the amazing Friedkin and Michael Shannon. The guy wins awards for plays because he’s competing in a shallow talent pool. His stuff for the screen if half-baked. This entire movie was a pile of overcooked drama, trying to make something of nothing. You’re making Harvey go out there and look foolish trying to galvanize people around this project. It’s just not very good.

  3. Really?? This is your big concern that they wrote nominee in small letters and trailered it more as a comedy??? Wow , most of us know the Oscars haven’t happened yet, and we know when you’re talking Streep you’re talking Oscar-worthy! Did you hear Meryl say “it’s everything, it’s life, it’s humorous and terrifying”…most films that are about one family’s dynamics are all these things. Jeez.

  4. Yo er, are you out of your mind? If your calling the entire playwriting community a shallow talent pool then I am not sure what planet you are living on. This film may fail, but the play is one of the best ever written. I suggest you give it a read. I suggest you read.

  5. BD makes a fair point. People don’t “win” nominations, they receive them. It is purposely deceptive. As to the film, the lighting makes it look depressing, especially inside the house. Couldn’t somebody turn on a lamp or open a windowshade?

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