Streep donates portion of 'Iron Lady' paycheck?
November 24th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Streep donates portion of 'Iron Lady' paycheck?

According to the New York Post, Meryl Streep may have chopped her "Iron Lady" paycheck to $1 million, donating the rest to the National Women's History Museum.

Though the film isn’t out yet, Streep and her Margaret Thatcher biopic are already being bashed by friends and colleagues of the former Prime Minister. “Its only value is to make some money for Meryl Streep and whoever wrote it,” former Thatcher PR adviser Tim Bell told U.K. paper The Telegraph.

But Streep’s reported donation would suggest otherwise. Sources say the actress, 62, accepted less than her usual rate to make the film, and according to the Washington Post, she pledged $1 million to fund the National Women’s History Museum last fall.

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Weinsteins and more at Cannes
May 13th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Weinsteins and more at Cannes

Things have been hopping at the Cannes Film Festival.

Variety reports that The Weinstein Company has picked up the U.S. rights to the Margaret Thatcher biopic, "The Iron Lady." The film, which stars Meryl Streep, will be the second collaboration between Streep and her "Mamma Mia!" director, Phyllida Lloyd.

The movie will also co-star Jim Broadbent as Thatcher's husband, Denis.

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Radio host to Hilary Swank: You're not a pretty girl
May 11th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Radio host to Hilary Swank: You're not a pretty girl

A recent radio interview almost turned ugly when the host informed Oscar winner Hilary Swank that she isn't pretty.

Swank was chatting with Kim Masters of L.A.'s KCRW on Monday when the discussion turned to the lack of roles for older actresses in Hollywood.

“I'm still young enough that I haven't been feeling the brunt of that," Swank said. "Certainly, you hear about it … and you do see it, although you also see a lot more roles I think opening up for older women. I mean, Meryl Streep seems to be dominating."

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Dianna Agron: Meryl Streep is a Gleek!
January 26th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Dianna Agron: Meryl Streep is a Gleek!

The upcoming season of "Glee" will make an A - as in A-list.

Series star Dianna Agron tells CNN some very famous faces will be wandering the halls of McKinley High.

"Gwyneth Paltrow's coming back, and at the Golden Globes, Anne Hathaway and [series creator] Ryan Murphy inked a handshake deal because she had talked about wanting to be on the show," says Agron. "Kristin Chenoweth's coming back, who we love. She's just a ball of energy. The best thing about being in this industry is you're always learning from people and taking away things and growing, hopefully."

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Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher
December 30th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

After serving up a critically acclaimed performance as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia," Meryl Streep is getting ready to tell the story of another groundbreaking woman: Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister.

"The Iron Lady," helmed by "Mamma Mia!" director Phyllida Law, is set to begin shooting in January, and Streep's co-star Jim Broadbent says the 61-year-old Oscar winner is the ideal choice to play Thatcher, who served in office from 1979 to 1990.

"I think it's perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she's perfect casting in many ways," Broadbent, who plays Thatcher's husband Denis, tells Vulture. "She's got a good look, and she'll absolutely do it in a brilliant way."
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Meryl Streep to guest star on Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy'
November 5th, 2010
04:16 PM ET

Meryl Streep to guest star on Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy'

Meryl Streep is going into therapy – at least for the sake of the cameras.

Beginning November 8, the Oscar winner will do a three-episode guest stint on Lisa Kudrow's online comedy series, "Web Therapy."

On the show, which airs on Lexus's LStudio.com, the former "Friends" star plays Fiona Wallace, a psychiatrist who treats patients via Web cam. According to Deadline.com, Fiona suspects her husband Kip may be gay and enlists the help of Camilla Bowner (Streep), a counselor who is known for "restoring men to their natural straight state."

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