The Perfect Pair -- Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Team Up for "August: Osage County" 

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are about to play mother and daughter in the feature adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-winning play "August: Osage County" according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actresses are in talks with the Weinstein Co. to star in the film to be directed by John Wells from a script adapted by Letts.

Harvey Weinstein has been developing the movie since 2007. The play explores death and how it affects one family's dynamics when the patriarch dies. Streep will be playing the role of the drug-addled matriarch while Roberts will star as the eldest daughter coping with her estranged husband's infidelity. He had an affair with one of his students.


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Watch Out George Lucas, "Harry Potter" is About to Top "Star Wars" for Forbes List of Hollywood's Richest Film Franchises 

Thank the Force that George Lucas is re-releasing the six "Star Wars" feature films in 3D in 2012 because "Harry Potter" is about to overtake the sci-fi franchise according to Forbes list of of Hollywood's Richest Film Franchises.

With "Harry Potter's" final two films about to be released, it is safe to estimate that the boy wizard will win over Luke Skywalker. But still, there's that planned 3-D re-release so it will be magic versus the light saber for the next few years. Who will emerge victorious?

Here's the list of the Top 10 Richest Film Franchises:

1. "Star Wars" -- $2 billion
2. "Harry Potter" -- $1.7 billion
3. "James Bond" -- $1.6 billion
4. "Batman" -- $1.4 billion
5. "Shrek" -- $1.3 billion
6. "Spider-Man" -- $1.2 billion
7. "Lord of the Rings" -- $1 billion
8. "Pirates of the Caribbean" -- $1 billion
9. "Star Trek" -- $1 billion
10. "Indiana Jones" -- $903 million

NOTE: Forbes magazine used only domestic box-office figures and did not adjust for inflation. Hence, "Avatar" was missing on the list

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How Natalie Portman Helped "The Social Network" 

Natalie Portman helped writer Aaron Sorkin with his research of "The Social Network." In the film, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) creates Facebook's template using Harvard's legendary final clubs -- private groups made up of some of the school's most privileged students.

Problem is, the clubs are very secretive. So Portman stepped in to help! The actress went to Harvard from 1999 to 2003 and dated a member of the Porcellian Club. According to EW, Sorkin told a group of Harvard students before a screening last week that:

“Natalie Portman got in touch with me when she heard that I was doing this to say, ‘Listen…come over for dinner and I’ll tell you some stories...I would’ve come over for dinner under any circumstances. But that was really helpful.”

So there you have it, Portman helped shape one of the best scripts this year!

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Matthew McConaughey Reteams with "Dazed and Confused" Director for "Bernie" 

Richard Linklater gave Matthew McConaughey his first big break in the iconic "Dazed and Confused." Years later, the director and star will team up again for the dark comedy "Bernie."

McConaughey will be joining Jack Black, Shirley Maclaine, and Rip Torn for this Mandalay Vision and Castle Rock Entertainment project. "Bernie" will shoot in Texas next month.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

"Bernie" is set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, and follows Renaissance man/community leader/mortician Bernie (Black), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy but very particular widow (MacLaine). When he kills her, he goes to great lengths to maintain the illusion that she is still alive.

McConaughey will play the town's district attorney, always angling for re-election and suspicious about the widow's death. Torn will play Bernie's defense lawyer.

Oh I get it, it's like "Weekend at Bernie's" with Maclaine playing the dead one.

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Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall, and Focus CEO James Schamus to be Honored at Gotham Independent Film Awards 

The 20th anniversary of Gotham Independent Film Awards just got brighter with career tributes for Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus (L to R). The gala will be held on Nov. 29 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Presented by IFP, the Gotham Awards helps to jump start the award season. Nominees will be announced Oct. 18.

All the honorees have films that are/will be thrown into the award season mix. Aronofsky's "Black Swan" is getting awards buzz; Swank stars in Fox Searchlight's "Conviction"; Duvall is also getting awards buzz for his role in "Get Low." Schamus is being honored for his contributions to cinema including his work as a producer for "Brokeback Mountain."

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