This photo of Reese Witherspoon chucking ice cream at Meryl Streep's head is extremely satisfying

For decades now, hundreds—possibly thousands—of actors have tried to downplay the fantasy playground that is their lives, constantly reminding the rest of us that show business is just that: A business, full of the same hard work and toil and eating dirt as every other career you’d care to name. And while we’ve always …

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan reunite for a new movie version of Little Women

According to reports, Greta Gerwig has set the seventh Hollywood adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age novel Little Women as her next directorial project. In case you’ve never read it, the novel—which was previously made into films in 1917, 1918, 1933, 1949, 1978, and 1994—follows the lives of the…

It’s Frances McDormand’s award to lose in the Oscar race for Best Actress

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky is breaking down a category and giving us their picks for who …

Attention, award show voters:  Meryl Streep is joining the second season of Big Little Lies

Apparently unsatisfied with the opulent yacht-load of statues and nominations the show brought home for its widely celebrated first season, Variety is reporting that HBO has enticed human-award-show-catnip Meryl Streep to join the cast of Big Little Lies. Streep will play Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Nicole…

Robert De Niro calls Trump "a fucking fool" and "jerkoff-in-chief" in very De Niro speech 

The Golden Globes are usually the wildest awards show of the season, as celebrities who haven’t eaten anything more substantial than a kale smoothie in weeks get tipsy on free champagne and run their mouths. But unless Brie Larson gets wasted on shooters and storms the stage at the Oscars, it looks like the National…

Anonymous L.A. street artist puts up posters claiming Meryl Streep knew about Harvey Weinstein's alleged acts

Meryl Streep has become the latest Hollywood A-lister to be targeted over her connections to the industry’s ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal. Earlier this week, a series of anonymously deployed posters began appearing around Los Angeles, accusing the Oscar-winner of having unspoken knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged…

The Post shows Spielberg's ideals—but not his wit

In this special afternoon edition of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about The Washington Post’s role in the 1971 publication of a leaked history of the United States’ operations in Vietnam. The film, which…

Steven Spielberg can’t make great drama out of The Post’s timely celebration of journalism

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A pile of muck (old muck, too) with no rake, Steven Spielberg’s National Board Of Review-approved Nixon-era newspaper drama The Post lacks the exact thing it glorifies: a reporter’s instinct for story. Not that there isn’t anything to admire about the movie, which portrays the events that surrounded the leak of a…

Not fake news: Stephen Colbert debuts the trailer for Spielberg's Pentagon Papers film The Post

Calling it “a big deal” akin to unveiling “a Marvel Trailer if Meryl Streep was playing Thor” (and with Tom Hanks as the Hulk), Stephen Colbert surprised his audience on Tuesday’s Late Show by nabbing the first-ever broadcast of the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film The Post. Since the film, getting a…

Meryl Streep issues statement on Harvey Weinstein allegations, praises women for coming forward

Four days after the New York Times published an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Miramax and Weinstein Company co-founder was fired from his post, despite having already taken an indefinite leave of absence. In the time since the report—which had several on-the-record…

Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, and Matthew Rhys join Spielberg’s The Papers

According to Variety, an actor from a TV show you like has just joined the cast of Stephen Spielberg’s The Papers (formerly known as The Post), which will tell the story of the Washington Post’s fight to publish the Pentagon Papers—which basically revealed the extent to which the U.S. government had fucked up the…

Five Came Back traces the transformation of an artist to an instrument of war

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In times of peril, some people feel compelled (or are, in fact, legally compelled) to pick up a weapon. There’s no shortage of guns and bombs in Five Came Back, writer Mark Harris and director Laurent Bouzereau‘s three-part wartime documentary, but the weapon in focus is of a very different sort. This is a series…

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep team up to win all the Oscars

La La Land may have been pretty controversial when it was getting all of the Best Picture buzz leading up to the Academy Awards—and for the minute or so that it was the Best Picture winner—but nobody’s going to have a hard time getting on board with future Academy Award favorite The Post. According to Deadline, the…