The Mix-Up: Meryl Streep cast in “August,” Oprah might act again and more…

Blog By: Armando Tinoco

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Cast In “August: Osage County”
Filmmakers Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced today that Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were cast in the film adaptation of August: Osage County. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts centers on the Weston family women who after a family crisis end up living together in the Midwest house they grew up in.

Meryl Streep is set to play the pill-popping matriarch Violet Weston and Julia Roberts will play her daughter Barbara.

The film is set to start shooting this fall and will be directed by John Wells (Shameless).

Meryl Streep

Q’Viva! Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on Fox
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have struck a deal with FOX to air Q’Viva! The talent show is not the typical reality show – it is more of a documentary following Jennifer and Marc on their search for the next great Latin performers.

The show is already airing on Univision on Saturdays in Spanish and will begin airing an English-speaking version on FOX starting March 3 at 8pm.

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez

Oprah Might Go Back To Acting
The talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, has been offered a role in a movie titled The Butler. The film will be about Eugene Allen, a black butler who worked in the White House from 1952 to 1986. Oprah would play Eugene’s wife and this would be her return to acting since Beloved.

Other actors that are attached to the film are Mila Kunis (Jackie Kennedy), John Cusack (Richard Nixon) and Hugh Jackman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


There is a new “Jefe” In Town
Ryan Hansen, Veronica Mars alum, has been cast as the lead in the FOX comedy pilot, El Jefe. Hansen would play a 30-year-old who is kicked out of his home and moves in with his longtime Latin American nanny. Deadline reports that this project is from writers David Guarascio and Moses Port, whose other credits include Aliens in America and Happy Endings.

Ryan Hansen

John Carter Not Tracking Well
Walt Disney is set to release John Carter on March 9 but if it were to be release today, it would not do well in the box office. Movie studios “track” films to gauge if a movie is going to do well or if it needs an extra push from the marketing department to make more people aware of it.

From the reports that came on, women of all ages have rejected the film and will not watch it. The film cost over $250 million and experts are estimating this will only make about $100 million. Yikes! That is not even half of the film’s budget.

Disney still has a couple weeks to save this movie from being a complete bomb. Here is the trailer for the movie. Would you consider watching it?


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