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August: Osage County movie peek: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard

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Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as mother and daughter in a scene from the movie of August: Osage County

The film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County” with a sterling cast led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, will be in movie theaters on August 8th,  2013. The first poster and the first trailer for the movie has just been released, both below.

Sam Shepard as Beverly Weston, the alcoholic former poet and patriarch in "August Osage County"

Sam Shepard as Beverly Weston, the alcoholic former poet and patriarch in “August Osage County”

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“August Osage County” ran for 648 performances on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards, including best play.

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Meanwhile, Tracy Letts, who wrote the screenplay based on his play, has been nominated for a Tony, a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle award as best lead actor for his role as George in the revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” which ran on Broadway from October 2012 to March of this year.
At a reception yesterday, I asked him whether there was a show that convinced him to become a performer or a playwright. The first play he ever saw was “To Kill A Mocking Bird” starring his father as Atticus Finch, but, he said, the urge to act “comes from some basic unattractive place in us.” As for the show that convinced him to become a playwright, it was “Killer Joe.”
But that’s a play he wrote himself.
Yes, he replied, it wasn’t until he saw his play in London that he thought he could become a playwright.

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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