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Happy Birthday Louise

Dear Louise,

Thank you for existing! You are an amazing friend and even more amazing human being. I don’t know what cosmic deal was made for us to reconnect in college after so many years apart but I’m grateful for it. Today is special because it is your birthday. It’s your day! LOUISE DAY!

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In my opinion, there should be more Louise days throughout the year because you rock. Here are just some examples of how you make everything cool.

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20 Reactions to Out of Africa

Photo Source: fanpop.com

Photo Source: fanpop.com

For some, June 22 is any other day but at popculturenexus.com, June 22 is BIG day. It’s Meryl Streep’s birthday!!!!!!

So, how do you celebrate the day the world was given one of the most talented actors to have ever lived? Do you have a Meryl movie marathon? Do you listen to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack on repeat? I guess it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it with passion because that’s what makes Meryl so astounding. Whether she is rafting down the Salmon River or ruthlessly leading a fashion magazine, Meryl breathes life into each character she portrays because she is passionate about her craft. Her passion is palpable on the screen which makes it easy to believe her relationships with other characters. To celebrate Meryl’s birthday, we decided to look at one of her greatest love stories, Out of Africa (1985)

She once had a farm in Africa but we still have 20 feels we can’t get over.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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What’s Your Favorite Meryl Streep Movie?

It’s no secret we LOVE Meryl Streep which is why when we found this video on YouTube, we had to share it.

What is your favorite Meryl Streep movie?

 

Actresses More Thankful Than Actors

Your category is up. You sit in what would be a confortable chair any other day but today is different. Today is Oscar day and after sitting down for three hours, the chair is more of a torture device than a comfy seat. The nominees are listed. The envelope is opened. You hold your breath and then, you hear your name. You are flooded with emotions, mostly joy, but then fear sinks in because you remember you have to speak.  The Oscar Speech! Some keep it short like Joe Pesci, while others excitedly shout “I love you” long after the music has started playing like Cuba Gooding, Jr. Whether you are a regular Oscar attendee (ahem Meryl Streep) or a newbie, the acceptance speech is a difficult one. What do you say? Who do you thank in those 45 seconds before the music begins?

Well, the Academy, is high up on that list of people/entities to thank. The Academy has been referenced 82 times by Lead and Supporting winners in the past 26 years, while God has been named 30 times. The ladies typically say “thank you” and/or “thanks” more times than the men, and moms get more love than dads. I guess this means P&G’s “Thank You, Mom” commercials are applicable to Oscars as well as the Olympics. I can see the commercial now: a mom is driving her young son to acting class, comforting him after a horrible audition, attending his first play then sitting in the audience as he walks to the stage to receive his first Oscar. The young boy is now Matthew McConaughey and he looks at his mom and smiles. Someone grab me a tissue.

Other notable people to thank are friends, the cast, crew, and spouse. While actresses are more generous with the “thank yous,” the guys actually take the crown in mentioning a spouse (“wife”) more times than the ladies have mentioned “husband.”

So, there you have it, a quick breakdown of the words commonly said in Oscar speeches from 1987 to 2012.

Oscar Speech Word Count

(1988-2013)/(60th – 85th Academy Awards)

Actor in a Leading Role

Actress in a Leading Role

Actor in a Supporting Role

Actress in a Supporting Role

Thank you/Thanks

156

205

108

144

Academy

19

20

20

23

God

19

11

8

12

Mom/Mother

11

21

6

6

Dad/Father

19

10

3

7

Parent(s)

2

5

1

2

Family(ies)

7

21

2

19

Friend(s)

20

22

7

13

Cast

11

9

7

10

Crew

5

11

4

8

Husband

0

5

0

8

Wife

10

0

13

1

More interesting facts:

Renee Zellweger is the only actress who said “wife” in her speech, thanking her brother’s wife
Jeff Bridges thanked his mom and dad the most times – Mom (4) Dad (4)
-Meryl Streep was mentioned 8 times
Cuba Gooding, Jr. used the word “love” 14 times

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*Analysis used data from the Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database

-Mary

Fringe 5×11 “The Boy Must Live”: Reactions from a First Time Viewer

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Dear Golden Globes,

I know the ceremony is over, but there was clearly a glitch tonight because Michael Cerveris did not receive a statuette. He must be recognized for his outstanding performance in “The Boy Must Live,” therefore, I suggest you send him his Globe as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Mary

P.S. I will gladly host the Golden Globes with Louise if it means I can meet Meryl Streep and have the opportunity to replace Ms. Poehler in this scenario:

On Friday, Fringe returned to its most basic component-Parent/Child relationships. Behind its complex layers of science fiction storytelling, Fringe is at its core a story about a boy who is loved by his father and a girl. Walter’s love for Peter is where it all started so it makes sense that another father/son relationship will help save the world and make amends. Michael, the boy who amazingly never gets cold even though he is bald, is September’s son. surprise Well…he’s more like September’s clone than son since the boy was created by the Observer version of IVF. (Seriously, Joel, what happened to the females?) The apple clearly did not fall too far from the tree since little Michael developed feelings, and together, these special Observers formed a relationship. Donald sensed the need to protect and care for Michael, and he did, showing that the love a parent has for a child can defy the odds. For crying out loud, the boy had a 0.0001% chance of surviving, yet he did. Way to go dad! Alas, life is never this simple and the juxtaposed father/son stories illustrate that love can accomplish the near impossible, but the consequences are not always good.

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Nora Ephron: Remembering a Legend

Anyone who’s ever seen a Nora Ephron movie knows how big an impact her films have had on pop culture. Whether it’s Meg Ryan faking an orgasm in the middle of a restaurant, Tom Hanks finding love at the Empire State Building, or Meryl Streep boning a duck as Julia Child, Nora Ephron has created some of the most memorable characters and the most timeless love stories in cinema. She’s earned three Academy Award nominations for Original Screenplay (for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless in Seattle), and her movies have grossed over $500,000,000, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Meryl Streep Monday: Actors share their thoughts on the greatest living actress

Prominent actors such as Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry express what they think of Meryl in the AFI tribute video to her.

Meryl Monday: Freudian Slip?

Meryl, you are human!

Meryl Monday: Commencement Speech 2010

Happy Graduation Class of 2012!

Need some words of wisdom? Then, listen to Meryl’s tremendous speech at the Bernard College, Columbia University Commencement Ceremony 2010.

Meryl Monday: What a Wonderful World

Meryl has had a few opportunities in her career to sing and when she does, she gives a stellar performance. Just watch Mamma Mia. In the video below, Meryl holds her own singing “What a Wonderful World” alongside music artists Cher, Bette Midler, and Olivia Netwon John.

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