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Who Are Julia Roberts's Heroes?

Who Are Julia Roberts's Heroes?

Originally posted 11/11/2013 09:00AM

Julia Roberts is a hero to many, but who does she look up to? Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton, she says.

"I had many imaginary conversations with Meryl about working together," she says about her August: Osage County costar in Marie Claire's December issue.

"When a person goes from being on a pedestal in your mind, to even cooler, better and more fabulous up close, you get to understand them a little more intimately."

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George Clooney on His Friend Sandra Bullock: She's Had Tough Years | George Clooney, Sandra Bullock

George Clooney on His Friend Sandra Bullock: She's Had Tough Years

Originally posted 11/11/2013 07:30AM

Sometimes even when George Clooney is joking, he can be serious.

The Oscar winner was in a playful mood when PEOPLE caught up with him at the AFI Film Festival premiere of August: Osage County in Hollywood on Friday. Clooney produced the film, which stars his friends Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, and he spoke to PEOPLE about another pal, Sandra Bullock, who's getting Oscar buzz for her role in their film, Gravity.

"Isn't she great?" he smiled. "I've known Sandy for – she doesn't want me to say – over 25 years."

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Find Out Who Will Be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards!

Julia Roberts Among Stars to Be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards

Originally posted 10/19/2013 10:30AM

Awards season doesn't kick off until January, but on Monday, the stars will be aligned.

Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jake Gyllenhaal and Matthew McConaughey are all among the A-listers being honored at the Hollywood Film Awards, taking place at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

Also, being honored for the track "Atlas" from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, Chris Martin will accept the Hollywood song award on behalf of his band Coldplay. Martin will also play the song, which is the first his group has ever written and performed for a motion picture.

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Abigail Breslin Is Thinking About College and Writing Songs About Boys

Abigail Breslin Is Thinking About College and Writing Songs About Boys

Originally posted 10/11/2013 01:30PM

Abigail Breslin may be best known as a 9-year-old Oscar nominee. But the Little Miss Sunshine star has plenty of other pursuits these days – including boys.

The actress – who, with her long blonde hair, looked almost unrecognizable last month at the August: Osage County premiere – has been writing music lately, and tells ABC News that many of the songs are about young love.

"Boys and life. I mean, I'm 17," she says. "So, basically that's the thing that runs through my head every day. So yeah, lots about boys."

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Do You Recognize Abigail Breslin All Grown Up? (And Platinum Blonde!)

Abigail Breslin's August: Osage County Costars Didn't Recognize Her All Grown Up

Originally posted 09/12/2013 02:45PM

We fell in love with her in Little Miss Sunshine as a young girl who lives for pageants, her grandpa and quirky outfits.

Now, Abigail Breslin is all grown up and almost unrecognizable – her light blond locks have even her August: Osage County costars doing double takes.

"The cast doesn't recognize me," Breslin tells E! of her more platinum hair. "I was like, 'Hey guys!' and they were like, 'Who's this random girl crashing our photo shoot today?' "

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Benedict Cumberbatch: I Was Kidnapped & Held at Gunpoint

Benedict Cumberbatch Recalls Being Abducted at Gunpoint in South Africa

Originally posted 09/12/2013 10:10AM

With four movies out this fall, including early awards contenders like August: Osage County, Benedict Cumberbatch is living a dream come true.

But it wasn't long ago that the actor – who's known for his roles in TV's Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – was facing a terrifying death.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the actor, 37, tells the story of driving north of Durban, South Africa, to the set of the 2005 miniseries To the Ends of the Earth with friends, when he was abducted and held at gunpoint.

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Why Did Julia Roberts Choke Meryl Streep While Wearing a Butt Pad?

Julia Roberts: Choking Meryl Streep Was 'Intimidating'

Originally posted 09/11/2013 11:25AM

Working with Meryl Streep is a dream come true for any actress – and Julia Roberts is no exception.

But Roberts, 45, admits her longtime fantasy never involved butt pads, flop sweat and a chokehold.

Still, that proved to be their reality when Roberts was cast to play Streep's eldest daughter in August: Osage County, the film version of Tracy Letts's 2008 Tony-winning best play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family gathered around their sharp-tongued, eccentric dying mother, played by Streep, 64.

"It was intimidating, certainly, to be in these scenes with her, choking her, things like that," Roberts admitted at Tuesday's Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the movie. "That's not how I pictured it going in my mind all these years when I thought we'd be together, drinking tea together and speaking in fabulous accents and dressed up and looking very chic."

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