Meryl Streep Contemplates the Uses of a Banana in First Four Pictures from 'Hope Springs'

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I have prepped and begun putting together my first batch of early Oscar predictions for the Best Actress category and what do you know, there's Meryl Streep again, this time starring in Hope Springs (previously known as Great Hope Springs) alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. And today I have the first four pictures from the film to share with you.

Directed by Streep's The Devil Wears Prada helmer, David Frankel, and written by "Game of Thrones" and "Everwood" scripter Vanessa Taylor the story finds Streep married to Jones as Kay and Arnold, a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough — the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

The film is set to hit theaters on August 10 and is being sold as a straight-forward comedy, as you can tell from the photo above as Streep bones up on "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man." What exactly will she do with that banana bunch? The mind reels.

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