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#30 —Eleanor Prentiss Shaw,manipulative mother of a Vice Presidential candidate brainwashed by an international cabal.

JOHN: The one regrettable casualty of this feature-film series is,of course,Streep's Emmy winning performance(s) in Mike Nichols' 2003 HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner'sAngels in America.Perhaps we'll have time to dig into that series in the future,but suffice it to say we rank her work in it quite highly.In 2004,Streep signed on to her first-ever remake,Jonathan Demme'sThe Manchurian Candidate,playing a role made famous by Angela Lansbury in John Frankenheimer's 1962 film.Demme's version updates Frankenheimer's film and Richard Condon's 1959 source novel to contemporary times,made amid the the Bush/Kerry election and thematically enmeshed in the U.S.'s "War on Terror."Denzel Washington stars as Ben Marco,a Gulf War veteran whose puzzling memories and twisted dreams of serving in Kuwait drive him to uncover the sinister forces driving fellow soldier and newly-selected,left-leaning Vice Presidential nominee Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) into national prominence.Shaw's blandly robotic demeanor is operated by his manipulative mother,Virginia Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw,heir to an American political dynasty but now working covertly for the ominous international private equity fund Manchurian Global...


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