More Magazine has scored what they call “the interview of a lifetime”. When Meryl Streep visited the White House for an intimate conversation with First Lady Michelle Obama, they dug deep into the topics that accomplished women talk, worry and wonder about – Power. Passions. Work. Mothers. And Sting. Excerpts from the interview can be read on More’s website. Read the full article in the July/August 2015 issue, on newsstands June 23. Scans have been added to the photo gallery, with many thanks to Joan!
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant were pictured together by the Liverpool Echo for the first time since they arrived in Liverpool to shoot their latest movie. As seen in their on-set pictures, Liverpool looks incredible as it doubles up as America for the much-anticipated film. Streep plays the New York heiress and socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming an opera singer, despite a terrible singing voice. Grant takes on the role of her supportive partner and manager St. Clair Bayfield, who was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth.
Just a couple of days after the trailers for “Suffragette”, yet another new look at one of Meryl’s upcoming films have been released. Sony has launched the UK trailer for “Ricki and the Flash”, featuring quite a few new scenes from the Jonathan Demme directed comedy, in which Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer co-star. Additionally, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, the first still from the upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins” shows Meryl Streep as the notedly awful warbler cuddling up to Hugh Grant (playing her husband and manager, St. Clair Bayfield) in the back of a car and both dressed in their finest. Streep clutches a brochure for Carnegie Hall, where Jenkins famously sang to a sold out crowd in 1944 having become a huge draw for countless “fans” who appreciated her appalling sense of rhythm and pitch. The film also stars Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep joined directors Ava DuVernay and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in a conversation panel, moderated by Jon Stewart, at the Women in the World Summit. Vanity Fair has summed up the panel, which can be watched in its entirety in the video archive. Streep described the hardest thing for an actress to do—to get anyone but women to identify with them onscreen. As evidenced by everything from the way toys are marketed to which movies win Oscars, the general assumption is that women will identify with female and male characters, while men will only identify with other men. Or, as Streep puts it, “I wanted to be Tom Sawyer, not Becky.” (The way she says “Becky,” by the way, is 19 Oscar nominations worth of talent in two syllables) For Streep, the hardest thing as an actress is “to have a story that men in the audience feel like they know what I feel like.” In the video, you can see DuVernay—who beefed up the role of Coretta Scott King in the script for Selma– and Obaid-Chinoy—who won an Oscar for a 2012 documentary about women attacked with acid in Pakistan—nodding in agreement. Pictures have been added to the image library.
A lot of great production stills and on-set pictures have been added to the galleries, including from films, television and theatre. Some very rare theater pictures from Meryl’s time with the Green Mountain Guild and at Yale’s Repertory Theatre have been added, with many thanks to Joan. Then, some fantastic new on-set pictures from “The Deer Hunter”, “Sophie’s Choice” and “Falling in Love” have been added. Many thanks to Claudia for sending them in. For a complete list, check the previews below.
Image Library – Career – 1986 – Heartburn – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1985 – Plenty – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1984 – Falling in Love – On-Set Pictures
Image Library – Career – 1983 – Silkwood – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1982 – Sophie’s Choice – On-Set Pictures
Image Library – Career – 1982 – Sophie’s Choice – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1981 – French Lieutenant’s Woman – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1981 – French Lieutenant’s Woman – Promotional Stills
Image Library – Career – 1980 – Omnibus – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1978 – The Taming of the Shrew – On-Set Pictures
Image Library – Career – 1978 – The Deer Hunter – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1978 – The Deer Hunter – On-Set Pictures
Image Library – Career – 1975 – The Shaft of Love – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1974 – The Marriage of Bette and Boo – Production Stills
Image Library – Career – 1972 – Overruled – Production Stills
Another nice batch of older appearances pictures have been added to the image library. These additions range from 1994 to 2000 and include Meryl’s footprint ceremony at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre, the Women in Film Crystal Awards in 1998 and some great pictures from the 1999 and 2000 Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Enjoy the new additions.
Image Library – Public Appearances – 2000 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Red Carpet
Image Library – Public Appearances – 2000 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show
Image Library – Public Appearances – 2000 – Golden Globe Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Screen Actors Guild Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – “One True Thing” Premiere (Los Angeles)
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – Women in Film Crystal Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1994 – “The River Wild” Premiere (Los Angeles)
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1994 – Footprint Ceremony at Mann’s Chinese Theatre
In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Jonathan Demme revealed that Streep covered songs from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Lady Gaga. Streep performed in front of a live audience and no playback was used to enhance her vocals — Streep is a very talented singer, as many of you are probably already aware. The actress covered Petty’s “American Girl” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” which means a group of lucky people on this planet got to watch Streep perform like a rock goddess and somehow managed to not hyperventilate to death.