Airing on January 31 at 9pm, Meryl Streep will be narrating “The ‘70s: Bold and Fearless”, the second of PBS’s four-part Pioneers of Thirteen documentary series that goes decade by decade to celebrate the station’s 50 years of programming. Ms. Streep was an up-and-coming actress when she played Leila in PBS’s 1977 production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others. Clips of this performance will be included in the documentary, in addition to clips from several other productions whose all-star casts include Tony Award winners Blythe Danner (Nice Work If You Can Get It), James Earl Jones (Driving Miss Daisy), and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), to name a few. The complete article on PBS’ anniversary can be read here.
Meryl Streep has won the 2013 People’s Choice Award as Movie Icon. She shared the category with Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon. She was also nominated in the Best Dramatic Movie Actess category, for which Emma Watson was voted. As expected, Meryl didn’t attend the ceremony and in case I didn’t miss it, the Movie Icon category wasn’t even broadcast (if it was, let me know :-), but a clip from the Dramatic Actress segment has been added to the video archive.
George Clooney and Meryl Streep will be among the presenters at Sunday night’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. In addition, the presenters include: Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Wiig, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell. Smash‘s Debra Messing is also reportedly set to take the stage as well, according to a tweet from the Today show. Meryl is nominated herself in the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical category for “Hope Springs”, so no matter if she wins or not, the stage will be hers. Hosted by comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Congratulations to Meryl for receiving a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for “Hope Springs”. She shares the category with Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Maggie Smith (Quartest). Streep’s nomination remains the only one for the film. This is Meryl Streep’s 27th nomination for a Golden Globe and the eighth in the comedy category. The Golden Globes will be handed out during a live ceremony on January 13, 2013.
Some odd news courtesy Variety. Bravo is breathing life into “Death Becomes Her.” Twenty years after the theatrical debut of the film, Bravo and the pic’s helmer, Robert Zemeckis, have begun eyeing a smallscreen adaptation. Zemeckis is on board to exec produce the hourlong drama project along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine, though a writer has yet to be tapped. The TV version of “Death Becomes Her” will be produced by Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods. Universal released the film in 1992 and, by airing on Bravo, the cable adaptation will remain in the NBCUniversal family. “Death Becomes Her” centers on two rival women who both attain eternal youth. Pic, starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis, earned $58 million Stateside and $149 million globally. Good to know Zemeckis is on board again, but I doubt we should be expecting to see Meryl being a part of it. Thanks to everybody for the heads-up!
The nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced today. Nominations for Best Actress go to Alice Lowe for Sightseers, Andrea Riseborough for Shadow Dancer, Elle Fanning for Ginger & Rosa, Judi Dench for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady. Abi Morgan has also received a nomination for Best Screenplay. The winners will be announced at the 15th awards ceremony on Sunday 9 December at the impressive Old Billingsgate in London.
The People’s Choice Awards have launched their selections for the 2013 nominees, and Meryl, as well as “Hope Springs”, are featured in a variety of categories. The first is Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress. Together with Tommy Lee Jones, she shares a spot at Favorite On-Screen Chemistry. “Hope Springs” can be nominated as Favorite Comedic Movie. Then, there’s a new category entitled Movie Icon, which she shares with Blythe Danner, Emma Thompson, Frances McDormand, Holly Hunter, Jessica Lange, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Sally Field, Sigourney Weaver and Susan Sarandon. You can cast your vote at the People’s Choice Award’s website. Let’s see if Meryl makes it among the final nominees.
The third annual L.A. amFAR Inspiration Gala included the Piaget Inspiration Award to agent Kevin Huvane for all he’s done for amFAR. Various video tributes were shown, with many of his famous clients praising his efforts, including Tomy Cruise, Julianne Moore and Ellen Barkin. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, the last video had to be the best: Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in dark wigs, on the set of “August: Osage County”, with Dermot Mulroney accompanying them on acoustic guitar and singing a song about Huvane keeping them on hold while he deals with “Sarah Jessica and Nicole.” “Kevin, I want to hear your voice on the phone,” sang Streep. At the end, with the crowd in stitches, Roberts pulled off her wig, while Streep was unable to detach hers. “It’s not fair!” she cried, cracking up the crowd even more. Although this is not likely to show up online, let’s have our fingers crossed for a video clip to surface.