Meryl Streep led a chorus of stars honoring the Indian woman whose brutal rape and subsequent death has inspired a documentary so harrowing it has been banned by the Indian government. Streep spoke at the New York City premiere of India’s Daughter, a BBC program which tells the story of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student who was set upon by six rapists as she rode a bus in 2012. Singh was injured so badly after the repeated, violent rapes that she later died in hospital. Indian ministers secured a court order banning the documentary in India, for fear it could stoke public anger. Pictures from the screening have been added to the image library.
While this Oscar season has been quiet for Meryl (I guess there’s no big reason to make the rounds this year), she has attended the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party yesterday, where she was photographed with her “The Deer Hunter” co-star John Savage. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library.
On February 18, Meryl Streep has attended Diane von Furstenberg’s Pre-Oscar Brunch, alongside her “Homesman” co-star Hilary Swank. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library. Also added are some fantastic new stills an on-set pictures from “Silkwood”, with many thanks to the great Claudia for sending them in.
Good news today. Meryl Streep is among this year’s presenters at the Academy Awards. So even if Patricia Arquette, highly likely, will win Best Supporting Actress this year, we will see Meryl on stage, nevertheless. The Oscars take place on Sunday, February 22nd. Also, Meryl will be attending “An Evening of SerioussFun” on March 2nd, celebrating the legacy of Paul Newman. Here, she’s joined by George Clooney and Tom Hanks. To learn more about the event, visit their website. Many thanks to Glenn and Simona for the heads-up.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep was a presenter at the Casting Society of America’s 30th annual Artios Awards, honoring achievement by casting directors, a decidedly less widely appreciated bunch than actors and directors. A special award, for contributions to the New York entertainment industry, went to Rob Marshall. First his sister, the theater director and choreographer Kathleen went onstage to talk a bit about her brother, then Christine Baranski, who played the wicked stepmother in Mr. Marshall’s latest film, “Into the Woods,” took over. “His actors feel like happy children playing together,” she said, and added later, “When some of the actors heard I had been cast as a presenter, some of them suddenly became available not just to put themselves on tape, but to show up,” Ms. Baranski said before launching into a surprise number. She was quickly joined by Tracey Ullman and Meryl Streep to perform a medley of songs – riffs on numbers from “Into the Woods,” with lyrics like these, to the tune of “Stay With Me:” Work with Rob and John and you will see; Actors who will slave and work for free.” Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the image library with many thanks to Claudia for her help with HQs.
Meryl Streep will perform at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music in the fall. Organizers say the actress will read from Philip Roth’s novel “Everyman,” backed by music from the Takacs Quartet, at the conservatory’s season gala on Oct. 17. The conservatory made the announcement Monday as it unveiled plans for its 2015-2016 season. Other productions in the lineup include a series of jazz and blues concerts commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.One of the concerts will feature trumpeter Terence Blanchard, who composed the score for Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina documentary “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.” Many thanks to Frank, Glenn and Rachel for the heads-up.