U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother and daughters Sasha and Malia were joined by Meryl Streep in Morocco’s Marrakesh on Tuesday on a six-day tour to try to promote girls’ education. More than a third of Morocco’s population of 34 million is illiterate – one of the highest rates in North Africa, and the rate is higher for women at 41 percent, official data shows. The U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was launched during her visit and includes US$100 million to be spent on 100,000 Moroccan students, half of whom will be teenage girls. The funds come from US$450 million given by the MCC last year to boost education and employability in Morocco. Michelle Obama stepped up her campaign for girls’ education after Islamist group Boko Haram seized 276 girls from their school in Nigeria in 2014 and she highlighted their plight through a Twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls. She spent Sunday and Monday in Liberia, where she visited a U.S. Peace Corps site and a school with President and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, promoting Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative begun with her husband in 2015.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep paid tribute to friend and collaborator Elizabeth Swados, who passed away this January, with a special reading of “Walking the Dog” at the Barnes & Noble Union Square in New York. Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery. Tomorrow marks Meryl Streep’s 67th birtdhay, so make sure to watch one of her movie in celebration.
On Monday, Meryl Streep unveiled Stephen Frears’ charming “Florence Foster Jenkins” in New York’s Director’s Guild Theater for an A list crowd including Renee Fleming (who introduced the film), Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin and Barbara Walters. Tony winning costume designer William Ivey Long – who’s also the head of the American Theater Wing – did a little Q&A on stage after the screening. Streep and Long met at Yale Drama School in 1972, so they had an easy rapport. Pictures from the screening and Q&A have been added to the photo gallery.
Sit back and have a good laugh at this: At the moment that Hillary Clinton was all but clinching the Democratic nomination for president, Meryl Streep was on a stage in Central Park, impersonating Donald Trump. In orange face makeup and pompadoured hair, Ms. Streep, the chameleonic three-time Oscar winner, did a more than credible version of the presumptive Republican nominee, down to the pursed lips and low-hanging belly. She got the braggadocio-inflected voice, too, even while singing. Ms. Streep was part of the Public Theater’s gala benefit celebration on Monday night, a tribute to Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theater, home to Shakespeare in the Park. She was the closing act with Christine Baranski, doing “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” a number from the Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate.” “We could do a deal – you’ll let me know – why it is all the women say no?” she sang, stretching out her arms in a Trumpian gesture. Later she strolled the stage, gesticulating to the audience in Mr. Trump’s signature Make-America-Great-Again style. More information courtesy The New York Times.
The Public Theater has announced that its annual gala, The United States of Shakespeare, will take place June 6 at the Delacorte Theater, featuring a host of famous stars including Meryl Streep, Phylicia Rashad, Christine Baranski, Jimmy Smits, Michael Cerveris, Steven Pasquale and more. Directed by Jeremy McCarter, the gala will include scenes from Shakespeare’s most celebrated works and the poems, songs and stories they inspired, performed by actors of the stage and screen, and musicians. The complete line-up for The United States of Shakespeare features F. Murray Abraham, Sarah Amengual, Lemon Andersen, Kate Burton, Michael Friedman, Bill Irwin, Lisa Kron, Hamish Linklater, Suzan-Lori Parks, Martha Plimpton, Lily Rabe, Jay O. Sanders, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jeanine Tesori, and John Douglas Thompson; and The Public’s Shakespeare scholar in residence Jim Shapiro, with musical direction by Chris Fenwick. More casting to be announced at a later date. Tickets to the one-night only event are available by by calling (212) 539-8634, online at publictheater.org/gala2016 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep has been among the guests at EPIX’ New York premiere of “Under the Gun”. The documentary gives a candid look at the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. The tragic event took place on December 14, 2012 where 20 children were murdered at their school by a resentful, gun-obsessed shooter. The terrible incident was the deadliest mass shooting at a high school in U.S. history. The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States but still no changes in American federal gun laws have been made.
Last night, Meryl Streep was among the celebrity guests at the New York premiere screening of Gloria Steinem’s “Woman”, which begins airing on the Viceland channel on May 10 and focuses on a variety of issues from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unacknowledged murdered and missing women in Canada, femicide in El Salvador, and the incarceration of mothers in America. A couple of pictures from the arrivals have been added to the photo gallery.
Meryl has been a steady visitor to Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit ever since its inauguration and 2016 marks no difference. Today, she has taken the stage to talk about how far women have come in history and why they will no longer be marginalized. A first excerpt of her speech can be found on Youtube. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery with more information to come.
Last night, New York City’s Webster Hall hosted an all-star fundraiser for legendary keyboardist Bernie Worrell, who is battling cancer. The “All The Woo In The World” show featured over four hours of funk. Worrell himself was on hand as was famed actress Meryl Streep and director Jonathan Demme. Pictures from the benefit have been added to the photo gallery. Next week will bring us the British promotion for “Florence Foster Jenkins”, for which Meryl will be a guest on The Graham Norton Show (airing next Friday, April 15).
Meryl Streep and her Berlin jury have picked the winners of the 66th annual film fest’s Gold and Silver Bears. The most politically-charged Berlin Film Festival of recent years comes to a head tonight with the awards ceremony for the winners of the Gold and Silver Bears. Meryl Streep said of the Golden Bear-winning film “Fire at Sea” from Gianfranco Rosi: “This is a film that commands our attention and demands action. It is a documentary on the refugee crisis, looking at the island of Lampadusa In Italy where thousands of refugees have flooded into Europe.” The first batch of pictures from the closing ceremony have been added to the photo gallery. Edit: A video from the closing ceremony, including Meryl’s interview and the presentation of the Best Actress and Best Film awards has been added, alongside screencaptures from the show. Enjoy.