Yesterday, Meryl has paid a visit to Broadway and former “Plenty” co-star Sting at a performance of “The Last Ship”. Pictures have been added to the image library. Edit: Additional pictures from the New York press conference for “Into the Woods” have been added as well.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Uma Thurman will emcee the 2014 Gotham Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress is just one of several stars set to appear at the independent film awards in New York on Dec. 1, traditionally seen as the start of Oscar season. Other stars set to take the stage next Monday, as presenters, include Patricia Arquette, Will Arnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Graham, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei and Miles Teller. The 2014 Gotham Awards, set to take place at Cipriani Wall Street, will honor actress Tilda Swinton, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos with previously announced tributes. The awards show is not televised, but check back for pictures from the ceremony. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the National Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families. Dubbed “the Concert for Valor,” the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up their signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public. The concert will also include performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances from Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is co-producing the event. Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the Mall grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the event is expected to draw a quarter million attendees. Organizers will host dedicated seating for military families, with tickets being distributed through various veterans assistance organizations. More information can be found courtesy the Washington Post and at the concert’s official website. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
Meryl Streep, the Takacs Quartet, and Philip Roth aren’t names likely to be seen together, much less people found in the same concert hall. Yet Princeton University Concerts presented all three in Richardson Auditorium on Friday evening, with the quartet playing Arvo Pärt and Franz Schubert, Streep reading extensively from the 2006 novel Everyman, and its author, Roth, listening in the audience – in a one-time-only event that guaranteed a packed house. An in-depth article can be read here, two pictures have been added to the image library. Thanks to everybody for the heads-up.
Meryl has attended the New York premiere for “My Old Lady”, starring friend and colleague Kevin Kline, and co-starring Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. Streep and Kline were joined on the red carpet by another friend, Glenn Close. In the film, directed by Israel Horovitz, Kline plays an American who inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected resident. Pictures from the premiere have been added to the image library.
Artists from three media will come together for a special event at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium on Sept. 19, as three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep joins the Takács String Quartet for readings from Philip Roth’s novella, “Everyman.” The readings will be interspersed with music by Franz Schubert and Arvo Pärt. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. The event is already sold out (in less than 12 hours); however, obstructed view seats will be put on sale on Sept. 2. In the unlikely event there are remaining tickets, they will be made available for purchase after Sept. 2 at the Frist Campus Center Box Office, at (609) 258-9220. As described by The New York Times, Roth’s “Everyman” is the story of “a nameless, multi-divorced advertising man in New Jersey grappling with family estrangement, illness and death.” The event will be presented by Princeton University Concerts, which will also collaborate with the Princeton Adult School to offer a two-session course on Sept. 15 and 16, exploring the themes of Roth’s novella. The complete announcement can be read here. Many thanks to Glenn and Rachel for the heads-up.
On Saturday, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster joined forces at the Jacob Burns Film Center, where Jonathan Demme was presented with the 2014 Vision Award for his remarkable career as a director, producer, and screenwriter, as well as his significant involvement in the JBFC’s film, education, and outreach programs. Foster won her second Academy Award for her performance in Demme’s “Silence of the Lambs” (for which Demme won Best Director) and Streep played Eleanor Shaw in his 2004 of “The Manchurian Candidate”. The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts organization that aims to present the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema, promote 21st century literacy, and make film a vibrant part of the community.
Update: A video esxcerpt of Meryl’s speech, as well as additional pictures have been added. Yesterday, Jane Fonda was honored as the 42nd recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award by a star-studded crowd that included Michael Douglas, Sally Field and Meryl Streep. Accepting the American Film Institute’s 42nd Life Achievement Award, Jane Fonda exclaimed, “I’m so happy to add another woman’s name to the list.” Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the image library, with additional information below.
Fonda also offered a bit of advice for the roomful of Hollywood celebrities gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Thursday night: “Ask questions, stay curious,” she exhorted them. “It’s much more important to be interested than to be interesting.” In recounting both Fonda’s career as well as her very protean life, those who gathered to pay her tribute – especially a blue-ribbon acting sorority led by Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Lily Tomlin and Sandra Bullock – certainly made the case that Fonda had been plenty interesting herself. Streep, who made her film debut in a supporting role opposite Fonda in 1977’s Julia, offered one of the evening’s most memorable descriptions, when she recalled her initial impression of the older actress: “She had an almost feral alertness, like this bright blue attentiveness to everything around her.” And she thanked Fonda for showing her the ropes.