This evening, Meryl Streep has attended the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards as a Best Actress nominee for “Florence Foster Jenkins”. The statue was won by “La La Land”‘s Emma Stone. Lots of pictures from the arrivals and from inside the ballroom, mingling with Amy Adams, Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, have been added to the photo gallery. If Meryl was one of the first celebrities to speak out about the current political climate at the Golde Globes three weeks ago, almost every recipient at the SAGs followed in her footsteps. Streep received a shoutout from winner and former co-star John Lithgow, who noted that the SAG Awards are about actors honoring actors, and he praised his fellow nominees in the category, adding that “a great actress somehow managed to speak my exact thoughts three weeks ago in another awards ceremony and that’s Meryl Streep.” Hundreds of additional pictures have been added with many many thanks to Claudia and Lindsey, alongside screencaptures and the Best Actress segment in the video archive. Enjoy the new additions.
Photographer Brigitte Lacombe’s new book profiles women from all walks of life: from politicians to artists, journalists to teachers, and engineers to campaigners. But this is not a book about celebrities, though many of the subjects are well-known. These are women who have led their field, who have broken the mold to achieve, or who have inspired changes through relentless endeavor. Telling their stories through in-depth interviews, and illustrated with arresting photography by world-class photographer Brigitte Lacombe, this book will help and inspire women everywhere to realize their hopes and ambitions. Subjects include journalist Tina Brown; Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep; actress, writer, and director Lena Dunham; Nobel Peace Laureate Leyman Gbowee; the first female fire fighter in the FDNY, Brenda Berkman; MP Mhairi Black; sailor Tracy Edwards; entrepreneur Jo Malone; and human rights activist Yeonmi Park.
I’m very happy to launch Simply Streep’s new video archive today. Why new, you may ask? The script I was using for the video archive as we know it did not stand the test of time. With most visitors browsing Simply Streep on their mobile phones or tablets, many have complained that clips were not running properly on their mobile devices. So it was time to find a solution. The new video archive is mobile-friendly and the videos should be playing on all devices. For now, it’s not nearly as complete as the old archive – but there are over 400 clips of Meryl’s film work, all sorted and replaced with high quality videos. I will continue to sort all clips and add them as time permits. Until then, the old video archive will remain online. With the launch of the new video archive, clips of Meryl’s recent appearances at the Rome and Tokyo International Film Festivals have been added. Have a look, browse around and check back later for more clips being added.
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Tokyo Film Festival – Opening Ceremony Part 2 (2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Tokyo Film Festival – Opening Ceremony Part 1 (2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Tokyo Film Festival – Florence Foster Jenkins Press Conference
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Rome Film Festival – “Florence Foster Jenkins” Promotion (2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Rome Film Festival – “Florence Foster Jenkins” Press Conference (2016)
Video Archive – Career – Florence Foster Jenkins – Press Junket Interview (Italy)
Although Donald Trump’s rise to political prominence has been a difficult and painful experience for the millions of people he has relentlessly denigrated, there is one silver lining to his candidacy – the renewed national dialogue on sexual assault. Since the leaked recording of his sexually predatory conversation with Billy Bush in 2005 reached national media attention, the response has been both heartbreaking and empowering. As a duel effort to give women space to openly talk about the negative personal effects of sexual assault and defeat Trump, these celebrities appeared in a powerful video for Hillary Clinton in which they got real about why sexual assault is not OK. The video, produced by the group Humanity for Hillary, features women telling their sexual assault stories and explaining why rape culture is not ok. Over a dozen celebrities, including Meryl Streep, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Schumer, Rose McGowan, and Amber Tamblyn, appeared in the video, with Tamblyn taking a leading role.
This update comes with a story, a personal one for Simply Streep. As you know this website runs in its 17th year, which is insane – it’s probably older than many of our visitors. Back in 1999, when I started this as a project, it was way harder to get hold of material. A fellow German, Anke, who has been a tremendous help over the years, sent me a VHS tape with some of Meryl’s talkshow appearances she did in the late 90s, among them her first visit on David Letterman’s late show, one of her first talkshow appearances. I had to learn the hard way that American NTSC tapes could not be played properly on European PAL recorders (in case any of you remembers a video cassette), so all faces turned out green like the Incredible Hulk and it was almost impossible to watch. I tried just about everything to get a video copy for Simply Streep, but nothing worked out. So I just settled and thought, with Youtube and other sources emerging, “one day it’ll be on Youtube”. That thought came and went for the past 17 years.
Well, mark you calendars. Today, with many thanks to Youtuber Daniel Poitras, the Letterman appearance has been posted in its entirity, and in good old fashioned VHS quality. The interview runs for a whopping 13 minutes, which is so much more than today’s talkshow snippets. Also, she gives the best excuse for declining to appear on Letterman’s show for 20 years. I’m so happ to finally add this to the archive, it makes Simply Streep feel a whole lot more complete. Enjoy the clip and make sure to view the screencaptures in the photo gallery.
As you can see from the recent photos additions, there have been many additional public appearances to promote the theatrical release of “Florence Foster Jenkins” in the United States. These past few days, Meryl has attended conversation panels by Times Talks, the SAG/AFTRA Foundation and BAFTA New York. Together with Stephen Frears, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, she was a guest on The Charlie Rose Show on Wednesday. All clips have been added to the video archive – the Times Talks has been added as an expcerpt because it runs over an hour (you can watch the full interview here). Also, a new featurette and three new clips from “Florence Foster Jenkins” have been added.
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Charlie Rose Show (August 10, 2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Times Talks (August 11, 2016)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – SAG/AFTRA Foundation Conversations (August 10, 2016)
Video Archive – Career – Florence Foster Jenkins – Film Scene 06
Video Archive – Career – Florence Foster Jenkins – Film Scene 05
Video Archive – Career – Florence Foster Jenkins – Film Scene 04
Video Archive – Career – Florence Foster Jenkins – Featurette 03
Yesterday marked the big promotional day for “Florence Foster Jenkins” in New York. Dozens of press junkets were taped, Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant were guests at CBS This Morning and Good Morning America, and the N.Y. premiere for the film was held in the evening (see the next update). For a complete list of video addtions, have a look at the list below.
Video Archive – Talkshows – Good Morning America
Video Archive – Talkshows – CBS This Morning
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Florence Foster Jenkins New York Premiere (2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – Reuters (August 09, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – The Insider (August 08, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – Epix (August 08, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – USA Today (August 08, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – Extra (August 08, 2016)
Video Archive – News Segments – Access Hollwood (August 08, 2016)
On Monday, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg joined on stage at the 92nd Street’s cultural community center after a screening of “Florence Foster Jenkins” for Annette Insdorf’s Reel Pieces discussion series. Be sure to check this very insightful hour, filled with information on the film’s true story, the making and working with Stephen Frears. Streep, Grant and Helberg reflect on their early days as actors, their favorite work and the changes that were made to the final cut of “Florence Foster Jenkins” (spoilers ahead). On an even better note, 92nd On Demand has also posted a complete interview with Meryl Streep in November 2000, after a screening for “Postcards from the Edge”, in which she remembers filming the Mike Nichols comedy and also sheds light on the making of more recent films at that time, “Before and After” and “Marvin’s Room”, so be prepared for another great hour on video. Enjoy!
A compilation of 10 television spots for “Florence Foster Jenkins” has been added to the video archive, all promoting the film’s August 12 release in the United States. After positive reviews upon its UK release earlier this year, US critics are equally embracing the film. On Rotten Tomatoes, the go-to source for collected reviews, “Florence Foster Jenkins” has received a stunning 92% positive collected reviews. Visit their site for all collected reviews – here’s two snippets from Variety: “An audience picture first and foremost: one wholly sympathetic to its eponymous subject’s delusional drive to delight crowds with or without the requisite artistry,” and from The Hollywood Reporter: “Aiming for the same kind of affectionate comic tone as The King’s Speech, this gentle musical farce from director Stephen Frears hits more than a few flat notes, but still delivers gentle laughs and classy star performances.”
Florence Foster Jenkins didn’t make many recordings, but they had to be heard to be believed: “We heard them at drama school, when I was a student,” said Meryl Streep. “Yeah, it was pretty specifically great!” Streep plays Lady Florence, as she liked to be called, in the new film, “Florence Foster Jenkins,” about the amateur soprano often called the world’s worst opera singer. “Most of her notes,” as one critic put it, “were promissory.” Mason said, “So many of the great singers of her time are not remembered, but she is.” “Well, that’s a tragedy, actually!” Streep laughed. By the late 1930s, Florence’s performances were notorious. Mystifyingly, the society pages indulged her with glowing notices. “Madame Jenkins’ annual recitals,” the New York Daily Mirror wrote, “bring unbounded joy to the faded souls of Park Avenue and the musical elite.” Composer Cole Porter was a fan. And astonishingly, at the peak of her notoriety in 1944, Florence took the stage at Carnegie Hall and performed to a sold-out house. The full segment can be watched in the video archive with screencaptures being added to the photo gallery.