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.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg have attended the New York press conference for “Florence Foster Jenkins”. The film, which has had a successful run in the United Kingdom back in May, will premiere in US theaters this August. Besides a couple of pictures, a full video from the press conference has been added as well. The video can be watched here. Also, a video transcript of the DGA Theater Q&A for “Florence Foster Jenkins” with Meryl Streep and William Ivey Long has been added as well. Edit: Pictures from the New York Screening and Q&A have been added, with many thanks to JustJared.
“Florence Foster Jenkins” releases in the United Kingdom today, so be sure to check out Meryl’s highly praised performance as the world’s worst opera singer if you can. With the film’s release, three new clips and a lenghty interview have been released and added to the video archive, alongside with many new production stills from the film.
Today, the US theatrical trailer for “Florence Foster Jenkins” has been launched, which is slightly different (and way more showy) than the previous British one. Also, you finally get a glimpse of Florence’s/Meryl’s voice. Be sure to check it out in the video archive. Also, Meryl has been interviewed on the British morning show “Lorraine”. Further, a second featurette on the film, as well as a television spot, have been added. Enjoy.
A first promotional featurette for “Florence Foster Jenkins” has been released, including interviews with Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and director Stephen Frears. Lots of new scenes (and a tiny bit of Florence’s singing) are included as well. Screencaptures from the video have been added to the photo gallery.
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant were guests on this week’s The Graham Norton Show to promote the upcoming theatrical release of “Florence Foster Jenkins”. The full episode can be watched in the video archive. Screencaptures from the broadcast and promotionals from the taping have been added to the photo gallery.
A new documentary featuring Meryl Streep will premiere tomorrow on HBO. Jacob Bernstein, son of Carl Bernstein and Nora Ephron, directs this film about his mother – who died in 2012 at the age of 71 – as seen through the eyes of her closest friends and some surviving family members. Part “American Masters” portrait, part personal quest, this film explores the life and death of the person who wrote three era-defining movies – Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. A preview from the documentary can be watched in the video archive.
Today, the full trailer for the UK release of “Florence Foster Jenkins” has been launched, featuring lots of new scenes, but still no hint at Jenkins’ infamous voice. I’m wondering if it’s just kept for further promotion or if we have to wait to “witness it in the theatre”. The trailer can be found in the video archive with screencaptures being added to the photo gallery.