Dec 07
2011

A second theatrical trailer for “The Iron Lady” has been released – technically the first US trailer since the previous one was for the United Kingdom. Lots of new scenes in here, have a look.

Dec 05
2011

The galleries for all recent Kennedy Center events have been uploaded with additional pictures.


Nora Ephron, whom Streep portrayed in the film “Heartburn,” praised the actress’ portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming film “The Iron Lady” and warned Secretary Clinton that she would be next. “It’s inevitable,” Ephron said. “Someday you will see her in a movie about your life and discover the truth that she is better at being you than you are.” Amid all the accolades and praise, Streep, 62, who has received 16 Academy Award nominations, winning twice, quipped that events made her “feel a little like Tom Sawyer going to his own funeral.”

Tracey Ullman, first up to honor Streep, said there’s something special about the actress. “Looking around, I see Caroline Kennedy, first lady Michelle Obama, the president … an illustrious group to be sure, but with no disrespect to you guys, we have Meryl-bloody-Streep in the room!” And the laughs continued: After the audience watched a video with highlights from Streep’s film career, 2009 honoree De Niro said, “My first thought was, I was amazing in Deer Hunter.” Then he got serious and said, “Meryl, you are the very best. … I love you.” It was a reunion of The Devil Wears Prada cast – which starred Streep as a fashion editor – when Hathaway, Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt took to the stage. “In every scene, she’s actually doing at least two jobs,” said Blunt. “First, her own character, who is always so complete, so natural, you forget that somewhere in there is Meryl Streep. Then the second is stabilizing the other actor who is having a nervous breakdown because they’re in a scene with Meryl Streep.” Tucci, who also starred as Streep’s character’s husband when she took on the role of Julia Child in Julie & Julia, shared a special requirement of his: “The only thing I want in every scene I’m in is … Meryl Streep.” Below is a compilation from last night’s event with footage from the reception as well as the red carpet and ceremony.

Dec 02
2011

ABC Australia has published a trio of first scenes from “The Iron Lady”. All three clips can be watched in the video archive with thanks to Sapphire for the heads-up!

Dec 01
2011

The BBC has sat down with Meryl for a first television interview on the upcoming “The Iron Lady”, including quite a few new segments from the film. The interview can be watched in the video archive.

The film has drawn criticism from Baroness Thatcher’s former colleagues, including former Conservative party chairman Lord Tebbit. He called the performance “half-hysterical, over-emotional”. “I felt that if we did it in the right way, it would be OK,” Streep said. Speaking to the BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz, the actress, who is expected to land her 17th Oscar nomination for the film said: “There is a feeling that the walls are just more permeable between the present and the past and one intrudes on the other. “It’s something that I don’t think there should be a stigma about, it’s life, it’s the truth. “We’ve all had that moment where you can’t remember why you went upstairs and so it was extrapolating that feeling of disorientation, momentary as it is,” Streep added.

Told in a series of flashbacks, the film sees an elderly Baroness Thatcher struggling with advanced dementia and in regular conversation with her late husband Denis Thatcher, played by Jim Broadbent. The rest of the film deals with her rise and eventual fall from power, and features scenes of her bullying her cabinet into submission. Writing in the Telegraph, Lord Tebbit said: “She could be hard – perhaps at times unfairly so – on colleagues who failed her standards. “She was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, overemotional, overacting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep.” It is Streep’s performance as the older Baroness Thatcher which has already proved controversial. Former Conservative politician Michael Portillo, a junior minister under the then Mrs Thatcher, praised Streep but told the BBC that he “felt uncomfortable” about the scenes of her infirmity. “I wouldn’t want to see my own mother portrayed in that way,” he said. “I recognise it is a tremendous piece of art, but that will be a controversial feature of the film.” Referring Carol Thatcher’s book detailing her mother’s decline, Streep said: “Carol caught a lot of flak for speaking about this, but other people who have dementia in their family are grateful.”

Nov 30
2011

Here are two clips from ITN and CBS News covering the Washington D.C. premiere of “The Iron Lady”. Thanks to Simona for the heads-up on the first.

Nov 19
2011

A video transcript of Meryl’s appearance at the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture Panel has been added to the video archive. Also, while being in Washington this week, Meryl talked with PBS’ To the Contrary about “The Iron Lady” and her support of the National Women’s History Museum. Edit: You can now watch the complete panel discussion, as two more parts have been added – here and here. Enjoy the clips!

Nov 16
2011

I’ve added two new video clips to the gallery – one is a report on the “Iron Lady” poster unveiling in London, the other is Meryl’s speech at the Academy Tribute to Vanessa Redgrave (a great speech, as always). Also, additional pictures from this event have been added to the gallery.

Nov 14
2011

This is the day we’ve all been waiting for all year, haven’t we? The UK theatrical trailer for “The Iron Lady” has been released today, offering more than just a glimpse of Meryl playing Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The full trailer has been added to the video archive.

Sep 14
2011

Yesterday, a kick-off gala co-hosted by Meryl Streep, Wei Sun Christianson, Jane Harman, Maya Harris, Donna Karan, Liya Kebede, Dr. Judith Rodin and Diane von Furstenberg was helt to celebrate the launch of the “Women in the World Foundation”, a new venture from Newsweek and The Daily Beast. You can learn more about Women in the World on their new website. Pictures have been added to the gallery.

And Tina has uploaded a video of Meryl’s speech on Youtube, have a look!

Jul 07
2011

Fantastic news! According to Pathe, we’ll be able to get a first look at the highly anticipated “The Iron Lady” teaser trailer when it goes live exclusively on The Guardian website and on BBC Breakfast after 8:30am on July 7. Be sure to find it on Simply Streep as well, after its broadcast. Edit: The teaser – which is running for roughly a minute – can be now watched in the video archive.