Mar 12
2011

Here is another rare find for the archives. In 1996, CBS aired a Siskel and Ebert special, featuring interviews with some of the greatest filmmakers of their time, inluding Meryl Streep. She and Gene Siskel first visited Yale for a discussion with students, and then sat down at Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria (seriously) for an interview about Meryl’s time at Yale and her successful film career. This interview is insightful and at times downright hilarious, which makes it a must-see. Enjoy! Additionally, screencaptures have been added as well.

The Siskel and Ebert Interviews (1996)

Jan 27
2011

Many thanks to Peter for sending in the teaser trailer for the recent documentary “Where the Work Is: The Austin Pendleton Project”. It can be watched on Youtube and Simply Streep’s video archive.

“The Austin Pendelton Project” is the profile of an artist that has been up and down for more than four decades and always gone where the work is. Artists and film directors Gene Gallerano and David Holmes attempt to capture and explore the process that a teacher and director uses to help actors understand the reality of a given circumstance in imagined situations and the intricate navigation of arriving at a point of truth. With support and insight from an incredible pool of actors, writers and directors including Olympia Dukakis, Meryl Streep, Louis Zorich, Laurie Metcalf and more, the discovery of Austin Pendleton’s struggles and successes will be illuminated and explored. More on the documentary can be found at its official website.

Jan 23
2011

Here’s another great find for the archives! In 1978, Meryl won a Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her breakthrough performance in NBC’s “Holocaust”, her very first major award after transferring from the New York stages to film and television. Meryl didn’t attend the awards ceremony to accept the award since she was filming in New York.