The nearly three hour event, titled “The Concert For Valor,” emanated live from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. While HBO created and produced the show, it could also be streamed on Twitter, and heard via iHeartRadio or through the American Forces Network. The voluminous musical performances snaked around tributes to specific veterans from stars like Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Meryl Streep, George Lopez, and Jamie Foxx. Other salutes came via satellite from President Obama, Stephen Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Oprah Winfrey. A video clip of Meryl’s segment, as well as pictures from the concert, have been added to the archives.
A new trailer for “Into the Woods” has been released today. The latest peek at the big-screen take on Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical opens with a shot of Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, leading newcomers Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, and finally Emily Blunt as The Baker’s Wife with her husband The Baker, played by James Corden, as they sing “I Wish.” Streep makes her grand entrance as The Witch who raised Rapunzel, bargaining with the Baker and his wife to remove a curse in exchange for a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. She then steals the show, singing her big number, “Stay With Me.” You can watch the new trailer in the video archive.
Here comes a great find from the past. One of the first organizations that Meryl Streep publicly supported was Dr. Helen Calidcott’s Women’s Actions for Nuclear Disarmament. In 1981, Meryl narrated the documentary “Eight Minutes to Midnight” about Caldicott’s crusade against nuclear power. And in 1983, Meryl taped a television public service announcement for WAND to raise awarenes of their actions for Nuclear Disarmament in the wake of the ABC television film “The Day After”. You can now watch the PSA in the video archive.
Check out the first featurette for “Into the Woods” to get a taste of snippets from the prologue, Meryl Streep’s “Stay With Me” and more! Also look out for James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim and Rob Marshall gushing about the cast, and the cast gushing about Lapine, Sondheim and Marshall. There’s a lot of love. Cast interview include Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, James Corden and Emily Blunt. The featurette features lots of new scenes and more insight into the characters, including Johnny Depp’s Wolf, Rapunzel and, of course, the Witch.
The US theatrical trailer for “The Homesman” has been released, showing lots of new footage, especially on Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, whose performance received quite some positive buzz after the film’s festival premieres. The rest, however, remains mysterious to me. While “The Homesman” has already received a theatrical release in some European countries back in May, this trailer states the US release as “Coming Soon”, while the IMDb lists a limited theatrical release for November 14, 2014. Let’s see…
Once again, I’ve digged deep down the archives to bring some rare finds to Simply Streep. The highlight of this post is probably Meryl’s first television interview in 1979 to promote “Kramer vs. Kramer”. Bits from this interview were featured on the Today Show, now a seven-minute version has been added to the video archive. Also new is footage from the Mann’s Chinese Theatre Handprints ceremony, the premieres for “The River Wild” and “The Bridges of Madison County” and a newly discovered press junket interview for “Music of the Heart”. Click the previews for all new clips and scroll down for screencaptures.
Video Archive – Career Videos – Kramer vs. Kramer – Interview
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Mann’s Chinese Theatre Handprints (September 25, 1994)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – “The River Wild” Premiere (September 25, 1994)
Video Archive – Career Videos – The Bridges of Madison County – Making Of
Video Archive – Public Appearances – The Bridges of Madison County Premiere (May 30, 1995)
Video Archive – Career Videos – Music of the Heart – Interview
Lots of additional screencaptures have been added as well. There are better quality captures from the 1979 and 1980 Academy Awards, Meryl’s television appearances on “Race to Save the Planet” and “Voices that Care” as well as numerous television interviews she did in the 1990s. Once again, have a look below for a complete list. Enjoy the new additions.
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1979 – 51th Annual Academy Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1980 – 52nd Annual Academy Awards
Image Library – Television Appearances – 1990s – Race to Save the Planet (1990)
Image Library – Television Appearances – 1990s – Voices that Care (1991)
Image Library – Television Appearances – 1990s – Journal du Film (December 21, 1992)
Image Library – Career – The Bridges of Madison County – Making Of Screencaptures
Image Library – Television Appearances – 1990s – Access Privee (June 06, 1998)
Image Library – Television Appearances – 1990s – “One True Thing” Press Junket
Image Library – Television Appearances – 1990s – “Music of the Heart” Press Junket
Lots of additions have been made to the image library. Besides more pictures from yesterday’s “The Giver” premiere, a press conference was held today in New York with Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Lois Lowry, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brendon Thwaites in attendance. Also added to the image library have been screencaptures from this morning’s Today Show appearance. Enjoy the new additions.
This morning, Meryl has been a guest on NBC’s Today Show. She talked a little bit about Robin Williams, who sadly died yesterday, and about working with daughter Mamie in Jonathan Demme’s upcoming “Ricki and the Flash”. They also talked about “The Giver” and her character, Chief Elder. The full interview can be watched in the video archive. Screencaptures will be added later.