Yesterday, Meryl has (finally) been a guest at the UMass Lowell’s Chancellor’s Speaker Series. Her appearance was originally planned for February 05, but got postponed. She answered questions, reflected on her storied career, offered advice for breaking into films, posed for countless photos, pulled an April Fools’ prank before a crowd of 3,600 and raised more than $230,000 for scholarships. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library. Scroll down for more information and a video. Edit: Pictures from the Q&A, which took place before the evening’s conversation, have been added as well.
Streep held court before a capacity crowd at the Tsongas Center in an event billed as “A Conversation with Meryl Streep” that was moderated by Assoc. Prof. Andre Dubus III. Earlier in the day, she held an hourlong question-and-answer session with 100 English and Theater Arts students at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, touching on subjects from how she prepares for roles to how she got her start as an actress. By turns witty, thoughtful and quick, she held her audience rapt as she discussed her career. Dubus, a New York Times bestselling author, wanted to know how she is able to disappear into her roles. “Acting is a very mysterious craft,” Streep said. “The (actors) I admire, I have no idea how they achieve what they do. When you are working with them there’s a seamless exchange of thought, emotion and physicality. You can’t parse it when you are in the moment.” UMass Lowell has posted a video with highlights from the conversation, which can be watched in the video archive.
Today, the Weinstein Company has released a first theatrical trailer for “The Giver”. Lois Lowry’s classic story — one of the first modern dystopic tales written explicitly for a younger audience — takes place in a future where all of the unpleasant, messy aspects of life (war, pain, difference, feelings in general) have been wiped away. Have a look at the trailer in the video archive and captures in the image library. Are you excited? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Three more videos have been added to the video archive. There’s a behind-the-scenes look at Jimmy Kimmel’s Academy Awards Special, featuring interviews with Meryl, Tom Hanks, Christoph Waltz, Gary Oldman and many more. Then, there are two videos from the “August: Osage County” promotion in Paris, including the film’s premiere and the full press conference. Many thanks to Tena for the heads-up on the Kimmel clip. Enjoy watching.
Here’s the final update on last Sunday’s Academy Awards with lots of additional pictures from the show being added. Many thanks to Lindsey for her contribution and to Joan for the screencaptures. It looks like Meryl didn’t do any interviews at the red carpet, at least I couldn’t find any (if you found some, let me know). But there’s enough to look at anyway. A video clip, featuring all essential Meryl have been added, including her “dance segement” with Pharrell Williams, the epic selfie that broke Twitter, Ellen’s pizza delivery, and, of course, the Best Actress segment. You can watch the video by clicking above. And to revive all pictures from the show, have a look at the full list below. Enjoy.
Appearances – 2014 – 86th Annual Academy Awards – Arrivals
Appearances – 2014 – 86th Annual Academy Awards – Show
Appearances – 2014 – 86th Annual Academy Awards – Screencaptures
Appearances – 2014 – 86th Annual Academy Awards – After-Party
Last night on his post-Oscars show, Jimmy Kimmel premiered what fans have been looking for all awards season: parody movie trailers based on classic viral videos. Among them is “Bitman Begins”, “based” on “Charlie Bit My Finger, and starring Chris and Liam Hemsworth as well as Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks! Short but funny, especially Streep’s “subtle” dialogue. Don’t miss the other videos as well, “Ameowadeus“, featuring Kevin Spacey, Christoph Waltz, Gary Oldman and Ben Kingsley, “Sweet Brown: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That“, featuring Queen Latifah and Barkhad Abdi, and “David After Dentist Double Rainbow Oh My God!“, featuring Joseph Gordn-Levitt and Samuel L. Jackson. “Bitman Begins” can be found in the video archive, alongside captures and production stills in the image library.
Three video clips reviewing Meryl’s recent visit to Paris, France, to promote the theatrical release of “August: Osage County” have been added to the video archive. Many thanks to Beatrice and Emmanuelle for the heads-up. Also, a video of Meryl being honored at the 2012 Charlie Foundation has been added as well. Enjoy the new clips.
Video Archive – News Segments – 2014 – Le Grand Soir 3 (February 24, 2014)
Video Archive – News Segments – 2014 – Telematin (February 24, 2014)
Video Archive – Career – August: Osage County – August: Osage County – Interview 02
Video Archive – Public Appearances – 2014 – The Charlie Foundation (2012)
Many thanks to Beatrice for bringing this to my attention: During her visit in France to promote “August: Osage County”, Meryl Streep attended the French television show 20h Week-End to talk about the film and the Oscars. It’s a pretty bumpy interview, maybe because of its editing and the translation – and I still don’t understand the lenghty Maria Callas clip. But see for yourself. The full interview can be watched in the video archive. Captures have been added to the image library.
Three new interviews from the red carpets of the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics Choice Awards have been added to the video archive.
Video Archive – News Segments – 2014 – Entertainment Tonight (January 18, 2014)
Video Archive – News Segments – 2014 – Access Hollywood (January 17, 2014)
Video Archive – News Segments – 2014 – E! Entertainment (January 17, 2014)
Lots of updates today! Let’s start with the videos first. A clip of Meryl’s appearance at the Critics Choice – presenting the Best Director award to Alfonso Cuaron as well as the Best Actress segment – have been added, alongside a red carpet interview by Entertainment Tonight, in which she states her disappointment that Emma Thompson didn’t make the cut at the Oscar nominations. Then, ITV has aired an interview with Meryl on their programme “Lorraine”. This was taped back in November when Meryl was shooting “Into the Woods”, about she speaks (and sings) in this segment. Many thanks to Tina for uploading this in the first place. Enjoy the new clips.
Continuing with gallery updates, lots of additional pictures from the Critics Choice Awards have been added. Once again, thanks to Claudia for contributing some great pictures.
Last but not least, screencaptures from both the Critics Choice Awards and the Lorraine interview have been added to the gallery. If you’ve lost sight by now, use the summary list of all last updated gallery pages below the previews. Enjoy the new pictures.
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 19th Critics Choice Awards – Arrivals
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 19th Critics Choice Awards – Show
Appearances – 2014 – 19th Critics Choice Awards – Screencaptures
Talkshows & TV Appearances – 2014 – Lorraine (January 17, 2014)
Here’s a surprise for today. Although Meryl’s interview with Ellen has been taped yesterday but won’t air until Monday, Ellen’s website has posted three preview clips (which, together, run for 10 minutes, so that I call a preview!) from the interview. Meryl talks about her 18th Oscar nomination and the letter she wrote to Emma Thompson after finding out she was not nominated. She also talks about doing a safari after wrapping “The Giver” in South Africa last December. Then, Ellen lets Meryl read various text passages in different characters. So in case you’ve ever dreamed of Meryl reading a traffic report while giving birth, here you go. The preview clips have been combined to one (the middle one is not in the best quality but will be edited later) and can be found in the video archive. Promotional pictures as well as HD screencaptures have been added to the gallery.