According to the Daily Mail, Meryl Streep is in negotiations to star in a film about an opera singer who couldn’t hit a note. American-born Florence Foster Jenkins had legions of fans who filled her concerts, but it was never clear whether they genuinely enjoyed her piercing screeches — or were just going along for a laugh. Streep, who can carry a tune, has been talking to director Stephen Frears about making the movie about the lady with the variable tempo and less than perfect pitch. Maureen Lipman appeared in a play several years ago about Jenkins called Glorious, and there was a line in it about what the great Caruso said when he heard her sing. ‘I’ve never heard anything like it!’ he apparently told her, though she took it as a compliment. Hugh Grant is also in talks to play Jenkins’s manager, who may well have been more to her than that. Frears works well with women. Look at The Queen with Helen Mirren, or the movies he’s made with Judi Dench (the recent Philomena is a particular stand-out). His work is being celebrated during the BFI London Film Festival, when he will be awarded a BFI Fellowship. At least Meryl won’t need any singing lessons for this latest role. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
The television appearances have been finished in the image library with lots of additional albums ranging from 2006 to 2014. Meryl’s various tv appearances during that time include promotions for “Mamma Mia”, “Doubt”, “It’s Complicated”, “Julie and Julia” and “Hope Springs”, as well as the impressive promotional tour for “The Iron Lady”. To launch all last added albums, click the previews below.
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna and other pop superstars will touch down on the National Mall on Nov. 11 to perform in honor of American veterans and their families. Dubbed “the Concert for Valor,” the Veterans Day celebration is being hosted by Starbucks and HBO, which will open up their signal to cable subscribers nationwide during a live telecast. For those hoping to see it in three dimensions, the concert will be free and open to the public. The concert will also include performances from Dave Grohl, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, as well as appearances from Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who is co-producing the event. Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on the Mall grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the event is expected to draw a quarter million attendees. Organizers will host dedicated seating for military families, with tickets being distributed through various veterans assistance organizations. More information can be found courtesy the Washington Post and at the concert’s official website. Many thanks to Frank for the heads-up.
According to Awardsdaily, Meryl Streep will be run in Supporting, not lead, while Emily Blunt will be the lead actress contender for Into the Woods, a rep from Disney confirmed. In this case, both Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick will be in supporting for Into the Woods, which could also be in line for a SAG ensemble nod given the talent involved. The complete article can be read over at Awardsdaily.
As previously mentioned, “The Homesman” has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray in France, yesterday. The Western drama, directed by Tommy Lee Jones and starring Jones, Hilary Swank, James Spader, John Lithgow and Meryl Streep in a cameo performance, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this Spring and released French theaters shortly after – hence the early home media release. You can order both the DVD and Blu-Ray at Amazon in France (if you’re living outside of Europe, please inform yourself about region codes). The Blu-Ray includes a lengthy featurette, but sadly no footage with Meryl. Screencaptures from the film have been added to the image library.
Meryl Streep, the Takacs Quartet, and Philip Roth aren’t names likely to be seen together, much less people found in the same concert hall. Yet Princeton University Concerts presented all three in Richardson Auditorium on Friday evening, with the quartet playing Arvo Pärt and Franz Schubert, Streep reading extensively from the 2006 novel Everyman, and its author, Roth, listening in the audience – in a one-time-only event that guaranteed a packed house. An in-depth article can be read here, two pictures have been added to the image library. Thanks to everybody for the heads-up.
Here comes the third and final update of 1990s pictures. All images are from events that took place in 1999 and include Meryl’ extensive promotion for “Music of the Heart”, Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Venice Film Festival. Once again, the complete list of updated albums can be found below the previews. Enjoy the new additions.
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – National Breastcancer Coalition Fundraiser
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – “Music of the Heart” Premiere
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – VH1 Concert of the Century – Screencaptures
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Venice Film Festival – Premiere
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Venice Film Festival – Photocall
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Gotham Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – George Eastman Award
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Film Society Tribute to Mike Nichols
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Academy Awards – Party
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Academy Awards – Red Carpet
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – Berlin Film Festival – Awards Ceremony
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – “Dancing at Lughnasa” Premiere Italy
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1999 – “Dancing at Lughnasa” Photocall Italy
The gallery updates continue with a second batch of 1990s updates. These photos range from 1996 to 1998 and include Meryl’s promotions for “Marvin’s Room”, “One True Thing” and “Dancing at Lughnasa”. Almost all albums have been replaced with better quality images and new additions as well. A complete list can be found under the preview images below. The third and final update of 1990s images will follow later this evening, so check back.
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – “Dancing at Lughnasa” Premiere New York
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – Walk of Fame Ceremony
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – “One True Thing” Premiere Los Angeles
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – “One True Thing” Premiere New York
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1998 – Taping of “Defending Our Daughters”
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1997 – Visit to Vassar College
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1997 – “Marvin’s Room” Photocall Japan
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1996 – Women in Hollywood Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1996 – A Magical Evening Gala
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1996 – 68th Annual Academy Awards