The making of the cultural phenomenon that was Julia Child had three key ingredients: a man, a meal, and a TV camera. Five years after Child’s death, as Meryl Streep plays the woman who revolutionized America’s relationship with food, the author recalls the wartime romance between Julia McWilliams and Paul Child, the bride’s life-altering first lunch (sole meunière) in France, and the 1962 television appearance that turned her into a star—and her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking into a bible.

 

The full article on Julia Child can be read here.

Added brand new on-set pictures from yesterday’s shooting of the still untitled Nancy Meyers comedy. Many thanks to Tina for guiding the pictures to me!

 

The Times Center will host a conversation with Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and columnist Alex Witchel on July 25, 2009 at  7:00pm. Here’s what their website says:

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these creative talents together live on our stage: the writer-director and co-stars of the new film “Julie & Julia,” based on two bestselling memoirs: Julie Powell’s “Julie & Julia” and Julia Child’s “My Life in France.” Hear them talk about creating the movie, which opens August 7, and about their careers, artistic collaborations, film, food and culture – and how with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible. Moderated by New York Times Magazine staff writer and The Times’s Dining section Feed Me columnist, Alex Witchel.

Tickets can be purchased through their official website. Thanks to Tina for the heads-up!

The Traverse City Film Festival will host the Midwest premiere of “Julie and Julia,” starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, as its closing night movie Aug. 2.  The film is an adaptation of two best-selling memoirs – Julie Powell’s “Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen,” and Julia Child’s “My Life in France,” written with her grandnephew, Alex Prud’homme. Adams plays Powell, a New York writer who blogs about her attempt to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Streep plays Child during a sojourn in France in 1949 and the two stories intertwine in the movie. The full festival schedule will be released July 2. For more information, go to www.traversecityfilmfest.org

To celebrate Simply Streep’s anniversary, I made a compilation video of Meryl’s performances throughout the years. You can stream it below. Enjoy!

 

It’s hard to believe, but Simply Streep celebrates its 10th anniversary these days. I can’t recall the exact day of the site’s opening, but since it’s Meryl’s 60th birthday as well this Monday, what better opportunity is there to just join the party. So, Simply Streep is now officially 10! To celebrate both events, the website has received a complete make-over, including lots of new features.

 

From now on, you can search all news and updates and comment with others on the latest entries. The Image Library has received a new face as well. Some images have to be re-added, so be sure to keep an eye on gallery updates. And if you want to receive updates in real-time, join the brand-new Simply Streep Twitter! Some may wonder were the placeholder for the forum went to – the fact is that the discussion forum will not be re-opened any time soon. This is a personal question of time, and I feel that for now the spare time I have for this website is better invested in the main site. But since Simply Streep is a constant work-in-progress, be sure it will give you the interatcivity to communicate with others in time.

 

The site still has some tweaks that need to be fixed, and there will be some changes made, but so far the new launch is complete, and I hope you enjoy your stay at the new and improved Simply Streep! Feel free to use the comments function to submit your feedback!

New fantastic production stills from “Julie & Julia” have been added to the Image Library with many thanks to Tina!

 

Lots of new pictures have been added to the Image Library. First, many quality pictures of Meryl receiving her Princeton Honorary degree on June 2. Then, new on-set pictures from the still untitled Nancy Meyers project. Finally, the official theatrical poster for “Julie & Julia”. Thanks to everybody as always for your heads-up and special thanks to Tina for her help!