Many thanks to the folks at Entertainment Weekly for sending this in:

This week’s Entertainment Weekly is the annual Holiday Movie Preview – a guide to the season’s upcoming films that include grown-up comedies, sci-fi adventures, Oscar contenders, and more. In “It’s Complicated”, Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin both meet their match. Streep plays a divorcee who has a fling with her hotheaded ex-husband (Baldwin) just as she’s contemplating dating her gentlemanly architect (Steve Martin). “I mean, am I not the luckiest woman on the face of the planet?” asks Streep. “I think it’s more to do with the fantasy of women my age and the we’re-not-done-yet feeling.”
 

That theme is familiar for writer-director Nancy Meyers, who explored similar terrain in Something’s Gotta Give, which raked in $125 million in the process. If early buzz is to be believed, It’s Complicated could be headed in the same direction. For Hollywood, this movie makes a bold statement that romance isn’t just for twenty- or thirtysomethings. “I don’t mean to be glib, but the title really is perfect. It is complicated,” says Baldwin. “I had a pretty tough divorce myself, so sometimes I sit there and I go, ‘Well, should I have worked it out? Maybe I should have tried harder.’ It’s also what you teach your children about their love lives. That’s a big thing for me, to teach my daughter: No risk, no reward. I want her to realize that it’s a roll of the dice. Not everybody gets so lucky, where they have a family and a marriage forever and ever. [Gestures to Streep, who has been married to sculptor Don Gummer since 1978] But you have to try. People say, Do I believe in getting married? Oh yeah, of course I do. I’d love to get married again. [Pause] I have to find a really rich woman so I can stay home and read books all day.”

 

One scene in the film has Streep’s character freaking out in the plastic surgeon’s office after the doctor explains the horrifying potential complications. “Well, if you’ve ever even contemplated that stuff and looked at what can go wrong in any of those magazines, it’s terrifying!” she says. Many people in Hollywood attempt to hide their age, but Streep says “Yeah, but now every part of your life is so chronicled. If something mysteriously looks better…[Trails off in a fit of giggles].” Baldwin retorts “I’m not saying I wouldn’t do something! I intend to do something. I probably will. Let’s put it this way: I wouldn’t’ rule it out because……You don’t think I wake up every day and wish I looked like this and this and this? But I can’t let that bother me. I’ll never forget, I said to Mike Nichols, ‘Who do you think is the greatest actor?’ And he said, ‘Nicholson. Because he has no vanity.’ I thought, God, what a thing to say.”

 

The full article can be read in the latest Entertaimment Weekly, on newsstands November 6, 2009!

The international human rights organization Equality Now has brought together international and New York activists fighting to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in a media briefing on November 3. The occasion also featured the premiere of a new documentary film called “Africa Rising: The Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation“. The film’s premiere at the NYU Cantor Film Center was hosted by Meryl Streep. Pictures from the premiere can be found in the Image Library.

This is a powerful look at how to eliminate, from within cultures themselves, a tragic practice. This procedure is perpetrated on young girls, the most vulnerable members of society. (Meryl Streep)

 

Everyday 6,000 girls are at risk of undergoing FGM through out the world. In the US, 228,000 women and girls are estimated to have undergone or are at risk of FGM. Census data from 2000 indicates that over 40,000 women and girls are at risk in the metropolitan region of New York, Northern New Jersey and Long Island. Metropolitan New York is considered to have the highest concentration of women and girls at risk of undergoing FGM in the US, yet there is little awareness or services to address the specific needs of these women and girls.

Meryl Streep has a lot of reasons to see the off-Broadway hit “Love, Loss and What I Wore”. The main attraction for this November 1st backstage visit surely was catching up with her longtime friend and collaborator Nora Ephron, who co-wrote the show with her sister Delia. Streep first worked with Ephron on the engrossing “Silkwood” and later starred in Ephron’s autobiographical film “Heartburn”. The two paired up again earlier this year in the film “Julie & Julia”, which also featured Love, Loss star Jane Lynch (now known for the hit TV show Glee). Pictures can be found in the Image Library with many thanks to Ilaria for the heads-up!

Added pictures of Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline attending yesterday’s “The Lover and the Poet” Benefit to the Image Library.

Some very rare pictures from the 1980s have been added to the Image Library with thanks to Bengui and Tina for their contributions. Also new to the gallery are some very rare on-set pictures from the making of “Holocaust” in 1977. Enjoy the new additions – and in case you find any good pictures from the past, feel free to share them with the site :-)


Image Library > Appearances > 1989 > Cannes Film Festival
Image Library > Appearances > 1988 > Academy Awards
Image Library > Appearances > 1988 > “A Cry in the Dark” Premiere
Image Library > Appearances > 1983 > Taping of “A.M. Chicago” to promote “Silkwood”
Image Library > Appearances > 1983 > New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Image Library > Appearances > 1983 > César Awards
Image Library > Appearances > 1983 > Unknown event (know where they come from?)
Image Library > Appearances > 1982 > Los Angels Film Critics Association Awards
Image Library > Career Photography > 1977 > Holocaust – On-Set Pictures

The Image Library has been finally converted to the site’s new layout in order to give Simply Streep a fitting image. Some rare new pictures will be added today as well, so check back soon ;-)

The wonderful Tina has submitted amazing DVD screencaps of “Theater of War”, the documentary that chronicles the 2006 staging of Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children”, starring Meryl Streep. Over 600 caps have been added to the Image library.


Many thanks to Ilaria for submitting a transcript of Meryl’s speech after receiving the Golden Marc’Aurelio Acting Award at the Rome International Film Festival. Her few Italian lines have been translated into English for an easier reading. Thanks Ilaria!

Thank you, thank you so much… two microphones (laughs). Uulalala. I apologise for not speaking Italian as Helen Mirren but, Helen, (in response to Miss Mirren’s previous speech in which she mentioned inspiring Italian actresses) don’t forget Senta Berger, Giulietta Masina, Silvana Mangano and the madonna of all the actresses, Eleonora Duse, everyone italian!! I have to speak english. At this moment in my life after being an actress for… ok, 30 years, more than 30 years, having paid off all my students loans, all I feel is gratitude, really, that’s all I feel (applause). Because an actor is nothing but a listener and a talker, so we need the writer, we need the director, we need you, young writers and directors and producers, people who find the money, we need each other, other actors… so I’m not here by myself, I’m here with all the fantastic people who have led me by the hand to this moment, including my parents, my husband who made it possible to have this amazing career (applause) and all my friends living and gone… so thank you very much.