Added pictures and a clip of Meryl’s speech, honoring her “Julie & Julia” co-star Stanley Tucci with a Career Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vanity Fair will have a stunning cover with Meryl for its January 2010 issue, on newsstands December 2! Hollywood is no place for older women – or is it? Leslie Bennetts investigates the mystery of how, at age 60, Meryl Streep has become the industry’s “new box-office queen.” The evidence is indisputable: Her 2008 screen musical Mamma Mia!, Bennetts writes, “has grossed $601 million worldwide, despite some cringe-worthy reviews (for the movie, not its much-lauded heroine).” The Devil Wears Prada, in which Streep played a demanding fashion-magazine editrix, has raked in $324 million around the world. And Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, released earlier this year, has earned $121 million and counting. Producers hope for comparable results from It’s Complicated, a Christmas release featuring a love triangle between Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. All this unexpected success has had the effect of exploding several long-standing myths: There is no life after 40 for women in Hollywood. Au contraire! “It’s incredible – I’m 60,

and I’m playing the romantic lead in romantic comedies!” Streep says to Bennetts. “Bette Davis is rolling over in her grave.” And while Streep’s success is no guarantee that other actresses will fare any better than they traditionally have, it’s a step in the right direction. “She broke the glass ceiling of an older woman being a big star – it has never, never happened before,” says Mike Nichols. Regarding Mamma Mia! and its aforementioned box-office haul of more than a half-billion dollars, Streep says:

It’s so gratifying because it’s the audience that nobody really gives a shit about.

 

A preview of the article, including some stunning photographs can be found on Vanity Fair’s website. To read more about Meryl Streep, and learn more about the ways in which her incredible third-act success is overturning Hollywood’s assumptions, pick up a copy of Vanity Fair’s January issue, out December 2 in New York and Los Angeles and December 8 nationwide.

The Fan-Art section has been re-opened again, so far hosting icons and wallpapers on Meryl and her films. I’ve decided to keep it an interactive section with previews of people’s creations and links to their sites instead of all hosting them on Simply Streep directly, so people can easily contribute their Livejournal pages and such to have them previewed here. The Fan-Art section is fairly in its beginning, so if you’re a talented creator, be sure to have a look and contribute your icons/wallpapers.

Here’s another blast from the past, with many thanks to Daniel. In 1991, the E! Channel has aired a spotlight on the Academy Awards nominees, and their segment on Meryl features a lengthy interview on “Postcards from the Edge” with many excerpts and behind-the-scenes footage. Enjoy!

Updated on November 25th: The Sun is now also hosting a giveaway of New York premiere tickets, so head over to their website to participate. Here’s your chance to win two tickets for the New York premiere of “It’s Complicated”, to take place on December 09, 2009.  Follow this link to participate before its end on November 23th. Good luck! Thanks to Jessica for the heads-up!

Entertainment Weekly has hosted a roundtable – in this case more of a roundcouch – as part of its Oscar roundtable discussions, with Wes Anderson and the cast, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, of “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Their conversation can be watched in the video archive.

According to Variety, the 19th Annual Independent Film Award ceremony is shaping up to be a starry evening. Presenters include Meryl Streep, Joel and Ethan Coen, Willem Dafoe, Ellen Burstyn, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Anthony Mackie, Oliver Platt, Jim Sheridan and Brooke Shields. The event will be hosted by Comedian Kumail Nanjiani at the ceremony, which will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. The ceremony will take place on November 30. Thanks to Jessica for the heads-up!

Meryl’s appearance on “Live with Regis & Kelly” can be now watched at the video archive. Captures have been added as well with thanks to Nora!