According to ScreenDaily, Meryl Streep is set to play iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in Ruby Films drama “Suffragette”, which begins shooting in the UK on Monday (Feb 24). The Oscar-winning actress is in final negotiations to join the project, which will reunite the star with The Iron Lady writer Abi Morgan and financier Pathe. ScreenDaily understands that Streep will have a small but important role in the film, which will see her character give a “tour de force” speech on women’s rights during a political rally. Additional high profile casting has rounded on the project in recent weeks and will be announced in the coming days. Pathe, Film4 and the BFI are among backers on the drama, in which Carey Mulligan stars as Maude, a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement” who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change. Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs “Suffragette”, producers are Ruby’s Faye Ward and Alison Owen. Executive producers are Pathe’s Cameron McCracken and Film4’s Tessa Ross and Katherine Butler, while Chris Collins is lead exec for the BFI Film Fund.
Before we start focusing on the Academy Awards, let’s bring the recent appearances up to date. Over 250 additional pictures of Meryl attending the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Choice Awards as well as the recent Academy Awards luncheon and Paris premiere of “August: Osage County” have been added to the image library. Scroll down for a full list to launch all last added images.
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – “August: Osage County” Premiere (Paris)
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – Academy Awards Luncheon
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Show
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 19th Critics Choice Awards – Show
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 19th Critics Choice Awards – Arrivals
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – 71th Golden Globe Awards
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – National Board of Review Awards
Appearances – 2014 – Last Uploads – Palms Springs International Film Festival – Press Room
Yesterday, Meryl Streep and John Wells have attended the Paris premiere for “August: Osage County”. Meryl talked to Associated Press about the film and her recent Oscar nomination. “”I saw the play seven years ago. I remember it hit all of us like a freight train … I was entranced, it made me laugh and it shocked me”. Streep said actors were supposed to relish playing difficult characters but that the “reality is that where it begins, where it emanates from is a very unpleasant place.”
“She has cancer in her mouth. She chooses to smoke constantly in the face of that, she has chemotherapy … she’s a drug addict … it’s all a toxic mix, a nasty place to live.” But she added that it was also liberating “to play a person who says exactly what she thinks, never with a cover, never, never being nice, no thought of diplomacy. So that’s a wonderful free feeling”. Streep said she was thrilled at the Oscar nomination and that people were “still willing to look at my work and to look at it fresh”. “That is the most unbelievable thing, that they are not tired of me yet or of my work so I’m very happy about that. Very gratified,” she said.”
Meryl Streep has attended the official Academy Awards Luncheon in Beverly Hills, yesterday. Pictures from the event (which turned more into a red carpet than the familiar oscar statue posing) have been added to the gallery with more information to come. Many thanks to Lindsey for contributing some of them.
Two new magazine scans have been added to the gallery. Many thanks to Luciana for sending in scans from the March issue of Vanity Fair, boasting some fantastic celebrity portraits, including this 1981 shot by Annie Leibovitz (which I haven’t seen in this pose before). Then, with many thanks to Simona, scans from the Italian Cosi Magazine (January 2014) have been added as well. Enjoy.
Bad news for everyone who has planned to attend Meryl’s conversation at UMass Lowell tomorrow. As they write on their website, due to forecasts for a Wednesday storm, “A Conversation with Meryl Streep” has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1. Feb. 5 tickets, including student tickets, will be honored on April 1. Ticketholders seeking refunds should do so at the point of purchase by Feb 18. Ticketholders who purchased over the phone or online should contact the call center at 866-722-8780 to request a refund. Ticketholders who purchased at the Tsongas Center should process a refund in person at the box office during normal business hours. General ticketing questions can be addressed by calling the Tsongas Center Box Office at 978-934-5738.
Here comes another fantastic addition to the archives with many thanks to Simona. The Italian Il Venerdi di Repubblica featured a cover story and nine page article on Meryl in January 1989 to promote the release of “A Cry in the Dark”, featuring some great full page images. Have a look at the scans in the image library.
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died on Sunday. He was 46. Hoffman, who won the best actor Oscar for “Capote” in 2005, most recently appeared at the Sundance Film Festival to promote his new films “God’s Pocket” and Anton Corbin’s “A Most Wanted Man.” Hoffman and Meryl Streep have frequently worked together on the stage and on film. In 2001, he played her son in Mike Nichols’ Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Seagull”. In 2005, they participated in the Coen Brothers’ stage production “Theater of the New Ear”. And in 2008, both Hoffman and Streep received Oscar nominations for their work in “Doubt”. Upon accepting her Screen Actors Guild Award in 2008, Meryl Streep thanked her co-star. “Thank you to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is just the most fun to work with and the most.. he’s just such a great example to all of us of how to live your work with integrity and imagination, every time, every time out!”