Lots of additional pictures from the “Into the Woods” premiere and photocall in Tokyo have been added to the image library. Also, three video – one from the premiere, one from the premiere’s Q&A and one from the press conference – have been added to the video archive. Many thanks to everybody who sent in guidance and pictures. Very appreciated. Enjoy the new additions.

Video Archive – Public Appearances – Into the Woods – Tokyo Press Conference (March 05, 2015)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Into the Woods – Tokyo Premiere Q&A (March 04, 2015)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Into the Woods – Tokyo Premiere (March 04, 2015)

Many thanks to Pathé’s press team for passing this information and photograph my way. To celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March 2015, Pathé is proud to release this portrait of the women behind “Suffragette” – the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.

Depicted in the photograph are the stars of the film Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff and Meryl Streep; the director, Sarah Gavron; the screenwriter, Abi Morgan; and the producers, Faye Ward and Alison Owen. They are joined by Helen and Laura Pankhurst, great-grand-daughter and great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Suffragette movement. The photograph was taken by Brigitte Lacombe in London on 12th February 2015. The theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is ‘Make it Happen’ – the filmmakers depicted in the photograph did just that. According to the BFI (British Film Institute), in the 7 years from 2007 to 2013, the average percentage of British films released each year that were directed by women was 12%; and for films written by women the percentage was little better at 14.8%. Perhaps the small number of female voices in the industry is why no feature film has ever been made about the women who 100 years ago fought for the right to vote. Their strategy of passive resistance inspired political leaders from Gandhi to Martin Luther King. It is a story that should not be forgotten.

Meryl Streep, who plays Emmeline Pankhurst in “Suffragette”, commented: “Every daughter should know this history, every son write it on his own heart”. Sarah Gavron, director of “Suffragette”, stated: “International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women throughout the world and I am overjoyed that my film can be part of that celebration. The story of the ordinary British women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote is an inspiration to all of us in our ongoing fight for equality.” Helen Pankhurst is a Special Advisor on Gender Equality for Care International. On International Women’s Day, a number of the filmmakers will be joining Helen and Laura Pankhurst for the CARE International “Walk In Her Shoes” event – a public walk to show solidarity with women and girls worldwide who still endure inequality and injustice. The public are invited to join the start of the walk at The Scoop outside London’s City Hall at 10am on 8th March 2015.

Today, Meryl and Lilla Crawford have attended a photocall for “Into the Woods” in Tokyo. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library.

The Oscars didn’t work out this year, but maybe Meryl Streep has better chances to score an MTV Movie Award in April. She has received a nomination as Best Villain for “Into the Woods”, sharing the category with fellow Oscar nominees Rosamund Pike for “Gone Girl”, J.K. Simmons for “Wiplash” as well as Jillian Bell for “22 Jump Street” and Peter Dinklage for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. This is Meryl’s second Best Villain nomination, she received a first nod in 2007 for “The Devil Wears Prada”. The MTV Movie Awards find a new owner on April 12, 2015. Speaking of accolades, the awards section has been updated with all nominations and wins in 2015, with many thanks to Frank for compiling all information. Very appreciated.

Today, Meryl has attended the premiere for “Into the Woods” in Japan. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library, with additional information to come. If any of Simply Streep’s Japanese visitors finds any pictures or videos, please drop me a line (of course, non-Japanese visitors are welcome to share any additional information as well :-)


George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks were all on hand to help celebrate An Evening of SeriousFun in New York City on Monday, a charity gala which celebrates the life of late actor Paul Newman. The event honours Newman’s philanthropy and aims to raise money for his SeriousFun Children’s Network, which sends kids with illnesses from more than 50 countries to camp. George later said of the children: “They get to be campers and not patients for a period of time and that’s really something kind of spectacular. “You get lost in all these things in the rush of our lives and you forget that they, on top of having to deal with very serious illnesses, they’re also kids. There was a kid here today saw snow for the first time, which is pretty great.” Meryl added: “Paul’s great idea has grown and grown and grown to such a degree that I don’t think he would even believe it, if he had lived to 90 (years old). “They’re opening three more camps this year… They have served a half a million kids and families. He’s really delivered joy, not just in his work but in this work, which is a great legacy.” Pictures from the event have been added to the image library, with many thanks to Claudia for her contributions.


Disney has announced details of the special features that will be included in the Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of its hit film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Into the Woods, which will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD March 24.The Blu-ray and select digital releases will include “She’ll Be Back,” a song penned by Sondheim for Streep to perform as The Witch in the film. The song, which was shot and later cut from the film prior to release, “sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel,” according to Disney. Also promised are the following bonus features, with details below:

“There’s Something About The Woods”
Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life…and what they represent to the story…and to all of us.

“The Cast As Good As Gold”
Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.

Deeper Into The Woods
Journey even further into the development of the film in these 4 segments: “From Stage To Screen,” “Magic of the Woods,” “Designing the Woods” and “The Costumes of the Woods.

Additional features include filmmaker commentary from director Marshall and producer John DeLuca, as well as direct access to songs in the film (including optional sing-along lyrics) and “5 Golden Eggs,” which will reveal Easter Eggs (intentional and often hidden insider references, or jokes for devoted fans). The DVD release will solely include the “Deeper Into the Woods” featurette.

Meryl Streep will narrate the feature documentary “Shout Gladi Gladi,” co-directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy and focusing on women’s health in Africa. The film has an emphasis on fistula, a debilitating condition that turns once-healthy women into outcasts. The documentary is being made in collaboration with Ann Gloag’s Freedom From Fistula Foundation, and explores Gloag’s experiences working with women in Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone. The film also features appearances by Melinda Gates and Nobel Peace laureate Wole Soyinka. Friedman will produce the documentary through his Vertical Ascent company; Gloag will executive produce. “This powerful film attests to the igniting power of one woman, Ann Gloag, to set in motion hundreds of helping hands, doctors, nurses, caregivers, family and friends, to resuscitate the health and status of victims of fistula, and to give them back their lives,” Streep said. The filmmakers noted that an estimated 2 million women in Africa live with obstetric fistula and more than 500,000 women die each year during pregnancy or childbirth, though 80% of these deaths are completely avoidable.