In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Jonathan Demme talks about “Ricki and the Flash”, confirming the casting of Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer and gives insight on what to expect of Meryl’s rock’n’roll character. Now, I’m in heightened pre-production on a feature film, Ricki and the Flash, which we’re going to start shooting on Oct. 1. It’s a great script by Diablo Cody, and Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Mamie Gummer are in the cast. It’s a rock ’n’ roll driven family drama/comedy. Meryl plays Ricki and she’s the rocker. Kevin is the ex—the abandoned husband who lost Ricki to rock ’n’ roll. In our story, they come back together again under grave family circumstances. There’s another part we’re looking to cast of the guitarist who really wants to be Meryl’s boyfriend. Meryl, who is as we know a terrific singer, is a rock ’n’ roller. She loves rock ’n’ roll, and is taking a very personally-crafted approach to Ricki. Ricki’s of a generation of people like Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde, but I think this is going to be a very unique act. The complete interview can be read here.

Two new video clips from 1997 have been added to the archives. First, a video of Meryl Streep hosting a series of portraits for the Womens Commission for Refugee Women and Children. The second video is a television trailer for “First Do No Harm”, which aired on ABC in 1997. Enjoy.

A bunch of additional movie stills have been added to the image library. Updates include Kramer vs. Kramer, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Still of the Night, Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, Out of Africa, Heartburn, Ironweed (featuring some wonderful on-set pictures), A Cry in the Dark and She-Devil. To launch all last added pictures, click the previews or text links below.

Image Library – Feature Films – Last Uploads
Image Library – Feature Films – Last Updated Albums

Mike Nichols will direct Meryl Streep in “Master Class”, HBO Films’ adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play of the same name by Terrence McNally, who will adapt his work for the screen, it was announced by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. “We are delighted to welcome back the incomparable Mike Nichols and the gifted Meryl Streep, whose collective brilliance shone on HBO with ‘Angels in America’ almost ten years ago,” said Lombardo. “Terrence McNally’s riveting play about the iconic Maria Callas is the perfect platform for these two consummate talents.” “It is a terrific play written with awareness of a great artist’s process,” says Mike Nichols, “and it will be one great artist playing another.” Master Class will begin production in early 2015, with Nichols, Streep and Celia Costas executive producing. Originally mounted for the stage in 1995 and starring Zoe Caldwell, the Tony Award-winning “Master Class” was inspired by the legendary master classes that operatic great Maria Callas gave in the early ’70s at the Julliard School. Amidst these classes with her hand-picked students, the indomitable Callas challenges her pupils while giving insight into the nature of her art and revealing the highs and lows of her storied life with passion, humor and deep emotion.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weinstein Company and Walden Media are teaming up with Fathom Events to stream the red carpet premiere to more than 250 theaters across the country, and allow audiences to see the film ahead of its official release. When the film’s premiere takes place at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on August 11, select theaters will stream the event, with some of the stars—including Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift and Brenton Thwaites—speaking directly to theater audiences. And after the red carpet, the moviegoers in those theaters will get to see the film in its entirety. “Fathom Events is proud to partner with TWC and Walden Media to give U.S. audiences the first red carpet premiere event of this scale and the opportunity to see The Giver in theaters,” said John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events. “In addition to seeing the film before its wide theatrical release, our guests will have an exclusive invitation to join the stars for the full red carpet experience.” To learn more about the screening, continue reading at The Hollywood Reporter

Lots of bits on “The Giver” today. The New York premiere has been set for August 11 – ant the Weinstein Company gives audience members a chance to attend the premiere, via “The Giver Movie Premiere for Good”. The event, in partnership with CrowdRise and Eventbrite, gives movie fans an unparalleled opportunity to attend a major movie premiere with their favorite stars, by participating in an online fundraising campaign for the arts. Beginning today through August 1 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, fans can sign up at to participate in The Giver Movie Premiere for Good on Eventbrite and then kick-off their fundraising efforts on CrowdRise to attend the premiere. Leveraging Eventbrite’s online seating map, fundraisers can earn the ability to sit near select cast and crew of The Weinstein Company’s The Giver, including Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Brenton Thwaites.

After bringing the movie albums in order, the television albums have been updated with high quality versions and a couple of new additions. Since pretty much all albums in this category have been updated, click on any of the previews below to launch the image library.

Image Library – Television Films & Series – 2003 – Angels in America
Image Library – Television Films & Series – 1997 – First Do No Harm
Image Library – Television Films & Series – 1978 – Holocaust
Image Library – Television Films & Series – 1978 – Uncommon Women… and Others
Image Library – Television Films & Series – 1977 – The Deadliest Season

It’s been very quite about Meryl these days, so not many things to update. However, I did bring the movie albums in order, ranging from 1998 to 2002. All pictures have been sorted and replaced in better quality, and additional pictures have been uploaded as well. Plus, I’ve been working behind the scenes to bring some new features to Simply Streep. So check back soon. To launch all last added pictures, have a look at below’s overview.

Image Library – Feature Films – 2002 – The Hours – Production Stills
Image Library – Feature Films – 2002 – The Hours – On-Set Pictures (January 02, 2001)
Image Library – Feature Films – 2002 – Adaptation – Production Stills
Image Library – Feature Films – 2002 – Adaptation – Deleted Scenes
Image Library – Feature Films – 1999 – Music of the Heart – Promotional Stills
Image Library – Feature Films – 1998 – One True Thing – Promotional Stills
Image Library – Feature Films – 1998 – One True Thing – On-Set Pictures