I adore Meryl Streep, as I’ve said a million times before. She’s just brilliant. She’s classy, she’s sassy and she doesn’t give a shit if you don’t like what she has to say. That’s why I think it’s hilarious that while presenting an award to the likewise lovely Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review dinner in New York City on Tuesday, Meryl let her know exactly what she thinks of her film Saving Mr. Banks and the man the movie was about.
Here’s a bit of how it went down, according to Entertainment Weekly:
“Emma considers very carefully what the f–k she is putting out in the culture. Emma thinks, ‘Is this helpful?’ Not, ‘Will it build my brand?’ Not, ‘Will it give me billions?’ Not, ‘Does this express me, me, me in my unique and fabulous itself into all eternity in every universe for all time?’ That’s a phrase from my Disney contract in my last movie. I’m serious.”
Streep then couldn’t resist returning to Disney the man: “Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot,” she said, before reading an actual 1938 letter from Disney rejecting a female applicant to the animation trainee program. “When I saw the film, I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for the 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work. It must have killed him to encounter in a woman an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.”
Ugh, are you swooning just reading this? I am. Admittedly I don’t know a lot about Walt Disney, but I do know of his legacy and what a wonderful one it has been. Also, I did watch Saving Mr. Banks and really loved it – and cried my eyes out, incidentally. It was really lovely film, even if it did gloss over some of the more unsavoury bits of Walt Disney’s life. But hey, shitty people make relatively good art all the time. It happens.
January 9, 2014 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Please hold your laughter, but apparently Meryl Streep has been approached to play Susan Boyle in an upcoming biopic about the singer. This, according to Susan herself, who admitted that she has no desire to be in a movie about herself but would love to have someone else play her. WHO IS GOING TO WATCH THIS MOVIE?
SuBo revealed the casting call as she checked in on Guilty Pleasures to insist she holds on to her old suburban life in the hope that she won’t be taken advantage of in Simon Cowell’s fame game.
‘I wouldn’t like to be in the film myself,’ the Scottish spinster said of the film project.
‘I’d like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep – I understand she has been approached.’
Aw, man, the press is so awful to SuBo – “the Scottish spinster”? Dear me. Maybe she doesn’t want to find anyone! Maybe she likes living on her own! Anyway, that’s neither here nor there – the point is, I don’t think Meryl Streep is gonna take on this role… though we all know she would kill it (and I would watch it) if she did. I can sort of imagine it now!
Meryl, pick up the phone, girl!
November 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Cher and Madonna are both music legends with strong personalities, so I don’t think it would shock anyone to know that they don’t really get on all that well. They’ve exchanged their share of insults in their time, but that doesn’t mean they don’t respect one another… or something. Following Madonna’s ‘send photos’ Reddit AMA session earlier this month, Cher took to the site for her own Q&A, where she aired her thoughts on her fellow popstar:
Well, fair enough. I’m sure Madonna IS a bitch – pretty much everyone has said so – but she’s Madge and it’s kind of expected, at this point.
More importantly, did you know that Cher and Meryl Streep saved a little girl in New York back in the day? I DIDN’T! Here’s the scoop:
Ugh to those asshole men, but HOW AMAZING IS MERYL STREEP? (And Cher, of course.) Pretty hilarious that they were hanging out, though – that’s not a friendship I can easily envision.
September 30, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Meryl Streep has taken on a variety of roles in her decades long career, and there’s not a single one that hasn’t been absolutely perfect. I don’t know a human being who doesn’t love Meryl Streep. Shit, I was interviewing Jane Lynch yesterday – who also has quite an amazing career – and asked her the highlight of it so far. Know what she said? Working with Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep is a queen!
In any case, one of her newest projects is Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Into the Woods, based on Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical of the same name. It’s basically a clever re-telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales and basically it’ll probably be pretty good – especially considering that Meryl’s in it, along with Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine. What’s not to love?
Above is the first photo released from the movie, which isn’t due out until Christmas Day 2014. Meryl’s a witch (obviously) who casts a spell on a baker and his wife to try and get her youth back. Love it!
September 27, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
I will turn up for pretty much anything Meryl Streep puts her name on because she’s a goddess, and despite the somewhat bizarre casting in August: Osage County, I will have to see this movie because it kinda works, actually. In case you don’t know anything about the story, it’s based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts and it’s all about a dysfunctional family who reunites in Oklahoma when they’re forced to return for a funeral.
We’ve got Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis… this has some serious potential. Well, now we’ve also got a trailer for the film, which comes out on November 8. What do you think? I’m so on board.
PS – did you guys know Abigail Breslin has a financial incentive clause written into her contract for the movie? She got paid $75,000 for working on the movie (which only took 2 weeks) but can apparently earn $50,000 more if she gets a Golden Globe for the role, and an additional $50,000 if she gets an Oscar. That’s such a weird clause, but I guess pretty clever? (Not gonna happen, though.)
September 12, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Lindsay “300 Strikes And You’re Out” Lohan has been doing pretty well since she got out of rehab for the millionth time. She got paid $2 million for an interview with Oprah (that no one watched) as well as a “docuseries.” She hosted an episode of Chelsea Lately and shot a guest appearance on the TV show Eastbound & Down. She got good reviews — the only good reviews — for the crapfest known as The Canyons. There’s even rumors that she’ll host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.
So I guess since everything’s coming up Lohan, Lohan’s striking while the iron is hot by trying to get Meryl Streep‘s attention. Lohan and Ms. Streep actually starred in a film together way back in 2006, A Prairie Home Companion. That’s 7 years ago in normal people time, fourteen in Lohan years. Yesterday Lohan posted their 2006 photoshoot for Entertainment Weekly on her Instagram with #tbt. TBT stands for “throwback Thursday.” The context makes sense but still, girl. Kinda desperate.
My favorite comment is “lol wut”.