Harvey Weinstein‘s newest film project is called The Senator’s Wife. It stars Meryl Streep and will openly criticise the National Rifle Association, which Harvey thinks is a terrible organization that promotes violence in this country. He went on Howard Stern’s radio show to talk about the project and wasn’t shy about its aims:
“We’re going to take this issue head-on, and they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them. It’s going to be like crash and burn.”
“I never want to have a gun. I don’t think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area.”
Fair enough. Y’all know I’m in for anything Meryl Streep does, so let’s get this party started. However, I think Weinstein needs to tread carefully when it comes to the propaganda side of things, because the most effective way to get a message across is through subtlety and presenting a story that everyone can relate to, right?
Also, Harvey Weinstein is powerful and important and all of that, but the NRA is going to wish they were dead after seeing your movie? Uh… they’ll probably just wish YOU were dead… via gunfire or something. That seems more like their style. If massive lobbying and multiple school shootings haven’t made the NRA rethink their policies and morals, I doubt a movie starring Meryl Streep is going to do it, unfortunately.
January 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
The Academy just hosted their live stream at 5:38am PST and within 10 mins, all the excitement is now over and we know who our 2014 nominations are going to. I’ll stick with the categories covered on the live stream, but a full list is available on the Oscars website for the lesser-known (but equally important!) categories. These are in the order that they were announced during the broadcast.
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska
Best Original Song
‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ – Alone Yet Not Alone
‘Happy’ – Dispicable Me 2
‘Let It Go’ – Frozen
‘The Moon Song’ – Her
‘Ordinary Love’ – Mandela
Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Terrence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Original Screenplay
Dallas Buyers Club
Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
20 Feet From Stardom
Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Missing Picture
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
And there we have it. What do we think? No big surprises there, I don’t think. Who do we think will take the big awards? I think 12 Years a Slave has got Best Picture on lock, but anything could happen. The Oscars will be held on March 2nd, so there’s plenty of time to make your predictiongs.
January 16, 2014 at 6:04 am by Jennifer
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!