Friday, August 17, 2018

Season 2 of "Big Little Lies" officially complete

Exactly two months ago, I posted that season two of Big Little Lies had potentially wrapped. Turns out it was likely just the filming in and around Monterey (and possibly just for a handful of the cast).

Today, there's no doubt that the second season is indeed in the can, with star and producer Reese Witherspoon tweeting that this was their last day on set:


We can't wait either, Reese. Next step: teaser trailer. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Laura Dern in talks for "Little Women"

The circle may be complete. Multiple sources are now reporting that Laura Dern is in talks to star in Greta Gerwig's upcoming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. The only question is which role Dern will be playing, but I think we can all guess it will be Marmee (mother to the March sisters).  Dern of course will be seen alongside Meryl early next year in the second season of HBO's Big Little Lies. 

This is quite the cast Gerwig has lined up for herself.  With Dern joining the likes of Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone and Timothée Chalamet, the gay twitter universe may just implode.

Filming is set for early October.

Director Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern at the 2018 Academy Awards



Sunday, August 12, 2018

Seven years of Word on the Streep!

I'm sure I sound like a broken record every time August 12 rolls around, but I enjoy commemorating the start of this blog with a big thank-you to any and all readers of Word on the Streep.  It's been seven years since I started writing down my obsessive thoughts about Meryl, and after nearly 800 posts, my interest is far from waning.

It has truly been a joy to read everyone's thoughts and opinions over the years, and I look forward to another twelve months of interaction. We have a lot to look forward to with all of Meryl's projects in the pipeline! 

Thank you again.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Poll #8: With which leading man did Meryl have the best chemistry?

It's been over three months since I've posted a poll so I figured we were due. Blogger has kind of been pissing me off lately, as they had issues with sending email notifications for comments for several weeks, and have also now discontinued they very easy-to-use poll gadget. So, it may look a little different that usual, as I've had to use an outside format.

Meryl has shared the screen with a wide array of leading men over the years, a handful on more than one occasion. I thought it'd be fun to consider who her best leading man has been.

Check out the choices to the right of the page, and of course comment if your favorite does not show up on the list. I'd be interested to read people's other choices, as I couldn't include everyone.

I'd have to say that mine is Kevin Kine in Sophie's Choice. I believe that Meryl had seen him in a play and recommended him to director Alan Pakula. It was Kline's first film role and for me, Meryl and Kevin were just a tragically fantastic pairing as Sophie and Nathan.

Happy voting!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

James Norton joins "Little Women"

English actor James Norton has reportedly joined the cast of Greta Gerwig's upcoming adaptation of Little Women. 


Yeah, not exactly repulsive. No word yet on whom the Flatliners actor is set to portray. Maybe Meg's husband? 

Filming will begin early October of this year. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Is there a role for Meryl in Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg's new limited series?

Multiple sources have just reported that Hillary Clinton is teaming with Steven Spielberg to bring Elaine Weiss's book The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote to the small screen. The story tells of the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment, which ultimately gave women in the United States the right to vote. Plans are for a possible limited series.

When I researched these articles, I immediately thought of Meryl of course. She's a friend of Hillary's, just worked with Spielberg last year on The Post and this is exactly the type of project that Streep typically jumps at.

As early as 2012, Meryl was quoted as saying she'd to do a movie with Kathy Bates about suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The reviews I've read of The Woman's Hour describe a lot of backstories, including those of Anthony and Stanton, among a multitude of other characters.

No one is apparently hired to adapt a screenplay yet, but I'm obviously going to be keeping a close eye on this project. If they hustle, maybe they could get it together for a fall shoot next year, just in time for a release during the tumultuous political climate we're likely to see unfold in 2020 (a la The Nix).


Monday, July 30, 2018

"Mamma Mia!" sequel continues strong run at box office

In it's second weekend, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again took in another $15 million, bringing its domestic total to $70m.  Box Office Mojo reported that the film had a larger drop than expected (45%), but it still came in second after the debut of Tom Cruise's latest Mission Impossible entry.

A strong international showing brings the film's worldwide total to a hefty $168 million already. I don't expect it to reach the levels of the original, which topped $600m, but good reviews and positive word of mouth will hopefully propel this to a similarly strong finish.