Saturday, March 17, 2018

Domestic box office for "The Post" tops out

After this weekend, we'll likely have our rough final numbers for the domestic box office haul for "The Post."  It's currently only in 159 theaters across the U.S., so the returns are diminishing significantly. Couple that with the fact that it didn't get much of a boost after the Oscars, as it was completely absent from the winners' list, and it's pretty easy to see where it will end up.  As this goes to post, the film has grossed $81 million on a $50m budget.  Not too shabby for a political drama with no special effects. In foreign markets it has taken in another $73m, bringing its worldwide total past $154m. It's just starting to get released in Asia, so I expect that foreign number to bounce a bit before all is said and done.

I'm not super concerned typically with major box office success just for the sake of it, but I enjoy when Meryl's films do well commercially because it means it's far more likely for projects she'd be interested in doing to get greenlit. The film will be available on digital media on April 4, with its DVD/Blu-ray release date set for April 17.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Filming begins next week on season 2 of "Big Little Lies"

Reese Witherspoon, who of course stars in and executive produces Bit Little Lies, has revealed that filming will start next Friday on season 2. To be perfectly clear, she states that they're "starting" next Friday, so I'm not exactly sure if that truly means principal photography, or just officially showing up for work and doing table reads or something. Regardless, it's exciting to know that things will be underway soon.

This news also tells me that the timing of the project means Meryl's fall should be completely open (at least in regard to filming anything), so maybe we can look forward to something being announced. Seems like the perfect opportunity to sign on for a lead film role that could be released second half of 2019.

Monday, March 5, 2018

No Oscar for Meryl and first trailer from "Mary Poppins Returns"

It's not like anyone was expecting Meryl to win, but last night she lost for the the fourth consecutive time at the Academy Award, bringing her overall total to 3-for-21. Congratulations to Frances McDormand, who, as expected, took the Best Actress prize for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This was McDormand's second win, after 1996's Fargo.  

Streep looked amazing on the red carpet, and of course got mentioned in host Jimmy Kimmel's monologue. Hard to believe it was just under a year turnaround from when it was announced she would be starting in The Post to when the awards season wrapped up. That's some crazy quick work. The quest can now begin for Meryl's next nominated performance. My guess it will be in something she has yet to announce.

The only real upset was The Shape of Water taking Best Picture over Three Billboards. Not a huge surprise, considering Guillermo del Toro won director, while Martin McDonagh (director of Three Billboards) wasn't even nominated.

In other news, the first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns was revealed during the Oscar telecast.  It's not much more than a teaser, as we barely see Emily Blunt and none of the other main cast members except for Lin-Manuel Miranda. I hope that we get a full trailer or at least a few stills of Meryl's character Topsy within a month or two.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My 2018 Academy Award predictions

The Oscars are on Sunday!  I'm putting this out a little early because I'll be traveling to sunny New Zealand and am not sure when I'll get a chance to post this weekend.  My choices are sort of lame because almost everyone at this point will (or at least should) have the same predictions in the picture/director and acting categories.  I'll provide my guesses for winners as well as a potential spoiler. Sad to say, Meryl will not be coming anywhere near a win this year.

Best Picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

alt. The Shape of Water

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

alt. Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)

Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

alt. Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)

Actor in a Leading Role
Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

alt. Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name)

Actress in a Supporting Role
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)

alt. Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

alt. Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

To be honest, I'll be really surprised if any of the above six picks don't win.  For a race that seemed rather open only two months ago, this now seems like one of the most predictable seasons in recent memory.

Happy watching!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Results of poll #6

Poll #6 is closed and the overwhelming choice for whom people would like to see Meryl star with as a co-lead is none other than the great Cate Blanchett. I guess it's not that surprising...arguably the two greatest actresses working today.  Who wouldn't be interested in seeing them pair up? Jessica Lange came in a distant second (whom I voted for). I think it would be really interesting to see those two team for a biopic of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer (Streep as Spyer). In third we have Sigourney Weaver. I've actually thought that she or Jodi Foster would be good choices to play best friend Bonnie Stoll, were Streep to take the title role in the Blacklist script Nyad. 

Sins of omission from the list options: Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Kathy Bates. 

There were a few great suggestions for the next poll.  Any others?  These might be my favorite posts.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Let's talk about..."Big Little Lies"

OK, I'm doing something a little bit different with this post. I realize that Meryl has yet to even shoot a single scene for HBO's series Bit Little Lies, but it's been a year and a half since I've posted in this section and have been wanting to discuss her upcoming role as Mary Louise Wright. With that in mind, for those of you who've seen the show, I'm interested to hear both your thoughts on the first season as well as any ideas or predictions for next year's. I re-watched all seven episodes with a friend on Sunday just to refresh my memory on the story.

Yesterday, several articles were released with quotes from both Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern about how excited they are for Meryl to join the cast. We don't know a ton about Streep's character, other than that she's playing the late Perry Wright's mother, Mary Louise, who comes to Monterey concerned for her grandchildren and looking for answers about the nature of son's death. There's a possibility of flashback scenes, which means Alexander Skarsgård may return for a few episodes. We can also expect some conflict with Kidman's character, Celeste, as apparently the two had a contemptuous relationship at times as mother and daughter-in-law.

Kidman is quoted in the articles from Wednesday as saying that both she and Reese Witherspoon ead the script for season two and thought Streep would be wonderful in the part. Let's not forget that author Liane Moriarty wrote the character with Meryl in mind. Knowing that domestic abuse is often an evil passed down from generation to generation, will Mary Louise be a survivor as well? Will it be a situation where Mary Louise resents her daughter-in-law for not being able to "handle" an abusive husband like she did? Will she be in denial about her son or will she accept the fact that in reality he was a monster and ultimately show empathy for Celeste?

Can't wait.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Poll #6: With which actress would you most like Meryl to star as co-leads in a film?

Hey folks. It's been a while since I've done a poll, so off to the right you'll see the latest. I've always enjoyed when Meryl's sort of "buddy" projects with her contemporaries. Diane Keaton in Marvin's Room or Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her, for example. I thought I'd see what people's interests are on whom they'd most like to see Meryl star alongside as co-lead in a movie. The actresses I've chosen are mostly in her age demographic, realizing that Blanchett, Foster and Davis are a bit younger.  And don't give me crap about Oprah. The world would flip if they did a big film together. 

Happy voting!