Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Streep to narrate "Charlotte's Web"

People has announced that Streep will be the first to record a narration of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web since the author did so way back in 1970. I normally don't get too into Meryl's audio work, but this book was my favorite growing up, later followed by a wonderful animated feature starring the voice talents of Debbie Reynolds.

According to the article, Streep will lead a full cast of voices for the audiobook. I didn't see why they're re-recording the novel at this point. Perhaps they thought fifty years was long enough between versions.  The book is set for release by Listening Library this October.

Friday, May 17, 2019

New look to Word on the Streep!

Happy Friday, everyone. I've been kind of itching to switch up the look of the blog a little. So as I'm sure you've noticed if you've ever visited before, the layout has changed. This is probably the third or fourth(?) iteration of the blog's background since I started it in 2011. I just chose one of the simple options Blogger has to offer, and I have to say I enjoy how clean and easy to read all the fonts are. 

You might also notice that I've added a couple of new items off to the right. There's a list of the most-visited posts from the last year, as well as a translate button for those who may prefer to read the blog in a non-English language. Blame Google if it doesn't translate well, but I expect it will be adequate. 

Hope you like the new look!

Friday, May 10, 2019

New trailer for season 2 of "Big Little Lies"

HBO has released a second, full trailer for the upcoming season of Big Little Lies:

This trailer is juicier and showcases how on edge the "Monterey Five" are following Perry's death. A detective is on the case, and more importantly of course Meryl's character is particularly skeptical of how everything went down. She gets a little prickly with Nicole Kidman and I like how she sneers "You left that out, too." We don't know where Mary Louise is getting her info (maybe the detective), but it makes for good drama. 

Can't wait for when this returns on June 9!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Meryl continues to trend top five for Best Supporting Actress predictions

Exactly two months ago, I posted that Meryl had cracked the top five for Best Supporting Actress on my go-to site for Oscar predictions, Awards Watch. Fast forward to today and she's maintained her position at #5 for her role in director Steven Soderbergh's Panama Papers drama for Netflix, The Laundromat. The entire top five is as follows:

1. Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
2. Annette Bening (The Report)
3. Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
4. Laura Dern (Untitled Noah Baumbach Project)
5. Meryl Streep (The Laundromat)

The one change from two months ago is that Laura Dern was in third, but for Little Women (another Meryl movie btw).  I don't know much about the Noah Baumbach project, other than that Dern is apparently supposed to have meaty role, and that of course it's still untitled. Incidentally, her role as Marmee in Little Women is now listed in sixth place.  

I find it a little bit strange that we still don't have an official release date for The Laundromat, but I assume that will be decided within the next month or two. I feel like I read somewhere that there was to be a test screening last week, but haven't been able to find any further info on it. Perhaps after they get some early audience feedback they'll be able to figure out when best to give the film a limited release in theaters. That release will be necessary for it to be eligible at the Oscars, since its main venue for viewers will of course be Netflix.  

Monday, April 29, 2019

New pics from "Big Little Lies"

We're under the six week mark! Game of Thrones is definitely tying me over until June (OMG did you watch last night?!), but season 2 of Big Little Lies is set for its return on Sunday, June 9. A few new stills were released today. I'm only posting the one of Meryl as "Mary Louise."  Click here to check out all eleven with a little snippet from Entertainment Weekly. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Why Do We Love Meryl Streep?

The answer to the title's question could be harder to answer than you might think. When people are surprised to learn that I have a blog about Meryl Streep, the typical question is "what do you like so much about her?" It's easy to say I like her movies, or just think that she's a great actress. But of course it goes further than that. The combination of skill and being able to tap into the humanity of characters, and then somehow managing to display that in a way that draws in viewers is probably the grandest appeal for me. I love her versatility. I love her humor. I love that she's a thinker, a person of the world. I love that she doesn't always do a great job of pretending she's not the best. I love that she sees people.

So when I came across this new video that was posted Friday, I was so pleased to see someone cogently break down what it really is about Meryl that makes her such a big deal to a lot of people. You have to watch:

Kudos to 'Be Kind Rewind' for this great video. We get a good background on beginnings in the theater and how it all went back to the fact that she's just a very skilled actor. People can scoff at her frequent implementation of accents, but I agree with Meryl that if you're playing someone else, how can you do that and always sound like yourself? Also, as she says, "if you capture someone's speech, you capture them."

One other thing I really enjoyed about this video is the comparison done between Meryl and some of her peers. We all know there's is always a paucity of great roles for women, especially over the age of 40. With Meryl's versatility, she's managed to avoid being typecast. I've heard her say that this was a conscious effort on her part, so as to maintain a enduring career. Of course she first has to possess the ability to perform in a variety of roles, but she's never been boxed into "the Meryl Streep role," with maybe the exception of someone who often plays a character who doesn't sound like herself.

Overall a great take on Meryl as a person and as an actor. She's carved out a niche for herself as both a revered artist as well as a box office powerhouse. Here's hoping she's got even more up her sleeve as she enters her eighth decade!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

New footage of Meryl in "Big Little Lies"

There's a trailer out there for Spanish-language TV that includes new footage of Meryl in Big Little Lies:

Most of the footage is the same as the U.S. teaser released last weekend. Near the end of this one, Meryl's character demonstrates to her grandsons and daughter-in-law how she apparently screamed after learning of her son's death. In just the few seconds of this clip, Mary Louise Wright seems a bit kooky. I wonder if that'll be an edge to the character. Up to now, I had expected her to be a sort of unsmiling hard ass. Leave it to Meryl to keep surprising.

The first episode of season 2 premieres seven weeks from today!