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July 27, 1986 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's late 1982, and Meryl Streep is busy being Karen Silkwood, the gum- chewing Oklahoma nuclear-plant worker exposed to radiation, who blows the whistle on the operation's reckless safety violations cover-up. One night, Silkwood director Mike Nichols goes off to a screening of Streep's soon-to-be- released Sophie's Choice. Nichols sits in the theater, watching this mysterious woman with a Polish accent and a doomy, faraway look, and he can't believe it. "It was extremely unnerving," Nichols recalls, "because there wasn't an inch of that woman that was familiar to me. Not a finger, not an eyelash, nothing!
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August 10, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
If a movie ever seemed blessed right out of the gate, it's the clever, classy, musical comedy Florence Foster Jenkins . The true story of the New York socialite who came to be known as the "Diva of Din" after singing - terribly - at Carnegie Hall, it's powered by world-class talents. Stephen Frears ( The Queen , High Fidelity ) directs, and film greats Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant grace the screen as the Wilkes Barre-born Florence and her husband, St. Clair Bayfield. But somehow - and almost miraculously - the picture, which opens Friday, truly comes alive when the leads are joined by costar Simon Helberg.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
With an Irish accent that is eerily accurate down to the Donegal vowels, Meryl Streep adds to her celebrated global repertoire in Dancing at Lughnasa. But in this melancholy and haunting movie, it is her body language that really counts. As Kate, the oldest and prissiest of the Mundy sisters, Streep's smallest gestures and movements, even her posture, are perfectly in character. She sits like a little girl who expects to be rapped on the knuckles by a nun's ruler if she lapses from rigidity.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
Her Again Becoming Meryl Streep By Michael Schulman; HarperCollins. 293 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey 'Superlatives stick to her like thumbtacks," Michael Schulman writes early in his chronicle of the making of America's most-acclaimed actress. It is a sign that he comes not to bury her, but to puncture her with praise. The book's title comes courtesy of Streep's 2012 Oscar acceptance speech for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady . "When they called my name," she said, "I had this feeling, I could hear half of America going, 'Ohhh, no. Oh, come on. Why?
NEWS
July 22, 2004 | By Carlin Romano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, as heavy-handed political movies threaten to sway this year's voters even more than mind-numbing political ads, we bring you the following public-service bulletin: Meryl Streep's hard-nosed portrayal of the powerful conspiratorial senator in Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate," which opens July 30, just ONE DAY after the convention ends, is not - we repeat, NOT - based on a...
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April 2, 2003 | By Dianna Marder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Her chickens certainly have come home to roost. Indeed, they're perched on the New York Times Best-Seller List, under the category Children's Picture Books, for the 20th consecutive week. We're squawking about Sandra Boynton's delightful book and CD, Philadelphia Chickens. Philadelphia as in reared in Mount Airy, educated at Germantown Friends. Chickens as in lovable and laughable, especially when swinging cracked Liberty Bells. Boynton, who turns 50 tomorrow, first peeped onto the pop culture scene in the late 1970s with deceptively simple greeting cards.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1989 | By Carol Horner, Inquirer Staff Writer
How's this? Envision Meryl Streep ugly and unpopular. Impossible, you say? But she says it was true in her childhood, in the '50s in the suburbs of northern New Jersey. "I thought no one liked me," she told a Time magazine reporter a decade ago. She described running from an irate crowd of youngsters and climbing a tree to escape them. "Besides that," Current Biography 1980 reports her as saying, "I was ugly. With my glasses and permanented hair, I looked like a mini-adult.
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September 17, 1998 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Meryl Streep took her mother to see One True Thing the other day. They sat in the screening room, watching as the hard-charging journalist daughter (Renee Zellweger) comes home to care for her cancer-stricken mother (you know who) while college professor dad (William Hurt) stands on the periphery, lost in a world of old books and young coeds. "It really upset her," says Streep, with a laugh. "But not for the right reasons. It upset her that I died, and she sort of couldn't get over that.
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August 8, 2012
Directed by David Frankel. With Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. Distributed by Columbia Pictures and MGM. Running time: 1 hour, 39 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (sexual candor) Playing at: area theaters
NEWS
January 13, 1998
The most frightened people in history Without a war on their own territory for a century and a half, Americans love to scare themselves. The books of Stephen King . . . enjoy a tremendous popularity. . . .Unpasteurized cheeses with mold - Camembert and Brie - are absolutely forbidden . . . Meryl Streep, the world-renowned biochemist who does some acting on the side, warned on television against serving apples and apple juice to children. Jacek Kalabinsky Polityka (Warsaw), Nov. 1, 1997
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August 14, 2016
As Florence Foster Jenkins ambles back into the limelight - with her famously campy fake angel wings graciously bequeathed to Meryl Streep - she is not simply a batty high-society lady singing intricate opera arias very badly, but a figure of ever-deepening mystery. The new film Florence Foster Jenkins , starring Streep and directed by Stephen Frears ( The Queen, High Fidelity ), suggests the Wilkes-Barre-born heiress (who also lived in Philadelphia during a falling-out with her family)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
If a movie ever seemed blessed right out of the gate, it's the clever, classy, musical comedy Florence Foster Jenkins . The true story of the New York socialite who came to be known as the "Diva of Din" after singing - terribly - at Carnegie Hall, it's powered by world-class talents. Stephen Frears ( The Queen , High Fidelity ) directs, and film greats Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant grace the screen as the Wilkes Barre-born Florence and her husband, St. Clair Bayfield. But somehow - and almost miraculously - the picture, which opens Friday, truly comes alive when the leads are joined by costar Simon Helberg.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
Her Again Becoming Meryl Streep By Michael Schulman; HarperCollins. 293 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey 'Superlatives stick to her like thumbtacks," Michael Schulman writes early in his chronicle of the making of America's most-acclaimed actress. It is a sign that he comes not to bury her, but to puncture her with praise. The book's title comes courtesy of Streep's 2012 Oscar acceptance speech for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady . "When they called my name," she said, "I had this feeling, I could hear half of America going, 'Ohhh, no. Oh, come on. Why?
NEWS
November 1, 2015 | Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Room A woman and her 5-year-old are held captive in a garden shed - the only reality the boy, born there, has ever known. Amazing, gripping, scary, beautiful adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel (by the writer herself), deftly directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are extraordinary as the mother and son. R Suffragette Set in 1912 London, a fictional tale built upon the historic fight for women's voting rights. Carey Mulligan is a lowly laundry worker who has a political awakening, joins a band of activists who throw rocks and blow up mailboxes, and gets tossed into prison for her trouble.
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October 19, 2015 | By Francesca Serritella, For The Inquirer
As Halloween approaches, scares pop up everywhere: haunted houses, spooky decorations, horror movies. The scariest word? Feminist. Boo! Are you terrified? Was Meryl Streep? When asked in a recent interview whether she considered herself a feminist, Streep answered: "I'm a humanist. " My head spun like Linda Blair's in The Exorcist . I barely flinch at the nervous equivocating or outright rejection of feminism coming from young starlets. I chalk that up to the ignorance of youth or the real fear of alienating the powerful men who remain the gatekeepers in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2014 | Reprinted from Thursday's editions. By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'Foolishness can happen in the woods," Chris Pine, as the handsome Prince, sings to Emily Blunt, as the Baker's Wife who has just planted an adulterous kiss on said preening royal in Into the Woods. And, indeed, there is much foolishness to be found in Rob Marshall's adaptation of the James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim musical, a jolly mash-up of symbol-laden, signature once-upon-a-time tales about lust, envy, greed, and misguided pursuits of happiness. Happily, the idea of bringing Into the Woods to the screen turns out not to be one of those foolish acts.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
PRINCETON - Meryl Streep, the Takacs Quartet, and Philip Roth aren't names likely to be seen together, much less people found in the same concert hall. Yet Princeton University Concerts presented all three in Richardson Auditorium on Friday evening, with the quartet playing Arvo Pärt and Franz Schubert, Streep reading extensively from the 2006 novel Everyman , and its author, Roth, listening in the audience - in a one-time-only event that guaranteed a packed house. Interdisciplinary events are a priority for Princeton University Concerts, this one building on a similar Takacs program presented at Carnegie Hall in 2007, with Philip Seymour Hoffman reading Roth's accounts of how everyday people decline, die, are grieved and remembered.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"THE GIVER" is a bit of a dud on-screen, and we might have seen it coming - writing about an emotionless society is one thing, filming one is quite another. The movie is drawn from Lois Lowry's popular and influential novel of tweens growing up in an authoritarian society where citizens take a daily injection of drugs to dull their feelings. More disturbingly, leaders of the blandly named "Community" come up with Orwellian language to describe the actions they take to maintain rigid uniformity - troublesome infants and burdensome elderly are released and removed to "elsewhere" via lethal injection, shown in graphic detail in one particularly gruesome scene.
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March 11, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
FRED DILGER was a big-time residential designer in Manhattan and Atlanta when, he said, "You get to the end of the rainbow and you ask, 'Is this all there is?' I wanted something more. " Seven years ago, he found that something. He suddenly gave up his career and all his worldly possessions to become a Franciscan friar in Kensington, living among and feeding the poor. At St. Francis Inn, the core team of Franciscan friars, nuns and lay staff served 151,699 hot meals last year to the neighborhood's most desperately poor men, women and children.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE WEEK WAS marked by the sad, stunning news of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman 's tragic death and the subsequent outpouring of emotion - along with some lesser celebrity goings-on.   Yesterday A private funeral was held for Hoffman at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan, the same church that hosted the funerals of Aaliyah and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis . Among the mourners, Cate Blanchett , Spike Lee , Joaquin Phoenix and Meryl Streep , the New York Daily News reported.
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