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Meryl Streep Funds Lab For Women Screenwriters Over 40

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Another reason why Meryl Streep is not only crazy talented, but a trailblazer in ageism and women’s rights!

The actress just announced that she’s funding a screenwriting lab for female writers over the age of 40, to bring another dimension of storytelling into the very narrow, male-dominated field.  According to Variety:

The creation of the lab, and Streep’s involvement in its founding, was announced Sunday at a panel discussion presented as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Called the Writers Lab, the screenplay development program aims to increase opportunities for female screenwriters over the age of 40. This year the initiative will accept submissions May 1-June 1, with eight winning scribes named Aug. 1.

Among the mentors to participate in the Lab’s inaugural year are writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights”), producerCaroline Kaplan (“Boyhood”), and writers Kirsten Smith (“Legally Blonde”) and Jessica Bendinger (“Bring It On”).

According to NYWIFT, Streep ponied up a “significant” contribution to fully fund the Lab. The actress has been a longtime supporter of NYWIFT.

The Writers Lab will take place at a retreat in upstate New York.

I think this is a HUGE deal for women in the industry.  And I’m fascinated and excited to know what it will produce!

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Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 2:14pm
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Meryl Streep Responds To Russell Crowe’s Comments on Ageism In Hollywood

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Meryl Streep has responded to Russell Crowe‘s comments on age, and they sound very “actor-ly.”

If you remember, Crowe raised some eyebrows with comments made during an Australian magazine interview about not believing that there is ageism in Hollywood, particularly for actresses. Crowe essentially said that older women shouldn’t try to be 21, and that there are plenty of roles if they lived in the “skin that they are in.”

Streep was asked about how she felt about remarks during a press conference on Tuesday. And although she has spoken in the past about “our culture [being] youth-obsessed” and how she had difficulty finding quality roles once she passed the 40-year mark, she was quick to get Crowe’s back:

“The Russell Crowe thing, I’m so glad you asked about [it],” she told the inquiring reporter. “I read what he said—all of what he said . . . [his statements] have been misappropriated . . . what he was talking about. He was talking about himself. The journalist asked him, ‘Why don’t you do another Gladiator, you know, everybody loved that.’ He said, ‘I’m too old. I can’t be the gladiator anymore. I’m playing parts that are appropriate to my age.”

She goes on to talk about how actresses have a hard time accepting age:

 Streep suggested that Crowe was simply “proving a point” and that he was generally “talking about himself as most actors do.” After literally waving off his remarks, she continued, “I agree with him. It’s good to live within the place that you are.”

(Via Vanity Fair)

Again, I think Crowe and Streep are being very dismissive of the real pressures women have on looking young and the expectation to look “young” and “youthful” for as long as possible.  Check out her whole interview HERE, and weigh in on the comments section below! 

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Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 8:08am
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Meryl Streep Offers Advice To Young Women: ‘Don’t Worry About Your Weight’

Meryl Streep Offers Advice To Young Women: 'Don't Worry About Your Weight'

Meryl Streep has opened up in a new interview about her career as an actress and has even offered up some advice for younger women in the business. During her stop at Indiana University to pick up an honorary doctorate, she gave some wise words to the audience.

Meryl Streep is returning to college! The 64-year-old Oscar winner recently visited Indiana University, where she accepted an honorary doctoral degree from the Bloomington school. During her acceptance speech, Streep revealed she wasn’t so confident about her looks at the time she started acting.

“I was always in plays, but I thought it was vain to be an actress,” Streep admitted. “Plus, I thought I was too ugly to be an actress. Glasses weren’t fabulous then.”

Streep went on, “Many of my friends woke up at 3 years of age and said, ‘I have to be on stage.’ I never had that. I’ve always been an omnivore, interested in way too many things, but I found the one profession that fed all my appetites.”

Fast-forward to today: Streep is one of the most beloved actors alive.

As for being over 50 in the entertainment industry, Streep said, “When I was 40, I was offered three witches in one summer. And I thought, ‘OK, this is it. You turn 40, and oh my god.’ The only reason I have a career at 64 is that I’ve had hits later in life. I’ve found that once certain movies are out, audiences aren’t so age-phobic. They were willing, and they were happy.”

Streep also gave one very important piece of advice for aspiring young performers. “For young women, I would say, don’t worry so much about your weight,” she said. “Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don’t. It’s OK.”

Love her!

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Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 9:09am
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FIRST LOOK: Meryl Streep is a witch in ‘Into the Woods’


Today we’re getting our first look at Meryl Streep in the new movie, ‘Into the Woods.’ Meryl plays ‘The Witch’ in the musical.

Check out the first photo of Meryl Streep as The Witch in the upcoming film version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Into the Woods. Rob Marshall (Chicago) is directing the film, which started production this week in the U.K.

In the photo above, Streep takes on a terrifying yet high-style version of the character –which was originated by Bernadette Peters on Broadway in 1987 — complete with yellowing talon-like nails and a feathery frock.

But no one is alone. The musical is a twisted fairy tale featuring a number of classic characters including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame), and Little Red Riding Hood, all connected by The Witch’s powers. Streep joins Johnny Depp (as the Wolf), Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella), Chris Pine (as Cinderella’s Prince), and Emily Blunt (as the Baker’s Wife) in the film, which is scheduled for a Christmas 2014 release. That’s a lot of midnights away, but it looks like it will be worth the wait.

Can’t wait!


Posted Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 11:11am
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