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12 Thoughts That Went Through My Head During ‘The Post’ Press Conference

When it comes to Hollywood power trios, there are few that shine as brightly as Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

So naturally, when HuffPost UK got an invitation to attend a press conference to promote their new film ‘The Post’, I jumped at the chance to go and sit for an afternoon basking in the glow of cinema royalty.

Here’s everything that went through my head on that fateful Thursday…

1. “The absolute state of me.”

Yeah, it wasn’t the most graceful of starts. Sans umbrella, I rocked up to the famous Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair – where the press conference was to take place – absolutely drenched from the rain. My Primark trainers had started letting water in. This was not how I needed to present myself when I inevitably charmed Meryl Streep, became her best friend and talked my way into ‘Mamma Mia! 3: Here We Go Again, Again’.

2. “Claridge’s is… something else.”

Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t my first time going to a posh hotel for a press conference, but this was next level. We’re talking crystal chandeliers, wall-to-floor mirrors, floral displays everywhere, the works.

On my way to the French Salon (not to be confused with Audrey’s salon from ‘Coronation Street’, you understand), there was someone around every corner to point me in the right direction. That’s how fancy we’re talking. 

3. “We’re dealing with some surprisingly punctual film stars here…”

Considering it’s usually a case of the bigger the star, the bigger the wait for them to actually turn up, this Holy Trinity of Hollywood were only 15 minutes behind schedule when they sat down at the long table (‘Notting Hill’ got it pretty right, to be honest), ready for a grilling.

Perhaps the emotional weight of their 41 collective Oscar nominations was slowing them down.

4. “Yeah, this photo is really crap…” 

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I tried, OK?

5. “Tom Hanks is an absolute hoot.”

Quite literally! The first thing he said into the microphone was a joke that he was late because he’d been waiting for a flourishing of trumpets to announce Meryl’s arrival, immediately followed by his best impression of a flourishing of trumpets. A refreshingly unselfconscious A-list star.

Between that, his jokes about having two-cocktail lunches on set and actual swearing (what would Sheriff Woody say?), it became quickly apparent that Tom Hanks is every bit as lovely as you’d hope, with a little bit extra thrown in.

6. “And so is Meryl Streep, for that matter.”

Obviously she’s not going to pack in this acting malarky and pursue a career in stand-up, but we could imagine being the most Oscar-nominated actor in history would go to some people’s heads, but Meryl was actually quite playful, in particular with Tom Hanks, who she would occasionally interrupt to crack jokes and have a bit of fun with.

When you think how seriously certain members of the acting glitterati can take themselves, it was nice to see that Meryl likes to have a bit of fun on the job.

7. “We are 10 minutes in, and nobody has dared speak Donald Trump’s name…”

Seriously, the man was like Voldemort.

No one had any hesitation speaking about him, and his administration (with Steven Spielberg saying he’d have been just as keen to do ‘The Post’ had “a certain election” gone another way, and both stars commenting on how relevant the film is in today’s political climate) but the words “Donald” and “Trump” were not uttered once during the initial Q&A.

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8. “Strong answer from Tom Hanks about getting women recognised in the film industry.”

When asked about female-led stories, both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks said the key would be putting more women in charge behind the scenes, as well as in front of the camera.

After listing the strong women he’s worked under over the course of his career, Tom went as far as saying he thinks executives and producers should go out of their way to redress the balance and introduce more women.

He said: “We are going to see a different proportion, I think. More women are going be awarded their positions on the merit and quality of their work. And for a while, why not just literally… make it specific?

“There’s no reason, for a while, to say ‘we need more women on this board, we need more women running these departments’, so it actually represents the numbers as they truly are in society.”

9. “As if the first question Meryl Streep has been asked is about Oprah.”

Once the initial Q&A with a presenter was over, the journalists in the audience were given the chance to pose some questions to the team, starting with a question about whether Meryl thought that Oprah Winfrey should run for president.

She gave a typically diplomatic answer about how Oprah “showed what a Presidential candidate should talk like” and how she has “the voice of a leader… whether she’s leading us to the candidate we need or whether she is the candidate herself”.

The journalist in question then joked that her answer “sounded like a yes”, which it quite literally didn’t, but things then moved on.

10. “Errrrrm, was that some shade at the Baftas?”

Why yes, I do believe it was.

The next reporter asked Meryl Streep, following the black dress protest at the Golden Globes at the Baftas and the Oscars.

Putting on her best dejected voice (and a hint of a British accent), Meryl remarked: “Well, sadly. We haven’t been invited to the Baftas, so I can’t [comment on that]…”

To clarify, while ‘The Post’ was up for six Golden Globes, eight Critics’ Choice Awards and has already generated plenty of Oscar buzz, the Baftas didn’t give it a single nod when the nominations were revealed last week.

11. “Good answer all the same, though, Meryl.”

If we’re going to pick up on her slight Baftas shade, we should probably mention the fact that Meryl then gave an articulate response to the rest of the question, discussing how the ‘Time’s Up’ movement is still in its early stages, so it’s really impossible to say what its next step will be.

“As a movement, it’s pretty interesting to be involved, she said, “because there isn’t a leadership hierarchy, we don’t know who the top dog is, we have a hive. Everybody’s making honey, everybody’s doing good work, but it’s sort of a moving thing.

“And that’s good, because [this movement] needs to fly… through many different industries, many different enterprises, the government, the military, the church. The inequities and the imbalance in power isn’t just in politics.

“The exploitation of women and their labour and reticence to come forward goes right through societies. So it’s a growing thing, and the most heartening thing about it to me is that it doesn’t feel like a one-off. It hasn’t gone away. And I don’t think it will. I don’t think we’ll go backwards.”

12. “There is a definite reason Meryl Streep is Meryl Streep.”

The third and final question from the audience was about the French reaction to the #MeToo movement, specifically a letter co-signed by 100 prominent French women including Catherine Deneuve who suggested it had ventured too far.

After asking the journalist who posed the question a bit about it, Meryl pondered, before declaring: “I’d better talk about this when I know what I’m talking about.”

Only speaking about an issue when you’ve properly researched and know what you’re talking about – that, folks, is how you last 30 years in showbusiness.

13. ”…And that’s that then.”

Suddenly we were no longer in the presence of Hollywood greatness, after just three questions from the audience. I did hear murmuring from cameramen at the back of the room there was a possibility the audience questions section had been cut short due to there not having been enough asked about the film itself.

I’m yet to response to receive responses to requests for comment on this though, so I’m taking that with a pinch of salt.

It was back out into the rain for me, without so much as a hint of a cameo in ‘Mamma Mia! 3’. Next time, maybe.

You can read our verdict on ‘The Post’, which is out now in UK cinemas, here.

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Activist pens moving letter about being Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes date

Social change and vodka shots with Meryl Streep? That’s all in a night for Ai-jen Poo.

Poo is the executive director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She also happened to be Meryl Steep’s date to the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday. 

Poo was one of the 8 activists Streep and other actresses brought to the Globes in order to raise awareness for Time’s Up, the Hollywood-led coalition designed to fight women’s abuse in the workplace across all industries. 

SEE ALSO: Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo urge everyone to join them in fight against ‘power imbalance’

In an essay for Cosmopolitan entitled “I Was Meryl Streep’s ‘Plus One’ at the Golden Globes,” Poo shares her experience of spending the Globes with Meryl in order to spread their message of workplace equality.  Read more…

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Even Meryl Streep can’t remember all the times Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar

Too many Oscar nominations are a great and terrible burden.

SEE ALSO: Meryl Streep on #MeToo: ‘I want to hear about the silence of Melania Trump’

As a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, Meryl Streep had to list the 20 movies for which she received an Oscar nomination in 60 seconds.

However, she only managed to get five, forgetting her first nomination The Deer Hunter. She also gave Cry in the Dark as an answer, even though she wasn’t nominated for that one.

Being Meryl Streep sure is hard. Read more…

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Meryl Streep had an epic response to Mariah Carey stealing her seat at the Golden Globes

The day after the Golden Globes, Mariah Carey posted a glorious Twitter story about how she accidentally stole Meryl Streep’s seat during a commercial break.

Well, now Streep has given her side.

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“Bitch stole my seat!” jokes the Hollywood legend in the Jimmy Kimmel Live! clip above. “I came over and you know, there she was, next to Spielberg sucking up.”

The best part? Streep’s solution was to suggest that she sit on Carey’s lap.

Imagine being on the table and witnessing that exchange taking place. Read more…

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Meryl Streep and Ai-jen Poo urge everyone to join them in fight against ‘power imbalance’

Actor Meryl Streep and activist Ai-jen Poo stood shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity on the red carpet at the Golden Globes with a message for all. 

“We wanna say to everyone that they should join us,” said Poo—director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance—who was one of several activists brought to the awards by female Hollywood stars. 

SEE ALSO: Hollywood stars will bring activists to the Golden Globes

“I think that people are aware now of a power imbalance, and it’s something that leads to abuse,” Streep told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. “It’s led to abuse in our own industry and it’s led to abuse across the domestic workers’ field of work. It’s in the military, it’s in congress, it’s everywhere.” Read more…

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Golden Globes Red Carpet 2018: Kelly Clarkson Loses It Over Meeting Meryl Streep

Kelly Clarkson’s lack of pretence has always been one of our favourite things about her, and this was never more evident than when she lost all traces of cool upon spotting Meryl Streep on the Golden Globes red carpet.

The chart-topping singer made an appearance on the red carpet on Sunday night (7 January), where she was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest as part of E!’s live coverage.

After the interview, Ryan helped Kelly down the stairs, and got a shock when she let out a shriek, thinking she was struggling in her outfit.

What he didn’t realise was that she’d actually just spotted Oscar-winner Meryl Streep arriving, and couldn’t resist trying to get her attention.

Shouting after her down the stairs, still live on air, Kelly asked: “Oh my god!! Can I meet you?? I am such a fan.”

Proving the old adage “you don’t ask, you don’t get”, Kelly then made her way down the stairs and got her wish, and fortunately for her Meryl was more than obliging with the enthusiastic singer.

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Kelly was on the red carpet prior to her appearance as a guest presenter during the ceremony, while Meryl was nominated in the category of Best Performance In A Drama for her portrayal of Kay Graham in ‘The Post’.

Both Kelly and Meryl were seen wearing black gowns, as part of the ‘Time’s Up’ movement, in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and harassment.

This celeb-on-celeb red carpet encounter almost rivals Sarah Paulson at last year’s Met Ball, who was photographed completely flipping out when she spotted Madonna coming by in the distance.

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Trump’s White House reportedly requested a screening of ‘The Post’

Despite Donald Trump’s distaste for Hollywood gem Meryl Streep, the White House has requested to view The Post when it comes out this month, and Hollywood has reportedly granted them that request, The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.

The Post, a Steven Spielberg movie about The Washington Post‘s involvement with the Pentagon Papers and the U.S. government’s coverup of operations in the Vietnam War in the ’70s, is scheduled for wide release in theaters, the White House, and Camp David Jan. 12. The movie stars Streep and Tom Hanks, who along with Spielberg have all spoken out against Trump’s presidency. Read more…

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Rose McGowan thinks black-clad Golden Globes protesters should find better ways to speak out

Rose McGowan is not interested in your symbolic protests, Hollywood.

On Saturday, McGowan turned her attention to Meryl Streep and others who reportedly support a rising push for female actors to attend the upcoming Golden Globes awards show clad in all black. The gesture is intended as a protest of the sexual misconduct that’s run rampant through Hollywood for decades.

SEE ALSO: Alyssa Milano slams Matt Damon for his misguided comments on sexual misconduct

An incensed McGowan lashed out on Twitter at “actresses, like Meryl Streep,” for planning a silent protest. 

“YOUR SILENCE is THE problem,” McGowan wrote. “You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy.”  Read more…

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Journalists race to expose government lies in the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

Well, this all feels chillingly familiar.

Steven Spielberg’s The Post centers on a team of journalists working to expose the U.S. government for lying to the American people. But it’s not a story about our current situation – it’s about The Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s.

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Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star as publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee, respectively, who put their careers and their freedom on the line in pursuit of the truth. 

The all-star cast also includes Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Sarah Paulson, David Cross, Alison Brie, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Matthew Rhys, and Zach Woods. Read more…

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Mamma Mia! Cher is joining the musical sequel

Mamma mia, here she goes again … back to the big screen.

Cher has joined the Mamma Mia! sequel, marking her first onscreen film role since 2010’s Burlesque.

SEE ALSO: The Cher musical has a premiere date so start believing

Also on board are most of the cast of the original, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Dominic Cooper, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgard and Christine Baranski. 

The musician teased the happy news on Twitter. 

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— Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Detials about Cher’s character are being kept under wraps. But honestly, who cares – the point is that Cher is going to be in this thing. My my, how can we resist this? Read more…

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