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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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Hulu is rebooting ‘Animaniacs’ with two new seasons

Because Emmys and handmaids aren’t enough, Hulu is jumping into the family TV market with a revival of the kooky ’90s series Animaniacs

Steven Spielberg will executive produce the Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment series for two brand-new seasons.

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Animaniacs first debuted on the WB in 1993 and ran for 99 episodes.

Mashable first reported rumor of a reboot in May 2017, when the show’s resurgent popularity on Netflix was gaining attention. (It’s since been removed from Netflix – guess where it lives now?) Now we know for sure: Yakko, Wakko, and Dot will be bursting out of the Warner Bros. tower to wreak havoc on whatever state the world is in come 2020, when the revival premieres. Read more…

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The latest ‘Ready Player One’ trailer is filled with a bunch of new geeky references

New Ready Player One trailers are quickly turning into a game of “spot the reference.” Sure, there’s plenty of excitement for director Steven Spielberg’s first crack at live-action sci-fi/fantasy since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

But let’s be real: Many of us are here, poring over the new trailers, to see which of our favorite characters surface. In this latest look at the March 30 release, I can see Blanka and Chun-Li from Street Fighter, multiple Battletoads, Overwatch‘s Tracer, a silhouette that could either be King Kong or Donkey Kong, horror movie murder doll Chucky, and RX-78-2 Gundam, plus a bunch of others that popped up in the previous trailer. 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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Apple revives Steven Spielberg’s ’80s sci-fi series in its first big original content push

Apple is tapping Steven Spielberg in its first big push into original television.

The acclaimed director is set to reprise his 1980s sci-fi anthology series Amazing Stories in a 10-episode deal between the tech giant and  NBCUniversal.

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The long-anticipated entrance comes as Silicon Valley titans like Facebook and Google-owned YouTube are attempting to break into a streaming war dominated by Netflix and Amazon.

Apple has had its eye on a big splash in the market for months now with a reported $1-billion war chest set aside for original programming.  Read more…

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‘Ready Player One’ trailer powers on at Comic-Con

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Put on your haptic gloves and strap on your VR goggles – it’s time for a futuristic trip down memory lane.

Let us explain: Ready Player One is set in the year 2040s, but in a 2040s that’s really obsessed with the 1980s. (In that sense, I guess the future’s not that unlike the present.) 

Tye Sheridan stars as Parzival, a young man who escapes his drab, depressing reality by logging into an ’80s-influenced virtual reality paradise known as OASIS. When its mysterious creator dies, he leaves behind a puzzle that promises his entire fortune to the first person to find a solution. 

What gives Parzival an edge in the game is that he knows ’80s pop culture better than just about anyone. And what gives Ready Player One an edge in theaters is that it’s being directed an ’80s pop culture legend – Steven Spielberg. Read more…

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The work behind the T-Rex chase in ‘Jurassic Park’ is mind-boggling

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The T-Rex’s escape from its paddock and the ensuing attack in Jurassic Park is one of the best moments of the entire film, and one of the most iconic sequences of all time. 

But, it required a lot of work and ingenuity to make it come to life. Today, Art of the Scene returns to explore the T-Rex’s paddock attack, and how it has had a lasting effect on filmmaking to this day.

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