Remembering Director Mike Nichols Through His Movies

Meryl Streep's recent reception of a The Presidential Medal of Freedom got me thinking about my favorite films of hers, including one directed by Mike Nichols (1931-2014) — a filmmaker far beyond my generation but still beloved by many of us nonetheless. Image: 20th Century Fox ...more

the oscars

Blog Directorythings that stuck out…sascha baron cohensasha baron cohen dressed up as a dictator advertising his new movie and spilling Kim Jong Il’s ashes all over Ryan Seacrestbilly crystalhow he panned the camera around to actors predicting outloud what brad pitt, angelina jolie, nick nolte, and martin scorsese were thinking ofnick nolte...more

Awards Season Lunchtime Poll: How Many Oscars Does Meryl Streep Have?

There are some clichés about Hollywood almost impossible to do away with. Every waiter is an actor waiting for his big break. Everything in LA is 20 minutes from Point A to Point B. Meryl Streep is going to take home the Oscar, yet again. While it’s true the actor/waiter ratio is high, and that before Carmageddon there was some truth to the 20-minute rule, the fact is Meryl Streep isn’t swimming in Oscars....more
The Academy certainly went with much higher brow nominees this year which I think will lose them ...more

Are You an Iron Lady?

The Golden Globe Awards this week featured the most gorgeous dresses I’ve ever seen (yes, I confess to being a fashion watcher) and Meryl Streep winning her 9th Golden Globe, for her extraordinary portrayal of the British rock-ribbed Conservative former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the first and only woman ever to serve in that post. ...more
Sara Washburn has sent this message via LinkedIn-raises the questions of balance. Saw the ...more

The Iron Lady:A movie review

 Meryl Streep’s performance is riveting. The makeup artists brilliantly morphed her from a middle aged woman to one who is aged and infirmed. Her face, neck, hair, eyes, and Meryl took it further with her mannerisms, her gait and speech. She gave a totally believable portrayal.  However the story is mired in inaccuracies and a determination to present Dame Thatcher as a cold hearted, intolerant tyrant....more

The Freudian, the Jungian and now the Starbucks theory in therapy

Since few of us have time to sit down for a three-course meal, why not take the fast food approach to solve even our most complicated and personal challenges? While traditional therapists agonize over each patient's problems for hours, weeks, and years, a new kind of fast food therapy pushes the patients in and out of therapy sessions quickly. ...more

What Would Gloria Steinem Wear to a Writers' Retreat?

I wrote my packing list for my two-week writers' residency a month before I was set to leave. The residency at Hedgebrook is only for women and since I am a mother of two boys, I was somewhat unnaturally excited about being around all that female energy for a change. I was going to Hedgebrook with the express purpose of finishing the chapter outline for my new memoir, but it was time alone and with the other women that occupied all of my thoughts. ...more

10 Things Our Kids Can Learn From Meryl Streep

The 2010 Academy Awards are history and though Meryl didn't take home an Oscar (again), she's a winner in my world.  Some thoughts on what our kids can learn from her films:  10. ...more

The Oscar-Worthy Garden in It's Complicated: I'd like to thank Meryl...

Rhonda Fleming Hayes It was Christmas time, not the time when one's attention turns to garden blogs. On a lark, I thought to write about the gorgeous kitchen garden in the new movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep. Who would have thought it would become the most popular post on my little seedling on a new garden blog? ...more

From Sophie to the "Devil" to Julia: The Memorable Meryl Streep

There's a scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, comes upon her boss Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep. Miranda is sitting at home in a robe, lacking makeup and her usual fashion industry 'tude.  She's just discovered her marriage is over and although clearly devastated, she struggles to maintain her pride, her arrogance and her grand, Miranda Priestly-ness. ...more

Yeah, Meryl's definitely got a Nurse Ratchet in her.  Did you see her in ...more