Monday, January 09, 2017


Meryl Streep

I didn't listen to the speech Meryl Streep gave at the Golden Globes. I didn't watch the presentation show. Who cares about the Golden Globes at all? But on the subject of alienating the viewing audience, I have something to say.

I disagree with the President-elect that Ms. Streep is an overrated actress. She is a very accomplished actress and it's rare someone like her is still getting roles at her advanced age (4 years older than I). Hollywood generally abandons lead women actors after a certain age, like 35. But lately in her career, like since The Hours in 2002, 15 years ago, her movies haven't been that good and they certainly haven't made any appreciable money for the studio/producers.

Generally a movie gets back 55% of the box office. There are sales of DVDs and money for showing a movie on TV; so there is a stream of income even after the movie leaves the theaters. But the budget of the movie generally doesn't include the money spent on advertising the movie. So you really have to double the budget in box office revenue in order to start making a dime. How's that been going?

I didn't research all her movies, just the ones it was possible I would see. Movies like Into the Woods had no chance and are not on the list.

Movie                           Popularity(Rotten Tomatoes)   Budget      Total Box Office (Box Office Mojo)
Ricki & the Flash                   43%                                 $18 Mil       $ 26,822,000

August, Osage County           65%                                 $37 Mil       $ 37,778,000

Lions For Lambs                    47% (27% critics)           $35 Mil       $ 15,002,000

Rendition                                62% (47% critics)           $27.5 Mil    $ 9,736,000

A Prairie Home Companion   59%                                $10 Mil       $ 20,342,000

The Hours                               84%                                $25 Mil       $ 41,675,000

So probably not the smartest career move to tell the huge number of people in America who love football (as I do) and MMA (which I don't) that you think their choice of entertainment sucks. I'm willing to bet the producer/studio executives who were thinking about using her in a movie yet to be made are not that happy with her spoken from the bubble political musings.

But how brave of her to voice her problems with soon to be President Trump! How unpopular her speech must have been with the other Hollywood types and the audience.*

*sarcasm (in case you're too literal)


What is going on? I've only heard references to the incident, not what actually happened.
I find it disgusting that people (primarily of the left) continue to promote lies even past the time that those lies have been revealed for what they are.

A prime example is the accusation that Trump mocked a disabled reporter. Streep alluded to it as though it were proven fact and irrefutable, and used it to impugne Trump's character. She said:

"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good. There was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life.

"And this instinct to humiliate, when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."

On the contrary, there is adequate evidence that Trump did no such thing. See here:

That's why the middle ground of politics has virtually disappeared. Unless and until the parties (and individuals) can agree on basic common terms, and facts, and understandings, without deliberate misstatements and, yes, lies, there can be no discussion.
This was pretty good....
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