AFTER A DEDICATION CEREMONY IN D.C. YESTERDAY, A STILL EMBITTERED CRANKY CLINTON GRANTED AN INTERVIEW TO THESE REPORTERS TO EXPLAIN WHY SHE WAS PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE INAUGURATION OF DONALD TRUMP.
"AS I SAID WHEN PEOPLE WERE TELLING ME TO DROP OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY RACE FOR PRESIDENT IN JUNE OF 2008, 'WE ALL REMEMBER THAT BOBBY KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED IN JUNE IN CALIFORNIA.' ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. AND I NEED MY COUNTRY AND MY CULT TO KNOW THAT -- SHOULD ANYTHING HAPPEN -- I WILL BE PRESENT AND WILLING AND READY TO STEP IN AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE."
ASKED IF SOME MIGHT CONSTRUE HER COMMENTS AS A THREAT, CRANKY CLINTON RESPONDED, "ME? MAKE A THREAT? REALLY? ME?"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Let's stay with the industry first.
Meryl Streep is not a star and never has been.
She has 'femme' appeal among eastern seaboard critics -- 'femme' appeal as VARIETY used to word it in the fifties.
Most people will not pay to see Meryl which is why she can't open a film and why her films are flops.
She's made 66 films and her average domestic box office is $33 million.
That's ticket sales. That is a joke.
She is a joke.
Not one of her last five films has even made $30 million at the box office.
She is not a star.
She's an overpraised actress.
Try to imagine a reel of Meryl highlights?
Does anyone remember anything?
There's DEATH BECOMES HER -- but credit for that goes to Robert Zemeckis and Goldie Hawn.
DEATH BECOMES HER goes to Meryl's problems. In the late 80s, she'd finally found a way to fill in her otherwise hollow characters (this happens when she moves into comedy) but in 1992's DEATH BECOMES HER -- and all that's followed, Meryl's projecting into her own palm. She can't interact with other characters and it's as though she has no body.
We're not talking about sex appeal. She lacks that and few men or women ever become stars without sex appeal.
But we're talking about a performer divorced from her body.
There are many finer actresses than Meryl. Lily Tomlin immediately comes to mind. Every scene is a work to marvel with Lily. That's especially true when Lily co-starred with Meryl in Robert Altman's last film. You watched Meryl do all the same things, same fussy business she does with each role, all the mechanics (as Pauline Kael long ago pointed out) and you never feel reality, you just feel like Meryl's doing yet another performance that her drama teacher will applaud. Yawn.
Lily's creating a new character.
Meryl may do accents but her characters are all the same.
Lily's Margo in THE LATE SHOW and Violet in 9 TO 5 and Linnea in NASHVILLE and Edweena in ALL OF ME and Doreen in SHORT CUTS and Elle in GRANDMA and Frankie in GRACE AND FRANKIE are all different and distinct characters. They move differently, they gesture differently, Lily alters her body and her voice for each role.
Lily's co-star in GRACE AND FRANKIE is Jane Fonda. Meryl has done 66 films. Where is her Bree Daniels?
I always argue that Jane gave the best performance of any actress in the second half of the 20th century with KLUTE.
Meryl's never matched that moment on screen, let alone surpassed it.
Back to Lily.
Lily's been nominated once for an Academy Award -- only once.
OSCARSOWHITE# got it wrong.
And don't complain about the actresses denied nominations -- worthy actresses -- unless you want to face the reality that Meryl doesn't deserve 19 nominations.
But she's received them.
Not because she's outstanding like Lily Tomlin or because she's given an amazing all out performance like Jane Fonda, but because of the class system -- an upper, middle class, eastern seaboard woman who went to Vassar and Yale.
Debra Winger is a better actress then Meryl but Debra's background's working class. So the fussbudgets among the 'critics' don't rush to crown Debra.
It's a class issue.
And when Meryl won for her awful portrayal of Margaret Thatcher (in the fact challenged film), that meant Viola Davis lost for THE HELP. Viola's performance had life, passion and believability.
So, yes, it is an issue that matters.
Because Meryl's a WASP, she doesn't have to excel, she merely has to be adequate.
And when she goes on TV and presents herself as 'the left' that's a lie that needs to be called out. She is not opposed to war. She is not concerned with illegal spying. She is hack for the Democratic Party.
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