HOLLYWOOD – Amazon slate Sesame Streep starring the Muppets and Meryl Streep next year.

Meryl Streep has had a long standing relationship with the Muppets, from an appearance with Susan Sarandon on the show to a recurring Muppet called Meryl Sheep. Now she is to star and produce an anthology series called Sesame Streep, produced by Amazon.

We spoke with the Oscar-winning actress about the new project:

I’m really excited. I’ve loved the Muppets ever since I first saw them. I always engaged with them and thought that they were more than simply entertainment for children. There’s a sadness and honesty to their work. A genuine humanity, whether it’s Kermit and Miss Piggy’s doomed relationship or Fozie Bear’s grotesque inability to be funny.

So how will the show be different?

We’re not making a regular Muppets Show here. What we’re doing is recreating each of my movie hits but with myself as the only human performer. The rest of the roles will be played by Muppets.


I know.

Does that mean…?

We’ll start with Sophie’s Choice.

I was going to ask if you were going to do that.

Michael Shannon

And then we’ll move on to some lighter work like Doubt, Out of Africa, Cry in the Dark and The Deer Hunter.

Don’t you think that doing these shows will… demean your achievements?

Far from it. I see this as both a tribute and an opportunity to actually correct some of the things that were wrong with my films.

What was wrong with your films?

Look at August Osage County. It was okay. I enjoyed it. But just imagined if we did the same film but instead of Ewan MacGregor and Michael Shannon you had Gonzo and Professor Bunsen Honeydew.

I see your point.

I was in Suffragette recently, which I enjoyed, but who can say that the film would not have been much improved by substituting Carey Mulligan with Miss Piggy.

Sesame Streep will show on Amazon in 2019.


BERLIN – Following Meryl Streep’s comments at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin, her 1985 film Out of Africa is to be reissued.

We might all be Africans, but are we all Out of Africans? That’s the question that is on everyone’s lips today as Universal Pictures reissues the Sydney Pollack film in time to benefit from all the positive publicity that Ms. Streep’s brain fart has caused. Robert Redford was quick to defend Ms. Streep:

We are all Africans certainly. As an actor I’m not a scientist but I can say that at some point in the history of the universe we were all basically hydrogen atoms. Now people might look at the Oscar nominations or the Berlin judges panel and say it isn’t diverse but I say look at all those hydrogen atoms, mixed with oxygen and carbon and calcium and all the other atoms that make up those human beings. And if that isn’t diverse, what is?

Out of Africans is available for digital download immediately. Image courtesy of @ThePixelFactor.