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  • Phoenix LOVE.
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    vinny
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    I can’t remember the last time Sarandon was the lead in a film. That’s sad to me. Same for Goldie Hawn (who is not mentioned but deserves big roles too). The only older actresses that I can think of that are still really out there working on a consistant manner seem to be Streep, Mirren, Davis, Close, Annette Benning,  and Moore (not sure how old she is so I might be wrong to mention her). Now I really wanna write a script for some reason.

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    Random Questions:

    1. Was Chastain named after Lange as they have same 1st name?
    2. Who in particular Chastain blaming or complaining from?
    3. What about Mirren, Dench, Thompson, Smith, Maclaine, etc… who had lead parts of late?
    4. Is Film superior & more prestigious versus TV, Theater, other medium?  Is there such a term like “filmist” maybe that discriminates other medium … looking for equivalent of racist, sexist, ageist, etc…?
    5. Could be that parts offered to Streep were higher profile ones, given her status & clout? 
    6. Streep is only Supporting in Into The Woods, The Giver, Suffragette and cameo in The Homesman, what now?
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    Viola Davis as one of the greatest actresses alive? Is she on something? In an interview she also said that Leslie Mann is a comedic genious and that “The Other Woman” is a fantastic movie.

    I like Jessica Chastain and her choices as an actress, but she has a terrible taste commenting on other stuff. 

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    [quote=”etchie88″]

    Random Questions:

    1. Was Chastain named after Lange as they have same 1st name? Always a possibility.  I can see Chastain following in Lange’s footsteps.  A modelesque beauty with more than meets the eye.
    2. Who in particular Chastain blaming or complaining from? I don’t think she’s blaming anyone in particular but “the system”.
    3. What about Mirren, Dench, Thompson, Smith, Maclaine, etc… who had lead parts of late? Part of the reason she excluded 80 percent of the gals you mention, I think (i.e. IMO) is because they’re British.  I think, without saying, she was referring to the American culture’s response to older women in film.
    4. Could be that parts offered to Streep were higher profile ones, given her status & clout?  Chastain wasn’t trying to get into a “Why does Meryl get everything?” debate. 
    5. Streep is only Supporting in Into The Woods, The Giver, Suffragette and cameo in The Homesman, what now? And she was lead last year for A:OC and will be again next year for Ricky and The Flash.  This can go on and on in circles

     

    Answered your questions in the above quote.  Not being snarky.

     

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    Thanks for the response & answers.  Just alarmed by the following spin & headline in Page Six of NYPost.com 

    http://pagesix.com/2014/10/07/jessica-chastain-give-anyone-but-meryl-streep-a-chance/


      Jessica Chastain: Give anyone but Meryl Streep a chance

      By Derrick Bryson Taylor

      October 7, 2014 | 11:06am

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      Jessica Chastain and Meryl StreepPhoto: Getty / BroadImage

      Jessica Chastain is incredibly supportive of women in Hollywood, but she thinks it’s time for a casting update.

      “I love Meryl Streep. She’s such an incredible actress,” said Chastain, 31, in the November issue of Glamour. “But I feel like she’s the only one in her age group who gets those parts.”

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      Jessica Chastain for GlamourPhoto: Tom Munro

      Chastain, who has three films hitting theaters this fall, wants to see more diversity.

      “I’d like to see Jessica Lange in a movie again, you know?” added the two-time Oscar nominee. “OrSusan Sarandon. Why isn’t Viola Davis a lead in a film? She’s one of the greatest actresses alive. And where are the Asian actors and actresses?”

      But Chastain is careful not to cause a stir with her comments. “I’m not saying, ‘We don’t want movies about men,’” she said. “I’m just saying, ‘Come on, all the men I know love women. So let’s also have some stories about these women. Let’s write something for them, guys—and let’s make room for women writers too.’”

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      Laactingnyc
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      31? Isn’t Chastain like 37….

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      Joe Burns
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      Doesn’t everyone have the same opinion as she does, lol? I hardly think her sentiments are new.  It’s good to see her speaking out about it though.  

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      Pavel Romanov
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      Jessica Chastain is just voicing what we all know by now that Meryl is a giant role hog! She’s even playing Maria Callas in an HBO movie!

      Poor Sally Field is only able to do Boniva commercials, Susan Sarandon plays Melissa McCarthy’s grandmother(!), Glenn Close only does cable or cameos, and Goldie Hawn has retired to Malibu. Hoepfully Jessica Lange’s movie career picks up.

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      Laactingnyc
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      It is a shame that Meryl streep hogs all of the good roles. I would like to see Sissy Spacek make a comeback and win her 2nd oscar!

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      Stop bitching about Meryl Streep. She’s doing one or two projects each year. So she’s taking away the good roles? There are only two good female roles of a year? Ppl blaming Meryl Streep for everything. I say, thank God for Meryl Streep!

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      Stop bitching about Meryl Streep. She’s doing one or two projects each year. So she’s taking away the good roles? There are only two good female roles of a year? Ppl blaming Meryl Streep for everything. I say, thank God for Meryl Streep!

       

      Lol. Really; these (above) are some of the most dumb-assed, illogical, ridiculous posts I’ve read in a while.

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      Tina Fey captured it well @ 2014 Golden Globes:

      “Meryl Streep is here. Meryl Streep is so brilliant in August: Osage County, proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streep over 60.”

      Streep recognizes the sentiment & situation.  She already passed on The Last Station to Mirren, Saving Mr. Banks to Thompson, etc…  Streep even made a comment to hire Lange everytime she’s ambivalent about the role being offered.  And Streep would not want to gloat as it would make her unpopular to her peers.

      IF you are Streep, how should you React & Behave given “the system & the situation” of her cornering the prime-coveted roles and the “#1 Go To Actress”?

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      I’m glad somebody finally said it.  Many of us have been thinking it.  People like Keaton, Lange, Field, Spacek, Sarandon, Close, Christie, Thompson, Bates, Bassett, and others have been sorely missed in movies.  Glenn might have said it best though: “She’s never had trouble getting a part!”  Streep has reached a place where she should be more selective and only appear if projects are really THAT good.

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      Etchie
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      Somehow, I got reminded of the following:

      1. Chastain reaction shot when Streep got declared Oscar Best Actress for The Iron Lady and approaching Viola Davis before the stage.
      2. Chastain allegedly got jealous when Streep acknowledge Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre on her acceptance speech at Golden Globes.  For background, Michael Fassbender then had been saying that Wasikowska could be the next Streep.
      3. Chastain camping overnight @ Central Park just to watch Streep in The Seagull 2001 while attending Juilliard.  Or, it could be during Mother Courage in 2006.
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      The reality is, is that to a certain degree Streep can get bums on seats. Her contemparies can not, though most of them went through commerically successful periods earlier in their careers.

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