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Trump slams Streep as overrated actress – Sundance adds ‘Trumped’


As someone who has watched so many of her performances on film, it was possible to see the fount of emotion where so many of her performances emerge from. And though it is very possible to question some of Streep’s language — Ohio somehow got grouped in with “foreigners,” a room full of millionaires became a stand-in for the disenfranchised, and the phrase “mixed-martial arts” snuck into the speech somehow — it was hard not to see how thoroughly she cared, how deeply she felt the need to speak out. Streep’s earnest feeling was the most electric moment of the night, because of how powerfully she could communicate that she wanted the world to be a better place.

Trump took on one of the Hollywood greats Monday, accusing Meryl Streep of being an overrated actress and a Hillary Clinton “flunky” after the multiple Oscar winner tore into him at an awards ceremony.

In what has become an early morning custom for the notoriously thin-skinned Republican president-elect, Trump took to Twitter to settle scores with the three-time Oscar winner just hours after her public broadside.

“Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes,” Trump wrote. “She is a Hillary flunky who lost big.”

Streep berated Trump for his divisive rhetoric as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on Sunday in Los Angeles.

“You and all of us in this room, really, belong to the most vilified segments in American society right now. Think about it. Hollywood, foreigners and the press,” she said to her peers with a laugh, referencing Trump’s campaign that frequently disparaged immigrants and what he called biased media.

Streep trashed the incoming president and singled out an infamous campaign speech during which he did a decidedly unflattering impression of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

“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,” she said.

“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modelled 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,” she said.

“When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”


Trump has denied mocking Kovaleski and again defended himself on Monday against Streep’s accusation.

“For the 100th time, I never ‘mocked’ a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him ‘groveling’ when he totally changed a 16-year-old story that he had written in order to make me look bad,” Trump said in a series of tweets.

“Just more very dishonest media!” he added.

Trump told The New York Times in a brief telephone interview that he was “not surprised” to be criticized by “liberal movie people.”

His senior aide, Kellyanne Conway, dismissed Streep’s remarks as sour grapes, accused the actress of “inciting people’s worst instincts” and backed her boss as “absolutely right.”

“The election is over. She lost,” Conway told Fox News.

Star Trek actor George Takei was among those who leapt to her defense.

“A better president would take criticism without name calling,” he wrote in a flurry of his own tweets. “Just admit you’re a bully — and a liar,” he later added, along with: “What a small, small man. SAD!”

The Golden Globes were a strong night for “La La Land” and FX’s “Atlanta,” but first-time host Jimmy Fallon’s performance at the movie and TV awards show received mixed reviews.

Sunday’s broadcast of the 74th Golden Globe Awards by Comcast Corp’s NBC topped last year’s audience, following two years of declines, according to Nielsen data released by NBC.

The three-hour show drew 20 million viewers, up 8 percent from last year. Among adults 18-49, the demographic most coveted by advertisers, the audience increased 2 percent. The uptick in viewers comes after a year that saw audience declines for several major award shows including the Academy Awards, Grammys and Primetime Emmys.

As host, Fallon won few friends, with many critics missing the sharp edge brought by British comedian Ricky Gervais and duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in recent years. Fallon’s performance was marred from the start, as the teleprompter cut out almost immediately after he walked onstage.


LOS ANGELES: The Sundance Institute has added the documentary “Trumped: Inside The Greatest Political Upset of All Time” and Drake Doremus’ “Newness” to its upcoming festival lineup.

“Trumped” will premiere on Jan 27 and screen again the next day at Sundance. The festival opens Jan 19, the day before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, and runs through Jan 29 with 120 feature-length films, representing 32 countries and 37 first-time filmmakers, including 20 in competition.

“Trumped” is directed by Banks Tarver, Ted Bourne, and Mary Robertson. The movie includes interviews conducted by Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Mark McKinnon, and offers what’s touted as “unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage” from the primaries through the debates to the dawning realization that Trump would win the presidency.

Halperin, Heilemann, and McKinnon are the executive producers. The production company is Left/Right, a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group. Showtime will air “Trumped” on Feb 3.

The trio also executive produced Showtime’s “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.” Heilemann and Halperin authored 2010’s “Game Change” about the 2008 election.

In addition to the Trump programming, Chelsea Handler will be leading a “women’s march” to protest the former reality star’s policies on Jan 21 in Park City, Utah, on the third day of Sundance. That event is not affiliated with the festival.

“Newness,” directed by Doremus from a script by Ben York Jones, is set in contemporary Los Angeles and follows two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture as they begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries. Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Albert Hammond Jr star.


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