The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Meryl Streep, Elysium, Annette Funicello, Memphis Night at the White House, Halle Berry

Margaret Thatcher

* The death of Britain’s first female Prime Minister has dominated the news, and outspoken artists have added their opinions on the significance of this moment in history – from author Ian McEwan to the ever-vocal singer Morrissey. But many were looking to the actress who won an Oscar for portraying The Iron Lady, Meryl Streep, for her take. Streep provided this in a statement that said she believes  ‘The Iron Lady’ was “a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics.”

* One of the original stars of the Mickey Mouse Club – before Britney and Ryan Gosling – Annette Funicello died on Monday, after living with multiple sclerosis.  The singer became a Mouseketeer at the age of 13, and also starred with teen idol Frankie Avalon in the ’60’s beach party movies (with fabulous titles like Muscle Beach Party and How To Stuff a Wild Bikini).

* Elysium is coming! Yes, only in a five months’ time, but still. Director Neill Blomkamp and his cast, including Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley gave some more insight into what to expect, during a panel in Hollywood on Monday night. After the images revealed at Comic Con, it’s almost enough to make one want to rush through Summer to get to August. Almost.

* Tuesday night, the White House will be gettin’ down to some sweet Memphis sounds. Justin Timberlake (born in Memphis), Alabama Shakes, Al Green, Queen Latifah and Mavis Staples are among the entertainers set for the  Obamas’ 10th In Performance program. Previously, the event has celebrated the work of artists like Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, and educated kids about genres such as Motown and country music.

* Alleviating some of the guilt that can come from purchasing a designer item, Kors has teamed up with Halle Berry to help the United Nations World Food Programme to fight hunger.  One Michael Kors watch = one hundred meals. Sounds like a good deal. 

 

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