LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — After 44 years on the Southern California airwaves at KCBS-TV and KNBC-TV, movie reviewer and interviewer David Sheehan has declared Meryl Streep to be Hollywood’s leading leading lady.
“It’s her incredible versatility that strikes me,” Sheehan says, “and her willingness to try anything, like her current ‘ Ricki & The Flash’ role, to deliver a humanizing characterization.”
Sheehan’s new weekly web series “Sheehan & The Stars” is devoting 3 episodes (what Sheehan calls ‘Streepisodes’) to Meryl Streep.
It will be the first 3-part feature in the show’s brief history, which has so far included episodes with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino, and a special edition of never-seen-before chats with the late Robin Williams.
WHY THREE PARTS WITH MERYL
“Meryl is monumental,” Sheehan explains. “As a role model and an achiever, Meryl Streep embodies distinctly different reflections of women today — in performing, in the working world and in the awards arena, giving us three very distinct Streepisodes to present.”
Meryl Streep reveals many personal insights into the ‘Meryl Mystique’ on “Sheehan & The Stars”. “I can get very wrapped up in the details of life,” Meryl laughs, “and the deadlines and the appointments, sometimes losing the big pictures for the trees.”
MERYL TALKS OSCARS
Her “Sheehan & The Stars” Academy Awards comment expresses what it’s like to be nominated a record 19 times but only win 3. Meryl grimaces slightly, and admits, “I have lost the Oscar more times than any human being in history,” she smiles. “Everybody says ‘Oh you’ve been nominated more than anybody.’ Yeah but I’ve gone to the thing many times and lost, so there’s kind of a cumulative nausea that builds up, and fear. I try to keep it equipoised with hope, but I’m not sure I’m able to do that.”
The three Streepisodes on “Sheehan & The Stars” can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
THE OUT-OF-RETIREMENT BACKSTORY
There has been some fascination with the background of “Sheehan & The Stars”, because the ‘Digital Sheehan’ idea virtually brought David Sheehan out of semi-retirement.
It all started when Sheehan’s actress-comedian-filmmaker girlfriend Kellyann Chippendale took him to see “Testament of Youth”, followed by “Manglehorn”, two films he liked so much he began wishing he was back on the news at CBS (or NBC) so he could call attention to small worthwhile movies.
After posting brief ‘check-this-out’ rave reviews for the two pictures on his Facebook page, Chippendale suggested Sheehan go back to his video library and bring out what she thought was a very spiritual interview with the star of “Manglehorn”, a longtime Sheehan friend named Al Pacino.
Chippendale, who now serves as the show’s executive producer, thought it could be the beginning of a series called “Sheehan & the Spirituality of Stardom”. Suddenly interested in his library again, Sheehan did post the Pacino interview, under the heading “The Other Side of Stardom”.
That title was quickly replaced by what Sheehan’s young producer/editor Derek Bloom said is a more online-friendly label: “Sheehan & The Stars”. And before he knew it, David Sheehan had what people told him is a ‘web series’.
So, the momentum had begun and now “Sheehan & The Stars” is a weekly social media event.
Here’s a clickable look at the show’s Past & Future:
For a preview of coming episodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3fo3CErJkU
Coming soon: Woody Allen, Marlon Brando, George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Newman, Donna Summer, Jeff Bridges, Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, Liza Minnelli, Russell Crowe, Richard Burton, Burt Reynolds, Bette Midler, and many many more!
BOB FOSSE AND ‘PIPPIN’ COMING UP
The “Sheehan & The Stars” series will also include a special 5-part look at the ground-breaking $3 million Pay-TV and home video version of the late director/choreographer Bob Fosse’s 5 Tony Award Winning Broadway musical “Pippin”, starring Ben Vereen, Martha Raye, Chita Rivera, and William Katt as Pippin.
Sheehan was producer and camera-directed the “Pippin” revival-for-video, with Fosse himself recreating his original Broadway stage direction and choreography. The Sheehan/Fosse video “Pippin” is the first Broadway musical ever captured by cameras during live stage performance in the history of the theater and/or television.
The “Pippin” special edition of ” Sheehan & The Stars” will focus on the making-of the unusual production, and a unique set of interviews with Bob Fosse, in rehearsals, and at the Cannes Film Festival, where Fosse won the Palm d’Or for “All That Jazz”.
“SHEEHAN & THE STARS” ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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