Fans of Meryl Streep will be glad to learn that one of her iconic characters will return to theaters this weekend. Originally released last August, Paramount Pictures has announced that the studio will re-release the critically-acclaimed Florence Foster Jenkins to select theaters on December 2 before the film is released on DVD on December 13. The drama/comedy film about a famous opera singer who could not sing stars Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg and currently has an 87 percent “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
According to the press release, all three stars have been praised for their performances in the film. Streep is set to receive the Cecil B. Demille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony next year, Grant won the Hollywood Supporting Actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards recently, and Helberg will receive the Virtuosos Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival soon.
The movie will play in the following cities:
- Boston at the Boston Commons and AMC Methuen 20
- Chicago at the AMC River East 21 and the AMC Dine-In Theatres Yorktown
- Dallas at the AMC Grapevine Mills 30 and the AMC Stonebriar 24
- Los Angeles at the AMC Burbank Town Center 8, AMC Orange 30, and the AMC Loews Broadway
- New York at the AMC Empire 25 and the AMC Loews Stony Brook 17
- Philadelphia at the AMC Neshaminy 24 and the AMC Hamilton 24
- San Francisco at the AMC Van Ness 14 and AMC Mercado 20
- Seattle at the AMC Loews Alderwood Mall 16 and the AMC Southcenter 16
- Washington, D.C. at the AMC Hoffman Center 22 and AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins is so incredibly odd, the film feels too unbelievable to be true, but it is. The real Mrs. Jenkins was an eccentric heiress and socialite who was a real champion of the arts. She generously donated to many art projects becoming part of the many performances that she supported. At one point in her life, she decided to take the leap to become the starring attraction. Though she took singing lesson for years, the poor woman couldn’t sing a note, but Jenkins was so beloved by others that no one would tell her otherwise as to not want to hurt her feelings.
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Grant plays Florence’s common-law husband and manager St. Clair Bayfield, who himself was involved in the arts as an actor, but puts his career on hold in order to support (or at least play along with) his wife’s dream of singing at Carnegie Hall.
Helberg plays Florence’s piano player and soon-to-be good friend. Together, the three of them put on a concert that nobody would ever forget.
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The end credits of the Florence Foster Jenkins movie features actual soundtracks of Mrs. Jenkins singing voice which Streep remarkably was able to capture. Florence was 76 when she finally performed at Carnegie Hall. Today, Carnegie Hall’s own website says this about wannabe singer: “In order for a singer to succeed, they need to have a combination of talent, charisma, and interpretive quality. And, by definition, they need to be able to sing. Florence Foster Jenkins had none of these attributes.”
[Featured Image by Paramount Pictures]