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Great Pic of Meryl Streep as Julia Child, and story on movie

This is some photo:

And the story from USA Today about the movie and how Streep "inhabited" Julia Child:

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  1. Aha!
    A reason to go to the movies this summer.
    Now which JC foods should we make because popcorn would be so wrong.

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    1. re: shallots

      You could always bring your own truffle salt!

      1. re: shallots

        Popcorn would not be wrong at all! Julia LOVED popcorn at the movies.

        (She also loved In and Out Burgers.)

        Despite her fame for bringing French food to Americans, she was a real American Girl.

      2. Some photo indeed! I haven't actually gone to a movie theater to see something in a couple of years. This will change that!

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        1. re: kattyeyes

          What to heck is she holding? It doesn't look at all like a chicken, wings are way too big for these days. Not a duck, shaped wrong. Is it a wild turkey? Goose?
          Does anybody know? Those wings are way too big to be a chicken, or domestic turkey ( I think)

          1. re: EWSflash

            Oh, man, you're right. I hadn't looked so closely at the bird, but look how immense it is in comparison to the smaller chickens on the counter. It must be the King of All Turkeys!!!

            It's kind of sad the way the rest of the chickens are sitting on the counter. It totally reminds me of one day at my uncle's restaurant when someone had too much time on her hands (it wasn't me!) and sat all the chickens in a line with their wings around each other as if they were in a chorus line! A missed Kodak moment opportunity for sure. ;)

            1. re: EWSflash

              Didn't Julia do an FC episode where she showed the difference in various chicken sizes? Ahhh, yet she did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ohiUb...

              "Presenting.......the CHICKEN SISTERS! Miss Broiler, Miss Fryer, Miss Roaster, Miss Caponette, Miss Stewer, and Old Madame Hen!" God, I love this woman. :-)

              And Miss Caponette in that video looks *almost* as big as what Meryl Streep is holding.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Hysterical--a PEEP of chickens!!! Who knew? Thanks for posting, LW. :)

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I remember that episode, and loved it. Many years ago, I once bought a chicken from my local butcher that was enormous - the cost was almost $25 and I thought it must have been a turkey in disguise!

                1. I just loved that book. Julie was so funny and engaging. Julia Child herself didn't have much to do with the book -- just her recipes. It will be interesting to see how the movie is.

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                  1. re: LJBTampa

                    I enjoyed the blog lots more than the book, though she is a good writer. It's still up.

                      1. re: NYchowcook

                        I couldn't finish the book. But I couldn't finish Eat, Pray, Love either, and most people love that book. However, I am interested in seeing the movie because I think Meryl Streep will do a great job as Julia Child. She's an incredible actor.

                        I just noticed that Stanley Tucci is Paul!! Love the moustache in the photo!

                        1. re: always_eating

                          Did you read the blog? It was really fun.

                          1. re: MMRuth

                            Yes, I read the blog. I liked it a lot. That is why I tried reading the book too.

                            1. re: always_eating

                              I have no idea who you are, but in name alone, are you best friends with alwayscooking? ;) Sorry, I just noticed your name and couldn't resist.

                              I do agree with you--Meryl Streep is incredible and will absolutely BE Julia in this movie.

                          2. re: always_eating

                            There was a slow section of the book that was a slog to get through; after that, though, it picked up and was pretty touching by the end.

                            1. re: always_eating

                              I finished the book but didn't like it and would bet that that marriage wouldn't last. I couldn't ge through Eat, Pray, Love. I can't get into self-absorbed women whining about their lives.

                              1. re: chowser

                                I got through the Eat and Pray sections, and then lost interest at Love (?!)

                                I think women writing with a sense of humor are wonderful. Think: Heartburn. As I wrote, Julie Powell's blog IMHO was better than the book. Though she's doing a great job writing for the NY Times!

                                1. re: NYchowcook

                                  I've heard that many good blog writers are not as good book writers. I haven't read waiterrant's book but heard the same thing about his book compared to his blog, which I used to read years ago. I thought Julie sounded whiney in her book. I couldn't even get through the Eat part and I'm taking Italian and love reading about it.

                                  1. re: NYchowcook

                                    I wonder how much of the movie is actually about Julie's book? My guess would be that it was a way to tie Julia Child's life and story to a generation that scarcely knew her.

                                    But I could be wrong.

                              2. re: NYchowcook

                                Thanks for posting the link. It's difficult to navigate the blog so as to read it in order. I don't have the patience.

                                1. re: NYchowcook

                                  Thank you so much for posting the link to the blog!

                              3. The photo of her holding the chicken makes me smile because as a young bride I had no clue how to cut up a chicken and Julia taught me how to, by watching her on TV, of course! Meryl Streep is the only one that could pull it off, and I can't wait to see it!

                                1. Can. Not. Wait. for this movie! I think Nora Ephron is a genius and a perfect screenwriter for the film.
                                  I have a date with my teenager, who loooooved the book, to see the movie. Big fun. And Streep as Julia is very promising.

                                  1. Interesting overlap of Nora Ephron and Meryl Streep. Ephron wrote a scathingly funny revenge novel against her cheating husband (called "Heartburn"), which was cleverly interspersed with recipes – the first for me of the recipes-within-the-fiction genre. Meryl Streep played the lead in the film adaption.

                                    Now here comes Ephron directing Streep as Julia Child. I don't recall JC had a big role in Powell's novel (or blog).

                                    For my dose of JC nothing beats her old shows -- still available for rental. Julia is so not FN. She is a solid strong woman. Cooking. Direct. No cleavage or cutesy terms for sandwich.

                                    But hats off to J Powell for her success post-blog -- book, NY Times food writing gig, and now sold film rights.

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                                    1. re: NYchowcook

                                      NY, I agree on the old shows...and truly hope to hear Streep say that "one must have the courage of one's convictions!" (<---words to live by in the kitchen. Thanks JC!) from the potato episode of the first season.


                                      1. re: NYchowcook

                                        From what I understand, the movie is NOT the "Julie/Julia" book. If anything, it is a combination of that AND Julia's last book, "My Life in France."

                                        Julia had nothing to do (directly) with Julie's book, but the folks who wanted to make the film saw in Julie's book the opportunity for a whole generation who really didn't "know" Julia at all to be engaged in her story.

                                        I'm really looking forward to the movie. Streep is going to be fabulous, you can tell from the pix! Wouln't it be ironic if she should win an Oscar for this role? ;)

                                        1. re: ChefJune

                                          "Streep is going to be fabulous, you can tell from the pix! Wouln't it be ironic if she should win an Oscar for this role?"

                                          Or better yet: the Next Food Network Star!

                                          1. re: ChefJune

                                            My understanding as well. They intersperse the aspects of Julia in France writing the book with Julie's time of cooking through it.

                                          2. re: NYchowcook

                                            Julie's book has "imagined" conversations between Julia and Paul that seem to be spot-on to me. And at the end, when Julia dies, Julie returns to the blog for a heartfelt and wonderful tribute.

                                          3. A trailer of the film is now available online at:


                                            If Ms' Streep and Adams are as good as they were in Doubt it should be a great film (of course they have no scenes together in this one!)

                                            1. Oh! That photo brings back so many memories of the real Julia. I love Meryl Streep and can't wait to see her portray Julia Child in this movie. I really miss Julia Child - this photo actually made me cry.

                                              1. Saw a preview on TV last night. Meryl Streep was hilarious. Can't wait!

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