Everyone knows that Meryl Streep can sing — but she’ll be doing more of it than usual in her next few films. She’ll warble some Sondheim as the Witch in “Into the Woods,” due out this Christmas, and now she’s in talks to star in “Ricki and the Flash,” a drama about a woman who follows her dream of rock’n’ roll stardom, at the expense of her relationship with her family. Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Young Adult”) wrote the screenplay, and Jonathan Demme (who previously directed Streep in the 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate”) will direct.
A song from Meryl seems like a nice way to wind up the week. Streep’s sung in several movies — “Mamma Mia” and “Postcard from the Edge” come to mind — but I especially loved her work in “A Prairie Home Companion,” which seemed to come straight from the heart. Here she is; see you Monday.