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Nothing can stop Meryl Streep. If she doesn't know how to do something -- and those chances are slim to begin with -- then she'll just pick it up. Nbd. Her latest challenge is learning the guitar for her starring role in "Ricki and the Flash," which was written by Cody. Other than the fact that Streep is practically perfect and why wouldn't she learn to play the guitar for a role, director Jonathan Demme wants all of the music in the movie to be played live.
Cody apparently based the character of Ricki on her husband's mother, a musician who plays in a local NJ band. Ricki never quite reached the big time, but was it worth giving up the time she could have spent with her family? Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer will co-star as Ricki's daughter, so expect some onscreen drama. Cody told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's going »
- Jenni Miller
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Meryl Streep is flexing her musical chops. After mastering the tricky Stephen Sondheim melodies of Disney's Into the Woods, the three-time Oscar winner is now hard at work learning to play the guitar for her next project, the Diablo Cody-penned Ricki and the Flash. Photos Note Perfect: The 15 Best Portrayals of Musicians in Movies In it, Streep plays a struggling rocker who attempts to reconcile with her neglected kids, one of whom is played by Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer.
- Seth Abramovitch
Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Title: Echo Park Director: Amanda Marsalis Starring: Mamie Gummer, Tony Okungbowa, Maurice Compte, Ricky Rico, Gale Harold, Helen Slater Indie film “Echo Park” is named for the Los Angeles neighborhood where, historically, actors who can’t afford the Hollywood Hills’ rents live alongside other arty types and a cross-section of blue-collar Latino families. It also speaks, however, to a certain type of sun-drenched SoCal independent cinema inclusive of other bohemian enclaves like Silverlake — little mesmeric arthouse baubles like Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks,” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s “Quinceañera,” Jill Soloway’s “Afternoon Delight” and more that typically assess issues of gentrification, thirtysomething ennui and/or commingled culture. Characteristically light on plot but steeped in a [ Read More ]
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Meryl Streep is tuning up to play famed opera singer Maria Callas for HBO, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Photos Note Perfect: The 15 Best Portrayals of Musicians in Movies Based on Terrence McNally’s play Master Class, the TV movie will be directed by Streep's frequent collaborator Mike Nichols. The play tackles Callas' days teaching students at New York City's Juilliard School in 1971. HBO declined to comment, but a source close to Streep confirmed that the Oscar-winning actress has boarded the project. Streep is expected to first team with her daughter Mamie Gummer for Jonathan Demme's Ricky and the Flash at Sony, and
- Tatiana Siegel
Filming on the HBO movie will reportedly begin in January.
The pair will play mother and daughter in the Diablo Cody-written film Ricki and the Flash, according to The Wrap.
Streep will play singer Ricki, who lost her family after following her dreams of becoming a star. Gummer is in talks to play Ricki's daughter Julie.
Kevin Kline is also in line to play Ricki's ex-husband Pete.
Streep and Kline previously appeared together in 1982's Sophie's Choice.
Ricki and the Flash
Streep plays a rock and roll-loving woman who chased her dreams at the cost of her family. Kline would play her forgiving ex-husband, Gummer her confrontational daughter who is getting divorced from her cheating husband. [Source: The Wrap]
Reid Scott ("Veep") and Christina Scherer ("The Young And The Restless") have joined the cast of Nancy Meyers' comedy "The Intern" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Scott plays a fast-talking, overly confident businessman. Scherer will play an assistant. »
- Garth Franklin
• Jared Leto, who won an Oscar for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, is in early talks to star in Brilliance for Legendary Pictures. According to Deadline, Leto met with director Julius Onah on Monday. Based on Marcus Sakey’s novel, the film posits a world where a small number of the population are “brilliants,” which basically means they have extraordinary abilities. The film, adapted by David Koepp, focuses on a federal agent — also a brilliant — who must track down a fellow brilliant who wants to use his powers to start a war. Will Smith was previously attached to the role, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Here's today's latest casting news: Kevin Costner is in negotiations to star in Ariel Vroman's Criminal, an interesting genre film with a character who's part ruthless killer and part experimental brain-swapping subject. John Cusack and Adrien Brody have joined Jackie Chan in Daniel Lee's epic Dragon's Blade, which sees the Roman and Chinese civilizations clashing together on screen. Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer are in negotiations to join Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash. Hit the jump for more on each casting story. First up from Variety is word that Costner is in negotiations to star in Criminal. The poorly written report says the crux of the story is as follows: "The story revolves around a ruthless killer who, rather than spending the rest of his life in jail, is used in a scientific experiment, planting the brain of a recently murdered field operative." So, »
- Dave Trumbore
Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer are in negotiations to star opposite Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's “Ricki and the Flash,” multiple individuals familiar with the Sony project have told TheWrap. Sony had no comment. Jonathan Demme (“The Silence of the Lambs”) is directing from a script by fellow Oscar winner Diablo Cody. Marc Platt and Mason Novick are producing the film, which hits theaters on June 26, 2015. It will be the first release from Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions. Streep stars as a rock ‘n’ roll-loving woman who chased her dreams at the cost of her family, but gets a chance to. »
- Jeff Sneider
Anyone who doesn't live in Echo Park (an eastside Los Angeles city-burbia-ish type enclave where everyone dresses cooler than you) doesn't get Echo Park. I don't live in Echo Park. Which is why I knew I needed to watch Echo Park, a sleepy and sweet love tale of the girl (Mamie Gummer) from the right side of the tracks who meets the boy (Anthony Okungbowa) from the wrong side of the tracks, and eventually realizes it's where she belonged all along (Anyone remember Cry Baby??) At Laff we got the chance to get some questions answered from the first-time feature director Amanda Marsalis before their added screening tonight:TwitchFilm: In the director's statement you say an email 'just came to me, asking me to a direct a...
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In “Echo Park,” photographer Amanda Marsalis, making her feature directorial debut (with a script written by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta), paints a love letter of sorts to the titular Los Angeles neighborhood, interwoven with the tale of love lost and found between two souls searching for their place. Sophie (Mamie Gummer), is an unhappy Beverly Hills Housewife-to-be when she unceremoniously cuts herself loose from her predictable life and decamps across town to the hipster hood of Echo Park. In her new neighborhood, she gets more than she expected when meeting Alex (Tony Okungbowa) to buy his couch. He’s moving back to London, you see, and the two fall into the kind of easy and deep intimacy that happens when there’s no risk of long term commitment. Once one gets past the ridiculous premise of the film (in New York terms, the logline would be: “she left the Upper East »
- Katie Walsh
In one of Los Angeles Film Festival’s La Muse feature showcase, “Echo Park” is a romance story set in the cultured-rich neighborhood in Los Angeles.
From the script written by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, the film tells a story about Sophie (played by Mamie Gummer) who tries to escape the perfect rich world of Beverly Hills into another simply neighborhood of Echo Park. She quickly befriends a British expat who is trying to sell his home to relocate back to London. As summer progresses, a certain romance compels the two to reassess their lives.
The movie is directed by Amanda Marsalis, a photographer who makes her directorial debut.
Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with director Marsalis and actor Okungbowa. Okungbowa joined in during the middle of the interview.
With the pair, we mainly discussed the Echo Park neighborhoods, challenges of being an independent film, links to the chracacters and »
- Gig Patta
Hollywood’s backyard film festival is set to run June 11–19, giving local talent a chance to showcase several films that reveal a side of the city far from the red carpet. The festival has 11 films screening as part of its L.A. Muse program, which focuses on “celebrating Los Angeles filmmakers making work in L.A. and about L.A.,” according to Maggie Mackay, senior programmer of the Los Angeles Film Festival. L.A. Muse is part of a revamp for the festival’s 20th anniversary this year, which also includes a talent search conducted with Funny or Die. “It’s very much about building community through the film festival and within the film community itself,” Mackay tells Backstage. “L.A. is a big city. Our goal is to give everybody something and introduce filmmakers to each other and filmmakers to audiences.” The Muse selections include the feature “Echo Park, »
Premiering on Saturday, June 14th at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Echo Park is an understated indie romance starring Mamie Gummer and Tony Okungbowa as Sophie and Alex, a pair whose shifting lives and relationships mirror the gentrification shifts in their Los Angeles neighborhood. They find themselves drawn to each other as Sophie contemplates the end of a previous relationship and Alex considers a move back to his native London. Okungbowa, who also produced and co-starred in Andrew Dosunmu's acclaimed dramas Restless City and Mother of George and is familiar to some as the former in-house DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, made time to talk with Shadow And Act about his role »
- Jai Tiggett
"Echo Park," by first time director Amanda Marsalis, follows the blossoming relationship between Sophie (Mamie Gummer) and Alex (Tony Okungbowa), residents of the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The romance drama, which brings together a jaded Beverly Hills resident and a British expat, will play as part of the La Muse section of the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14. In this exclusive clip we get an intimate conversation between Sophie and Alex, as they look into the meaning of love. The two clearly have a lot of natural onscreen chemistry so consider us excited to see what "Echo Park" is capable of bringing to the table. Gummer previously appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" and Okungbowa is best known for his role as the DJ on "The Ellen Show." Check out their deep conversation below. »
- Eric Eidelstein
One of several films world premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival later this month is director Amanda Marsalis' Echo Park, an La Muse (11) selection, which is curated by Film Independent at Lacma curator Elvis Mitchell and artist/scholar Roya Rastegar.Echo Park stars Mamie Gummer (Side Effects, Evening, daughter of actress Meryl Streep) as Sophie, a woman who leaves an apparently perfect Beverly Hills life to do some soul searching in Echo Park, the eclectic central Los Angeles neighborhood, where she meets Alex (played by Tony Okungbowa) a British expat »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Jennifer Aniston will have quite the “support” group of actors for her next journey into indie film format. Moving away from familiar rom com territory, TheWrap reports that the A-lister and the previously announced Adriana Barraza and Mamie Gummer will be joined by Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, the wife-hubby tandem of Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy, Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters, Camille Mana, Manuel Garcia Rulfo and finally, Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Daniel Barnz’s Cake, a 2013 Black List project, should be lensing fairly soon. Messina will play Aniston’s ex-husband who still cares about her deeply, while Huffman will play the facilitator of the support group. Kendrick will appear as a ghost who taunts Claire. Mana will play Claire’s nurse, who has no patience for her demands.
Gist: Based on Patrick Tobin’s script, Aniston will play an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of »
- Eric Lavallee
Who can say no to cake? Apparently not Jennifer Aniston. Following the massive success of her R-rated comedy We're The Millers, Aniston has signed on to headline and executive produce an indie dramedy called Cake. And she's bringing a bunch of friends on board for the ride. What began as a Black List script with buzz is now an indie production with a dazzling ensemble. The Wrap reports Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), William H. Macy (Shameless), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Britt Robertson (Delivery Man), Lucy Walters (The Brass Teapot), Camille Mana (Smart People), and Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Bless Me, Ultima) have all joined Cake's cast. THR adds that The Good Wife's Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, has also signed on. Penned by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way Out), Cake will center on Claire (Aniston), a bitter woman who is absorbed in »
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