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This week in tv news: Nina Dobrev to exit The Vampire Diaries at the end of this season

11 April 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Arrested Development, which producer Brian Grazer confirmed would be returning

Netflix’s upcoming series The Get Down has cast its four lead roles. The hip hop drama, set in New York in the 70s, has tapped Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremain Brown Jr. to star in the series. Moore, who will soon be seen on the big screen in the Sundance feature Dope, will be playing Shaolin Fantastic, while Smith, who is in this summer’s Paper Towns, will play Ezekiel. Brown Jr. will make his acting debut on the series by playing Boo-Boo, while Brooks, who was one of the two leads in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, will play Ra-Ra.

Netflix describes The Get Down thusly.

The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Meryl Streep Covers Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Lady Gaga in New Film

10 April 2015 9:18 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Meryl Streep recorded live cover versions of Bruce Springsteen's "My Love Will Not Let You Down," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl," Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and nine other hits for the Jonathan Demme-directed family drama Ricki and the Flash, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film, out August 7th, stars Streep as Ricki Randazzo, the frontwoman of a cover band who abandoned her three children to chase her rock and roll dreams. When her daughter Julie (played by Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer) stares down a life crisis, »

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TVLine Items: Grace and Frankie Trailer, Freaks and Geeks Reunion and More

9 April 2015 1:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Much like grief, there are five stages of losing your husband to a gay man. And Netflix’s Grace and Frankie is about to delve into every one of them.

The streaming giant has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming comedy, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women whose husbands (played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, respectively) leave their wives for each other.

RelatedGeoff Stults Books Recurring Role in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie

Press Play on the video below to see the titular pair experience shock, denial, confusion, rage and reflection in the face of »

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The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

9 April 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're just a week away from the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday April 15th and runs until the 26th. As ever, the lineup is skewed toward U.S. productions, though not exclusively so, ranging from higher-profile projects with starry casts and broad ensembles to smaller, more under the radar titles from first-time directors. While the festival overall can't claim equivalent prestige with the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. Tribeca is positioned between either, both in geographic and chronological senses, and has carved out a solid niche for itself as an independent-leaning festival with a laudable agenda to foster new talent in both feature and shorts filmmaking. And this year, in addition to attracting an eclectic top-shelf jury including Dylan McDermott, Cobie Smulders, Steve Buscemi, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Vanessa Williams, Sheila Nevins, Debi Mazar, Minnie Driver, Andre Holland, Hank Azaria, Mamie Gummer, Mark Boal, Burr Steers, David »

- The Playlist Staff

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‘The Good Wife’s’ Mamie Gummer Joins Wgn America’s ‘Manhattan’

8 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wgn America just dropped a pretty big casting bomb: Mamie Gummer (“The Good Wife”) has been cast in a recurring role on the second season of drama “Manhattan.” Meryl Streep‘s daughter will play Nora, a street-smart spy sent to the Hill as a liaison to Jim Meeks (Christopher Denham). She’ll use “her charm and sexuality to pass atomic secrets to the Soviets,” the cable channel said on Wednesday. Created by Sam Shaw and directed by Thomas Schlamme, “Manhattan” begins production on its second season in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 14. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, »

- Tony Maglio

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Wgn’s ‘Manhattan’ Enlists Mamie Gummer

8 April 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mamie Gummer is heading for the Hill.

The Good Wife” alum has joined Wgn America’s Los Alamos-set period drama “Manhattan” for season two, playing a street-smart spy who uses her charm and sexuality to pass atomic secrets to the Soviets. Her character will act as a liaison to Jim Meeks (played by Christopher Denham), whom audiences have now learned to be a Soviet informer.

Gummer joins a cast that also includes new member William Petersen, who plays the new ranking military officer Col. Emmett Darrow. John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan also star.

“Manhattan” is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason. The series is produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios. Season two begins production April 14 in Santa Fe.


- Whitney Friedlander

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Ben Stiller on ‘Zoolander 2,’ Brooklyn Hipsters and His Noah Baumbach Comedy

24 March 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Noah Baumbach comedy “While We’re Young” premiered at New York’s Paris Theatre on Monday night with stars Ben Stiller and Amanda Seyfried. The indie, which was picked up by A24 out of Toronto, follows a struggling documentary filmmaker (Stiller) who befriends two younger Brooklyn hipsters (Adam Driver and Seyfried). Naomi Watts, who didn’t attend the premiere, plays Stiller’s wife.

The film shot in New York last year, both in Upstate and throughout Brooklyn (including Williamsburg and Greenpoint). “I hadn’t spent a lot of time in Brooklyn,” Stiller said. “I’m from the Upper West Side. I remember going to Brooklyn as a kid, and the neighborhoods are always very exotic to me and so different.” Stiller said he didn’t absorb much about hipster culture during the shoot. “I feel like it’s all ridiculous the way people are categorizing it,” said Stiller. “People are doing their thing, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.15: “Open Source” sees the return of long-absent faces

16 March 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 15: “Open Source”

Written by Craig Turk

Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

Ah, the classic “ripped from the zeitgeist” case; it’s been a while since The Good Wife has taken on this old TV chestnut. (We should all still be in the “pretending the midseason finale never happened” phase right now.) This week, 3D-printed guns are the issue at hand, and that gives the series a handy excuse to bring back Gary Cole as Kurt McVeigh, crack forensic expert witness and seemingly barely-present husband of Diane Lockhart.

Actually, The Good Wife brings back a lot of series staples it hasn’t in a while – an honest-to-goodness legal case with an arc, a rival attorney with a distinct personal style (Mamie Gummer, always enjoyable as the faux-naif Nancy Crozier), the wacky judge with…a distinct personal style (Denis O’Hare’s Judge Abernathy, »

- Simon Howell

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First Look At Meryl Streep In Ricki And The Flash

9 February 2015 2:14 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Teaming Up With Director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), Meryl Streep will star opposite her real life daughter, Mamie Gummer, in Ricki and The Flash, as a gutar heroine, who, after giving up everything for rock and roll stardom, returns home to make everything right with her family. The first image from the movie has come our way, showing that, even if you are a three time Academy Award winner, you can still rock out with the best of them. Released: August 7th »

- (Tom White)

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First look at Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash

6 February 2015 2:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We’ve got our first look at Meryl Streep in what will presumably be her next Oscar-nominated role as a hard-rocking front-woman in director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody’s upcoming comedy Ricki and the Flash

In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family.  Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband.

Ricki and the Flash will open in the UK on August 7th, with a cast that also includes Audra McDonald and Sebastian Stan.


- Gary Collinson

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Damn, Meryl! Streep Looks Like a Badass in This First Look at Her Next Movie

5 February 2015 10:48 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Oscar nominee Meryl Streep will play a new character she's never been before: a rock star. In the 2015 comedy Ricki and the Flash, Streep will play hard-rocking singer/guitarist Ricki, who left behind her family years ago to pursue her dream and now wants to make things right. We have the first look at Streep in the film, and damn, Meryl. She looks like the badass we know she is, and even cooler with that guitar. The movie, which comes out Aug. 7, also stars her daughter Mamie Gummer and '80s rocker Rick Springfield. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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First Image From Ricki And The Flash Showcases Meryl Streep’s Rock Edge

4 February 2015 1:23 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? In the first image from her next effort, Ricki And The Flash, the Oscar-winner debuts a previously-unseen side to her talents. Brandishing a pristine Fender and a flowing mane of hair, the still showcases a devil-may-care attitude to Streep that’s seldom seen on screen. It’s hardly a revealing image, but it serves as a tasty warm-up before the trailer lands.

In the lead role of Ricki, Streep plays an ageing rocker who abandoned her family years before to pursue her rock n’roll lifestyle. When her dreams of superstardom come crashing down after a long stint playing in dive bars and such, she calls up her ex-husband (Kevin Kline) with the hopes of reconnecting with her children. Leaving California behind, she ups sticks and returns to New York with her tail between her legs to reinstate herself as the family matriarch. »

- Gem Seddon

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First Picture of Meryl Streep as a Rocker in 'Ricki and the Flash'

4 February 2015 10:35 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

TriStar Pictures has chosen People magazine as the outlet to offer the first look at Meryl Streep as an aging rocker in Jonathan Demme's upcoming movie Ricki and the Flash. Pictured above, Streep plays a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune as a rock star in California. Decades later, she returns home to be a mother again after her daughter (played by Streep's real life daughter Mamie Gummer) goes through a divorce. Kevin Kline, rocker Rick Springfield, Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Audra McDonald ("Private Practice") round out the cast. Written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), the pic is set to hit theaters on August 6 after previously being slotted for a late June release, obviously for awards reasons. »

- Brad Brevet

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See Meryl Streep Play Guitar in Her New Movie Role

4 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Meryl Streep, rocker? In the first photo of Streep from her upcoming movie, Ricki and the Flash, the Academy Award-winning actress looks like a natural on stage with a guitar in hand. In Juno writer Diablo Cody's latest movie, Streep, 65, plays singer-guitarist and Flash band member Ricki, who gave up everything to pursue her dream of rock-'n'-roll stardom. Then she returns home to make amends with her family. Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, also plays the role on screen, alongside Kevin Kline as Ricki's ex-husband, and rocker Rick Springfield plays a bandmate who is in love with Ricki. Captain America »

- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone

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See Meryl Streep Play Guitar in Her New Movie Role

4 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Meryl Streep, rocker? In the first photo of Streep from her upcoming movie, Ricki and the Flash, the Academy Award-winning actress looks like a natural on stage with a guitar in hand. In Juno writer Diablo Cody's latest movie, Streep, 65, plays singer-guitarist and Flash band member Ricki, who gave up everything to pursue her dream of rock-'n'-roll stardom. Then she returns home to make amends with her family. Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, also plays the role on screen, alongside Kevin Kline as Ricki's ex-husband, and rocker Rick Springfield plays a bandmate who is in love with Ricki. Captain America »

- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone

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‘Cake’ is a careless character study

26 January 2015 6:52 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Patrick Tobin

Directed by Daniel Barnz

USA, 2014

In Cake, it takes about fifteen minutes for director Daniel Barnz to establish the ground rules for this familiar portrait of grief and addiction, followed up by another ninety minutes or so of dramatic clumsiness and eye-rolling clichés. Whether it is drugs, sex, or booze, each brings a routine numbing quality to the table for Claire Bennett (Aniston), a seemingly darkly comedic and scathing woman who we first meet in a support group for chronic physical pain. The group is discussing the recent suicide of one of their members, while Claire draws appalling gasps due to her candid sarcasm on the matter. Sporting facial and body scars as well as weedy hair, Aniston’s return to drama screams “I’m ready for recognition!” but Cake does a horrible job of providing Aniston with much to work with.

Claire has driven most people away from her, »

- Ty Landis

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The End of the Tour | 2015 Sundance Film Festival Review

25 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Admiration Game: Ponsoldt’s Moving Homage to Artist and Artistry

Following the critical successes of 2012’s Smashed and 2013’s The Spectacular Now, director James Ponsoldt recreates a defining moment in time between acclaimed author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stones’ journalist David Lipsky with The End of the Tour, based on the memoirs of the latter. Beginning with Lipsky learning of Wallace’s suicide in 2008, we backtrack twelve years to 1996, after the publication of the author’s famed novel, Infinite Jest, which inspired the journalist, a novelist himself, to vie for an interview with the enigmatic personality. Framed as an unforgettable memory, Ponsoldt captures what feels like a sincere elegy from Lipsky to Wallace, a road trip that lasted five days and ran a gamut of intellectual, emotional, and philosophical highs and lows pertaining to the meaning of fame, success, and what it means to be an artist. Carried magnificently by its two leads, »

- Nicholas Bell

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The End of the Tour

25 January 2015 10:18 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews

The End of the Tour

Director: James Ponsoldt

Screenwriter: Donald Margulies

Principal Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner

U.S.A., 2014, 105 min., color

Plot (courtesy of Sundance): This story of the five-day 1996 interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace explores the tenuous yet intense relationship

that develops between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave, sharing laughs, and also concealing and revealing their hidden vulnerabilities.

Review: I have a history with Infinite Jest. I bought the giant, thousand-page book because I wanted to be the guy who loved that book. Sure, there are thousands out there who have enjoyed the novel by David Foster Wallace, but I wasn’t friends with them. So, I read it. That’s not true, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Film Review: ‘Cake’ Serves Emotionally Honest, Career-Growing Dramatic Role for Jennifer Aniston

24 January 2015 3:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s been a while since I walked out of a screening so affected and feeling that I just experienced a truly honest, important film.

Sure, other ones have since, but back in 2007, “Once” especially made me feel that way long before the Oscars. I never would have expected it here and nor will you from this film you’ve probably heard little or nothing about, but a little engine that could called “Cake” has done that to me again. And you’d never guess who primarily made it possible: Jennifer Aniston in a visually unflattering, dramatic role.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

While “Cake” as a film is receiving mixed reception, Aniston is being recognized for the career-growing range it’s proving for her beyond the “Friends” comedic stigma she’s trying to grow beyond. Though she tried with the dramatic romance “Love Happens” in 2009, it bombed. “Horrible Bosses” in 2011 and “Horrible Bosses 2 »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The End of the Tour’

23 January 2015 10:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A tete-a-tete between two writers that was acclaimed in book form fails to translate effectively to the screen in “The End of the Tour.” Despite high-powered talent — playwright Donald Margulies making his screenplay debut, helmer James Ponsoldt fresh off the excellent “Spectacular Now,” an attention-getting cast — there’s too little drama and insight to this adaptation of David Lipsky’s account of his lengthy interview/encounter with novelist David Foster Wallace. Fans of the late Wallace will be curious, but A24 (which bought U.S. rights just before the film’s Sundance premiere) will need stronger notices than they’ll likely get to pull anyone else toward a plotless two-hander whose central dynamic isn’t as compelling as intended.

A slightly younger novelist who’d returned to journalism after winning good reviews but low sales with two early books, Lipsky was — like many — awed by the sheer ambition and frequent »

- Dennis Harvey

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