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According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 64-year old Oscar-winner will play a mother who works in a grocery by day and plays guitar by night.
The story revolves around a rock and roll-loving woman who goes after her dream, putting her family at stake, but gets a last chance to make things right.
- Arun Pandit
TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki and the Flash. Produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick, the film unites Oscar winners Diablo Cody, who wrote the original screenplay, director Jonathan Demme, and Meryl Streep, who will star in the title role.
Ricki and the Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n' roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin' mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production commitment and »
Last week, we passed along news of a rather intriguing new project for 18-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep: an untitled Diablo Cody script, to be directed by Jonathan Demme, in which she'd play a fame-hungry mother reuniting with her estranged family. Today, a few more choice details were announced, beginning with a title: the film is to be called "Ricki and the Flash." Tastier still: Streep will be unleashing her inner rock chick. Deadline describes the project as the story of an aspiring rock singer who abandons her family to pursue her musical career, working as a checkout clerk by day and gigging by night, before getting one last chance to reconcile with her daughter. (Shades of "The Wrestler?") This is terrain Demme should know well, having directed concert documentaries for Talking Heads and Neil Young, as well as music videos for the likes of Bruce Springsteen; you can »
- Guy Lodge
TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki And The Flash.
Ricki And The Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right.
Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin’ mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production »
- Michelle McCue
After going on the market last week, Columbia TriStar is in talks to distribute and finance the Diablo Cody spec “Ricki and Flash,” a lucrative package that has Meryl Streep attached to star and Jonathan Demme set to direct.
Several studios, including Universal, Weinstein and Fox 2000, chased after it before TriStar finally won out on the bidding. TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman spearheaded the charge to get this package over to his company before it landed somewhere else.
“We feel lucky as hell to have been selected by such outstanding filmmakers to be the dive bar for Ricki and her band,” Rothman said. “We aspire to be the best roadies ever. I have been fortunate enough to have personally worked with each of the Fab Four talents involved here before and know well how supremely gifted they are. This is a great day in the life of our company.”
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions is closing a deal to finance and distribute Ricki And The Flash, a hot package that had several studios circling because it comes with Meryl Streep playing a hard rocking mama. Scripted by Juno‘s Diablo Cody, the film will be directed by Jonathan Demme, and produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick. This comes on the heels of TriStar’s deal with Robert Zemeckis to direct the 3-D experiential film To Walk the Clouds about the French aerialist Phillipe Petit who crossed between the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. The project is based on Petit’s memoirs To Reach The Clouds and is being produced by Zemeckis with his ImageMovers Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey and Rothman. Landing Ricki and The Flash is a coup for Rothman. Streep will play a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
It is understood TriStar Productions prevailed over The Weinstein Company and a number of other studios in a competitive auction.
The company has lined up an autumn start while Streep familiarises herself with the demands of playing rock guitar.
Streep will play a rock ‘n’ roll lover who sacrificed her family in pursuit of her tattered dreams and gets the chance to make everything right.
“We aspire to be the best roadies ever,” said TriStar Productions chairman Rothman.
Platt, who collaborated with Demme on Philadelphia at TriStar, added that Cody and Streep were “two of the women I admire most.” »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
TriStar Productions today announced that Meryl Streep is set to headline Ricki and the Flash , an upcoming comedy drama from director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody. Marc Platt and Mason Novick are producing. Ricki and the Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n. roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen ( Mamma Mia , Into the Woods ), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin. mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day. TriStar Productions Chairman Tom Rothman said, .We feel lucky as hell to have »
Villordsutch reviews Big Finish Audio Productions' Blakes 7 - Drones...
Written by Marc Platt.
Directed by Ken Bentley.
Starring Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake), Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal),Jan Chappell (Cally), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac), Tim Treloar (Bru Renderson), Sara Powell (Dr Cara Petrus).
It’s been a good few years since I’ve watched Blakes 7 (on VHS tape) and I clearly recall what Blake did at the end of Season 4 (it still haunts me) and what happened to The Liberator (the coolest of all starships) in Season 3. It’s due to this I’m guessing that this episode falls either in Season 1 or Season 2 of the TV series. You may remember the odd ropey episode in those Seasons but they are general considered to be the strongest, which is rather good really when you’re making a full cast driven Audio Production of Blakes 7. »
- Gary Collinson
Some film packages come bearing one or two high-profile elements, be it an award-winning actor with buzz, a script by an established writer or a proven director. Ricky And The Flash promises all three, with Meryl Streep on board to star in a Diablo Cody script directed by Jonathan Demme. Start revving your Oscar engines now, right?Ricky finds Streep as a woman who abandoned her family in her younger days to pursue a life of fame and fortune as a rock star. But once her career quietens in her later years, she decides to track down her family and try to be a mother to her estranged children. Attempting to reunite with her spawn, she discovers the emotional wreckage her decision wrought, including one of her kids going through a divorce.Producer Marc Platt, who collaborated with Demme on Rachel Getting Married, is one of the producers dangling the »
Streep would play a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune as a rock star. Decades later, she decides to be a mother again to her estranged children, one of whom is going through a divorce.
Demme and Streep previously worked together on 2004's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate".
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Is there a finer actress around these days than Meryl Streep? The woman oozes class and brings a gravitas to every film she’s a part of. Gravitas may not be something that’s needed for the latest role she’s signed on for though; an indie comedy drama from Juno scribe Diablo Cody entitled Ricky And The Flash.
Very little is known about the project just yet, it doesn’t have distributor backing as present, but a basic storyline has been revealed. Streep will play an ageing rock-star (she proved her pipes in Mamma Mia) who tries to reconnect with her family when one of her children is faced with an ugly divorce.
Jonathan Demme, diretor of not-so comedic movies including Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia and Rachel Getting Married is set to direct and Marc Platt, currently working alongside Streep as a producer on Into The Woods will »
- Victoria Bull
Marc Platt is on board to produce.
Story follows an old fading rockstar, played by Streep, who after years of being estranged from her children, finally tries to reconnect as one of them goes through an ugly divorce.
This package will now be taken out to studios and it shouldn’t take long before the film finds a distributor.
Streep is coming off her Oscar-nominated role as the drunken, angry matriarch Violet Weston in Weinstein’s “August: Osage County,” and this role seems to have similar elements given the story line and Cody’s previous credits, which have always brought an edge to its characters.
- Justin Kroll
Platt will produce through his Marc Platt Productions shingle.
The novel is described as a Hitchcockian thriller about a young woman who becomes entangled in a murder investigation because of what she witnesses on her daily commute.
Transworld (the UK crime/thriller imprint for Random House) picked up UK publishing rights for a spring 2015 release. Penguin has picked up Us publishing rights.
Hawkins has worked in journalism for 10 years, writing for a variety of publications and media on a range of subjects, from money to art and science. Most recently she was deputy personal finance editor of The Times in London.
- Justin Kroll
Exiting A month ago, director Marc Webb revealed that he would be returning to helm the third movie in Sony's rebooted Spider-Man franchise, which came as a surprise to many considering he very nearly backed out of directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Apparently, Webb draws the line at a trilogy, however, as he revealed to TheDailyBeast that he's vacating the director's chair after the threequel, despite the fact that a fourth movie is already in early stages of development.
"I’d like to be involved as a consultant, and I’ve already talked to these guys about it, but in terms of directing it, that will close out my tenure. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but after the third movie, it’ll be the time to find something else."
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
Berkeley was the man of Hollywood’s golden era who you went to for choreography and directing if you wanted an original, elaborate dance routine from 1933 right through to 1955 and included such classics as Gold Diggers Of 1933 (and ‘of 1935′) , For Me And My Gal (1942) and 42Nd Street (1933).
The big centre-piece for Busby was those classic kaleidoscopic chorus girls overhead shots, that moved them into patterns on the screen. Over his career he earned three Oscar nominations for best dance direction, an honour that no longer exists with less and less musicals being made. The great man was famed for bringing that escapism to an era that wasn’t that good for many, he positively knew of »
- Dan Bullock
Director. Choreographer. Creator of stylish musical numbers. If the name Busby Berkeley conjures up imagery of classic Hollywood, top hats, costumes and whirling dancers, then you're not alone. And if you thought about producing and potentially star in a biopic as the man himself, your name might just be Ryan Gosling. The Drive and Only God Forgives star is partnering with producer Marc Platt and Warner Bros. to option Jeffrey Spivak's book about Berkeley, Buzz: The Life And Art Of Busby Berkeley. Gosling is initially overseeing development simply as one of the producers, but he has an eye on both the lead, and if everything works out, the director's chair. Berkeley made his name on films such as 42nd Street, Dames, Gold Diggers Of 1933 and Hollywood Hotel. He also choreographed the Scarecrow's number in The Wizard Of Oz. But his life extended far beyond that, with a stint in »
Based on Jeffrey Spivak's book "Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley", the film will present the life of the late director and choreographer.
Gosling is also expected to play Berkeley, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
- Diksha Singh
Debonair leading man Ryan Gosling has spent the last few years doing terrific work for stylists Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). But, when it comes to mainstream roles, he is still resigned to being a part of the ensemble. Now, it looks like we’ll be getting to see the actor in an exciting starring part as he’s currently circling the glamorous role of legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley for an adaptation of Buzz, a biography of the musical legend from author Jeffrey Spivak.
Berkeley is an icon for fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, with his extravagant dance numbers featuring many, many chorus girls. Even during a time before colour film, Berkeley’s show-stoppers were lively and animated. Besides his behind-the-scenes role for the innovative musical 42nd Street, Berkeley was also a director of titles like Gold Diggers of 1933 and Babe in Arms, »
- Jordan Adler
The film will be based on a book by Jeffrey Spivak entitled Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley. The filmmaker revolutionized the musical and changed the world of choreography. He pioneered many conventions still in use today, including the famous "parade of faces" technique, which lends an identity to each anonymous performer in a close-up. Carefully arranging dancers in complex and beautiful formations, he captured perspectives never seen before.
Ryan Gosling, who most recently directing and wrote How to Catch a Monster, will be producing with Marc Platt. The producer is best known for his box-office shattering Broadway show Wicked and is currently working on Disney's adaptation of the Broadway musical Into the Woods.
The project is still in early development. No cast or production schedule has been released. »
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