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Lonergan said Tuesday that Cera, whose credits include Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad, and Culkin, of Igby Goes Down and Cider House Rules, will bring the play to Broadway in the fall after a stop this summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. All three will be making their Broadway debuts.
The woman in the middle of the pair will be played by Tavi Gevinson, »
- Associated Press
Word broke earlier this week that O-Town — the One Direction of the aughts, except less cute and not nearly as famous — is plotting a reunion. (Okay, an almost-reunion; frontman Ashley Parker Angel, the group’s answer to Harry Styles/Clone High guest star extraordinaire, is apparently out of the band. So much for “all or nothing at all.”)
This is great news, primarily for one reason: It gives us all a chance to reexamine “Liquid Dreams,” which has to be the grossest thing to come out of the late ’90s/early ’00s boy band boom. (Besides Chris Kirkpatrick’s hair. »
- Hillary Busis
Following an Oscar win for writing The Descendants, and a fantastic directing debut with The Way Way Back, the duo of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are reteaming with two of the supporting stars of the coming-of-age comedy. The Wrap has learned that Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney have joined The Heart, an action comedy starring "Saturday Night Live" veteran and Bridesmaids writer and lead Kristen Wiig. The film follows a cash-strapped woman (Wiig) who agrees to transport black market organs with a man she just met (Rockwell). Sounds like there's some flares of We're the Millers there, but it sounds fun. Read on! Janney is in early talks for her role, which would have the actress playing Wiig's intimidating boss who just happens to have two boyfriends. "The West Wing" star can currently be seen in Bad Words, which is also great evidence of her ability to play this new role fantastically, »
- Ethan Anderton
Meryl Streep can sing, but can she rock? There is a difference, but I'm very confident the incredibly talented actress will be able to pull it off in her new film, Ricki And The Flash. Deadline is reporting Streep will play a "hard rocking mama" in the film, scripted by Juno and Young Adult's Diablo Cody. Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs, Rachel Getting Married) will direct the film for TriStar. Meryl Streep's character will be, "a »
- Jesse Giroux
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 »
• Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) is in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller from Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. No director or distributor is attached yet. Graham King’s Gk Films will produce. [Deadline]
• Meryl Streep (August: Osage Country) will star as a rock-and-roll-loving mama in Rick and the Flash, written by Diablo Cody (Juno). Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) will direct the film, which finds Streep’s character reconciling with her estranged daughter. TriStar Productions will finance and distribute the movie, with shooting beginning in the fall. [Deadline]
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- EW staff
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
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
The news suggests the film is one step closer to making it to production with the studio also hiring director Craig Viveiros in recent weeks to helm the pic. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing via their Chernin Entertainment banner.
Based on the Eisner award winning graphic novel of the same name by Greg Rucka, the story centers on Tara Chace, a top British intelligence agent who is used as bait to draw out an international terrorist after an attack in London.
Sources tell Variety that Fox had long wanted give Page a franchise after working with the young actress in various Fox and Fox Searchlight projects, including the 2007 breakout smash “Juno.”
Milch is becoming the go »
- Justin Kroll
When Ellen Page came out as a gay woman last month, she named Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox as one of her inspirations to do so. And now the Oscar-nominated Juno star will present Cox with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards next month in L.A. (Fyi: The gala's co-chairs include yours truly.) The Kolzak award is given to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or a transgender media professional who has made a significant contribution in promoting equality. Past recipients include Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright and Sir Ian McKellan. A transgender woman herself, Cox plays transgender inmate Sophia Burset on Oitnb. She is the first trans woman of »
Labor Day, 2013.
Directed by Jason Reitman.
Escaped prisoner Frank Chambers (Brolin) convinces depressed single mother Adele (Winslet) to
Labor Day is a difficult film to review as it was neither phenomenally good nor shockingly bad: it was simply average. Following the story of young teenager Henry (an exceptional performance from young talent Gattlin Griffith) and his depressed mother (Winslet) who are forced to harbour fugitive Frank Chambers (Brolin), Labor Day is an altogether different experience compared to Reitman’s previous films. The film is an uneven drama with moments of brilliance mixed in with oversentimentality that lead it down a strange path. The plot is formulaic and the story unfolds exactly how you would imagine from the initial meeting of Frank »
- Gary Collinson
An exceptionally told story can be enough to get a movie picked up by a studio. But it always helps if that project also has three Academy Award winners attached to it. Such is the case with the oddly-named Ricky and the Flash, a drama that Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme would direct from a script written by Juno.s Diablo Cody, with Meryl Streep set to take on the leading role. How much do you want to bet this one doesn.t get dumped into a January release date? No production company is attached yet, but producers, including Mark Platt (Demme.s Rachel Getting Married), are currently shopping the project around to larger studios that are capable of financing. It.s a good tactic, as this trio will almost certainly deliver something critically acclaimed, and TheWrap reports the two studios that have shown interest in Ricky and »
Indiana Jones: The latest rumor concerning Indiana Jones is that a younger actor might be cast instead of Harrison Ford in the role if the fifth installment isn't ready by a certain date. That's pretty nebulous, but not really surprising; Ford will turn 72 this summer, and retirement from the role is inevitable. The new wrinkle is that Bradley Cooper is at "the top of the list" of actors being considered; also, Frank Darabont has reportedly pitched an idea for the sequel. [Latino Review] Ricky and the Flash: Meryl Streep is attached to star in a new project written by Diablo Cody (Juno). In Ricky and the Flash, Streep would play a mother who left her family to pursue a career as a rock star; decades later, she attempts to reconnect with her estranged children...
- Peter Martin
Indiana Jones: The latest rumor concerning Indiana Jones is that a younger actor might be cast instead of Harrison Ford in the role if the fifth installment isn't ready by a certain date. That's pretty nebulous, but not really surprising; Ford will turn 72 this summer, and retirement from the role is inevitable. The new wrinkle is that Bradley Cooper is at "the top of the list" of actors being considered; also, Frank Darabont has reportedly pitched an idea for the sequel. [Latino Review] Ricky and the Flash: Meryl Streep is attached to star in a new project written by Diablo Cody (Juno). Streep would play a mother who left her family to pursue a career as a rock star; decades later, she attempts to reconnect with her estranged children. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of...
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Wes Anderson enjoys first UK No 1 as takings look set to eclipse his Fantastic Mr Fox
When it debuted in third place with £1.53m from 284 cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel always looked on course to become Wes Anderson's biggest live-action film at UK cinemas, displacing The Royal Tenenbaums (£3.33m lifetime). A week later, with an expansion to 372 venues, the film found itself in second place in the UK box office chart. And now, in its third week of release, the Middle European caper grabs the top spot, dethroning video-game adaptation Need for Speed. With third-weekend takings of £1.27m from 458 sites, Grand Budapest Hotel has earned £6.31m in just 17 days. The film has a real shot at overtaking Anderson's animated family flick Fantastic Mr Fox (£9.19m) to become his biggest-ever UK hit.
It's not unprecedented for a film to rise slowly to the top of the box office chart, »
- Charles Gant
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
With VOD numbers still kept a secret by most of Hollywood, it’s tough to tell if Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut, Paradise, was any kind of success when released last fall. But reviews were not good (our own Jack Giroux gave it a ‘C’), and no one was really talking about it, so let’s just assume it was at least a cultural failure if not also financial. Considering neither Young Adult nor Jennifer’s Body were hits, either, the Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter could use a shot of relevance. And that shot seems very likely to come with a report from The Wrap that none other than Meryl Streep is set to speak Cody’s dialogue in a new movie directed by Jonathan Demme titled Ricky and the Flash. Demme himself hasn’t been in the spotlight much in the past five years and could also use this intriguing project. He »
- Christopher Campbell
• Meryl Streep is reportedly attached to star in Ricky and the Flash about a woman trying to repair her broken relationships with the family she abandoned to be a rock star decades earlier. Diablo Cody (Juno) penned the script and Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is attached to direct. All are Oscar winners. According to the report, Universal and Fox 200 are interested in the movie. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
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
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