Ricki Rendazzo is a veteran rockstar as part of her band Ricki And The Flash. She's adored by so many people in the world apart from the people who matter the most; her family. While on tour (as usual) she gets a call from her ex-husband Pete telling her that her daughter Julie has been dumped by her partner Max for another woman. Realising finally that her presence is needed, she drops everything and rushes to her daughter's aid - though, as it turns out, Julie is far from grateful. She and her brother have been forced to spend their most cherished memories without Ricki there, with their stepmother Maureen taking on the role as a proper mother to them. Ricki's son doesn't want her at his forthcoming wedding either, so it seems Ricki has a lot of making up to do if she wants to have a hope of re-connecting with her loved ones.
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Mamie Gummer and Lily Rabe - 2015 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of 'Live From New York' held at The Beacon Theatre - Arrivals at Tribeca Film Festival, Beacon Theatre - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 16th April 2015
Mamie Gummer and Lily Rabe - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of 'Live From New York' which was held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 15th April 2015
Jennifer Aniston delivers an Oscar-calibre performance in this rather over-worked drama, which tries to emphasise heavy-handed metaphors more than the characters themselves. But it's an involving personal odyssey thanks to Aniston's honest acting, and Daniel Barnz's sensitive direction manages to dodge most of the script's more glaring pitfalls.
Aniston plays Claire, a woman who has been in continual pain, both emotional and physical, following the car accident that claimed the life of her young son. Revelling in her bitter sarcasm, she has alienated her husband (Chris Messina), driven her physiotherapist (Mamie Gummer) to despair and so enraged her therapy leader (Felicity Huffman) that she's been thrown out of the group. The only person who patiently sticks by her side is her maid/assistant Silvana (Adriana Barazza), and she's beginning to waver. Then Nina (Anna Kendrick), a therapy-group member, commits suicide, making Claire question why she's still bothering to be alive. There has to be a spark of hope there, and she decides to stalk Nina's single-dad widower Roy (Sam Worthington) for answers.
While the premise seems to set up the usual story about two damaged souls healing each other, the story thankfully doesn't go down that tired route. Instead, Patrick Tobin's script keeps the interaction prickly and unexpected, even as it layers in so much symbolism that it becomes rather exhausting. Claire's physical scarring is clearly indicative of something deeper, as is her array of cruel defence mechanisms. Thankfully, Aniston plays these scenes with a mixture of black comedy and aching sadness that makes the character thoroughly involving and only slightly likeable. Her interaction with Barraza is the heart of the film, beautifully played because their connection remains mainly unspoken. By contrast, Worthington feels almost superfluous; he sharply matches Aniston's cynicism, but is too nice to register very strongly.
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Mamie Gummer - Opening night after party for the New Group production Rasheeda Speaking, held at the West Bank Cafe - Arrivals. at West Bank Cafe, - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 12th February 2015
Claire Bennett is struggling to get through day-to-day life despite her buffet of pills, one-on-one medical support and the Women's Chronic Pain Support Group she regularly attends. She is forced to cope with the heart-breaking break-up of her relationship but becomes deeply obsessed with the suicide of Nina Collins, another woman from the support group. In a bid to learn more about her death and, indeed, her life, she persuades the group leader to pass on Nina's address. It's then she meets her widower Roy with whom she strikes up a significant relationship, with both of them dealing with the loss of a loved one and their own brand of chronic pain. Meanwhile, Claire frequently experiences hallucinations of Nina, who slowly draws her towards normality and, perhaps, a happier life.
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Among arrivals at the Target and FEED collaboration launch at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York were 'The Hitcher' star Sophia Bush, he niece of former President George W. Bush Lauren Bush, 'Off the Map' star Mamie Gummer, 2012 'American Idol' winner Phillip Phillips and 'The Real Housewives of New York City' star Kelly Bensimon.
Thrillers don't get much more enjoyable than this one, which shifts cleverly from an issue-based drama to an intriguing mystery and finally into riotously camp mayhem. Over his career, Soderbergh has proven himself adept at all three approaches, and the way he and writer Burns morph from one to the other is so mercilessly entertaining that we can't help but smile. And the cast is having a great time playing along with them.
It starts as an expose of psychotropic drugs, as Emily (Mara) struggles with depression after her husband Martin (Tatum) is released following a four-year prison term for insider trading. Emily's therapist Dr Banks (Law) prescribes a series of anti-anxiety pills to help her, adjusting the medication until the side effects even out. But something still isn't right, and a fatal incident leads to a criminal trial. Meanwhile, Banks begins his own investigation into the case, consulting Emily's previous therapist (Zeta-Jones). But the fallout from all of this is threatening both his career and his marriage to Dierdre (Shaw).
Soderbergh gives the film a seductive tone that's irresistible, with his own gleaming cinematography and witty editing, plus a teasing Thomas Newman score. This allows the actors to create layered characters who can constantly surprise us along the way. Law holds our sympathies as a desperate man trying against all odds to get his life back, while Zeta-Jones is icy and dismissive until her character takes a lively turn about halfway in. But it's Mara who's the real revelation in a tricky role. As Emily's world seems to shift and collapse around her, she reveals an astonishing array of emotions and intentions.
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Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's 29-year-old daughter, was doing absolutely fine before she began starring in her own show, 'Emily Owens, M.D'. She had bit parts in various TV shows, she played a supporting actress in a film every now and again, and she even got married last year to fellow actor Ben Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). She was doing absolutely fine. As was the world really. So there was just no need for CW's new Tuesday night show 'Emily Owens, M.D.', in which Gummer stars as the eponymous lead character who is straight out of Med. School, ever to grace the world with its existence.
America has done medical dramas and medical comedies and it has done them very well. Our favourites are of course E.R. (classic!), and Grey's Anatomy, but also Scrubs and House score pretty highly with us, however 'Emily Owens, M.D.', manages to wrench everything that was subtle and everything that was terrible, and exploit them outright. Emily Owens is reminiscent of the lead character of that utterly terrible final season of Scrubs. She's quite high pitched, monstrously irritating and talks. A lot.
USA Today and SeattlePi.com have both criticized it heavily for being far too much like Grey's Anatomy. If that really were true, perhaps it would be worth watching. However, characterisation is poor and has been done, over and over and over. However, Gummer's colleagues have given high praise to the actress. Jennie Snyder Urman, the show's creator said "She's so honest, so vulnerable, so raw, and that makes her so likable. She brings this sort of naivete to the role that is subtle and elegant.... When I think about her, I don't think about her mom." Plus, Robert King, co-creator, told the Chicago Tribue “"When she came in to audition, what was really good is you didn't get a sense that it was a scheme. You sensed actual innocence with her, while all the other actresses kind of pretended to be sweet. She was very unexpected. And that's what makes her so appealing to watch." Perhaps Gummer's got more to give, but there simply isn't much to give in 'Emily Owens, M.D.
Mamie Gummer, the 29-year-old daughter of Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep and the sculptor Don Gummer, is looking to do things her way. The actress, who made her movie debut with a part in 'Heartburn' opposite her mother, is headlining her first television series.
Medical drama 'Emily Owens M.D.' premieres on the CW on Tuesday (October 16, 2012) and has courted gentle praise for its pilot episode. Gummer seems pretty confident of her own ability, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I've been the star of my own show forever - it's just now people can tune in once a week to watch me," though maintained that the media buzz surrounding her first major show "is weird." In 'Emily Owens,' Gummer plays a shy medical student who suddenly realizes the hospital she works in is far too similar to her high school. "She was just sort of jumping around the page and at me," Gummer said of her character. "It felt like a great opportunity to carry a show for myself - to play on a bigger level." Though it's her first major television role, the actress has had plenty of time to hone her talents, appearing onstage in 'Mr Marmalade' and 'The Water's Edge' as well as landing a small role in HBO's 2008 Emmy-winning miniseries 'John Adams.'
Despite the millions of dollars that her mother commands for lead Hollywood roles, Gummer has an altogether different approach to the acting game: "I'm not going to lie to you. The last play I did in New York, I got paid $330 a week," she revealed. If 'Emily Owens' takes off, we're pretty sure her pay-packet will be considerably heftier.
Mamie Gummer plays a med school graduate just starting out as an intern, in The CW’s Emily Owens, M.D., and it’s a role she’s flourishing in, reports The Associated Press.
"She's really smart," says Gummer, "which rescues her when her heart and lack of confidence get her into jams. She's very easy to embrace. I really love her!” It’s important for an Actor to love their role, we’re sure, but The CW will be hoping their viewers will be feeling the same way when the show premieres tomorrow night (October 16, 2012) at 9 p.m. EDT. Gummer has been living with a hefty weight on her thespian shoulders, with her mother being none other than Meryl Streep. But hopefully this new, more adult role, can propel her from the shadows of her much-loved senior. "I feel like I'm a secondary artist, a kind of a conduit for the writer, and if it's a good writer then I have a great road map. If the material's not as good, or if I'm writing the material — which is what I'm doing right now, talking to you — then I get a little nervous.”
Whilst seemingly open to journalists, Gummer makes no bones about it, she’s not big on interviews: "I understand it's part of the job, so I try not to be too guarded," she explained. "I try to be open, but not completely laid bare."
Mamie Gummer has been discussing the difficulties of making her marriage with fellow actor Ben Walker work. Both stars are incredibly successful at the moment, with Gummer starring in a new hospital drama, 'Emily Owens, M.D', and her other half preparing to start the play 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof'. However success has also brought on strain.
"I have weekends off" the 29 year-old said to USA Today about when she gets to see Walker. "We shoot until the early morning hours of Saturday. For me to fly back, I would land in New York on Saturday night and fly back the next day. Get a few hours in. See him before and after his matinee. Just make do."
However, she also insisted that her marriage and family was hugely important. Learning from her mother Meryl Streep, Gummer said "I learned about priorities. She always prioritized her family and her life outside of acting. I will continue to always hold that in the highest regard and to protect that." She said though that she loved her new role, finding the social awkwardness of the character that as something she can relate to. "All of a sudden, you're an adult. By all appearances you're grown up. But you still feel like a kid. Emily really thrives when she's working. She's on top of her game. It's all the other stuff that's messier."
Kristen is a young and beautiful girl who's just been institutionalised in a hospital for the mentally unstable. It's 1960 and she has no idea of why she's become a patient, her memory of life before whatever drove her to be seen as unbalanced totally escapes her and the doctors don't appear to be shedding much light on her situation either.
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