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Rick Springfield Invites Bellamy Young To Concert During Talk Show


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The Scandal star appeared on Live! with Kelly and Michael and was asked about being a fan of Rick's.

"That's my whole goal (is to meet him)," she joked on the show. "It's just me and Rick all summer. I got an RV, I got his schedule."

As Bellamy explained she was planning to take a vacation during her hiatus from the hit show, the show hosts offered up a video message from her rock idol, who surprised her with tickets and backstage passes.

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Rick Springfield Arrives At Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport

Rick Springfield - Rick Springfield arrives at Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 5th April 2016

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Rick Springfield Out In Beverly Hills

Rick Springfield - Rick Springfield out in Beverly Hills at beverly hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 6th October 2015

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Rick Springfield Performs At Hard Rock Live

Rick Springfield - Rick Springfield performs at Hard Rock Live in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla. - Hollywood, Florida, United States - Wednesday 2nd September 2015

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Ricki And The Flash Review

Very Good

Meryl Streep is having so much fun playing an ageing rocker that the audience only barely registers that this film isn't nearly as deep as it's pretending to be. There are some very nice observations about the messy ties that hold families together, as well as the fragility of dreams, but the real draw here is seeing Streep tearing up the screen, whether she's singing rock-n-roll classics or indulging in some spirited on-screen drama with her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer.

Streep plays Ricki, who has ended up singing in a shady Los Angeles bar with her on-off boyfriend Greg (Rick Springfield) and their band The Flash. Then she gets a call from her ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) saying that their daughter Julie (Gummer) has fallen into a deep depression and needs her mom. So Ricki heads home to Indianapolis, where she also has to face her two sons (Nick Westrate and Sebastian Stan), both of whom feel like they've been ignored by their childish mother and don't want much to do with her. So as she helps Julie cheer up, she's dealing with her sons, clashing with Pete's wife Maureen (Audra McDonald) and wondering why she's so reluctant about settling down with Greg.

None of this is terribly complicated, but the script is by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for Juno and also wrote the similarly themed Young Adult. She packs the dialogue with barbed wit that slices right to the core of these characters, bringing out crisp insights and dark emotions. The character interaction is often magical, including Streep's reignited chemistry with Kline (they first sparked together more than 30 years ago in Sophie's Choice). Her scenes with Gummer have an effortless crackle of authenticity, as do her biting chats with McDonald. In fact, the only weak moments are her off-stage scenes with Springfield, who expresses himself better with a guitar in his hands.

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Meryl Streep Has No Rock Career Plans


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The Oscar winner took lessons, practised for months, and even received some tutoring from rock legend Neil Young to join musician/actor Rick Springfield as part of a band in the comedy.

However, she has no intention of trading Hollywood for concert halls and flatly refused to contemplate hitting the road with Springfield when the cameras stopped rolling, asking: "Why would I?"

Former Catatonia frontwoman Cerys Matthews interviewed Streep for British TV show This Morning, and she told viewers, "I asked her because Rick was about the start a world tour, and I said, 'Are you gonna do it?'... I went, 'Will you go on tour?'. She said, 'No way!'"

Mamie Gummer Is A 'guard Dog' For Meryl Streep


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Mamie Gummer is her mother Meryl Streep's ''guard dog'' as she has taken on the responsibility to protect her from intrusive fans.

The 32-year-old actress accepts her world famous parent will always attract a lot of attention when they're out and admits Meryl always makes time for admirers who want to speak to her or get an autograph or photo.

So Mamie has taken it upon herself to step in and stop over-zealous fans from bothering the Oscar winner.

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Diablo Cody: I'm 'obsessed' With Rick Springfield


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Diablo Cody is ''obsessed'' with Rick Springfield.

The 'Ricki and the Flash' screenwriter has admitted she was thrilled to work with the rock star as she thinks he has the ''charisma'' movie stars lack.

She said: ''I'm just obsessed with Rick Springfield! I think everybody was by the time we wrapped. There's just something about rock stars, they're way cooler than movie people to me.

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Rick Springfield Vows To Make Up For Axed Shows


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The Jessie's Girl hitmaker was offered a role in comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash by director Jonathan Demme but he had to cancel gigs Down Under because they clashed with the shooting schedule.

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Rick Springfield Nearly Passed On Ricki And The Flash Audition


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The Jessie's Girl star was approached by director Jonathan Demme to play a guitarist in Streep's onscreen band, and although Springfield was thrilled at the prospect of working with the two Oscar winners, he initially decided to pass on the opportunity.

He explains, "I was very excited, but they wanted to see me the next day (in Los Angeles). I was on the East Coast, I was playing, touring, and... I said, 'There's no way I'm gonna prepare a decent scene, and I don't wanna look like an idiot in front of Jonathan Demme, so I'm not gonna go.'

"My pitbull of a PR girl... said, 'You get your a** on that plane and you go to that audition.'"

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Rick Springfield Landed Son In Trouble On Ricki And The Flash Set


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The Jessie's Girl hitmaker, real name Richard Springthorpe, reveals his son Josh kept their family bond a secret as he worked on the new rock drama, so the veteran star raised eyebrows when he repeatedly greeted his boy with a warm embrace during early rehearsals with co-stars Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline.

He explains, "I'm a very hands-on dad and Josh didn't tell anyone that I was his dad. So when we were doing the two week rehearsal before... I'd come in every morning and I kiss him and hug him and then go to work, and then after a couple of mornings, one security guy came up to him and said, 'Dude, what are you doing with Rick Springfield? Leave the actors alone. Don't do that.'

"He thought there was something weird going on, and even then, Josh didn't say, 'Oh, he's my dad!'; he just said, 'Oh, OK!'".

Meryl Streep Praises Daughter Mamie Gummer's Acting Talent


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Meryl Streep has applauded her daughter for being the ''real deal'' in their new movie 'Ricki and the Flash'.

The 66-year-old actress plays the lead role as a retired rock star (Ricki) who returns home to build bridges with her children, one of whom is the troubled Julie depicted by Meryl's real life daughter Mamie Gummer.

Speaking at the world premiere of the film - which also stars Rick Springfield and Kevin Kline - in New York City on Monday (03.08.15), the Oscar-winning star confessed she was in awe of her daughter's performance.

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New York Premiere Of 'Ricki And The Flash'

Rick Springfield - New York premiere of 'Ricki And The Flash' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater - Arrivals - New York City, United States - Monday 3rd August 2015

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Rick Springfield's Record Honours Destroyed By Rain


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The Jessie's Girl hitmaker clocked up millions of record sales in his heyday but refused to display the special honours he received to mark his achievements.

He instead stored them in a shed outside his mother's house in Australia, and they were eventually ruined by water damage.

Springfield tells The New York Times, "I never put them on my walls. In fact, I had them out in the shed and they got rained on, so I had to throw them all out."

Rick Springfield Arrives At ABC Studios

Rick Springfield - Rick Springfield seen arriving at ABC studios for Jimmy Kimmel Live. at Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 30th July 2015

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