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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Ricki Rendazzo is a rock star who gave up everything to pursue her dream of stardom. But when her ex-husband Pete asks her to visit Chicago and help their estranged, divorced daughter Julie through a difficult time, she's given a chance to make amends with the family she abandoned for a life of fame and fortune. Taking her shot at redemption, Ricki faces the music and tries to make up for lost time. Meryl Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer for the third time. They previously starred in Heartburn (1986) and Evening (2007) together.
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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The ‘Jessie’s Girl’ singer’s rear has finally been cleared of injuring a concert goer in 2004
A New York jury has ruled that singer Rick Springfield did not injure a woman during a performance at the New York State Fair over a decade ago. It took the New York state supreme court jury just over an hour to reach its verdict on Friday, after which the singer said he was “incredibly relieved.”
Springfield was "relieved" the trial was over.
The suit had been brought by 45-year-old Vicki Calcagno, from Liverpool, who alleged she had suffered serious injuries when Springfield fell on her during a 2004 concert. Calcagno had specifically said that Springfield’s buttocks had injured her, hitting her head and causing lasting damage.
Rick Springfield is dipping his toes back into the acting waters.
Rick Springfield has revealed that he's set to appear in True Detective season 2. Yep - that Rick Springfield. The crooner took to Twitter this week to tell fans: "Just finished my 1st day of shooting for season 2 of HBO's True Detective.What a great script. Working w/ Colin Farrell & Rachel McAdams!"
Rick Springfield is in True Detective season 2. Yep, really.
To be fair to Springfield - he's no stranger to acting and has played himself on Californication as well as Noah Drake on General Hospital in 1981 and again in 2013. Other roles include Hot in Cleveland, Suddenly Susan and the original series of Battlestar Galactica.
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The Lion King cast surprised passengers with their impromptu song on the subway, we look at other musicians who have given subterranean busking a pop.
Anyone who has ever travelled on the London Underground or the New York subway system knows that the experience is usually a dull and laborious affair. The carriages are sweltering and filled with people trudging to and from work, trying to avoid eye contact with everyone else despite the intense proximity of fellow passengers. All of these facets render the latest internet viral sensation as a harm-warming act to enliven the dreary public transport experience.
Musicians like to show off their talents on the subway, apparently [Getty/Spencer Platt]
Earlier this summer, members of the cast from the Broadway hit Lion King broke into spontaneous song on the New York A-train. The resulting video is currently doing the rounds on social media. The A Cappella version of ‘The Circle Of Life’ leaves many passengers enthralled, clearly delighted to have their journey brightened by the performers impressive talents sing and clap along to the spectacle. Others, however, react with a passive indifference with a few even keeping their headphones in through the song’s entirety. But the Lion King cast’s impromptu performance is far from the first to take place on a subway system. We take a look at some other examples.
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Ray Parker Jr., Katy Perry, Motown performers/songwriters Holland Dozier Holland, Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, Latino group Mana and Rick Springfield will also be honoured next year
The late Tupac Shakur and political commentator Tavis Smiley are among the list of people set to become the next stars honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the two being nominated to receive stars on the world-famous stretch of sidewalk in 2014.
It has been 17 years since the rapper, actor and political activist Tupac was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7 1996, dying from his woulds six days later, and since then Shakur has received an almost demi-God like status within the entertainment industry. His cult-like status within modern society actually makes his entry into the Walk of Fame a little surprising actually, as it should have come much earlier.
2Pac, as his name is often stylised, will receive his award for his recording career, which began when he first laid down vocals for Digital Underground's 1991 single 'Same Song,' a band that he had toured with as a roadie and back-up dancer prior to moving into the studio and then on to his solo career. Smiley, who most will know for his liberal talk shows, will recevie his award in recognition of his television work.
Continue reading: Tupac Shakur To Be Awarded Post-Humous Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame
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