Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, Ricki and The Flash stars Mery. Streep as Ricki, a rock singer who attempts to reconnect with her daughter Julie (Mami Gummer) who is heartbroken over the breakup of her marriage.
One of my more anticipated films this year is Ricki and the Flash, which features Meryl Streep as a singer/guitarist who has put music ahead of her family. Although she tries her best to reconnect with her grown kids (Streep’s own daughter Mamie Gummer and Sebastian Stan), certain wounds are hard to heal.
In preparation for Sunday night’s Golden Globes (airing on NBC starting at 8 pm et), Walt Disney Studios held a shindig to honor their various nominees.
In attendance were cast and crew members from Best Picture nominee Into The Woods (Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, James Cordon, director Rob Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt).
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn hosted a holiday party in celebration of Into The Woods, as director Rob Marshall and cast members Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Christine Baranski, and Tracey Ullman attended the special event (held at the Soho House in Los Angeles).
Photos from the party are below:
Based on the Tony Award winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into The Woods premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on November 5, 1987.
Along with Marshall, the film’s production team includes longtime Marshall collaborator/cinematographer Dion Beebe (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha), Oscar winning production designer Dennis Gassner (Quantum of Solace, Bugsy), and three-time Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, Alice in Wonderland).
Here’s the official Boilerplate summary of Into The Woods:
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.
As Taylor Swift continues to flourish and branch out as a musician, writer, and singer, she’s also branching out in the acting field. She explored her comedic chops in the 2010 comedy Valentine’s Day, and with The Giver she ventures into the dramatic arena.
Based on Lois Lowry’s evocative and prescient novel, The Giver has Jeff Bridges playing the titular character, a man who holds the memories of humanity before his environment turned into a safe yet emotionally empty society. Swift plays Rosemary, a youth who attempted to learn life’s valuable lessons and experiences from The Giver, but their bond leads to tragic results.
“I hope she continues (with) the acting,” said Bridges about his co-star. “She’s very talented, as well as being a great songwriter/performer. She was just wonderful.”
The Giver, which co-stars Brenton Thwaites (he’s The Giver’s latest pupil) and Meryl Streep, opens Friday.
The second season of Hollywood Game Night begins tonight (NBC, 8 pm et/pt), as Jane Lynch (Glee) hosts another series of party games featuring an array of celebrities. On the show, two contestants hang out with various stars and compete for a shot to win up to $25,000. Considering the state of our economy, a bit of festivity, along with the promise of cash, isn’t such a bad thing.
“I think it’s how much fun everybody has,” says Lynch when asked about the show’s appeal. “We all love watching people have fun, and it’s also participatory. People are playing at home and screaming the answers out and thinking they could do better. I would love to see everybody (laughs) be on this game with the eyes of America watching you. It’s always a different thing. It’s (also) fun to watch people you admire on television and watch how they might be at a party.”
As the interview ended, the always accommodating entertainer gave her thoughts on why comedic actors have an innate ability to excel at drama.
“I think that when you’re in touch with the humor and the irony, (and) you’re in touch with the dark and the light,” says Lynch. “You’re in touch with the essence of being human.
To hear Lynch give her insights of the beauty of being in touch with one’s comedic spirit, click on the Soundcloud bar below: