According to Vanity Fair, Rick Springfield has joined Meryl Streep in the upcoming Jonathan Demme–directed, Diablo Cody–written film Ricki and the Flash. Last month, Springfield posted a photo on Twitter of himself with the Oscar-winning actress before promptly taking it down. But now that the news has been broken by The Hollywood Reporter, the snapshot is back up as proof of the unlikely on-screen partnership. The outlet notes that “Springfield will play a bandmember who has a crush on Ricki, and he’ll be showing off his skills on the guitar in the project.” Last week, we learned that filming on the project was on hold because the director insisted that Streep, who is playing a struggling musician, learn how to play the guitar herself. No word on whether Springfield is helping tutor the actress. According to last week’s report, the band will “mostly play classic rock” plus some contemporary music, possibly Lady Gaga. And according to Broadway World, The Book of Mormon’s Ben Platt has signed on as well. He will play Daniel, the bartender at Ricki and the Flash’s regular spot, who worships Streep’s Ricki. The film, about “a woman who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune in California,” begins shooting this October. Kevin Kline and Streep’s real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, round out the cast as Ricki’s ex-husband and estranged daughter. Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.
A couple of magazine scans have been added to the image library, some of them from earlier this year during the “August: Osage County” promotion and two new ones. The People Magazine edition of August has a first look at “Into the Woods”. And Empire Magazine’s September issue has a feature on the Blu-Ray release of “Sophie’s Choice”. Many thanks to Simona, Claudia and Ali for the scans. Also, with thanks to Lindsey, the “Into the Woods” production stills have been replaced with HQ versions.
Image Library – Magazine Scans – 2014 – Empire Magazine (United Kingdom, September 2014)
Image Library – Magazine Scans – 2014 – People Magazine (USA, August 2014)
Image Library – Magazine Scans – 2014 – Yours Australia (Australia, April 2014)
Image Library – Magazine Scans – 2014 – Gente Magazine (Italy, February 2014)
Disney has launched the teaser trailer for “Into the Woods” today. It’s literally just teasing its stars and scenes, but there are some nice brief moments of Meryl’s witch. Make sure to watch the teaser trailer in the video archive. Captures have been added to the image library. Edit: A new production still, featuring Meryl, James Corden and Emily Blunt, has been added as well.
The Disney blog has posted a first set of production stills from “Into the Woods”, including one new image of Meryl as the Witch. Click the preview on the left to view it in the image library. Also, as BroadwayWorld reports, the theatrical trailer for the film will be featured before theatrical showings of “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Get On Up” and “Calvary”. Many thanks to Glenn for the latter news. Into the Woods is an unfamiliar take on our favorite fairy tales, and is based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim. The film comes to theaters December 25.
I’ve added a bunch of public appearances pictures, ranging from 1976 to 1983 and including promotions for “The Seduction of Joe Tynan” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”. To watch all last added pictures, click any of the previews below.
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1983 – Unknown Event 02
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1983 – National Theatre Owners Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1983 – Yale Honorary Degree
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1983 – Vassar Commencement Speech
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1981 – “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” Photocall
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1980 – Academy Awards – Press Room
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1980 – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1979 – “The Seduction of Joe Tynan” Photocall (London)
Image Library – Public Appearances – 1976 – Lee Strasberg’s 75th Birthday Party
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Jonathan Demme talks about “Ricki and the Flash”, confirming the casting of Kevin Kline and Mamie Gummer and gives insight on what to expect of Meryl’s rock’n’roll character. Now, I’m in heightened pre-production on a feature film, Ricki and the Flash, which we’re going to start shooting on Oct. 1. It’s a great script by Diablo Cody, and Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Mamie Gummer are in the cast. It’s a rock ’n’ roll driven family drama/comedy. Meryl plays Ricki and she’s the rocker. Kevin is the ex—the abandoned husband who lost Ricki to rock ’n’ roll. In our story, they come back together again under grave family circumstances. There’s another part we’re looking to cast of the guitarist who really wants to be Meryl’s boyfriend. Meryl, who is as we know a terrific singer, is a rock ’n’ roller. She loves rock ’n’ roll, and is taking a very personally-crafted approach to Ricki. Ricki’s of a generation of people like Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde, but I think this is going to be a very unique act. The complete interview can be read here.