Last year we saw (and heard) Meryl Streep sing in Jonathan Demme and Diablo Cody’s wonderful (and very underrated) Ricki and the Flash. This year Streep will sing again, but this time will be completely different…and awkward…and maybe kind of awful — the singing, anyway. It’s yet to be determined if Florence Foster Jenkins (the film) is actually any good, but the trailer for Stephen Frears’ upcoming biopic at least confirms that Streep’s singing will be terrible.
It’s 1912 and Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a 26-year-old mother, is working as a laundress at a London factory, the same one she’s worked at since her early teens. Like the many other women in the sweltering warehouse, Maud works a third more hours than her husband (Ben Whishaw) and the other male employees, and makes considerably less. But this is the 20th century, a time where women were expected to do no more than birth children and bring home an income to feed those children. In Suffragette, screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) and director Sarah Gavron take us back to that era to remind us of the fight that eventually earned women the right to vote in the U.K. in 1928.
A couple of weeks ago, Forbes revealed its annual list of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, with Robert Downey Jr. effortlessly landing the top spot. This week, the publication has released the list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, with Jennifer Lawrence taking the number one spot followed by Scarlett Johansson — hardly surprising, but what makes this list interesting is that many of the women on it earn far less than their male counterparts.
August is the last month of summer, which means you’re probably looking forward to bigger releases like Fantastic Four — but don’t let Ricki and the Flash escape your notice. The new film from director Jonathan Demme and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody features Meryl Streep in the role of a rock goddess who left her family behind to pursue her dreams. As seen in the new clip above, yes, Queen Meryl does indeed really sing and play the guitar.
It must be difficult to be mad at your absentee mom when she rocks this hard — the new trailer for Ricki and the Flash has arrived, in which acting icon Meryl Streep plays a rock icon fumbling her way through making amends with the family she once left behind. Adding a little realism is Mamie Gummer, Streep's real-life daughter who plays her fictional daughter in the film, which totally won't make you cry at all.
Suffragette doesn’t look like your average historical drama or biopic, even though it checks off a few of those boxes (heavily gray British period piece starring Meryl Streep) — no, this true story of the women’s suffrage movement looks intense and stunning, and the trailer alone is enough to make you want to get up and throw a rock through a window.
After a few months of teaser images, the wait is finally over. You can watch Meryl Streep in action as a rock goddess in the first trailer for Ricki and the Flash, the new film from screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jonathan Demme. Not long ago, we learned that Streep had seriously committed herself to learning to play the guitar (of course she did — she’s Meryl F—ing Streep) for the film, and it seems that her hard work paid off.
Meryl Streep is a Queen. That’s just science fact. The immensely talented actress appears next as a rock star (oh, yes) in Ricki and the Flash, from writer Diablo Cody and director Jonathan Demme. The titular role of Ricki requires singing and guitar-playing, and you know Queen Meryl would not be content letting a stand-in handle all the work. In addition to recording 12 cover songs for the new film, Streep was so committed to the project that she spent six months honing her guitar skills and wound up literally bleeding for her art. That’s just how Meryl Streep rolls.
‘Ricki and the Flash’ is one of my most-anticipated films of the year—you’ve got Meryl Streep playing a rock goddess in a film directed by Jonathan Demme and scripted by ‘Juno’ and ‘Young Adult’ writer Diablo Cody. What more could you ask for? Well, how about the first image of queen of everything Meryl Streep rocking out with a guitar? Done.
Russell Crowe pretty much just inserted his own foot into his privileged male mouth. It’s hardly news that actresses face sexism, ageism, and other sorts of unpleasant -isms in Hollywood, but the actor thinks their complaints about ageism specifically are “bulls---”—which is both a willfully ignorant and completely sexist opinion. Hey, Mr. Crowe, ageism in Hollywood, much like dry land in ‘Waterworld,’ is not a myth.