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Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 5.48.11 PMRichard’s column “Big Screen/Small Screen” in the August issue of “Movie Entertainment”!

This month while friends and family sing Happy Birthday to August babies Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot, jazz icon Tony Bennett, rapper Kurtis Blow and Baby Spice, cinemas are celebrating music history with a spate of tuneful movies.

In Ricki and the Flash Meryl Streep plays a mother trying to make amends after choosing rock and roll over her family. The Oscar-winning actress, who sings Tom Petty’s American Girl and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance in the film, practised guitar for six months in preparation for the shoot. Director Jonathan Demme reports that after one take, “Meryl had shred so fiercely, a little blood had spattered on her baby blue dress.”

Straight Outta Compton is the legendary album by gangsta rap group N.W.A, released August 8, 1988 and now it’s also the title of a biopic that documents the group’s beginnings and turbulent history. TO READ THE WHOLE THING CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE ON STANDS NOW! 

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