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!
“There is much to smile about in June. If you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere it’s the month with the longest daylight hours of the year. If you’re a Gemini or Cancer, Happy Birthday! If you’re a dad, Happy Father’s Day! If you’re a movie fan, the month promises laughs-a-plenty.
“Fans of Family Guy know what to expect from Ted 2, Seth MacFarlane’s sequel to the raunchiest teddy bear movie ever made. As the writer and voice behind Peter Griffin, MacFarlane pushes the limits of what’s acceptable on TV. Now imagine that without a network censor looking over his shoulder. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ted 2. Mark Wahlberg returns—it’s the first time ever he’s appeared in a movie original and sequel—as John Bennett, Ted’s best friend and enabler.
“After 96 episodes on television Entourage is making the leap from small screen to big. Vincent Chase and his posse, Eric, Turtle, and Johnny Drama promise the same laughs the TV show delivered but not everyone was excited about the movie. Grant Elliot says he was a fan of the series “when it was good” and started a Kickstarter campaign to make enough money to bribe the show’s creator Doug Ellin to NOT make the movie…” TO READ THE WHOLE THING CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINE ON STANDS NOW!
Richard’s column “Big Screen/Small Screen” in the April issue of “Movie Entertainment”!
In Hollywood real life power couples come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the Red Carpet ready Angelina and Brad, the jet setting George and Amal and for nostalgic types, Bogie and Bacall. This year April is offering up several new and different high-octane reel life duos on the big screen.
Based on the romance between Euphemia Gray and art critic John Ruskin, Effie Grey teams Dakota Fanning and Greg Wise in a real life May – December love affair that titillated Victorian England. Effie was a child of twelve when the twenty-something Ruskin dedicated the novel The King of the Golden River to her. They eventually walked down the aisle, but the marriage was never consummated and ended in divorce and social ruin for Effie.
Shot partly on location at the Palace of Versailles, The Moon and the Sun pairs Pierce Brosnan and Bingbing Fan in a story about one man’s search for immortality. The movie was inspired by Vonda N. McIntyre’s novel, which beat out George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones to win the 1997 Nebula Award for science-fiction and fantasy writing.
The former James Bond plays the Sun King, King Louis XIV of France, whose 72 year reign is the longest of any monarch of in European history, but he wants more. His quest for eternal life leads him to steal the life force of a mermaid, played by Fan, but her beauty and gorgeous singing raise ethical questions among the King’s courtiers… To read the rest pick up “Movie Entertainment” magazine’s April issue on stands now!