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Elton John Biopic 'Rocketman' Starring Tom Hardy to Be Made Into a Broadway Musical

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The upcoming biopic Rocketman starring Tom Hardy as Elton John will eventually be turned into a musical for Broadway and London's West End, Broadway.com reports:

The project, currently titled Rocketman the Musical, will feature the classic rock legend’s canon and has Tony-winning Billy Elliot book writer Lee Hall on board.

Initial casting and a detailed timeline for the project have not yet been revealed. Old Vic Theatre Chief Executive Sally Greene said to The Sun that the forthcoming biopic of the same name is the priority, and the stage project will follow.

The Daily Mail adds:

A spokesman for the star this morning said the project was 'way, way off' but said 'lots of exciting things' were to in the works. 

It comes after Hollywood heartthrob Tom Hardy told of his nerves at undertaking the central role in a film about the singer's life.

The 36-year-old actor admitted he finds singing difficult, telling the newspaper: 'I'm not really a singer. I have no idea really.' 


Stunning First Full Trailer For Amy Winehouse Documentary Released - WATCH

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In the first trailer for the hotly anticipated rock doc, Amy, we re-live all over again the spell that troubled songstress Amy Winehouse cast over the world and the tragedy of her untimely demise. 

Deadline reports:

Asif Kapadia’s Amy had an Out of Competition Midnight Screening here in Cannes last week and is easily one of the films receiving the most praise across the Official Selection. The documentary about Amy Winehouse stunned in its premiere and is gearing up for a July 3 release in both the U.S. and the UK, via A24 and Altitude, respectively. The film is the tragic and remarkable story of the six-time Grammy-winner and features extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks.

Winehouse died in 2011 at age 27 of alcohol poisoning. 

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Michael Fassbender Is the Face of Apple in 'Steve Jobs' First Trailer: VIDEO

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The first trailer for Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's steve jobs/ has been released, giving us a first glimpse of Michael Fassbender as the eccentric Apple co-founder who passed in October 2011.

The Guardian reports:

The German-Irish actor is seen in full briefly at the end of the trailer, receiving applause from the crowd at a product launch – expected to be the 1998 unveiling of the first iMac. Other than that, we only see him in profile from behind as audio from the film plays out.

“You can’t write code. You are not an engineer. What do you do?,” asks Seth Rogen’s Steve Wozniak, incredulously. Replies Jobs: “The musicians play the instruments. I play the orchestra … I sat in a garage and invented the future … Because artists lead and hacks ask for a show of hands.”

The part of Jobs had previously been eyed by George Clooney, Chirstian Bale, and Leonardo Dicaprio. The film stars Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels and arrives in theaters October 9. 

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Jared Leto's Joker and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Have a Toxic Falling Out in 'Suicide Squad' Set Video: WATCH

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Jared Leto's tattooed (and bulked up) take on the Joker has an unfortunate run in with an ill-tempered Harly Quinn (played by actress Margo Robbie) in a series of set videos and photos from David Ayer's upcoming supervillian flick Suicide Squad

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Queen Latifah Opens Up About Black Homophobia and Playing Bisexual Blues Icon Bessie Smith: VIDEO

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In a recent interview with Uptown magazine Queen Latifah opens up with what it was like to portray 1920’s blues legend Bessie Smith, who was known for her sexual fluidity and numerous relationships with both men and women. Unlike Latifah, who is notorious for keeping her personal life out of the public spotlight, Smith as an unabashedly sexually free woman. Her portrayal of Smith, Latifah explained, underlines the ways in which our ideas about sexuality have become less tolerant with time.

“People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,” Latifah explained, specifically focusing on the gay black community. “We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.”

“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It’s not unusual so let’s be adults and let’s move forward.”

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Cate Blanchett Opens Up About Her Past Romantic Relationships With Other Women: VIDEO

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Carol, the upcoming movie based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt, tells the story of two young women living in mid-20th century New York who quickly find themselves falling in love with each other. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Cate Blanchett, who plays the film’s titular character describes how she drew upon her own experiences with same-sex relationships to shape her performance as Carol Aird. When asked to clarify exactly what she meant, Blanchett explained that while she’s now a married mother of four and in a long-term relationship with a man, she’d been romantically involved with women “many times.”

"I don’t think Carol thought about it,” Blanchett mused, adding that she’d never thought much of her own lesbian experiences.

Blanchett was careful not to self-identify as queer or bisexual, echoing the way that her character likely made sense of her desired. The Price of Salt, became a standout piece of work soon after it was published in large part because of the nuanced way that it handled its characters’ identities. Unlike many pulp novels depicting people that we would think of as gay or lesbian by modern standards, Salt respected queerness and allowed for Carol to experience her life as a person not entirely defined by her sexuality.

 “Her sexuality isn’t politicized,” Blanchett elaborated. “I think there are a lot of people that exist like that who don’t feel the need to shout things from the rafters.”

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