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30 years ago today: The Goblin King lured us into ‘Labyrinth’

8 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Labyrinth, starring late rock icon Davie Bowie as the Goblin King, opened in theaters 30 years ago today. Though Labyrinth — a dark, wonderfully weird, glam rock semi-musical populated mostly by puppets — was never going to be a movie that won over a wide audience, it’s still wild to think about how poorly it did upon release given the film now has a secure place in pop culture history and in Bowie’s legacy. It opened at no. 8 at the U.S. box office and earned less than $13 million, barely over half of its reported budget. It was the final film directed by Jim Henson, and in the aftermath of Labyrinth’s poor reception, son Brian said of his father, “that was the closest I've seen him to turning in on himself and getting quite depressed.” Though Henson never got to witness the full fandom that would amass around the movie, »

- Emily Rome

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Sacha vs Brian: The Freddie Mercury Biopic Saga

11 April 2016 12:51 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black on the saga of the Freddie Mercury biopic and the war of words between Sacha Baron Cohen and Brian May…

The biopic of Freddie Mercury, the legendary Queen front man who died of AIDS in 1991, is shaping up to be one of the greatest lost film projects of the modern age. Surely a slam dunk of a success waiting to happen, with it’s tale of glam rock excess, forbidden sexuality, celebrity stardom and the ravages of a well-publicised disease, the film has Oscar written all over it for almost certainly the man playing Mercury, at the very least. Yet the movie remains elusive, and battle lines between Queen and the man everyone thought would be Freddie grew wider this week as Brian May launched a scathing rebuke to Sacha Baron Cohen’s recent assertions he left the project because Queen wanted to secure their legacy.

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- Tony Black

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Queen’s Brian May Calls Sacha Baron Cohen ‘an Arse’ Over Freddie Mercury Biopic Dispute

10 April 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sacha Baron Cohen recently explained why he left a Freddie Mercury biopic in which he was set to star as the late Queen singer. But now, Queen lead guitarist Brian May is sharing the band’s side of the story.

In March, Cohen told Howard Stern that he left the biopic, which he had been attached to since 2010, because the band wanted a PG-rated story that showed how Queen pulled together after Mercury’s death. Cohen, however, wanted to focus on Mercury’s “wild” life in a darker story.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, May, who was working on the biopic with Cohen, disputed those claims and slammed the actor for his behavior.

“Sacha became an arse,” he said. “We had some nice times with Sacha kicking around ideas, but he went off and told untruths about what happened.”

May added that the band had no intention in »

- Alex Stedman

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‘Arrow’ Bosses and Star Discuss That Shocking Death: ‘We Knew That It Would Enrage a Lot of People’

6 April 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Arrow” Season 4, Episode 18, titled “Eleven-Fifty-Nine.” Do not read on unless you’ve watched the April 6 episode.

After almost an entire season of build-up, tonight’s “Arrow” finally revealed which team member dies and ends up in the grave that was introduced in the Season 4 premiere: Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy), aka Black Canary — a character that many comic book fans likely thought was safe, given Black Canary’s iconic status in the DC Comics universe.

Executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle, along with Cassidy and her co-star Paul Blackthorne (who plays Laurel’s father, Quentin Lance), sat down with reporters earlier this week to discuss the shocking events of the episode, which saw a newly escaped Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), stab Laurel as payback for her father’s earlier betrayal. After it seemed like doctors had managed to stabilize Laurel at the hospital, she »

- Laura Prudom

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Why Sacha Baron Cohen Left the 'Queen' Freddie Mercury Biopic

9 March 2016 11:48 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The always-controversial Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines last month after he surprised everyone at the Oscars by presenting as his iconic character Ali G. Now the actor is hitting the promotional trail in support of his new comedy The Brothers Grimsby, which hits theaters this weekend, and the actor also shed some light on why he left the Untitled Freddie Mercury Biopic. During an interview with the Howard Stern Show, the actor revealed that he left the project because he didn't see eye to eye about the direction of the story with the surviving members of Queen. Here's what he had to say about how an unnamed member of the band described how they wanted the story to unfold.

"He goes it's such a great movie, because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie. I said, 'What happens in the middle of the movie?' He goes, »

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Cohen Talks Exiting The Queen Biopic

8 March 2016 6:28 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Several years ago came news that "Borat" and "Bruno" star Sacha Baron Cohen was linked to a biopic based on the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The film, which was being produced by remaining band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, was also courting helmers like Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper to direct.

However it never seemed to make much progress, mostly because there were large creative differences over the portrayal of Mercury - May and Taylor said to be very protective of their former frontman. Cohen, out doing "The Brothers Grimsby" promotion, went on the Howard Stern Show (via The Playlist) recently and explained why he opted out of the project:

"[After] my first meeting, I should never have carried on because a member of the band - I won't say who - said, 'This is such a great movie, because such an amazing thing happens in the middle of the movie. »

- Garth Franklin

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Queen's 1975 Christmas Eve Concert Coming to Movie Theaters

11 February 2016 5:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Queen wrapped up their 1975 A Night at the Opera tour of England with an unforgettable show at London's Hammersmith Odeon that was broadcast live on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. The recording circulated within the fan community for decades before the band finally released it on CD late last year. On March 8th at 7 p.m., it will be screened at more than 200 movie theaters across the country via Fathom Events. Tickets go on sale this Friday and can be purchased here.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reboot Casts Adam Lambert as Eddie

14 January 2016 4:18 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Dr. Frank-n-Furter recently got some company in Fox's upcoming two-hour reboot of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and now the film's party crasher has been announced, as Adam Lambert has been cast as Eddie, the role previously portrayed by Meat Loaf.

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): International Superstar And Multi-platinum Singer, Songwriter And Performer Adam Lambert Joins "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" As "Eddie"

Two-Hour Event Airs This Fall on Fox

Lambert will play Eddie, the rock-n-roll loving, ex-delivery boy, who emerges at Dr. Frank-n-Furter's on a motorcycle and crashes the party.

"I grew up watching 'Rocky Horror,' but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision," said Lambert. "'Rocky Horror' always made me feel like it was Ok to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll!"

Lambert is a successful artist and actor whose work has »

- Derek Anderson

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