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Diana is a film about a royal subject that is not given a royal treatment. From the pen of first-time screenwriter Stephen Jeffreys, it is a flat rendition of a fascinating public figure, settling on a focus of the Princess of Wales’ love affair with heart surgeon Hazmat Khan, which ultimately turns its protagonist into a withering, indecisive, lovesick girl. Naomi Watts, an actor often strong-willed and full of grace, brings to Princess Diana a complexion that the script slights for a more superficial romantic angle.
The biopic only briefly touches on Diana’s desire for privacy away from the prying paparazzi, as well as her humanitarian work in the mid-1990s to ban land mines. Interestingly, these are also the most compelling sections of the film, which directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall). Ultimately, the soapy romance between Diana and Haznat (Naveen Andrews) turns Diana into a clumsy, corny trifle, »
- Jordan Adler
A few months ago word got out that Tom Hardy was looking at playing Elton John in a biopic called Rocketman. That casting choice has now been set in stone by an official announcement. It's still hard for me to imagine Hardy in this role. He's such a great actor, though, that I'm sure he's going to be fantastic in the movie.
The movie has been described as, "a biographical musical fantasy that will weave together John’s life and his music... it follows his life story from a child piano prodigy (who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music) to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records that just about any musical artist of his era."
This is going to be very different from anything we've seen Hardy do before. »
- Joey Paur
This has been a long time coming, as the project has been in development since 2011 with several actors attached to it at various points in time. For a while, Justin Timberlake was the favorite. This past Summer though, Hardy’s name popped up and now he seems to be confirmed.
The script was written by Lee Hall with help from John himself, so any worries about this being a crummy biopic can be put to rest. Apparently, the film will cover John’s childhood, his partnership with Bernie Taupin, his rise to fame and pretty much everything else in the famous musician’s interesting life.
Production isn’t set to begin until Fall 2014, so they’ve still got a while before »
- Matt Joseph
I can't quite see this in my mind's eye, but Tom Hardy must have sold them on the prospect of him stepping into the shoes of Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic on the English singer-songwriter, composer and musician to be directed by visual effects-artist-turned-director Michael Gracey. Described as a musical-biographical film which will follow John's journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records than just about any musical artist of his era. Rights to John's musical catalog are included so this won't be a half-assed production. FilmDistrict acquired the rights back in June for $10 million. It should be interesting to see how this pans out. Deadline Everything said, here are some videos featuring Hardy's singing ability. »
- Brad Brevet
This project has taken a while to find the right notes (sorry). Brewing since at least 2011, it seems that finding the right person tackle the personality, sequins and sunglasses of Elton John has been the struggle to get this thing going. At one point, Justin Timberlake was eyed as a possibility, but that didn't seem right at all. Then this past spring, "Rocketman" was floated Tom Hardy's way by producers who thought he would be a good fit. We think he is a good fit too, and better yet, so does he. Hardy is now confirmed for the lead role in the biopic, while Focus Features has landed the U.S. distribution rights for the flick as well (so any worries that it would become a soulless, genre label can rest easy for now). The project very much involves John himself, who worked on the script with Lee Hall, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Elton John’s “The Diving Board,” his 30th studio album, came out this week and it’s a beautiful, often complex, piano-led album. In this HitFix exclusive, John’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, explains the meaning behind “Oceans Away,” the album’s poignant opening track, which features only John’s vocals and piano playing. Producer T Bone Burnett looks on, adding a few comments at the end. “Oceans Away” is about Taupin’s father and his service as a soldier during WWll. “My dad’s pretty much been soaked into so many of my songs. I got to the point where I thought I wanted to do one »
Not only did that recipe become Eddie Wilson’s reason for living in the 1983 film Eddie and the Cruisers, but it has also served as the modus operandi of Elton John and Bernie Taupin since initially joining forces back in 1969.
Their opening statement, Empty Sky, sowed the seeds of greatness early on despite not producing a single track worthy of revisiting. John was still flying by the seat of his pants artistically and Taupin had yet to find his comfort zone as a poet capable of synthesizing the static with the mercurial to create something truly profound.
Nonetheless, the potential was evident, and, by the next year, they would have a bona fide smash on their hands in the form of, Your Song, an immortal ballad that wears its emotions on its sleeve while Taupin’s protagonist professes love to someone who is destined to leave the »
- David Hens
In a year that found a lot of unexpected upsets, Breaking Bad, Modern Family and Behind the Candelabra were the big winners at The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night, airing live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Read on for the recap…
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A true victory for a series in its final season, AMC's Breaking Bad was named Outstanding Drama over Mad Men, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Homeland and Downton Abbey. Show creator Vince Gilligan gasped, "I did not see this coming. I thought it was going to be House of Cards..." Meanwhile, HBO's Behind the Candelabra was named Outstanding Movie or Miniseries. The Liberace biopic earned its star Michael Douglas his first Emmy in the title role and also gave director Steven Soderbergh his first shiny lady. Upon winning »
Elton John is set to release his first solo LP in seven years this September, a much-anticipated collection of 12 new songs and three piano interludes. In a new video premiering exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment, the legendary performer takes viewers into the production of "The Diving Board."
The record was produced by T-Bone Burnett and features lyrics by John's longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. In the above video, John and Burnett chat about the album, with some piano playing to boot.
“In many ways, I feel like I’m starting again, making records," John said when announcing the album. "Several years ago when beginning to work with T-Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for 'The Union,' I had to ask myself, ‘What kind of music do I really want to make?’, and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to »
- Kia Makarechi
New York—Sting sang a feisty “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting” to Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm shared a stage together for the first time in a decade, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry delivered a spiky “Walk This Way” at the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies here Thursday night (14). Sure, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is great, but many musicians say the hall they really want to join is the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It’s much less glitzy and has no museum (yet) to show off its wares, but »
New York—Piano men Billy Joel and Elton John, who have been bickering with each other through the press for the last two years after more than 15 years of successfully touring together on their Face to Face outings, goodnaturedly put their differences behind them at Thursday night’s Songwriters Hall of Fame 2013 induction ceremony in New York, even though they never spoke face to face. “I didn't see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I love you dearly," John said from the stage, after he and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin accepted the Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed upon songwriters previously »
Two of pop music's most legendary piano men -- Elton John and Billy Joel -- reconciled Thursday night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City, putting an end to whatever lingering awkwardness was between them in the years after John gave a blunt interview calling his former touring partner lazy and an alcoholic. "I didn't see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you," said John at the 44th annual event, where he and longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin received the Johnny Mercer Award, the night's top honor. Joel, on hand to introduce a performance from
- Erin Carlson
It's a sweet emotion indeed for Aeromsith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. The Toxic Twins were among a host of musicians including Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, DJ Souther, and Tony Hatch that were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday night in New York. The 44th ceremony kicked off with Sting performing a rousing rendition of Elton John's hit "Saturday's All Right for Fightin'," in honor of the Rocket Man, who, along with his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, received the Johnny Mercer Award. (John had been inducted into the Hall in 1992.) Billy Joel paid tribute to Gramm and fellow Foreigner member Mick Jones by leading a sing-along to the »
The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Nickelback, Petula Clark, Wiz Khalifa, Jordin Sparks and a video message from Bill Clinton.
John and writing partner Bernie Taupin received the Johnny Mercer award, and Sting kicked off the night with a performance of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." Sting also called John and Taupin "my two heroes."
John, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 1992, said songwriting is often taken for granted. »
Exclusive: FilmDistrict is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Rocketman, the Michael Gracey-directed biographical musical film about Sir Elton John. The script is by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, and Tom Hardy is circling to play the lead role. This film was the talk of Cannes, where it was shopped by UTA, which structured the financing. It was there that UK-based Icon’s production arm AI Film agreed to come aboard to co-finance the film with Rocket Pictures during the Cannes Film Festival. I’m told that FilmDistrict is betting big here, with Peter Schlessel’s distribution company paying around a $10 million minimum guarantee for a guaranteed wide theatrical release and size-able P&A. There is also a generous gross corridor after the film recoups. The film follows John’s journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
There's a lot of talk going around about the casting of a young Hilary Rodham Clinton in a bio with big star names like Reese, Jessica and Scarlett floating around though all seem too sexy if you ask me -- though Reese's steel could be interesting. Pajiba has one off-the-path brilliant suggestion in Eden Sher.
Another hot casting topic: the Elton John biopic Rocket Man which is currently courting though not married to Tom Hardy. He has shown a willingness to uglify for roles so his masculine beauty might not be a problem but his lips, his defining feature, are in every conceivable way not a match. Still, he's a fine actor so they could make it work outside of the closeups of the singing. Elton John originally wanted Justin Timberlake - who took over in a great music video some years back -- to do the film. But I »
- NATHANIEL R
According to website Hitfix, the movie has been described as "a biographical musical fantasy that weaves together the life of Sir Elton John and his music".
- Rahul Kapoor
Tom Hardy, the man who played Bane, Bronson and Mad Max is now apparently up for the role of Sir Elton John in the biopic being developed called Rocketman. I've got to say that he is a really odd choice. John expressed at one point that he'd like to see Justin Timberlake play him, but if the part is out to Hardy, that obviously didn't pan out. As much as I like Hardy, it is really hard to imagine him in a role like this. I think Timberlake might have been the better choice -- he did a great impression of Elton John when he hosted SNL this past season.
The movie has been described as, "a biographical musical fantasy that will weave together John’s life and his music... it follows his life story from a child piano prodigy (who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy »
- Joey Paur
By Erin Whitney It's difficult to imagine the muscle-bulging, Bane-masked Tom Hardy wailing "Tiny Dancer" on the piano while adorned with feathers and sequins. However, according to HitFix Hardy is being considered to portray Sir Elton John in the musical fantasy biopic "Rocketman." Currently in development with first-time director Michael Gracey and "Billy Elliot" screenwriter Lee Hall, HitFix reports that music figures Bernie Taupin and John Reid have also been tied to “Rocketman” for supporting roles. The film has been described by Steve Hamilton Shaw of John's Rocket Pictures as "a radically different type of biopic." If "radically different" means a completely unexpected, hyper-masculine lead, then we're in for a whole new Elton experience. Yet, we've already heard a bit of Hardy's singing and even rapping in online videos, so maybe he won't be such a bad fit. [via HitFix h/t Vulture] »
- Alex Suskind
In development for several years and described as a “biographical musical fantasy”, the drama would celebrate the life and music of the charismatic and legendary performer and also explore John’s relationship with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Hitfix reports that Michael Gracey (a first time director who also is attached to a biopic of P.T. Barnum, “The Greatest Showman On Earth”, which Hugh Jackman would lead) and Executive Producer Elton John are seriously considering Hardy for the lead role.
For Hardy, playing Elton John would be a million miles away from the alpha male characters of Bane, Bronson, Tommy Conlon (his Mma fighter from Warrior) he has portrayed recently, and of course Mad Max, the reboot which he has out next year. »
- Matt Holmes
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