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Dexter Fletcher replaces Bryan Singer on Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

British filmmaker Dexter Fletcher has been hired to replace ousted director Bryan Singer for the final few weeks of production on Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Mr Robot actor Rami Malek as iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

Deadline is reporting that Fox has hired Fletcher, best known for Eddie the Eagle and Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith, to shepherd the final two weeks of production on the film, as well as potential reshoots.

The director was originally attached to the project back in 2013, when Ben Whishaw was set to portray Mercury.

It is not known whether Fletcher will get a directing credit on the finished film, with the final decision down to the DGA, though the release date of December 2018 remains in place.

See Also: Bryan Singer shares new image of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury from Bohemian Rhapsody

Singer was fired from his position on Bohemian Rhapsody at the beginning of the week,
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Bryan Singer releases statement in response to his firing from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Bryan Singer has released a statement in response to the news of his removal as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. According to the director, the claims against him have gotten way out of hand. Here is his statement in full, courtesy of THR:

“I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first… Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.
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20th Century Fox fires Bryan Singer from Bohemian Rhapsody

Over the weekend it was announced that production on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been halted with two weeks of production remaining owing to the “unexpected availability” of Bryan Singer, who was said to be suffering “a personal health matter.”

Well, THR is reporting that 20th Century Fox has now fired Singer from the project, which “reflected an escalating clash between Singer and [Freddie Mercury] actor Rami Malek and was caused by Singer’s being missing from the set.”

Singer had apparently frequently been absent from the set, with cinematographer Thomas Newton Sigel having to step in to direct scenes, with Malek then complaining to the studio about Singer’s unreliability and unprofessionalism. Tom Hollander, who portrays Queen manager Jim Beach, is also said to have quit the film over Singer’s behaviour before being convinced to return.

Things are said to have reached a head with a confrontation between Singer and Malek,
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Bryan Singer illness halts production on Bohemian Rhapsody

20th Century Fox has announced that filming on its Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended “due to the unexpected availability” of director Bryan Singer, who is dealing with a health issue.

A representative for Singer stated that it relates to “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family [and that] Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.” It is not thought that the delay will impact the film’s planned December 2018 release date.

See Also: Queen’s Live Aid performance recreated in Bohemian Rhapsody set photos and video

Bohemian Rhapsody will chart the rise of the British rock band Queen through to their iconic Live Aid performance in 1985. It is set for release on December 25th 2018 in the States and December 28th 2018 in the UK and features a cast that includes Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May,
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Bryan Singer's Health Issues Halt Queen Biopic Production

Bryan Singer's Health Issues Halt Queen Biopic Production
20th Century Fox confirmed today that production has shut down on Bohemian Rhapsody, the studio's highly-anticipated Queen biopic, due to a health matter involving director Bryan Singer. Both the director and an unspecified family member are reportedly having health issues, but the studio's statement wouldn't elaborate on the nature of this matter. Take a look at the studio's brief statement below.

"Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer."

The studio added that, despite this unexpected production shut down due to director Bryan Singer and his health matters, this should not affect the December 2018 release date that the studio has already set for the biopic. Shortly after this story first broke, reps for Bryan Singer issued a brief statement of their own, revealing when the director is expected back at work.

"This is a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family.
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Bryan Singer’s Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Halts Production

Fox has halted production on the long-developed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody due to the "unexpected unavailability" of director-producer Bryan Singer. The film stars Mr. Robot breakout Rami Malek as the legendary rock frontman Freddie Mercury and is said to cover the year leading up to Queen's iconic appearance at Live Aid in 1985. "Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer," the studio said in a statement. A representative for the filmmaker told the BBC the pause is due to “a personal health matter concerning Bryan …
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Fox Halts Production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Due to Bryan Singer’s ‘Unexpected Unavailability’

  • The Wrap
Fox Halts Production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Due to Bryan Singer’s ‘Unexpected Unavailability’
Fox has suspended production on Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” due to the director’s “unexpected unavailability.”

“Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer,” a Twentieth Century Fox Film spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement. “Bohemian Rhapsody” follows Queen from the band’s inception in 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until their famous 1985 Live Aid performance.

Malek joined the project from Graham King of GK Films last November,
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Bryan Singer Halts Production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Due to ‘Health Matter’

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Bryan Singer Halts Production on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Due to ‘Health Matter’
Production on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the forthcoming biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury starring Rami Malek, has been suspended so that director and producer Bryan Singer, 52, can tend to what his representative described as “a personal health matter,” the BBC News reports.

Read More:‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ First Look: Rami Malek Resurrects Freddie Mercury For Queen Biopic

In its own statement, distributor Twentieth Century Fox made no reference to Singer’s health, stating: “Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer.” Although the film’s December 2018 release date remains, the studio offered no timeline for his return.

However, Singer’s representative told the BBC that there was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family,” and added this statement: “Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.” According to the outlet, “Both Singer and
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Remember Live Aid? Your Money Went to an Ethiopian Dictator, Not Famine Relief

This could be why I don’t give to charities, and why I won’t start. Not all of them might have turned out this bad but a good deal of them seem to ask for money for causes that never see the full benefit of such funds. There are always reasons of course, excuses given and a mention of expenses that must be paid, but the point is that raising money for charities doesn’t always go as it should, and too often, even if it isn’t very often, it’s because the charities end up being scams. Live Aid wasn’t necessarily a

Remember Live Aid? Your Money Went to an Ethiopian Dictator, Not Famine Relief
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From Grammys to Bono: 3 Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book

From Grammys to Bono: 3 Wild Stories from Notorious Gate Crasher Craig Schmell’s New Book
Driving in President Reagan’s motorcade and talking with Bono about Irish football — these are some of the crazy things that Craig Schmell got to experience during the peak of his celebrity event crashing days.

Schmell famously spent his 20s scheming his way into some of the biggest celebrity events of the time. In his new book, The Uninvited, he details some of his best crashes and how he ended up turning his cheating ways around.

During his heyday, Schmell got into some serious hijinks, like getting high inside of the Kremlin, but the book dives deeper past the scheming
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury in Latest Look at Queen Movie

Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury in Latest Look at Queen Movie
Bohemian Rhapsody is shaping up to be something quite special. If there's one reason to look forward to a biopic about a famous musician, it's that those movies tend to come with mind-blowing performances. Think of Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line and Jamie Foxx in Ray. It looks like we could be in for another such performance next year, as Mr. Robot star Rami Malek has completely transformed into Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for the upcoming biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. Thanks to the latest set photo, we have another look at just how uncanny the resemblance is.

Director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) shared the latest set photo from Bohemian Rhapsody to his Instagram account. In it, we see Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury performing on stage with the rest of Queen. If one didn't know that this picture was from a movie that is being made, it
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Incredible Bohemian Rhapsody Pic Sees Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury Own The Stage

Prior to his involvement in USA’s excellent Mr. Robot series (our review), Rami Malek was often restricted to tertiary roles. From Night at the Museum to The Pacific to Short Term 12, the 36-year-old has no shortage of credits for supporting characters, and even played a small, yet fairly crucial role in Supermassive’s video game sleeper hit, Until Dawn.

That all changes with the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, though, which is poised to place Rami Malek front and center as the great Freddie Mercury. And though a handful of film fans expressed some concern about his casting, those fears were quickly silenced following the unveiling of the actor as Queen’s former frontman.

Whether it’s the signature white vest and blue jeans ensemble, or the way in which Malek channels Mercury’s flamboyant performances, the attention to detail here is uncanny, and Bohemian Rhapsody is now among
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody': Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury in New On-Set Photo

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody': Rami Malek Stuns as Freddie Mercury in New On-Set Photo
Bohemian Rhapsody” director Bryan Singer shared a new photo of Rami Malek in action as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. “Couldn’t help myself and had to post this iPhone pic,” Singer posted on Monday night, accompanying a photo that was taken mid-performance during filming. The new sneak-peek comes one month after the first photo of Malek as Mercury was revealed. See Photo: Rami Malek Looks Exactly Like Freddie Mercury in First 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Shot The movie will follow Queen from the band’s inception in 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until that famous 1985 Live Aid performance.
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Bryan Singer shares new image of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury from Bohemian Rhapsody

As production continues on Bohemian Rhapsody, director Bryan Singer has taken to Instagram to share a new image from the Queen biopic showing Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as the band’s legendary frontman Freddie Mercury; check it out here…

See Also: Queen’s Live Aid performance recreated in Bohemian Rhapsody set photos and video

Bohemian Rhapsody will chart the rise of the British rock band through to their iconic Live Aid performance in 1985. It is set for release on December 25th 2018 in the States and December 28th 2018 in the UK and features a cast that includes Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Aaron McCusker as Jim Hutton, Aidan Gillen as John Reid, Tom Hollander as Jim Beach, Allen Leech as Paul Prenter and Mike Myers in an as-yet-unrevealed role.
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Aidan Gillen and Tom Hollander join Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Deadline is reporting that Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Tom Hollander (Taboo) have become the latest additions to the cast of Bohemian Rhapsody, director Bryan Singer’s biopic of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Gillen is set to play John Reid, who managed Queen between 1975 and 1978, while Hollander will play his successor Jim Beach. The duo join the previously announced Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Aaron McCusker as Jim Hutton, Allen Leech as Paul Prenter and Mike Myers in an as-yet-unrevealed role.

See Also: Queen’s Live Aid performance recreated in Bohemian Rhapsody set photos and video

Bohemian Rhapsody will chart the rise of the British rock band through to their iconic Live Aid performance in 1985. It is set for release on December 25th 2018 in the States and December
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Bohemian Rhapsody Casts Game Of Thrones Star In Key Role

We’ll be the first to admit that we weren’t sure what to make of the casting of Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. But after seeing the actor in action thanks to a recent set video (seen above), we can safely say that 20th Century Fox picked the right man for the job.

While we don’t know too much about the film just yet, it will reportedly spotlight “a 15-year period, starting in 1970 when Mercury met his bandmates, up through their legendary Live Aid performance in 1985.” Now, with production well underway, the rest of the cast is starting to assemble and today, Deadline brings word that two more key roles have been filled.

According to the outlet, the project has picked up Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen and Tom Hollander, with the former set to play John Reid,
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'Game of Thrones' Star Aidan Gillen Joins Queen Biopic Cast

'Game of Thrones' Star Aidan Gillen Joins Queen Biopic Cast
Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen has joined the cast of Queen's long-gestating biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vanity Fair reports. The actor will portray former Queen manager John Reid, while Tom Hollander plays longtime and current Queen manager Jim Beach. Gillen and Hollander join the previously announced cast – Mr. Robot's Rami Malek (singer Freddie Mercury), Gwilym Lee (guitarist Brian May), Ben Hardy (drummer Roger Taylor) and Joseph Mazello (bassist John Deacon) – for the film, which is officially slated to open on December 25th, 2018.

Like with his GoT villainous role as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish,
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Aaron McCusker to play Freddie Mercury’s lover Jim Hutton in Bohemian Rhapsody

Deadline is reporting that Aaron McCusker (Shameless, Fortitude) has joined the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, where he will play Jim Hutton, the lover of Freddie Mercury from 1985 through to his death in 1991.

The biopic sees Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) directing and Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman. Also featuring in the cast are Gwilym Lee (Jamestown) as Brian May, Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello (The Social Network) as John Deacon and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street) as Mary Austin.

See Also: Queen’s Live Aid performance recreated in Bohemian Rhapsody set photos and video

Bohemian Rhapsody will chronicle the rise of Queen and the years leading up to the band’s iconic Live Aid performance in 1985. It is set for release on December 25th 2018 in the States and December 28th 2018 in the UK.
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