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The True Story Behind Hulu's The Act Is Both Tragic and Terrifying

The True Story Behind Hulu's The Act Is Both Tragic and Terrifying
While its details might sound as though they were taken out of a Gillian Flynn novel, the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard is, in fact, a true story. With The Act, Hulu is turning the real-life case into the first installation of its true-crime anthology series. The season features a talented cast that includes Patricia Arquette and Joey King as the leading characters. The show draws out the emotional narrative between Dee Dee and her daughter Gypsy Rose, who, after years of being the object of her mother's Munchausen syndrome by proxy, resorts to murder. The story isn't black and white, and it's tragic and terrifying in equal measures. Here are the dark facts of the case that viewers should know before watching the series.

The Build-Up

Dee Dee and Gypsy had been living in Springfield, Mo after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home in 2005. For years, Dee Dee told friends
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The True Story Behind Hulu's The Act Is Both Tragic and Terrifying

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The True Story Behind Hulu's The Act Is Both Tragic and Terrifying
While its details might sound as though they were taken out of a Gillian Flynn novel, the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard is, in fact, a true story. With The Act, Hulu is turning the real-life case into the first installation of its true-crime anthology series. The season features a talented cast that includes Patricia Arquette and Joey King as the leading characters. The show draws out the emotional narrative between Dee Dee and her daughter Gypsy Rose, who, after years of being the object of her mother's Munchausen syndrome by proxy, resorts to murder. The story isn't black and white, and it's tragic and terrifying in equal measures. Here are the dark facts of the case that viewers should know before watching the series.

The Build-Up

Dee Dee and Gypsy had been living in Springfield, Mo after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home in 2005. For years, Dee Dee told friends
See full article at Popsugar »

Movie Review – Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Steven Mackintosh, Gemma Jones, Stephen Graham, and Tate Donovan.

Synopsis:

Based on the early life of legend Sir Elton John, this compellingly, uplifting musical biopic, starring Taron “The Kingsman” Egerton, charts key moments during his meteoric rise, melancholic fall, and momentous comeback.

From its opening scene Dexter Fletcher’s dazzling and emotive fantasy hooks you like one of Elton’s many classics; bursting through the door in full flamboyance, we see that instantly recognisable icon, then a beat later the broken soul behind this brilliant showman is cleverly unveiled.

Taron gives his all as the glam bespeckled superstar, singing with passion and conviction and sharing every beat of Elton’s unique heart, from the frenetic pace of his effervescent performances to the slow unvarnished agony of his many inner demons.

Rocketman displays that under the sparkles,
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‘Rocketman’ Review

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Stars: Taron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Bennett, Charlie Rowe, Tate Donovan, Ophelia Lovibond, Celinde Schoenmaker, Stephen Graham, Sharon D. Clarke, Rachel Muldoon, Jimmy Vee | Written by Lee Hall | Directed by Dexter Fletcher

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, stars Taron Edgerton as Rock and Roll legend Elton John; and it’s safe to say Fletcher’s film has had a rather strange path to cinema screens.

A long history of development hell in casting the lead role, notably having Tom Hardy in the headlights for some time, eventually leading him to drop out and Edgerton to take over. Director Dexter Fletcher has also had a strange run-up to the finalisation of Rocketman. After being pulled into directing duties and overseeing the edit of the incredibly poor and unattractive Freddie Mercury Queen biopic, in part of the original and notorious director Bryan Singer
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“Rocketman” Never Takes Flight

Elton John is a legend. No one will argue that. Nor will anyone take issue with his colorful life being given the biopic treatment. The way Rocketman opts to tell this tale, however, that’s a whole other story. Opening this week, the John biopic does not soar like its title would suggest. Worse yet, it misuses and/or wastes much of the musician’s most famous songs. This is easily the most disappointing movie of the year so far. Oscar voters may ultimately be fooled later on in 2019 by a strong central turn and a fondness for the figure being portrayed, but I’m not. This is quite the misfire. The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of Elton John (Taron Egerton as an adult), the chart topping musician, known as one of the biggest artists ever to grace the medium. Born Reginald Dwight, he was an awkward child,
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Movie Review – Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Harriet Walter, Tate Donovan, Charlie Rowe, Jimmy Vee, Tom Bennett, Kamil Lemieszewski, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Jason Pennycooke, Kit Connor, Matthew Illesley, Diana Alexandra Pocol, Max Cross, Guillermo Bedward, Ramzan Miah, Tanisha Spring, and Stephen Graham.

Synopsis:

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

The first glimpse we get of Taron Egerton portraying legendary rock musician Elton John in Rocketman is him in one of his excessively over-the-top stage outfits presumably to go play a massive gig, but immediately director Dexter Fletcher subverts what is going on; Elton crashes through the large double doors only to sit down in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. This intervention will come to serve as the framing device for an incredibly layered and powerful character study diving into the successful career
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Movie Review – Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Stephen Graham, Gemma Jones, Charlie Rowe, Steven Mackintosh, Tate Donovan, Harriet Walter, Celinde Schoenmaker, Kit Connor and Matthew Illesley.

Synopsis:

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

Rocketman is a riot of music, colour – and heartache. Its extravagance seems to perfectly encapsulate the showman whose story it tells. Anyone pondering similarities with Bohemian Rhapsody can be stopped in their tracks. Rocketman is here to show that, just because it may also be a retro biopic stuffed with timeless hits and cocaine, that doesn’t mean it feels the need to be constrained by any formula. Dexter Fletcher’s imaginative and fun movie-making lends a refreshing twist to the musician origins tale, especially when he lets loose in the bigger production numbers and plays with how – and where – music can transport you.
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Rocketman Premiere – Taron Egerton, Elton John & more on the new Biopic

Rocketman, the all singing, all dancing Elton John biopic, had its premiere in Leicester Square this evening following a triumphant debut at Cannes over the weekend. We loved it – read our effulgent review here.

Singing their way down the red carpet were stars Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard & Elton John and filmmakers Dexter Fletcher, Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish and Claudia Vaughn.

The full cast includes Stephen Graham, Jamie Bell, Harriet Walker, Tate Donovan, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Jimmy Vee and Kit Connor.

Colin Hart and Scott Davis were on the red carpet and conducted these interviews. Rocketman is in cinemas 22nd May 2019.

Rocketman Premiere Interviews

Synopsis

Discover the story behind his music; Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
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‘Rocketman’: Stage Set For Elton John & Taron Egerton To Perform Cannes Duet?

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‘Rocketman’: Stage Set For Elton John & Taron Egerton To Perform Cannes Duet?
Exclusive: From the minute Rocketman landed an out of competition spot at Cannes, it’s been buzzed that Elton John could perform at tonight’s after-premiere party, the same spot some 37 years ago where he shot the music video for his hit 1983 song “I’m Still Standing.”

Well, it wouldn’t be a shocker if that happens: A stage is literally being built this morning on the beach. See photo above. The latest word from our sources is that John and Egerton could possibly perform a duet.

We’ve heard for some time that pulling off such a feat was a tall order, given John’s touring schedule, logistics and security. Paramount provided no comment to our queries.

Two days ago, Egerton appeared on the French talk program Quotidien in which he was asked whether there would be a live performance on the beach after the premiere. The actor confirmed
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Lance Reddick Joins ‘Faith Based’; Rapper Yg Cast In ‘Tuscaloosa’; ‘Getaway’ Horror Film Sets Cast

John Wick actor Lance Reddick has come aboard Faith Based, a satirical take on the Christian film industry from Lone Suspect. Vincent Masciale is directing the comedy, which is also being produced by Giles Daoust of Title Media, Tanner Thomason, and Tim Kerigan. Luke Barnett wrote the script about two idiot friends (played by Funny or Die regulars Barnett and Thomason) who come to the realization that all “faith based” films make buckets of cash, they set out on a mission to make one of their own. Reddick will play Barnett’s disapproving, adoptive father and pastor of Elevate, a hipster church in North Hollywood. He’ll appear in the next John Wick installment, out this Friday, and currently stars in the Amazon Prime series Bosch. Catherine Dumonceaux and Matthew Emerson serve as executive producers on Faith Based. Reddick is repped by Paradigm, Grandview, and attorney James Hornstein.

Rapper Yg
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CBS Season Finale Spoilers: What's About to Go Down?

How will your favorite CBS scripted series conclude for the season?

The Eye network has unveiled some details about what the upcoming season finales will be about. 

Related: CBS Confirms Fate of NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: Los Angeles

We've rounded them all up for you below. 

Fyi: We left The Big Bang Theory out since the synopsis did not give Anything away. We're going into the season series finale of that show without knowing anything. 

1. NCIS "Former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano) pleads with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to do whatever is necessary to take down drug dealers and suppliers in the area after his daughter, Emily Fornell (Juliette Angelo), is hospitalized from an opiate overdose," reads the official logline for the season finale. "Gibbs is haunted by the personal aspects of the case and his history with vigilante justice. 16th season finale." 2. Mom "Christy (Anna Faris) has
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‘What Is Life Worth’ Adds Amy Ryan, Talia Balsam & Tate Donovan As Filming Begins

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‘What Is Life Worth’ Adds Amy Ryan, Talia Balsam & Tate Donovan As Filming Begins
Exclusive: The Sara Colangelo-directed What Is Life Worth has commenced principal photography in New York with new additions to the ensemble cast. As Deadline has previously reported, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci star in the true-life biographical drama. Newly boarding are Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, Talia Balsam and Tate Donovan.

The Black List script from Max Borenstein is based on Kenneth Feinberg’s memoir. Feinberg, a powerful DC insider lawyer, was put in charge of the 9/11 Fund. In almost three years of pro bono work on the case, he fought off the cynicism, bureaucracy and politics associated with administering government funds to victims’ families — and in doing so, discovered what life is worth.

Ryan, who was last seen in Beautiful Boy and has Late Night coming in June, is repped by Gersh. Divorce and Mad Men‘s Balsam, and Donovan are also repped by Gersh. Laura Benanti,
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Elton John Calls ‘Rocketman’ Biopic as ‘Honest as Possible’ (Video)

Elton John Calls ‘Rocketman’ Biopic as ‘Honest as Possible’ (Video)
In the previous look we had at “Rocketman,” director Dexter Fletcher assured us that Elton John wanted Taron Egerton to play him in the biopic on his life. But in this latest featurette, we get to hear it from the Rocketman himself.

“It had to be as honest as possible. The lows were very low, but the highs were very high, and that’s how I wanted the film to be,” the real Elton John says in the new promo video for the film.

Perhaps as an answer to the criticisms of Fox’s wildly successful Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the promos for “Rocketman” have demonstrated first that its star Egerton is himself singing John’s classic tunes, but also that the film is striving for accuracy.

Also Read: Watch 'Rocketman' Star Taron Egerton Perform 'Tiny Dancer' With the Real Elton John (Video)

And yet producer Matthew Vaughn
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66 Celebrity Couples You Most Definitely Forgot About

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66 Celebrity Couples You Most Definitely Forgot About
There may be a short list of stars who've stood the test of time together, even in Hollywood, but not all celebrity unions are meant to last. Remember when Jennifer Aniston dated Tate Donovan and Penélope Cruz went out with Tom Cruise? How about Rachel Bilson's relationship with Adam Brody, or the time Alanis Morissette was engaged to Ryan Reynolds? Scroll through to see those duos and more surprising celebrity couples!
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Freddie Prinze Jr. To Star In the CW’s Nancy Drew Pilot

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Freddie Prinze Jr. To Star In the CW’s Nancy Drew Pilot
Freddie Prinze Jr. (24) is set as a lead opposite Kennedy McMann in the CW’s untitled Nancy Drew pilot inspired by the classic mysteries about the brilliant young sleuth. The project hails from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire and CBS TV Studios.

Written/executive produced by Noga Landau, Schwartz and Savage and directed by Larry Teng, the untitled Nancy Drew project centers on 18-year-old Nancy Drew (McMann) and is set in the summer after her high school graduation. She thought she’d be leaving her hometown for college, but when a family tragedy holds her back another year, she finds herself embroiled in a ghostly murder investigation — and along the way, uncovers secrets that run deeper than she ever imagined.

Prinze will play Nancy’s dad, Carson Drew, a dynamic attorney who has become estranged from Nancy following the recent death of his beloved wife. But his
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A New Trailer For “Rocketman” Blasts Off

As we finish of this awards season on Sunday night, the next wave of potential Oscar contenders are already beginning to tease themselves. One of the possible players even has a director who factored heavily into one of the current Best Picture nominees. It’s Rocketman, the hotly anticipated Elton John biopic. Dexter Fletcher is at the helm of this one, due in no small part for how he stepped in to help guide Bohemian Rhapsody to the finish line. This is a different looking film though, so it will probably have more of his mark on it. A brand new Trailer was dropped yesterday for the flick, which you’ll be able to see at the bottom of the post. Before that, as always, let us discuss the movie a bit, shall we? The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of the legendary musician Elton John. The plot synopsis,
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‘The Upside’ Review

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Stars: Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Genevieve Angelson, Golshifteh Farahani, Tate Donovan, Julianna Margulies, Suzanne Savoy, Michael Quinlan | Written by Jon Hartmere | Directed by Neil Burger

The Upside has been in a form of legalistic limbo for over a year after the Weinstein Company seized to exist and slowly defunct into liquidation after the ongoing Harvey Weinstein scandal. Eventually being acquired to Stx Films for distribution it has finally seen the light of day. Directed by Neil Burger, The Upside is the English language remake of the hugely successful French film Intouchables directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. A film that not only brought worldwide attention to the acting ability of star Omar Sy but also brought worldwide attention to disability on screen. Even gaining the support of Christopher & Dana Reeve’s non-profit Foundation. So, to say The Upside was fighting
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Film Review: ‘The Upside’ Works Because of Kevin Hart & Bryan Cranston

Chicago – In 2011, there was a notable French film called “The Intouchables,” based on the true story of quadriplegic Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo and the relationship with his caregiver. Leave it to the U.S. film industry to get its sticky fingers on the story, and seven years later Bryan Cranston portrays “Phillip” and his caretaker is portrayed by Kevin Hart. Instead of story, this version relies on its lead actors.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Intuitively and entertainment-wise, there is nothing wrong with the transformation. In the French version, the caregiver Driss is a poor immigrant in Paris. With Kevin Hart, renamed “Dell,” he’s an ex-con trying to reconnect with his son, who lives in public housing. Naturally, the role is rewired to exploit Hart’s comedic tics, but he does as much dramatic acting and pulls it off. Cranston is his usual competent self portraying Phillip… he understands the pathos of his situation,
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Movie Review – The Upside (2019)

The Upside, 2019.

Directed by Neil Burger.

Starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Julianna Margulies and Tate Donovan.

Synopsis:

An ex-con unwittingly finds himself employed as the live-in carer for a quadriplegic businessman.

People probably get a little bit too angry about English language remakes of foreign films. It’s certainly true that these movies seldom reach the heights of their predecessors and equally true that the demand for them is an indictment of audiences who simply can’t be bothered to read subtitles. But the original films are still there and, if anything, English language remakes can increase awareness of them.

That’s not to say that French film The Intouchables needed a signal boost. It was a huge hit in its native country and did reasonable business elsewhere in the world. With that in mind, it was always inevitable that it
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Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart Try To Find “The Upside”

How far can tremendous chemistry between leads take an otherwise average film? Does that one aspect that goes above and beyond make up for shortcomings in other parts of a piece of cinema? The answer varies, but in the case of The Upside, it’s just enough to warrant a recommendation. Seeing stars Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart play off of each other in this remake of the French hit The Intouchables is often a treat. When the film tries to be overly serious, it falls flat. When it opts for comedy, it’s on firmer ground. Mostly, it’s at its best when things are just a showcase for Cranston and Hart to enjoy each other’s company. The movie is a dramedy and, as previously mentioned, a remake. While searching for a new home care assistant, quadriplegic Phillip (Cranston) is less than enamored with the candidates. Deeply depressed
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