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Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a Disgrace to Freddie Mercury, Queen, and the Musician Biopic

A cursory glance at the production history of Bohemian Rhapsody, the long in-development biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, would almost be enough to fill you with a steadfast conviction that the resulting picture, now finally in theaters after eight beleaguered years, was, from the very start, destined to fail. It began as an idea borne from two of Queen’s surviving members — guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, living relics of a bygone era in rock music who have proven shamelessly enterprising in a way that seems the stock-in-trade of once-popular classic-rock acts who refuse to lay down the axe far past their prime. Peter Morgan, a veteran British scribe known for his successful English dramas and a handful of boilerplate biopics, came aboard to write the script. This is a seemingly incongruous pick for a portrait of Mercury, in many ways the antithesis of a prototypical Morgan character and,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Fact Check: Did Queen’s Label Really Resist Putting Out ‘Rhapsody’ as a Single?

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Fact Check: Did Queen’s Label Really Resist Putting Out ‘Rhapsody’ as a Single?
Bryan Singer’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” takes on the ride of legendary British rock band Queen, as well as the life of frontman Freddie Mercury. In the film, Queen’s record label at one time resisted releasing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” perhaps one of the band’s most famous songs, as a single — but did that really happen?

In the movie, band members Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek), Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and John Deacon (Joseph Mazzello) walk into Emi Records to play their single “Bohemian Rhapsody” of their new album, “A Night at the Opera.”

However, Emi executive Ray Foster, refuses to release the song as the band’s next single following “Killer Queen,” mainly because he didn’t understand the song and also thought a six-minute tune would never play on the radio.

After a heated discussion in the film, the band storms out of the meeting with
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Bohemian Rhapsody – Review

If the multiplex is a rockin’, then Do come a knockin…at the ticket counter and go grab a seat. Just a few weeks ago movie audiences tapped their feet to the big concert sequences in the new version of A Star Is Born. And continue to flock to the flick, keeping it at the top of the box office and music charts, downloading and buying CDs (some folks still do) of the movie soundtrack. Yes, Cooper and Gaga are electric as singer/songwriters who fill concert venues (she’s had lots of real-life experience). But what’s out there for film fans still in a musical mood? How about a nostalgic look back at the story of a rock act that sold out stadiums? Not a documentary, like this past Summer’s Whitney, but a musical biography. Now, this has usually been a staple of TV, with recent “biopics” of Ms.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film Review: Queen Bio Won’t Exactly Rock You

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Film Review: Queen Bio Won’t Exactly Rock You
An object example of how a film can be entertaining and even exhilarating without being particularly good, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has the driving energy of a stadium anthem and the fizzy meaninglessness of a bubblegum pop song.

As a biopic of flamboyantly theatrical gay frontman Freddie Mercury, the movie frequently falls short, but it does provide interesting origin stories for many of the hits created by Mercury’s band Queen. Wisely, the movie wraps everything up with a rousing recreation of Queen stealing the show at 1985’s Live Aid, providing the equivalent of a band making you forget a mediocre set by performing a dazzling encore. The end of “Bohemian Rhapsody” marks the first (and no doubt last) time that I was brought to tears by “Radio Gaga.”

Very much an “authorized” biopic — band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are credited as “Executive Music Producers” — the film is a rather
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The Marx Brothers movies: All 13 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Duck Soup,’ ‘Animal Crackers’

The Marx Brothers movies: All 13 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Duck Soup,’ ‘Animal Crackers’
The Marx Brothers – mustachioed, stogie-smoking ring-leader Groucho, chatty, Italian-accented con man Chico, silent skirt-chaser Harpo and, early on, relatively “normal” matinee idol Zeppo – first got their start as a vaudeville comedy act at the turn of the 20th century. They would go on to conquer the Broadway stage before landing in films when “talkies” took off.

Zeppo would drop out of the act after five films, becoming an engineer and a talent agent. But his older siblings would continue their frenzied verbal and visual hilarity on the big screen until 1949, when the medium of television beckoned and competed for eyeballs. Groucho would host a TV version of his radio game show, “You Bet Your Life,” for 11 seasons on NBC and appeared on Dick Cavett’s TV talk show in the late ‘60s. That is when their Marx Brothers’ anarchistic approach to humor and word-play takedowns of hypocrites and stuffy high-society
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The Marx Brothers movies: All 13 films ranked from worst to best

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The Marx Brothers movies: All 13 films ranked from worst to best
The Marx Brothers – mustachioed, stogie-smoking ring-leader Groucho, chatty, Italian-accented con man Chico, silent skirt-chaser Harpo and, early on, relatively “normal” matinee idol Zeppo – first got their start as a vaudeville comedy act at the turn of the 20th century. They would go on to conquer the Broadway stage before landing in films when “talkies” took off.

Zeppo would drop out of the act after five films, becoming an engineer and a talent agent. But his older siblings would continue their frenzied verbal and visual hilarity on the big screen until 1949, when the medium of television beckoned and competed for eyeballs. Groucho would host a TV version of his radio game show, “You Bet Your Life,” for 11 seasons on NBC and appeared on Dick Cavett’s TV talk show in the late ‘60s. That is when their Marx Brothers’ anarchistic approach to humor and word-play takedowns of hypocrites and stuffy high-society
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American Music Awards: Panic! at the Disco to Perform Queen Tribute

American Music Awards: Panic! at the Disco to Perform Queen Tribute
Panic! at the Disco will pay a tribute to Queen with a performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the 2018 American Music Awards.

The performance will be introduced by Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee, who star as members of Queen in the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

"Bohemian Rhapsody," which is featured on the 1975 album A Night at the Opera and was written by Freddie Mercury, is one of Queen's most popular songs. "If there is one song that I wish I would’ve written myself, it’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody,'" Panic! At ...
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Bohemian Rhapsody's True Story Will Rock You

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Mercury in 1982. Image Source: Getty / Steve Jennings / WireImage

There's no denying that the first trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is a rocking celebration of the band, especially its lead singer, Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek. Despite its musical flourishes and impressive shots of Malek seeming to effortlessly inhabit the iconic singer's persona, the trailer doesn't give away much about the actual plot of the movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody is set to explore the rise of Queen straight through until their legendary performance at the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985 - at least, that's what the maddeningly vague synopsis says. In truth, there's so much more to Mercury's story than just his hit songs, and his real-life tragedies and triumphs appear to be hiding in the margins of the trailer, as well as in the casting details for the film.

Queen officially formed in 1970, and by 1971, they had assembled
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Bohemian Rhapsody's True Story Will Rock You

Mercury in 1982. Image Source: Getty / Steve Jennings / WireImage

There's no denying that the first trailer for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is a rocking celebration of the band, especially its lead singer, Freddie Mercury, played by Rami Malek. Despite its musical flourishes and impressive shots of Malek seeming to effortlessly inhabit the iconic singer's persona, the trailer doesn't give away much about the actual plot of the movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody is set to explore the rise of Queen straight through until their legendary performance at the Live Aid benefit concert in 1985 - at least, that's what the maddeningly vague synopsis says. In truth, there's so much more to Mercury's story than just his hit songs, and his real-life tragedies and triumphs appear to be hiding in the margins of the trailer, as well as in the casting details for the film.

Queen officially formed in 1970, and by 1971, they had assembled
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Lucy Boynton and Rami Malek's Romance Gives Us a Taste of Bohemian Rhapsody

Lucy Boynton and Rami Malek's Romance Gives Us a Taste of Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody costars Lucy Boynton and Rami Malek are reportedly dating, giving us a taste of what's to come from the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic. In the film, Rami takes on the role of Freddie Mercury while Lucy plays his lesser known muse and lover, Mary Austin. Freddie's relationship with Mary saw the pair living together and dating before he came out, with him writing a string of songs about her including "Love of My Life" from Queen's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. While we anticipate the film's release in November, read on to see all the pictures of the duo's real life romance.

Related: Bohemian Rhapsody: 6 Details About the Freddie Mercury Biopic Starring Rami Malek
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Queen Shares First Bohemian Rhapsody Footage, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

Queen Shares First Bohemian Rhapsody Footage, Trailer Coming Tomorrow
Late last night, the first poster for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was released online and now we have the first teaser footage ahead of the official trailer being released tomorrow. The teaser is short, but sweet, and shows a lot of promise for fans that have been waiting a very long time to see this movie. The first trailer was shown at CinemaCon a few weeks ago, creating even more hype for Bohemian Rhapsody than there was previously, and leaving fans anxious to see this footage online.

Clocking in at 10 seconds, the Bohemian Rhapsody teaser does its job perfectly. We're treated to the iconic Queen song "We Will Rock You," which has been used at sporting events for decades to pump up the crowd. There's another look at Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury that has never been seen and again, it's amazing how much the young actor resembles the front man.
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FilmStruck Embraces Golden Age of Hollywood, Adds Classics From Orson Welles and More to Streaming Library

Streaming outfit FilmStruck is embracing classic Hollywood with its latest addition to its vast library, joining up with Warner Bros. Digital Networks (Wbdn) to add Golden Age of Hollywood titles like “Casablanca,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Citizen Kane,” and many more to its already robust lineup. Starting today, FilmStruck subscribers in the U.S. will now be able to watch some of the storied studio’s most beloved films at no additional cost.

Other titles set to join the streaming library include “Singin’ In the Rain,” “The Music Man,” “Bringing Up Baby,” “The Thin Man,” “Cat People,” “A Night At The Opera,” “An American In Paris,” and “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?”

While other streaming outfits — looking at you, Netflix — have balked at adding classic titles to their ranks, much to the detriment of their libraries, FilmStruck has opted to go in an entirely other direction.

“FilmStruck offers movie
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Mike Myers is Going with a Little ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for His First Live-Action Film in Eight Years

Mike Myers is Going with a Little ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for His First Live-Action Film in Eight Years
It’s almost impossible to think of Queen’s signature tune “Bohemian Rhapsody” from their album A Night at the Opera without thinking of the sequence in Wayne’s World where Saturday Night Live veterans Mike Myers and Dana Carvey lip sync and head bang to their heart’s content. Therefore, it only makes sense that Mike Myers is […]

The post Mike Myers is Going with a Little ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for His First Live-Action Film in Eight Years appeared first on /Film.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Lucy Boynton Joins Queen Pic As Mary Austin

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Lucy Boynton Joins Queen Pic As Mary Austin
Lucy Boynton is ready to rock the Queen biopic. The Gypsy alumna will play Mary Austin, the lifelong companion of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) in Bohemian Rhapsody for Fox, New Regency and Gk Films. Londoner Austin was the singer’s muse from Queen’s early years and into the band’s massive success. She and Mercury lived together for years and later split up on good terms. He wrote a number of songs about her including “Love of My Life” from A Night at the Opera, the 1975…
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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Episode 179 – Criterion Collection Wish List for 2017

Episode Links Past Wish List Episodes Episode 63.9 – Disc 3 – Top Criterion Blu-ray Upgrades for 2011 Episode 110 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2012 Episode 136 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2013 Episode 146 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2014 Episode 154 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2015 Episode 169 – Criterion Collection Blu-ray Upgrade Wish List for 2016 DVD to BluRay Wish Lists Aaron: The Shop on Main Street Pickup on South Street Arik: Cleo from 5 to 7 Berlin Alexanderplatz Mark: Taste of Cherry Sisters David: Do the Right Thing Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Ld to Blu-Ray Wish Lists Aaron: Blue Velvet (Announced as Ld Spine #219 but never released) Early Hitchcock Box (Sabotage, The Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, The Lodger, The Man Who Knew Too Much) Arik: A Night at the Opera Singin’ in the Rain Mark: 2001: A Space Odyssey The Producers David: I Am Cuba Letter From an Unknown Woman
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The Story of King Baggot, the First ‘King of the Movies’, Begins in St. Louis

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Here’s a comprehensive look at the life and career of King Baggot

Article by Tom Stockman

They gathered to see the stars at St. Louis Union Station on Saturday March 25th 1910. President Taft had made a stop near the Twentieth Street entrance ten days earlier, but the crowd this day was much larger. Thousands, mostly excited women wearing ankle-length dresses and waving felt pennants lined up hoping for a glimpse, or perhaps
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The 20 Funniest Movies Ever Made

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Comedy is very subjective but a great comedy will stand the test of time and continue to make generation after generation laugh. Some people like their humor dry, while some like it shocking and offensive. Whatever your taste, good humor will always be out there. Here are 20 great comedies that will no doubt continue to be appreciated in the future.

20. Fargo: The Cohen Brothers funniest black comedy may not be for everyone's taste, because it is quite violent. However, underneath all that is a droll observation on the human condition, highlighted by a winning performance from Frances McDormand as a very likeable and very pregnant police chief. Her character police chief Marge Gunderson is kind, clever and compassionate. She’s a much more admirable role model than all the recent ‘badass female’ clichés we’ve been inundated with lately. Another standout here is William H. Macy as a two-bit schemer who's plan utterly backfires.
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Marx Brothers in Posters

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Above: 1960s French stock poster for Marx Brothers revivals.This weekend New York’s Film Forum begins a week-long series entitled The Marx Brothers & The Golden Age of Vaudeville which is as good an excuse as any to look at the representation of the greatest sibling comedy team in cinema through movie posters. It has long been a tradition in movie poster illustration to render comedy stars as caricatures—often with oversized heads on small bodies—and Groucho, Harpo and Chico were a caricaturist’s dream. (Zeppo, the straight man, less so, but he left the act after Duck Soup in 1933, and re-release posters for the films he appeared in tend to ignore him, as in the Belgian Duck Soup and the Danish Horse Feathers below). With their distinctive props—Groucho’s oversized greasepaint mustache and cigar, Harpo’s curly blonde wig and Chico’s Alpine hat—the threesome could
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The Final Years of King Baggot – From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity.
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