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‘Rocketman’s’ Dexter Fletcher to Direct ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ (Exclusive)

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‘Rocketman’s’ Dexter Fletcher to Direct ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ (Exclusive)
Rocketman” filmmaker Dexter Fletcher has come on board to direct the latest “Sherlock Holmes” film, with Robert Downey Jr. returning to star.

Fletcher is taking over the franchise from Guy Ritchie, who helmed the previous two films: 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” and its follow-up 2011’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Both were highly successful, with the first grossing $524 million globally and the second bringing in $545.4 million worldwide.

Sources say Warner Bros. had always planned on making a third film. However, Downey’s busy schedule as Iron Man prevented any new filming for the series. The forthcoming entry of the mystery series is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2021.

Jude Law is also expected to return as Professor Watson. Chris Brancato is penning the script, while Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Dan Lin and Lionel Wigram are producing. The studio had originally announced that the film would open on Christmas Day of
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Johnny Flynn to star in UK heist musical 'The Score' with Connor Swindells, Naomi Ackie (exclusive)

’Yesterday’ producer Matthew James Wilkinson producing; Malachi Smyth directing.

Beast star Johnny Flynn will lead the cast of The Score, a UK heist musical that will also feature Flynn’s own music.

Connor Swindells (Sex Education) and Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker), both former Screen Stars of Tomorrow from 2017 (as was Flynn back in 2005), have also been cast as has Antonia Thomas (Sunshine On Leith).

The film is a musical take on a doomed love story - two small time crooks drive to a secluded cafe for a big ‘score’. While Troy (Swindells) falls for the waitress
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Production Has Started On Six-Part Netflix Series ‘The English Game’ From Julian Fellowes

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Netflix has just sent out a release confirming that shooting as officially started on Julian FellowesThe English Game, an upcoming drama which charts the origins of football and how those involved in its creation reached across the class divide to establish the game as the world’s most popular sport. The series is written, and executive produced by Downton Abbey creator Fellowes and produced by 42.

The series will star Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Kevin Guthrie, Charlotte Hope, Craig Parkinson, James Harkness, Niamh Walsh, Gerard Kearns, Joncie Elmore, Sam Keeley (Anthropoid), Daniel Ings, Kate Dickie, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Kate Phillips, Ben Batt, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Harry Michell and Anthony Andrews (The King’s Speech).

Related: The Downton Abbey movie gets a bunch of character posters

The series is directed by Birgitte Stærmose and Tim Fywell and produced by Rhonda Smith.

Executive producers include Julian Fellowes as well as Rory Aitken,
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Movie Review – The Keeper (2018)

The Keeper, 2018.

Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller.

Starring David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Harry Melling, Michael Socha, Dave Johns, Chloe Harris and Gary Lewis.

Synopsis:

The story of Manchester City goalkeeping legend Bert Trautmann, who rose from being a German Pow to being a hero for British football fans.

For some reason, British cinema has often stayed away from making loads of films about football. The UK is a nation in love with the ‘Beautiful Game’, but we seldom transfer that adoration into our movies. With the exception of stuff like Gregory’s Girl, Bend It Like Beckham and that one scene in Kes, we tend to confine football to strange hooliganism films like Green Street and The Football Factory. That makes The Keeper, which tells the story of iconic Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, something surprisingly unusual, and really rather charming.

David Kross plays Trautmann, who is captured
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Seven co-commissions TV adaptation of Jules Verne classic

(L-r) Ashley Pharoah, Ahmed Sylla and Simon Crawford Collins.

The Seven Network and three European public broadcasters have commissioned a big budgeted, eight-part re-imagining of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days.

A co-production between Seven West Media’s London-based Slim Film + Television and Paris-based Federation Entertainment, the series will be filmed around the world, budgeted at about €3 million ($4.7 million) per episode.

A leading British actor yet to be announced will play Phileas Fogg, a rich but solitary gentleman who sets off in 1872 to circumnavigate the world in 80 days to win a £20,000 bet with fellow members of the Reform Club.

French actor Ahmed Sylla will play Passepartout, his valet who accompanies him on the adventure of a lifetime. The lead female role, newspaper reporter Abigail Fix, who joins the travellers in an attempt to make her mark in a man’s world and to emerge from
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Full Second Trailer for 'Rocketman' Starring Taron Egerton as Elton

"You gotta kill the person you were born to be in order to become the person you want to be." Paramount has debuted a second trailer for Rocketman, the upcoming biopic about the colorful life of famed musician Elton John, as played by Taron Egerton. This trailer goes all out and gives us a taste of the flamboyant world that Reginald Dwight (who eventually changed his name) inhabited. This is the latest film by Dexter Fletcher and it looks like a musical extravaganza worthy of Elton's career. The full cast includes Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Steven Mackintosh, and Gemma Jones. Well, call me crazy, but I think this looks wonderfully entertaining - with epic dance scenes and all kinds of wild fun. Here's the second official trailer for Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, direct from Paramount's YouTube: You can still watch the
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Featurette Teases Taron Egerton Singing as Elton John in 'Rocketman'

"All we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music..." Paramount has debuted a new featurette for Rocketman, the upcoming biopic about the life of famed musician Elton John, as played by Taron Egerton. The promo video explains that it's actually Taron singing the songs in the film, and even Elton was impressed by him. This is the latest film made by Dexter Fletcher. Paramount seems to be capitalizing on Bohemian Rhapsody's success and preempting any discussion on whether Taron is worthy enough for the role. The full cast includes Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Steven Mackintosh, and Gemma Jones. There's another trailer out later this week to build the hype even more. Here's the new featurette (+ poster) for Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman, direct from YouTube: You can still watch the first teaser trailer for Fletcher's
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody:’ A History of Making the Freddie Mercury Biopic (Photos)

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody:’ A History of Making the Freddie Mercury Biopic (Photos)
Mamma Mia Figaro! We’ve been anticipating a movie about the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury for the last seven years, when it looked like Borat himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, might play the flamboyant singer. And at long last, we got images from the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” signaling it would finally come to pass. Now director Bryan Singer has been fired from the film, but there’s still hope it will be released by December of 2018. Here’s a brief history of the long road the film has taken to hopefully get made.

September 2010

Sacha Baron Cohen, a spitting image of Mercury and with just the right amount of flamboyance, is locked in to play Freddie Mercury in the untitled film written by “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan, with Graham King, Tim Headington, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal all attached to produce. Supposedly the film would not focus on
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Rocketman: Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and Story Details for Elton John Biopic

Joseph Baxter Paul Bradshaw Apr 25, 2019

Taron Egerton plays (and sings) Elton John in the Dexter Fletcher-directed biopic, Rocketman.

Rocketman is set to manifest as a rousing cinematic reverie, chronicling the rise of the great Elton John to his place as one of the most popular music acts in history, and the enduring legacy he’s still building to this day (his current world tour is said to culminate in a 2021 retirement).

However, the narrative here is the uncanny performance of star Taron Egerton, who not only embodies the man born Reginald Kenneth Dwight onscreen, but even sings his own renditions of the artist’s legendary smash songs!

Dexter Fletcher stepped into the director’s chair for Rocketman, serving as a reunion with star Egerton, who he directed, opposite Hugh Jackman, in the 2015 comedy, Eddie the Eagle.

Rocketman Release Date

Rocketman is going to be high as a kite by
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Rocketman: Trailer Arrives for Elton John Biopic

Paul Bradshaw Oct 1, 2018

Watch the first trailer for Dexter Fletcher's Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton.

Dexter Fletcher’s fantasy Elton John biopic has given us its first glimpse of Taron Egerton in action – with a teaser that brings us singing, dancing, and a disco full of flying people.

We already know that Rocketman is going to be a less than conventional biopic – with Egerton telling us the film will be a “musical fantasy” that uses John’s songs to “express important beats in his life at emotional moments” – and the teaser already looks like it has plenty of amazing musical set-pieces built around John’s hits.

We also know that the film won’t be holding back on showing the singer’s dark side either. John is producing the film, alongside husband David Furnish, and Kingsman’s Matthew Vaughn, but reportedly told Fletcher to show him, warts and all.
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First Look at Taron Egerton as Elton John

Paul Bradshaw Sep 28, 2018

The Rocketman star looks pretty uncanny in costume as Elton John.

The first picture of Taron Egerton in Rocketman has been released, and he already looks pretty perfect for the role. Hidden behind a scruffy wig, giant sparkly glasses and some seriously cool sneakers, Egerton’s take on Elton John looks like everything it needs to be.

Rocketman is pitched as a “musical fantasy” rather than a straight biopic, with Egerton telling The Telegraph that John’s songs are “used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments,” adding that “He’s not the only character that sings.”

Directed by Dexter Fletcher – who already has form with Egerton after Eddie The Eagle, form with musicals after Sunshine On Leith, and form with long-gestating, possibly problematic biopics after replacing Bryan Singer on Bohemian RhapsodyRocketman is being produced by Elton John himself.

Following John’s early
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Anna and the Apocalypse Review – FrightFest 2018

A low-rent Scottish-set take on High School Musical, crossed with beloved festive Brit-fun Nativity, and… Shaun of the Dead? John McPhail’s second feature has one helluva set-up; a pop-tastic teen musical that pits its leads against a flesh-hungry hoard of zombies as Christmas fast approaches, with plenty of blood and brains and bouncy show tunes thrown in for good measure. The stage is set for the oddball fave of the year; or at the very least, another fun-loving sing-along in the vein of Dexter Fletcher’s Proclaimers riot Sunshine On Leith – but with a bit more blood. And while there are definitely elements of both of these in Anna and the Apocalypse, neither quite manage to make it up to scratch.

Just a small town girl (living in a not-so lonely world), Ella Hunt’s Anna dreams of breaking out of her tiny little Scottish existence and travelling the
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‘Watchmen’ Pilot Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers

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‘Watchmen’ Pilot Adds Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers
The cast of HBO’s “Watchmen” pilot continues to grow.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Sara Vickers have both joined the project, which hails from Damon Lindelof. As with previous “Watchmen” casting announcements, HBO provided no details about the characters the two will play.

They join previously announced cast members Regina King, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, and Jacob Ming-Trent.

This project marks the second superhero property in which Abdul-Mateen will appear. He is also set to appear as Black Manta in the upcoming “Aquaman” film opposite Jason Momoa. The actor is also known for his appearance as the disco-loving gangster Cadillac in the Netflix series “The Get Down” and was recently featured in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” On the film side, he played Sgt. Ellerbee in the recent “Baywatch” movie and had a role in the Oscar-nominated film “The Greatest Showman.
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John Malkovich will pay Poirot alongside Rupert Grint for the BBC’s Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders

Agatha Christie’s novels are still popular fodder for TV adaptations; this time around the BBC is to adapt her famous 1936 novel, The ABC Murders. The cast will include Harry Potter and Snatch’s Rupert Grint and John Malkovich.

Malkovich becomes the latest in a line of seasoned actors to play the Belgian detective with the impressive ‘tache, Poirot. Grint will take on the role of Inspector Crome. Also joining the cast are Andrew Buchan as Franklin Clarke, Eamon Farren playing Cust, Tara Fitzgerald as Lady Hermione Clarke, Bronwyn James (Harlots) in the role of Megan and Freya Mavor as Thora Grey. Further casting to be announced.

Also on the news – Idris Elba teams up with Netflix for The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Executive producer and Agatha Christie Limited CEO, James Prichard said “‘The ABC Murders’ is one of my great-grandmother’s most unsettling and intense stories and Hercule Poirot
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The ABC Murders: Trailer, Cast, Release Date

Kirsten Howard Dec 27, 2018

John Malkovich will be chewing some scenery and solving some murders in Amazon's new Agatha Christie series...

The legendary John Malkovich will be playing iconic detective Hercule Poirot in new BBC One series (set to be made available via Amazon Prime in the U.S.) The ABC Murders.

The classic 1936 Agatha Christie tome has been adapted for television by the immensely talented lady behind three other recent versions of the author's work, Sarah Phelps. Phelps' other series - And Then There Were None, The Witness For The Prosecution, and Ordeal By Innocence - have all been extremely solid, and this one sounds like it'll be storming, too.

The ABC Murders Trailer

A full trailer for The ABC Murders has arrived, showcasing the exploits of John Malkovich’s Hercule Poirot, who's on the hunt for the alphabet-obsessed serial killer in the eponymous A.B.C.

Video of The ABC
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ teaser trailer and poster: Watch Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in first look at Queen biopic

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ teaser trailer and poster: Watch Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in first look at Queen biopic
Get your first look at Rami Malek in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the new teaser trailer above, which was released by 20th Century Fox on May 15. Malek stars in the film as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen. Known for songs like “We Are the Champions,” “We Will Rock You,” and of course the tune that gives this film its title, Queen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, 10 years after Mercury died of complications from AIDS at age 45. The movie opens on November 2 in the United States.

This Queen biopic has been in the works for several years and encountered setbacks along the way. Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw had been in discussion for the lead role before it eventually went to Malek, And the film began production with Bryan Singer directing, but after months of filming Singer
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Director Dexter Fletcher on the Pressure of Replacing Bryan Singer — Exclusive

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Director Dexter Fletcher on the Pressure of Replacing Bryan Singer — Exclusive
Dexter Fletcher, the director who stepped in after Bryan Singer went Mia from the set of 20th Century Fox’s forthcoming “Bohemian Rhapsody,” spoke exclusively to IndieWire about entering the production chaos that befell the Freddie Mercury biopic in late 2017. “It was an extraordinary set of circumstances,” said Fletcher in a phone interview from London.

Reportedly butting heads with star Rami Malek, Singer never returned to the London set following the Thanksgiving holiday. The studio announced Fletcher as his successor December 6, the day between Singer’s firing and being hit with a sexual assault lawsuit.

Bohemian Rhapsody” development began in 2010, and Fletcher was once slated to direct the film for Sony. The producers admired “Sunshine on Leith,” his 2013 adaptation of a stage musical built around songs by The Proclaimers. In March 2014, Deadline reported Fletcher’s exit from the project, citing creative differences with producer Graham King — including whether the film should be R-rated.
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TVLine Mixtape Throwback Edition: Our Favorite Songs From Grey's Anatomy, Friends, The Sopranos and More

Don’t stop believin’, and hold on to that feeling… of when a new TVLine Mixtape comes out!

This time, we’re throwing it back to some of our favorite songs from iconic TV moments. We’ve collected a six-pack of memorable TV tunes, complete with artist and album info so that you can add them into your permanent collection.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams! And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @maggiekgorman.

Series And Episode | Family Ties, “The Real Thing”

Title | “At This
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Queen Biopic Replaces Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle Director

Queen Biopic Replaces Bryan Singer with Eddie the Eagle Director
It only took 20th Century Fox three days to find a new Bohemian Rhapsody director, bringing aboard Dexter Fletcher to take the reins from the fired Bryan Singer. What remains to be seen is if Dexter Fletcher will get any credit for his work at all, with sources stating that there are only two more weeks left of production, unless the new director decides to reshoot some scenes. The director will also oversee the post-production process, keeping the studio on track to release the film in December 2018.

Sources claim that 20th Century Fox had started quietly searching for directors even before production was shut down following Bryan Singer going Awol, failing to return to the set for three days after the Thanksgiving break. The studio, however, denies this claim, and rumors that anyone other than Dexter Fletcher had been offered this directorial gig before Bryan Singer was officially fired. Sources
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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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