Although "Rocketman" (which can thank Donald Trump's Kim Jong Un nickname for extra promotion) will evoke inevitable comparisons to "Bohemian Rhapsody" — basically charting the rise to fame, coming to grips with being gay in the 1970s, and rock-star-sized problems — it's a very different construct, and not merely because it leans more unflinchingly into that material. (To his credit, John balked at toning down the sex and drugs that go with the rock 'n roll.)As opposed to a conventional biography, the movie uses John's songs to tell the story, bursting into wildly choreographed sequences to illustrate the mood and situations in which he finds himself.While that brings a more ambitious quality to the movie, the challenge is that because those songs weren't written explicitly for the storyline, they're not always a perfect fit. And while that has worked quite well with stage shows — like the Carole King musical "Beautiful" — it's a slightly different experience dispersed through the medium of film.As an odd footnote, director Dexter Fletcher actually finished "Bohemian Rhapsody" after Bryan Singer exited the project, giving him a hand (there uncredited) in back-to-back biographies of musical icons.Here, he teams with writer Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot"), with John's blessing as the project's producer, to chronicle the singer's life, through his early years as a piano prodigy — with an emotionally distant father (Steven Mackintosh) and unhappy mom (Bryce Dallas Howard) — to his partnership with Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), whose lyrics the former Reginald Dwight worked into magic.While that relationship is presented as a model of friendship, the same doesn't apply to others in John's orbit, beginning with manager John Reid ("Game of Thrones'" Richard Madden), who quickly insinuated himself into John's career and personal life, only to wind up exploiting him."It's gonna be a wild ride," Reid tells him, and what follows is exactly that — with the occasional feel of a Hollywood rags-to-riches cliché. John turns to booze and pills to help fill the void in his life, with those flamboyant costumes and lavish trappings masking the tears of a clown.Elton John refused to 'tone down' the sex and drugs in 'Rocketman'Perhaps for that reason "Rocketman" has an episodic undercurrent Read More – Source
007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..
Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.
Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.
"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.
"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.
"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."
Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".
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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.
Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship
Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..
Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.
The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.
But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.
The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.
Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".
"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.
"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.
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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman
Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..
Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.
The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.
Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.
On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.
Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.
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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.
We worked on the script, I was trying to figure out how to cRead More – Source
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