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Rocketman Review: Taron Egerton Astonishes in Glitzy Elton John Musical

Rocketman Review: Taron Egerton Astonishes in Glitzy Elton John Musical
Rocketman is an elaborate musical fantasy. Bursting at the sequined seams with the glitz, glamour, and sensationalism of the irrepressible Elton John. The film eschews the standard, straightforward biopic approach. Director Dexter Fletcher, the true architect of Bohemian Rhapsody's success, showers you with stardust and sadness. The meteoric rise to success was filled with self-loathing, alcohol, drugs, and sex addiction. It's a wild ride, squarely on the shoulders of Taron Egerton. The actor is truly remarkable in his portrayal of Elton John. The year's first Oscar contender will have you dancing in the aisles.

We first meet Elton John (Taron Egerton) in full costumed regalia, high on drugs, and desperate for help. He sings, dances, and plops down in a therapy circle. The other patients are surprised and amused. Then the tone becomes serious. Elton begins his story as young Reginald Dwight (Matthew Illesley), a painfully shy boy with a cold,
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Taron Egerton Compares Rocketman with Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘It Required an Actor Who Can Sing’

Taron Egerton Compares Rocketman with Bohemian Rhapsody: ‘It Required an Actor Who Can Sing’
Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody may have their similarities, but they’re very different movies.

While attending a press conference on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival, the day after Rocketman premiered to a standing ovation, star Taron Egerton addressed the inevitable comparisons many will make between the film and the Queen biopic, which was released in November — and went on to rake in close to $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Although both movies center around the life and times of larger than life rock stars, Egerton has said Rocketman is a “different animal.”

“I’m proud that we’re mentioned in the same breath,
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Review round-up: Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ blasts off to a rousing reception at Cannes film festival

Review round-up: Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ blasts off to a rousing reception at Cannes film festival
If ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ were the cheeseburger of music icon biopics, then ‘Rocketman’ is the sirloin steak – with lobster on the side.” – Dan Wooton, The Sun

Judging from the dazzling reception from the notoriously tough crowd that attends the Cannes International Film Festival, the first true Oscar-worthy film of 2019 has landed. “Rocketman,” the tune-filled Elton John biopic with fantastical touches received a boisterous 4-minute standing ovation after having its world premiere out of competition on the French Rivera.

Given that it is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who also took over the reins of last year’s musical ode to another British pop superstar and gay icon Freddie Mercury, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” after original helmer Bryan Singer was fired, the critics couldn’t help but compare the two. And, as the quote above suggests, “Rocketman” is a far superior cut of meaty truth-based cinema that currently has a 94% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score.

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Taron Egerton Addresses ‘Rocketman’ Comparisons to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Takes Subtle Jab at Bryan Singer

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Taron Egerton Addresses ‘Rocketman’ Comparisons to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Takes Subtle Jab at Bryan Singer
Taron Egerton says that he’s flattered by comparisons between his Elton John musical “Rocketman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” last year’s smash hit about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

“I’m proud that we’re mentioned in the same breath,” says Egerton, who plays John in the upcoming “Rocketman,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to a five-minute standing ovation on Thursday night. “That film has been such a phenomenon, and rightly so. I can’t remember who did that who finished it off.”

Egerton was referring to director Dexter Fletcher, who stepped in to complete “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was fired from that troubled production. Fletcher also made “Rocketman,” which he worked on from start to finish.

There are other ways in which the two films diverge. Rami Malek, who won this year’s best actor Oscar for the film, lip syncs to Queen’s songs. Egerton belts
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‘Rocketman’ “Is A Different Animal” From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Taron Egerton At Cannes Press Conference

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At today’s Cannes press conference for Paramount’s Rocketman, the media was eager to compare the Elton John musical biopic to Fox’s Freddie Mercury multi-Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody.

A journalist asked wither Taron Egerton could see himself at the Oscars in February, just like Rami Maleck earlier this year who took home the Best Actor Oscar for Mercury.

Taron Egerton, who sublimely plays Elton John, was quick to temper expectations, and that’s a philosophy which can also be said about Rocketman‘s B.O. prospects: Don’t be quick to juxtapose Rocketman to Bohemian Rhapsody (even though Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher’s fingerprints are on the latter pic having finished after Bryan Singer was fired).

“That movie is unicorn,” said Egerton then joking, “I can’t remember who finished it.”

“But our movie is a different animal, it’s a musical that requires an actor who can sing in the lead role,
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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Outrunning ‘Dark Phoenix’ With $65 Million Opening

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Outrunning ‘Dark Phoenix’ With $65 Million Opening
Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is heading for a North American opening of as much as $65 million during the June 7-9 frame, topping Disney-Fox’s “Dark Phoenix” at about $50 million, early tracking showed Thursday.

The Secret Life of Pets” opened in 2016 with $104.3 million domestically and wound up with $368.3 million in North America and $875 million worldwide.

The voice cast of the Illumination film includes returnees Kevin Hart as Snowball, Chloe the tabby cat (Lake Bell) and Gidget the Pomeranian (Jenny Slate), as well as newcomers Daisy the Shih Tzu (Tiffany Haddish) and Rooster the sheepdog (Harrison Ford). Patton Oswalt replaces original star Louis C.K. as Max. Chris Renaud returns as the director, along with screenwriter Brian Lynch.

An opening in the expected range will makes “The Secret Life of Pets 2” one of the highest grossing animated openings since Illumination’s own “Dr. Suess’ The Grinch” with $67.6 million.
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‘Rocketman’ Launch: Elton John Musical Biopic Blasts Off In World Premiere That Lights Up Cannes

‘Rocketman’ Launch: Elton John Musical Biopic Blasts Off In World Premiere That Lights Up Cannes
“Even if the movie doesn’t make one penny — which will kill Jim Gianopulos — it is the movie I wanted to make, and that doesn’t happen often,” said no one other than Elton John on Thursday as he proceeded to sing his signature “I’m Still Standing” at the Carlton Beach after-party for the world premiere of the movie all about himself, Rocketman. Paramount chose the 72nd Cannes Film Festival to launch its big summer hope, and if reaction with a seven-minute standing ovation was any indication, it is a hit.

Gianopulos, the Paramount chairman, was certainly enthusiastic when I caught up with him at the party. He noted that star Taron Egerton, who gives the first performance I have seen in 2019 guaranteed to be an Oscar contender, actually used Elton’s classic “Your Song” as an audition to get into his drama school. He was clearly fated to
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Cannes Film Review: Taron Egerton as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’

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Cannes Film Review: Taron Egerton as Elton John in ‘Rocketman’
What is it that we love about Elton John? If “Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher ever stopped to ask himself that question, the response was apparently so simple as to be almost vulgar: The sunglasses. And the sequins. And the songs, of course. Elton fans will find more of those three elements than they can count in this relentlessly ebullient, razzle-dazzle homage to Reginald Dwight, the fool-lucky London piano prodigy (played here by “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton) who stumbled into a partnership with brilliantly inscrutable lyricist Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), sparking the chance for a desperately music-obsessed rock ’n’ roll wannabe to transform into one of the 20th century’s top-selling pop musicians.

So, while it affords Fletcher the chance to envision “Rocketman” as a kind of Baz-Luhrmann-by-way-of-David-lachapelle disco-ball fantasy — in which Elton and his circle are constantly breaking out into his most recognizable songs — is the bling really the thing
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‘Rocketman’ Film Review: Elton John Gets a Musical Fantasy That Sometimes Achieves Liftoff

‘Rocketman’ Film Review: Elton John Gets a Musical Fantasy That Sometimes Achieves Liftoff
Well, never mind those “Bohemian Rhapsody” comparisons. The Elton John musical “Rocketman,” which premiered to a thunderous ovation at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night, may be the second rock-related movie in the last year in which director Dexter Fletcher had a hand, but the two films are dramatically different in ways that for the most part are good for “Rocketman.”

Bohemian Rhapsody,” which Fletcher stepped in to finish after original director Bryan Singer was fired, acted like a standard biopic with concert and recording scenes thrown in. “Rocketman” takes a wilder, bolder approach: It’s a full-fledged musical, using dozens of Elton John songs to tell his life story in a way that freely mixes reality and fantasy.

This is a jukebox musical for the big screen, “Mamma Mia!” forced into a vaguely biographical form or one of the Broadway shows that use an artist’s music to tell their story,
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Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody Replacement Says He Wasn't 'Emotionally Attached' to Film

Bryan Singer's Bohemian Rhapsody Replacement Says He Wasn't 'Emotionally Attached' to Film
Dexter Fletcher may have helped push Bohemian Rhapsody to its record-setting, Oscar-winning glory, but that doesn’t mean the director felt a special bond with the film.

Fletcher, 53, revealed he felt no emotional attachment to the Queen biopic after stepping in to fill the shoes of the fired Bryan Singer in December 2017.

“I wanted to do a good job and bring it home. A lot of people were working hard and needed someone to get it over the line,” he told IndieWire of taking the reins. “I did my best work. I drove it and propelled it, but was not emotionally attached to it.
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Dexter Fletcher Says ‘Rocketman’ Is the R-Rated Musical ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Couldn’t Be

Dexter Fletcher Says ‘Rocketman’ Is the R-Rated Musical ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Couldn’t Be
It was at Rami Malek’s behest that Dexter Fletcher stepped in to finish Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was fired, even though it meant he’d likely receive no official credit. He didn’t get DGA credit, but it was never an act of altruism: It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help him prep his next film, Elton John musical “Rocketman.”

With three British indie films under his belt, the 53-year-old director did what had to be done to shepherd “Bohemian Rhapsody” to release. “There wasn’t enough time to see the movie before I agreed to it,” he said. Because he was originally going to direct it before it went to Singer, “I knew what it was. The film is its own film. I wanted to do a good job and bring it home. A lot of people were working hard and needed someone to get it over the line.
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Dexter Fletcher Says ‘Rocketman’ Is the R-Rated Musical ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Couldn’t Be

Dexter Fletcher Says ‘Rocketman’ Is the R-Rated Musical ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Couldn’t Be
It was at Rami Malek’s behest that Dexter Fletcher stepped in to finish Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was fired, even though it meant he’d likely receive no official credit. He didn’t get DGA credit, but it was never an act of altruism: It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help him prep his next film, Elton John musical “Rocketman.”

With three British indie films under his belt, the 53-year-old director did what had to be done to shepherd “Bohemian Rhapsody” to release. “There wasn’t enough time to see the movie before I agreed to it,” he said. Because he was originally going to direct it before it went to Singer, “I knew what it was. The film is its own film. I wanted to do a good job and bring it home. A lot of people were working hard and needed someone to get it over the line.
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‘Rocketman’ Production Team Took the Fantasy Route With the Elton John Biopic

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Paramount has high hopes for “Rocketman,” the Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton as the legendary performer. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, the film comes on the heels of Fox’s massively successful Freddie Mercury movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” and could capitalize on audiences’ newly discovered interest in rock star stories that transport them to their youthful memories.

Costume designer Julian Day and director Dexter Fletcher had worked together on “Rhapsody,” which Fletcher completed after Bryan Singer’s departure. But although both movies deal with the lives of rock stars, there’s a crucial difference.

“The first and foremost thing [about ‘Rocketman’] was that we weren’t doing a straight biopic like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’” Day says. “It was always planned as a fantasy musical. So that was the starting point for the costumes, hair and makeup, production design … everything.”

The craftspeople who worked on the look of the film embraced the strategy.
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How the McU Was Made: ‘Thor’ and Why Chris Hemsworth Nearly Wasn’t Cast

Thor was an incredibly risky movie for Marvel Studios to make in 2011. It’s important to remember that at the time Marvel was developing Thor, successful superhero movies were defined by “gritty reboots” and “grounded” takes on the character, thanks to the success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies. So the idea of Marvel following up the relatively grounded Iron Man movies and The Incredible Hulk with the story of a literal god was daunting to say the least. Not only did the film have to be successful …
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Former AFI Fest Director Jacqueline Lyanga Joins Film Independent as Artistic Director

Former AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga has made her newest collaboration official, thanks to a big new role at Los Angeles’ own Film Independent. Lyanga has joined the organization as its Artistic Director, a role that will require her to “oversee re-envisioning and expanding the organization’s year-round film, television, and new media programming.” After departing her AFI Fest post in June 2018, Lyanga joined Film Independent as guest director of Vr and Immersive Storytelling for its Los Angeles Film Festival. Upon the conclusion of its 2018 edition, Laff announced that it was ending and would turn its focus to year-round events.

Per an official press release, Lyanga will also program Film Independent Presents (the year-round screening series supported by Lead Sponsor Hollywood Foreign Press Association), curate The Portal, and will build out additional programming throughout the year and across the city of Los Angeles.

She will also play a key role
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‘Rocketman’ Helmer & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Finisher Dexter Fletcher Signs With CAA

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‘Rocketman’ Helmer & ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Finisher Dexter Fletcher Signs With CAA
Exclusive: Director Dexter Fletcher has just signed with CAA, on the eve of Thursday’s world premiere of his Elton John musical film Rocketman at Cannes. Paramount releases the film May 31.

Fletcher, who had been at Wme, is rocketing off replacing Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody for the final weeks of production and post production. Though Singer remained the credited director, Fletcher’s contributions were widely noticed in a film that became an out-sized success, with Rami Malek winning the Oscar for Best Actor, the film nominated for Best Picture and a whopping global gross north of $900 million.

Fletcher’s star is rising fast, but he certainly has been at it a long time, first as an actor and then as producer, writer and director. He began as an actor at age nine, and as an adult was part of the casts of films including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,
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‘Judy’ vs. ‘Rocketman’: Will Oscars 2020 boil down to the battle of the musical biopics? [Poll]

‘Judy’ vs. ‘Rocketman’: Will Oscars 2020 boil down to the battle of the musical biopics? [Poll]
Elton John is having a reality-show moment what with costumes from the upcoming biopic “Rocketman” becoming the centerpiece of the most recent episode of “Project Runway” and with the music legend’s songs being performed by the final five contestants on “American Idol’s” penultimate show of its 17th season this Sunday before the three-hour finale airs on May 19. The film that will premiere on May 16 at the Cannes film festival before opening nationwide on May 31 is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over “Bohemian Rhapsody last year after its original helmer Bryan Singer was fired.

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Given the success of the tune-filled tale of Freddie Mercury‘s rise as the front man for Queen, both at the box office and at last year’s Academy Awards where it took home four trophies (including Best Actor for star
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New York-based producer/platform Futurism boards Seth Larney’s ‘2067’

Ryan Kwanten in ‘2067.’

The production arm of Futurism.com, a New York-based platform that covers science and technology, has joined the producers of Seth Larney’s sci-fi mystery thriller 2067.

Futurism Studios is investing in the production, its president of production Jason Taylor is lending his expertise to the VFX process and the film will be cross-promoted on the site, which has 10 million visits per month.

Taylor joined Futurism Studios last November from Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions, where he was president of production. He served as a co-producer on multiple Singer films including X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.

He has also produced independent projects including British thriller UWantMe2KillHim? and the Netflix horror/mystery The Taking of Deborah Logan.

“Jason comes from the big budget film world and has been a great motivator for our team, especially with what we’re trying
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Box Office: ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ May Smash $50 Million-Plus in Debut

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Box Office: ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ May Smash $50 Million-Plus in Debut
Godzilla: King of the Monsters” should smash at least $50 million at the North American box office during its May 31-June 2 opening weekend for Legendary and Warner Bros., early tracking showed on Thursday.

The Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” world premiering next week at the Cannes Film Festival, is pegged by box office trackers to launch in the $20 million to $22 million range for Paramount.

“King of the Monsters” is the third film in the MonsterVerse movie series, following 2014’s “Godzilla,” which opened with $93.2 million, and 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” with $61 million. The “Godzilla” sequel is directed by Michael Dougherty, and stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch and Ken Watanabe.

Taron Egerton toplines as John in “Rocketman,” with Paramount Pictures distributing worldwide. It’s directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously took the reins on the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after director Bryan Singer was fired.
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Rami Malek Lobbied Dexter Fletcher To Finish ‘Rhapsody’ After Bryan Singer Drama: “We F*cking Need You, Man”

The behind-the-scenes drama of “Bohemian Rhapsody” almost puts any debauchery Freddie Mercury was involved in to shame. From a troubled production, which included violent outbursts and a very public firing of the film’s director, to the post-release drama, where the film was savaged by critics, the aforementioned dismissed directors’ sexual assault accusations resurfaced, and the film becoming an almost $1 billion box office juggernaut, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was the gift that kept on giving for film journalists.

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