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Jeremy Thomas Relocates Rpc & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History

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Jeremy Thomas Relocates Rpc & HanWay Films From Iconic Soho Building To West London Venue Steeped In Music History
Exclusive: Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor) is relocating his revered Recorded Picture Company and HanWay Films labels from Soho to a new west London home.

The Hanway Street office has served as the HQ for Rpc and HanWay for more than 25 years, during which time Thomas has produced movies including Crash, Sexy Beast, The Dreamers and Dogman and HanWay has sold films such as Match Point, Shame, Brooklyn, Carol and Colette.

Staff will relocate next week from the iconic building to a new home in Basing Street, Notting Hill (pictured above), right next to the former Island Records recording studios which played host to a who’s who of music industry greats from Bob Marley to Queen, The Rolling Stones to The Eagles and Paul McCartney to Madonna. Queen recorded songs there including We Are The Champions and part of Bohemian Rhapsody. The studios were built in a former church,
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‘Rocketman’: Paramount Reportedly Okay With R-Rating & Will Keep Controversial Gay Love Scene In The Film

After all the backlash the filmmakers and studio behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” felt after it was clear the film failed to really illuminate much in the way of Freddie Mercury’s queerness, all eyes were set on “Rocketman,” the upcoming Elton John rock biopic, starring Taron Egerton, because of how the film would deal with similar issues. Well, the outrage kicked into high gear last week when it was revealed that Paramount and the producers of “Rocketman” were reportedly in a battle over preserving some of the more adult scenes in the film (particularly a gay love scene).

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Music Executives on Screen: 10 Memorable Movie Portrayals

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In the Netflix biopic “The Dirt,” Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live” fame portrays A&R exec Tom Zutaut, the man who signed Motley Crue to Elektra and Guns N’ Roses to Geffen, while veteran character actor David Costabile is manager Doc McGhee. They follow in a long and illustrious line of label executives portrayed on screen, ranging from critical and box-office hits like “Ray” and “La Bamba” to lesser-seen music pics like “Cbgb” and “The Runaways.” Here’s our list of 10 of the most memorable:

1. Steven Coogan as Tony Wilson (“24 Hour Party People”). Coogan’s brilliant portrayal of the Manchester icon and Factory Records founder in Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 film also includes great turns from Paddy Considine as Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division and New Order who passed away in 1999, and “Lord of the Rings” star Andy Serkis as Martin Hannett, the noted producer and Factory partner
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China’s Censored Version Of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Removed Every Mention Of Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

About a month ago, it was revealed that Fox was going to allow the Chinese government to censor “Bohemian Rhapsody” to ensure the film would earn a major release in the country. After the film proved to be a juggernaut throughout the rest of the world, the studio felt it could really earn some serious money in China, which has proven to be an absolute box office powerhouse. However, with that release, Fox allowed China to cut some pivotal moments from the film, which we now know include every mention or allusion to Freddie Mercury’s sexual identity.

Continue reading China’s Censored Version Of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Removed Every Mention Of Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality at The Playlist.
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Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)

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Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (Exclusive)
The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby is swapping British royalty for outer space after signing on for “StarDream,” the upcoming sci-fi movie from “The Wife” helmer Bjorn Runge.

Kirby takes the lead role of Andreya in the Silver Reel and Bigscope Films-produced picture, which follows the story of a spaceship hastily constructed to transport hundreds of thousands of cryogenically frozen humans from a failing planet Earth. When the on-board computer malfunctions, coder Andreya develops an artificial intelligence-based solution that she calls Stephen. But Stephen develops a profound attachment to Andreya, compromising the mission and the future of the human race.

Kirby landed a BAFTA for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in “The Crown.” She left the Netflix show after it welcomed a new cast for its latest seasons, appeared in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and has since signed on for Adam Leon’s untitled New York-set feature and Mona Fastvold’s “The World to Come.
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China box office: Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' on top for a second week

China box office: Taiwanese tearjerker 'More Than Blue' on top for a second week
‘Song Of Youth’ is the top new release.

Taiwanese romantic drama More Than Blue easily retained the China box office crown, grossing $68m to account for more than half of the total takings in the seven-day period March 18-24.

However the total March box office is down 17% on the same periodlast year which was boosted by blockbusters including Black Panther, Pacific Rim: Uprising and the tail-end of Operation Red Sea’s run.

Produced by Singapore-headquartered mm2, the Taiwan-set Mandarin-language romantic drama More Than Blue has now grossed $115.3m to date, making it the biggest Taiwanese film in China of all time,
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Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow

Jordan Peele's 'Us' opens second at UK box office with strong £2.8m bow
Captain Marvel remains top with £3.5m weekend.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate: 1.32

RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (Mar 22-25) Total gross to date Week 1 Captain Marvel (Disney) £3.4m £29.5m 3 2 Us (Universal) £2.8m £2.8m 1 3 Fisherman’s Friends (Entertainment) £972,836 £3.4m 2 4 What Men Want (Paramount) £513,000 £1.9m 2 5 Fighting With My Family (Lionsgate) £387,779 £5.5m 4 Disney

Captain Marvel stayed top of the tree this weekend. The film dropped 49% in its third outing, adding £3.4m for £29.5m cume.

The film is now set to pass the lifetime gross of Thor: Ragnarok (£29.6m) and has its sights set on Spider-Man 3 (£33.6m) and Iron Man 3 (£37m).

Elsewhere for Disney,
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China Box Office: Taiwan’s ‘More Than Blue’ Wins Second Weekend

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China Box Office: Taiwan’s ‘More Than Blue’ Wins Second Weekend
Taiwanese melodrama, “More Than Blue” held strong at the Chinese box office, to secure a second week of success. The film is a Chinese-language remake of a Korean film from 2009, involving Singapore’s MM2 and the filmmaking arm of Fox Networks.

With little in the way of strong, new competition, “blue” scored $27 million, according to data from consultancy Artisan Gateway. That lifted it to a total of $121 million after 10 days in Chinese cinemas. The score was also enough to make it the third highest grossing film in the world over the weekend, behind “Captain Marvel,” and “Us.”

Er Dong’s “Song of Youth” placed second with receipts of $12.6 million in its opening three days.

Captain Marvel” held on for third place with $7.2 million over the weekend, and a cumulative gross of $147 million since its release on March 8.

Bohemian Rhapsody,” which surprised many observers when it secured a release in China,
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‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun

‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun
Are you fucking kidding me?!

You probably uttered this statement in awe at least a few times, dear readers of The Dirt, when you picked up Motley Crue’s 2001 memoir about their life and times as world-class degenerates. Less a biography than a police rap sheet in book form, it’s the sort of glorious backstage tell-all that makes you feel like you can’t turn the pages fast enough; only Hammer of the Gods can compete with it as the ultimate tale of rock stars outdoing Roman emperors in terms of debauchery.
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Kids choose Avengers and the Fuller House cast chooses Lori Loughlin at Nickelodeon's awards show

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It’s always fun when something comes out of left field at an awards show, like nearly every accolade awarded to Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody over the last few months, but there’s also something to be said for the awards shows that go completely by the book without any major shocks or upsets. This weekend’s…
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Movie Review – The Dirt (2019)

The Dirt, 2019.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine.

Starring Douglas Booth, Colson Baker, Daniel Webber, Iwan Rheon, Pete Davidson and David Costabile.

Synopsis:

The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock ‘n roll groups in history.

It’s all-too-inevitable that, in the wake of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s commercial and awards success – to say nothing of its more tepid critical response – we’re going to see a glut of dubiously “necessary” musical biopics over the coming years.

And while the allure of a probing, gritty examination of the forces that make a band tick speaks for itself, it’s easy to fear the Queen biopic’s successful “Wikipedia-page-as-movie” formula being widely adopted by both studios and bands keen to sell their stories, resulting in homogenised, blandly efficient filmmaking at best.

To that end it’s somewhat surprising to learn that Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt
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‘Rocketman’ Director Says Film Will Be ‘No Holds Barred’ Following Reports of Gay Censorship

‘Rocketman’ Director Says Film Will Be ‘No Holds Barred’ Following Reports of Gay Censorship
Following a report this week claiming that the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman” is facing studio pressure to remove a 40-second “nude cuddle” featuring actors Taron Egerton and Richard Madden, director Dexter Fletcher has responded by assuring viewers that the film will be “no holds barred.”

The report, which comes from the Daily Mail, states that the move is being considered in order to secure a PG-13 rating rather than an R. Fletcher also took over directing duties on “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer was fired; in addition to being a similarly high-profile biopic of a gay rock singer, that film received criticism in some circles for playing down its subject’s sexuality.

“Seeing much speculation about Rocketman!! That’s good! It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumors,” Fletcher wrote on Twitter. “It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and
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'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release (update)

'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release (update)
How To Train Your Dragon 3 delivers sixth highest industry animation bow in India.

March 25 Update: In an important session that keeps alive hopes of crossing the cherished $1bn global threshold, Captain Marvel performed slightly higher than expected to deliver an estimated $87.1m and reach $912.4m after three weekends through Disney, and used a $52.4m international haul to stand at $590.9m.

Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us opened in its first 47 territories via Universal Pictures International on a combined $16.7m led by a $1.9m number two debut in the UK, while Fox International’s Bohemian Rhapsody debuted in China in fourth place on $6.4m.
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'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release

'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release
How To Train Your Dragon 3 delivers sixth highest industry animation bow in India.

In an important session that keeps alive hopes of crossing the cherished $1bn global threshold, Captain Marvel performed slightly higher than expected to deliver an estimated $87.1m and reach $910.3m after three weekends through Disney, and used a $52.1m international haul to stand at $588.8m.

Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us opened in its first 47 territories via Universal Pictures International on a combined $16.7m led by a $1.9m number two debut in the UK, while Fox International’s Bohemian Rhapsody debuted in China in fourth place on $6.4m.
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Rocketman Director Promises No-Holds-Barred Biopic After Censorship Scare

Rocketman Director Promises No-Holds-Barred Biopic After Censorship Scare
Dexter Fletcher is currently hard at work on the edit of Rocketman. However, the director took some time out to respond to rumors that the biopic on musician Elton John was going to cut a 40-second love scene between the musician and his partner John Reid. It had previously been reported that Paramount wanted Fletcher to cut out the scene and that the director was under pressure to do so. However, the tip came from an anonymous source who was apparently making things up.

When the censoring of Rocketman news started to spread, director Dexter Fletcher decided to respond. Fletcher was also involved in taking over for director Bryan Singer on the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, which was criticized for taking much of Freddie Mercury's personal life out of the movie. Mercury was bisexual and many feel that the movie did not do a good job of representing that. Keeping that in mind,
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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’

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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’
A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm of vintage American catch-phrase banality, like “How’s that workin’ out for you?” And “The Dirt,” the new Netflix rock biopic about the sordid, squalid saga of Mötley Crüe, the royal hair-metal sleaze gods of the ’80s and ’90s, is a movie that reflects the new harmless status of that phrase.

The Dirt” boils over with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), the snaky leader singer of Mötley Crüe, acting like a horny jackrabbit as he enjoys a backstage boink with every woman who comes near him,
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Paramount Wants To Remove Homosexual Content From Elton John Film Rocketman

Rocketman, the “musical fantasy” biopic depicting the life and career of Elton John, may be facing off against executives at Paramount over its nudity and homosexual content.

The story goes that there’s a 40 second scene where Taron Egerton, who’s playing the “Tiny Dancer” singer in the film, and Richard Madden share what’s being referred to as a “nude cuddle.” Reportedly, the scene is offensive enough that the studio wants it cut, but the filmmakers are defending their decision through “heated discussions.”

It seems that Paramount is backtracking on the more adult, no holds barred approach Rocketman promised audiences. It’s been looking, up until this point, that the Elton John biopic would be doing with homosexuality exactly what the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, didn’t: showcasing it boldly and proudly.

Though Bohemian Rhapsody was trashed by fans, critics, and even its star Rami Malek for its
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Rocketman Under Pressure to Cut Sex Scene for PG-13 Rating?

Rocketman Under Pressure to Cut Sex Scene for PG-13 Rating?
The filmmakers who are handling the Elton John biopic Rocketman, slated for release on May 31st of this year, are allegedly clashing with the studio bosses over a naked sex scene involving the picture's star Taron Egerton and Game of Thrones leading man Richard Madden.

&#8232&#8232Paramount executives sent word down from the mountain that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn cut a 40-second scene in the movie that shows the actor Taron Egerton, who plays Elton and his one time lover and manager John Reid, played by Madden writhing around in bed. The scene is tastefully done, but apparently their sun starved buttocks are on display during the same sex romp, something Paramount Pictures wants nothing to do with.

&#8232&#8232"Two guys have a naked cuddle to express their love for each other and that will be reduced to a fully dressed warm hello. The world knows Elton's gay.
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‘Rocketman’: Paramount Reportedly Wants A Gay Sex Scene Cut From Elton John Biopic

With the almost-$1 billion success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” not only will audiences see an influx of rock star biopics, but there’s also going to be an emphasis to replicate what Fox did with its Freddie Mercury/Queen film. And part of that process means studios are going to be interested in taming a bit more of the “wild” parts of the rock star lifestyle.

Continue reading ‘Rocketman’: Paramount Reportedly Wants A Gay Sex Scene Cut From Elton John Biopic at The Playlist.
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‘The Dirt’ Review: Netflix Gives Mötley Crüe Their Very Own ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

‘The Dirt’ Review: Netflix Gives Mötley Crüe Their Very Own ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
As Andy Warhol famously never said: “In the future, every arena-sized music act of the 20th century will get its own ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ for 115 minutes.” The truth of those apocryphal words was obvious even before the execrable Queen biopic grossed almost a billion dollars; the age of infinite content doesn’t offer enough bandwidth for actual creation, so most of our pop culture has to be exhumed from the past (a phenomenon made literal by the sustained explosion of true crime stories). It was all fun and games — sequels and reboots — until someone figured out that music could be a magic bullet for mainstream biopics, and then — wham! — the next thing we knew, Rami Malek had won Best Actor for cosplaying as Freddie Mercury in a movie that supposedly directed itself.

This might not be so bad if every band got the “Bohemian Rhapsody” that it deserved. By that logic,
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