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‘Rocketman’ DVD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Taron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Bennett, Charlie Rowe, Tate Donovan, Ophelia Lovibond, Celinde Schoenmaker, Stephen Graham, Sharon D. Clarke, Rachel Muldoon, Jimmy Vee | Written by Lee Hall | Directed by Dexter Fletcher

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, stars Taron Edgerton as Rock and Roll legend Elton John; and it’s safe to say Fletcher’s film has had a rather strange path to cinema screens.

A long history of development hell in casting the lead role, notably having Tom Hardy in the headlights for some time, eventually leading him to drop out and Edgerton to take over. Director Dexter Fletcher has also had a strange run-up to the finalisation of Rocketman. After being pulled into directing duties and overseeing the edit of the incredibly poor and unattractive Freddie Mercury Queen biopic, in part of the original and notorious director Bryan Singer
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Exclusive: ‘Rocketman’ Deleted Scene Has Elton John Confronting His Drug Addiction

Today, we’re pleased to share an exclusive deleted scene from Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman. The fantasy-biopic stars Taron Egerton as five-time Grammy-winning icon Elton John alongside Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four), and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’ Baby). In the clip, Elton is offered a chance to relapse, and while you can see that there’s clearly a temptation to use again, he manages to decline. It’s not a bad scene, but it also makes sense why Fletcher left this on the cutting room floor. …
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Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs
Total of 842 people from 59 countries invited by AMPAS.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.

The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.

International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit Arp Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions,
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu
In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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Academy Reaches Gender Parity in 2019 New Member Invitations

  • Variety
Half of the 842 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are women, the group announced on Monday.

The organization behind the Oscars also disclosed that 29% of the new invitees are people of color. Should those people accept, and they almost universally do, the Academy will have doubled the percentage of nonwhite people in their ranks in four years.

In 2015, people of color accounted for only 8% of the Academy body. In 2019, it stands at 16%, the Academy reported. As it stands, the Academy counts 8,946 active members, with 8,733 eligible to vote on the Oscars. The total membership including retired members is 9,794. This year’s number falls short of 2018’s record of 928 invitations.

New members in this round include “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu, actors Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, and screenwriters Ritesh Batra (“Photograph”), Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Park Young-soo (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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Movie Review – Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Steven Mackintosh, Gemma Jones, Stephen Graham, and Tate Donovan.

Synopsis:

Based on the early life of legend Sir Elton John, this compellingly, uplifting musical biopic, starring Taron “The Kingsman” Egerton, charts key moments during his meteoric rise, melancholic fall, and momentous comeback.

From its opening scene Dexter Fletcher’s dazzling and emotive fantasy hooks you like one of Elton’s many classics; bursting through the door in full flamboyance, we see that instantly recognisable icon, then a beat later the broken soul behind this brilliant showman is cleverly unveiled.

Taron gives his all as the glam bespeckled superstar, singing with passion and conviction and sharing every beat of Elton’s unique heart, from the frenetic pace of his effervescent performances to the slow unvarnished agony of his many inner demons.

Rocketman displays that under the sparkles,
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‘Rocketman’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Taron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Bennett, Charlie Rowe, Tate Donovan, Ophelia Lovibond, Celinde Schoenmaker, Stephen Graham, Sharon D. Clarke, Rachel Muldoon, Jimmy Vee | Written by Lee Hall | Directed by Dexter Fletcher

Rocketman, directed by Dexter Fletcher, stars Taron Edgerton as Rock and Roll legend Elton John; and it’s safe to say Fletcher’s film has had a rather strange path to cinema screens.

A long history of development hell in casting the lead role, notably having Tom Hardy in the headlights for some time, eventually leading him to drop out and Edgerton to take over. Director Dexter Fletcher has also had a strange run-up to the finalisation of Rocketman. After being pulled into directing duties and overseeing the edit of the incredibly poor and unattractive Freddie Mercury Queen biopic, in part of the original and notorious director Bryan Singer
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Film Review: Elton John Bio ‘Rocketman’ Doesn’t Deliver

Chicago – As a wee lad, one of the first records I bought was Elton John’s Greatest Hits. The album was magnficent, each song expressing the very emotion it sought to deliver. With that basis in mind, I approached John’s biopic “Rocketman” with a hope of deliverance. It felt flatter than a pancake under a steam roller.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Everything was off. The casting of Taron Egerton as the title character, although he gave it the old college try, never felt like Elton. The use of John’s music as fantasy elements (as if it were a movie musical) would have been fine if the film had followed through with that particular magic. The part time use was jarring, and the numbers had a “Mamma Mia” (not a compliment) quality to them … director Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle”) bit off more than we could digest. And finally, the focus on Ej’s numbing drug use.
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Rocketman Movie Review

This biopic of the legend Elton John is very different. It is unconventionally and expertly mounted, giving an insight into the life of the performer.

Like Elton's life, the narrative begins on a dramatic note. An outrageously dressed Elton barges into a psychotherapy session where he admits to his addiction and is prodded to tell his story, so that he may get relief from his maladies after the cathartic experience.

The narrative, in a typical trajectory of rise-fall-rise is told via dreamlike, fantasy flashbacks where Elton's songs are used to comment on the action of the moment. It is thus a sort of a jukebox musical, told entirely in an ultra-flamboyant style, from John's perspective. It aims to be seen as what amounts to a brave self-portrait.

His memories take him back to his childhood, when as a child, born Reginald Dwight (played by Matthew Illesley), he felt like an awkward,
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Rocketman (2019) – Review

Hey hard-rockin’ film fans, better hope the sound system at your local multiplex goes well past eleven because it’s musical biography time once more. Sure popular musicians have been recreated on screen through the years, Surprisingly the lives of Al Jolson and Fanny Brice inspired two hit films and a couple of sequels (The Jolson Story begat Jolson Sings Again while the great Streisand starred in Funny Girl then Funny Lady). Ah, but late 2018, a little over six months ago rock and roll ruled the box office (and garnered 4 Oscars) with the story of Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody. And a fictional music flick, the fourth iteration of A Star Is Born, inspired by real performers and showcasing the acting debut of a current music superstar, grabbed a gold statue and lots of filmgoers. Plus earlier this year Netflix got into the act with a “biopic” of those heavy metal hellions,
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“Rocketman” Never Takes Flight

Elton John is a legend. No one will argue that. Nor will anyone take issue with his colorful life being given the biopic treatment. The way Rocketman opts to tell this tale, however, that’s a whole other story. Opening this week, the John biopic does not soar like its title would suggest. Worse yet, it misuses and/or wastes much of the musician’s most famous songs. This is easily the most disappointing movie of the year so far. Oscar voters may ultimately be fooled later on in 2019 by a strong central turn and a fondness for the figure being portrayed, but I’m not. This is quite the misfire. The film is, as mentioned above, a biopic of Elton John (Taron Egerton as an adult), the chart topping musician, known as one of the biggest artists ever to grace the medium. Born Reginald Dwight, he was an awkward child,
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Movie Review – Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Steven Mackintosh, Harriet Walter, Tate Donovan, Charlie Rowe, Jimmy Vee, Tom Bennett, Kamil Lemieszewski, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Jason Pennycooke, Kit Connor, Matthew Illesley, Diana Alexandra Pocol, Max Cross, Guillermo Bedward, Ramzan Miah, Tanisha Spring, and Stephen Graham.

Synopsis:

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

The first glimpse we get of Taron Egerton portraying legendary rock musician Elton John in Rocketman is him in one of his excessively over-the-top stage outfits presumably to go play a massive gig, but immediately director Dexter Fletcher subverts what is going on; Elton crashes through the large double doors only to sit down in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. This intervention will come to serve as the framing device for an incredibly layered and powerful character study diving into the successful career
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Gentleman Jack: Is the HBO TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

Vulture Watch

Will Anne Lister be back for more? Has the Gentleman Jack TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Gentleman Jack season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

An HBO historical drama, inspired by the real Anne Lister’s life, Gentleman Jack stars Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, and Gemma Jones. Drawing upon her copious diary entries, the series centers on Lister (Suranne Jones), who sets out to shore up Shibden Hall, her West Yorkshire family estate, by reopening the local Halifax coal mine and marrying well. The twist is, Lister does not intend to
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Gentleman Jack: Season One Viewer Votes

Are you charmed by the first season of the Gentleman Jack TV show on HBO? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Gentleman Jack is cancelled or renewed for season two. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Gentleman Jack season one episodes here. *Status update below.

An HBO historical drama inspired by the real Anne Lister's life, Gentleman Jack stars Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, and Gemma Jones. Drawing upon her copious diary entries, the series centers on Lister (Suranne Jones), who sets out to shore up Shibden Hall, her West Yorkshire family estate, by reopening the local Halifax coal
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Gentleman Jack: Season One Ratings

With Game of Thrones ending, HBO is on the hunt for its next big thing. Enter the Gentleman Jack TV show. While this new HBO TV series is a British-American period piece, which might not seem like a ratings-buster at first blush, Downton Abbey took the world by storm, and it was on public television in the Us. Will the first season draw in enough viewers to earn a return? Will Gentleman Jack be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. *Status update below.

An HBO historical drama, inspired by the real Anne Lister’s life, Gentleman Jack stars Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, and Gemma Jones. Drawing upon her copious diary entries, the series centers on Lister (Jones), who sets out to shore up Shibden Hall, her West Yorkshire family estate, by reopening
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Gentleman Jack: Season Two; HBO Period Drama Series Renewed

Gentleman Jack will be back for more adventures. HBO and BBC just announced they've renewed the TV show for a second season.

Based on true events, the historical drama centers on Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), who sets out to shore up Shibden Hall, her West Yorkshire family estate, by reopening the local Halifax coal mine and marrying well. The twist is, Lister does not intend to marry a man. The cast also includes Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, and Gemma Jones.

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‘Gentleman Jack’: HBO & BBC Renew Sally Wainwright’s Suranne Jones-Fronted Period Drama For Season 2

HBO and BBC period drama Gentleman Jack has been handed a second season. Sally Wainwright’s Suranne Jones-fronted series will return for another eight-part run.

It comes as the Lookout Point-produce drama is still on the air. The series debuted on HBO on April 22 in its new Monday night slot and on the BBC on May 19. It became the BBC’s biggest new drama launch of the year with an average overnight audience of 5.1 million viewers.

Written by Happy Valley creator Wainwright, it tells the story of Anne Lister, played by Jones, who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.

Gentleman Jack focuses on Regency landowner Lister in the period drama, which is set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire. She is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well.
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