‘Rocketman’ Trailer Shows How Elton John Emerged From a ‘Fat Boy’ Named Reginald Dwight (Video)

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“How does a fat boy from nowhere get to be a song man?” The first trailer for Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic “Rocketman” hit on Thursday, and teased the celebrated music star’s life story.

Taron Egerton plays John, who changed his name from the decidedly grandfatherly Reginald Dwight and took the advice to “Buy yourself something flashy.”

Jamie Bell co-stars as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

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Paramount describes the movie as an epic musical fantasy telling the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

The film, scripted by Lee Hall, follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling, David Reid produced. Elton John, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Michael Gracey, Claudia Schiffer and Brian Oliver executive produced.

“Rocketman” hits theaters on May 31.

Watch the trailer above.

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Julius Avery to Write and Direct ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake for Fox

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“Overlord” director Julius Avery has been tapped by Fox to write and direct the “Flash Gordon” remake, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

“Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn, who circled the project in 2015 to direct, will now produce with John Davis and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication Group. Fox senior vice president Matt Reilly is overseeing “Flash Gordon” for the studio. C.J. Kettler is overseeing for Hearst.

The story follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless.

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“Flash Gordon” has been adapted into multiple formats, most recently as a live-action series on Syfy and famously as a 1980 feature film that starred Sam J. Jones.

“Overlord,” which is set for theatrical release in November, follows Allied paratroopers in World War II who are shot down behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day and discover that the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them.

Avery directed from a script by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. The cast includes Jovan Adepo (“Fences”), Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”), and Wyatt Russell (“Black Mirror: Playtest”).

Avery is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang, Tyre; Vaughn is repped by WME and Brillstein.

Deadline first reported the news.

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See Taron Egerton as Bedazzled Elton John in ‘Rocketman’ First Look

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Taron Egerton has nailed the look of Elton John — in all his bedazzled sunglasses and gold lamé-loving glory — in the first look from the upcoming biopic/fantasy “Rocketman.”

Director Dexter Fletcher’s film is described as an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years, with Egerton playing the music giant in various stages of his legendary life.

The film also stars Jamie Bell as longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as music manager John Reid and Bryce Dallas Howard as his mother, Sheila.

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Egerton, a young British actor best known for the two “Kingsman” spy movies and the upcoming latest iteration of “Robin Hood,” is set to sing John’s songs himself on screen.

Lee Hall wrote the script for the film.

John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

Paramount is set to release the movie on May 17.

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Matthew Vaughn confirms Kingsman 3, gives it Bond 25’s old release date

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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Sets Summer 2019 Release Date

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Paramount Pictures has dated Taron Egerton’s “Rocketman” for May 17, 2019.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film got a finance and distribution deal last month. Egerton portrays John in the various stages of his legendary life. Lee Hall wrote the script for the package, and John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

Egerton is set to sing John’s songs himself, with production set to begin in August.

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In 2012, John had said he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him. Then, Tom Hardy’s name was being floated by producers on the film.

Other films opening on May 17 next year include “John Wick: Chapter 3,” Yara Shahidi’s “The Sun Is Also a Star” and “A Dog’s Journey.”

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Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ Gets Greenlight at Paramount

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Paramount Pictures is closing a deal to finance and distribute the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” in which Taron Egerton is set to play the iconic singer.

Dexter Fletcher is directing Egerton as he portrays John in the various stages of his legendary life. Lee Hall wrote the script for the package, and John is producing with Marv Films and Matthew Vaughn alongside John’s Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

In 2012, John had said he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him. Then, Tom Hardy’s name was being floated by producers on the film.

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Egerton is set to sing John’s songs himself, with production set to begin in August.

The British actor has worked with both Vaughn and John in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” and Egerton also starred in the Vaughn-directed “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” Fletcher and Egerton have also collaborated before on “Eddie the Eagle,” which Fletcher directed and Egerton starred in. Vaughn produced.

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Fletcher also recently took over as the director of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” after Bryan Singer stepped down.

John and Furnish are represented by UTA, while Egerton is represented by CAA and United Agents. Fletcher and Vaughn are represented by WME.

Deadline first reported the news.

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Paramount Greenlighting ‘Rocketman’; Taron Egerton To Sing Elton John’s Songs

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All 8 of 2017’s Superhero Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

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While 2017 saw some groundbreaking superhero movies that elevated the genre, there were also some bombs that left fans disappointed. Here the year’s releases ranked from worst to best.

8. Justice League Hands down, the worst superhero movie of 2017 is DC Comics Superhero team up movie, as TheWrap exclusively reported had a lot of enemies: a looming corporate merger, a family tragedy, an internal clash between light and dark themes. But its greatest enemy was time.

7. Power Rangers Lionsgate and Saban Films released this hot mess of a film based on the popular kid’s TV show’s first season back in 1993. There’s plenty about “Power Rangers” that could have been improved, from the selection of the film’s least interesting (yet whitest) character as team leader to the clunky world-building that happens in any movie that’s thirsty for sequels.

6. Kingsman: The Golden Circle Without the first movie’s snappy charm, Matthew Vaughn’s follow-up to the gentleman-spy saga is just pop idiocy

5. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Chris Pratt and company keep the banter and breeziness coming, but this sequel comes off more as fun filler than a movie unto itself.

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming The web crawler finally headlines his own MCU film. Tom Holland and Michael Keaton are standouts in this funnier, more teen-oriented take on the trials of Peter Parker.

3. Thor: Ragnarok Taika Watiti delivered the best entry in the “Thor” series which managed to be entertaining and also the funniest. There’s little pomp and even less circumstance, but its goofy pleasures are more than enough.

2. Wonder Woman 2017 will go down as the year the female-led and directed superhero movie made a statement heard around the world and at the box office to the tune of over $400 million domestic.

1. Logan The first Superhero movie of 2017 turned out to be the best one. Whether or not the “Wolverine” movies have a future — Jackman swears this is his last go-round — “Logan” is an exceedingly entertaining one.

 

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Matthew Vaughn Circling Karl Gajdusek Sci-Fi Script ‘Courage’

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Matthew Vaughn Blames ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Delay of His ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake

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Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct the “Flash Gordon” remake in 2015 and there’s kind of been radio silence since — now, the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” director says he’s still developing the project but a recent blockbuster threw a monkey wrench into his idea.

“Yeah, we’ve been working on it,” he told Collider. “For me, the only problem with ‘Flash Gordon’ is ‘Guardians [of the Galaxy]’ kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it.”

The filmmaker, whose credits include 2010’s “Kick-Ass” and 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” said that it’s taking him a bit longer than he anticipated to figure out where he wants the story to go, given that space-themed movies have been done over and over again.

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“You’ve got ‘Star Wars,’ you’ve got ‘Guardians,’ so you’ve got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very, very great franchises,” he added.

The director became attached to Fox’s remake of “Flash Gordon” in 2015. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the latest script based on the comic-strip character created in 1934 by Alex Raymond.

John Davis and George Nolfi are producing the film.

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The story of Flash Gordon follows an adventurer who strives to save the planet Mongo from the clutches of his villainous nemesis Ming the Merciless.

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Lassoes $3.4 Million at Thursday Box Office

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” lassoed $3.4 million at the Thursday previews, more than double of what the first “Kingsman” earned in 2015 ($1.4 million).

Both the studio and independent trackers anticipate the film to open in the low $40 million range against a $104 million budget.  The sequel’s 2015 predecessor, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” grossed a $36.2 million opening from its mid-February release, going on to gross $128.2 million domestic and $414 million worldwide against an $81 million budget.

Reviews have been mixed — the film holds a score of 52 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Golden Circle” stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Pedro Pascal, Mark Strong, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum, and was directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” sees dapper super-spy Eggsy (Egerton) return to stop the evil terror ring known as The Golden Circle with the help of the Kingsmen’s American counterparts, the Statesmen.

“Kingsman” should easily take the No. 1 spot this weekend, beating New Line’s “It” as well as Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which is expected to make a solid $35 million this weekend. Warner Bros. pegs the movie at around $30 million. “It” earned another whopping $3.9 million on Thursday, and has finally surpassed “The Exorcist” to become the highest grossing horror movie of all time, having earned $236.3 million so far.

“The Lego Ninjago Movie” follows six young aspiring ninjas as they train under Master Wu (Jackie Chan) to protect the land of Ninjago from an invasion by the evil Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), father of the ninjas’ leader, Lloyd (Dave Franco). Fred Armisen, Olivia Munn and Kumail Nanjiani also star. Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan are directors.

 

Kingsman gets dumber in the lurching, incoherent Golden Circle

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Dumber and less stylish than its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service, the cartoonish secret-agent pastiche Kingsman: The Golden Circle is also even more of an incoherent right-wing text, an exaggeration of the James Bond movies’ violence, fashion sense, and sex that keeps trying to pass off its ham-fisted…

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First ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Reviews Are Not Golden

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The first reviews for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” began rolling out Monday, but if fans are hoping the second film’s double-down on the original’s crazy wackiness would resonate with critics, they’ll come away disappointed.

With a Rotten Tomato score of 74% (as of this writing), some critics are calling it “excruciating,” “massively disappointing,” and “crazily overlong,” while those who liked it praise it for making spy film conventions “feel fresh,” though it is also “minor entertainment” apparently.

TheWrap’s Robert Abele calls it “pop idiocy,” a film that “struggles to justify its existence from scene to scene,” and “choppy, unapologetically dumb.”

Says the Guardian: “This crazily overlong and tiresome follow-up, however, doesn’t seem to have the first idea what to do with itself – not least when it comes to its much-vaunted all-star cast, the majority of whom are barely even in it.”

EW was similarly cold. “First things first. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not a good movie. Even approached with the watered-down expectations that one brings to a late-September Hollywood sequel, Matthew Vaughn’s bespoke secret-agent follow-up is massively disappointing… It’s rare to see so much thrown at the screen and so little of it sticking.”

On the other hand, IndieWire is kinder, saying that “Vaughn’s action has never been better, but this is one story that doesn’t know when to quit, even when it’s ahead.” And according to The Verge, “the Golden Circle isn’t strong on brains or heart, but it has no shortage of guts.”

Overall, the consensus so far seems to be that the film tries hard, but doesn’t quite measure up to the original surprise hit. Directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” hits theaters September 22.

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Kate Erbland, IndieWire:

“The Golden Circle” is all about dilution, spinning off exciting ideas and storylines into further complications that take it further and further from its best bits. Moore’s having the time of her life, and so’s everyone else. Vaughn’s action has never been better, but this is one story that doesn’t know when to quit, even when it’s ahead.

Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice:

“So, it’s got more stars, more set pieces, more … stuff. The garish violence is still there, as is the profanity. Gone, however, is much of the creativity, the unpredictable, see-what-sticks depravity. The movie has its moments, but the bloat and the blandness take their toll.”

Chris Bumbray JoBlo:

“As minor entertainment, it’ll do, but it’s not a slam-bang sensation like the first. If KINGSMAN comes back for another romp, hopefully it’ll be with the same sense of energy and danger the first had.”

Kyle Anderson, Nerdist:

“Despite a whole lot of bet-hedging, there’s still a lot to enjoy about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, including a very hilarious extended cameo and some suitably bombastic set pieces. I’d certainly be happy with more Kingsman movies, because Egerton is a winning leading man and Vaughn’s action direction remains fantastic, but this movie feels like a victim of its unanticipated success. If the first Kingsman left you going “Wow!” this one leaves you saying “Hmm…cool.” And while it doesn’t reach the same hyperbolic heights as the first film, there are certainly worse things than being entertained for two hours.”

Todd McCarthy, THR:

“What seemed, at the outset, to be too, too much finally feels quite all right by the end. Still, there are lessons to be kept in mind: Except for the water-logged Thunderball, all the Connery Bond films ran less than two hours and were better for it, while the initial Indiana Jones and and first two Star Wars chapters were kept within a couple of minutes of two hours either way. If they can do it, future Kingsman outings certainly can, too, and would be better for it.”

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review: Suave British Spies Are Back & The Wacko Formula Still Works For Fans

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In 2015 director Matthew Vaughn with the help of longtime screenwriting partner Jane Goldman turned the movie spy conceit on its head with the twisty and welcomely frenetic Kingsman: The Secret Service. It became an instant smash, grossing more than $400 million worldwide and creating a star in the making with Taron Egerton. He plays Eggsy, the London street tough who transformed into a super spy after being recruited into the British spy organization called Kingsman who…