Taylor Swift has ‘no complaints’ about Cats

Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats. The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-r…

Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats.

The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical, while she also teamed up with the theatre mogul to create the original song Beautiful Ghosts.

The movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics ahead of its release in December and is considered a box office bomb, having so far grossed $61 million (£48 million) on a budget rumoured to be as high as $100 million (£77 million).

When asked about Cats in an interview with Variety, Taylor insisted the divisive reaction hasn’t taken away from the positive experience she had filming it.

“I’m happy to be here, happy to be nominated, and I had a really great time working on that weird-a*s movie,” she declared. “I’m not gonna retroactively decide that it wasn’t the best experience. I never would have met Andrew Lloyd Webber or gotten to see how he works, and now he’s my buddy. I got to work with the sickest dancers and performers. No complaints.”

Her co-stars have remained quiet about the film since it was released in cinemas. However, following early reactions from the critics, Jason Derulo defended the movie, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter”.

“It’s an incredible piece of art done by some of the best people in the world,” he said. “I am just excited for the people to actually see it because reviewers, I mean, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their life?”

Swift and Lloyd Webber were nominated for a Golden Globe for Beautiful Ghosts but were beaten to the Best Original Song prize by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.

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Elton John unveils new song for The Lion King soundtrack

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 …

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.

The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 original together. Described as an “uplifting” song, Never Too Late has been performed by John with backing vocals from an African choir and is set to appear during the film’s end credits.

The soundtrack also features new versions of memorable songs from the animated film, such as a I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Circle of Life, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which have been given a new lease of life from performers like Beyonce, Donald Glover, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, Lebo M. and John Oliver.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said in a statement. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music – now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

A veil of secrecy still hangs over the 14th track on the album, with many fans speculating this is the song Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, has reportedly written for the movie.

Favreau recently revealed Beyonce “performed and wrote” the new song “in the spirit of the production” and teamed up with composer Hans Zimmer to “bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece”.

The digital soundtrack is to be released on 11 July, while the physical album is set to hit shelves on 19 July, the same day The Lion King opens in U.S. cinemas.

And should Never Too Late be a hit, it’s possible John will have two songs nominated in the Best Original Song category at the Oscars, as he and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin also created (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again for the soundtrack of his biographical movie Rocketman.

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Elton John unveils new song for The Lion King soundtrack

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 …

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.

The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 original together. Described as an “uplifting” song, Never Too Late has been performed by John with backing vocals from an African choir and is set to appear during the film’s end credits.

The soundtrack also features new versions of memorable songs from the animated film, such as a I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Circle of Life, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which have been given a new lease of life from performers like Beyonce, Donald Glover, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, Lebo M. and John Oliver.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said in a statement. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music – now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

A veil of secrecy still hangs over the 14th track on the album, with many fans speculating this is the song Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, has reportedly written for the movie.

Favreau recently revealed Beyonce “performed and wrote” the new song “in the spirit of the production” and teamed up with composer Hans Zimmer to “bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece”.

The digital soundtrack is to be released on 11 July, while the physical album is set to hit shelves on 19 July, the same day The Lion King opens in U.S. cinemas.

And should Never Too Late be a hit, it’s possible John will have two songs nominated in the Best Original Song category at the Oscars, as he and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin also created (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again for the soundtrack of his biographical movie Rocketman.

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Jamie Bell: ‘There’s a beautiful vulnerability to Elton John’ 

Jamie Bell has insisted Elton John’s vulnerability helped Rocketman become a more honest biopic.In the movie, the 33-year-old plays Bernie Taupin – the Tiny Dancer hitmaker’s longtime songwriter. Now, Jamie has confessed that he was stunned by the…

Jamie Bell has insisted Elton John’s vulnerability helped Rocketman become a more honest biopic.

In the movie, the 33-year-old plays Bernie Taupin – the Tiny Dancer hitmaker’s longtime songwriter.

Now, Jamie has confessed that he was stunned by the bravery of the project, and how far the story delved into the musician’s tumultuous life.

“I think there’s a beautiful vulnerability to Elton John. He has really laid himself bare for decades, and that certainly hasn’t stopped just because a movie is being made about him. I think he went into this going, ‘If I’m going to do this, I have to show every part of me,’” he explained to Deadline. “So, it can’t be sanitised in any way, and it shouldn’t be. He’s been through some stuff that I think a lot of people also struggle with… I think he would feel like he would be undermining those people who deal with that stuff if it was glossed over, and I appreciate that.

“I was enamoured by how ballsy the project was, to be honest. I was enamoured by how brave I thought the storyline was, the subject matter that this film would cover, and how deep it would dive into his life. It was unafraid to turn over stones and look underneath rocks.”

The movie, directed by Dexter Fletcher and starring Taron Egerton as Elton, candidly looks at the star’s struggle with drink, drugs, and his sexuality.

And Jamie was full of praise for the way the I’m Still Standing hitmaker allowed the biopic to document his highs and lows.

The Billy Elliot actor continued: “I think that’s really, again, a ballsy, brave and courageous way of doing it. He is kind of hanging himself out there for everyone to scrutinise, but I think that is the way that he’s always done it, to a degree. So why stop now?”

Rocketman is now showing in cinemas.

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Studio bosses call for nude sex scene to be cut from Rocketman – report

Studio executives have reportedly called for a nude sex scene to be cut from Elton John biopic Rocketman.Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows the British superstar’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy…

Studio executives have reportedly called for a nude sex scene to be cut from Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, the upcoming film follows the British superstar’s early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through to his musical partnership with Bernie Taupin, as well as his struggles with substance abuse, depression, and acceptance of his sexual orientation.

Elton is played by Welsh star Taron Egerton, while Richard Madden takes on the part of his former lover and long-time manager John Reid, however, editors at The Daily Mail have now reported that Paramount Pictures bosses have demanded one raunchy sequence be dropped from the movie. According to writer Baz Bamigboye, the “tastefully done” scene shows John and Reid “writhing on a bed” with fully exposed “derrieres” on display.

“Nonetheless, Paramount are forcing the director to cut the scene so it will have an American PG 13 rating,” he claimed, adding that the PG 13 rating is equivalent to a 12A rating in the U.K.

In addition, The Daily Mail alleged that the moment will now be reduced to a “fully dressed warm hello,” even though John was fine with the film receiving a restricted rating and apparently instructed the producers and director at the start of production: “Tell it all. Go as R-rated as you need to.”

The reason for studio leaders wanting to tone down references to the Sacrifice singer’s relationships may have to do with the success of 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Fletcher took over as director following the firing of Bryan Singer in December 2017.

Though the feature received mixed reviews from critics, especially in relation to the portrayal of frontman Freddie Mercury’s sexuality, it was a major box office success and won four Oscars, with lead actor Rami Malek taking home the prize for Best Actor.

Representatives for Paramount Pictures have not yet commented on the report.

Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell and Bryce Dallas Howard, is set to hit cinemas in May.

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Taron Egerton impressed Elton John with his note perfect singing impersonation

Elton John has never heard someone sing his songs as well as Taron Egerton does in Rocketman.The upcoming biopic, charting the English singer’s transformation from Reginald Dwight to global superstar Elton John, hits cinemas in May (19), with Taron t…

Elton John has never heard someone sing his songs as well as Taron Egerton does in Rocketman.

The upcoming biopic, charting the English singer’s transformation from Reginald Dwight to global superstar Elton John, hits cinemas in May (19), with Taron taking on the lead role, Jamie Bell as his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden playing Elton’s lover and manager John Reid and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mum Sheila.

Talking about the Crocodile Rock singer’s reaction to hearing Welsh actor Taron’s portrayal for him, music producer Giles Martin said in a new teaser trailer for the film: “Elton said I don’t think I have heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.

“And the great thing about Elton, he wants Taron’s interpretation for the songs.”

And director Dexter Fletcher, who recently won praise for his work finishing Queen flick Bohemian Rhapsody, was blown away by the Kingsman: The Secret Service actor’s vocal ability.

“Taron is actually singing in the film and he’s so convincing. His voice is incredible,” he gushed. “Taron is an actor of incredible range.

In the new 96-second clip, Taron can be heard singing Tiny Dancer.

Taron himself said that playing the musical great has been a truly special experience for him.

“It’s been the greatest joy of my professional life making this film,” the 29-year-old smiled.

“The thing about playing someone so beloved, all we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music. Elton’s song are the defining moments in people’s lives and the songs should all come from a place of character.”

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Jamie Bell set to play Bernie Taupin in Elton John biopic

Jamie Bell is set to play songwriter Bernie Taupin in upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman.To be directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film will explore the music icon’s early years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through to his influential and e…

Jamie Bell is set to play songwriter Bernie Taupin in upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman.

To be directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film will explore the music icon’s early years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through to his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie.

Welsh actor Taron Egerton has been tapped to play Elton, with Variety reporting on Wednesday (20Jun18) that Jamie is in final negotiations to portray famed lyricist Bernie.

Elton and Bernie met in 1967 when they both answered an advertisement placed in a U.K. music publication seeking new songwriters. They have since collaborated on more than 30 albums, with Bernie writing lyrics for hit songs such as Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Bennie and the Jets, Daniel, and Your Song.

In addition, Bernie rewrote the lyrics to Candle in the Wind in 1997 as a tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Famously, the 1991 documentary Two Rooms described Elton and Bernie’s unconventional writing style, which typically involved Bernie penning the lyrics on his own and Elton later putting them to music, with no interaction between the two.

In recent years, the duo have continued with the same creative process, though Bernie, 68, has joined Elton in the studio as the songs are written and sometimes during recording sessions.

Eddie the Eagle director Dexter will be working from a screenplay written by Lee Hall, with Elton, 71, and his husband David Furnish to produce alongside Kingsman: The Secret Service filmmaker Matthew Vaughn.

On Wednesday, Taron also indicated that production on the flick had begun, posting an image of him in what appears to be a costume with wings on his Twitter page.

“Here we go. #Rocketman @eltonofficial @ParamountPics,” he captioned the snap.

Jamie, who rose to prominence for his debut role in 2000 film Billy Elliot, was most recently seen onscreen in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, which earned him a BAFTA nomination.

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Taron Egerton taking singing lessons to prepare for Rocketman movie

Taron Egerton is taking singing lessons to prepare for his new movie Rocketman.It was confirmed last month (April18) that the Welsh actor had landed the lead role in the upcoming film about Elton John’s life last month with the plot set to follow the m…

Taron Egerton is taking singing lessons to prepare for his new movie Rocketman.

It was confirmed last month (April18) that the Welsh actor had landed the lead role in the upcoming film about Elton John’s life last month with the plot set to follow the music icon’s life starting when he was a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Taron previously showed off his vocal ability in 2016 animated movie Sing and has now revealed that he is working with professionals so he can hit all the right notes for his next big feature.

“I’ve recorded some songs. I’ve been doing singing lessons,” he told Collider.com of his preparation. “The next step is I need to think about choreography and trying to create some sort of semblance of a performance that is at least reminiscent of him.”

Rocketman will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously worked with Taron on biographical drama Eddie the Eagle. And following in the footsteps of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, who have promised to sing live in their forthcoming remake of A Star Is Born, the actor plans to do the same.

“I’m going to do it all. I’m going to do it on set as well. We’re going to use a variety of techniques but I will always be singing on set. No miming. I’m just not interested in doing it that way,” the 28-year-old shared.

Scripted by Lee Hall, the movie is being produced by Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Matthew Vaughn, Elton and his Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

Production is set to start in August, with Taron also taking the time to clarify that Rocketman isn’t a straightforward biopic and is, in fact, a “fantasy musical”.

“It’s a fantasy musical so it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He’s not the only character that sings,” he added.

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