Brian May going vegan for January

Queen star Brian May will kick off 2020 as a vegan to “lessen the suffering of animals”.The rocker and animal rights campaigner, who has been a vegetarian for years, took to Instagram to urge his followers to join him for the Veganuary challenge, which…

Queen star Brian May will kick off 2020 as a vegan to “lessen the suffering of animals”.

The rocker and animal rights campaigner, who has been a vegetarian for years, took to Instagram to urge his followers to join him for the Veganuary challenge, which encourages animal lovers to try out a plant-based diet for January.

“Starting on the first of January 1 (sic), this coming year I will be doing VEGANUARY. Which means I will eat only vegan food for that month,” he wrote. “After that, I will take a view on whether to continue or not… My reasons? 1) to lessen the suffering of animals. 2) To lessen the load on our groaning planet. 3) for my health.

“As an animal campaigner, it has been bothering me for a while that I still eat animal-derived food, that has caused indignity and pain to a non-human animal. So I will try to move along the line. I won’t be pressuring anyone else to do the same, and it won’t change my commitment to helping farmers solve the problem of bovine TB (tuberculosis). But… for me… it’s time.”

Besides the caption, May shared a video clip of him holding up a book titled How To Go Vegan, which he received for Christmas.

“I’ve already got the support of some friends who are going to join me and compare notes as we go along…,” the We Will Rock You hitmaker explained. “I’m also being joined by a close family member, and my wonderful touring PA (personal assistant) Sharon Schwartz. If any of you folks out there are hovering on the edge out there and want to join me too, I’d be delighted. We can mutually support each other! I figured this book is a good place to start.”

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Rami Malek: ‘I miss playing Freddie Mercury’

Rami Malek was thrilled to join Queen onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, because he misses playing late frontman Freddie Mercury.The Oscar winner joined Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert for the big gig in Cen…

Rami Malek was thrilled to join Queen onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday, because he misses playing late frontman Freddie Mercury.

The Oscar winner joined Brian May, Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert for the big gig in Central Park after he initially thought he was just going backstage to say a quick hello.

“It’s so special to spend time with them and and it’s the first time I got to be with them backstage and in the green room,” Malek shared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday. “Then I did a walkout with them (onto the stage). They were like, ‘Why don’t you do this with us? Why don’t you walk out (from) backstage before we open the curtain and do the show?’

“In all the research (for Bohemian Rhapsody), I had a chance to see Freddie do that so many times so to be a part of that… was absolutely extraordinary… I miss it. I miss being onstage and performing – it’s a rush like no other. Being in front of the camera and working as an actor is one thing, but doing what they do, it’s on a different level of an adrenaline rush… that gratification.”

He’s also very happy to have played a part in introducing the band to a younger generation.

“What’s extraordinary now is you see young kids coming out and this whole new generation,” he smiled. “That kind of response and that energy… is something extraordinary.”

Malek recreated a number of Queen’s performances for Bohemian Rhapsody, most notably their set at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert, which he previously described as a career highlight.

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Brian May slams airline for ‘hacking’ Bohemian Rhapsody

Brian May has blasted executives at Oman Air for “hacking” the in-flight version of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.The musician recently travelled to Zanzibar, the birthplace of his late Queen bandmate Freddie Mercury, for a holiday, and on the trip ho…

Brian May has blasted executives at Oman Air for “hacking” the in-flight version of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The musician recently travelled to Zanzibar, the birthplace of his late Queen bandmate Freddie Mercury, for a holiday, and on the trip home, realised the 2018 film was available to watch.

However, Brian was less than impressed with the edited storyline presented, especially the removal of references to Freddie’s homosexuality and same-sex relationships.

“Great movies on this plane! Bohemian Rhapsody, eh?! I had to take a look at it – to check out how much our movie had been ‘expurgated’ for showing on Oman Air,” he began on Instagram. “Yep – they sure hacked away it – no kissing, no ‘b**locks’, and Freddie wasn’t even allowed to quite get to the point of ‘confessing’ to Mary (Austin, Freddie’s former fiancee) – though it was pretty clear what the scene was about. By the end I really did feel that a lot of the film’s message was lost. Which made me sad.”

It’s not unusual for films to be censored in conservative nations, and several minutes of Bohemian Rhapsody were trimmed when the flick screened in China and Egypt.

Yet, Brian did go on to note that similar instances of censorship occurred in Western nations in the not-too-distant past.

“Then again, a lot of the good stuff DID come across even in this version. And – you know – it’s easy to get all superior and disapproving about this stuff – but it wasn’t so long ago that The Rolling Stones were only allowed to perform on the USA’s Ed Sullivan Show if they changed Let’s Spend the Night Together to Let’s Spend Some Time Together !! Don’t believe me? Check it out on YouTube! Maybe we’re not so liberal and progressive as we think we are! Or maybe, for every nation, it takes time and tolerance and … compromise? To get to a good place,” the 71-year-old noted.

Meanwhile, in a second post, Brian also responded to some critics of Bohemian Rhapsody who questioned the “accuracy” of the storyline.

Insisting that it is impossible to explore a person’s entire journey in a film, he stated, “I can assure you all that not a single, word, action, emotion in Bohemian Rhapsody is there by accident, or for any other reason than to provide an insight, a clue to the big picture, a brush stroke in a coherent portrait of a man and his life and dreams.”

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Dexter Fletcher keen to tackle Madonna biopic

Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has Madonna’s life story in his sights as his next big music biopic.The actor-turned-filmmaker is currently riding high on the success of the Elton John picture, which stars Taron Egerton as the Tiny Dancer hitmaker. …

Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has Madonna’s life story in his sights as his next big music biopic.

The actor-turned-filmmaker is currently riding high on the success of the Elton John picture, which stars Taron Egerton as the Tiny Dancer hitmaker. He also stepped in to complete filming on last year’s box office smash Bohemian Rhapsody, which won four Oscars, after Bryan Singer was fired mid-way through the filming of the Queen movie.

And now Dexter believes he’s found the perfect musical muse for his next flick.

“I’d do Madonna! That sounds like a real rollercoaster ride! It would be extraordinary,” he exclaimed to Gay Star News. “I don’t know how happy she’d be about that… but what an extraordinary life that would be. If I was to tackle any other icon like that, it would be her. She’s extraordinary.”

But the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor may have a hard time winning the iconic pop star’s approval; in 2017 she attacked screenwriter Elyse Hollander’s plans for a Universal project, to be titled Blond Ambition, and appeared to denounce the film on Instagram.

“Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she stated. “Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society.”

Blond Ambition remains one of the top scripts in Hollywood without a producer.

However, both Rocketman, which is currently winning rave reviews from critics and cinemagoers alike, and Bohemian Rhapsody, were made in collaboration with the artists themselves.

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Taron Egerton: ‘Rocketman sex scene was pretty explicit’

Taron Egerton has insisted the sex scenes in Elton John biopic Rocketman “push the envelope”.The Welsh actor and Bodyguard star Richard Madden, who plays Elton’s lover and manager John Reid, made headlines when it was reported that Paramount Pictures b…

Taron Egerton has insisted the sex scenes in Elton John biopic Rocketman “push the envelope”.

The Welsh actor and Bodyguard star Richard Madden, who plays Elton’s lover and manager John Reid, made headlines when it was reported that Paramount Pictures bosses allegedly demanded one raunchy sequence, which reportedly shows Elton and Reid “writhing on a bed” with fully exposed “derrieres” on display, be dropped from Dexter Fletcher’s movie.

Speaking to British GQ magazine, the Kingsman: The Secret Service star insisted that the scenes do push the boundaries, but they are necessary to accurately portray Elton’s life as a gay man.

“Well, the stuff we shot was pretty explicit,” the 29-year-old said. “I mean, that’s why I made the film. Those scenes are desperately important when you have an icon of that magnitude, who means so much to one community.

“(Elton) has been such a standard bearer. And for me, especially as a heterosexual actor, not to push the envelope as far as I can or try to make it a wholehearted celebration of being a gay man would be wrong.”

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which was directed by Fletcher after Bryan Singer was fired in December 2017, was criticised for toning down Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality. And according to editors at the Daily Mail, studio bosses are keen for Rocketman to get a PG-13 rating, which is equivalent to a 12A rating in the U.K, and emulate that movie’s huge success.

However, Taron made it clear to GQ that he was more concerned about telling Elton’s story truthfully than box office takings.

“It’s a studio movie. It’s Elton John. We’ve got to own that. I don’t care how well the film does in Russia. It doesn’t matter. It can’t matter… What’s an extra $25 million at the box office? What are you willing to do for that? Sacrifice sleeping at night because you watered the whole thing down?” he continued, adding that the sex isn’t “gratuitous”, but Elton losing his virginity to Reid “is an important part of the story.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody sequel ‘being discussed’

Queen could be planning a sequel to their blockbuster biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, according to a longtime confidant of the band. The movie was a box office and awards season hit, earning more than $875 million (£662 million) worldwide and four Oscars, …

Queen could be planning a sequel to their blockbuster biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, according to a longtime confidant of the band.

The movie was a box office and awards season hit, earning more than $875 million (£662 million) worldwide and four Oscars, including a Best Actor gong for Rami Malek, who played Queen’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury.

Rudi Dolezal, who directed videos for the band, including for their 1985 hit One Vision, and was close to Freddie, says their legendary manager Jim Beach and others around the band are discussing how to proceed with a follow-up.

“I’m sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid,” Rudi tells the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, adding that the project is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family”.

Bohemian Rhapsody showed the beginning of Freddie’s battle with the HIV virus that eventually killed him in 1991, but ended on a high note with their famous 1985 performance at the Live Aid charity concert in London.

The decision to end with Queen’s famous return to the limelight after years of infighting and a commercial lull meant excluding their later material, including iconic hits like One Vision, I Want It All and A Kind of Magic, as well as Freddie’s famous duet with Montserrat Caballe, Barcelona.

Rudi directed many videos for the band during this period, including These Are the Days of Our Lives, the final video shoot the rocker took part in before his death.

The biopic was criticised by some for failing to detail the final stages of the flamboyant frontman’s battle with AIDS, a fight that could be addressed in a sequel.

A rep for the band’s record label Universal Music Group tells Page Six they have not heard of any plans for a follow-up. However, Bohemian Rhapsody boosted sales of Queen’s music hugely, and the film’s title track is now the most streamed song released in the 20th Century.

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Queen star Brian May disturbed by Bohemian Rhapsody awards season ‘shaming’

Queen rocker Brian May took a leave of absence from the limelight to recover from the “sickness” of awards season after snagging Oscars for Bohemian Rhapsody.The Freddie Mercury biopic took home four Academy Awards at the Los Angeles prizegiving on 24 …

Queen rocker Brian May took a leave of absence from the limelight to recover from the “sickness” of awards season after snagging Oscars for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Freddie Mercury biopic took home four Academy Awards at the Los Angeles prizegiving on 24 February (19), with leading man Rami Malek bagging the Best Actor in a Leading Role trophy for his portrayal of the late singer.

Though the film ended up a great success, May, who took a huge hand in developing the movie, admits he is still struggling from the shock of awards season, with the 71-year-old guitarist taking to Instagram to vent his frustration.

“You saw I went very quiet after the Oscars were over, signalling the end of the whole movie awards season,” he wrote, before explaining how great it felt to perform the opening ceremony at the 91st Academy Awards and seeing his film win trophies on the night.

“I was, and I am, deeply grateful for our Freddie film being recognised in a way we never had the audacity to expect. But I found the public activity behind the whole awards season, and the behaviour of the media writers surrounding it, deeply disturbing.”

May went on to explain most of the media around awards season about Bohemian Rhapsody and other films was so negative, it took him down to a dark place.

“If you look at the Press and Internet discussions that took place over the last few months, you can see that 90% of it is aimed at discrediting one or other, or all of the nominated films by innuendo and smears, rather than discussing their merits and admiring the skills that went into making them,” he continued. “Vitriol and dishonesty, and blatant attempts to shame and influence the members into voting the way they, in their arrogance required them to. It’s not the fault of the awards panels – they stood up well.

“It’s a kind of vindictive sickness that seems to have gripped public life. All through it, I’ve been biting my tongue, not wishing to influence the results of the ballots even by a hair. But, when the curtain came down, I was left with very mixed feelings.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody loses GLAAD Award nomination over new Bryan Singer allegations

Organisers of the GLAAD Media Awards have rescinded a nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody after its director Bryan Singer was hit with fresh allegations of sexual misconduct. The Queen biopic had been nominated in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release cate…

Organisers of the GLAAD Media Awards have rescinded a nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody after its director Bryan Singer was hit with fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Queen biopic had been nominated in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category by members of GLAAD, a media monitoring organisation which focuses on the depiction of LGBTQ people, but on Thursday (24Jan19) they told Variety.com that they had pulled the nomination in response to an article published in The Atlantic on Wednesday in which Singer was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with four underage boys.

“This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded,” a GLAAD spokesperson said.

They also took issue with Singer’s denial statement, in which he called the article a “homophobic smear piece”.

“Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first,” the statement continued.

In the expose, Singer was accused of having sex with or inappropriately touching four men back in the 1990s, when they were underage and Singer was in his 30s. The 53-year-old director, who was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody weeks before the end of the shoot, has denied the allegations.

After the article was published, many wondered if the X-Men filmmaker would continue to serve as director of the remake of 1985 action film Red Sonja.

On Thursday, producer and Millennium Films Chairman Avi Lerner issued a statement backing Singer, saying the success of the biopic is “testament to his remarkable vision and acumen.”

“I know the difference between agenda driven fake news and reality, and I am very comfortable with this decision. In America people are innocent until proven otherwise,” he concluded.

Actress Brigitte Nielsen, who starred in the original Red Sonja, told TMZ.com that Singer is innocent until proven guilty and should only be removed from the remake if turns out he did do what he’s accused of.

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Rami Malek exhausted by extreme Bohemian Rhapsody transformation

Rami Malek didn’t enjoy going through the physical transformation required to become Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.The actor played Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic and has been widely praised for his performance, earning acting nominations f…

Rami Malek didn’t enjoy going through the physical transformation required to become Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

The actor played Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic and has been widely praised for his performance, earning acting nominations for the forthcoming Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

Rami had to radically change his look in order to emulate the music icon, and struggled with the ups and downs of the process.

“I didn’t really want to bulk up, per se – I just wanted to get my body into a place where I could do a 22-minute concert over and over for five days and not be out of breath,” he explained in an interview with The Wrap. “Well, it’s highly impossible to do that. There were days when I found myself laying on my back trying to just absorb as much air as possible.

“But at the same time, I was on a very specific diet. I bulked up for that first week and immediately had to drop muscle and weight and go into shooting young Freddie, who is very scrawny. I just had to be really cognisant of when to work out and when to crash diet. I don’t recommend it for anyone.”

Aside from his body, Rami also needed a new set of teeth to replicate Freddie’s famous grin – a result of the singer being born with four extra teeth which pushed those at the front forward.

“They started out being pretty difficult to deal with,” the 37-year-old moaned. “We tried out all different sizes and when they first went in I felt very insecure, but immediately I compensated.”

After shooting wrapped up, Rami had the teeth cast in gold and is planning to auction them for charity.

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Rami Malek still researching Freddie Mercury amid success of Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek is still obsessed with Freddie Mercury after playing the tragic rock icon in hit new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The actor spent months researching the music icon before stepping on set to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie and now he…

Rami Malek is still obsessed with Freddie Mercury after playing the tragic rock icon in hit new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The actor spent months researching the music icon before stepping on set to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie and now he admits he is re-reading biographies to make sure he didn’t miss anything.

“You see him (Mercury) onstage and then almost instinctually (sic) I’d want to discover more,” Malek tells Who, revealing he poured through everything available to him in researching the role, including letters Freddie wrote as a boy. “There’s just an eloquence and elegance to him that you see when he’s onstage, and then you can (see) where all that was birthed from.

“Not many artists are wearing an entire head-to-toe leather outfit, sipping a champagne flute and telling their audience to strip naked if they please. And he still comes off with this essence of royalty.

“I re-read one of the biographies the other day just to see, ‘Did I miss anything?'”

And perfectionist Malek admits he’ll never truly be happy with Bohemian Rhapsody, because he feels filmmakers could have delved more into Freddie’s relationships with men: “I just kept pushing for more of that aspect of his life. I don’t know if we ever felt fulfilled by it.”

The Oscar buzz is building around the film and Malek’s performance as the singer, who lost his fight with AIDS in 1991, and the movie is on course to become the most successful music biopic of all time, with global box office receipts approaching $300 million (£235 million).

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