Chris Evans in talks to play dentist in Little Shop of Horrors remake

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the…

Chris Evans is in talks to play crazed dentist Orin Scrivello in the upcoming remake of musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors.

The 38-year-old is reportedly set to star as the sadistic character, made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, and Billy Porter are also circling the project, which will be directed by Greg Berlanti, and production is set to begin this summer.

The Captain America star seemingly confirmed his upcoming role on Twitter on Monday, as he shared a link to The Hollywood Reporter article and captioned it with a tooth emoji.

Back in March, the actor told the outlet he was desperate to star in a musical and said his dream role would be the maniacal dentist in Little Shop of Horrors.

“I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re (remaking) Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?'” he said at the time.

Little Shop of Horrors follows the story of florist shop worker Seymour, who discovers his Venus flytrap can speak and sing. He names it after his co-worker Audrey, who is in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend, dentist Orin. But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

Negotiations are still ongoing for Rocketman star Egerton, who is up for the role of Seymour, and Johansson, who will reportedly play Audrey, but Porter has already signed a deal to lend his vocal talents to the Venus flytrap, according to the outlet.

The movie would serve as a reunion for Evans and his Avengers co-star Johansson, who last appeared together in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson circling Little Shop of Horrors remake – report

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musica…

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to editors at Full Circle Cinema.

The much-loved movie follows the story of florist shop worker, Seymour, as he discovers an alien Venus flytrap that speaks and sings, who he names after his co-worker Audrey.

But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

In addition, insiders have told the website that Johansson is in line to portray Seymour’s love interest Audrey, originally played by Ellen Greene, and Pose star Billy Porter is being considered to voice Audrey II. Greg Berlanti is apparently attached to direct.

The original movie, which also starred Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and John Candy, received mixed reviews upon release, but has since grown into a cult classic thanks to the star-studded cast and catchy songs.

The musical, which has toured all over the world, was last staged on Broadway in 2003.

Egerton, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman, will next be lending his vocal talents to reprise his character of Johnny in the Sing sequel.

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Elton John: ‘Taron Egerton deserves an Oscar for Rocketman’

Elton John has called on Academy Awards voters to give the Best Actor prize to Taron Egerton for his performance in Rocketman.Taron has earned critical acclaim for his role as the music icon in the biopic and was a surprise winner in the Best Actor in …

Elton John has called on Academy Awards voters to give the Best Actor prize to Taron Egerton for his performance in Rocketman.

Taron has earned critical acclaim for his role as the music icon in the biopic and was a surprise winner in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical category at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Elton expressed his hope that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reward him with an Oscar.

“Taron – I mean, when I was looking at him, I was thinking, ‘That’s me! That’s me!'” he said. “I just think it’s phenomenal, and I really think he deserves the Oscar above anyone I’ve seen this year.”

The Welsh actor performed all of the Your Song star’s hits in the film, which gave a candid depiction of Elton’s career and his battles with alcohol and drug abuse.

Expressing his pride that the movie was a huge box office success, earning almost $200 million (£152 million) worldwide, the 72-year-old gushed: “I wanted to show the whole journey and the perils of it and the redemption.

“And, (impressively) for an R-rated film, it did $100 million (£76 million) in America. I actually can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing about it.”

Meanwhile, Taron’s vocal coach Michael Dore said he was “really proud” of the “down to earth” star’s success.

“He’s a good guy, a very sweet guy… so amazing in the film,” he told the BBC.

The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards will be announced on 13 January.

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Taron Egerton thanks Elton John after winning Golden Globe for Rocketman

Taron Egerton touchingly thanked Elton John after he won a Golden Globe for his role as the music icon in Rocketman.The actor beat the likes of Eddie Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, and Roman Griffin Davis to pick up the Best Actor in a Musica…

Taron Egerton touchingly thanked Elton John after he won a Golden Globe for his role as the music icon in Rocketman.

The actor beat the likes of Eddie Murphy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Craig, and Roman Griffin Davis to pick up the Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy accolade at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday, and looked stunned when his name was called out.

“I really wish I’d written something,” he said, as he became emotional on stage. “I’m so honoured to be nominated alongside a bunch of legitimate icons.”

Taron went on to thank Elton’s husband, David Furnish, for believing “I could play your husband”, and said the lead part in Dexter Fletcher’s musical drama has “changed my life”.

“It’s been the best experience of my life,” the 30-year-old continued, before directly addressing the Tiny Dancer hitmaker in the audience. “To Elton John, thank you for the music, for living a life less ordinary and thank you for being my friend.”

The star, who attended the Golden Globes with his family, including his little sisters Mari and Rosie, finished his speech by dedicating the accolade to his mother.

“My mother is in the room somewhere. This is for you, mam,” he sweetly added.

Taron’s win was the second award of the night for Rocketman, after Elton and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin won the honour for Best Original Song, I’m Gonna Love Me Again, for the critically-acclaimed movie.

Elton’s husband David, who served as producer on the rock biopic, later took to Instagram to pay tribute to Taron, and thanked officials at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for acknowledging the Welshman.

“Taron so richly deserves this accolade. He worked b**ody hard and showed extraordinary courage stepping into Elton’s formidable platform boots. He truly brought Elton’s indomitable spirit to life and made his and Bernie’s songs soar,” he gushed.

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Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson lead 2020 SAG Awards nominees

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Ou…

Marriage Story stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees for the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Driver was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor on Wednesday, while his co-star is in contention for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

He will compete with Christian Bale (Ford v Ferrari), Leonardo DiCaprio, (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), while Johansson will take on Renee Zellweger (Judy), Charlize Theron, (Bombshell), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet).

The Black Widow star is also nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in Jojo Rabbit, and is up against her Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), and Bombshell co-stars Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman.

In the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category, the nominees are Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), The Irishman co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, as well as Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

Competing for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are ensembles from Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Stars of the small screen will also be honoured at the ceremony, and male actors nominated for their TV work include Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice), Mahershala Ali (True Detective), and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method).

Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) are among the female nominees for TV prizes.

The nominations were revealed by actresses America Ferrera and Danai Gurira at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

As previously announced, Robert De Niro will be honoured with a lifetime achievement honour at the event, which will take place at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on 19 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Bombshell

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Nicole Kidman – Bombshell

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Avengers: Endgame

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry

Fleabag

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Steve Carrell – The Morning Show

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader – Barry

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Patricia Arquette – The Act

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Joey King – The Act

Emily Watson – Chernobyl

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Mahershala Ali – True Detective

Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us

Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Game of Thrones

Glow

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Watchmen

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Richard Madden wins Most Stylish Man at GQ Men of the Year Awards

Richard Madden won the Most Stylish Man gong at the 2019 British GQ Men of the Year Awards on Tuesday night.The Bodyguard star was handed the award by singer Rita Ora at the magazine’s annual bash held at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. Madd…

Richard Madden won the Most Stylish Man gong at the 2019 British GQ Men of the Year Awards on Tuesday night.

The Bodyguard star was handed the award by singer Rita Ora at the magazine’s annual bash held at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London.

Madden looked dapper in a midnight blue bespoke suit designed by Hugo Boss, which featured a velvet jacket and classic black tuxedo trousers.

During his acceptance speech, the 33-year-old also touched upon his new role in Marvel superhero movie, The Eternals, and joked that his friends don’t think he deserves the title of Most Stylish Man.

“My friends all find it most amusing that I’ve won this award that they don’t really think I deserve. Actors spend most of the time wearing other people’s clothes, so I’d like to thank Hugo Boss for this,” Madden quipped. “For the next few months, I will be wearing mostly a tight blue cosmic superhero costume, so not much chance of me winning again next year.”

Madden’s Rocket Man co-star Taron Egerton won the award for Best Actor, while Andrew Scott was named Standout Performance of 2019 for his role as The Priest in Fleabag.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who created and starred in the BBC show, bestowed him with the award, and jokingly praised Scott’s performance as “a combustion of charisma, grace, nuance, and complexity… culminating in a 162 per cent rise in religious pornography watched in the U.K.”

Nicole Kidman won Best Actress, 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg was given the Game Changer accolade, and pop icon Kylie Minogue was handed the Icon Award by music legend Tom Jones.

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Taron Egerton and Lucy Boynton team up for virtual reality project

Taron Egerton and Lucy Boynton have joined forces for new virtual reality project entitled Glimpse.According to Variety, the narrative is “set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda… a talented illustrator who is going through a painful bre…

Taron Egerton and Lucy Boynton have joined forces for new virtual reality project entitled Glimpse.

According to Variety, the narrative is “set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda… a talented illustrator who is going through a painful breakup from his girlfriend – a deer called Rice, who dreams of becoming a musician.”

The script for the project will be written and directed by Benjamin Cleary and VR creator Michael O’Connor, with the Rocketman star, 29, and 25-year-old Bohemian Rhapsody actress voicing the panda and deer, respectively.

“I was so excited to get involved with Glimpse. Its storyline and themes are some I find the most exciting and intriguing to explore,” Boynton shared about the project. “I love that as beautiful and enchanting as it is visually, it doesn’t sugar-coat anything. It feels really poignant, authentic and hopeful. I fell in love with the characters and the script immediately.”

O’Connor added the concept “was born out of this fascination with how we remember and relive the many threads of a romantic relationship from its beautiful birth to its mournful end.”

Glimpse will be entered in the Venice Virtual Reality Interactive showcase and unveiled during the Venice Film Festival, which runs from 28 August to 7 September.

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Taron Egerton shuts down Wolverine rumours

Taron Egerton has insisted there’s “no grounding” in rumours he’s set to take over Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine. Earlier this month, renowned comic book writer Mark Millar, who wrote Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War, Marvel’s two biggest-se…

Taron Egerton has insisted there’s “no grounding” in rumours he’s set to take over Hugh Jackman’s role as Wolverine.

Earlier this month, renowned comic book writer Mark Millar, who wrote Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War, Marvel’s two biggest-selling graphic novels, claimed on Twitter that the Rocketman actor would be next in line to play Logan / Wolverine after Jackman, his Eddie the Eagle co-star, ended his run.

However, when asked about the rumours by reporters at MTV News at San Diego Comic-Con, Egerton asserted that there is no truth in Millar’s claims and he isn’t the best actor for the job.

“Look, there’s no grounding for the rumour,” he said. “I know that that’s probably in the pipeline at some point at Marvel, but I would imagine it’s a little way off. If I was asked it would be incredible, but… I have to confess, sometimes I think maybe there’s better candidates… Or actually, you know, who knows, if it was in five years maybe I would be grisly enough. I’m a great admirer of those films and it’s very, very flattering to have even been mentioned.”

He also jokingly added, “I think you need better beard game for Wolverine than I have.”

In a recent interview with British radio show Heart FM, the Kingsman: The Secret Service star said he didn’t think he was the perfect Wolverine but “would love to be involved with that world somewhere.”

In February, Jackman was presented with the Guinness World Record for Longest Career as a Live-Action Marvel Superhero for playing Wolverine for 16 years and 228 days, from the original X-Men in 2000 to 2017’s Logan. He also appears in archive footage in 2018’s Deadpool 2.

The Australian actor has remained adamant he is done with Wolverine but is confident the character will return in some shape or form.

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Rami Malek almost appeared as Freddie Mercury in Rocketman

Rami Malek almost had a cameo appearance as Freddie Mercury in the Elton John biopic Rocketman. The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman earlier this year, came close to filming a surprise cam…

Rami Malek almost had a cameo appearance as Freddie Mercury in the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

The Bohemian Rhapsody star, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the late Queen frontman earlier this year, came close to filming a surprise cameo in the movie opposite Elton John actor Taron Egerton, courtesy of director Dexter Fletcher.

In an interview with Gay Star News, Fletcher revealed that he initially loved the idea of briefly cutting to Malek as the iconic singer met with manager John Reid, but it didn’t work out.

“There was an idea I had at one point, where Elton’s in a restaurant with his mother. I thought John Reid and Freddie could be at another table and they wave at each other,” he said. “That would have been amazing, but it didn’t come to pass.”

Reid managed both Mercury and John. He is portrayed by Aidan Gillen in Bohemian Rhapsody and Richard Madden in Rocketman.

As for why the bold idea never came to be, the filmmaker worried it would have been too distracting for the audience, joking that the films are not part of a franchise like instalments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are.

“It would’ve been a little too knowing,” the 53-year-old added. “I’m not looking to set out to make a cinematic universe.”

Fletcher served as director on both films, having taken over from Bryan Singer on Bohemian Rhapsody after he was fired.

At Rocketman’s Cannes Film Festival premiere, producer Matthew Vaughn told Screen Daily he’d put Fletcher forward as Singer’s replacement as he figured it would be good preparation for him before he started on Rocketman.

“‘Dexter, you’re going to a 1970s biopic university, find out how to do it, how not to do it, and experiment on their dime,'” he commented. “It was really helpful for all of us – Dexter got to flex his muscles before going into the main race.”

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Rocketman banned in Samoa over gay scenes

Elton John’s new biopic Rocketman has been banned from release in Samoa due to its onscreen depiction of homosexuality. The film adaptation of the openly gay star’s life, starring Taron Egerton as the rock legend, doesn’t shy away from the sex and dr…

Elton John’s new biopic Rocketman has been banned from release in Samoa due to its onscreen depiction of homosexuality.

The film adaptation of the openly gay star’s life, starring Taron Egerton as the rock legend, doesn’t shy away from the sex and drug-fuelled days of his early career – and the vivid scenes have caused it to be barred from cinemas across the conservative Pacific nation.

Samoa’s principal censor, Leiataua Niuapu Faaui, told editors at the Samoa Observer that Rocketman’s homosexual content clashed with residents’ strong Christian beliefs and violated the country’s laws, including the 2013 Crimes Act, under which sodomy is punishable by up to seven years in prison, reports The Associated Press.

Despite choosing to outlaw the film, Faaui admitted, “It’s a good story, in that it’s about an individual trying to move on in life.”

The ruling has forced local theatre officials to cancel screenings for Rocketman.

The news emerges days after Russian distributors chose to remove gay sex and drug trafficking scenes from the biopic to comply with strict Russian legislation, which makes it illegal to show homosexual relationships in the media.

Slamming the news in a joint statement with filmmakers last month, Elton declared the heavy censorship was a “sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people”.

Rocketman has proved to be a big hit with fans worldwide, grossing more than $100 million (£78.6 million) globally since its release in late May.

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