Elton John

At this point, it feels a little foolish to doubt Tom Hardy‘s transformative properties. Pick any two films from his filmography and you’ll find yourself faced with two drastically different Hardys. He may be rail-thin or bulging with muscle. Soft-spoken or screamingly incoherent. Like snowflakes, no two Tom Hardy performances are ever quite the same. So when the news comes in, as it has (via Deadline Hollywood), that Hardy has officially signed on to play Elton John in the biopic Rocket Man, all we can really do is shrug our shoulders and say “yeah, that sounds about right.” Before too long, Hardy will have made himself over in the image of the famous musician, sporting massive sunglasses and sequin-covered clothing, and will probably learn a thing or two about playing the piano. Although he may not be doing too much singing – according to the official press release, the real Elton John will be re-recording his own songs for use in the film.

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Yup, this one is certainly unexpected. HitFix reports that the leading role in the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman, is currently “out to Tom Hardy,” which the outlet clarifies does not “mean they’ve made him a formal offer yet, or even that he’s interested,” but it does mean that the Rocketman team is interested in the star.  John himself is serving as an executive producer on the project, which is coming to us from director Michael Gracey and screenwriter Lee Hall, and has been billed as “a biographical musical fantasy that weaves together the life of Sir Elton John and his music.” What’s most weird about the Hardy news is that, back in January of 2012, John himself announced that he wanted Justin Timberlake to play him in the biopic, a pick that certainly makes a hell of a lot more sense. Timberlake is clearly a busy guy, but playing John seems like a totally natural fit, so it’s strange that it hasn’t materialized and that Hardy is already seemingly in the mix. We’ll be keeping a close watch on this one. Until then, there’s always Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes.

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Adele Oscars

Adele is a mere two steps away from an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) having already won multiple Grammys (plus another this year making her a nine-time Grammy winner) and she just added an Oscar to that list. Adele’s now Academy Award winning song, “Skyfall,” was a perfect match for the James Bond franchise – bold, memorable, and just a little sexy. Adele’s powerful and commanding vocals seemed like a natural match for the film – and clearly it was an award winning combination. But what happens now? Adele is not the first mainstream artist to cross over into film and walk away with that coveted little gold man. Back in 2002, Eminem stopped simply telling people his story and put his lyrics on screen with 8 Mile and walked away with the Best Original Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself.” 8 Mile was Eminem’s first foray into film and while he now reserves his acting for music videos, Eminem has also worked as a musician on the 2012 film Love Written in Blood along with another well-known film composer, Clint Mansell, who created the film’s theme music.

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Well, this is about to get embarrassing. On the heels of rampant sequel talk for a number of new properties (including both Chronicle and Project X), comes news of yet another planned sequel that’s almost totally without any “cool” value – and one that I am embarrassingly excited for. Deadline Pinner reports that Elton John’s Rocket Pictures is currently setting up a sequel to their 3D animated Gnomeo & Juliet, which made an astounding $194m when it was released in 2011. The new sequel will be penned by original scribes Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil and will center on currently resurgent Sherlock Holmes tales. Sort of. Titled Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, the film will pick up after “gnomes start disappearing from the suburban gardens of England, [and] Gnomeo, Juliet and friends enlist the help of Sherlock Gnomes, ‘the greatest ornamental detective,’ to track the culprit. Unfortunately, Sherlock is neither as brilliant nor as insightful as his human counterpart, and as the crimes against gnomanity continue, the threat to their world becomes bigger than they ever imagined.” Yes, I love puns and I loved Gnomeo & Juliet and I am not afraid to admit it. Sorry I’m not sorry. John is already composing new songs for the film, and the team is currently talking to directors with an eye to begin production in the fall. No word yet on if the film’s original voice cast will return. After the break, check out one of my favorite bits from Gnomeo & […]

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These kind of wish fulfillment new stories are not usually worth their weight in magic beans, but there’s a sort of sense that comes with the news that Elton John wants Justin Timberlake to play the lead role in the movie about himself that he’s working on. Of course, it also sounds a bit like Bruce Villanche wanting Denzel Washington to star in Villanche: The Movie, but Timberlake is a highly talented singer and actor who has appeared as John before in a music video. Put a shaggy wig on him, and they could be brothers. The kind where you might not guess immediately that they were related. John also announced to the LA Times that the film project, written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), has found a director. Unfortunately, the production was looking at Baz Luhrmann (due to the reportedly trippy, magical feel of it all), but he wasn’t available. Hopefully, we’ll find out which Luhrmann-like entity they hired instead. As for Timberlake, this is a shout into the wilderness for John, as the actor hasn’t commented and may not even know he’s on the wish list. But if he doesn’t do it, can I suggest either Eminem or Ben Folds? Also, when does Villanche: The Movie come out?

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr spent the night in jail after trying to sneak in and see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D. The cops didn’t believe him that he was trying to watch the latest remake of Thunderball. Sadly, they just saw a pervy looking fat guy squealing and crying with a group of thirteen year old girls. Fortunately, he had a chance to catch the other movies of the week, including Gnomeo and Juliet, Just Go With It and The Eagle. He also gives a little bit of love (what’s left of it anyway after spending the night in lock-up) to the Oscar-Nominated Shorts.

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Pride v. Predator

An alien bent on human destruction is headed for the town next year in the upcoming movie, Pride and Predator.

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