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Elton John Producing 'Rocketman,' A Biopic About Himself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 3:39 AM
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Why wait until you're dead and let someone else tell the story of your life? For Elton John, he's gonna make sure his life is done right on the big screen by executive producing the "Rocketman" biopic his own damn self through his shingle Rocket Pictures (most recently behind "Gnomeo & Juliet"), with Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish lending a helping hand.

Review: ‘Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life' Is An Ambitious Biopic That's Disappointingly Incomplete

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 5:31 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Quebec release of the film in 2010. "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" is now in limited release.

'Walk The Line' Producer James Keach Developing Glen Campbell Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2011 8:54 AM
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Update: Variety reveal today that James Keach is also working a documentary about Glen Campbell chronicling his career and battle with Alzheimer's. He is currently on the road with the musician on his final tour, conducting interviews and capturing the star's final travels around the world.
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Eric Stonestreet To Play Fatty Arbuckle In Barry Levinson Directed 'The Day The Laughter Stopped'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 7:38 AM
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In the history of salacious Hollywood trials, none have matched the infamy of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's battle against charges that he raped actress Virgina Rappe at a boisterous Hollywood party (who died shortly afterward of peritonitis caused a ruptured bladder). It was essentially the first showbiz trial, one that found Arbuckle prosecuted in the press -- and later in court -- thanks to the relentless tabloid journalism of William Randolph Hearst's chain of newspapers, which painted the silent comedian as a lecher who used his girth to overpower women sexually. After three trials -- in which it became apparent that evidence was being manufactured and witnesses were being told to lie in an overzealous pursuit to find him guilty -- Arbuckle was eventually acquitted, though his career was in ruins and fearing government intervention in the industry, most of Hollywood refused to work with him. However, in the dawn of the talkies, Warner Bros. signed up him for some two reel shorts and their success led the studio to sign Arbuckle for a feature film. Unfortunately, he would suffer a heart attack and die before he could start work on the project.

Steve McQueen Teams With Chiwetel Ejiofor For 'Twelve Years A Slave'; Brad Pitt Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 7:14 AM
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There are a good handful of actors and producers around town whose name can "get things made," but there are only a select few who decide to back projects that ordinarily would be perceived as "risky" or as an unwise business investment. Brad Pitt is one of those few. He put his name behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" -- a picture he originally wasn't going to star in -- and over the years, he's used his brand to back projects as diverse as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "Year of the Dog," "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and "God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan." Sure, it might be a bit of mixed bag, but clearly Pitt doesn't mind taking chances or simply doesn't need the validation of a tentpole to his name. And once again, his Plan B shingle is getting behind a promising endeavour.

James Franco's Hart Crane Biopic 'The Broken Tower' Picked Up By Focus Features, Heading To TIFF

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 8, 2011 1:37 AM
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With his latest starring vehicle "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" earning unexpected critical acclaim and box office gold, James Franco doesn't look like stopping any time soon. With his in-the-can directorial effort "Sal" confirmed for the Venice Film Festival, the actor-director's biopic on poet Hart Crane is now set to appear soon after at the Toronto Film Festival with Focus Features already reportedly acquiring rights to the pic as well.

Exclusive: U.S. Poster For 'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2011 4:03 AM
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What is there to say about Serge Gainsbourg that hasn't already been said? The musical legend, sex symbol, French icon and troublemaker left an incredible and distinct mark on the musical landscape, influencing a whole generation of musicians. And now his life has received the big screen treatment.

Antoine Fuqua Signs Pay-Or-Play Deal That Keeps Tupac Biopic Moving

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2011 1:37 AM
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Production Leaning Towards Casting An Unknown In The Lead RoleAbout a weak ago, the Tupac biopic, which had been gearing up for much of the year, suddenly looked dead in the water. Director Antoine Fuqua was suddenly looking at working with another rapper, Eminem, on a boxing drama, leaving the fate of the Makaveli story on shaky ground. The rapper's mother Afeni had approved of Fuqua and with him bouncing, it would potentially put the project on hold while another suitable choice was sought out, but it appears that the producers are doing everything they can to keep the director on board.

Cameron Crowe & Gus Van Sant Both Passed On Brian Epstein Biopic 'The Fifth Beatle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 9:01 AM
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Stage Musical & Graphic Novel Also In The WorksWait, this is a story about who isn't a directing a movie? And while that's a bit of reversal on the who's-joining-what-project news, when it's two names like this it's hard to ignore and its pretty damn interesting.

'Fifth Beatle' Biopic On Manager Brian Epstein Gets Financing & Secures Rights To Songs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 7:52 AM
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Competing biopics about famed Beatles manager Brian Epstein? It sure looks like it, but at least one production has taken a decisive step forward. As you might remember, way back in 2009, a film called "A Life In The Day" was said to be in the works. Producer David Permut ("Youth In Revolt") had acquired a Tony Gittelson-penned script about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein who discovered the band, went around to every A&R man in the U.K. to get them signed, eventually landing them a deal with Parlophone (at the time largely a comedy label) with their longtime producer George Martin and notoriously signed away Beatles likeness and merchandising rights in terrible deals that lost the band millions. He was also their rock, one of the few people the Beatles would listen to, and his death in 1967 of a drug overdose was a huge factor that directly lead to the band's break-up in 1969. But little did we know about "The Fifth Beatle."

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