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From Trump Calling ‘Deplorable’ His ‘Lucky Word’ to Nonexistent Nambia: All the Times Potus Caused a Stir at the U.N.

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From Trump Calling ‘Deplorable’ His ‘Lucky Word’ to Nonexistent Nambia: All the Times Potus Caused a Stir at the U.N.
The word “deplorable” is back in the news after a surprising exchange between President Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, at the U.N. on Thursday.

While discussing the rising tensions between his country and North Korea, Moon said, with the help of a translator, that “North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable.”

In response, Trump quipped that he was “very happy you used the word deplorable. I was very interested in that word.

“I promise I did not tell him to use that word,” he added to laughs from Vice President Mike Pence
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Is Taron Egerton Playing Elton John In Rocketman?

Taron Egerton’s star is on the ascendant right now. He broke out as scally turned secret agent Eggsy Unwin in Matthew Vaughn’s surprise smash-hit Kingsman and is soon to reprise the role in the hotly anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Now, we’re hearing that he might be lined up for an altogether more tuneful role as Reggie Dwight, aka Elton John in the long rumoured biopic, Rocketman.

The report comes from The Daily Mail, so don’t so much take it with a pinch of salt than with a double fistful, but they’re saying he’s the frontrunner for the part, with the script written by Lee Hall and Dexter Fletcher directing. The project depicts Elton John’s early career after he won a piano scholarship, met longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, and released some seriously toe-tapping pop.

Once confirmed for Tom Hardy, Egerton also looks
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Taron Egerton wanted for Elton John biopic Rocketman

According to The Daily Mail, Taron Egerton could be set to take on the role of Elton John in Rocketman, a biopic of the legendary musician which would reunite the Kingsman star with Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn.

Egerton – who will next be seen in Vaughn’s spy comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle – is said to have held informal talks with Fletcher and Vaughn after Tom Hardy exited the project.

Rocketman has been in development for several years now, but was put on the fast track following conversations between Vaughn and Elton John on the set of the Kingsman sequel, in which the singer has an extended cameo.

According to the report, the film will explore the entertainer’s life in and out of the spotlight and “ants to examine how he has become one of the best singer-composers of all time and how
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Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’

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Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’
Musical biopics are notoriously difficult to make, usually because it involves getting tangled web of parties — the artist’s estate, music rights holders, and more — to all get on the same creative page. However, Elton John is clearing up any such potential dust-ups by producing his own biopic “Rocketman.” That said, locking down a leading man isn’t always easy, and the film has made a switcheroo.

A few years back, Tom Hardy was the eye-brow raising choice to play Elton John, but he’s now been replaced by “Kingsman: The Secret Service” star Taron Egerton.

Continue reading Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ at The Playlist.
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Elton John and YouTube Launch Global Search to Find New Music Video Directors

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Elton John and YouTube Launch Global Search to Find New Music Video Directors
Next year, singer Elton John and songwriter Bernie Taupin will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership. In honor of the occasion, John has teamed up with YouTube for a worldwide search titled “Elton John: The Cut” to find filmmakers to make music videos for three of his hit songs — “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Bennie and the Jets.” Watch an announcement video featuring John and Taupin below.

Read More: Producers Want Tom Hardy To Play Elton John In Biopic ‘Rocketman

The competition for each song will focus on different artistic elements: submissions for “Rocket Man” will feature animation; “Tiny Dancer” will be live-action; and “Bennie and the Jets” will feature choreography. John, Taupin and a panel of judges will select three winners, all of whom will also receive $10,000 to support future creative projects. The winning entries are slated to premiere on YouTube in the summer of
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Lionsgate developing live-action Naruto movie

According to The Tracking Board, Lionsgate is set to adapt the popular manga Naturo into a live-action feature, with Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man) set to produce and up-and-coming filmmaker Michael Gracey lined up to direct.

Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto is the third-highest selling manga in history with over 200 million copies in print, and has spawned a hugely successful anime, as well as a series of animated movies – the eleventh of which Boruto: Naruto the Movie is set for release later this year [watch the trailer here].

Naruto will become the latest high-profile project for Gracey, who has moved from visual effects work into directing and is currently attached to a remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, the Elton John biopic Rocketman, Jim Henson biopic Muppet Man and musical The Greatest Showman on Earth.
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Naruto Movie Gathering Steam At Lionsgate

Lionsgate has been trying to mount a live-action adaptation of popular manga series Naruto for a long while, and that project is making some major advances today with word that up-and-coming helmer Michael Gracey is being tapped to direct by the studio.

The project is still expected to follow the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja-in-training who hopes to one day become the Hokage, known as the most powerful ninja of his hometown village.

The Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto has become massively popular around the world, emerging as the third highest-selling manga in history. It has already been adapted multiple times, including as an anime series and in eleven animated features.

The Tracking Board first reported Gracey’s involvement, stating that the pic is a priority for Lionsgate as other manga series adaptations like Death Note (over at Warner Bros., with The Guest‘s
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Lionsgate Ramping Up ‘Naruto’ Movie with Michael Gracey

Lionsgate Ramping Up ‘Naruto’ Movie with Michael Gracey
Lionsgate has signed Michael Gracey to direct an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series “Naruto.”

The studio is in negotiations for the film rights to the “Naruto” series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto, first published in 1997. The manga, which has sold more than 200 million copies in print, follows adolescent ninja Naruto Uzumaki, who dreams of becoming the village ninja, the community’s protector and leader.

Avi Arad and his son Ari Arad are producing through Arad Productions. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaveitz and Kelly O’Malley will oversee for the studio.

Naruto” has generated an anime series in Japan that premiered in 2002 and lasted 220 episodes, while the “Naruto: Shippuden” sequel has been airing since 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed 10 movies.

Gracey is a former visual effects specialist who has moved into directing. He’s been attached to several studio projects that are in
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Watch Chris Pratt Play the Piano and Just Try Not to Swoon

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Watch Chris Pratt Play the Piano and Just Try Not to Swoon
Fans of Parks and Recreation have already seen (and appreciated) Chris Pratt's musical side, but this week, the actor showed off his talents on Instagram with a must-see video. The Jurassic World star is busy making the press rounds for his new blockbuster, and after spending some time in China, he made his way to England this week, where he stopped by the BBC and played a piano donated by Elton John. He shared a video of his mini performance, which you can watch below, and he wrote, "I also got to play this piano donated by Sir Elton John. #JurassicWorldGlobalPressTour #JurassicWorld #RocketMan #YesSirEltonJohn." The handsome star's cute post comes just a few days after he took to Facebook to preemptively apologize for anything he might say during the press tour that might offend someone. In a lengthy post, he wrote, "I hope you understand it was never my
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Tom Hardy is Simply the Best

I'm not sure Tom Hardy will ever become a household name. If he were already I don't think I'd be as nervous for the box office prospects as I am for Mad Max: Fury Road, which looks balls-to-the-wall insane and a movie I'm counting the minutes until my press screening next week, though at the same time nervous general audiences won't rush to support. That said, what it would take for Hardy to become a household name is probably a career path that would result in Tom Hardy no longer being the Tom Hardy we all know and love. While Hardy may have played a major role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, I would wager the majority of people unfamiliar with his face don't even realize he's the same actor starring in the new Mad Max film or even the actor that played Eames in Nolan's Inception,
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Watch: First Trailer For Musical 'London Road' Starring Olivia Colman & Tom Hardy

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While I'm eager to see what Tom Hardy gets up to in the role of Elton John in the developing biopic "Rocketman," he'll sing beforehand in "London Road," and the first trailer is here. Olivia Colman leads the adaptation of the hit musical that tells the true story of Steve Wright, who murdered five sex workers in 2006. The twist is that all the dialogue and lyrics are used from interviews with residents of the English community at the time of the crimes. Here's the official synopsis: Based on the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed verbatim musical directed by Rufus Norris, which he now directs as a feature film, London Road documents an incident from 2006, when the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright,
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Tom Hardy on Elton John biopic Rocketman: "I'm not a singer"

Tom Hardy on Elton John biopic Rocketman:
Tom Hardy has spoken about his singing ability ahead of the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Speaking to The Sun, Hardy admitted that he's "not a singer" but that he's "really trying" for his role of the famous singer in the upcoming biopic.

He said: "I'm not a singer. I have no idea really.

"I'm really trying because of Rocketman but it's hard to open my mouth in that way."

Hardy also said that he isn't usually "drawn towards" musical roles, but says he does have a history with rapping.

"I'm not really drawn towards singing and musicals and that stuff," he said. "I did some rap when I was a kid but I'm somebody's dad now so it wouldn't be too cool to crack that out!"

John is serving as an executive producer on Rocketman, and is also re-recording a number of his greatest hits for the project.

Watch Elton John
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Elton John and David Furnish Officially Tie the Knot

Elton John and David Furnish Officially Tie the Knot
Nine years after getting together, Elton John and David Furnish officially married in a private ceremony on Sunday in front of a star-studded congregation.

John posted lots of Instagram pics to share moments of the special day with the hashtag "share the love."

He started out with this photo of the "legal bit."

Photos: Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2014!

On Dec. 10, Parliament made it legal to convert civil partnerships into marriages in the U.K., and John, 67, and Furnish, 52, decided to take advantage of the change in legislation. They were one of the first couples to enter into a civil partnership in 2005 at the Windsor Guildhall.

Now, after being together for over 20 years, they were able to exchange their vows in front of a registrar and their family and friends to become husbands.

Photos: The Biggest Weddings of 2014

Guests included soccer player David and Victoria Beckham’s family. Their son Brooklyn shared this photo of him and his
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Kathryn Bigelow's Next Film, 'True American,' Will Star Tom Hardy

Kathryn Bigelow's Next Film, 'True American,' Will Star Tom Hardy
Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is busy in Cannes at the moment, but it has acquired rights to Anand Giridharadas post-9/11 book, "True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas." Tom Hardy is attached to star, and Kathryn Bigelow will direct. "True American" turns on the true story of Bangladesh Air Force officer Raisuddin Bhuiyan, an immigrant whose dreams of American life are upended when, just after 9/11, a revenge-seeking Us citizens shoots and nearly kills him in Dallas. Ww Norton & Company published the book earlier this May. Hardy can currently be seen in his one-man "Locke," a brilliant feat of experimental filmmaking, and coming down the pike this year will be Fox Searchlight's "The Drop" and Summit's "Child 44." The "Max Max" reboot, in which he plays the titular road warrior, is in post, while his role as Elton John in "Rocketman" is just beginning. Bigelow last directed "Zero Dark Thirty," the
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Bigelow, Hardy Team On "True American"

Annapurna Pictures has acquired the film rights to Anand Giridharadas' book "True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas".

Tom Hardy is attached to star and "Zero Dark Thirty" helmer Kathryn Bigelow is on board to direct the film which follows the true story of Bangladesh Air Force pilot Raisuddin Bhuiyan. Bhuiyan dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology.

However, days after 9/11, an avowed 'American terrorist' named Mark Stroman seeks revenge by walking into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work, and shoots him.

No word on when the project might go forward. Hardy is next attached to star in the Elton John biopic "Rocketman," the Kray twins crime drama "Legend" and the video game adaptation "Splinter Cell".

He'll be seen later this year in "The Drop" and "Child 44".

Source: Variety
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Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hardy Teaming for 'True American'

While there hasn't been word one on Kathryn Bigelow's re-teaming with her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal on Triple Frontier in quite some time, it was officially announced tonight the Zero Dark Thirty has a new project brewing for Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and Tom Hardy is set to star. The film is an adaptation of Anand Giridharadas' non-fiction book "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas", which tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren't so lucky, dying at once. amz asin="B00FQUDOQQ" size="small"The book follows these two men as
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Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott team for BBC drama

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Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott team for BBC drama
Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy to executive produce period drama Taboo from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, financed by the BBC and Sonar Entertainment.

The BBC has commissioned a major new period drama starring Tom Hardy, who will also executive produce the series with acclaimed director Ridley Scott.

The 8 x 60-minute drama, titled Taboo, will be produced by Scott Free London and Hardy Son & Baker for BBC1 and Sonar Entertainment, which is distributing the series outside the UK.

Set in 1813, the story follows James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.

Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations, Britain and America.

The shoot is scheduled to take place in the UK from January 2015.

Taboo was created
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Tom Hardy Will Head To The BBC For Taboo

Tom Hardy seems to have found his new creative partner in writer/director Steven Knight. The duo is currently gearing up to release Locke at the end of the month and Hardy will also have a role on the second season of Knight’s BBC show, Peaky Blinders. Hoping to continue their working relationship, the actor has now signed on for another project from Knight. This time it’s a drama series titled Taboo, which is being produced by Ridley Scott.

Penned by Knight, the show will be set in 1813 and tell the story of “James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father. Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a dangerous game with two warring nations,
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Tom Hardy set to play notorious British gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray

Hardy, who stars as Elton John in a forthcoming biopic, may appear in thriller by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland

Tom Hardy to play Elton John

Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.

Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.

Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.

The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland,
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