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Bohemian Rhapsody passes $600 million worldwide

Following hot on the heels of its Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor (Rami Malek), 20th Century Fox’s Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is celebrating once again as it reaches a new box office milestone.

The film, which sees Rami Malek taking on the role of the iconic Queen frontman, has passed the $600 million mark globally, having amassed a box office haul of $608.7 million to date. Of that total, $175.7 million comes from North America, with a further $433 million from the international markets.

“Once our marketing team saw the film, we knew immediately that our key charge was to ensure that we created a global campaign that matched the singular energy and communal exhilaration of the theatrical experience,” said Fox’s President of Worldwide Marketing Pam Levine and Co-President Kevin Campbell. “Layer on top of that, a music catalog that could, on its own, power
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BlacKkKlansman and A Star Is Born lead SAG nominations by Jennie Kermode - 2018-12-12 21:17:47

A Star Is Born leads the fray at the SAG awards

BlacKkKlansman andA Star Is Born are leading the running at the 25th annual SAG awards, generally seen as the most important in the business when it comes to acting because they are voted on by actors themselves. The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Megan Mullally on 27 January.

Those film nominations in full:-

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

A Star Is Born - Dave Chappelle, Andrew Dice Clay, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Rafi Gavron, Lady Gaga, Anthony Ramos

Black Panther - Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K Brown, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Michael B Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, Letitia Wright

BlacKkKlansman - Harry Belafonte, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Corey Hawkins, John David Washington

Bohemian Rhapsody - Lucy Boynton, Aidan Gillen, Ben Hardy, Tom Hollander,
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SAG Awards Nominations: ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Mrs. Maisel’, ‘Ozark’ Lead Way – The Full List

Updated with more info, full list of nominees: Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born solidified its status this awards season this morning at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, where it collected a film-side-leading four nominations including in the marquee ensemble category. Meanwhile on the TV side, Netflix dominated with 15 total nominations, paced by drama series Ozark (four noms) and comedies Glow (3) and The Kominsky Method (3).

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga both landed noms for A Star Is Born, which also scored a nom for supporting actor Sam Elliott. It is joined on the ensemble film list by another Warners movie, Crazy Rich Asians, along with Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther, Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman and 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Fox Searchlight matched WB among studios with five nominations thanks to The Favourite, which scored noms for all three of its stars: Olivia Colman in lead and
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Jessica Lange Joins Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Comedy ‘The Politician’

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Jessica Lange Joins Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Comedy ‘The Politician’
Jessica Lange is coming with Ryan Murphy to Netflix.

The “American Horror Story” alum has been added to the cast of the prolific producer’s satirical comedy “The Politician,” TheWrap has learned.

Lange joins a cast that includes “Dear Evan Hansen” lead Ben Platt, “Set It Up” star Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton (who stars with Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody”), Laura Dreyfuss (another “Dear Evan Hansen” actor) and newcomer Rahne Jones. Oh, and let’s not forget fellow Murphyland fave Dylan McDermott.

Also Read: Ryan Murphy's Netflix Comedy 'The Politician' Casts Zoey Deutch

Murphy will serve as writer, showrunner and executive producer on the project. His former “Glee” team — Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan — will also write and executive produce.

Details of the show’s plot haven’t been announced, but what we know is that the comedy will revolve around Payton (Platt), a well-off politician in Santa Barbara,
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‘The Politician’: Jessica Lange To Star In Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series

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‘The Politician’: Jessica Lange To Star In Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series
One of Ryan Murphy’s muses, Oscar winner Jessica Lange, is set as one of the female leads opposite Benjamin Platt in Murphy’s upcoming Netflix series The Politician..

Details about the plot and characters in The Politician, from Murphy and frequent collaborators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, are being kept under wraps, but it is believe to revolve around the politician aspirations of Platt’s Payton, a wealthy Santa Barbarian, and every season will revolve around a different political race his character is involved in. Murphy will direct the pilot for The Politician, described as a one-hour comedy with social commentary.

Lange has starred in Murphy\’s American Horror Story and Feud anthology series, earning a slew of Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and earning an Emmy and Globe award. She was on hand earlier today to introduce Murphy at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.

The Politician hails from Fox 21 TV Studios.
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Bohemian Rhapsody passes $500 million worldwide

The Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has hit two major box office milestones this weekend, soaring past the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office as well as overtaking the $161 million domestic haul of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton to become the highest-grossing music biopic in history.

The film, which sees Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek taking on the role of the legendary Queen frontman, has proven to be an enormous success for 20th Century Fox, having amassed $539.6 million around the globe from a budget of just $55 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody is still performing well, and is expected to finish up its run with over $600 million, particularly if it receives some recognition from the Academy when the Oscar contenders are announced.

See Also: Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bohemian Rhapsody would have been much more “outrageous”

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury,
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Give These Pets an Oscar! 11 Best Animal Actors in 2018 (Photos)

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Give These Pets an Oscar! 11 Best Animal Actors in 2018 (Photos)
West Highland White Terrier in “Widows” — and “Game Night”

According to Animal Casting Atlanta, a company that provides animal actors for film, television, music videos and print, Olivia, a “walking stuffed animal” stars in “Game Night,” “Widows” and Netflix’s “Insatiable.” She is a three-year-old, 15-pound Westie.

Her trainer, Greg Tresan, told The Ringer that Olivia had her own trailer on the set of “Widows” and received on-site touch-ups. In the film, she plays Davis’ companion as her character, Veronica, mourns the death of her husband and gets roped in to some dangerous business.

Bradley Cooper’s Dog in “A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper cast his own dog, Charlie, in his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born.” Charlie is a loyal companion to both Cooper and Lady Gaga in the remake. PETA actually honored Cooper for the act instead of using animal actors.

Freddie Mercury’s Cats in “Bohemian Rhapsody
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The Tragedy of “Bohemian Rhapsody” Isn’t How Freddie Mercury Died, It’s How (It Thinks) He Lived and the Man Behind the Camera

If polls were run to see who the most iconic personality in music is, the results would certainly lean towards Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the bastion of beautifully flamboyant, unchecked and unmatched opulence. Decades after his untimely passing from AIDS and his presence is one both widely felt and deeply missed. Of course that means a life as flashy, defiant and legendary as his would make for a great movie, as its taken near thirty years for that life to grace the big screen. After watching it, though, who the hell at 20th Century Fox thought any of what passes for history and entertainment in Bohemian Rhapsody was right? And what’s worse is this is what audiences and Queen fans think is masterful and respectful storytelling?!

To say it paints by numbers and connects dots in its exploration of the rise, “fall and redemption” of Queen throughout the 1970s
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review – Second Opinion

Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Dickie Beau | Written by Anthony McCarten | Directed by Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher

Bohemian Rhapsody has had a long-troubled road to the cinematic big screen. A detailed plagued-production history of Sacha Baron Cohen headlining the project courting the likes of David Fincher and Tom Hooper for the directors’ chair, only to infamously leave said production and drag the creators and producers being Queen surviving members of Roger Taylor and Brian May, who wanted the film to be more so a biopic of Queen itself, not Freddie Mercury who infamously passes away mid-way through the film’s script which then focuses on the rest of the bands future. Something that was thankfully rectified with this production as in actual fact the film incorporates a bookend of Live Aid in a far more conventional manner,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: The Challenge of Shooting the Live Aid Re-Creation to Do Freddie Mercury Justice

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: The Challenge of Shooting the Live Aid Re-Creation to Do Freddie Mercury Justice
The greatest visual strength of box-office hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” is conveying the evolution of Freddy Mercury (Rami Malek) and Queen amid the cultural shift of the ’70s and ’80s, climaxing with the legendary Live Aid concert in 1985. However, Live Aid was actually shot first, which turned out to be a blessing for Malek and co-stars Gwilym Lee (guitarist Brian May), Ben Hardy (drummer Roger Taylor), and Joseph Mazzello (bassist John Deacon).

“It’s kind of a crazy thing to start the shoot with one of the hardest and most pivotal moments,” said Newton Thomas Sigel, director Bryan Singer’s go-to cinematographer. “But it allowed the cast to come together early and create their chemistry. I remember watching them rehearse three days before the shoot. They didn’t know each other and those four guys really jelled, just like a rock’n’roll band would.”

The Live Aid segment, with an
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Review

Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Dickie Beau | Written by Anthony McCarten | Directed by Bryan Singer, Dexter Fletcher

Fair warning: I’m not completely unbiased with this movie. Like many people, I absolutely love Queen and I think Freddie Mercury is the best showman to ever walk the Earth. When I first heard about the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, I was really excited about it and that increased after seeing a brilliant trailer. However, it’s safe to say that the reception to the movie has been mixed. A lot of critics have problems with it but personally speaking, I don’t agree with them on this one.

The story of Bohemian Rhapsody is about Queen’s origins and their rise to fame while dealing with dramas and obstacles on the way that eventually lead to a climax
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bohemian Rhapsody would have been much more “outrageous”

Some eight years after it was first announced, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody finally made it to the big screen this past weekend, with Mr. Robot star Rami Malek taking on the role of the iconic Queen frontman, and earning rave reviews for his performance.

Long before Malek’s casting, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen spent a couple of years attached to the role of Freddie, only to depart the project over creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. And, speaking to Vulture, filmmaker Stephen Frears – who was attached to direct Cohen – has revealed that they were planning a much more “outrageous” take than what we got from the final film.

“Sacha wanted to make a very outrageous film, which I would imagine Freddie Mercury would have approved of,” said Frears. “Outrageous in terms of his homosexuality and outrageous in terms of endless naked scenes. Sacha loved all of that…
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Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) on playing the ‘odd,’ ‘eccentric’ members of Queen [Watch]

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Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) on playing the ‘odd,’ ‘eccentric’ members of Queen [Watch]
“He’s a real, great English eccentric,” said actor Gwilym Lee about Queen guitarist Brian May, who he plays in the film “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “He’s got so many facets to his character. He’s a Ph.D in astrophysics specializing in interplanetary dust and the refraction of light off of it. He’s a big animal rights activist. He’s an expert on stereoscopic 3D photography … And that’s the same man that goes out on stage in front of tens of thousands of people and plays guitar like no one else.” Lee was in New York on October 28 to discuss “Rhapsody” along with co-stars Rami Malek, Joe Mazzello and Lucy Boynton. Watch Lee above, and scroll down to see Mazzello and Boynton.

To explore Brian May’s life behind the scenes, Lee wanted to “find out what that private person is … What’s that need” to get on stage and entertain?
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Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Break Free With $46 Million Debut

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Break Free With $46 Million Debut
Bohemian Rhapsody” is heading for a rhapsodic debut from 4,000 North American locations with an estimated $46 million.

The Fox biopic starring Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury earned $18.4 million Friday. Bryan Singer directed the film from Anthony McCarten’s screenplay. Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers also star.

Bohemian Rhapsody” is sitting at a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an A CinemaScore.

Christmastime pic “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” should debut in second with about $18 million from 3,766 domestic sites. That marks a disappointing start for the Disney film, which stars Keira Knightley and has an estimated production budget of well over $100 million.

Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston directed the film, with Ashleigh Powell writing the script. Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman also star. “Nutcracker” follows a young girl who must
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Doesn’t Straightwash, but It’s Confused About Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Doesn’t Straightwash, but It’s Confused About Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality
There has been much hand-wringing over the portrayal of iconic bisexual Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” From the film’s inception in 2010, media critics, rock biographers, and queer writers have (justifiably) worried the film would leave out, or at least soft pedal, Mercury’s AIDS-related death and relationships with men. An initial trailer appeared to confirm these fears, prompting gay TV writer Bryan Fuller to tweet his frustration.

Rami Malek, who threw himself into the role of Mercury, also threw himself into the fray when he stumbled over a question of whether Mercury was a gay icon. “What’s really great about him is he never, uh, wanted to or thought of himself as being boxed into anything. He just was,” he stammered. “If he’s an icon to one, there’s no reason that it requires another adjective, as far I see.” When asked about the movie’s purported “straightwashing,
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Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t let Freddie Mercury actually perform until the very end. Before then, there are glimpses of performances that place lead actor Rami Malek center stage, but music’s greatest frontman deserves more than mere glimpses and simple montages that pull the plug on “Killer Queen,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” and “Another One Bites the Dust” far too quickly. I’ll admit that there was a certain pep in my step walking out of Bohemian Rhapsody, but that’s what happens when “Don’t Stop Me Now” plays as the credits rock and roll.

Starting and ending with the triumphant Live Aid concert, Rhapsody is much more the story of Queen than it is of its headliner. Beginning in 1970 with a flamboyant and teeth-riddled Freddie meeting up with the band that his charisma would soon turn into Queen, the film hits the basic checkpoints along a 15-year-long musical highway.
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See Rami Malek Talk Learning Freddie Mercury Moves, Singing on ‘Ellen’

See Rami Malek Talk Learning Freddie Mercury Moves, Singing on ‘Ellen’
Rami Malek spent a lot of time studying for his role as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. During his interview on Thursday’s Ellen, the actor said he loved Queen, “but I didn’t know the intimate details of Freddie’s life or Queen’s,” so he sought out all their archival footage and interviews.

Even before the movie was greenlit, Malek said he began taking singing lessons and met with choreographers. However, he realized that Mercury was more spontaneous with his moves onstage. So, Malek ended up working with a movement coach,
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Rami Malek (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’): Freddie Mercury fought for us to be who we really are [Watch]

Rami Malek (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’): Freddie Mercury fought for us to be who we really are [Watch]
“He’s a man of the people and a man who wants everybody to shout out loud exactly who they want to be,” said Rami Malek about Freddie Mercury, the legendary rock star he plays in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The film opens on November 2, but he previewed the film for SAG Awards voters in New York City on Sunday night, October 28, along with his co-stars Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee and Joe Mazzello, and producer Graham King. Watch Malek discuss Mercury’s lasting impact above.

“There was so much conflict with him as a young boy trying to identify himself,” Malek explains. Before he was the lead singer of Queen, Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara and grew up in Zanzibar and India before moving to the UK when he was 18. He “came from a Zoroastrian belief that entirely stigmatized being gay, bisexual — anything that wasn’t heterosexual. And with all this brewing inside of him,
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‘Looking For Alaska’: Kristine Froseth & Charlie Plummer Set As Leads In Hulu Limited Series

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‘Looking For Alaska’: Kristine Froseth & Charlie Plummer Set As Leads In Hulu Limited Series
Kristine Froseth (Sierra Burgess is a Loser) and Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete) are set as the leads in Looking For Alaska, Hulu’s eight-episode limited series based on John Green’s novel, from Paramount Television and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire.

Looking for Alaska is told through the eyes of teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter (Plummer), as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with a girl, Alaska Young (Froseth), and after her unexpected death, he and his close friends attempt to uncover the truth behind her death and make sense of it.

Froseth’s Alaska Young is beautiful, mercurial, and unpredictable, the girl who broke your heart in high school — or she’s the girl it broke your heart not to be. An obsessive reader, she’s another student at Culver Creek Academy, a member
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Watch Rami Malek Talk Freddie Mercury Transformation on ‘Fallon’

Watch Rami Malek Talk Freddie Mercury Transformation on ‘Fallon’
Rami Malek spoke about becoming Freddie Mercury for the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, during an interview on The Tonight Show Monday. Malek said his transformation began with a pair of fake teeth he had to wear to mimic the buckteeth that earned Mercury the childhood nickname, “Bucky.” “The first time I put them in my mouth I was incredibly insecure,” Malek said. “And then I found myself compensating. I started sitting up straight and being more elegant – he had the best posture. You start to think, ‘Oh, these are
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