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Michael Jackson Biopic Coming from Bohemian Rhapsody Producer

Tony Sokol Nov 22, 2019

Queen sold out stadiums, but Michael Jackson was the King of Pop for a Pepsi generation.

Michael Jackson's legacy as a music legend is complicated by the rumors and stories surrounding his life. His father managed the Jackson Five with a firm hand. He was thrust into stardom at an extremely young age and moonwalked into the stratosphere of performers. Now Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King will navigate the complexities of the King of Pop in an upcoming biographical feature film, according to Variety.

The screenplay will be written by John Logan, who wrote Gladiator, Hugo, the James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic, which was produced by King. King and Scorsese's 2006 collaboration, The Departed won the Best Picture Oscar at the 79th Academy Awards. His Freddie Mercury biopic for 20th Century Fox,
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James Comey CBS Studios Mini Sets Steven Pasquale As FBI Agent Peter Strzok, Oona Chaplin As Lawyer Lisa Page; Lovers’ Text Exchanges Riled Trump & Embarrassed Bureau

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Exclusive: For those concerned that the 4-hour CBS Studios miniseries based on James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty might be a glowing portrait of the ex-FBI Director fired by Donald Trump: the series will include the embarrassing incident where FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page — who were reportedly engaged in an extramarital affair — exchanged texts when Strzok was spearheading the Russia probe that reportedly disparaged Trump and favored Hillary Clinton during the presidential elections. It was a major embarrassment to the bureau Comey oversaw.

Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale has just been set to play Strzok and Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) to play Page. They join Jeff Daniels (Comey), Brendan Gleeson (Trump), Holly Hunter (Acting Attorney General Sally Yates), Michael Kelly (Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe), Jennifer Ehle (Patrice Comey), and Peter Coyote (Robert Mueller).

Billy Ray adapted and is directing the limited series,
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Bee Gees Biopic in the Works with Paramount, Bohemian Rhapsody Producer

Joseph Baxter Oct 31, 2019

A biopic about legendary pop siblings The Bee Gees is being spearheaded by Paramount Pictures.

The Bee Gees are set for an outbreak of their signature brand of night fever at theaters, with the story of the iconic Aussie sibling pop act set to join the recent genre surge of music biopics in the aftermath of Rami Malek's acclaimed performance as Queen's Freddie Mercury in the hit movie, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Indeed, a yet-to-be-titled biopic project centered on the 220 million-record-selling trio, The Bee Gees, will be brought about by a producer trifecta spearheaded by Paramount Pictures, reports Deadline. Paramount acquired the rights to dramatize the story from the Gibb family estate, chronicling the travails of siblings Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb from their beginnings as a rock act, career nadirs and, ultimately, their reinvention as disco kings, culminating with their culturally-ubiquitous smash hits from the soundtrack of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever.
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6 Of The Best Music Documentaries

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With Mystify: Michael Hutchence arriving in cinemas this week, a new documentary based on the life and career of one of the greatest ever rock musician, Michael Hutchence of band Inxs, we thought we’d take a look back at six of the very best music documentaries to have ever graced the silver screen.

Amy: Dir. Asif Kapadia (2015)

One of the more recent features on our list is Asif Kapadia’s brilliant 2015 documentary Amy. Kapadia was riding high on the success of his 2011 BAFTA winner Senna and the world waited with huge anticipation to see what subject he tackled next. Amy documents the rise to fame and the remarkable career of one of the greatest young female artists of her generation. Absorbing, impactful and ultimately heart-breaking, Amy is a masterpiece in terms of filmmaking too, and one of the best music documentaries ever seen on the screen.
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Emmy Handicaps 2019: Outstanding Television Movie

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At one time this was one of Emmy’s most sought after and prestigious prizes, but as the Limited Series format became more attractive, and a magnet for top talent, the TV Movie category is just a shell of what it used to be. The numbers say it all. Only one of the five nominees received more than two nominations overall, and three of the nominees find their only Emmy mention right here—not a great indication of widespread support for this form in the Academy, to say the least. Netflix has actually won here a couple of times by plucking episodes from their popular anthology series, Black Mirror, and labeling them ‘movies’. A new rule instituted this year requires an entry to run at least 75 minutes long, which would have disqualified two of the past three winners here.

Bandersnatch (Black Mirror)

Netflix

The only anthology entry this year, and
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Sacha Gervasi On Recreating Hervé Villechaize’s Final Interview In ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ [Interview]

As a journalist, there are certain interviews that are a capital E, experience, and make an indelible impact on you long after they’re done. Such was the case for a young, pre-filmmaking Sacha Gervasi with renowned diminutive actor Hervé Villechaize of “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “Fantasy Island” fame who conducted an epic, days-long interview with a very candid Villechaize in the later years of his life.

Continue reading Sacha Gervasi On Recreating Hervé Villechaize’s Final Interview In ‘My Dinner With Hervé’ [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Sacha Gervasi (‘My Dinner with Herve’ writer-director) on the ‘real story’ that inspired his Herve Villechaize film [Exclusive Video Interview]

Sacha Gervasi (‘My Dinner with Herve’ writer-director) on the ‘real story’ that inspired his Herve Villechaize film [Exclusive Video Interview]
“My Dinner with Herve” “originated from a real story,” reveals Sacha Gervasi. In the summer of 1993 the young journalist was sent to Los Angeles to write “a whole host of very important celebrity interviews, the least important of which was an interview with a now-faded French actor called Herve Villechaize.” But the inconsequential chat turned into a five-day discourse during which the star poured his heart out, only to die by suicide shortly thereafter. Twenty-five years later Gervasi wrote and directed the Emmy-nominated film starring Peter Dinklage as Villechaize and Jamie Dornan as a character based on Gervasi. Watch our exclusive video interview with the filmmaker above.

See Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) 2019 Emmy Awards episode revealed for Best Drama Supporting Actor (exclusive)

After shooting to fame as the diminutive sidekick on “Fantasy Island,” Villechaize was fired by producer Aaron Spelling over a salary dispute and quickly faded into obscurity.
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Emmy Predictions for Limited Series and Movies: Dark Subjects and Big Movie Stars Dominate the Categories

Emmy Predictions for Limited Series and Movies: Dark Subjects and Big Movie Stars Dominate the Categories
The pendulum swings in the Emmys limited-series and television-movie categories, which were merged for three years beginning in 2011 because there weren’t enough limited series to fill out their own category. These days, though, there are more limited series than TV movies competing for Emmys, and the heat is all on the side of the multi-part dramas that tend to attract top-drawer talent both in front of and behind the cameras.

It wouldn’t be surprising to find no more than one or two TV-movie actors nominated in the four acting categories in which limited series and movie performances go head-to-head. And you can expect to find lots of Academy Award winners and big movie stars competing for Emmys in these categories, because potential nominees include Sam Rockwell, Patricia Arquette, Mahershala Ali, Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Amy Adams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Williams and Benicio Del Toro.

Outstanding Limited Series

Timing
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Sophie Turner Is Totally Down to Play Boy George in Culture Club Biopic

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Sophie Turner Is Totally Down to Play Boy George in Culture Club Biopic
Sophie Turner says she's into playing Boy George in the upcoming Culture Club biopic. It was recently announced that MGM is developing a movie based on the iconic singer's life, which has led to questions as to who would play him on the big screen. Telling George's story is going to be interesting, to put it lightly. The popstar has changed multiple times throughout his lengthy career, but he has never shied away from speaking his mind, no matter how hard it freaked people out at the time.

In a recent interview with Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa, the popstar was asked who should play him in the upcoming Boy George biopic. George answered by saying, "there's been some really interesting suggestions" from people, but "one of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner." For people who are already saying to themselves it can't happen because "she's a girl,
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Sophie Turner Is 'So Down' to Play Boy George After He Expressed His Admiration for Her

Sophie Turner Is 'So Down' to Play Boy George After He Expressed His Admiration for Her
Now that she’s done with Game of Thrones, Sophie Turner is eager to branch out by playing Boy George.

The 23-year-old actress — who’s currently starring in Dark Phoenix — expressed her delight at being considered for the role of the singer after he raved about her on the Australian radio show Fitzy and Wippa.

“There’s been some really interesting suggestions,” George said of the potential actors that had been brought up to play him via British Vogue. “One of the most interesting suggestions was Sophie Turner.”

He continued, “[People will say] ‘she can’t play you, she’s a woman,’ you know.
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MGM and Bron Creative Enter Into $100 Million Multi-Picture Co-Financing Deal

MGM and Bron Creative have entered into a $100 million+, multi-picture co-financing deal on MGM’s upcoming slate of films, the companies jointly announced Thursday.

Bron Creative is a joint venture between Aaron L. Gilbert’s Bron Studios and Jason Cloth’s Creative Wealth Media, and both Gilbert and Cloth will serve as executive producers on MGM’s upcoming movies, including the animated “The Addams Family,” “Legally Blonde 3,” Jordan Peele’s “Candyman,” the Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Michael B. Jordan and “Robocop Returns” from director Neill Blomkamp.

They’ll also serve as executive producers on Orion Pictures’ “Child’s PLay,” “Bad Trip” and “Gretel and Hansel.” This is the first deal between Bron and MGM.

Also Read: Boy George Music Biopic in the Works at MGM From Director Sacha Gervasi

“We are excited to partner with MGM on this highly anticipated slate of films, all driven by talented filmmakers.
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14 Music Biopics in the Works After ‘Rocketman,’ From Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin (Photos)

14 Music Biopics in the Works After ‘Rocketman,’ From Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin (Photos)
With the box office and awards season success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” music biopics are roaring back. “Rocketman,” based on the life of Elton John, just released this past weekend, and several others are currently in the works, including films about Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Amy Winehouse

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward are producing a film on the life of the late Amy Winehouse. They’ll be working in coordination with Winehouse’s father Mitch, who previously said in a statement that he felt finally the “time was right.” Although no one has been cast yet as the soul singer, Owen tells TheWrap the project is in development and the plan is to shoot next year.

“Respect” – Aretha Franklin

Before her death in 2018, Aretha Franklin chose Jennifer Hudson to portray her on film. The biopic follows the Queen of Soul from her
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'My Dinner With Herve' Director on Peter Dinklage Drama: "We Were Told It Was Impossible"

'My Dinner With Herve' Director on Peter Dinklage Drama:
French actor Hervé Villechaize spent his final days participating in a series of unusual interviews with then-journalist Sacha Gervasi for Britain’s Mail on Sunday magazine. My Dinner With Hervé, written and directed by now-filmmaker Gervasi, recaptures this bizarre experience and fulfills a request made by the actor: Tell the real story.

The film documents their meeting in a restaurant where Gervasi's character, Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan), is skeptical of the Fantasy Island actor (Peter Dinklage) and unprepared for what an intense character his subject turned out to be. Over their next several meetings, which take place in unconventional interview settings ...
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Boy George Endorses Upcoming Movie Biopic About His Life: 'Thrilling!'

Boy George Endorses Upcoming Movie Biopic About His Life: 'Thrilling!'
Boy George is the latest pop icon to get the feature film treatment!

The ‘80s icon, who rose to prominence as the frontman of the Culture Club, will be the subject of an upcoming movie, which will trace the singer’s path to success, Deadline announced on Wednesday.

The film, which does not currently have a title, or any attached stars, will be written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, whose previous credits include My Dinner with Herve as well as the 2008 rockumentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil.

“There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervas ito tell George’s
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Boy George Biopic Is Happening at MGM

An untitled Boy George biopic is currently in the works at MGM. The studio is also working on the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic and is looking forward to the type of buzz Rocketman has created and the monetary success Bohemian Rhapsody was able to bring in. The Queen biopic is now the highest grossing music biopic in history, having earned over $900 million globally. Will Boy George be able to get those kind of numbers?

Boy George rose to fame in the early 1980s with his group Culture Club, where they sold over 100 Million singles and over 50 million records. Sacha Gervasi is set to helm the project, which is in the early stages of development at the moment. Boy George is a true trailblazer in the world of pop music and was tackling Lgbtq stereotypes outwardly and outspokenly well before a lot people were. As a musician and activist, he was
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About a boy: Boy George biopic in the works

Sacha Gervasi, the director of Hitchcock and Anvil!, is attached to write and direct a film about the life of the Culture Club frontman

A movie about the life and career of Culture Club frontman Boy George is in the works at MGM. No cast is yet attached but the director, Sacha Gervasi – whose previous subjects include Alfred Hitchcock and heavy metal band Anvil – is set to write and direct.

The film will trace the singer’s life from his childhood in Woolwich, south-east London, with his Irish parents and four siblings, to his rise during the New Romantic era of pop in London, aided and dressed by Malcolm McLaren.
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Boy George Movie in the Works From Director Sacha Gervasi

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Boy George Movie in the Works From Director Sacha Gervasi
Boy George is the latest musician getting the movie treatment.

MGM is developing an untitled film based on the life of the Culture Club singer, with Sacha Gervasi attached to write and direct.

Producers are Kevin King Templeton, a producer on MGM’s two “Creed” movies, and Paul Kemsley. George and Jessica de Rothschild will executive produce.

The Boy George film will include his upbringing in an Irish working-class family and his breakout as the androgynous leader of the band Culture Club, which released its debut album “Kissing to Be Clever” in 1982 with the single “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” followed by the hits “Time” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.” He’s sold more than 100 million singles and over 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter, and is the author of two autobiographies.

Gervasi’s credits include “The Terminal,” “Hitchcock,” “November Criminals” and the rock documentary “Anvil: The Story of Anvil,
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Boy George Biopic Set for MGM, Sacha Gervasi to Direct

Joseph Baxter May 29, 2019

The classic rock biopic craze continues with MGM, which is producing a film based on Culture Club frontman Boy George.

Boy George, one of the most recognizable faces from the 1980s, is the next music icon to get swept up in the film industry’s classic rock biopic wave. Indeed, in the spirit of the Oscars-dominating Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, and the buzz-generating Elton John biopic, Rocketman (which hits theaters this weekend), the ostentatiously gender-bending frontman of Culture Club is getting a big screen portrayal of his own from a major studio.

The Boy George biopic, currently untitled, is in the works at MGM, which will produce the film, reports Deadline. The studio has already found its creative fulcrum in Sacha Gervasi, who will serve as director and writer, joined by producers Kevin King Templeton (Creed) and Paul Kemsley, as well as executive producers George and Jessica de Rothschild.
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Boy George Music Biopic In the Works at MGM From Director Sacha Gervasi

Boy George Music Biopic In the Works at MGM From Director Sacha Gervasi
Culture Club is coming to the big screen, as MGM is set to produce a feature musical biopic about the life of singer-songwriter Boy George, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Sacha Gervasi, the director of “Anvil: The Story of Anvil” and “My Dinner With Herve” will write and direct the film based on George’s life. Kevin King Templeton and Paul Kemsley will produce, and George and Jessica de Rothschild will executive produce.

The untitled film will chart Boy George’s childhood in a working class Irish family through his rise to stardom along with Culture Club in the 1980s.

Hollywood is going all in on music biopics following the massive success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which won an Oscar for Best Actor for Rami Malek in his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, as well as the
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Boy George Is The Lastest Pop Star To Get A Biopic, With ‘Anvil’ Director Sacha Gervasi Attached

If it worked for Freddie Mercury, and it appears to be destined to work for Elton John, the next logical step in the rock musical biopic is clearly Boy George. No? Well, don’t tell that to MGM, as the studio is moving ahead with a biopic about the Culture Club singer and ‘80s icon.

According to Deadline, MGM has hired filmmaker Sacha Gervasi to write and direct a film about the life of Boy George.

Continue reading Boy George Is The Lastest Pop Star To Get A Biopic, With ‘Anvil’ Director Sacha Gervasi Attached at The Playlist.
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