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Lisa Marie Slammed New Elvis Film's 'Vengeful' Script

Singer's late daughter didn't like how he was depicted in Sofia Coppola's 'Priscilla,' per 'Variety'

(Newser) - Priscilla Presley has been making headlines this week for her recent sit-down with Piers Morgan, in which she broke down while talking about her daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who died in January at the age of 54. Now, Lisa Marie is the one dominating the news, with a report on...

6 Reactions to the Priscilla Movie Trailer

Priscilla Presley biopic looks to be 'gorgeous,' disturbing

(Newser) - The trailer for Sofia Coppola's much-anticipated (and already well-reviewed ) Priscilla, the Priscilla Presley biopic that lands in theaters November 3, was released Tuesday, and it's being called "gorgeous"—and dark. A few reactions:
  • Vogue calls the trailer not just gorgeous but "utterly ravishing,"

Leonard Bernstein's Family Is on Bradley Cooper's Side

Children issue statement supporting actor over prosthetic nose

(Newser) - Many people are upset about the prosthetic nose Bradley Cooper (who is not Jewish) wore to play Jewish conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, but Bernstein's family is not among that number. In a lengthy statement posted to X, the site formerly known as Twitter, Bernstein's three children...

Report: Cameron Crowe's New Film to Profile a Music Icon

Director is said to be working on movie about singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, per Above the Line

(Newser) - When wunderkind Cameron Crowe first interviewed folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell in 1979 for Rolling Stone, he was barely out of his teens. In a 2000 reprint of that article, Crowe mentioned how it remained his favorite cover story for the magazine. Now, nearly 45 years later, the 65-year-old Almost Famous...

Jaafar Jackson Will Play 'Uncle Michael' in Biopic

26-year-old to make acting debut in 'Michael'

(Newser) - Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson's 26-year-old nephew, will play the King of Pop in the planned biopic Michael to be directed by Antoine Fuqua. Lionsgate announced Jackson's casting Monday for the film being produced by Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, the AP reports. Jackson is the second-youngest son...

Critics Pan 'One-Note' Whitney Houston Biopic
Critics Pan 'One-Note'
Whitney Houston Biopic

Critics Pan 'One-Note' Whitney Houston Biopic

Still, star Naomi Ackie wins praise for a 'magnetic' performance

(Newser) - Audiences are loving I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a film tracing Whitney Houston's superstar rise and fall, giving it a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Not so much critics, whose 48% rating officially falls in the "rotten" category. The film from director Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) and screenwriter Anthony...

Here's Who Will Be Playing Madonna in Biopic

Julia Garner, reportedly

(Newser) - Sources tell Variety , People , Deadline , and other outlets that Julia Garner has been offered the role of Madonna in a Universal Pictures biopic about the iconic singer, and that she's expected to accept. Garner, 28, has for months been seen as the favorite to play the Material Girl, and...

Celine Dion Biopic Is Drawing Buzz for Its Weirdness

Valerie Lemercier plays fictional version of star from age 6 to adult in 'Aline'

(Newser) - It's not that unusual for an actor to play a character at different stages of life, using prosthetics and makeup to age them as the film progresses. French filmmaker Valerie Lemercier, however, did something a little bit ... different in Aline, her new movie based on the life of Celine...

'Dead Ringer' Croons His Way Through Elvis Biopic
'Dead Ringer'
Croons His
Way Through 
Elvis Biopic

'Dead Ringer' Croons His Way Through Elvis Biopic

Austin Butler plays the King in Baz Luhrmann film due out June 24

(Newser) - Baz Luhrmann has moved on from Jay Gatsby to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. The trailer for the director's upcoming biopic, Elvis, has dropped, and it stars 30-year-old Austin Butler as a "dead ringer" for the iconic singer and actor, reports USA Today . The film takes...

Robin Williams' Daughter Reacts to Viral Video by Impersonator

Zelda Williams calls actor Jamie Costa 'SUPER talented' but wants fans to stop sending her the clip

(Newser) - Update: A viral video of longtime Robin Williams impersonator Jamie Costa wowed fans this week, and some have been wondering if investors and relatives of the late comedian and actor might consider getting behind a biopic, starring Costa as Williams. One family member is now speaking out, and while she...

Movie on Spielberg's Childhood Nabs Another Big Name

Seth Rogen will play role of director's favorite uncle, joining Michelle Williams in the cast

(Newser) - A movie based on Steven Spielberg's boyhood in Arizona is in its earliest stages, and a big name has reportedly been picked to play someone close to the acclaimed director's heart. Per Deadline , which says casting for the film has been "super secretive," sources say Seth...

Obama Gives Rapper the OK to Play Him in Biopic

The former president says Sasha and Malia won't mind either

(Newser) - Barack Obama has a message for Drake: Go for it. The former president appeared on 360 With Speedy Morman and said he's OK with the singer/rapper portraying him in a possible future biopic, People reports. "I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he...

Cannes Goes Wild for Elton John Biopic

Singer, star perform duet at after-party

(Newser) - Elton John biopic Rocketman blasted off at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night, receiving a standing ovation that brought star Taron Egerton and director Dexter Fletcher to tears, AFP reports. Sir Elton himself could be seen wiping away a tear as lights went down for the world premiere of the...

Celine Dion Has a Message for Body Shamers

'Leave me alone'

(Newser) - At 50, Celine Dion feels great and isn't bothered if you don't think she looks it. "I'm doing this for me," the singer tells the Sun's Dan Wootton of her thinner-than-usual frame , per CNN . "If you like it, I'll be there. If...

Lots of People Appalled at Zac Efron as Ted Bundy
Lots of People Appalled
at Zac Efron as Ted Bundy
movie trailer

Lots of People Appalled at Zac Efron as Ted Bundy

But others say critics are 'missing the point' of new Bundy movie

(Newser) - The trailer has dropped for the Ted Bundy movie starring Zac Efron as the 1970s serial killer, and let's just say it's got people talking. "Gross," reads one of the many appalled tweets rounded up by BuzzFeed . Critics are pointing out the jaunty music choice, noting...

On the Basis of Sex 'Sticks to the Rules,' Unlike Its Subject
What Critics Are
Saying About 
the RBG Movie

What Critics Are Saying About the RBG Movie

'On the Basis of Sex' too formulaic for some

(Newser) - Felicity Jones is the Notorious RBG in On the Basis of Sex , a Mimi Leder-directed release recounting Ruth Bader Ginsberg's push for gender equality during the early part of her law career. Though the film—written by Ginsburg's own nephew, Daniel Stiepleman—has a decent 71% critic rating...

'Devastating Tragedy' on Set of Mister Rogers Film

Crew member James Emswiller, 61, dies after falling off 2nd-floor balcony in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

(Newser) - Sad news out of Pennsylvania, where a biopic about Fred Rogers (aka "Mister Rogers") is filming. WPXI and the AP report that a 61-year-old crew member for You Are My Friend has died after falling off a second-story balcony at a Mount Lebanon apartment building. Police say James...

Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Will Rock You

First trailer for Queen biopic is out

(Newser) - The Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is finally hitting theaters, having hit several snags since it was first announced in 2010—and the first full trailer , released Wednesday, is getting rave reviews. Forbes notes that the trailer confirms star Rami Malek "looks and sounds like Mercury" and...

Internet Not Getting Behind Jared Leto as Hugh Hefner

Nor is the internet a fan of Brett Ratner directing the whole thing

(Newser) - Jared Leto will be playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner, according to the Hollywood Reporter . And let's just say that's not exactly a sentence making the internet happy right now. Ratner, who is also planning to reboot the talk show Playboy After Dark, which...

Eastwood to Direct Captain 'Sully' Biopic

Movie will tell of Sullenberger landing his passenger plane in Hudson

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood has picked his next project as a director—the story of how Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed his US Airways plane safely in the Hudson River in 2009, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The 85-year-old Eastwood is coming off American Sniper, which grossed more than a half-billion dollars...

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