After being one of the box office hits this spring, Rocketman is now available on Bluray, and if you didn’t catch it at the theater, you should probably pick up a copy and check it out as soon as possible.
Rocketman tells a version of Elton John’s biography. By version we mean a “not entirely truthful” story about the man whose music has been hitting the airwaves since 1969. While the events portrayed in the film are generally true, a lot of them are told in a way that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. For instance, at one point in the film John attempts to kill himself in front of all his friends by overdosing on drugs and alcohol, while jumping into a pool to drown himself. As he sinks to the bottom of the pool he starts to sing Rocketman. John has stated that the events actually happened, but he didn’t sing on his way down, nor did he see a younger version of himself playing a piano at the bottom of the pool. That part was pure fantasy. There are several other instances of these kinds of things, but it’s expected, after all the film is a musical, and musicals tend to play up the fantasy aspect of the story. There are also a few other “not so true” aspects to the film as well, including how John came up with his famous name, but you will need to read up on his life yourself to find out what they are.
It’s only a matter of time before Taron Egerton finds himself nominated for an Oscar or a Golden Globe. Throughout the film, in which he does his own singing, Egerton embodies John so well that you feel as if you are looking at the lavish singer through a looking glass that can see backwards through time. He could even find himself following in Rami Malek’s footsteps and claim the Oscar next year, but that’s still a ways off and there are plenty of films to go this year. As for the Bluray, the sound and picture quality are simply amazing. Of course with the film relying on both to tell the story, if they weren’t that good you might have a harder time getting into the film. The special features on the disc are a mixed bag. The deleted and extended scenes are really nothing special, and while the short featurettes (on things like assembling the cast and even a music video) are interesting, you will probably only ever watch them once. Where the special features shine though are the musical numbers bonus features. The extended musical numbers feature a few different scenes from the film, extended. If you watched the film and wanted these scenes to go on a little longer, this section is for you. And second area that is a lot of fun, are the sing along special features. This section is exactly like you’d expect it to be, the song, the movie, and lyrics up on the screen so you can join in the fun. It’s a neat little feature that you can watch by yourself, or with some friends, and have just as much enjoyment.
Rocketman is an entertaining film, which will fit nicely into any home movie collection. While you might have to watch it with a questioning eye when it comes to accuracy, it’s still fun to watch regardless.
Zoe Kravitz Set To Star As Catwoman in The Batman
One of the stars of Big Little Lies, Zoe Kravitz, has signed on to play Catwoman in the upcoming The Batman film alongside Robert Pattinson. At this point it’s not known if she will play the main antagonist, or if she will be the love interest of Batman. In the comics, and the films, Catwoman has played both roles.
Rumour has it that over the last few weeks the role has come down to Joker’s Zazie Beetz, Eiza Gonzalez of Baby Driver, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and Kravitz. Kravitz managed to snag the roll, even though there is a little concern with her scheduling since she is due to start filming the next installment of Fantastic Beasts soon.
Filming for The Batman is expected to start sometime soon, either this fall or early in 2020, so the movie will be ready for it’s June 25, 2021 release date.
As much as fans are excited for the new Batman film, Aquaman star Jason Mamoa is even more so. He is of course the stepfather of Kravitz, and shortly after the news broke he took to social media to let everyone know how proud he is of her.
“I’m so proud of u zozo bear. On and off screen OHANA,” he wrote on Instagram. “DC WB ohana Lola and Wolfies big sister is CAT WOMAN. Unbelievable so freaking stoked. Your going to have so much fun Aloha P bear.”
Kravitz responded to the post, saying “LOVE YOU PAPABEAR! love that aquaman and catwomen spend the holidays together from now on.”
Unfortunately odds of a crossover between the two characters is slim. Even though they are both DC comics properties, The Batman film is said to be separate the most current DC Films.
Drew Barrymore To Host A Daytime Talk Show
Back in August Drew Barrymore shot a pilot for a daytime television talk show, but none of the major networks were biting to pick it up. That all changed yesterday though when CBS Television Distribution made it official, they would air and produce Barrymore’s show starting in Fall 2020.
In a released statement Barrymore said “It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show. I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.”
Barrymore of course was introduced at a very young age when she was one of the stars of E.T., and since then she has gone on to star in such films as The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, Ever After and more. She also has some television credits to her name as well, including the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, Family Guy, and The World’s Best talent competition on which she served as a judge.
Steve LoCascio, chief operating and financial officer of CBS Global Distribution Group, said in a statement that “Drew is a huge star and a breath of fresh air — her show will energize any station’s lineup.”
At this point very little else is known about the new show, including what format it will take, but it was announced that Barrymore will also be an executive-producer for it.
Photo by Saeed Adyani / Netflix
Gwen Stefani To Be Replaced By Nick Jonas On The Voice
When Gwen Stefani decided to return to The Voice for Season 17 after Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced his departure, fans were excited. Their excitement didn’t last long however, as NBC announced late Monday night that the singer would be departing once again at the end of the current season. They also quickly announced her replacement though, Nick Jonas. Jonas will be joining the returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, all of whom took to social media to congratulate him.
“As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick’s success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional,” Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to Songland earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on ‘The Voice.’ We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists.”
Jonas also added a statement of his own, saying “I’m so excited to be a part of The Voice family. It’s such an awesome group of individuals, and I can’t wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices.”
Jonas will be taking the red chair over for the 18th season in 2020. The 27 year old has quite the year, from being a part of Songland, to marrying Priyanka Chopra, reuniting with his brothers and now a coach on The Voice, his career continues to push him forward. The Jonas Brothers also have a memoir coming out next month.
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