British singer Elton John said on Friday he was deeply upset by Russian President Vladimir Putin's comment that liberal values were "obsolete" and had been rejected by the majority of people in Western nations. In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, Putin said German Chancellor Angela Merkel had erred by adopting a liberal policy toward immigration from the Middle East. "The liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done. The migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants must be protected. What rights are these? Every crime must have its punishment," Putin said in the interview. "So, the liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population," Putin said. John, in a statement released on Friday and addressed to Putin, said he was upset by the comments in the interview. "I strongly disagree with your view that pursuing policies that embrace multicultural and … [Read more...] about Elton John blasts Putin for calling liberal values ‘obsolete’
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LONDON: With hit tunes, a plot about one of the world's best known performers and flamboyant costumes, Rocketman brings Elton John's story to the big screen, the latest musical biopic offering a concert-like experience at the cinema.Kingsman actor Taron Egerton stars as the Your Song and Tiny Dancer hitmaker, belting out John's songs as he revisits the singer's road to success as well as his personal struggles.The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with John present, has drawn comparisons to last year's Bohemian Rhapsody about rockers Queen's stratospheric rise to fame.That movie, which received mixed reviews, won a best actor Oscar for Rami Malek and grossed US$903 million (S$1.24 billion) worldwide – a sign of audiences' appetite for seeing their icons' story and music on the silver screen."I'm very grateful that people compare us and hopefully it shows that there is an appetite for movies of this nature," Egerton said of the two films at … [Read more...] about Is Elton John’s Rocketman this year’s Bohemian Rhapsody?
Actor Taron Egerton said on Friday he'd developed a close friendship with Elton John while preparing for the biopic "Rocketman", adding to the emotion after a glittering premiere where few of its stellar attendees were left dried-eyed. The musical spectacular, which features one Elton John hit after another as it tracks the highs and lows of his journey to superstardom, made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, with the singer in tow on the red carpet. Egerton said he was already an avowed fan of the singer - even auditioning to get into drama school by singing "Your Song" - and had gotten to know John well during filming, making it "borderline overwhelming" to step into his shoes on-screen. "I'm very proud to call him a friend. He is the kindest, most interesting, warm man. That has made it feel very important to me," Egerton told a news conference on the French Riviera, choking up at moments. The British actor, also known for his role in spy comedy "Kingsman", said he … [Read more...] about Emotional ‘Rocketman’ cast formed close bond with Elton John
AFTER the near billion-dollar smash that was Bohemian Rhapsody, the Elton John biopic Rocketman will touch down May 16 at the Cannes film for a premiere at which the star himself is primed to play. Sir Elton, 72, rocketed to stardom through a combination of virtuoso musical talent, flamboyant performances and unforgettable pop songs, using his platform to promote gay rights and AIDS causes. One of the world’s best-selling artists, the gay star’s career has spanned nearly five decades, much of it lived in a hazy whirl of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Which gives plenty of material for Dexter Fletcher – the British director drafted in at the last minute to save the Freddie Mercury film – to play with. The movie explores the singer’s long and successful songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, the result of a random pairing by a London record company, which produced seven consecutive US number one albums in the three years between … [Read more...] about Rocketman gets Cannes liftoff
Rocketman, the Elton John biopic on the big screen Rocketman is coming. The epic musical fantasy celebrating the life of Sir Elton John is coming to theaters on May 22. Thanks to the success of varied musical fares like The Greatest Showman and A Star Is Born and to the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, public interest in musical films is once again at an all-time high. Then with a subject of legendary talent and mass appeal, plus I must add, proportionate flamboyance like Elton John, you can expect Rocketman to be a dazzling, affecting movie experience. And just so you know, Sir Elton John is himself the executive producer. So there is no way that Rocketman will not get all the facts right, while the director is Dexter Fletcher. The name does not ring a bell? Well, Dexter is the same director who came to the rescue of the then beleaguered Bohemian Rhapsody when the original choice, Brian Singer, left or was fired from the project. Given the results … [Read more...] about Rocketman, the Elton John biopic on the big screen