Excellent Egerton’s Elton effort

Michael L. Roberts – the musican director for Elton John biopic “Rocketman” – describes actor Taron Egerton working for three hours a day, every day for two months in order to portray the British rock legend. (Sept. 20)

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Elton and the Jet – ‘Rocketman’ crew recall meeting Elton John

“Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher and music producer Giles Martin talk about being flown to Las Vegas for a “whirlwind” lunch with Sir Elton John. (Sept. 20)

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Favreau praises ‘wonderful’ Beyonce performance

Director Jon Favreau praised Beyonce’s performance in his remake of “The Lion King” at the film’s London premiere. Other stars in attendance included Elton John, Pharrell Williams and Billy Eichner. (July 15)

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ShowBiz Minute: Rocketman, Paltrow, Led Zeppelin

Samoa bans Elton John movie “Rocketman” due to homosexuality; Utah ski resort wants out of lawsuit against Gwyneth Paltrow; Court agrees to listen to Led Zeppelin in “Stairway” appeal. (June 11)

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Bernie Taupin takes on the art world

Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin opens a new art exhibit in Beverly Hills and states, “I want to be remembered as a good artist that did his job and made people happy.” (June 7)

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ShowBiz Minute: Spacey, Rocketman, US Box Office

Groping case against actor Kevin Spacey returns to court; Russians criticize heavily edited version of Elton John film; A diminished “Godzilla” still bests “Rocketman” and “Ma.” (June 3)

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Russian cinema goers denounce ‘censorship’ of Elton John biopic | AFP

Russian cinema goers who hoped to watch the original uncut version of Elton John biopic “Rocketman” at an independent Moscow cinema were left disappointed, with all gay sex scenes cut from the film. After the editing out of the intimate scenes from the film’s Russian version led to an outcry on social media and was slammed by the British singer, central Moscow’s Pioner cinema announced it will show the film’s full version.

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Egerton: ‘Rocketman’ gay sex scene ‘quite beautiful’

At the New York premiere of “Rocketman,” Taron Egerton discusses his love scene with Richard Madden and empathizes with Elton John’s being rejected by his family for his sexuality. (May 30)

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Elton John: Taron Egerton is ‘wonderful’

At the London premiere of “Rocketman,” Elton John and star Taron Egerton talk about their friendship and the film’s long road to the big screen. (May 21)

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On This Day: 21 May 1979

In 1979, Elton John played the first date on his USSR tour in Leningrad. (May 21)

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The highs and lows of Rocketman

Actor Taron Egerton is joined by the cast and director of musical biopic “Rocketman” in discussing the highs and lows of Elton John’s life. (May 20)

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Madden flattered to be involved in Bond conversation

At the press conference for Elton John biopic “Rocketman” in Cannes, Scottish actor Richard Madden, who is being tipped as the next James Bond, says “it’s flattering to be involved in that conversation.” (May 17)

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ShowBiz Minute: Cardi B, Elton John, ‘Big Bang Theory’

Cardi B is most nominated act at 2019 BET Awards; Elton John lands “Rocketman” in Cannes; “The Big Bang Theory” closes with emotional final episode. (May 17)

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Elton and Taron duet in Cannes

Elton John and Bernie Taupin reflect on how emotional they felt watching biopic “Rocketman,” as Elton and the film’s star – Taron Egerton – duet on the title track. (May 17)

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Elton John and ‘Rocketman’ touch down in Cannes

Elton John and his biopic “Rocketman” landed at the Cannes Film Festival, where the 72-year-old came dressed in a tuxedo with “Rocket Man” emblazoned on the back. The film stars Taron Egerton as the pop star. (May 16)

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Boycott of Brunei-owned hotels over death penalty

Le Plaza Athenee and Le Meurice in Paris are among the nine luxury hotels targeted for a boycott by American actor George Clooney and British pop star Elton John due to the fact that Brunei, which owns the hotel, is bringing in death penalty laws for gay sex and adultery.

Elton John joins call for boycott of Brunei-owned hotels

British pop legend Elton John has joined “friend” George Clooney is calling for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels over the sultanate’s new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery. The nine hotels mentioned by Clooney include the Plaza Athenee and the Meurice in Paris.

Today in History for March 25th

On this day in history: Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala. 146 people were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York. Aretha Franklin, Elton John born. (March 25)

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Egerton on ‘Rocketman’: ‘I’ve never been so excited about anything’

(14 Nov 2018) Actor Taron Egerton can’t wait for fans to see him play Elton John in the forthcoming “Rocketman” movie. (Nov. 14)

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Elton defends transgender rights

(6 Nov 2018) At the annual An Enduring Vision Benefit Gala for their AIDS foundation, Elton John and David Furnish talk about how the charity has progressed, saying everyone should be “treated with kindness and compassion.” (Nov. 6)

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Bob Mackie celebrates Tina and Elton friendships

(24 Aug 2018) Hollywood designer Bob Mackie discusses working with “force of nature” Tina Turner and the “amazing and fun” Elton John. (Aug. 24)

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Aretha Franklin’s final public performance

(16 Aug 2018) Aretha Franklin’s final public performance took place in New York on 7 November 2017 at a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Elton John’s AIDS foundation. (Aug. 16)

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ShowBiz Minute: BTS, John, Iglesias

BTS first K-pop band to top Billboard album charts; Elton John visits Ukraine to take part in AIDS charity event; Enrique Iglesias loves his fans, but misses family “like crazy.” (May 29)

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Elton John: ‘Ukraine is in my heart’

Elton John expresses his fondness and pride in Ukraine and reveals he’s “inspired” by the country at an AIDS charity event in Kiev. (May 30)

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