For some time now, there has been talk of an upcoming biographical drama surrounding the legendary rock band Queen, though no such film has shown up anywhere on the Hollywood film circuit. Now, however, it looks like fans will finally be able to enjoy a new biopic surrounding the events leading up to and including the band’s legendary rebirth at the Live Aid Festival in 1985. The performance was not expected to be anything special: Queen had lost a good deal of momentum by the early 1980s, and the band was just another group of performers scheduled alongside acts like Elton John, The Who, Dire Straights, Phil Collins, and Paul McCartney. But when Queen finally took the stage in-between U2 and David Bowie, the crowd had no idea they were about to witness rock-history in the making.
Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who later died of complications with AIDS, took command of the stage and delivered an awe-inspiring set that even his band mates had never imagined. Through 25 minutes, Mercury jumped from the piano, to the guitar, to front stage with his sawed-off mic-stand, leading the band through a suite of their musical catalogue that included older classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” to recent singles like “Hammer to Fall”. It was all backing members Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor could do to try and keep up with Mercury, whose passionate and energetic performance ignited the crowd and which is remembered as the definitive highlight of the Live Aid festival. Continue reading →
Fresh off his 5th Oscar nomination for Best Actor in The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio will be moving forward with a film from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams, Babel). Inarritu will be adapting author Michael Punke’s novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, which follows the story of fur-trapper Hugh Glass, who journeyed up the uncharted Missouri River in the 19th century with the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and was abandoned by his troupe and left for dead after a Grizzly bear attacked and critically wounded him. Glass survived, however, and after a two-thousand mile trek back to civilization, completely unarmed and seriously wounded, swears vengeance against those who abandoned him in the wilderness. The film will be produced through Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency Productions, and will hopefully be hitting theaters sometime in the fall of 2015. DiCaprio is also currently working as producer on two films: Home, which is now in the filming process, and A Boy and His Tiger, but there is no word on whether or not he will appear in these films, or when we can expect to see them released. Inarritu’s film adaptation will be titled The Revenant and will be penned by himself and screenwriter Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole).
The Operators is a non-fiction novel from author Michael Hastings, which follows the real-life story of General Stanley McChrystal, who lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan during the War on Terror. Hastings traveled to Afghanistan in the spring of 2010 and published an article in Rolling Stone based on his observations of McChrystal and his staff relaxing and openly criticizing Obama and his administration, which lead to McChrystal’s dismissal from duty. Hastings published the book The Operators in 2012 and now that novel will be the inspiration for a new movie from director David Michod, and Brad Pitt may be aiming to star in the project. Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will be producing the film under Pitt’s production company, Plan B, which will also receive assistance from New Regency Productions and RatPac Entertainment to finance the project. The movie is still early in pre-production so we’ll have to wait for more news. Stay tuned.
Filmmaker Warren Beatty, known for both his writing and acting talents, is finally getting his biopic on Howard Hughes underway after a 20 year struggle to get production going. The project has received financial backing from both Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, and has Windsor Media and New Regency also helping with production. Beatty is set to direct the film and also star as aviator and filmmaker Howard Hughes, who will apparently be a supporting character rather than a lead role, and the plot will instead focus on a story following Hughes’ assistant. Beatty started out in Hollywood as an actor in the 1960s and then moved into writing and directing in the mid-70s. He is also no stranger to starring and directing simultaneously. Heaven Can Wait (1978), Dick Tracy (1990), and Bulworth (1998) are all directing projects that Beatty also starred in while directing. Director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon) is also lending a hand with production under RatPac Entertainment.