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Watch Taron Egerton plays a 70s-era Elton John in the fantastical first teaser trailer for ‘Rocketman’

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As promised, Paramount delivered the first teaser trailer for Rocketman overnight and this definitely doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill music biopic as evidenced by the scene at the end when a young Elton John (Taron Egerton) and the crowd watching him perform begin floating in the fucking air.

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman tells the uncensored human story of the early years in Sir Elton John’s music career, leading up to the release of his breakthrough 1972 album Honky Château, which featured the hit single that inspired the name of the film.

As I mentioned in my write-up of the first photo of Egerton as John last week, I think he looks perfect in the role and totally nails the rock icon’s glam, rather eccentric 70s-era look. I can’t wait to see some of the other costumes they put together for this film.

Written by Billy Elliott playwright Lee Hall, Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as John’s longtime music partner Bernie Taupin, Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother Sheila Eileen, and Richard Madden as John’s lover and manager John Reid.

Rocketman will open in theaters next year on May 31, 2019. You can check out the newly released trailer below.

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Leonardo DiCaprio torches Nazis with a flamethrower in the new ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer

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Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, scroll to the bottom of this post, and watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood right fuckin’ now. And then watch it again immediately after. And maybe one more time after that.

There’s so much to unpack here, but let me begin by saying this new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer makes the movie look like an absolute blast and I am beyond jealous of all of the lucky bastards who get to see it two whole months (!) early at Cannes today. I envy every single one of them.

Between seeing Al Pacino in a movie for the first time in god knows how long, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton lighting up a bunch of Nazis with a flamethrower, Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate, and Brad Pitt just being charming as hell, I am officially 100% in on this movie if I wasn’t already.

Critics are currently getting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood projected into their eyeholes at Cannes as we speak, so we should be getting the first reviews for the film within the next couple of hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. Now go watch that new trailer again.

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Mark your calendars, because ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ now has a May 21, 2021 release date

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I am pleased to inform you that Lionsgate announced via text message(?) today that John Wick: Chapter 4 has been given an official May 21, 2021 release date, so start clearing your schedules and marking your calendars accordingly, folks.

“You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021,” the text message reads, and it’s damn right. I have served. And I will be of service. I will literally do anything to get another John Wick movie in front of my eyeholes.

The release date is literally all we know about John Wick: Chapter 4 at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the film will likely find Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman up to his usual bad guy-fighting shenanigans, killing dudes with everyday objects like books and riding around on motorcycles and shit. Y’know, all the familiar hitman stuff.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which is arguably the best installment in the series to date, hit theaters last Friday and had no trouble putting an end to Avengers: Endgame‘s weeks-long box office reign, picking up $56 million at the domestic box office and another $36 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total so far to $93 million.

I’m going into hibernation now. See you all in two years and one day.

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Fox Searchlight drops $14 million on Terrence Malick’s WWII drama ‘A Hidden Life’ at Cannes

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Following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, Terrence Malick’s ninth film, the World War II drama A Hidden Life, has been snatched up by Disney-owned Fox Searchlight in a deal worth $12-14 million, according to Deadline.

The trade reports that Paramount, Focus Features, A24, and Netflix were among some of the other studios bidding on A Hidden Life at the Cannes market, but Fox Searchlight has unlimited Disney money now and they can outbid whoever the hell they want.

I’m kidding (mostly), but it’s exciting to see Malick return to Cannes or the first time since 2011’s The Tree of Life, which picked up the Palme d’Or that year and went on to earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

A Hidden Life tells the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diel), who defied and refused to serve under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime during WWII before being imprisoned. With all of the fascist bullshit out there in the world today, it sounds like Malick’s latest will be timely as hell.

Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, Valerie Pachner, Jurgen Prochnow, Alexander Fehling, and the late Bruno Ganz also star in A Hidden Life, which, per THR, “will get a robust theatrical release later this year.”

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