Lion King Legacy Collection

2014 is a big year for Disney anniversaries. Strictly looking at the movies it’s the 55th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty, the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, and the 20th anniversary of The Lion King. That last one has been chosen to kick off a new musical event called The Legacy Collection.

Over the next two years, Disney will rerelease the soundtracks to a dozen classic films as part of The Legacy Collection, each featuring new liner notes, documentaries, artwork and previously unreleased music. The Lion King is out first, and no available for pre-order, followed by the others mentioned above this year and Fantasia, Pinocchio, Toy Story, Lady and the Tramp, Pocahontas, The Aristocats and Cinderella next year. Read more about the Lion King Legacy Collection and see the full schedule below. Read More »

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Elton John Making ‘Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ Movie

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Apparently not even Elton John is immune to the Bible-based movie trend sweeping Hollywood  – but this being Elton John, he’s not exactly going the “serious historical epic” route.

John’s Rocket Pictures has picked up the rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with the intention of turning it into an animated musical feature. Get more details after the jump.

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Elton John

Elton John has finally chosen a director to bring his crazy history to life. Rocket Pictures revealed today commercials helmer Michael Gracey will direct Rocketman, the John-centric biopic first announced in 2011.

Scripted by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, Rocketman is no ordinary biographical drama. As befits is colorful subject, the movie is described as “a biographical musical fantasy” that hits upon the most “intense” defining experiences of John’s life and career. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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It’s the All-Ages Edition of Sequel Bits, or maybe the ‘something for everyone’ version, with news on everything from the kid-friendly Gnomeo & Juliet franchise to the 60something star of Rambo.

  • Viacom CEO says there’s plans for a Mission: Impossible 5
  • Sylvester Stallone could kill off Rambo in Rambo 5
  • The Twilight trailer lands in front of The Hunger Games
  • Elton John stars working on Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes

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Napster co-founder Sean Parker and Elton John may have something in common soon, if the legendary musician has his way. Back in September, we told you about an upcoming biopic of John to be produced by John himself through Rocket Pictures. Naturally, we wondered at the time who would be worthy of stepping into John’s shoes.

Well, it seems John’s been considering the same thing, and has landed on one particular talent as his top choice: Justin Timberlake. Considering that the actor/musician has actually played the part previously, in David LaChapelle’s music video for John’s “This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore,” John’s choice seems just about perfect. More details — plus a video of Timberlake-as-John — after the jump.

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Elton John Prepping Autobiographical Fantasy ‘Rocketman’

Elton John and David Furnish are prepping a big new project for their company Rocket Pictures, taking inspiration from probably their most obvious source: Elton John himself. Titled Rocketman, the new film will be a “biographical musical fantasy” telling the story of John’s colorful life and iconic career, from his start as a child piano prodigy in the ’50s to the earlier days of rock stardom. John and Furnish are set to produce the project with Steve Hamilton Shaw, also from Rocket Pictures. Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall has been tapped to write the script. More details after the jump.

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Six years have passed since we last saw a new Cameron Crowe movie and now we get three in five months. It starts in September with Pearl Jam Twenty, Crowe’s documentary on the influential Seattle grunge band. Then in December Crowe returns to narrative filmmaking with We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, followed quickly in January by The Union, his documentary about Elton John‘s collaboration with Leon Russell. The first two films will be released in theaters but HBO has picked up The Union and will air it in January 2012. Read the press release and more after the break. Read More »


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