bohemian rhapsody editing

By now you’ve likely seen the viral Bohemian Rhapsody clip that’s been making the rounds. The one in which Queen meets with future manager John Reid for the first time, and the camera angles keep cutting wildly for no apparent reason. When Bohemian Rhapsody picked up an Oscar for Best Editing, the scene in question exploded across the internet, as proof there was no way in hell a movie edited like this should’ve won such an accolade. It turns out the film’s editor, John Ottman, isn’t happy about the scene, either. So much so that seeing it makes him want to put a bag over his head (a direct quote, folks).

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New Blu-ray Releases Into the Spider-Verse

In our latest Blu-ray round-up, we have two of the best superhero movies from last year, a well-intentioned but slightly forgettable Disney musical sequel, and Crispin Glover chilling out and freaking out with his some rats. These are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

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nashville musical

Nashville is coming to Broadway. The country music-themed series, which found second and third lives on CMT and Hulu after cancellation on ABC, has found a fourth live on the Great White Way, with a Nashville musical adaptation in the works from Broadway producer Scott Delman.

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Rip Van Winkle movie

Hollywood has been sleeping on a Rip Van Winkle movie, but it looks like they’re about to get a wake up call.

Cynthia Erivo, who broke out last year in a big way with roles in Steve McQueen’s heist film Widows and Drew Goddard’s period thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, is attached to star in a musical film adaptation of the classic Washington Irving short story. Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) hatched the idea, and the writer of the upcoming Plastic Man movie is on board to write the screenplay. What a combo!
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bohemian rhapsody china release

Bohemian Rhapsody will soon be rocking Chinese theaters — but it will be a truncated version of the Oscar-winning film. 20th Century Fox’s hit Freddie Mercury biopic has received permission to open theatrically in China. But the Bohemian Rhapsody China release date with a caveat: the “gay content” in the movie relating to Mercury’s bisexuality will be cut out.

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Taron Egerton Tiny Dancer

If Rami Malek won an Oscar largely for lip synching as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, that should mean Hollywood is going to award Taron Egerton with an Oscar in the upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman for actually singing…right?

Egerton took the stage with the legendary musician to sing “Tiny Dancer,” and the timing of this performance strikes me as interesting: as Malek picked up his trophy on the Oscar stage, Egerton was belting out a tune and potentially kicking off a possible Best Actor campaign for next year’s Oscars. This is very possibly a case of accidental shade, but the timing was amusing nonetheless.

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oscars shallow performance

Tell me something boy, where were you when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper stole the show and stole our hearts? The co-stars of A Star is Born easily gave the best performance of the 2019 Oscars ceremony, delivering a sensual duet of Gaga’s Oscar-winning song “Shallow.” Now, you can witness the entire thing unfold in the clip below.

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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy have both been renewed.
  • J.J. Abrams is developing They Both Die At The End.
  • Psych: The Movie sequel grenlit by USA.
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is now filming.
  • Rainn Wilson will co-star in Amazon series Utopia.
  • Nightflyers cancelled after one season.
  • Man in the High Castle ending after season 4.

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A Star is Born Directing

(This post contains major spoilers for A Star is Born.)

Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born is up for eight Academy Awards this Sunday. Three of those nominations Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay have gone to Cooper himself, who’s also scheduled to perform the film’s Best Original Song nominee “Shallow” with co-star Lady Gaga. There was, however, considerable buzz recently when Cooper stated he was “embarrassed” at not picking up the nomination for Best Director.

The responses to the headlines were understandable. This was Cooper’s directorial debut, how dare he; he was up for plenty of other trophies, how dare he; no women were nominated for Best Director, how dare he; it’s Spike Lee’s first ever nomination, how dare he; and so on. All valid concerns in an Oscar race as bizarre as this one, though perhaps slightly off the mark in this particular context. The full quotes don’t seem like ravings of an egotistical man-child — I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part,” followed by “Even if I got the nomination, it should not give me any sense of whether I did my job or not” read more like a dedicated (albeit mildly oblivious) artist working through insecurity — but regardless, little of the ensuing conversation focused on how Cooper and A Star is Born fit in to the 2018 directorial canon.

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rocketman trailer

Hollywood can’t get enough of musical biopics, but Rocketman is attempting to set itself apart from all the others. The Elton John biopic is shooting for the stars by presenting itself as a “musical fantasy” film rather than a straightforward biographical drama. This means more trippy imagery and fantasy sequences galore in the latest Rocketman trailer.

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