Elvis Presley has been prominently featured in a number of films, ranging from the horror comedy of Bubba Ho-Tep to the meeting of Elvis and Tricky Dick in Elvis & Nixon. But there hasn’t been a definitive biopic about the man who was dubbed the King of Rock and Roll. That’s about to change with Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrman tackling the musician’s life, and another name has just been added to the film’s cast. Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale, The Man in the High Castle) has joined the Elvis biopic as The King’s “reserved, soft-spoken” father Vernon Presley. Read More »
The cult favorite movie Bubba Ho-Tep already gave us quite the wild portrayal of Elvis Presley as he spent his days in a nursing home and eventually teamed up with a man claiming to be John F. Kennedy in order to stop a re-animated ancient Egyptian mummy. But now, as Graceland’s Elvis Week comes to an end, we’ve learned that the beloved entertainer is getting animated and turned into a government spy, thanks to a new animated action comedy series in the works from Netflix and Sony Pictures Animation. Read More »
Over the weekend, Warner Bros. Pictures made some adjustments to their release calendar for the next couple of years. First up, the studio decided to move Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Dune out of the busy weekend before Thanksgiving. And then they added to the fall of 2021 by setting a date for the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic from Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann. Find out when you can catch both of these movies below. Read More »
Joining the surge of musical biopics in the works following the box office and awards success of Bohemian Rhapsody is an Elvis Presley biopic from Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann. But who will play the King of Rock and Roll? Warner Bros. Pictures has been testing a handful of actors to figure that out. Let’s break them down below. Read More »
Generations of music lovers know the name Elvis Presley very well. The musician showed up on the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee all the way back in 1954 when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records (who is getting a movie made about his life and all the musicians’ careers he launched, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role). Elvis Presley would go on to become a pioneer in rock and roll, a new form of music that would engulf the entertainment industry in controversy and change the world forever, and now we’ll get a three-hour, two-part feature documentary at HBO telling us how it all happened.
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Elvis Presley was one of the greatest showmen in the history of music. Who better to chronicle his story, then, than one of the greatest showmen in the history of film? Baz Luhrmann, the director of Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, is in talks to direct an untitled biopic about The King. Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova, Saving Mr. Banks and 50 Shades of Grey) is writing the screenplay for Warner Bros. Read more about the potential Baz Luhrmann Elvis movie below. Read More »
Even in death, the King is still making movies. Several stories based on Elvis Presley are in development around Hollywood but one just emerged from the pack. It’s called Last Train to Memphis, based on a book by Peter Guralnick, and follows Presley from his teenage years up through his blossoming into a rock and roll legend. Fox 2000 has been developing the project for years and finally, they’ve hired a director. It’s Kevin MacDonald, who also directed The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and State of Play. He’s joined by Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, who’ll produce and John Fusco (Young Guns) who adapted the book. Read More »
Elvis Presley fans likely feel they know everything there is to know about the King. His music, his women, his rise to fame and iconic appearances. While all that was happening, one of the people along for the ride was David E. Stanley, Elvis’ stepbrother. He lived with The King for 17 years and came to see Presley as a mentor. Years later, Stanley co-wrote a book called Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice which has now been optioned by BiteSize Entertainment for a feature film adaptation called Growing up Graceland. The film will focus on the personality of Elvis behind the scenes; a man who struggled with his fame and ultimately turned to spirituality. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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In the past few weeks, biopics have been the source of the weirdest casting news. Ashton Kutcher is playing Steve Jobs, and Jane Fonda is playing Nancy Reagan. Now a casting choice that seemed like a PR stunt when first mentioned — Lindsay Lohan playing Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie — has come to pass, while Taylor Swift is said to be lining up to play folk and feminist icon Joni Mitchell.
On the other side of casting news, Malin Akerman is doubtful that she’ll really get the chance to play a different feminist icon, one-time porn star Linda Lovelace, in Inferno. And Eric Bana is no longer attached to play Elvis. Read More »
Weekend Weirdness’ favorite J.C. directed a nearly three hour epic about The King starring his main man Snake Plissken, and yet the film was at risk of being forgotten by younger generations. How could this occur when the movie in question, John Carpenter‘s Elvis, is arguably a better country music biopic than Walk the Line, and exudes an unpretentious but fetching style reminiscent of Hal Ashby’s Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory? Well, until this week, Elvis wasn’t available on DVD, and the film’s prior home video presence was spotty at best.
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