Elton John Biopic “Rocketman” To Get Early Screenings

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Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures, in partnership with Fandango, is set to screen “Rocketman” in 400 theaters nationwide on May 18.

That would be two weeks earlier than the film’s official release date, and merely two days after the film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

The early screenings will take place through AMC Theatres, Regal, Cinemark, Marcus Theatres, Arclight Cinemas/Pacific Theatres and National Amusements. Tickets are now available for purchase exclusively through Fandango.

The film is reunites with the film’s star Taron Egerton, who plays the legendary hitmaker, with his Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher.

“Rocketman” will be Fletcher’s second consecutive film about a legendary pop musician after recently completing the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard and Gemma Jones. It is set to take off in theaters next summer May 31, 2019.

“Agents of SHIELD” Season 6 Trailer Released

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This is not the Agent Coulson, at least not the one that we knew, as the latest trailer for Agents of SHIELD finally reveals Clark Gregg’s new identity.

Here we see Gregg’s Sarge character who leads an alien invasion intent on wrecking havoc on earth.

“I’ve been to a lot of worlds,” he says in the trailer. “Some good, some garbage, but I’ve never been to one where people recognize my face.”

Last month, the cast and crew of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were at WonderCon, treating fans with a big surprise showing the world premiere of the 6th season’s opener.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie, John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe, Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell, and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

The show was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to premiere May 10, 2019.

Billboard Music Awards 2019

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The 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) were handed out on Wednesday night, and Drake dominated the ceremonies, taking home the Top Artist, Top male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist trophies.

The haul effectively gives Drake the record for most wins, 27 total in the history of Billboard Music Awards.

Other big winners included Ariana Grande, Ella Mai, BTS, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs who took home Top Country Artist. Coming into the night, it was Cardi B led the nominations with 21 nods, was followed by Drake and Post Malone with 17 nominations each.

Mariah Carey received the Icon Award as well as performed a career-spanning set including her 2018 single “A No No”, and classics such as “Always Be My Baby”, “Emotions”, “We Belong Together” and “Hero”.

Presenters included Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Asher Angel, Becky G, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews and William Zabka.

Kelly Clarkson was back to host the ceremonies, which aired live Wednesday night from Las Vegas on NBC.

Red Carpet photos: aiphotoimaging.com

See the full list of winners below:

Top artist
Drake

Top new artist
Juice WRLD

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Ariana Grande

Top male artist
Drake

Top female artist
Ariana Grande

Top duo/group
BTS
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“Hadestown” And “Ain’t Too Proud” Top Tony Award 2019 Noms

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This year’s nominations for the 73rd annual Tony Awards has been announced, which honors the best plays, musicals, and performances of Broadway season 2018-2019.

Gayle King, together with Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon revealed this year’s nominees on Tuesday morning.

“The Ferryman” the leader in the main categories, scoring nominations for best play, best actor in a play and best actress in a play for Paddy Considine and Laura Donnelly.

Written by Jez Butterworth, the critically acclaimed play tells the story of the family of a former IRA activist, living in their farmhouse in rural Northern Ireland in 1981.

“Hadestown” is also well-represented in the nominations list. The stage musical adaptation, which tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice, led all nominations with 14 in total, with noms in major acting categories with the exception of Best Actor.

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards is set to air on June 9, 2019, Sunday from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. James Corden is set to return to host the ceremonies.

Check out the nominations list below.

Best Play
Choir Boy
The Ferryman
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ink
What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Musical
Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations
Beetlejuice
Hadestown
The Prom
Tootsie

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
The Boys in the Band
Burn This
Torch Song
The Waverly Gallery

Best Revival of a Musical
Kiss Me, Kate
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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Presenters for 2019 Billboard Music Awards Announced

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Dick Clark Productions has announced on Tuesday its list of presenters for music’s big night: The 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

This list includes Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley, stars of the hit NBC Series “This Is Us”. Also announced were Asher Angel, Becky G, Cobie Smulders, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews and William Zabka among others.

Taylor Swift, who recently released the lead single from her seventh studio album, “Me!” is set to open the show. Other performers include BTS, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Lauren Daigle, Dan + Shay, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Jonas Brothers, Khalid, Tori Kelly, Madonna, Maluma, Panic! at the Disco and Paula Abdul.

Superstar Mariah Carey, who has dominated the charts since her debut in 1990, has previously bee announced to receive the prestigious Icon Award.

The music event will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson for the second year in a row.

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards is set to air live on Wednesday, May 1st on NBC at 8PM ET/PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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To Honor Willie Nelson’s Birthday – “Miracle” Movie Releases Today

To honor and celebrate the 86th birthday of music and film legend Willie Nelson, the new drama WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME releases today on DVD and VOD platforms. The film was created for Nelson by writer/director Lian Lunson, and was filmed entirely on his ranch in Texas. Set in a magical and timeless world, the film moves like a quiet meditation, considering the themes of faith, love, and fulfillment in spite of loss.

Along with Nelson, the film stars acting legend Charlotte Rampling and indie music artist and actress Sophie Lowe.

WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME tells the story of a young girl who embarks on a journey of discovery. Along the way, she encounters faith, love, and fulfillment, all clothed in the brokenness of loss, as the most powerful transformative experiences in our lives often are.

“This film is special to me,” shares Lunson. “I wrote this film specifically for Willie Nelson. Something that would capture his incredible talent as an actor. Charlotte Rampling, all of us came toward this for Willie Nelson. Willie’s beautiful stillness creates the tone of the film and his beautiful ranch its backdrop…I hope that WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME allows people to slow down, take a deep breath and walk through the gates of The Beautiful Place where these magical people live.”

The film also features music by guitar legend Duane Eddy who partners with Willie’s longtime harmonica player Mickey Raphael to create the perfect score. The film also includes an original song “Where the Shadows Fall” written by Bono, performed by Bono and Willie Nelson. Bono is also an Executive Producer on the film, along with Mark D. Rodgers, Dale A. Brown, Tyler Zacharia, and Lunson’s mentor Wim Wenders. WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE TO COME is available for purchase on DVD and digital platforms in the US and internationally through Spotlight Pictures.

“Avengers: Endgame” Broke Box-office Records

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Marvel Studios

As many expected, Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” broke plenty of box-office records this weekend, almost every box-office record there is in fact.

The superhero ensemble, which began its international release on Wednesday, brought in $350 in North America which brings its global total to $1.2 billion total after only five days in release. That makes it the fastest film to break the $1 billion milestone.

Endgame’s domestic weekend opening handily beats previous record holder “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which opened to nearly $250 million back in 2015.

In just a single weekend, the film instantly shot into the top 20 highest grossing films of all time, coming in at number 18th. These boxoffice figures also exceeded pre-release domestic boxoffice expectations, which ranged from $250 million to $300 million.

This also means Marvel now owns the two top global releases in history, following last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, also directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

The officially kicks-off summer blockbuster season, which will see the releases of high-profile films such as “Detective Pikachu”, “Toy Story 4,” “Men in Black International”, and “The Lion King”.

James Wan and Gary Dauberman Collaborating on Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot”

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Stephen King’s 1975 horror novel is said to be getting a big screen treatment, with James Wan and Gary Dauberman collaborating on the project.

Salem’s Lot tells the story of a writer named Ben Mears who returns to the titular town of his youth, only to find out that its residents have become vampires.

The vampire novel is King’s second published novel, and one of his most popular. Surprisingly, the novel never received a big-screen adaptation. It was adapted in a TV series in 1979, and was updated in a mini-series in 2014 which aired on TNT.

Wan and Dauberman have worked together on The Conjuring Universe horror films, including Annabelle and The Nun, which were written by Dauberman.

Dauberman will also pen as well as executive produce Salem’s Lot, while Wan will serve as producer together with Roy Lee and Mark Wolper.

Wan was responsible for kick-starting the Conjuring Universe in 2013 with its first entry The Conjuring as well as its 2016 sequel The Conjuring 2. He also recently helmed DC’s Aquaman film for Warner Bros.

First Trailer for Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” Released

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Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer to Ang Lee’s science fiction film “Gemini Man,” giving audiences a first look at a de-aged Will Smith.

Smith as plays Henry Brogen, an aging assassin and concerned father, as well as his younger assassin clone of himself.

“Twenty-five years ago, they made you from me! They chose me because there’s never been anybody like me. We have to end this right now!,” Smith says to his clone.

Originally based on a concept by Darren Lemke, the film has a long production history for more than 20 years. Various actors were once attached to star including Harrison Ford, Chris O’Donnell, Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson among others.

Director Ang Lee shot the film in 3D at 120 frames-per-second and 4K resolution which he similarly employed in his previous film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Gemini Man is currently in post-production with visual effects provided by Weta Digital. The film also stars Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond and Theodora Miranne.

The film is set for release on October 11, 2019 by Paramount Pictures.

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