Sacha Baron Cohen was heart-set to play the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a bio pic on the musician, but the remaining members of the band, who have script and director approval, didn’t see eye-to-eye with the actor over content. So, sadly, Cohen has pulled out of the project. Seems the band wants to make a PG movie about Queen, while Cohen had in mind an R-rated tell-all centered around the gay singer, making him more… mercurial. It’s going to be hard to find another actor who has the chops to portray Freddie Mercury, and also bears such an astonishingly strong resemblance. Cohen had brought in various writers and directors, including David Fincher and Tom Hooper, to develop it for him. None were approved. (via deadlinehollywood)
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The National Geographic Channel released this first picture of the Big Love star in her role as the iconic first lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the set of the movie Killing Kennedy. Seriously? A couple of days ago a photo of Rob Lowe as President John F Kennedy was released, in which he looks pretty good if you squint. But we probably won’t be tuning in to the movie, no matter. All aspects of the Kennedy story have been done to death. (via usweekly)
It was attempted poorly in 2007 with the not-quite-ready-for-primetime Willa Ford playing Anna Nicole. Well, kids, we get another chance. This time it’s Agnus Bruckner taking the lead role, with Adam Goldberg playing Howard K Stern, Virginia Madsen playing Virgie Arthur, Martin Landau as J Howard Marshall, and the always adorable Cary Elwes as E Pierce Marshall. It debuts June 29, so you know where my ass will be planted.
Ashton Kutcher has nailed the visual impersonation of Steve Jobs in the still-shooting biopic of the late Apple co-founder and CEO if this split image of Kutcher and Jobs is any sign. Or is that Jobs and Kutcher? (via Twitter)
Parker Posey on the set of Grace of Monaco in Genoa, Italy, wearing two pairs of glasses, which was of course all the rage in Monaco in the ’50s (I’m making that up, I have no idea why she’s doing it). In the upcoming biopic she plays Madge Tivey-Faucon, a former lady-in-waiting to Princess Grace who fell out of royal favor when she wrote a tawdry tell-all about palace life, saying Grace was a penny-pinching bitch who served visiting dignitaries “ancient candies and cakes at parties” and dressed like “recent emigrant” and “a prison warden.” My guess is she steals the movie. (Photo: Pacific Coast News)
HBO previewed these screen shots from the upcoming Liberace biopic in their 2012 Yearender video, a teaser featuring shots of what’s to come for the network in 2013. From HuffPo: “Michael Douglas takes on an entirely new role – and wardrobe – in the upcoming HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra: He’s set to star as famously flamboyant musician Wladziu Valentino Liberace in the new film, where he’s joined by Matt Damon, who plays Liberace’s longtime lover, chauffeur Scott Thorson. The film is based on Thorson’s tell-all book, Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace. Steven Soderbergh directs.” Here Douglas is seen wearing a lavish white fur cape and sitting behind a glinting gold piano while an ABSOLUTELY SCRUMPTIOUS Matt Damon is suited in a white chauffer’s uniform. And, omg, it looks AWESOME, doesn’t it?
Thank you, Cissy! When Rihanna told the world she was hell bent on buying the rights to Whitney Houston’s life story so she herself could play her, I think we all raised an eyebrow and pursed a lip or two. Cissy has stepped in to say Rihanna would be playing Whitney over “her dead body.” Ms Cissy believes Rihanna embodies everything that went wrong with Nippy, including drugs, alcohol, and abusive relationships. Don’t mess with Cissy, she don’t play.