Chinese viewers balk at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film censorship

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BEIJING (AP) | A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October.

It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it a second time in his home city of Guangzhou after the film garnered a surprise China release.

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Kazoos, chants drown out Westboro Church’s message of hate

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | Randy Blythe of Richmond’s heavy metal band Lamb of God met demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church at the Virginia Capitol on March 11 with an unlikely weapon: kazoos.

Armed with colorful plastic instruments, Blythe and more than 100 other counterprotesters drowned out the six WBC members with a cacophony of chaotic noise.

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L.A. muralist paints Freddie Mercury on side of Floyd’s in Mills/50

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ORLANDO | Jonas Never, an artist and muralist from Los Angeles, brought his art skills to Central Florida to paint a pair of murals of cultural icons on the outside walls of two Floyd’s 99 Barbershops in Orlando.

Never painted a large mural of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at the Mills/50 Floyd’s 99 located at 842 N Mills Ave.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Queen and Adam Lambert ‘Rhapsody’ tour dates include stop in Tampa

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TAMPA | Queen and Adam Lambert are hitting the road together again for a North American tour called “The Rhapsody Approaches,” the band announced on its website Dec. 3.

The six-week tour will hit 23 cities starting in July 2019 and has two planned stops in Florida — the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale Aug. 17, 2019, and the Amalie Arena in Tampa Aug. 18, 2019.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ dominates box office with $50 million opening weekend

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” was the number one movie over the weekend bringing in an estimated $50 million in North America and $141.7 million internationally, according to CNN.

The film was expected to earn $35 million in U.S sales but the Queen biopic, which stars Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, drew in the crowds.

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Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Gwilym Lee talk portraying rock superstars Queen in new biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By : Gregg Sharpiro
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First things first, for all of those concerned about the way that Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality is depicted in Bryan Singer’s Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” you can relax.

From the minute you first see Mercury, played brilliantly by Rami Malek (complete with prosthetic teeth), there is no doubt that the king of Queen was, in fact, a queen. Yes, his relationship with “fiancée” Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) gets a fair amount of screen time. But, so do his same-sex attractions, from being cruised by a trucker outside of a men’s room to his relationships with manager Paul (Allen Leech) and later his lover Jim (Aaron McCusker).

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New ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ trailer touches on Freddie Mercury’s sexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” has released a new trailer that features more of Freddie Mercury’s sexuality and AIDS diagnosis.

The clips show Mercury (Rami Malek) first meeting his girlfriend Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) who tells him “I love the way you move onstage, the whole room belongs to you. Don’t you see what you could be?”

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Teaser trailer to Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ starring Rami Malek released

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A teaser trailer for the highly anticipated “Bohemian Rhapsody” biopic was released May 15, featuring “Mr. Robot” actor Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury reincarnate.

The film, which hits theaters Nov. 2, chronicles the British rock band Queen and lead vocalist Mercury’s rise to stardom. The film culminates with the Live Aid concert of 1985, “one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music,” the official movie synopsis states.

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Director Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Director Bryan Singer has been fired from directing the Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox made the decision after Singer repeatedly failed to show up to set. The director also had confrontations with stars Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, and Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach.

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Rami Malek transforms into Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first look from Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been released and it gives a sneak peek of Rami Malek channeling frontman Freddie Mercury.

The “Mr. Robot” star wears a mustache, white tank top and jeans as he strikes a pose holding a microphone.

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Hulu picks up show based on RuPaul’s life

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Hulu has picked up a TV series based on RuPaul’s life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, tentatively titled “Queen,” will feature half-hour episodes based on RuPaul’s life from club kid to drag superstar. It will be set in New York City during the Reagan era.

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