Diversity takes a back seat in Oscar nominations

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Diversity was not on the minds of the academy members when Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 13.

Todd Phillips’ R-rated comic book smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 nominations, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ continuous World War I tale “1917” all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece.

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Samoa bans ‘Rocketman’ over gay sex scenes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rocketman,” the fantasy musical biopic about Elton John, has been banned in Samoa by the country’s censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui over its depiction of homosexuality.

Faaui told newspaper Samoa Observer that the film conflicted with Samoa’s “culture and our Christian beliefs” and that it is “not good for public viewing and violates laws against same-sex marriage.”

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‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton says he feels ‘at home’ at gay clubs

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Taron Egerton, who stars in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” opened up about how he feels more “at home” going to gay clubs than he does going to a football match in a new interview for GQ UK.

Egerton says he’s always felt “like something of an imposter” as “The ‘guy,’ the ‘bro,’ the ‘stunt guy’” like his role in “Kingsman.”

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Paramount wants to edit Elton John’s gay sex scene in ‘Rocketman’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paramount Studios wants to censor a gay sex scene featured in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” to help the film achieve a PG-13 rating, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.

Bamigboye reports that Paramount Studios are pressuring director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn to edit down a gay sex scene featuring Elton John (Taron Egerton) and John’s manager and lover John Reid (Richard Madden). The 40-second scene shows the couple’s “fully exposed white derrieres” but Bamigboye says the scene is “tastefully done.”

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Actor Taron Egerton clarifies his sexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Taron Egerton clarified his sexuality in an interview with Radio Times after speculation swirled that he had come out.

Egerton, who appears as Elton John in the upcoming biopic “Rocketman,” had posted a photo of a man on his Instagram captioned “Cutie. My boy.” One user asked if this means Egerton had a boyfriend and Egerton liked the comment.

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Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ releases first teaser

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rocketman,” a biopic about Elton John, gave a sneak peek of Taron Egerton as John in its first teaser.

The film follows John from his youth through his evolution into a musical idol in the 1970s as he prepares for the release of his critically-acclaimed album “Honky Chateau.”

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ earns $126 on opening day

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kevin Spacey’s latest film “Billionaire Boys Club” bombed at the box office over the weekend pulling in just $126 on Friday (opening day) and $162 on Saturday. The opening weekend total came in at $618, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

This is Spacey’s first film to be released in theaters since his numerous sexual harassment allegations. Vertical Entertainment, the company that produced the film, chose to move forward with the film’s release because of the work of the rest of the cast and crew.

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Screened Out – Legend

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Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton

There’s about an hour and forty minutes of good stuff here. Unfortunately, this biopic is nearly two hours and fifteen minutes long. It also focuses on the boring parts. Legend doesn’t completely claim what’s shocking about its real-life story.

The flick does offer the gimmick of Tom Hardy playing twins. Set in 1960s London and concerning two very fascinating gangster personalities, it should have had so much more. It should’ve explored Ronnie Kray’s violent sexuality and his and his brother’s dangerous commitment to each other, even as their relationship promised ruin.

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Screened Out – Kingsman: The Secret Service

By : Stephen Miller
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Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport

Kingsman starts out suave and sophisticated, but it also tells you where it’s going – to visceral violence.

“Times are changing,” warns secret agent Firth, even though he looks like a slick 1960s spy.

The beginning hearkens back to the Roger Moore James Bond films – the ones with a heaping helping of absurdity. Just like them, Kingsman at first wants you to laugh as you enjoy the sophistication. Then – dramatically and quickly – this flick dives into Quentin Tarantino territory, replete with ridiculous amounts of blood and gore – another type of absurdity altogether.

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