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Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Becomes #1 Grossing Queer-Themed Film

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek, has become the highest grossing queer-themed movie in U.S. history.

At this writing the film has grossed $135,524,253 in the United States.

That’s far ahead of the number two LGBT-centric film, The Birdcage, which starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. That 1996 movie has garnered $124,060,553 domestically to date.

Rounding out the Top 5 U.S. queer films are:

3. Interview with the Vampire $105,264,608 (1994)

4. The Imitation Game $91,125,683 (2014)

5. Brokeback Mountain $83,043,761 (2005)

Taking into account global box office receipts, here’s how the Top 5 stack up:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody - $404,524,253

2. The Imitation Game - $233,555,708

3. Interview with the Vampire - $223,664,608

4. The Birdcage - $185,260,553

5. Brokeback Mountain  - $178,062,759

Bohemian Rhapsody also ranks number two in terms of musical biopics, coming in behind Straight Outta Compton ($161,197,785 domestically).

Rhapsody could get a significant box office bump should Malek snag an Oscar nomination. 

While the film received mixed reviews (currently ranked 62% on Rotten Tomatoes) for various reasons (too gay, not gay enough, not historically accurate, pedestrian storytelling), Malek was roundly praised for his performance as Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Considering the movie was made for approximately $52 million, these numbers have to thrill the creators and Fox (which distributed the film). The musical film debuted with $50 million at the box office, well above expectations, and garnered an “A” at CinemaScore.

Movies have to earn 2-3 times their production costs to recoup after taking into account theaters’ take as well as marketing costs.

But not everyone was thrilled with the biopic.

Recent reports show the LGBT-themed scenes, totaling up to 24 minutes in the film, were excised in Malaysia, which has strict anti-homosexual laws.

Cinematic LGBT characters there can only be included there if they die or somehow show regret for being gay.

 

 

(h/t Gay Star News)

'Bohemian Rhapsody' Highly Moving Even With Inconsistencies & Oversights

Where to begin… as the previews finally ended and Rami Malek came on the screen to introduce Bohemian Rhapsody my thought was … where will they begin the journey we were soon to take.

Arguably the most iconic thing Queen ever did was to participate in the Live Aid Concert in 1985. Varying camera angles, shots from behind, shots of Freddie’s behind in those ‘80s stone washed jeans, following up the ramp as Rami mimicked Freddie’s gait.  We’re given just a taste of where Bohemian Rhapsody will go, and end.

I’ve seen a couple of different Freddie Mercury biopics in my time and some many more than once.  Bohemian Rhapsody only has 150 minutes to take you on Farrokh Bulsara’s journey through life as Freddie Mercury. A scene of Freddie working his menial labor job as a baggage handler is where we first see him, but quickly jump to him preparing to go out for the night with friends. His mom asks if it’s with a girl and the camera quickly jumps to Freddie’s sister, Kashmira, as if she wants to blurt out something in response, but it is just as Bomi Bulsara, Freddie’s father enters, a good time to introduce the tension between father and son revolving around Freddie’s choices he is making, time spent, and the name change. Familial unit established.  Check.  Now on to the band and love interest.

The movie does not waste any time in getting Freddie into the presence of Roger Taylor and Brian May. The third scene less than 10 minutes into the film was a quick meeting of the talented musicians with a couple of comedic jabs that made the crowd laugh. 

Many of us will always remember Freddie as gay man, the film even has Freddie’s long term friend and one time fiancée Mary Austin tell him to his face that he was gay. I completely forgot about Mary, maybe the previous biopics I saw were more “he’s gay” and AIDS and flamboyance and promiscuity centered.  Was Mary an anchor in real life, one semi-solid relationship that Freddie had or was it a pairing the producers included to be able to show Freddie’s swing away from ‘the norm’ as he found himself, the music, the fame?  If the film tried to portray Freddie as a bisexual, in my mind, they failed.  

Was the movie a little short on the man-on-man action because of its PG-13 rating?  Movie producers were okay with seeing a shirtless Rami with Mary’s character on a couch as she is wrapped in a comforter, but as for the Freddie with another man, we are shown Paul Prenter (played by Allen Leech of Downton Abbey fame) trying to steal a kiss just to be turned away.  Freddie locking lips with other men? I think there might have been one more time we see that with Jim Hutton (played by Aaron McCusker) whom will become Freddie’s partner in life. I guess if you are going to portray someone as bisexual, there should be more about him than just a shot of him walking through a gay club and giving a brief kiss here and there. No, I’m not asking for gratuitous sex, but the portrayal of his personal life was a combination of him feeling distanced from Mary and a lost loveless puppy, not knowing where his heart should be. Did he never have a successful male companionship before Hutton? Maybe that was how it really was. Or was that just how we choose to remember gay men, the environments and choices that were being made in the early ‘80s.  Was this supposed misguidedness and loneliness the driving force behind “Somebody to Love”?

The movie’s first half has many scenes that try to piece together how this or that song was created, when and where, who inspired it, even having a scene where Freddie plays a piano backwards, upside-down, while laying on a bed, which story wise felt a little corny and forced.  Did it really happen that way? Some were believable, but others just seemed gimmicky.

What also seemed a little constructed was the build-up of our hatred toward Paul Prenter.  I do not recall any of this strife in any other documentary so either his villainous role in Freddie’s life truly existed or the portrayal of him as someone who pulled Freddie away from the band and loved ones and into a drug-filled debaucherous world in order to possess Mercury was done to give the movie an antagonist.

Bohemian Rhapsody was written to entertain, was constructed to follow normal rags to riches, overcoming adversity, the championing over a villain, but just missed the “happily ever after” sort of.  We smiled when Freddie finally tracked down Jim.  Jim had told Freddie to track him down once he loved himself which appeared to happen after he ejected Paul from his life and came to terms that it was okay for Mary to move on, have a relationship and a child with another man.

The movie did have some inconsistencies.

  • Freddie already knew the band members, hung out with them, and tried to become a band member for some time, was friends with Tim Staffell. It was true that Freddie did not become a band member until after Staffell quit, just like in the movie.
     
  • Mary actually dated Brian May first. She did not date Freddie until he became the lead singer of Queen.
     
  • There was no Ray Foster (Mike Myers’ character) There was a Roy (Featherstone) at EMI, but he was a fan of the group.
     
  • Freddie met Jim at a night club and was a hair dresser and never was Freddie’s servant.
     
  • The group never split up.  Freddie did some solo records on his own, but the band was in a well needed break at the time. So Live Aid was not so much a reunion for the group was never split.
     
  • Paul Prenter was fired a year after Live Aid. He did cause strife in the group and was not liked by all. That was true.
     
  • The awe inspiring scene in the movie was the Live Aid performance.  Although it seemed they did the whole set, I do not recall Crazy Little Thing Called Love or We Will Rock You in that scene, but they were in the real performance (see video below).
     
  • According to most reports, Freddie did not officially find out he had AIDS until after Live Aid. So his combatting his health issues before and during the concert were all for the movie. 

Be prepared to have straight women around you ooh and ahhh whenever one of Freddie’s cats appears on screen or freak out when Aidan Gillen (Little Finger from Game of Thrones) comes on the screen as John Reid. And of course there were some gasps during a collage of clips showing Freddie as he walks through a variety of gay bars and back rooms.

The overall feel of the movie was cute, campy, upsetting, and emotional. We went from the forming of the band and the creation of their iconic songs, to seeing Freddie deal with his love, love lost, sexuality, and trust of others. We adored watching the ‘70s and ‘80s clothing have a presence of its own on stage.

When I left the theater, my face felt swollen, puffy. There were about 4 times during the movie where I was either having my tear ducts being overly active and ready to give it a good cry or a trickle down my cheek. The incorporation of Freddie finding out his status with the background music of “Who Wants to Live Forever” (tearing up now) to the emotional recreation of the Live Aid performance, and just the feeling throughout.

I had forgotten that Live Aid or at least Queen’s performance was filmed very up close and personal.  The choice to mirror this in Bohemian Rhapsody played with our emotions that Queen and Freddie Mercury were bigger than life.  The shots of Rami even on the IMAX screen I watched on had him flowing over the edges, not being able to be contained.  I remember one whiny critic early on mentioned a promo for the film where they said Rami Malek is Freddie Mercury.  The complaint was that they should have said as instead of “is” since no one could be Freddie Mercury.  Well, by the end of the movie Rami was Freddie.  We were watching Mr. Mercury on the screen, the mannerisms, the look, the teeth, they were all tools that Malek used to bring us into that screen and bring us along the royal ride.

And that was the end of the film.  The producers or someone decided not to do any scenes of Freddie after Live Aid.  Words told the audience about the final years of his life with Jim. We would have loved to remember Freddie as the Freddie from Live Aid, but there are many of us that also have the images of him from Barcelona and his final days.  The movie apparently needed to pick a track to follow. They focused more on the creativity of the band as well as the tension between band members that by many reports did not exist, and did not fully embrace the bisexual/gay/AIDS aspect of his life.  I was actually dreading the end of the movie as I thought they would take it there, to his final days, in video form.  Am I grateful they did not?  No.  I do wish they did give me that gut check of how tragic his ending and many others lives ended during the AIDS crisis.  I am sure I would have truly lost it then. But would that have been too much for PG-13?

One of if not the best movie I have seen in years. So good, I may go see it again in theaters and that has only happened with me and a movie two other times in my life.



As a personal side note...

I remember Live Aid.  Queen played on Saturday, July 13, 1985. Just before 3 PM Eastern Standard Time. I was a young gay boy, singing in chorus, playing the cello, and enjoying the summer between my 5th and 6th grade.  I loved it when my older sister, the one with the radio in the house would play her music, especially when Queen was playing.

The original set list was as follows:

"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"Radio Ga Ga"
"Hammer to Fall"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"We Will Rock You"
"We Are the Champions"

Enjoy.

 

 

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Video: How Rami Malek Transformed Into Iconic Rocker Freddie Mercury

The producers of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, have shared a behind-the-scenes peek at the genesis of star Rami Malek “becoming Freddie.”

The film is described as a “foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.”

Defying stereotypes and shattering convention, Mercury emerged as one of the most theatrical rock performers of the 1970s and 1980s. Following the meteoric rise of Queen through their anthemic songs and revolutionary sound, the band reached breathtaking heights in the music industry.

Although Mercury explored a solo career, it was with Queen that he found his greatest successes. While facing an AIDS diagnosis, he would reunite with his band. mates in 1985 for Live Aid, delivering what many consider one of the great performances in rock history.

He died at the age of 45 in 1991.

From the beginning stages of planning Bohemian Rhapsody, producer Graham King was convinced that Malek was their guy.

“He came in and I was like, whoa, he IS Freddie,” says King. “And he wasn’t just acting, it was something that came natural to him.”

Once cast, though, Malek felt the gravity of bringing the iconic rocker to life on screen.

“When you set out to play Freddie Mercury, you think ‘How am I ever going to fill those shoes?,” wonders Malek.  “It’s an immense responsibility but one that I was very eager to take on.”

In his approach to the role, Malek shares that he didn’t set out to mimic Freddie, but knew movement would be an intrinsic component to his performance.

“I had some top choreographers come in and realized a choreographer isn’t going to help me,” says Malek. “I need a movement coach.”

Polly Bennett was brought in to help Malek focus on specific ‘mannerism tricks’ that included “every eye lift, every turn, every flick of the microphone.”

And then there’s the all-important style of dress that made Freddie so much of who he was.

Malek shares there were over 50 hours of costume fittings which included four-inch high platform shoes, tight-fitting satin pants, and an entire outfit made out of lycra.

“When you dress as Freddie does, it makes every day feel like it’s going to be a good time,” says Malek with a smile.

Watch the teaser below and look for Bohemian Rhapsody in theaters November 2, 2018.

 

 

Rami Malek Embodies Freddie Mercury In First "Bohemian Rhapsody" Trailer

Check out the first trailer for the upcoming Queen/Freddie Mercury Biopic starring Rami Malek.

We’ve been excited for this movie ever since we got our first look at Rami as the famous Queen frontman last September.

Now, we get to not only see him in a single outfit or pose, but see him work a stage, work a recording studio, and speak as the man himself.

So without further delay ...

The teaser still gives us hope for a film that has had a lot of trouble behind the scenes. Though Rami Malek seems to be channeling Freddie Mercury to the best of his ability, the direction for the film was messy up until the end of last year.

X-men director Bryan Singer was the first director assigned to this film, and many worried that he would hold Bohemian Rhapsody back from its greatest potential.

On top of that, many were worried about Singer directing due to his shady past. Rumors of Singer’s sexual abuse have spread across Hollywood and beyond for years now.

Unfortunately, news started spreading in early December that Singer was becoming a problem on the set of Bohemian Rhapsody. He was calling in sick, showing up to set late, becoming a nuisance during filming, and even Malek himself had to complain.

This eventually led to Singer being fired from the project in early December and coincidentally he was sued a few days later for raping a teenager..

Despite this behind the scenes chaos, the Bohemian Rhapsody film is still moving on and the first teaser trailer is out. We’ll hope that Bryan Singer’s drama won’t have affected the film from becoming as good as it could have been.


Queen fans around the world can visit PutMeInBohemian.com on a mobile device and record their best rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody," for a chance to have their voice included in the movie.

Download the Poster and Additional Images HERE.
 
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 
Release: November 2, 2018
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers
 
 

 

Queen + Adam Lambert To Rock "The Crown Jewels" In Las Vegas Residency

Iconic British rockers Queen and out frontman Adam Lambert have announced the band’s first Sin City residency, titled "The Crown Jewels," at Park Theater at Park MGM, in September 2018. The band first shared the news with the Twitterverse Monday morning on social media:

You can be sure to expect thunderbolts and lightning, disco balls and all the massive Queen hits including "Another One Bites The Dust," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Somebody To Love," "Radio Ga Ga" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The musical alchemy between Lambert and Queen has been a magical ride since first sharing a stage for the American Idol finale in May 2009. Years later now, with 150 shows in their pocket, the potent power players are filling stadiums and festivals with an awe-inspiring show drawing across-the-board rave reviews.

When Queen and Lambert debuted the show last year, Billboard Magazine raved called the production, "a seamlessly executed Vegas assault -- a just-right balance of kitsch, classic rock and ‘70s excess. It's all there; the bombast, melodrama, the drum solos, the glitter, the great songs, a crazy light show, big power chords." 

 

 

Cloak designed by @Jeffreywork Thank you Glasgow! @officialqueenmusic #qal

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More from the praise from the press:

“A master class in design, lighting and supreme musicianship. Long may Lambert and the Queen of now reign.” - News Corp Australia Network

"With fantastic players, a dazzling stage design, an almost unparalleled catalogue of classic songs, and an outstanding frontman, Queen still offer one of the most entertaining nights of rock and roll to be seen and heard anywhere.” - Daily Telegraph

Announcing this specially-crafted “The Crown Jewels” show, Queen’s Brian May said: “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas!!”

Band mate Roger Taylor concurred saying, “Looking forward to rocking the Strip,” singing the praises of “the audaciously and phenomenally talented Adam Lambert.”

Lambert gushed back: “I’m so excited to help share ‘The Crown Jewels’ with the Strip. You’ll be humming them all night!”

The royal rockers will hold court in the City of Entertainment for 10 performances from September 1 - 22 (September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at 8PM).

Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert's Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 8 at 10AM PT. QueenOnline.com subscribers will be sent pre-sale links and passwords.

Tickets on sale to the public Friday, May 11 at 10AM PT at www.ticketmaster.com (link not live until Friday).

Check out Queen + Adam Lambert below rocking out to "Somebody To Love" from an appearance on X-Factor in 2014.