Apple Nabs Ed Sheeran Documentary

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Murray Pictures

Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, new Ed Sheeran documentary “Songwriter” has been bought by Apple, Deadline is reporting.

The deal is said to be in the “low to mid-seven figures” which would involve global rights to the doc including release on Apple’s multiple platforms. No specific release date was announced.

The documentary is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City where it premiered in the US this week. This followed the world premiere at the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival last February.

According to initial reviews, the documentary is an intimate look at the hit-maker as he carve out his career including his writing and musical process during tours.

The film is directed by his Sheeran’s own cousin Murray Cummings, who is apparently video-documenting the musician’s career the past few years, from his beginnings as well as during his tours around the globe and recording sessions, leading up to the release of Sheeran’s third studio album “Divide.”

For the tech giant, the acquisition is another addition to its growing exclusive content which includes similar docs such as Taylor Swift’s 189 World Tour and a behind the scenes look at the production of Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma”.

“Crazy Rich Asians” Trailer Debut

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Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the first full trailer for “Crazy Rich Asians,” giving us a first look at all the luxury, romance and socialites. The film is an adaptation of the novel from Kevin Kwan of the same name.

The first trailer, which comes on the heels of a teaser released last Thursday, premiered on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The film focuses on an ordinary American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young ( Henry Golding) for a wedding. “We’ve been dating for over a year now, and I think it’s about time people met my beautiful girlfriend,” he says.

But when she arrives there, she finds out that her boyfriend is, as the title says, crazy rich, thrusting her in the life of the wealthy and ridiculously wealthy where every woman wants her man.

Also in the film are Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Now You See Me 2), from the script by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.

“Crazy Rich Asians” is set for release on August 17.

Taron Egerton To Play Elton John

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The Welsh actor is going from Kingsman to Rocketman as the star is set to play Elton John in new biopic, Variety reports. “Rocketman” will be financed by Paramount Pictures with English actor and director Dexter Fletcher attached to direct.

The film will reportedly examine Elton John’s beginnings as a child prodigy, his rise to stardom and his partnership with songwriter Bernie Taupin.

Fletcher recently directed Egerton in the 2016 biographical sports comedy-drama “Eddie the Eagle” which co-starred Hugh Jackman. “Rocketman” will be Fletcher’s second consecutive film about a legendary pop musician after replacing Bryan Singer as director of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Egerton seem like a good fit for the role. He recently lent his voice to Illumination Entertainment’s musical comedy “Sing” (2016), where he sang some of his character’s tunes including Elton John’s own classic hit “I’m Still Standing.” He also performed on the soundtrack of “Eddie the Eagle”.

Egerton will next be seen in this November’s action-adventure “Robin Hood” playing the titular role opposite Jamie Foxx.

As for the film’s subject, Elton John is set to begin his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, a three-year farewell tour that begins this September and will being him around the world.

Swedish Musician Avicii Dead At 28

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Avicii Management

Grammy-nominated musician, DJ, and record producer was found dead in Muscat, Oman. He was 28. His publicist Diana Baron confirmed in a statement to Billboard. A cause of death has not been released.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement read. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

Born Tim Bergling, Avicii is one of the most popular EDM acts in the world. He was twice nominated for a Grammy Award, first in 2012 for “Sunshine” with David Guetta, and another in 2013 song “Levels”. He has also been nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards and a Billboard Music Award.

In summer of 2013, the superstar DJ released “Wake Me Up” as the lead single from his highly anticipated and debut album “True”. The track would become one of Avicii’s biggest global hit, reaching number one in 22 countries and number 4 on Billboard Hot 100.

On 29 March, Avicci announced via his website that he is retiring from touring and live performance which culminated in Ibiza later that year. “I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist. I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it,” Avicii wrote.

In spite of that announcement, Avicci continued to release new music including his latest EP, Avīci (01) which was released on August 2017 though Avicii Music. The EP hit the top 3 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums and was to become his last release.

SKD Acquires U.S. Rights To The Blanc/Biehn Productions’ Psychological Thriller Altered Perception

From the Creator of USA Network’s “White Collar,” Cinedigm Will Release the Film to Theaters and Leading Digital and TV VOD Platforms on May 4, Followed by a Home Entertainment Release in June. Jon Huertas (“This is Us”), Jade Tailor (“The Magicians”), Nichola Fynn (“Transparent”) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (She Rises) Star.

SKD has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller ALTERED PERCEPTION, directed by Kate Rees Davies in her feature-length debut, and written by Travis Romero, creator of the USA series White Collar. Cinedigm will release the picture theatrically and on Digital and TV VOD on May 4, 2018, with a DVD Release to follow in June 2018.

When the government attempts to produce a designer drug aimed at correcting the false perceptions that people develop during trauma and stress, the implications are deadly. Advertised as a cure for socio-political tensions, four couples volunteer, but end up with far more than they bargained for as their past and present are examined while taking variations of the new drug. However, this causes them to doubt their own memory, perceptions – and even their own sanity in this thriller in the vein of Disturbing Behavior and The Faculty.

Featuring a story by Jon Huertas and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Havenhurst, “Dark Angel”), the ensemble cast features Huertas (“This is Us,” “Generation Kill,” “Castle”), Jade Tailor (“The Magicians,” “Aquarius,” “Murder in the First”), Nichola Fynn (“Hot in Cleveland,”, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Matthew Ziff (Kickboxer: Vengeance, Trafficked).

“In a world where truth is questioned every day, ALTERED PERCEPTION raises the stakes in unforeseen ways,” says CEO Alex Cohen. “Taut and thrilling, with smart writing, a director with a fresh voice and a truly terrific ensemble cast, we’re certain it’s a film that will resonate with moviegoers everywhere.”

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Kelly Clarkson Set To Host 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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Fresh off her performance this past Sunday night at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to host this year’s Billboard Music Awards, airing for the first time on NBC, Billboard announced. This is also the first for the “Stronger” singer to host an awards show.

“Kelly Clarkson has long been a Billboard chart phenomenon and has a first-hand understanding of what matters most in music today. Her enthusiasm for all genres of music and her innate sense of humor will make for a truly memorable night,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

“To prepare for hosting the Billboard Music Awards, I already have 20 costume changes planned. I will be flying in like my girl P!nk, and calling Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman for jokes. Well, or I’m just gonna show up and celebrate my favorite artists and get to know a few more. Yeah, maybe I’ll go with that plan,” Clarkson said about the announcement.

Clarkson is currently one of the coach judges on NBC’s own “The Voice.” She recently released her latest album, “Meaning of Life,” last October, from Atlantic Records.

NBC is set to air the ceremony live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20 at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar Lead 2018 Billboard Music Awards Noms

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With the announcement of the list of the nominees, Billboard Music Awards 2018 is set to be another big event full of great music and the biggest names in music. Leading the pack were Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars with 15 nods each, including for Top Artist.

Its certainly a big week for Lamar, who on Monday won a Pulitzer Prize for his album “Damn.,” marking the first time that the music award has been bestowed to a non-classical or jazz artist in the organization’s history.

The past year has also been a big year for Sheeran, who was Billboard’s top 2017 artist and his hit single “Shape of You” the topping the year-end list.

Also receiving multiple nods were Post Malone, Imagine Dragons, Drake, Cardi B and Justin Bieber.

Khalid and Bebe Rexha announced the nominees on the Today show, Tuesday, April 17. Winners will be announced during a live broadcast of the ceremony on NBC on May 20, featuring performances from top music artists that are yet to be revealed.

Here is the full list of nominees:

TOP ARTIST
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Halsey
Demi Lovato
Taylor Swift

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone

TOP NEW ARTIST
21 Savage
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Khalid
Kodak Black

To see the full list of nominees, go to Billboard.com.

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Witness Star Wars History In The Making With Star Wars #50

Don’t miss the start of the Kieron Gillen’s biggest Star Wars story ever in comics

After building their forces in complete secrecy, the Rebel Fleet is finally ready. But how long will they be able to stay hidden from the dark clutches of the Empire – and Darth Vader himself? Star Wars fans won’t want to miss series writer Kieron Gillen’s epic landmark issue where all may be lost…and all hope may die.

“When I was asked to take over the book, having a big story for the magical issue #50 was very much in my goals,” said Gillen. “As such, I’ve spent the first twelve issues building up to this, which is basically the biggest story I’ve told in Star Wars. It’s an event-level tragedy on an epic scale, and it’s designed as the key bridging piece between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I also haven’t written Darth Vader in ages, so now’s the time to start having my lightsaber fun again!”
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Spielberg Joining DCEU With “Blackhawk”

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Steven Spielberg

Hot on the heels of last month’s “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg is re-teaming with Warner Bro for DC Comics’ “Blackhawk” film.

This may be Spielberg’s first foray into comic book superhero genre, but the story, set in World War II, is familiar turf for the influential filmmaker.

First published by Quality Comics in 1941 and then later by DC Comics in 1956 after the former was purchased by DC, Blackhawk centers on a team of ace pilots of varied nationality, led by the titular character, who battle Nazis and one-off supervillains.

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen. They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk,” Spielberg said in a statement.

The director’s Amblin Entertainment will produce the film for WB along with Kristie Macosko Krieger and Sue Kroll. Long-time Spielberg collaborator David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will write the script.

The acclaimed director is currently riding high with the success of the film adaptation of “Ready Player One” which has so far made almost 500 million worldwide since its release on March 29. He is currently working on the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and plans to direct a remake of “West Side Story.”

Elle Fanning Embodies Author “Mary Shelley” In New Trailer

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IFC Films

“Her greatest love inspired her darkest creation,” says the tagline of “Mary Shelley”. The intriguing new film chronicles the passionate yet tumultuous love affair of trailblazing writer Mary Shelley which inspired the creation her Gothic masterwork Frankenstein. Elle Fanning stars as the eponymous author.

The trailer gives us a look at the English novelist’s meeting with her husband, English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (played by Douglas Booth) and the relationship that followed. Fellow poet Lord Byron also appears in the film (played by Tom Sturridge).

From distributor IFC Films, the film is directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. She also penned the script alongside Emma Jensen. The film had its world premiere last year September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Also in the film are Bel Powley (Detour) as Claire Clairmont, Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) as John William Polidori, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Isabel Baxter and Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) as Mary Jane Clairmont.

“Mary Shelley” is set for release on Friday, May 25, 2018 (NY & LA) and On-Demand starting Friday, June 1, 2018

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