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Some English Guy Might Play Elton John In A Movie

Taron Egerton is said to be in talks to play Elton John in a highly anticipated but long-delayed bio-pic.

The British actor, who portrayed skier Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in a well-received film a couple of years of ago, has reportedly had discussions with Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn.

The film picks up with Elton leaving the Royal Academy of Music and being paired with lyricist Bernie Taupinfor the blockbuster series of hits they created during the 1970s and '80s. It will touch on Elton's flamboyant private life -- but balance it with the story of his becoming one of the rock era's enduring stars. 

The creative team originally signed Tom Hardy for the role -- but the British actor proved to be an inadequate singer. Egerton reportedly has a lot more potential as a vocalist.

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Guns n’ Roses, who are in Israel to play in Tel Aviv tomorrow (Saturday), canceled a sightseeing trip to Jerusalem today (Friday) due to a terrorist attack there.

Three Palestinian-Israelis opened fire on police outside the entrance to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif complex, killing two of them. They died in the attack as well. Temple Mount was closed and Friday prayers were canceled.

The start of Saturday's concert was pushed back to 8:30 in order to accommodate observant Jews who would otherwise have to violate Sabbath rules.

Saturday's show is the last on the band's European tour. The next U.S. leg starts on July 27th in St. Louis.

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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Tim Armstrong of Rancid have teamed up for a one-off single as Armstrongs.

The band also features Billie Joe’s son Joey and Tim’s nephew Rey, and the song, "If There Was Ever a Time,” appears in the new documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. All of the proceeds from the digital track and the limited-edition flexi-disc single will benefit the all-ages venue 924 Gilman in Berkeley, California, where both Armstrongs got their start back in the late 1980s.

 

Roger Waters' tour hit a roadblock in Miami Thursday night when the Greater Miami Jewish Federation protested his show and branded him an anti-Semite.

The organization placed an ad on MiamiHerald.com saying,"Anti-Semitism and Hatred are Not Welcome in Miami... Mr. Waters, your vile messages of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and hatred are not welcome in this community.”

Meanwhile, another group, StandWithUs/Southeast, hired a billboard truck to drive downtown Miami on Thursday with the message: ”Say NO to Racist Attacks Against Israel by Roger Waters.”

Miami mayor Carlos Gimenez also got in on the act, issuing a statement saying: “I urge our Miami-Dade residents to uphold the values we hold dear and to reject anti-Semitism in all its forms. Not only because it would offend our Jewish residents, but because it would offend all Miamians.”

And finally, the Miami Beach Parks Department pulled 12 members from its drama program out of the show. Like children in other cities, they were going to perform with Waters in the choreographed routine to "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),” but just hours before the show, the Parks Department announced: "In light of recent information surrounding this event, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Teen Club will no longer be participating. Miami Beach is a culturally diverse community and does not tolerate any form of hate.”

Waters, who had to gather replacement kids to do the routine, spoke to journalist Michael Smerconishjust before the show to say that putting the kids in the middle was wrong, and once again, explained that he is not an anti-Semite.

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Show Biz Buzz...

Director Matt Reeves said he’s tossed out Ben Affleck’s script for The Batman movie and starting over with a new story. In a podcast interview with MTV News, Reeves, who took over directorial duties from Affleck, said that the production of the Caped Crusader stand-alone flick is still in the early stages of development.

The late Carrie Fisher's final role snagged an Emmy nomination Thursday. She's up for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her work on the Anglo-American Amazon series Catastrophe.

Tony Hale and Thomas Lennon have joined the cast of a new Clint Eastwood movie. The 15:17 to Paris is about the three Americans who stopped a terrorist on a train in France. 

Ray Romano has signed on for The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's Netflix mobster movie. He joins Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the cast.

A stuntman who was injured after falling more than 20 feet on the set of The Walking Dead on Wednesday has died.

John Bernecker, a veteran stunt performer who had worked on more than 100 movies and TV shows, was pronounced dead (Thursday) last night at a hospital in Atlanta. He was 33. On Wednesday, he fell off a balcony while doing a stunt and landed on a concrete floor. He had been on a ventilator while doctors tried to reduce the swelling in his brain. 

Bernecker's girlfriend is also a stunt performer who works on the show.




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