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2013-09-04 12:28:35 PM
Actors pull out of movies all the time, they'll find someone else soon enough.
 
2013-09-04 12:30:19 PM
how about Joseph Gordon Leavitt?
 
2013-09-04 12:33:14 PM
The fact that Queen wants a PG movie that is basically a "Weren't we awesome?" wankfest means it will suck if it ever gets made anyway.

The thing is, Freddy was a very private person. He probably wouldn't want a "tell-all" movie made about himself. So Queen is honoring his memory in that regard. But they should just forget about the movie if it's going to be TV-movie quality. That would be an embarrassment.
 
2013-09-04 12:35:13 PM
After watching "What We Do is Secret" again as well as remembering that Val Kilmer thing about the Doors, I'm not so certain this is a bad thing. Just run a couple of hours of concert footage and that's all we need to know about him. Leave the "behind the scenes" speculation out of it.

I just can't think of a good biopic about a rock band that wasn't a documentary.
 
2013-09-04 12:38:07 PM
I haven't seen the Libarace doc, but i hear there are some pretty graphic sex scenes between Douglas and Damon.  If so, you'd think a Liberace film would have to up the ante.


Artie Lang was on Adam Carolla recently talking about the Liberace doc, and he mentions the story of where Libarace said a Green Bay Packer seduced him.  So Lang is like, "i often wonder how that would have sounded like, Vince Lombardi finding out his team farked Liberace."   Artie adopts an old school football coach voice and the soundman (Bald Bryan) lays a bed of classic NFL Films music, and 'Coach Lombardi' starts yelling, "what the hell's going on out there?  Nobody's blocking, everybody's sucking cock!  We're trying to run the counter trey and everyone's farking Liberace in the ass!  What the hell's wrong with you?  You can't fark Liberace!"

i'm not doing it justice but when i heard it live, i was farking howling.  I may have it on MP3 if you're interested....
 
2013-09-04 12:41:08 PM
Is Remy LaCroix still attached to this project?
 
2013-09-04 12:44:38 PM
If Queen (well, two members really) want a PG Queen movie, why not just animate the damn thing?

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2013-09-04 12:46:52 PM
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I'll be around.  Maybe at the gay bar, gay bar, gay bar.
 
2013-09-04 12:55:15 PM
So cast Marc Martel, if he can act.  He can certainly sing the part.
 
2013-09-04 12:57:13 PM
I would think that Dominic Cooper would portray Mercury quite well.

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His work in The Devil's Double was great.
 
2013-09-04 12:58:55 PM
They wanted it to be about the whole band? Get over yourselves.

Freddie Mercury was one of rock's greatest showmen in a band with 3 guys who as far as I know have no legendary stories of excess, craziness, depression, in-fighting or violence associated with them. What are you going to show? Brian May contemplating whether to quit his degree to join the band?
 
2013-09-04 01:00:39 PM
Since Prince is about the same size as Freddy I think he would be a choice.
 
2013-09-04 01:03:05 PM

realmolo: The fact that Queen wants a PG movie that is basically a "Weren't we awesome?" wankfest means it will suck if it ever gets made anyway.


Pretty much. Cohen's a very intelligent guy, so I don't think for a second he would have done anything but the most respectful "gritty, R-rated" version possible, if that makes sense.
 
2013-09-04 01:05:49 PM
Use Rowan Atkinson!

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2013-09-04 01:05:55 PM
I don't get why the remaining members would have any influence over this anyways?
 
2013-09-04 01:09:24 PM

the biggest redneck here: I don't get why the remaining members would have any influence over this anyways?


I imagine the film would be heavy with original Queen music, so whatever legal/contractual mumbo-jumbo involved in regards to the ownership of the material probably involves a lot of people including the remaining members.
 
2013-09-04 01:12:52 PM

ReapTheChaos: Actors pull out of movies all the time, they'll find someone else soon enough.


Yep.  Whoever they can find to put fat-bottoms in those seats.
 
2013-09-04 01:16:22 PM
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If only this guy was 20 years younger.
 
2013-09-04 01:19:05 PM

Killer Cars: the biggest redneck here: I don't get why the remaining members would have any influence over this anyways?

I imagine the film would be heavy with original Queen music, so whatever legal/contractual mumbo-jumbo involved in regards to the ownership of the material probably involves a lot of people including the remaining members.


Two words: Intellectual property.  And I love Queen, love the guys in the band...but Roger and Brian are getting to be total farking wankers with their vision of the Queen legacy.  I've never liked the idea of them calling themselves Queen while performing without Freddie, because like it or not, Freddie was, is and always will be the central part of the band.  Don't know what else you could call the two of them, and I don't care, either, as long as they retire the name permanently.

I'm starting to realize that it might not just be John not being the "rock star" type that led him to stop working with the two of them.
 
2013-09-04 01:22:55 PM
I'd much rather the surviving members of any classic bands spend their time scouring the archives and releasing film of when they were in their prime.

Unlike now, there's a lot of good stuff that went un-filmed, filmed badly, or recorded by someone at a terrible quality.
 
2013-09-04 01:26:56 PM

Killer Cars: the biggest redneck here: I don't get why the remaining members would have any influence over this anyways?

I imagine the film would be heavy with original Queen music, so whatever legal/contractual mumbo-jumbo involved in regards to the ownership of the material probably involves a lot of people including the remaining members.


Ahh... duh.

*smacks self on forehead*
 
2013-09-04 01:29:56 PM
...or pillow...
 
2013-09-04 01:41:40 PM

FriarReb98: I've never liked the idea of them calling themselves Queen while performing without Freddie, because like it or not, Freddie was, is and always will be the central part of the band.  Don't know what else you could call the two of them, and I don't care, either, as long as they retire the name permanently


I always thought they should change the name of the band slightly out of respect for Mercury. They could even keep the 'royal' theme going. Maybe 'Prince'?  No wait, how about 'Two Princes'?  Damn, this is hard.
 
2013-09-04 01:52:00 PM

NeoCortex42: FriarReb98: I've never liked the idea of them calling themselves Queen while performing without Freddie, because like it or not, Freddie was, is and always will be the central part of the band.  Don't know what else you could call the two of them, and I don't care, either, as long as they retire the name permanently

I always thought they should change the name of the band slightly out of respect for Mercury. No wait, how about 'Two Princes'?  Damn, this is hard.


The Spin Doctors have already filed suit for copyright and trademark violations.  I think the lead singer said something to the effect of "No more spam tonight!" after filing the papers at the courthouse.
 
2013-09-04 01:52:36 PM

Pinner: how about Joseph Gordon Leavitt Ben Afflect?

 
2013-09-04 01:57:02 PM

LeroyBourne: [www.missmalini.com image 530x361]
If only this guy was 20 years younger.


An Aussie playing Mercury?  Surely you jest.

Cohen was the best hope this project had.  He has some vocal chops (though not Freddie's range, which is a tough act to follow), and can be as carefree and flamboyant as Mercury was.  The looks were even there a little too, I think.

Hard to figure someone else that can fill that spot.
 
2013-09-04 01:58:21 PM

FriarReb98: I've never liked the idea of them calling themselves Queen while performing without Freddie, because like it or not, Freddie was, is and always will be the central part of the band. Don't know what else you could call the two of them, and I don't care, either, as long as they retire the name permanently.


agreed.  they should have toured as Queen's Rike.
 
2013-09-04 02:16:07 PM

studs up: After watching "What We Do is Secret" again as well as remembering that Val Kilmer thing about the Doors, I'm not so certain this is a bad thing. Just run a couple of hours of concert footage and that's all we need to know about him. Leave the "behind the scenes" speculation out of it.

I just can't think of a good biopic about a rock band that wasn't a documentary.


I loved The Doors movie, and Kilmer absolutely killed it as Morrison.  Sure, Stone may have taken some creative license, but it made for a better film, and it seemed in line with the image of Morrison and the band.

Cohen would be awesome as Mercury, it's a shame the band doesn't want that story told.
 
2013-09-04 02:21:39 PM
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how about "the douche?"
 
2013-09-04 02:33:51 PM
If they want the movie to be more Rock Of Ages than Boogie Nights, they should just show the movie on VH1 Classic instead of the big screen.
 
2013-09-04 03:00:37 PM

rickythepenguin: I haven't seen the Libarace doc, but i hear there are some pretty graphic sex scenes between Douglas and Damon.  If so, you'd think a Liberace film would have to up the ante.


Artie Lang was on Adam Carolla recently talking about the Liberace doc, and he mentions the story of where Libarace said a Green Bay Packer seduced him.  So Lang is like, "i often wonder how that would have sounded like, Vince Lombardi finding out his team farked Liberace."   Artie adopts an old school football coach voice and the soundman (Bald Bryan) lays a bed of classic NFL Films music, and 'Coach Lombardi' starts yelling, "what the hell's going on out there?  Nobody's blocking, everybody's sucking cock!  We're trying to run the counter trey and everyone's farking Liberace in the ass!  What the hell's wrong with you?  You can't fark Liberace!"

i'm not doing it justice but when i heard it live, i was farking howling.  I may have it on MP3 if you're interested....


Since Vince Lombardi's brother was gay and he did not allow any anti-gay slurs from the players, it is more likely that Lombardi would have ignored it.
 
2013-09-04 03:08:09 PM

realmolo: The fact that Queen wants a PG movie that is basically a "Weren't we awesome?" wankfest means it will suck if it ever gets made anyway.

The thing is, Freddy was a very private person. He probably wouldn't want a "tell-all" movie made about himself. So Queen is honoring his memory in that regard. But they should just forget about the movie if it's going to be TV-movie quality. That would be an embarrassment.


This. Freddy Mercury isn't interesting because everything was awesome in his life and it all came to him easily.  He's interesting because he put up with some serious shiat and still made amazing, soulful, often uplifting music.  People who would watch this movie aren't looking for a view of his life through rose-colored glasses, they're looking for a glimpse into what Mercury really had to go through to make this music they love.  Unless they show him spending 2 hours a show backstage kicking puppies, anything a tell-all would show would just make people more sympathetic.

studs up: I just can't think of a good biopic about a rock band that wasn't a documentary.


Also this.  Expand that to any musician biopic.  Ray would have been a supercrap movie if they'd glossed over all the adultery, death, and greed.  You can't look at a guy and say "man, he really turned it around there" if there wasn't anything to turn it around from.

Killer Cars: Pretty much. Cohen's a very intelligent guy, so I don't think for a second he would have done anything but the most respectful "gritty, R-rated" version possible, if that makes sense.


It makes perfect sense.  Even though these movies deal with sometimes awful topic matter, the goal is to make you sympathize with the band/performer, not hate them.  This is a biopic, not a gritty tabloid piece.

Any dark secrets such a film would reveal about Mercury et al would most likely just make people love him even more.
 
2013-09-04 03:37:22 PM
More like "overbites the dust".

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2013-09-04 04:15:31 PM

mjohnson71: More like "overbites the dust".

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2013-09-04 05:02:29 PM
Respect Fredy. I mean he was top; that ought to account for something!
 
2013-09-04 05:11:27 PM
I wonder if the band might e a bit jealous that a movie would be made that would focus more on Freddie than the other members?
 
2013-09-04 05:15:28 PM
Ben Stiller!

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2013-09-04 06:48:59 PM
I was really wanting to see this, but not with a pg rating. The band is delusional if they think a great film can come out of polishing the grime off the story and bring the band as a whole more in focus. I want to see freddie come to the realization that his lifestyle is destroying him yet he kills it in front of 80,000 at Wembly anyway, because to him, the show must go on. Not interested in Roger Taylor being in love with his car.
 
2013-09-04 08:35:21 PM
FTFA:The band wanted a PG type movie about the entire band while Cohen was hoping to a make a gritty R-rated tell all centered around Mercury.
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But, it appears that a suitable replacement for Cohen is needed in order for the project to move forward.


No, a suitable replacement for this PG-rated bullshiat is needed in order for the project to move forward.  Cohen is just fine here.
 
2013-09-04 08:44:16 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: I wonder if the band might e a bit jealous that a movie would be made that would focus more on Freddie than the other members?


Can't imagine Deacon John cares.  Freddie was great, but like everybody who has died young, he has been mythologized to the nth degree.  Maybe a movie about his life isn't as interesting as some people think.  Bunch of college guys form a band, it would be about as exciting as a Pink Floyd movie, except they had a guy who went nuts.
 
2013-09-05 12:23:56 AM
I'm glad Cohen did what he did. Shame though, cause he is one of the few that can actually sing and pull off the flamboyance Freddie did. IMHO, he was perfect for the role.
 
2013-09-05 01:26:23 AM

yukichigai: realmolo: The fact that Queen wants a PG movie that is basically a "Weren't we awesome?" wankfest means it will suck if it ever gets made anyway.

The thing is, Freddy was a very private person. He probably wouldn't want a "tell-all" movie made about himself. So Queen is honoring his memory in that regard. But they should just forget about the movie if it's going to be TV-movie quality. That would be an embarrassment.

This. Freddy Mercury isn't interesting because everything was awesome in his life and it all came to him easily.  He's interesting because he put up with some serious shiat and still made amazing, soulful, often uplifting music.  People who would watch this movie aren't looking for a view of his life through rose-colored glasses, they're looking for a glimpse into what Mercury really had to go through to make this music they love.  Unless they show him spending 2 hours a show backstage kicking puppies, anything a tell-all would show would just make people more sympathetic.

studs up: I just can't think of a good biopic about a rock band that wasn't a documentary.

Also this.  Expand that to any musician biopic.  Ray would have been a supercrap movie if they'd glossed over all the adultery, death, and greed.  You can't look at a guy and say "man, he really turned it around there" if there wasn't anything to turn it around from.



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R.I.P.



/it's a shame about him
 
2013-09-05 02:50:39 AM

7th Son of a 7th Son: I'm glad Cohen did what he did. Shame though, cause he is one of the few that can actually sing and pull off the flamboyance Freddie did. IMHO, he was perfect for the role.


Agreed. Once Cohen lost interest, so did I.

Far better that Freddie's tale remain untold than to have it given some watered-down "Lifetime" channel treatment as the members of Queen evidently required.

/fark Queen, long live Freddie!
 
2013-09-05 11:32:58 AM
"But, it appears that a suitable replacement for Cohen is needed in order for the project to move forward."

Here ya go. Yer welcome. Now go make your movie.
 
2013-09-05 03:16:47 PM
Uh, why not compromise and make it pG-13?
 
2013-09-06 12:08:59 AM

Comic Book Guy: LeroyBourne: [www.missmalini.com image 530x361]
If only this guy was 20 years younger.

An Aussie playing Mercury?  Surely you jest.

Cohen was the best hope this project had.  He has some vocal chops (though not Freddie's range, which is a tough act to follow), and can be as carefree and flamboyant as Mercury was.  The looks were even there a little too, I think.

Hard to figure someone else that can fill that spot.


blue_2501: No, a suitable replacement for this PG-rated bullshiat is needed in order for the project to move forward.  Cohen is just fine here.


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