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Tom Hardy to play Elton John

October 23rd, 2013 8:31pm EDT
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Actor Tom Hardy has been confirmed to play Elton John in a new biopic, titled Rocketman.

In June (13), Hardy became a frontrunner to land the lead and now movie bosses have confirmed the news, according to Deadline.com.

Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw, says, "Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton's story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board."
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Tom Odell to play Elton John?

October 22nd, 2013 11:20am EDT
Tom Odell
Tom Odell wants to star as Sir Elton John in a film about his life.
The piano playing 'Another Love' star would love to appear as the iconic singer in a movie, although he's unsure about dyeing his blond hair to emulate Elton's distinctive ginger locks.
When asked about changing his hair color for a movie, he said: "Maybe, I'd have to mull on that for a little bit."
The 22-year-old star has become friends with the flamboyant star since they performed together at the iTunes Festival on October 12, performing Elton's 'Tiny Dancer'.
Speaking at the Q Awards in London yesterday (21.10.10), Tom...
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Jamie Foxx And Elton John Support Homeless Gay Youngsters

October 20th, 2013 4:03pm EDT
Jamie Foxx
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has teamed up with Elton John to raise awareness about the struggles facing homeless gay youths in Los Angeles.

The stars have taken part in a short public service announcement (PSA) for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, an organisation which aims to help embattled boys and girls by providing them with shelter, medical care, counselling and job placement in a bid to get them back on their feet.

The film tells the story of a young man whose parents kick him out of their home after learning of his sexuality, leaving him to survive on the streets, where he is brutally ra...
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Elton John & John Lennon refused to let Warhol be part of cocaine party

October 14th, 2013 3:10am EDT
John Lennon
Elton John and John Lennon once hid from pop art icon Andy Warhol in a New York hotel room because they feared he would expose them as cocaine fiends.

The Rocket Man became great friends with Lennon towards the end of the former Beatle's life and they spent a lot of time getting high, but there's one hotel party Elton can remember when the two rockers ignored a visiting Warhol.

He tells Rolling Stone, "I can remember being stoned out of our mind on coke at the Sherry-Netherland hotel, and at two in the morning, there would be a knock on the door... It took me five minutes to get to get th...
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Elton John tells Adele to accept Las Vegas residency?

October 13th, 2013 6:20am EDT
Adele
Adele has reportedly been advised by Sir Elton John to accept a huge Las Vegas residency offer.
The 'Skyfall' hitmaker could earn at least $40 million for a long-term run similar to Britney Spears' upcoming shows, and the 'Rocket Man' legend giving her guidance.
An insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Stacks of Las Vegas casinos are desperate to get Adele on billboards as a headliner in this town.
"The highest figure being touted is $40 million but it could be even higher. Elton's been a really good friend to her and they've been Skypeing to share parental advice.
"But he is a busines...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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Elton John: 'It's My Duty' To Get Married When Gay Marriage Law Is Enacted

October 9th, 2013 6:07pm EDT
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Elton John says he's going to get married to partner David Furnish in May when England's new law legalizing same-sex marriage is enacted.

When asked if he is going to take advantage of the new law while on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Elton said, "Yeah, we will next May when it comes out. If those laws are being made for people like us, [for] whom 30-40 years ago it was hard to come out of the closet…

"In England we have the civil partnership, which we did in 2005, and that made a huge difference in the commitment to your relationship. I didn't think it would but it did. If the laws are gonna help ...
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Elton John is the 'devils work' by Russian imam

October 4th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John's music has been branded "the devil's work" by a Russian Islamic imam calling for a ban on his Moscow and Kazan concerts in December.
The openly homosexual singer came under fire from the religious leader, who has appealed to fans to boycott the star's concert after he spoke out about the country's anti-gay laws banning the promotion of homosexuality.
Imam Seidzhagfar Lutfulli - who is from Russia's predominantly Muslim Tartarstan region - criticized Elton's marriage to husband David Furnish and warned that concert-goers would be punished by God, in statements made public on...
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Review: Elton John 'The Diving Board' - Elton John Doesn't Miss A Beat On His Latest

October 3rd, 2013 2:30pm EDT
Elton John 'The Diving Board
When I hear the name Elton John, one of the first words that comes to mind is legend (piano too, but we’ll stick with legend for our purposes).  Elton John was certainly a gargantuan presence in pop and rock music back in the day. That might be an understatement within itself.   Sure, his days of being a commercial fixture are long past, but where many new artists lack musical longevity, John will always remain musically relevant.   That’s part of the reason why his first solo album in seven years, The Diving Board, is kind of a big deal.  Sure, there is no “Candle in the Wind” or  “Philade...
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Elton John can't watch Lennon footage onstage

September 27th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John has to look straight out at the audience when he performs his John Lennon tribute tune Empty Garden live because he fears he would burst into tears if he caught a glimpse of images of the late Beatle that flash up onscreen behind him.

The Rocket Man hitmaker plans to perform the tune nightly during his upcoming residency at Las Vegas' Colosseum at Caesars Palace and special shots of Lennon have been selected for the show.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "I don't look back when I'm playing that song - if I see the footage of John, I get choked up and it's too hard to get thro...
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Elton John eager to legally wed David Furnish

September 26th, 2013 3:00am EDT
David Furnish
Elton John has revealed he and longtime partner David Furnish are eager to wed following Parliament's decision to legalise same-sex marriages in the U.K.

In July (13), gay couples were finally given permission to legally tie the knot after British lawmakers passed the landmark bill, which goes into effect next summer (14), and the Rocket Man hitmaker and his longtime partner are hoping to be among the first married gay couples in the country after legally entering into a civil partnership in 2005.

John explained their decision to exchange vows once again to U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGen...
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Elton John: 'Miley flattened the competition at the VMAs'

September 25th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John has come to the defence of Miley Cyrus and her controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance, insisting she managed to do what no other artist could during the ceremony - "flatten the competition."

The former Hannah Montana star caused outrage by stripping to latex underwear and performing a raunchy routine with Robin Thicke at the Barclays Center in New York last month (Aug13), and she has become a topic of discussion among viewers and celebrities alike ever since.

And now Elton is weighing in on the scandal - and throwing his support behind the 20-year-old singer.

In an i...
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Miguel & Hunter Hayes to cover Elton John for tribute album

September 18th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Elton John
Miguel, John Grant and country star Hunter Hayes have recorded cover tracks from Elton John's classic album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for a new 40th anniversary tribute album.

Promoting his upcoming release, The Diving Board, during a concert at the University of Southern California on Monday (16Sep13), the Rocket Man told students that Hayes had covered the title track.

He said, "He played all the instruments and he blew my mind."

During his set at USC, Elton performed with the USC Thornton School of Music Orchestra conducted by film composer James Newton Howard and he also played five ...
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Elton John Had Sex With KGB Spy

September 17th, 2013 1:59pm EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John once had sex with a KGB spy on a hotel roof.

The 66-year-old singer admits he got intimate with the agent, who worked for the Russian security agency, in a bid to compromise him because he claims the country's secret police planted the guy in his entourage to ensure his every move was watched while he was in the Soviet Union.

He said: "I went to Russia in 1979 and I knew we were being watched all the time.

"I had an interpreter that they'd clearly set up. I ended up having sex with him on the hotel roof."

Elton - who is openly gay and has two children, Zachary, two, and e...
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Elton John: 'Lady Gaga is refusing to take my calls'

September 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John fears his longtime friend Lady Gaga has fallen out with him because she been refusing to take his calls.

The Rocket Man star became close to the pop star in the early days of her career, and he even made her godmother to his two young sons.

However, he has now revealed they haven't spoken in a long time, and he fears the Poker Face hitmaker may be in trouble.

He tells TheAustralian.com.au, "With Gaga - who I love, she's the godmother to our children - I'd like to be able to talk to her right now, but I can't get through to her."

And it seems outspoken Elton has a few word...
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New Elton John Song Inspired By Lindsay Lohan

September 13th, 2013 3:15pm EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John says Lindsay Lohan inspired one of his new songs.

The 'Candle in the Wind' hitmaker admits the title track of his new album, 'The Diving Board', which deals with the subject of success at a young age and the perils of fame, was written with the troubled 'Mean Girls' star - who recently completed 90 days of court-ordered rehab - in mind.

He explained: "It could be a summation of my career because it's about young people becoming successful and diving off into the unknown. What's going to happen? Are they going to survive it? Are they going to become victims of their own succ...
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Elton John longs for a daughter

September 8th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John longs to add a daughter to his family, but fears he is now "too old" to have another child.

The Rocket Man star and his partner David Furnish are parents to two sons, Zachary, two, and Elijah, nine months, who were both born via a surrogate mother.

The 66-year-old singer now admits he dreams of having a baby girl to join to his brood of boys, but has accepted he is running out of time to become a father again.

He tells Britain's Event magazine, "I would have loved to have had a girl, but I do accept I'm now too old... We have two boys, and I absolutely love being a father....
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Sir Elton John receives inaugural Brits Icon award at comeback gig

September 2nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Elton John
Sir Elton John made his live comeback at a London gala held in his honour on Monday (02Sep13) and his return was made even sweeter when he was handed the first ever Brits Icon award.

Rod Stewart was on hand to present the prize to his pal during the star-studded concert at The London Palladium, jokingly describing Sir Elton as "the second-best rock singer ever".

The 66-year-old Rocket Man hitmaker told the crowd he was "flattered" to receive the trophy, and dedicated it to his writing partner Bernie Taupin and his fans, before admitting, "I can think of a couple of people who might have d...
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Sir Elton John sends filthy websites to Sharon Osbourne

September 2nd, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Sharon Osbourne has exposed another side to Sir Elton John by revealing the singer sends her links to filthy websites.

Ozzy Osbourne's wife has been friends with the Your Song hitmaker for years, and insists he shares her dirty sense of humour.

Sharon, who recently rejoined the judging panel of Britain's The X Factor, has been staving off boredom during filming breaks by browsing disgusting websites recommended by Sir Elton.

She tells U.K. talk show host Alan Carr, "He sent me this thing and it's a Brazilian farting website. And there's this one lady, she's... voluptuous! And she's farti...
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Elton John Has Appendix Removed

August 3rd, 2013 3:33pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John is "recovering well" after undergoing an operation to have his appendix removed, according to his publicist.

The Rocket Man hitmaker had the procedure done at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco on Thursday and is believed to be recuperating at his home in Nice, France.

The 66-year-old singer was diagnosed with appendicitis while on his latest tour, prompting him to postpone the remaining dates of his European tour this summer.

Last month, the star admitted he had risked death by performing concerts while unknowingly battling appendicitis.

He told Britain's The Sun, "I'm lu...
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Neil Patrick Harris & David Furnish shared secret baby news with one another

July 31st, 2013 8:41pm EDT
David Furnish
Actor Neil Patrick Harris was one of the first of Sir Elton John and David Furnish's celebrity pals to learn they were set to become parents in 2010 after sharing his own baby secret with the producer.

The Smurfs star had been keeping quiet that he and his partner David Burkta were going to become dads to twins via a surrogate mother in October 2010, but when he bumped into Furnish unexpectedly, he decided to open up about their plans to start a family.

Ironically, the Rocket Man and his longterm partner had also entered the same process to welcome a child of their own in December, 2010, ...
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Top 4 Over The Top Celebrity Birthday Parties

July 28th, 2013 4:02pm EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Celebrities are just like us; they put their pants on one leg at a time. They go to the dentist, endure heartaches, pump gas and have birthdays. Or do they? Sure some celebrities might prefer to celebrate with a few cupcakes and a scoop of ice cream at home with their family.

Others throw extravagant parties to keep people gushing about for years. Here are some of the most extravagant celebrity birthday parties ever thrown.

Sean "Diddy" Combs' 40th

When he's not performing for thousands or producing award-winning records, P. Diddy is known for throwing outrageously lavish parties for his...
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Sick Elton John thanks fans for well wishes

July 25th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Elton John
Elton John has thanked fans for their well wishes after he was diagnosed with appendicitis, insisting their support plays "a big part" in his recovery.

The Rocket Man hitmaker was struck down with crippling stomach cramps during his recent European tour, but he fought through the pain to play a number of gigs until doctors told him he was suffering with the inflammatory condition.

Sir Elton scrapped the rest of his concert commitments to recuperate and he has now reached out to his fans to thank them for their overwhelming support.

In a message on his website, he writes, "I would like to...
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Elton John lands special BRIT Award

July 22nd, 2013 3:20am EDT
Elton John
Elton John has landed a special BRIT Award in recognition of his lengthy career.

The Rocket Man hitmaker has been unveiled as the first-ever recipient of the Brits Icon Award, which will honour artists who have had a "lasting impact on the nation's culture".

The accolade stands alone from the prestigious U.K. prizegiving, which traditionally takes place in February, and Sir Elton will be handed the trophy at a show in London in September (13).

He says, "It's a tremendous honour and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I'm really looking forward to participat...
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Elton John extends hits streak on U.S. chart

July 15th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John has extended his run as the most prolific performer on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart in America with his 69th hit on the countdown.

Home Again, the first single from his debut album for Capitol Records, The Diving Board, crashes into the chart at 21 - the first time he has been on the countdown since 2009.

Elton now has five more Adult Contemporary hits than second-placed Barbra Streisand and 11 more than Neil Diamond.

He first appeared on the Billboard chart back in 1970 with Your Song, and he also shares the countdown's most number ones (15) with The Carpenters.
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The Morning Roundup: Jo-Bro To Be A Dad, Anna Benson's Bulletproof Vest, Elton's Appendix, Selena's Fashion Debut

July 10th, 2013 10:18am EDT
Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa
Kevin Jonas is going to be a first-time dad. The Jonas Brothers guitarist and his wife Danielle Deleasa are expecting their first child. Jonas confirmed the news to E! Online on Tuesday, saying he's "excited and nervous." (story)

Selena Gomez launched her first fashion collection in Berlin on Tuesday, looking very sexy in a casual pair of short-shorts. The singer/actress worked with Adidas NEO to create her new line of accessories and fashions. (story)

Former FHM model and star of VH1's very short-lived "Baseball Wives" (an actual baseball game lasts longer) Anna Benson was arrested for b...
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Elton John: 'I'm lucky to be alive after appendicitis'

July 10th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Elton John
Elton John risked death by playing through the pain at 10 shows while unknowingly battling appendicitis.

The Rocket Man hitmaker was convinced he was suffering from a bad bout of food poisoning when he was struck down with crippling stomach cramps, but he fought through to play a number of concerts.

However, the singer finally decided to seek medical attention when the pain became too much to bear and he walked off the stage in the middle of a show in Halle, Germany on Friday.

The star was diagnosed with appendicitis, and he tells Britain's The Sun, "I'm lucky to be alive. I was a tickin...
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Elton John Treated For Appendicitis

July 9th, 2013 2:22pm EDT
Elton John
Music legend Elton John is to undergo surgery after he was struck down with appendicitis while on tour in Europe.

The Rocket Man hitmaker sought medical attention after falling sick and he underwent a number of scans and blood tests with his medical team in the U.K. before doctors diagnosed him with an appendix abscess - a complication stemming from appendicitis.

Sir Elton, 66, is currently being treated with a course of intensive antibiotics and is expected to have surgery in the U.K. in the coming weeks, once doctors confirm he is well enough to undergo the operation.

The musician has ...
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Elton John And Billy Joel End Feud At Songwriters HOF -- Is A Tour Next?

June 16th, 2013 10:47am EDT
Elton John and Billy Joel
 

Piano men Billy Joel and Elton John have put their differences aside and ended their angst with each other since falling out two years ago.

During a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Elton said that Billy wasn't taking his alcohol rehab seriously enough.

"He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light," he said. "When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love."

"At the end of the day, he's coasting," the singer adds. "I always say, 'Billy, can't you write ano...
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Billy Joel and Elton John end feud at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala

June 14th, 2013 5:15pm EDT
Billy Joel
Billy Joel and Sir Elton John ended their feud at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (13Jun13) after the Piano Man told the Rocket Man to call him just after he introduced inductees Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner.

The former pals and touring partners fell out in 2011 when the Brit publicly accused Joel of not taking rehab seriously as he attempted to battle alcoholism in a blunt magazine interview, during which he also suggested the New Yorker was lazy.

The I'm Still Standing rocker told Rolling Stone, "He's going to hate me for this, but every...
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