Elton John pays tribute to Queen at his final Toronto show
Elton John paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at his final concert in Toronto on Thursday night, saying he was inspired by her and is sad she is gone. “She led the country through some of our greatest and darkest moments with grace and decency and genuine caring,” John said. John was knighted by the queen in 1998, a year after the death of his friend Princess Diana.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'The Sea Beast,' early Elton John, 'Maggie'
This week’s new entertainment releases include two lost albums from rock superstars Neil Young and Elton John, more than two dozen contestants of reality shows like “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Big Brother” facing off in the contest “The Challenge: USA,” and Netflix’s “The Sea Beast” brings a “Moby Dick”-like tale down to kid size.
'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters.
Elton John doc ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ lands at Disney
Sir Elton John is preparing to say goodbye in fabulous splendor, with the help of a documentary crew and the Walt Disney Co. Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ said Wednesday that the film, entitled “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years that Made his Legend,” will serve as the definitive and official feature on John’s life and career.
Elton John credits Ryan White's family with saving his life
The singer told the crowd at his concert at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday that spending time around White’s family caused him to make changes in his life. White was from Indiana. White died in Indianapolis at age 18 on April 8, 1990.news.yahoo.com
'I'm so lucky': Elton John receives prestigious UK award
Elton John has no doubt been a member of many exclusive clubs over the decades, but probably nothing quite as exclusive as the one he formally joined on Wednesday. In an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles anointed the rock star and charity patron as a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. It is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed by Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to citizens in Britain and across the Commonwealth.news.yahoo.com
EXCERPT: 20 years on, 'The Falling Man' is still you and me
The following account from Associated Press photographer Richard Drew is excerpted from the book “September 11: The 9/11 Story, Aftermath and Legacy,” an in-depth look at AP’s coverage of 9/11 and the events that followed. My family calls it “the picture that won’t go away.” The photograph was denounced as coldblooded, ghoulish and sadistic.news.yahoo.com
Elton John calls out Vatican's "hypocrisy" for refusing to bless same-sex unions
Elton John criticized the Vatican after it decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God "cannot bless sin." The Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless same-sex unions. Since same-sex unions are not intended to be part of that plan, they cannot be blessed by the Church, the document said. According to Box Office Mojo, the films grossed more than $195 million worldwide and $253 million, respectively. Much of the money the Vatican reportedly poured into the investment fund came from donations from Catholic faithful.cbsnews.com
Elton John slams Vatican for blessing its ‘Rocketman’ investment but not gay marriage
“How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they ‘are sin’, yet happily make a profit from investing millions in ‘Rocketman’ — a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy,” John posted Monday on social media, including screen shots of articles about the decree and the film investment. AdvertisementThe Daily Beast discussed the investment in a 2019 story about a review of church finances that was ordered by Pope Francis. The probe focused in part on the Malta-based Centurion Global Fund, which reportedly draws two-thirds of its investments from the Vatican Secretariat of State. "[T]here are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion,” John, a self-declared atheist, told a London newspaper in 2006.latimes.com
Reaction to the death of AIDS activist, writer Larry Kramer
(AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)NEW YORK Reaction to the death of Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and playwright who turned his fury into mass protests and helped raise the profile of the disease:"If you remember the early days of the AIDS crisis then you remember Larry Kramer. Author and fellow founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis Edmund White, in a statement. His anger was needed at a time when gay mens deaths to AIDS were being ignored by the American government. Elton John, in a statement. Thank you, Larry Kramer. Lin-Manuel Miranda, via Twitter. ___Rest in power to our fighter Larry Kramer.
Larry Kramer used voice, pen to raise consciousness on AIDS
FILE - This May 12, 2014 file photo shows playwright Larry Kramer at the premiere of HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" in New York. Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in Manhattan of pneumonia. Please know that AIDS is a worldwide plague. Kramer, whose angry voice and pen raised consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to action, died Wednesday at 84. As support for AIDS research increased, he found some common ground with health officials whom ACT UP had criticized.
Ticketmaster Clears Up Unpopular Return Policy, but Fans Wanting Refunds Better Act Quick
click to enlarge Jaime MonzonElton John is one of the top concert draws forced to cancel or postpone tours because of the coronavirus pandemic. Of that total, 30,000 representing $2 billion in ticket sales have been canceled or postponed, "making it impossible to issue refunds to fans before recouping sales receipts from the organizers, as we've done in the past. "According to the statement, 12,000 of the events have been canceled and are now being refunded, while another 5,000 have been rescheduled, which also clears the company to offer refunds. The company said organizers are working to figure out how to present the remaining events disrupted by COVID-19 a "complex task" since no one's entirely sure when live events can resume. According to trade magazine Billboard , Ticketmaster will make good on refunds but with an apparent catch.Starting May 1, once postponed shows receive their new dates, ticketholders will receive a Ticketmaster email prompting them to seek a refund if they want it.sacurrent.com
Elton John cancels remaining concerts in New Zealand due to pneumonia
Elton John canceled his two remaining New Zealand shows late Tuesday as he continued to suffer from a bout of pneumonia. The 72-year-old singer said he had walking pneumonia and was assisted off stage. Tour promoters Chugg Entertainment initially said that John was recovering and the tour would go on as planned, aside from pushing back the next New Zealand performance by one day to Wednesday. After the New Zealand shows, John is scheduled for seven performances in Australia before traveling to the U.S. and Canada. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking pneumonia is an informal term for a milder form of pneumonia that isn't severe enough to require hospitalization or bed rest.cbsnews.com
Elton John cuts concert short in New Zealand after revealing pneumonia diagnosis
Editor's Note: Elton John has canceled his remaining two concerts in New Zealand. Elton John on Sunday was forced to end a concert in Auckland, New Zealand, early after losing his voice due to a case of walking pneumonia. I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia earlier today, but I was determined to give you the best show humanly possible," John said in an Instagram post following the shortened performance. According to the New Zealand Herald, John informed the crowd early in the show that he had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia that morning, but didn't want to cancel the show. "Elton John was disappointed and deeply upset at having to end his Auckland concert early last night," a statement from Chugg Entertainment read.cbsnews.com
Best picture Oscar nominees include 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,' 'The Irishman,' 'Joker,' '1917'
An Oscars winner's envelope is seen in a souvenir store outside the Dolby Theatre before the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, February 14, 2019. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "1917" and "The Irishman" were close behind with 10 each. It was also surprising that Disney's "Frozen II" was left off the best animated feature ballot in favor of Netflix's "Klaus." "Toy Story 4" was nominated in the category alongside Golden Globe winner "Missing Link" and "I Lost My Body." Unsurprisingly, "Parasite" was nominated for best picture, best international feature and best director, among its six nods.cnbc.com
Delta brings back same-sex scenes in Booksmart,' Rocketman' to flights
(CNN) - Delta Air Lines says in-flight versions of the films "Booksmart" and Elton John's biopic "Rocketman" will no longer skip same-sex love scenes. Delta staffers typically pick between original and edited versions of the films offered by the studios or third-party vendors. Delta chose to use the edited versions of "Booksmart" and "Rocketman," but the staffers didn't realize they would be omitting content "well within" the airline's guidelines," Delta said. The airline didn't edit or asked for any edits to the films, said Delta spokesman Adrian Gee. Gee said new versions of the films will be shown in future flights, but the exact date was not available yet.
Star Sightings: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Surprise Firefighters, Billie Eilish Supports Her Mom
As wildfires rage in California, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard paid thanks to the first responders putting their lives on the line. Drew Barrymore brought her daughters, Olive and Frankie, to the Sloomoo Institute, a celebration of slime and its ASMR qualities, in New York City. -And Paula Abdul officially opened her new residency, Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl, at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Oct. 24. Billie Eilish supported her mother, Maggie Baird's, performance at the Groundlings Theatres 45th Anniversary Show in L.A. on Oct. 21. Michael SimonEllie Goulding met up with TheChainsmokers at Vevo's 10-year anniversary party at Penn Plaza in New York City in mid-October.
Elton John Postpones Concert Due to Illness: 'I Absolutely Hate to Let My Fans Down'
Elton John has postponed his Indianapolis, Indiana, concert. I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best #EltonFarewellTour show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible." I absolutely hate to let my fans down, but I owe it to you to put on the best #EltonFarewellTour show possible and unfortunately that's simply not possible. Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 26, 2019The date will be rearranged for March 2020, and I promise I will deliver the show you deserve. Elton x Elton John (@eltonofficial) October 26, 2019The "Tiny Dancer" crooner kicked off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on Sept. 8 2018.
Elton John Talks Performing With Taron Egerton, Says the 'Rocketman' Star Is Now '
Elton John and Taron Egerton gave fans a thrill during a recent Rocketman event. As for John, he's "so fond" of Egerton and considers him "part of my family." Matt Sayles / Invision for Black InkPhoto Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision for Black InkIt's been a busy year for John, who also released his his memoir, Me: Elton John, this week. I think success is hard to deal with and I think Michael found it hard and became isolated." Me: Elton John is now available in stores and online.
Elton John Bashes Disneys Remake of 'The Lion King': It's a 'Huge
Elton John is not happy about how his music was used in the new Lion King remake and he isn't keeping it to himself. "The new version of The Lion King was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up," John tells British GQ. Nonetheless, John explained in the new interview that he found the updated music lacking. I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the 'Lion King' stage musical." RELATED CONTENT: Elton John Slams British Tabloids for 'Malicious' Treatment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Embed Code RestartDonald Glover Says the One Scary Thing About 'The Lion King' Was Singing With BeyonceBeyonce's Mom Tina Knowles Lawson Talks Blue Ivy Singing on 'The Lion King: The Gift' (Exclusive)John Oliver Says Beyonce Wasn't Actually There for Epic 'Lion King' Cast Photo
11 juicy details from Elton John's new memoir
Executive producers Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend the "Rocketman" UK premiere on May 20, 2019, in London, England. (CNN) - If you saw "Rocketman," you know that Elton John overcame shyness and a nasty drug problem to become one of the biggest and most enduring pop stars in the world. Sir Elton has a candid new memoir, "Me," which is full of illuminating and funny stories about his half-century in show business. Stewart calls Elton "Sharon," while Elton calls him "Phyllis." "If I was bowled over by Diana, it was nothing compared to the impact she could have on straight men," John writes.
Elton John calls Disney's "Lion King" remake a "huge disappointment"
Elton John has seen Disney's remake of "The Lion King," and now he's calling the film a "huge disappointment." Over the summer, the new film surpassed "Frozen" as the highest-grossing animated film of all time, earning over $1.6 billion globally. "The new version of 'The Lion King' was a huge disappointment to me, because I believe they messed the music up," he recently told British GQ while promoting his new autobiography, "Me." Both the new "Lion King" soundtrack and Beyonc's "The Lion King: The Gift" struggled commercially. "I'm so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the 'Lion King' stage musical," John said.cbsnews.com