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Dexter Fletcher to direct Freddie Mercury biopic

Directing duties for Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury film biopic, have been taken on by Eddie the Eagle’s Dexter Fletcher, after the firing of Bryan Singer. The actor turned Bafta-nominated director was previously set to direct the Mercury film only to leave the project in 2014. 20th Century Fox said production would resume next week. Rami Malek will play the Queen singer in the film. It is expected to be released in December 2018 as planned. The troubled project has faced a series of setbacks since it was first announced…

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Bryan Singer: Director fired from Freddie Mercury film

The director of the new Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been fired due to “unreliable behaviour”. In a statement, Twentieth Century Fox said Bryan Singer was no longer the director of the film. A source told the BBC the main reason for the firing was “a pattern of unreliable behaviour on the set”. They added that the studio felt the move was in the best interest of the film. The film will tell the story of the late Queen frontman’s life. Singer had clashed with lead actor Rami Malek…

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Bryan Singer: Illness forces director to stop work on Freddie Mercury film

Production on the new Freddie Mercury biopic has been suspended so director Bryan Singer can deal with “a personal health matter”. The film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, will tell the story of the late Queen frontman’s life. Twentieth Century Fox said work had been temporarily halted “due to the unexpected unavailability” of Singer. The director’s representative said it was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family”. A statement added: “Bryan hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.” Both Singer and a family member…

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Sampha leaps up chart after Mercury Music Prize win

Sampha’s debut album Process has jumped back into the top 10 after winning the Mercury Music Prize. It leapt to number seven in this week’s chart – a climb of 145 places – after beating Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to win the £25,000 prize. The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, topped this week’s chart. It’s the band’s ninth studio album and the fourth to reach the top of the UK album chart. Process had also been at number seven back in February. Gary Numan also entered the top…

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Sampha wins Mercury Prize for his debut album, Process

Soul singer Sampha has won the 2017 Mercury Music Prize for his mournful and intimate album, Process. Written and recorded after his mother, Binty, died of cancer, the album is best exemplified by the ballad (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano. The song talks about the piano in his childhood home, which his mother taught him to play as a child. “At the time… it was quite important for me to write music,” Sampha told the BBC. “It helped me through everything. “So it’s this weird kind of document…

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Mercury Prize nominees see sales boost

Media playback is unsupported on your device The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced on Thursday, but most of the nominees have already recorded a sales increase in the run-up to the event. Even Ed Sheeran, whose album ÷ (Divide) is the year’s biggest-seller, received a boost, with sales up by 4% since the shortlist was announced. However, the star is an outsider for the prize, with bookmakers offering odds of 20/1 on an Ed Sheeran win. Poet Kate Tempest and soul singer Sampha are the current favourites….

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Rami Malek: First look at Mr Robot star as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic

After years of delays, production has finally started on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Actors including Johnny Depp, Ben Whishaw and Sacha Baron Cohen had been linked to the role, only to drop out. Producers finally cast Mr Robot star Rami Malek as the Bohemian Rhapsody singer, and the first photo of him in character was released on Tuesday. Wearing Mercury’s Live Aid outfit, Malek looks uncannily like the flamboyant star. “When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in…

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