Hollywood needs to stop letting stars author their own biopics | Charles Bramesco

Elton Johns biopic Rocketman is the latest in a long line of fact-based dramas that suffer from their subjects involvement The new musical drama Rocketman opens on Elton John majestically strolling into a rehab meeting, resplendent in a flamboyant Satan getup we will soon come to understand as aggressively, relentlessly symbolic. A haggard-looking John plops in his chair and rattles off his laundry list of flaws: hes a profligate boozer and overly fond of both cannabis and cocaine, hell shag anything with a pulse and a Y chromosome, he has wrestled with a touch of bulimia, some anger management issues here and there, etc. The film frontloads this scene as a purposeful statement of intent, that this will be the …

Burt Bacharach: ‘Trump is dangerous my songs are a form of resistance’

He adored Dusty, drove Cilla to exhaustion and had so many hits he lost count. Now, the 90-year-old says its time to get political I dont know how many songs Ive written, I dont know how many hits Ive had, says Bacharach serenading Mike Myers and Liz Hurley in the first Austin Powers film. Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love (1965) Bacharach and David played this waltzing ode to peace to Warwick, and she didnt like it, says Bacharach. She thought it was too flag-waving. Bacharach respected Warwick she had very good taste so much so that her distaste made him doubt the song. I put it in a drawer. Years later, David suggested playing it for DeShannon. …