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Brian May: Sacha Baron Cohen Not Involved In Freddie Mercury Biopic, Contrary To Rumours


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We know what you're thinking: Sacha Baron Cohen, the master of disguises and impressions, would have been the perfect actor to play Freddie Mercury. But, alas, it wasn't meant to be. Brian May, the guitarist of Queen, has confirmed Cohen is not involved in any film project relating to the life of Mercury.

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Sacha Baron Cohen is not involved in the Freddie Mercury biopic.

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Brian May Says Sacha Baron Cohen Won't Be Playing Freddie Mercury In Queen Biopic


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Well it was a good idea while it lasted, but it appears Sacha Baron Cohen will not be playing Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Queen biopic after all, guitarist Brian May has confirmed. Queen’s long time manager Jim Beach was said to have announced Cohen’s involvement in the film on Thursday, while accepting an award at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy venue.

Sacha Baron CohenSadly we will not get to see Sacha Baron Cohen sing 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

According to the Daily Mail, Beach had told the audience “You have probably followed the saga of the famous Queen-Freddie Mercury biopic which has been developing in Hollywood for the last seven years. An important breakthrough is that we have now managed to persuade Sacha Baron Cohen to write, produce and direct this movie, and he has also agreed to star.”

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Sacha Baron Cohen Will Play Freddie Mercury In Upcoming Queen Biopic


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Sacha Baron Cohen has been confirmed as playing Freddie Mercury in a upcoming Queen biopic, according to the band’s manager Jim Beach. Beach, who has managed the band since 1978, made the announcement on Thursday night at the Artist & Management Awards at London's Troxy.

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Along with starring as the band’s iconic frontman, Cohen will reportedly also be producing, writing and directing the film, according to the Daily Mail.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Liza Minnelli


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Liza Minnelli has recently been admitted into rehab so she can get help with substance abuse problems. The 69-year-old reportedly checked herself in early this week and is already showing signs of "excellent progress". Just in case you're struggling with the Minnelli trivia, here are five things you need to know about the Cabaret actress:

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Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album


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Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie Mercury and the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

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‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’ was first written by Mercury during Queen’s Hot Space album sessions, but was never finished. Mercury later visited Jackson to record his vocals for the 1984 LP The Works, but the song was still left unfinished. It would later appear as a solo track on Mercury’s album Mr Bad Guy.

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John Deacon Rules Out Any Involvement In Freddie Mercury Biopic


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Former Queen bassist John Deacon is apparently having nothing to do with the upcoming biopic of the group's late singer Freddie Mercury as he continues to maintain his exile from the surviving group member's work under the Queen name. According to the group's guitarist Brian May, Deacon has given the script for the film his approval, but wants nothing more to do with the upcoming movie project, or the potential new Queen album rumoured to be in the works.

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Mercury will be remembered in the upcoming biopic

"We kinda mourn for John as well as Freddie in a sense," May recently told Rolling Stone. "I do know John's read the script and he's in approval...[But] he just doesn't want to be walking those roads ... He's in his own space and we respect that. It's a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn't want to be in that arena anymore."

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Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be Freddy Mercury - Ben Whishaw


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Remember Stars in Their Eyes? That was good wasn’t it, and while it may have provided an incredibly cheap platform on which to build this story – surrounding Ben Whishaw’s upcoming turn as Freddie Mercury in a biopic of the mercurial singer – we maintain its validity and quality. But that’s enough nostalgia now; it’s time to step back into 2013.

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Whishaw has replaced Sacha Baron Cohen - reports the BBC -  who pulled out of playing the late Queen star because of creative differences with the band. He wanted to portray every facet of Mercury’s life included the more debauched and unsavoury times, as well as the creative entertainment powerhouse that he was. The remaining Queen members on board, though, wanted a family friendly exposition of his life, and ties were cut.

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Brian May Teases Possible 'New' Queen Album After New Demos Are Found


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Its been more than two decades since the passing of Freddie Mercury, but before his tragic passing, the powerful Queen vocalist may have spent more time in the recording booth than was initially anticipated. In addition to the recently unearthed duets with Michael Jackson, it turns out that Mercury also spent a good amount of solo time in the studio, as the treasure trove of recently unearthed demos suggests.

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Mercury was prolific in the recording booth

Speaking with Mojo (via The Guardian) for their December/January issue, guitarist Brian May revealed that he and the rest of the band have been scanning their archives for any unused material featuring the late Mercury, telling the magazine that they might have hit the jackpot. Comparing the project to Queen's fifteenth and final studio album, Made In Heaven, which was released nearly four years after Mercury's death in November 1995, May stated that the newly found tracks are being polished off and prepared for release. He went on to say that the hunt proved more fruitful than was initially planned and that there may be enough material for a full-length release.

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Ben Whishaw Lands Freddie Mercury Role, Replaces Sacha Baron Cohen


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Actor Ben Whishaw has reportedly stepped in to play legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury after the recent departure of Sacha Baron Cohen. The 33 year-old Skyfall actor has landed the role in the upcoming biopic charting the fame of the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocker, The Mail on Sunday claims to have confirmed.

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Ben Whishaw Is The Queen Favourite For The Role.

Baron Cohen dropped out over the summer over quarrels with the remaining Queen members regarding the film's plot. Sacha was said to be gunning for a bare-all, gritty portrayal of the singer who died in 1991 whereas the band preferred a more family-friendly storyline that celebrated Queen's music.

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Brian May Explains Why Sasha Baron Cohen Was Wrong For Freddie Mercury Biopic


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The planned biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's life has been in discussion for three years now, with comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen in line to star as the late singer since the very beginning of the project. The biopic was thrown into disarray in the summer however, when it was reported that Cohen had been booted from the project, with little explanation for his exit. This week, Queen guitarist Brian May looked to shed some light on what happened.

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Freddie Mercury is revered as one of the finest rock frontmen of all time

"It's quite difficult to talk about because we owe Sacha a lot," May told Classic Rock in it's latest issue. He went on to say, "He had so much enthusiasm for the project and it really helped us kick it into the start position. But in the end we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting."

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Daniel Radcliffe A No-Go For Freddy Mercury Role, But Why?


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Since Sacha Baron-Cohen dropped out of the Freddy Mercury biopic, a few names have been touted for his return.

Johnny Depp was even mentioned following his high-profile flop as Tonto in Lone Ranger, and so was Daniel Radcliffe, who has moved to quash the rumours.

He told Empire magazine: "There’s no truth to it at all. It’s one of those very, very funny things: it came out of a story in the Daily Star and then you see newspapers like The Guardian using The Star as their source, and it grows and grows until it's 'Daniel Radcliffe playing Freddie Mercury!', which I was never going to do."

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Daniel Radcliffe Rumoured Freddie Mercury Replacement After Sacha Baron Cohen Steps Out


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Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury: it was almost too perfect. The looks, the singing ability, the eccentricity, the confidence; the planned Queen biopic was bound to be a hit. However, then Baron Cohen shocked by stepping away from the movie, and leaving the iconic role open. The 41 year-old comedian pulled out of the movie a few months ago due to "creative differences."

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Daniel Radcliffe Rumoured To Play Freddie Mercury.

According to Deadline, the band who wanted a more PG-ready film whilst Baron Cohen pushed for a grittier tell-all R-rated version that would take a deeper look at the talented singer's life both on and off the stage. A compromise could not be reach and Sacha threw in the towel.

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Sean Sasser, AIDS Activist And 'Real World: San Francisco' Cast Member, Dies Aged 44


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Sean Sasser, who featured in the reality show The Real World: San Francisco, has died aged 44. Sasser was featured on the show owing to his relationship with primary cast member Pedro Zamora. 

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David "Puck" Rainey who starred on The Real World: San Francisco with Sasser's partner Pedro Zamora. Photographed with his son at the 2010 'Reality Bash' in L.A.

Sasser was HIV positive and died of a rare lung cancer, mesothelioma. This cancer, according to Queerty, has been linked to the weakened immune systems of those suffering from HIV.

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A Week in News: Giudice Facing 50 Years, Katy Perry's Prism and Lohan Leaves Rehab


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Real Housewife? Turns out has been doing more than washing up, doing lunch and sorting her shoe collection. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star and husband Joe have been indicted on 39 counts of fraud and tax evasion - they face a potential 50 years in prison. Read all the details here.

What Katy Did: Want to know what Katy Perry's been up to the last couple of years? Well, making a new album of course, which she announced she week. 'Prism' will hit shelves later this year, but it won't feature her on-off boyfriend John Mayer. Read more Katy Perry's album 'Prism' here.

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Unheard Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury Duets? Listen To Them Now


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Duets featuring two of the greatest pop stars of all time, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury, are expected to get full releases in the fall.

According to The Times of London, Freddie's former band mates Brian May and Roger Taylor are working on the release of three tracks recorded during a six-hour session at Jackson's home studio in Encino, California in 1983.

Writing on his website, May said: "We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months' time, hopefully.Great evening with William Orbit working with some Queen/Freddie/Michael Jackson tapes."

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