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Tom Hardy Will Play Elton John in New Musical Biopic

Actor Tom Hardy, best known for his role as Bane in the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, will be starring in the new musical biopic about Sir Elton John's life called "Rocketman" adapted from an original screenplay by Lee Hall and will be directed by Michael Gracey.

The film is not set to start shooting until Fall 2014 and Sir Elton John himself will be helping with the movie and the soundtrack as well. We are all eager to see how Tom Hardy will fill such big shoes!

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Elton John Recovering From Appendectomy

Legendary Pop Icon, Elton John, is currently taking time to recover after having undergone surgery to remove his appendix. After putting on a strong face despite the great pain he was suffering for as many as 10 live shows, Sir Elton John was forced to cancel his summer series and seek medical attention. He was diagnosed with appendicitis. According to BBC, the 66 year old singer underwent the operation at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco last Thursday.

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Elan Lea is Ready For Some American Love

You may not have heard of Elan Lea yet, but chances are, you will soon. This singer/songwriter hails from his native South Africa and has recently made quite a splash in the UK. Elan is getting ready to debut his US project, Conversations Over Time. Elan is a protege of the late Robin Gibb and his highly successful Universal Records album My Only Excuse was released in 2009. So be the first of your friends to check him out and learn all about his new album and his transition to the US music scene below!

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Pete Tong's 'Rocktronic Ibiza123' Festival

We’ve heard quite a few announcements of genre-crossing festival’s lately, with Jay-Z’s Made in America and the ever-evolving Lollapalooza. And while I’m definitely a fan of shaking up a festival lineup with a hip-hop artist or two, never in my wildest dreams would I pair EDM with classic rock - a move BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong has boldly made with his “Rocktronic Ibiza123” festival.

Despite my skepticism, Pete Tong’s word is my bible and I simply can not doubt a man with such an incredibly gifted ear for music. After more than 40 years of gracing the wavelengths with masterfully-crafted mixes, what the DJ extraordinaire says, goes. Rock on househeads!

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Interview: Eric Dill of Click Five Gives us the Scoop on Going Solo

Eric Dill is the former lead singer for the popular band Click Five. He has since ventured out into a solo career and we got a chance to snag him for an interview about his upcoming album. Get the scoop below!

Joonbug: How has it been transitioning from a member of a band to a solo career? What do you like and dislike about it?

Eric Dill: My artistic endeavors, when considered, have always been born of my own volition. I have found players my whole life to perform with but never felt artistically connected or bound to them. My best collaborative efforts are in live performance, songwriting and production and this I enjoy doing a la carte. As an artist, nothing is more deadening than being controlled. To become a music entity beyond myself would be tying my hands and diluting vision.

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Mr. Schue Goes Behind the Camera

Attention Gleeks!

Not only can Mr. Schue dance, act, and sing, but now he's showing off his directing skills.

This weekend, Glee’s Matthew Morrison performed at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and gave fans a nice surprise. The actor reveals that he will be making his directorial debut this season on the FOX hit!

The actor - famous for playing McKinley's hot Spanish teacher - has kept mum about the episode's plot; however, we do know that it will be the eighth episode and will air in November.

Morrison has definitely proven himself to be a star this year. Glee has continued to be a success, he's released his debut album (featuring collaborations with Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, and Elton John) and is even shooting his new movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Now he can add 'director' to that lovely resume of his.

We know we are looking forward to seeing this episode. What about you guys? Think you’ll tune in to see Mr. Schue's magic behind the camera?

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Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen Year Old Self


Back in 2009, a group of celebrities were approached by the Elton John AIDS Foundation with the question: “What would you say to your sixteen-year-old self today?” The answers, in the form of letters, were collected in a book immediately afterward, and the profits from its publication went to AIDS research and treatment for the underprivileged.

It has taken a surprisingly long time for excerpts of the book to make its way onto the internet. Luckily, Letters of Note has collected a handful of those letters and posted them online. There are some really wonderful and sincere letters from writers, artists, musicians, and comedians. While each letter writer comes from a different background, the ideas expressed are heart-warmingly sincere and humorous. One of the book’s aims was to show how very similar the thoughts and encouragement of those considered “the greats” would be to our own.

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Royal Guest List

Who's invited to the royal wedding? You're not? Don't worry, nor do I and nor do the Obamas, Sarah Ferguson or Lady Gaga... However, the butcher is!

Look who's gonna be there on April 29th

Willem Marx, Kate's ex

Kate is inviting one of her ex boyfriends, how weird is that? Not that weird when we know that William will invite some of his exes as well.

Martin Fidler, Bucklebury's butcher

No, no, this butcher is not particularly close to the family, but Kate's parents wanted to invite some of Bucklebury's shop owners so...

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Lady Gaga Is A Godmother

The 63-year-old singer and partner David Furnish became the parents of Zachary last Christmas. And John confirmed that Lady Gaga was the godmother.

The Rocket man dropped by Saturday Night Live this past weekend and let it slip that the Born This Way songstress was the godmother.

"For those of you concerned that we are unusual parents, don't worry," said John. "It's not like we are the only two people involved in the child's life. His godmother is Lady Gaga. That is true. It's not a joke. Lady Gaga is his actual godmother, which is ironic, because I've always said that Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. And Gaga loves Mars. She says Mars has good schools and great discos."

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Elton John Is Going To The Royal Wedding

Elton John and his partner David Furnish will be part of the April 29 Ceremony.

A couple of weeks ago, he was pretty sure that he was not invited to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. But the singer revealed to Canada's CTV that he received an invitation: "We do have an invitation, but I've been trying to be discreet."

He also shared thoughts about William. He believes that he has "one of the hardest jobs in the world … the scrutiny he will be under. I hope William becomes King at an early age. I think we need young people like him to lead. I think he will be a tremendous king – not that Charles won't, but I think William will be … tremendous."