Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea wants to play Popeye in a live-action movie

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has expressed his desire to play Popeye in a live-action movie if another one ever gets made.

Taking to Twitter this past weekend, the musician and actor – who recently starred as a bounty hunter in Disney+‘s new Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi – pitched the idea of him taking on the role of the much-loved cartoon sailor.

“If a good director decides to make a popeye movie, I’m your man,” he tweeted on Sunday (June 19).

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Although he’s predominantly known as the bassist for the California rock titans, Flea has been acting in TV shows and major motion pictures for decades.

Some of his most notable roles include Back To The Future II and III, The Big Lebowski, Baby Driver, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, The Chase, My Own Private Idaho, and he’s voiced characters in The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad.

Created by E.C. Segar, Popeye initially started off in 1929 as a comic book. The character made its way to the big screen in a 1980 with the release of a live-action musical directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as the titular character.

Whether a new Popeye movie is in the works is not known at this point, but judging from the responses to Flea’s tweet it looks like people would be into the idea.

Hollywood Heights actor Meredith Salenger was among those in his replies, telling the bassist: “Robert Altman’s was one of my favs. Robin Williams. The set. The music – Harry Nilsson. Shelley Duvall singing ‘he needs me’ (later used in punch drunk love). Perfection. And yes… you would be perfect casting.”

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Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently in the middle of their world stadium tour in support of their new album, ‘Unlimited Love’, the band’s first since 2016’s The Getaway’ and the first to feature long-serving guitarist John Frusciante in over a decade.

You can check out the remaining dates below:

JUNE 2022
22 – Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford=
25 – London, London Stadium~
29 – Dublin, Marlay Park~

JULY 2022
1 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park~
3 – Leuven, Rock Werchter
5 – Cologne, RheinEnergieStadium=
8 – Paris, Stade de France~
12 – Hamburg, Volksparkstadion=
23 – Denver, Empower Field at Mile High*
27 – San Diego, Petco Park*
29 – Santa Clara, Levi’s Stadium+
31 – Los Angeles, SoFi Stadium+

AUGUST 2022
3 – Seattle, T-Mobile Park^
6 – Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium^^
10 – Atlanta, Truist Park^
12 – Nashville, Nissan Stadium^
14 – Detroit, Comerica Park^
17 – East Rutherford, Metlife Stadium^
19 – Chicago, Soldier Field^
21 – Toronto, Rogers Centre^
30 – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium^

SEPTEMBER 2022
1 – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium^
3 – Philadelphia, Citizens Bank Park^
8 – Washington, Nationals Park^
10 – Boston, Fenway Park#
15 – Orlando, Camping World Stadium^
18 – Arlington, Globe Life Field^

=with special guests A$AP Rocky and Thundercat
~with special guests Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals and Thundercat
*with special guests HAIM and Thundercat
+with special guests Beck and Thundercat
^with special guests The Strokes and Thundercat
^^with special guests The Strokes and King Princess
# with special guests St. Vincent and Thundercat

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Baz Luhrmann on his “good friend” David Bowie: “I was a huge fan”

Baz Luhrmann has recalled his friendship with David Bowie, explaining how they almost worked on a project together in Berlin.

The director, who worked with the late musician on the soundtrack for 2001’s Moulin Rouge!, told NME about how Bowie’s classic track ‘Changes’ impacted his life.

“From the moment I first heard this song, I was a huge Bowie fan,” Luhrmann said. “I eventually worked with him [on the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack] and then towards the end of his life, he became a very good friend.

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“He used to come round and we’d walk the dogs. We were talking about going to Berlin at one point to do something together. I must have been so stupid, why didn’t I just say yes?”

David Bowie performing in 1987. Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns
David Bowie performing in 1987. Credit: Ebet Roberts/Redferns

For the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, Bowie contributed tracks ‘Heroes’, ‘Diamond Dogs’ and covered Nat King Cole’s ‘Nature Boy’.

Luhrmann’s next film is biopic Elvis, starring Austin Butler as Elvis Presley alongside Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker.

The biopic also stars Helen Thomson as Elvis’ mother Gladys, Richard Roxburgh as his father Vernon and Olivia DeJonge as wife Priscilla Presley. Other cast members include Luke Bracey, David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Josh McConville.

A synopsis reads: “The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.”

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Luhrmann recently explained why he didn’t cast Harry Styles as Presley, after meeting him to discuss the role.

“Harry is a really talented actor,” Luhrmann said. “I would work on something with him… but the real issue with Harry is, he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon.”

Elvis is released in UK and US cinemas on June 24.

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Watch the trailer for Machine Gun Kelly’s new documentary ‘Life In Pink’

The trailer for Machine Gun Kelly’s upcoming new documentary, Life In Pink has arrived – watch it below.

The film will be released onto Disney+ in the near future – an official full release date has yet to be confirmed.

The documentary is directed by Sam Cahill and Executive Produced by Colson Baker, Stephen Astephen, Andre Cisco, Ashleigh Veverka, John Janick and Sean “Diddy” Combs. The film is also produced by Cahill.

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Check out the trailer here:

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An official synopsis on the film read: “Machine Gun Kelly’s Life in Pink is an in-depth look at the dramatic highs and lows of an artist chasing music’s top spot while tackling noise from the outside world, stardom, fatherhood and more.

“From creating his platinum-selling, Billboard No. 1 album Tickets to My Downfall, to his most recent No. 1 studio album, Mainstream Sellout, this is an all-access pass, that goes beyond the headlines, into the chaotic world of Machine Gun Kelly.”

Tweeting about the new documentary earlier today, Kelly said: “My whole life changed in the last two years, and we had the cameras rolling…”

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Machine Gun Kelly opened his 2022 world tour earlier this month (June 8) in Texas in dramatic style, arriving in a huge pink helicopter.

The tour, supporting new album ‘Mainstream Sellout’, began in Austin at the Moody Center where Kely arrived via helicopter. A massive pink and black helicopter landed in the middle of the venue, from which the rapper and pop-punk star attached himself onto via a rope and was carried in mid-air through the venue.

Reviewing Machine Gun Kelly’s latest album, NME wrote: “In less than two years, Machine Gun Kelly has gone from underrated rapper to the sort of bonafide rock star who headlines festivals alongside the likes of MetallicaGreen Day and Dua Lipa.”

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Watch the teaser trailer for Harry Styles’ new LGBTQ+ drama ‘My Policeman’

The first teaser trailer for Harry Styles‘ new LGBTQ+ drama My Policeman has been released – you can watch it below.

Styles portrays the younger version of policeman Tom in the adaptation of Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel, which centres on a love triangle between a man, a woman and a policeman.

Set in the 1990s, the drama begins when an elderly man arrives at Tom and his wife Marion’s (Emma Corrin) home, kickstarting an exploration of “seismic events from 40 years previous”.

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This teaser trailer focuses solely on those past events, in which Tom and museum curator Patrick (David Dawson) first discovered their feelings for each other at a time when same-sex relationships between men were illegal.

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An official synopsis for the film reads: “My Policeman follows three young people – policeman Tom, teacher Marion, and museum curator Patrick – as they embark on an emotional journey in 1950s Britain.

“Flashing forward to the 1990s, Tom (Linus Roache), Marion (Gina McKee), and Patrick (Rupert Everett) are still reeling with longing and regret, but now they have one last chance to repair the damage of the past.

“Based on the book by Bethan Roberts, director Michael Grandage carves a visually transporting, heart-stopping portrait of three people caught up in the shifting tides of history, liberty, and forgiveness.”

The film is further described as “an important and timely cultural story, shedding light on recent history while also being relevant to today’s current cultural landscape, where we are as a society and where we’re headed”.

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Amazon Studios have developed the film, which is directed by by Michael Grandage, with Oscar-nominated writer Ron Nyswaner adapting Roberts’ book for the big screen.

Earlier this week, first-look images of the film were released online. You can view them here.

My Policeman is set to be released in US and UK cinemas on October 21, and will debut globally on Amazon Prime Video on November 4.

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Millie Bobby Brown says she’s “down” to play Halsey in biopic

Halsey has said that they’d love to be portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown in a biopic of their life – and the Stranger Things star has responded with a strong indication that she’d be on board for the potential project.

Fans have commented on the likeness between the pair for a long time, with Halsey recently adding to the discussion on social media, tweeting earlier this month (June 3): “When are Millie Bobby Brown and I gonna play sisters in something this is getting out of hand.”

Yesterday (Jun 13), Halsey appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, and was asked them who should play them in a biopic. He then showed Halsey a photo of herself dressed as Eleven and said: “Here’s who I think should play you.” After joking that Jimmy should play them, Halsey said that Brown “would be great” but that they didn’t think they were “famous enough”.

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Halsey continued: “No. Millie would be so great. It’s kind of uncanny how much we look alike. It’s like, ‘Oh no, we actually look like sisters.’”

Since then, Brown has taken to her Instagram stories with a screenshot of the performance and the caption: “soooo down”.

See the IG story and the key part of Halsey’s Fallon appearance below.

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Halsey forged another link with Brown last weekend when they performed a cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ at the Governors Ball – the 1985 song that’s discovered renewed popularity thanks to its inclusion in the fourth season of Stranger Things.

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The track landed at Number Two on the official UK Singles Chart over the weekend and is now challenging for Number One, according to the midweek charts. ‘Running Up That Hill’ previously peaked at Number Three, and gave Bush her highest chart position since ‘Wuthering Heights’ went to Number One in 1978.

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