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Facebook had some chatter about some British TV show about Queen and someone posted up some young Freddie screen caps that I hadn't seen. So I had a look on YouTube and there is this:

However, it is 3 am here and I have to go to sleep, so I just hope this is still up tomorrow when I have time to watch it. (I fear the copyright police will pull it.) If you have already seen it, people, do discuss. One great thing about Freddie fandom is that there are not really spoilers LOL. 

ETA: It plays for me here, but it wouldn't play on my YouTube channel on AppleTV due to country restrictions. It's interesting and worth watching, though it made me a little bit melancholy.
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 A very short punk (45 seconds) song about Freddie.

Happy New Year everybody!

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New Brian interview from Rolling Stone, in which he discusses the Freddie movie, and Freddie's work with Michael Jackson, amongst quite a lot of other things.
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 RIP Freddie . . . 22 years since you left . . . we still love you.

Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux

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 Last year, Rhys Thomas, who directed a documentary about Freddie, participated in an "ask me anything" on Reddit. If people haven't already seen this, it's worth the read.
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A Hindu temple complex in Tividale is erecting monuments to other Indian faiths, and they dedicated their Zoroastrian monument to Freddie Mercury. Freddie's sister Kashmira Cooke showed up for the ceremony along with other officials; she spoke a bit about her family's religious practice. Kashmira brought her son Samuel. You all realize that this means that Freddie Mercury's nephew is named Sam Cooke.

The Express & Star has the article and an image slideshow.
Direct link:

I am pasting the text below for easy reference.

Freddie Mercury honoured in unveiling of Tividale statue )
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We still love you!

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 Metro News is reporting that the Freddie Mercury biopic will probably not happen now that Sacha Baron Cohen is out. 

Their reportage is based on the BBC tweeting something they claim to have been told by screenwriter Peter Morgan.

This pic has nothing to do with anything but I'm reposting it because what the heck. 

Freddie Mercury in leather

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Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly stepped down from the film due to disagreements about the direction the script was taking. Hmm.

This report says that Brian and Roger are vetoing anything they feel is too gritty because they want a family-friendly movie. [Rock and roll, fun for the whole family, no, wait.]

I wonder if Brian and Roger are blocking any kind of movie likely to upset Freddie's family, just as they recently intervened with the unfortunate Freddie as gorilla statue. 

Some of the irreverent comments on The A.V. Club report amused me, but many were offensive so read at your own risk.

Personally, I suspect that whatever movie they make will displease me on some level because I would want it to be perfect and nothing is. So this doesn't bother me but I know many more rational people were looking forward to it. Feel free to discuss.

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Norman Sheffield had a book excerpt in the Daily Mail, still complaining that Freddie wasn't fair to him. I guess it is the power of Freddie that this guy is still holding a grudge after all this time. I think the article has an overall homophobic tone, though maybe I am overreacting to what is merely badly written caricature. 

For contemplation, "Death on Two Legs" at Earls Court in 1977:

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painting of Freddie Mercury as Queen Amidala

Artist Chuck Knigge has created a series of artworks depicting Freddie Mercury as various queens. Above is Freddie as Queen Amidala of Star Wars. The art will be featured in several exhibits in Washington state, timed to June Pride celebrations. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign. Below is Freddie as Queen Latifah. The exhibit has a Facebook page

painting of Freddie Mercury as Queen Latifah

Source of info and Chuck Knigge's images: Capitol Hill Seattle

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 There is an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen in which he discusses the planned Freddie Mercury film biography. It is from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Here is the part of the interview where he talks about the movie. There is more where he talks about his career which you can go read at the site.

LOS ANGELES—“I’ve got to hit the high notes. I’m buying those tight underpants,” Sacha Baron Cohen cracked about his coming role. He will play the Queen’s legendary frontman, the late Freddie Mercury, in a film to be directed by Stephen Frears and cowritten by Peter Morgan, both of whom gave us an award-winning film on the other Queen.

“I will be singing,” confirmed Sacha, a little more seriously this time. It was our first time to interview Sacha as himself. In our previous chats, he came fully costumed—as Borat, Bruno (he almost gave us a lap dance) and The Dictator. Each one was a hilarious session. But even talking as himself, Sacha was just as funny.

The Brit’s Borat moustache helped him land the role of the rock god, he joked. “I think that was the main reason that I got chosen,” Sacha said. “They don’t want to spend too much money on prosthetics and [fake] moustaches. That I can grow my own is going to be very significant.”

Sacha does not need to buy tight underpants right away. “We’re in the early days; we’re still working on the script,” he said of the untitled film to be produced by no less than Robert De Niro and Freddie’s former Queen bandmates, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, among others.

But Sacha was clear that the film will not cover Freddie’s entire life. “At the moment, it’s more about the… period of his life leading up to Live Aid and a bit after Live Aid.” Cowriting the screenplay with Morgan are Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson.

Interesting character

“The story of Freddie Mercury is fascinating,” the actor said. “He was a really interesting character. He had these incredibly traditional parents, who he didn’t come out to. He had a wife. He was one of the early celebrities who had to deal with getting AIDS in an era when it was a death sentence. He carried on performing—until the very end.”

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I came across this amazing piece of art on tumblr today. It's by Pablo Stanley (sadly not his tumblr, but at least there's proper credit) and an artistic visualisation of "Don't Stop Me Now". You should all take a look, I'm sure you'll like it.

Don't Stop Me Now by Freddie Mercury and Pablo Stanley
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Although this channel opened a few months ago, I think it's only just started posting videos. It's called "Freddie Mercury Solo", and contains a number of music videos, including the new mix of Barcelona.

Worth a browse.
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We still love you! 

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I was just updating the profile and it looks like we have a couple of new members -- welcome! 

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 In The Advocate, Elton John writes about losing Freddie to AIDS in an excerpt from his memoir Love Is The Cure:

For many, however, AZT would come too late to make a difference. That was tragically the case for Ryan White, asit was for one of my very closest friends, a man whom I loved dearly, and a man who was loved by millions ofpeople around the world: Freddie Mercury.

Freddie didn’t announce publicly that he had AIDS until the day before he died in 1991. Although he wasflamboyant onstage — an electric front man on par with Bowie and Jagger — he was an intensely private manoffstage. But Freddie told me he had AIDS soon after he was diagnosed in 1987. I was devastated. I’d seen what thedisease had done to so many of my other friends. I knew exactly what it was going to do to Freddie. As did he. Heknew death, agonizing death, was coming. But Freddie was incredibly courageous. He kept up appearances, he keptperforming with Queen, and he kept being the funny, outrageous, and profoundly generous person he had alwaysbeen.

As Freddie deteriorated in the late 1980s and early ’90s, it was almost too much to bear. It broke my heart to seethis absolute light unto the world ravaged by AIDS. By the end, his body was covered with Kaposi’s sarcomalesions. He was almost blind. He was too weak to even stand.

By all rights, Freddie should have spent those final days concerned only with his own comfort. But that wasn’t whohe was. He truly lived for others. Freddie had passed on November 24, 1991, and weeks after the funeral, I was stillgrieving. On Christmas Day, I learned that Freddie had left me one final testament to his selflessness. I was mopingabout when a friend unexpectedly showed up at my door and handed me something wrapped in a pillowcase. Iopened it up, and inside was a painting by one of my favorite artists, the British painter Henry Scott Tuke. And therewas a note from Freddie. Years before, Freddie and I had developed pet names for each other, our drag-queen alteregos. I was Sharon, and he was Melina. Freddie’s note read, “Dear Sharon, thought you’d like this. Love, Melina.Happy Christmas.”

I was overcome, forty-four years old at the time, crying like a child. Here was this beautiful man, dying from AIDS,and in his final days, he had somehow managed to find me a lovely Christmas present. As sad as that moment was,it’s often the one I think about when I remember Freddie, because it captures the character of the man. In death, hereminded me of what made him so special in life.

Freddie touched me in a way few people ever have, and his brave, private struggle with AIDS is something thatinspires me to this day. But his illness, I’m ashamed to admit, wasn’t enough to spur me to greater action. I’ve railedagainst government and religious leaders who were indifferent to or who actively undermined the fight againstAIDS. They deserve every bit of criticism I’m throwing their way. They could have done so much more.

I could have done so much more, too.

The whole thing is worth reading for its reminder of the stigma and violence directed at people with AIDS in the 1980s. 


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