God Save the Queen Movie

Plus, Prince's wedding stuff goes up for auction and you can own Frank Zappa's house

Mar 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm
click to enlarge Freddie Mercury fronting Queen in 1978
Freddie Mercury fronting Queen in 1978

HOT: God Save the Queen Movie

A reason for the stalling of the long-in-the-works film about Freddie Mercury and Queen may have surfaced recently during an interview with actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who was once attached to play Mercury in the movie. While Queen guitarist Brian May has said the comedic actor was too recognizable to be convincing, Cohen says he became concerned with the band members’ plan to tone down depictions of Mercury’s lifestyle. He also said he was told by a band member that the film will be great because it has such an amazing middle part. When asked about “the middle,” the musician said he was talking about when Mercury died, suggesting half of the movie would be about post-Freddie Queen, when Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers and American Idol’s Adam Lambert fronted the group. Hopefully if this version of the film gets made, it's only as a movie for Lifetime.

WARM: Let’s Pretend We’re Married

If you ever wanted to pretend you’re getting married to music icon Prince, your weird fantasy can now feature some authentic props… if you’ve got a lot of money to spare. The musicians’ former associates have put together several items for a Prince-centric auction, with the primary seller appearing to be the artist’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia. Her engagement ring, handwritten marriage proposal and wedding dress are up for bid, and you can also purchase Prince-ified sets of china made for the reception. There are some cool musical items up for auction as well (a guitar, early demo tapes, an early press kit). Bid on your favorite item here.

COLD: Quite a Perk

In what has to be the most expensive and (fittingly) strangest donation-tier perk in Kickstarter history, the maker of a documentary about legendary rocker Frank Zappa is offering one donor the home Zappa lived in from 1968 until his death in 1993. Director Alex Winter is looking to reach his $500,000 goal in the next three weeks so he can finish Who the F*@% is Frank Zappa? (which is said to include a lot of unseen archival footage), but if someone claims the top perk, he’ll have enough to make the documentary equivalent of a Michael Bay film — to donate enough for the house, you’ll need $9 million. (The pricey tier was too pricey for Kickstarter, so the house part of the funding project had to be moved to eBay.)