You know how in theater folklore when everyone in a play loses their shit if you say “Macbeth” out loud, because it supposedly causes bad luck demons to ruin the play? Someone must have triggered the James Bond equivalent of the “Macbeth” curse (maybe someone said “Pussy Galore?”) because that set is cursed! The set is now a LITERAL shit show seeing as they reportedly arrested a guy for planting a toilet camera in the women’s loo on the set.
Rami Malek already proved he can tackle the role of an unsettling super villain when he did that “I’m a Fan” spot for Mandarin Oriental. Now it’s been confirmed that Rami might just be an unsettling super villain, for real. The full cast for the upcoming Bond 25, which is directed by super snack Cary Fukunaga, and produced by superfood Barbara Broccoli, was revealed today in a special live event. Rami wasn’t able to make the trip to Jamaica where the event took place and was filmed from the house where Ian Fleming wrote all the Bond books. But he did send in sinister video message that might have been done in character as his as-of-yet unnamed Bond foiling baddie.
When Rami Malek was announced as winner for Best Actor at the Academy Awards last night, I braced myself to cringe because I knew Freddie Mercury was not done meddling in the earthly affairs of Bohemian Rhapsody just yet. You see, throughout the evening, Freddie kept floating up to Rami and tweaking his little bow-tie so that it was never straight. However, I wasn’t expecting Freddie to push him off stage at the end of the show! But it’s the most logical explanation for Rami’s taking a big enough tumble to require paramedic assistance and miss getting his picture taken backstage with his fellow winners for acting, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, and Olivia Colman. Rami is fine, but his Bohemian Rhapsody journey has been wild as hell from beginning to end.
Rami Malek is up for an Oscar for his portrayal of Queen’s Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. Throwing a bit of a pall over the Oscar-nominated proceedings for Rami is the recent expose in The Atlantic about the allegations of underage boy rape against director Bryan Singer. Rami’s not a dummy and he knows if he’s going to get that golden phallic symbol, he’s going to have to make sure the Academy and the public know that he won’t be lining up to see Red Sonja on opening night. He put that out there during his appearance at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday.
When Bohemian Rhapsody won a slew of awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday, most everyone was shocked – including the Hollywood Foreign Press Association based on where they made Rami Malek & Co. sit in that room! Anyway, Rami had already scooped the award for Best Actor in a Drama and was back stage when the whole movie won for Best Picture. Nicole Kidman was the presenter, and when Rami joined the rest of the movie team on stage, he went to say “hai, gurl” to Nic. Alas, she was about as warm to him as she likely would be if Leah Remini and an A&E film crew showed up at her front door. Rami now says he wasn’t mad about it in the least and they “have something planned.” Did anyone really care that much?
After Bohemian Rhapsody’s big win for Best Drama at the Golden Globes last night, I braced myself when the squad got up there to accept the award because the specter of its erstwhile director, accused rapist Bryan Singer, hung heavy in the air even though he was conspicuously absent. It looked like things might get a little awkward up there on stage. Also, Brian May’s poodle doo fills me with existential dread. And I was right to be nervous. Judging from last night’s broadcast, you’d think BR directed itself because Bryan’s name was not mentioned once. That didn’t stop Bryan from finding a way to take the credit for the film’s win. Over the past few months, he’s filled his Instagram with behind the scenes footage and outtakes from the set. And last night, he really outdid himself with a self-congratulatory post about BR’s win.