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The Nose On 'Rocketman' And 'When They See Us'

Rocketman is the sort of movie where (tiny spoiler ahead here, I suppose) "Elton John," at one point, becomes an actual "rocket man"... and blasts off into the sky... with fire shooting out of his feet. I mean, what else do you need to know really, right?

It's directed by Dexter Fletcher, whose previous film -- another little music biopic you might've heard of called Bohemian Rhapsody -- is the second-highest-grossing drama ever made. And it stars Taron Egerton, who does all his own singing, in the, uh, title role.

And: Ava DuVernay is the director of Selma (which was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars), A Wrinkle in Time, and the Netflix documentary 13th (for which DuVernay was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature), among other things. Her newest project is When They See Us, a Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five.

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Rebecca Castellani - Director of venue operations and tour marketing for We Save Music
  • Rand Richards Cooper - Contributing editor at Commonweal; writes the "In Our Midst" column for Hartford Magazine
  • Taneisha Duggan - Producing associate at TheaterWorks

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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