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Als Elvis Presley vor 25 Jahren, am 16.08.1977, starb, hatte er die Welt der Musik verändert wie kein anderer zuvor. Er hatte jene Verbindung aus Rhythmus, Rebellion und Erotik geschaffen, für die der Begriff "Rock’n’Roll" fortan stehen sollte...

Im "Rock’n’Roll" war Elvis Presley ohne Wenn und Aber der King. Für seine filmischen Werke gilt dies nicht ganz. Die meisten der rund 30 Filme waren seichte Unterhaltungsschmonzetten mit einigen wenigen Ausnahmen, wie z.B. "Jailhouse Rock - Rhythmus hinter Gittern" (1957), "King Creole - Mein Leben ist der Rhythmus" (1958) und "Flaming Star" (1960)...

Dennoch taucht Elvis immer wieder in Filmen auf, z.B. in "Honeymoon in Vegas" (1992), "True Romance" (1993), "Forrest Gump" (1994)...

Elvis lebt !!! Den gealterten Elvis, gespielt von Bruce Campbell, gab es in dem Horror-Streifen "Bubba Ho-Tep" am 9. Juni 2002 beim CineVegas International Film Festival zu sehen... Der Film feierte beim Fantasy FilmFest 2003 seine Deutschland-Premiere... Das Sequel "Bubba Nosferatu" ist in Vorbereitung...

Und dann gibt es da noch die halbdokumenatarische "Elvis" TV-Miniserie, die im Mai 2005 im US-Fernsehen zu sehen war und hierzulande am 24. November 2005 auf DVD veröffentlicht wurde: Mit Jonathan Rhys-Meyers als Elvis, Randy Quaid als Colonel Tom Parker und Antonia Bernath als Priscilla...

Stephen Frears werkelt an "The Importance of Being Elvis", einer Geschichte über einen Stellvertreter für Elvis... Und dann wären da noch die geplanten Verfilmungen der Bücher "Sergeant Presley: The Untold Story of Elvis' Missing Years" (Filmtitel: "The King and Us") und "The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley"...


Elvis auf DVD !!!
Am 25. November 2005 veröffentlichte MC-One die 2-teilige Biographie-Verfilmung "Elvis" auf DVD - mit Jonathan Rhys-Meyers als Elvis !!!
Bereits am 21. Juni 2004 erschienen die offiziellen (!!!) DVD-Sets Elvis Presley - Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii (Deluxe Edition, 2 DVDs) und Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special (Special Deluxe Edition 3 DVDs)... Jetzt bestellen !!!

[01.11.2008] AICN sprach mit Paul Giamatti über das Sequel zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"...
Quint: [...] I guess you have an announcement. That’s the whole point of doing this, so let’s hear it.
Paul Giamatti: (laughs) No, definitely. We want to get this thing done, BUBBA NOSFERATU. I saw HO-TEP when it came out and I used to say in interviews when people asked me which director I wanted to work with I would say "Don Coscarelli" and nine times out of ten, they would go "Who the hell is that?"
Quint: Which makes you fucking badass, by the way.
Paul Giamatti: Are you kidding me? He’s fuckin’... and a lot of people thought I was kidding when I would say it, too. "I’m not kidding. I’m totally serious!" I saw BUBBA HO-TEP and it’s one of my favorite movies. I loved it and then somebody finally showed him some interview in which I said that and he called me up. I went and met him and he’s a great guy, you know?
Quint: Yeah, on top of his movies being fantastic, he’s the nicest person in the world, hands down.
Paul Giamatti: And his movies are amazing. They are totally unique, you know? So then he asked me if I was interested in doing this one and I was just like "You have got to be kidding me. Yeah, absolutely!" I said, "I have a little production company and we can help you guys do this" and he brought me in onboard and now we have got Ron Perlman interested in playing Elvis. [...]

[29.05.2008] meldet...
Producers David Permut and Steve Binder have acquired screen rights to Alanna Nash's 2003 book "The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley." Permut and Binder will develop a feature titled "The Colonel" based on the book about the man with shadowy origins who reinvented himself as the Svengali behind the world's most famous entertainer.
Parker started his showbiz career as a hustler on the carnival circuit before promoting Minnie Pearl and Eddy Arnold. Parker built Presley into a global music and film star -- and took 50% of the spoils.
Nash dug deeply into Parker's origins in the expose. While Parker always claimed to be American, Nash uncovered a past life in the Netherlands that included his possible involvement in the bludgeoning death of a female acquaintance.
Though that murder remains unsolved, Permut said the event may factor into the script because it's one explanation of why Parker left abruptly for America and rarely ventured outside the U.S. Presley famously never went on a European tour because Parker didn't want to go there.
Permut said he and Binder (who produced Presley's 1968 comeback TV special) set up the project after hiring a writer and director. Steve Longi will be co-producer. [...]

[28.08.2007] Heute um 15.00 Uhr zeigt der TV-Sender arte "Café Europa"... Und bei Fangoria gibt es eine traurige Meldung bzgl. des "Bubba Ho-Tep"-Sequels...
Genre fave Bruce Campbell dropped a bombshell on FANGORIA RADIO listeners the other night: The actor has turned down appearing in BUBBA NOSFERATU, the long-mooted sequel/prequel to his and director Don (PHANTASM) Coscarelli’s 2002 sleeper hit BUBBA HO-TEP. You read that right: The EVIL DEAD actor won’t be growing out his sideburns and donning the white jumpsuit again to play the geriatric Elvis Presley for the follow-up. The reason, Campbell said, had to do with the screenplay by Coscarelli and co-scripter Stephen Romano, which features Elvis, both in the past and present, battling a clan of Las Vegas vampires and dealing with the machinations of his duplicitous manager, Colonel Tom Parker (to be played by Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti, a big Coscarelli/Campbell fan).
"[BUBBA NOSFERATU] is dead to me," Campbell said flatly. "It sleeps with the fishes. Don Coscarelli is a very passionate filmmaker. We got to a few points [developing the screenplay] that we couldn’t reconcile. I want to keep our friendship, so we parted ways. So I’m not part of that project."
So will BUBBA NOSFERATU move forward without Campbell? Coscarelli told Fango that he is considering recasting the film with another actor whom the fans would embrace, but he admits that it will be a tall order to fill Campbell’s shoes. [...]

[25.01.2007] DH meldet...
Cinema League has optioned film and TV rights to the book "Sergeant Presley: The Untold Story of Elvis' Missing Years" reports Variety.
Cinema League plans to begin shooting the pic this summer, with most of the production set in Germany. Rex Manfield was a fellow soldier during Presley's tour in the Army from 1958 to 1960 while his wife Elisabeth was once romantically linked with the singer.
Story, penned by Milo Vrana, will cover Presley's basic training in Texas and his travels to Germany along with the genesis of his addiction to prescription drugs and his initial meeting with Priscilla Beaulieu, his eventual spouse.

[10.04.2006] B-D meldet...
[...] Paul Giamatti - who we're told is a huge Bruce Campbell fan - is in talks to star as Colonial Parker in Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires, which director Don Coscarelli has been talking about quite a lot the past few weeks. The other day it was confirmed here that the film is still being worked on and that Bruce Campbell will return- when the film will be shot is still unknown. [...]

[26.10.2005] Icons of Fright sprach mit Don Coscarelli, u.a. über "Bubba Ho-Tep 2"...
[...] He fully intends on doing a sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep, it’s just a matter of "when". He said Bruce loved being Elvis and he’s rarin’ to go again! He also told mea fact involving The King and kung-fu! Did you know that he was like an 8th Degree black belt in karate and he sparred in dojo’s with the Memphis Mafia, who let him kick the crap outta them because, after all, he’s The King? All true! [...]

[22.07.2005] Capone von AICN sprach mit Bruce Campbell, u.a. über "Bubba Ho-Tep 2"...
Capone: [...] Is a follow-up to BUBBA HO-TEP still a possibility?
B.C.: MGM was interested, but they just go purchased by Sony, and there’s that uncomfortable year-long period where everyone is looking at everyone else asked "Who are you? Are you my boss? You’re fired." And executives take projects with them. It’s all very secretive. So who knows? We have an idea mapped out, it’s like a prequel and a sequel at the same time. When the smoke clears, I think someone will step up because it’s actually done really well for them. I hope they see it that way.

[07.05.2005] Bei IGNFF gibt es eine Kritik zur "Elvis" Mini-Serie...
[...] While part one recreates Elvis' controversial early concerts and his rise to stardom, it is primarily in part two where Elvis evolves from being a good ol' boy (never meanin' no harm) into a spiritually curious adult and frustrated artist. While he is ultimately undone by his own demons, we also get the sense that his story's already been written for him. The miniseries doesn't shy away from Presley's drug addiction, volatile temper, or shortcomings as a husband yet Rhys Meyers manages to keep Elvis charming and likable throughout the darkest moments. Even when he's surly or needy or arrogant, you still can't help but care about him.
Rhys Meyers imbues The King with an energy most actors who have played him haven't mustered. This is particularly noticeable during the concert scenes where Rhys Meyers seems to be genuinely enjoying performing onstage, even if his dance moves are sometimes stiff and awkward. While Kurt Russell remains the gold standard by which all Elvis actors are measured (and this miniseries owes a great deal narratively and structurally to that 1979 telepic directed by John Carpenter), Rhys Meyers has now managed to become the definitive small-screen Elvis for a new generation. [...]

[11.04.2005] Bei IGNFF gibt es mehrere Szenenbilder aus der "Elvis" Mini-Serie... Die Offizielle Website dazu ist zwischenzeitlich auch gestartet...

[29.03.2005] Bei gibt es Infos zur kommenden Mini-Serie...

[05.03.2005] sprach mit Bruce Campbell, u.a. über "Bubba Ho-Tep 2"...
[...] It's being actively pursued by two companies. That will probably happen. Don't know when. There will be a bit of prequel and bit of a sequel at the same time. There may be some parallel story elements. [...]

[16.02.2005] Bei IGNFF gibt es erste Bilder von J. Rhys-Meyers als Elvis...

[07.02.2005] IGNFF berichtet über die kommende "Elvis" Mini-Serie...
According to Variety, actress Jennifer Rae Westley has joined the cast of the forthcoming CBS miniseries Elvis.
The trade says Westley will portray Elvis' (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) first girlfriend and high school sweetheart Dixie Locke. This is the first biopic of The King that has depicted Locke; in other biopics her character is fictionalized.
(Elvis geek trivia note: the Dixie-like character in the short-lived 1990s Elvis TV series was named Mattie Walker. She was played by Kelli Williams who later starred in The Practice opposite Camryn Manheim, who portrays Gladys Presley in this miniseries.)
Westley's credits include Traffic: The Miniseries, Levity and Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story.

[26.01.2005] IGNFF weiss mehr über die Besetzung der "Elvis" Mini-Serie...
[...] Cast as Vernon Presley, father of Elvis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and husband of Gladys (Camryn Manheim), is X-Files vet Jonathan Rhys-MeyersRobert Patrick.
Ironically enough, Patrick is playing the dad of Elvis' pal and Sun Records contemporary Johnny Cash in the Fox biopic Walk the Line. Patrick's other credits include Cop Land and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Twenty-three-year-old British actress Antonia Bernath will play Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, the King's wife. The miniseries recounts Elvis' relationship with teenage Priscilla even as he fell for Hollywood starlet Ann-Margret (Rose McGowan).
Bernath appeared in the Bollywood period drama Kisna and has been cast in Living Neon Dreams opposite Marilyn Manson. According to this report, Bernath studied at the Old Vic Theatre School in London but dropped out to star in Kisna.
Also joining the miniseries is Tim Guinee who portrays the man who discovered Elvis, late Sun Records producer Sam Phillips. Guinee's credits include Ladder 49 (opposite Robert Patrick), Blade and John Carpenter's Vampires. He also starred in the short-lived TV series Strange World, and guest-starred on The Practice opposite Elvis co-star Manheim.
In related news, The IMDB has revealed some of the actors cast in supporting roles in the miniseries.
Elvis airs in two parts on May 8th and 11th on CBS. James Sadwith directs from a screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan. Randy Quaid co-stars as Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

[22.12.2004] Ananova weiss wer "Elvis" in der gleichnamigen Mini-Serie spielen wird: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - zur Zeit als Cassander in "Alexander" zu sehen...
The King is soon to be taken on by Irish actor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers of Bend It Like Beckham fame.
The 27-year-old actor has bagged the part of Elvis in a new US mini-series because the producer was bowled over by his physical similarity to the legendary crooner.
Short of implying that Jonathan is actually a reincarnation of the King, exec producer Howard Braunstein has revealed that he chose the actor for his "uncanny" resemblance to Elvis.
"He was the first person I'd ever thought of for the role," Braunstein said. "I watched Bend It Like Beckham and when you see him, you just say, 'He is Elvis'.
"He has the physical look and the style that embodies Elvis, both the sweetness and the sex appeal," he went on.
Jonathan, who will appear on our cinema screens in January with the release of Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon, didn't exactly just wait for the call to come in for the part.
Instead, he dressed up as Elvis and sent a film of himself imitating the singer's distinctive southern drawl - and it plainly worked.
Braunstein added: "It was uncanny - the voice sounded so authentic."
Randy Quaid will play Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Parker and Scream actress Rose McGowan will play screen siren Ann-Margaret, who starred with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas and had a fling with him before his Priscilla days.

[15.11.2004] IGNFF berichtet über die kommende "Elvis" Mini-Serie...
There was an open casting call yesterday at CBS Studios in Los Angeles for the network's upcoming four-hour miniseries Elvis. According to Reuters, there were at least 200 hopefuls who auditioned before a small gathering that included director Jim Sadwith, the producers and casting executives.
Elvis will reportedly "trace Presley's rise to fame from age 18 to his triumphant 1968 comeback at age 33. No air date has been set. Presley died in 1977 at age 42. While all the candidates had to perform a Presley number for the tryout, the winner won't actually sing in the miniseries. He'll lip-sync to Presley recordings licensed especially for the program."
Sadwith advised Reuters that the production hopes to find an unknown with "the sexuality, the vulnerability and the danger of Elvis .... We're not looking for just an impersonator."
But many of those trying out were Elvis impersonators and were also older than the 18-33 requirement. Peter Golden, CBS' executive vice president of talent and casting, told the L.A. Daily News that "there are very few people who can walk through the door, step up to the mike and make you go 'Wow.' The trick is to show the boyish naivete that he had when he was starting out, then the tremendous superstar confidence in his 30s."
Meanwhile, The Times-Picayune reports that Elvis will begin filming this January through March in New Orleans. Producer Judy Cairo is currently in The Big Easy scouting for a Georgian home to double as The King's estate, Graceland. "These people who are Elvis fanatics know everything there is to know about his life: his costumes, the cars he drove, so it's very important for it to be realistic," said Cairo.

[22.10.2004] Bei CS! gibt es folgenden Casting-Aufruf...
CBS will hold an open casting call in Los Angeles, seeking an actor to play Elvis Presley in the upcoming miniseries, Elvis. Participants will be judged on singing ability, charisma and resemblance to Elvis. Those interested in auditioning should look 18-33 years old. Participants must bring their headshots and resumes and be prepared to sing 10 bars of any Elvis song.
Wednesday, November 10, 10 am to 4 pm
CBS Television City
Gate 6, Sound Stage 46
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
PARKING: There is NO PARKING ON THE CBS LOT. Parking is available at The Grove and on the street near the lot.
Participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
Elvis is a fact-based drama about the life of Elvis Presley, his music, his movies, his relationships and his impact on popular culture.

[12.10.2004] weiss mehr über das "Bubba Ho-Tep"-Sequel...
"Bubba Ho-Tep" (now showing at select cinemas across the UK) is without a doubt one of the year‘s most enjoyable movies and, according to our exclusive chat with director Don Coscarelli, fans of this tale of an aged Elvis battling an Egyptian mummy can expect to see the King of Rock n Roll taking on some more supernatural foes in a follow-up.
We asked him outright if he and leading man Bruce Campbell are set to bring the rumoured "Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She Vampires" to the silver screen anytime soon; "My sources say yes. Things are looking quite good. MGM was very happy with the results in the States, the UK‘s looking very solid, there‘s a lot of fan interest in it - and Bruce would love to play some more of the old hound dog! So there‘s a good chance we actually will make that film." However don‘t expect filming to kick off any time soon as Coscarelli has yet to come up with anything other than the title, "There is no story (yet) so we‘re gonna try and cook up something good-hard to say (when), but as soon as we can."

[21.06.2004] Heute erscheinen die offiziellen (!!!) DVD-Sets Elvis Presley - Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii (Deluxe Edition, 2 DVDs) und Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special (Special Deluxe Edition 3 DVDs) !!! Noch mehr gute Nachrichten: Am 20. August 2004 erscheinen folgende "Elvis"-Filme auf DVD: "Double Trouble - Sag niemals Ja", "Immer Ärger mit den Mädchen", "Jailhouse Rock - Rythmus hinter Gittern", "Speedway", "Spinout", "Verschollen im Harem" und "Viva Las Vegas" !!!

[17.05.2004] IGN FilmForce berichtet über eine kommende Mini-Serie über das Leben von Elvis...
Variety reports that CBS is developing a four-hour mini-series tentatively titled Elvis about - take a wild guess! - Elvis Presley. Six Feet Under's Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari will produce Elvis from a screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan (Courage Under Fire, Mr. Holland's Opus). Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe (10.5) will executive produce the project, which airs next season.
Elvis will be produced with the approval of the Presley estate, which allows the mini-series to be the first TV biopic to utilize Elvis' actual master recordings as opposed to using a sound-alike.
"We thought that if you're going to do this right, you just can't do it without their co-operation," Braunstein told Variety. "They're going to open their archives for us, and that means we really get first-hand information about his life rather than just some biography." Greenblatt added that, "When our Elvis actor opens his mouth, it'll be Elvis' voice that comes out." [...]
The estate is not afraid of doing the darker side (of Presley). It just wants it done with class and integrity, like Craig (Zadan) and Neil (Meron) did with their Judy Garland movie," said Greenblatt. [...]

[15.02.2004] Bloody-Disgusting berichtet, dass die "Bubba Ho-Tep" US-DVD voraussichtlich am 25. Mai 2004 erscheinen wird...
[...] it may be a two-disc special edition! I already heard that Quint believes there is a commentary by Bruce as the "real" Elvis watching the movie as it unfolds (how cool is that?!) and there may be anouther commentary by Don Coscarelli as well. [...]

[23.01.2004] Moriarty von AICN bzw. Stax von IGN FilmForce klären auf...
[...] That Elvis project that Frears has been developing since Dec. 2002 isn't a biopic but a comedy called The Importance of Being Elvis. Variety said back then that it's about a man who assumes Elvis Presley's identity while the singer-actor is serving in the U.S. Army during the late 1950s. Elvis loses his golden singing voice after being shot in the throat. An impersonator named Brian is then tapped by Elvis' shady manager, Col. Tom Parker, and the U.S. government to take over for The King. [...]

[21.01.2004] AICN meldet...
[...] Stephen Frears said in a BBC Radio 4 show over the weekend that his next movie should be about Elvis. He's expecting the script in a few days. "If God is smiling, it will be as good as I hope it will be. The Elvis Presley Estate says it's the best script they've ever read. It gets him right in a very, very eccentric way."
Interviewer asked: Do you know who will play him? "It's not like that," said Frears. "You're not asking the right question. There's no reason why you should know what the right questions are?"
Will you tell me what they are? "No, I'm not going to tell you because I have to read the script. I hope it's going to be very, very good. It makes me nervous just thinking about it."
Are you always nervous before making a film? When I read a good script, after three or four pages, I normally have to go and have a lie down because you get nervous that something will go wrong. You start reading it - it begins to come to life and then I get very panicky, that it will collapse and be a big disappointment. I have to go and lie quietly in a dark room!"
And for those of you saying "What the Frears does Stephen know about Elvis?" I should add that the radio show was Desert Island Discs (a BBC classic, 40 years old or more), in which celebs choose the eight discs they'd take with them to a desert island (and chat about their lives).
One of Frears' eight was Love Me Tender , sung as he said, by Elvis "when he was still blond, before he dyed his hair black because he wanted to look like Tony Curtis."
And what is the right question?
Presumably - how many guys (I could say dudes, but I'd puke) how many guys will play El? [...]

[27.07.2003] Endlich... Der "Bubba Ho Tep" Trailer ist online !!!

[23.07.2003] "Bubba Ho Tep" feiert beim Fantasy FilmFest 2003 (München, Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Frankfurt, Köln, Hamburg, Berlin) seine Deutschland-Premiere !!!

[27.05.2003] Bei AICN gibt es mal wieder eine Kritik zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"... Und CHUD berichtete kürzlich...
"Barry Levinson is set to direct "The Colonel and Me," a Warner Bros. film about the mentoring influence that Elvis Presley manager Col. Tom Parker had on producer Jerry Weintraub. Bo Goldman ("Scent of a Woman") is writing the script, and Weintraub is producing."

[02.03.2003] Bei AICN gibt es weitere Kritiken zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"...
[...] "Bubba Ho Tep" is a vision of Elvis' later life worthy of the legend of the King and a fun movie to boot. I came back to the web, put on my ELV1S playlist and just kept it looping. [...]

[08.02.2003] Bei Bloody Disgusting gibt es eine Kritik zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"...

[23.10.2002] AICN bietet noch eine Kritik zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"...

[10.10.2002] Bei AICN gibt es weitere Kritiken zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"...

[09.10.2002] Bei AICN gibt es eine positive Kritik zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"...

[24.09.2002] Blickpunkt:Film meldet...
Paramount und Alphaville wollen zusammen ein Remake des Elvis Presley-Films "King Creole" von 1958 drehen. [...]

[18.06.2002] Bei AICN gibt es eine positive Kritik zu "Bubba Ho-Tep"... Weitere Kritiken gibt es auf der Offiziellen Website...
[...] This is a movie that is more about watching how we want to remember Elvis... which is actually a bit of a sad funny wonderful thing.
This movie is strangely affecting at the same time it is hilarious. The internal monologues that Bruce gives Elvis are all at once tragically self-aware, while also being hilarious. This is really a tour de force of Bruce’s comedic and dramatic talents in the B-movie world that he rules from up on high!
This audience rocked the houses at CineVegas! There was plenty of doubled over laughing, and many scenes that you couldn’t hear the dialogue because the laughter was so loud. This is a cult movie hit... [...]

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