Monday, June 24, 2024

Priscilla Presley Approves Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” Movie After Special Screening


Good news for Warner Bros.: Priscilla Presley approves of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” movie.

She posted to Facebook yesterday a message giving her endorsement. Priscilla has a financial stake in the movie at least because its success will resonate with Graceland visitors and merch buyers and the playing of Elvis’s music everywhere. If “Elvis” is a hit — and it sure seems like it will be– Priscilla and Lisa Marie’s cash registers will be ringing loudly. And they need it after many financial disasters.

Here’s Priscilla’s post. (She doesn’t spell ‘director’ correctly, but no one’s perfect):

For those curious about the new film ELVIS, Baz Luhrmann, the director, provided a private screening for me and Jerry Schilling at Warner studios recently. This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding. Halfway through the film Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!! Bravo to him…he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine. Tom Hanks was Col Parker in this film. What a character he was. There was two sides to Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis’ journey, penned by a directer (*director) who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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