If for no other reason than raging curiosity, we couldn’t wait to see this trailer. A Star is Born is a story so perpetually in development in Hollywood, with so many classic versions of it sprinkled throughout the decades, that it’s become something akin to a modern entertainment myth. In other words, it bothers us not a bit that this story is being told yet again. It has things to say about fame, talent, beauty and gender disparities and in case you haven’t noticed, these aspects of modern life are still very much on the forefront of many conversations.
Also, we wanted to see just how far Steffi would go in the “no makeup for a nomination” sweepstakes. Turns out? Pretty far!
We have to admit, Cooper’s Kris Kristofferson impersonation was not what we were expecting to see from him. As for Gaga herself, obviously we can’t make acting nomination predictions based on this trailer, but it looks like she’s really giving this one her all. Pop stars don’t always make the best actors. Very few of them ever really manage the transition successfully, especially once they reach stadium-filling status. But Gaga has spent a decade being uncommonly dramatic in her presentation and singing style, which makes her particularly well-suited to pick up acting fairly quickly, especially if it’s the kind of role that speaks to her inner core. We suspect she’ll be tapping into something that’ll surprise people. We hope so, anyway.
This is a long-winded way of saying “This looks really good, although we’re not sure about that Cooper guy.”
A Star is Born” stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper helms the drama, marking his directorial debut.
In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.
In addition to playing Ally, Gaga, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. All the music is original and was recorded live.
“A Star is Born” is produced by Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips and Lynette Howell Taylor. Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino and Heather Parry serve as executive producers. The screenplay is by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters.
Collaborating with Cooper behind the scenes are Oscar-nominated director of photography Matthew Libatique (“Black Swan”), production designer Karen Murphy, three-time Oscar-nominated editor Jay Cassidy (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Into the Wild”), and costume designer Erin Benach.
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, in Association with Live Nation Productions, in Association with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, A Jon Peters/Bill Gerber/Joint Effort Production, “A Star is Born.” Slated for release on October 5, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It is rated R.
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