Lady Gaga wows despite uneven script in ‘A Star is Born’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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When the music is playing, the latest version of “A Star Is Born” soars. When the characters are performing, improvising, rehearsing or writing songs, the movie (which opens wide Friday) crackles with electricity. But all too often, when the music stops, the movie sags until someone picks up a guitar again.

This is the fourth Hollywood version of the classic showbiz story of mismatched lovers and misaligned careers. In the 1937 version, Norman Maine (Fredric March) is the Hollywood leading man who gets North Dakota farmgirl Esther Blodgett (Janet Gaynor) her first audition and a new name: Vicki Lester. They make a movie and get married, she wins an Oscar, he drinks and commits suicide after his career collapses, and the grief-stricken widow famously proclaims to her fans, “This is Mrs. Norman Maine.” 

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Lady Gaga taught Bradley Cooper about drag during ‘A Star is Born’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga gave her co-star Bradley Cooper a crash course in drag makeup during the filming of “A Star is Born.”

In the film, Cooper stars as Jackson Main, an alcoholic veteran singer who discovers Gaga’s character Ally at a drag bar where”RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Shangela and Willam work.

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Watch: Lady Gaga takes the stage in ‘A Star is Born’ trailer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga becomes a superstar with help from Bradley Cooper in the trailer for “A Star is Born.”

Jackson Maine (Cooper) is a veteran singer who meets shy singer Ally (Gaga). He works to build her career but as Ally’s success grows Jackson finds himself trapped by his own issues.

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Actor Tom Holland confuses ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ for car race

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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While promoting the film “Avengers: Infinity War,” actor Tom Holland sent Twitter into a meltdown for confusing “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with car racing.

In an interview for Absolute Radio, Holland and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch were playing a game of “Showbiz Scenarios.” The game gives three celebrities and has the guests choose which celebrity would be best in that scenario.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ might have gay character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Guardians of the Galaxy 2” might have a gay superhero.

Director James Gunn revealed that the upcoming flick could already include a gay lead. During a recent press event for the blockbuster’s sequel, Gunn was asked if he would consider a gay protagonist later in the franchise.

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Lady Gaga to channel Barbra Streisand in ‘A Star is Born’ remake

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are starring in a remake of A Star is Born.

Warner Bros announced Aug. 16 that the film will mark the singer-actress’ first leading role in a movie and the directorial debut of the American Sniper actor-producer. Gaga will compose and perform new songs for the musical drama.

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Screened Out – Joy

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Virginia Madsen, Diane Ladd, Isabella Rosselini, Edgar Ramirez

The mop is made of plastic; the film often feels like it, too.

I admit I adore flicks where a person overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds – The Color Purple, The Shawshank Redemption, Erin Brokovich and even WALL-E. Joy should’ve been another true-to-life version, and another strong feminist flick to boot (which I also love). Too much artifice and sarcasm cheapens everything.

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Screened Out – Burnt

By : Stephen Miller
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Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman

There is a whole collection of movies that can be classified as “food porn.” The best among these flicks is Babette’s Feast and Big Night. However, even Ratatouille, last year’s Chef, and the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory can be good examples. Foodies watch them not only for the obsession with everything gustatory; there is also a visual style to the dishes, one that – when filmed well, can cause hunger pangs.

Though the food is always gorgeous, as a movie, Burnt falls somewhere in the likeable but flawed category. This story about a bad-boy chef looking for redemption feels like tasty but reheated leftovers. At one point the chefs say the food in the flick is good but unsurprising; they could’ve been talking about this film. They say the menu rests too much on classic style. So does this plot.

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Gay-themed ‘Fun Home’ and ‘An American in Paris’ lead with 12 Tony nominations

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NEW YORK (AP) – The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on April 21, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season.

One side is sunny – the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and Ira Gershwin songs.

The other moody – the dark show based on Alison Bechdel’s coming of age graphic novel about her closeted, suicidal dad.

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Screened Out – American Sniper

By : Stephen Miller
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Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

The first shot in American Sniper has expert gunman Chris Kyle deciding whether or not to kill two people. The targets appear to be an Iraqi woman and her young son. They may actually be threats, hiding bombs, ready to attack an advancing US convey of soldiers and tanks.

American Sniper is a troubling film, one that morally fits with Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. In Eastwood’s world, evil is a constant, palpable force that must be fought with brutal force. Yet, that violence takes its toll. Whether the US government is the evil one or not is never argued.

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Screened Out – Guardians of the Galaxy

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel

Summer of 2014 – we’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for that fantastic popcorn flick. It’s finally arrived, happening right now in a galaxy far, far away!

Guardians of the Galaxy may not be the deepest or most scientifically sound film ever made. However, this sci-fi hero story is a visual onslaught ripe with humor, loveable characters, and derring-do. It likely marks a few people’s rightful entrance into the big leagues, including actor Chris Pratt (Mr. Anna Faris) and director/cowriter James Gunn (Slither and the new Dawn of the Dead).

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Screened Out – American Hustle

By : Stephen Miller
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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Robert DeNiro, Louis CK

A certain mythology has emerged along with the concepts of United States’  business savvy and ingenuity, that is the legend of the American swindle. Or Hustle, if you prefer. It’s this lawlessness that fascinates us about true stories like the Mizner brothers (whose dishonest land deals filled Florida and built Boca Raton). It’s the reason we love biopics like Catch Me if You Can, the movie about forger and scam artist Frank Abagnale.

American Hustle, set in the late 1970s, is about a whole cast of sneaky Americans. It’s like The Grifters meets a Martin Scorsese film. And if you can wade through the confusing, non-chronological beginning and a few slow spots in the middle, it’s a fun and funny examination of our sordid criminal underbelly.

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