A Star is Born

The first of The Countdown`s films of the year is a remake of the classic Hollywood love story A Star is Born. Peter Gray reports.

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For this 2018 update, the producers of the new film have chosen artist of the moment Lady Gaga along with American Hero`s Bradley Cooper. The story of an up and coming starlet and the fading star who becomes caught up in her constellation will be famaliar to many but what makes this particular version of the story so tantalising is the inclusion of one Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga to you and I) in the cast list. This is not the first time that the incredibly talented New Yorker has swapped stage for screen but Born does represent Germanotta’s first onscreen opportunity to show off those gilded tonsils.

The fact that the film also marks co star Cooper`s directoral debut only adds more weight to the feeling that A Star is Born is one of the cinemnatic events of the year.

Cooper stars as Jackson Maine, a popular country music simger who one night stumbles across unknown artist Ally (Lady Gaga) and quickly becomes convinced that she has what it takes to make it in the world of music.

The 2018 remake is the fourth version of the story and follows the 1937 original which starring Janet Gaynor as the rising light and Frederick March as the fading movie star caught in her glare. In the 1950s the film was remade with Judy Garland`s staging something of a comeback after a four year hiatus from filimmaking. The movie proved to be an inspired choice of comeback for the young Wizard of Oz star as soon after she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance with the film later being described as the greatest musical of all time.

In 1976 Warner Bros decided to remake the movie for a third time, with Barbara Streisand as the struggling artist and Kris Kristoferson as the fading star. Directed by Frank Pierson, the film cleverly updates the story, with the focus now on the music industry rather than Hollywood. Streisand is good as the new kid on the block while Kristofferson manages to portray the. The choice of Kristofferson was not universally well received with many bigger names previously attached to the project including Wlvis, Neil Diamond an Marlon Brando. Streisand had been keen on Elvis for the role and for a while he was interested in the part but Paker`s demands and his reluctance for the King to portray a star in decline eventually put paid to Elvis`s involvement.

The current version of the movie has been in the pipeline for a number of years with Clint Eastwood at one stage mooted to direct with Beyonce and Cooper pencilled in as leads. Unfortunately the singer`s pregnancy put paid to those plans with Beyonce pulling out of the project completely as the demands of motherhood kicked in.

Lady Gaga has been excitedly sharing news of the film on instragram. `I am so excited to star in my first movie alongside someone I’m so lucky to call my friend. I always wanted to be an actress on the big screen. The story of “A Star is Born” is so special and I’m so grateful to Bradley for making my dream come true.`

More information about the movie can be found here.

Information about other movies on general release in London can be found here.

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