Bradley Cooper and Paul Thomas Anderson are two huge names in the entertainment industry. They both have nominations and award wins coming out their ears.
And it looks like they may be combining their talents soon. A new report claims Cooper is in talks to appear in Anderson’s upcoming film, which is being described as a coming-of-age story set in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley.
Not much else is known about the project. Insiders say the details surrounding the project are being locked away, which means we have no idea what role Cooper will be playing.
The actor is next slated to appear in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley,’ taking a role that was originally targeted for Leonardo DiCaprio.
This Anderson project doesn’t even have a title yet, or at least not one that’s known to the general public. We do know it’s set up over at MGM.
Hopefully more details will be released soon. Anderson is without question one of the most talented filmmakers in Hollywood. And Cooper is one of the most talented actors, so this could be quite the film.
As most of you know, Brad Pitt ruined his marriage to Angelina Jolie and even damaged his relationship with their eldest son Maddox, all thanks to his struggles with alcohol.
Thankfully, he’s finally sober and appears to be in a really healthy place, and apparently Bradley Cooper played a major role in Pitt’s sobriety.
Brad won Best Supporting Actor at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday night, and after being handed the award and hugging it out, he praised Bradley in his speech for being a great dad … and a great friend.
Pitt said Cooper rushed to the event to be there for him. He told the audience that he “got sober because of this guy, and every day has been happier ever since.”
“I love you, and I thank you,” he told Cooper.
We knew Pitt was going to AA meetings for the past year or so, but we did not know Cooper played such a big part in his recovery.
It’s not often you build such a real friendship like that in Hollywood. Good on both of them. Hopefully Cooper can keep Pitt in line.
‘A Star Is Born‘ received eight Oscar nominations earlier this week when the announcements were made. The film is up for Best Picture. Lady Gaga was nominated for Best Actress and Bradley Cooper is up for Best Actor; however, the Academy did not nominate him for his directing.
Many people were surprised by this. Most Best Picture nominations also land a Best Directing nomination, but for some reason they decided Cooper wasn’t worthy.
“You never know what’s going to happen. But at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast. I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition.”
Gaga also stated that she hopes Bradley Cooper joins her on the stage when she performs ‘Shallow’ at the upcoming awards show. All the Best Song nominations usually get performed during the ceremony, and it would be pretty special if Bradley joined her for a duet.
“We love to perform and we love to make art, so we’ll make it happen.That would be a tremendous honor to perform that song at the Oscars.”
The 2019 Academy Awards will air on ABC February 24.
I think we can all agree that Bradley Cooper gave the performance of his life in ‘A Star Is Born,‘ he’s set up perfectly for a Best Actor win at the Academy Awards.
But you might be surprised to learn he almost didn’t star in the film. When he signed on to direct, he originally wanted an actual musician to play the male lead. The studio shut him down, though.
He didn’t say specifically which musician he approached, but according to multiple reports, he was in talks with White Stripes icon Jack White. As some of you may know, White has some experience on the big screen, so it wouldn’t have been that much of a stretch.
But still, the studio didn’t feel comfortable with it, which is when Cooper stepped in and was like, “Okay, I’ll do it all then!”
It probably worked out for the best. The studio knew it was important to have a big name in the lead, and Cooper ended up being perfect for the role. It would have been interesting to see White take on the role, though.
By the way, the film has made over $310 million at the box office. Not bad at all considering the budget was $36 million.
‘A Star Is Born‘ might have lost out on the top spot at the box office, thanks to the comic-book flick Venom, but it did land a number one debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The album was released back on October 5. It sold over 230,000 album units, which is the biggest debut week for a soundtrack in more than three years.
“Of A Star Is Born’s 231,000 units, most come from album sales: 162,000. The rest of the units are comprised of SEA units totaling 37,000, and TEA units equaling 32,000.”
This is Lady Gaga’s fifth No. 1 album this decade. That’s the most among female performers. She was previously tied with Taylor Swift.
Here is another cool fact…
“After only one week on sale, A Star Is Born becomes the third-largest selling soundtrack of 2018. With 162,000 sold, it trails only The Greatest Showman(with 1.26 million sold in 2018, of its total 1.35 million, as it was released in 2017) and Black Panther: The Album (with 223,000).”
By the way, the film is performing well at the box office as well. It’s made over $94 million in the states and has a worldwide total of $135 million.
October is certainly off to a good start for Hollywood. It was a huge weekend at the box office, with both ‘Venom‘ and ‘A Star Is Born‘ entering theaters. Many people thought the negative reviews would hurt Venom’s opening weekend numbers, but it’s clear people did not give a single f**k about the reviews.
The film, which is a hit with fans thanks to Tom Hardy’s incredibly entertaining performance, made a record breaking $80 million during its opening weekend.
As we mentioned last weekend, the previous record for an opening in October was set at $55.8 million by the space flick Gravity. Venom absolutely crushed that number. In addition to the $80 million domestic total, it brought in $125.2 million worldwide, which means it has already made over $200 million.
And it wasn’t the only movie that performed well this past weekend. Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born made $42.6 million. That’s a fantastic number. It was reportedly made on a $40 million budget, so it’s made a profit in just one weekend. And unlike Venom, A Star Is Born is a hit with the critics. It has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
So yeah, it’s safe to say this was a damn good weekend for the studios. Maybe these new movie subscription plans are making a difference. Credit to MoviePass for getting the ball rolling.
“I remember when we first met, after 10 minutes we were eating homemade food that she cooked – I love to eat – and that was actually a huge bond that we both came from East Coast Italian-American families. So we had a real synchronicity on that level from our upbringing.”
I also love homemade Italian food, can I join this friend circle? I don’t have much to bring to the table, but I’m pretty decent at washing dishes.
Check out the adorable trailer for A Star Is Born below…
It’s been a long production road for this remake of the 1937 romantic drama. ‘A Star Is Born’ at one point was going to star Beyonce, but that never happened.
Eventually, after many failed casting decisions, things were locked in place once Bradley Cooper stepped in and was like, “F**k it. I’ll star in it and direct!”
So here we are. Cooper will be making his directorial debut, and Lady Gaga will be making her major film debut. She has previously shown off her acting skills in the TV series ‘American Horror Story‘.
Rolling Stone provides us with more information about the romantic musical drama…
“The preview opens with Cooper’s character, country singer-songwriter Jackson Maine, struggling with alcoholism. ‘Ya know, man, in the old days, I always knew you were gonna do somethin’, that you’d be alright,’ says the musician’s friend Noodles (Dave Chappelle). ‘This is the first time I’ve worried about you.’
But Maine’s life changes when he discovers struggling artist Ally (Gaga) performing at a local club. ‘I don’t sing my own songs. I just don’t feel comfortable,’ she tells the smitten Maine.”
Gaga wrote a handful of original songs for this movie, which should give her an even deeper connection to the film.
A Star Is Born is set to hit theaters October 5, 2018.
We told you back in August of 2016 that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper officially signed on to star in the remake of A Star is Born. It was pretty big news at the time because the project had went down such a difficult road. At one point, Leonardo DiCaprio was set to co-star in the film with Beyonce, and Clint Eastwood was in talks to direct.
That obviously didn’t work out, and just when the studio was about to scratch the idea, Bradley Cooper came in to say he would star and direct the movie.
Following his announcement, Lady Gaga joined the cast and now filming has officially started. Warner Bros. released the first photo from set, which shows Cooper playing the guitar next to Gaga.
According to multiple reports, Cooper and Gaga have been at Coachella filming scenes for the movie. It’s going to be interesting to see the finished product. As you may already know, this will be Cooper’s directorial debut.
Most actors who dip their toes in the directing waters start off with indie projects. Cooper is going straight to the top with his debut. Andrew Dice Clay and Sam Elliott are set to co-star in the movie.
We’ll keep you posted as more information is released. It’s set to hit theaters in 2018.