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Chicago – The contemplation of beauty gets a little more truth in a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) entitled “The Neon Demon.” It features Elle Fanning as Jesse, a naive girl who wants to break into the world of modeling, and does so in an unexpected way. The symbolic film has both strange drama and touches of horror.
Director Nicholas Winding Refn has been a known cinema force since his breakthrough with “Drive” in 2011. The Danish born filmmaker began his career in his native Denmark with the film (and subsequent trilogy) “Pusher” (1996). He built his reputation film-by-film, as the John Turturro starring “Fear X” (2003) next got him noticed. The Sundance Film Festival gave praise to “Bronson” (2008), nominating the film for the Grand Jury Prize. The breakthrough film “Drive” came three years later, and garnered two Oscar nominations. “The Neon Demon” is Refn’s tenth feature film.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Lady Gaga is now officially in talks to join Bradley Cooper‘s “A Star is Born,” TheWrap has learned. Reports surfaced last month that Cooper was courting Gaga to be part of the project. Cooper is set to direct and star in the film, based on William Wellman’s 1937 classic starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. It follows a fading movie star who helps a young actress while his career goes downhill. See Video: ‘American Horror Story’ Star Finn Wittrock Praises Lady Gaga as ‘Unstoppable Workhorse’ (Video) The film has been remade twice before, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Back in May, Deadline reported that talks emerged to have Lady Gaga star in Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born” for Warner Bros. At that time the singer had not committed to the project, but now it seems as if she is ready for her big-screen close up.
Gaga is now officially in negotiations to star opposite Cooper, who is set to make his directorial debut.
Based on William Wellman’s 1937 movie, the story centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress as his own career is in a downward spiral. The film was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and 1976 with Barbra Streisand, in what would be Gaga’s role.
The “Born This Way” singer was high on Cooper’s list of actresses after Beyoncé had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. »
- Liz Calvario
Lady Gaga is ready for her big-screen close-up. The singer is in talks to star opposite Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, the remake that Cooper also will direct. The movie, based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. It was subsequently remade in 1954 by director George Cukor, with Judy Garland and James Mason starring, and again in 1976, with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson headlining. Warner
- Borys Kit
Deadline Hollywood reported last month that Cooper wanted Gaga for the part, but the singer was undecided at the time. Sources now say she’s on board and negotiations are currently underway.
Cooper had been meeting with dozens of actresses for the role after Beyonce bowed out due to scheduling conflicts with her latest tour. Sources reveal that Gaga was high on the actor’s list from the get-go.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the casting.
- Justin Kroll
Cooper will not only star but make his directing debut on the film which originally had Beyonce co-starring until she had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts.
Gaga was high on the actor's list from the start but was undecided when her name came up last month. Now though she's reportedly on board and negotiations are currently underway.
Based on William Wellman's 1937 film, the story centers on a fading movie star who helps a young aspiring actress while his own career spirals downward.
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- Garth Franklin
In Stage Door we talk theater, usually making some form of movie connection because that's how we do things...
I don't know anything about Bluegrass music but I wouldn't have connected it to the Melodrama form. If I tried to tell you the plot of Steve Martin's Broadway show "Bright Star," you wouldn't even believe it, so I shan't. Let's just say that if the plot were a movie it would be a silent film with wild eyed pantomiming it's so Big with oversized emotional rug-pulling. I was just crazy about the music but the book not so much. (On the night I attended it was all worth it because Steve Martin made a surprise appearance. There he was as the curtain raised for Act 2, playing on his banjo. He was loving it and so was the very very appreciative crowd. How lucky that he picked our night to show up! »
- NATHANIEL R
It's the role all actors dream of -- the one that puts them on the map. Breakout movie moments are born from a combination of factors, including raw talent, the movie's reception, and a little bit of showbiz luck. When the elements are all there and the sun is shining just right, an actor can go from "Hey, didn't I see her in ...?" to household-name status in no time.
These performances are examples of movies that hit the "launch" button on an actor's career. A couple of these performers may have had credits stretching back years before that defining role, but this was the one that made the entire industry and the movie-going public sit up and take notice. Read on to remember when six of the most bankable actors saw their careers take off.
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- Sage Young
The big surprise of Cirque du Soleil’s new show on 42nd Street is how Broadway it is. “Paramour,” which opened Wednesday at the Lyric Theatre, tells a very simple Hollywood story about a mad movie director (Jeremy Kushnier) who falls in love with his leading-lady discovery (Ruby Lewis) only to see her take off with a lowly pianist-composer (Ryan Vona). In comparison, “A Star Is Born” and “42nd Street” are Dostoevsky. Where do all the standard Cirque du Soleil acrobats and aerialists fit into such a conventional musical? Philippe Decoufle’s direction tries a number of ways. For the female lead’s first. »
- Robert Hofler
Nicholas Winding Refn’s new The Neon Demon, premiering in Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, is a nightmarish, outlandish fashion-world riff on A Star is Born in which vampiric models struggling to remain alluring in a swipe-to-the-next-one culture provide a ready-made metaphor for beauty industry soul-sucking. Elle Fanning is Jesse — blonde, beautiful, 16, and something of an empty vessel waiting to be anointed the next “It Girl.” Her journey through Angeleno nightclubs, booking agencies and photography studios is one of ribald psychological horror, as physical spaces twist and expand, friends become alien, and even her scuzzy, entirely unfashionable […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Anmoll Mallik, the voice behind songs like Naagin Dance (Bajatey Raho) and Old School Girl (Tanu Weds Manu Returns), recently won the MTV Rising Star award The Gima 2016 and has been receiving a lot of appreciation lately from industry legends.
Anmoll Mallik was in for a big surprise yesterday when she received a tweet from Mahesh Bhatt. The director praised this talented singer in his tweet saying, “A star is born!!”We also noticed that earlier this month Mr. Bhatt posted a picture with Anmoll Mallik and Anu Mallik addressing them as “The endless musical stream”
Anmoll Mallik is as graceful with the praises as she is with her vocals. She tweeted back instantly thanking him for the appreciation.
Anmoll Mallik is all set to take 2016 by storm with her latest release in Housefull 3, “Pyar ki Maa ki” starring Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri and Lisa Haydon. »
- Press Releases
Sing-a-long with Hollywood’s most beloved musicals this Mother’s Day!
To celebrate the release of the beautifully packaged collector’s box set Must-see Musicals: 10 Film Collection – featuring some of Hollywood’s most beloved musical classics – we have a copy to giveaway!
This guaranteed feel-good collection provides hours of infectious, heart-warming, toe-tapping viewing, with iconic dance routines and stunning production design, that you’ll want to return to again and again.
Must-see Musicals: 10 Film Collection comes in a presentation box decorated with artwork from the original film posters and makes an attractive addition to any DVD collection!
You can pre-order via Amazon UK.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, March 20th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods… »
- Gary Collinson
Millions were transported back to Rydell High on Sunday night with Grease: Live, and whether they loved it or they hated it - they were watching. Fox's live telecast of the classic musical required a lot of moving parts to work seamlessly, and while there were some hitches in the plan (namely, the weather forecast), the end product was still impressive. Here's a breakdown of all that singing, dancing and tweeting (obviously, with gifs). 600via GIPHYThe number of cast and crew that stepped into the 1950s (and totally braved the rain). 21via GIPHYThe amount of sets that stars Aaron Tveit, »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
"Why is everyone on this fucking island addicted to drama?" the all-knowing Mama (a superb Luis Alberto Garcia) moans.
Mama is the owner of a Havana gay bar featuring chintzy drag performers who gesticulate to emotional diva tunes and who, when the show's over, whore a little on the side. That's part of the setting for Viva, Ireland's Spanish-language submission for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Having strutted its way onto a list of nine finalists -- which will eventually be whittled down to a mere five -- Viva showcases nothing a bit Irish onscreen, not even a high kick filched from Michael Flatley. And although some of the shooting was done on the Emerald shores, possibly interior shots, all the Erin-Go-Bragh action is off screen: Paddy Breathnach, director; Mark O'Halloran, screenwriter, and so forth and so on. (There's also a dash of Mexican for added excitement: »
- Brandon Judell
14 items from 2016
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