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‘A Star Is Born’: Director and Star Bradley Cooper Wows CinemaCon with First Trailer

‘A Star Is Born’: Director and Star Bradley Cooper Wows CinemaCon with First Trailer
Bradley Cooper’s screenwriting, directing, and onscreen singing debut has already earned raves from four-time co-star Robert De Niro. At CinemaCon on April 24, the first trailer for “A Star Is Born” had the National Association of Theatre Owners and their guests not only smitten, but also sensing an award-season contender. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich called Cooper’s three-year endeavor about musicians who pair up and reverse fortunes “extraordinary.”

Damn, A Star is Born looks powerful, I cannot lie. #CinemaCon

Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) April 25, 2018

First trailer for A Star Is Born gave me chills. Lady Gaga’s Hollywood moment is far from over. Music is phenomenal. #CinemaCon

Crystal Bell (@crystalbell) April 25, 2018

Bradley Cooper introduced the first trailer for A Star Is Born. It’s obviously a passion project for him and that earnestness shows in the footage. Lady Gaga was really impressive even in a couple minutes of footage.
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‘A Star Is Born’ CinemaCon Trailer Shows Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Singing Live

‘A Star Is Born’ CinemaCon Trailer Shows Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Singing Live
Lady Gaga convinced Bradley Cooper to sing live for “A Star Is Born.”

The pop star told the actor that a pet peeve of her’s was watching actors lip-synch to pre-recorded music in movies.

“‘What I can’t stand in movies is when it’s playback,'” Cooper said Gaga told him, before debuting a new trailer for the film at CinemaCon.

The film is an oft-told tale that has been made and remade several times over the years — with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Kris Kristofferson, and James Mason essaying the lead roles. Like Streisand’s 1976 version, this “A Star Is Born” is set in the world of music. It marks Cooper’s directorial debut, and the Oscar-nominated actor said he spent three years working on the Warner Bros. production.

It’s not just Gaga hitting the high notes on screen. Cooper made a deal with Gaga.
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Barry Manilow Sued Over Judy Garland ‘My Dream Duets’ Clip

  • The Wrap
Barry Manilow Sued Over Judy Garland ‘My Dream Duets’ Clip
Barry Manilow can’t be smiling about this.

“Mandy” singer Manilow and his husband/manager Garry Kief have been hit with a lawsuit by a man who says they’ve been infringing on his copyright by using a clip of Judy Garland to promote Manilow’s album “My Dream Duets.”

The suit was filed Tuesday in federal court in California by Darryl Payne, who says he’s the sole U.S. copyright owner for “The Judy Garland Show,” produced in 1963 and 1964 and aired on CBS.

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The suit says Manilow and Kief engaged in “blatant, intentional and purposeful infringement” on Payne’s copyright on at least one of the episodes. The suit says that Kief “illegally licensed or otherwise authorized use” of audio-video clips from the show, knowing that he didn’t have rights to the work.

According to the suit, Kief is trustee of the Judy Garland Heirs’ Trust, which is also listed as a defendants, as is Kief’s Stiletto Entertainment.

The suit alleges that Judy Garland’s performance of the song “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” was used for the purpose of allowing Manilow to record and/or promote his album ‘My Dream Duets.'”

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According to the suit, the clip was used to create a promotional video for the album, and has been used by Manilow during concert performances.

“Manilow’s performance of the duets with Judy Garland at Manilow’s concerts was achieved by displaying either projections or digital replications of the audio-video clips from the Infringed Work on a large screen that the audience could view and listen to while Manilow performed live on stage interacting with the exhibition of the Infringed Work,” the suit reads.

TheWrap has reached out to Manilow and Kief for comment on the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and an injunction preventing Manilow and Kief from infringing on Payne’s copyright.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Barry Manilow Sued for Using Judy Garland Songs at His Shows

  • TMZ
Barry Manilow's dream duet with Judy Garland might be a showstopper, but one man really just wants it to stop ... according to a new suit. Darryl Payne claims Barry used a recording of Judy singing her song "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" on a video promoting his 2014 album My Dream Duets ... but didn't obtain the licensing rights for it. Payne says he's the rightful owner of the Garland clip used in the promo vid,
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Robert De Niro Praises Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born,’ but the First-Time Director Owes His Success to Lady Gaga

Robert De Niro Praises Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born,’ but the First-Time Director Owes His Success to Lady Gaga
After starring opposite one another in four films — “Limitless,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “Joy” —Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro reunited for a one-on-one conversation at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The hourlong discussion found Cooper looking back at his Oscar-nominated career and included David O. Russell being invited onstage to co-moderate. De Niro started the conversation with a revelation: He has already seen Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.”

A Star Is Born” marks Cooper’s directorial debut and is the third time the property has been remade since the original opened in 1937, starring Janet Gaynor and Frederic March. The remakes have included a 1954 musical, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and a 1976 rock musical, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

“It’s terrific and Bradley is excellent in it,” De Niro raved. “The movie is wonderful. I hope it gets the attention I feel it should when it opens.
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Share Inc. Celebrates 65 Years of Philanthropy with Annual Boomtown Gala Honoring Loreen Arbus

Share Inc. announced today that their annual Boomtown Gala will be headlined by The Righteous Brothers with additional performances by Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars” and the Share ladies.

This year’s honoree is Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer, writer and author. The event’s Mc, a Share legacy, will be Natalie Lander (ABC’s The Middle) – the daughter of famed actors David Lander and Kathy Fields and granddaughter of Hollywood agent Freddie Fields and actress Polly Bergen. The event will be held on May 20th 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

“Boomtown is celebrating 65 years of phenomenal work on behalf of our community and we could not be more proud. This year’s event will invoke old Hollywood glamour as we remember our founding members and the hardworking women who
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Liza Minnelli Isn't Letting Ill-Health Hold Her Back — "I've Still Got a Lot of Livin' to Do!" (Exclusive)

Everyone yearns for their mom when they're sick, and Liza Minnelli's 1948 film for comfort after she had to cancel a March 30 Las Vegas concert with Michael Feinstein due to a viral infection. "Liza was more upset about backing out of the show than she was about being sick," an insider tells Closer. Her love for the stage is so strong that she's fighting to get back to it as soon as she can. "She's the Energizer bunny," brother Joey Luft, 63, assures Closer of Liza's resilience. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "She's had every imaginable surgery — both knees, hips, back. She's a trouper, and I'm sure she'll battle this and be Ok," he added. Joey, the son of Judy and Sid Luft, says he's checking up on Liza regularly while also touching base with his other sister, Lorna Luft, 65. "She collapsed after doing a show in London and they found a brain tumor,
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Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas.

Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts. Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond.

The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie.

But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our
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Meet Chrissy Metz of ‘This Is Us’ + More Actor Events This Week

Between the myriad of #actorlife activities that monopolize your time, it’s crucial to squeeze every bit of culture and substance out of our fair city. Sometimes, that means checking out entirely to recharge your batteries—and giving yourself permission to do so. These five activities are designed to appeal to not only the actor in you but the person craving inspiration. And, cute dogs. Always cute dogs. Explore the world of Liza Minnelli.Celebrate the career of Liza Minnelli, one of the most enigmatic stars of stage and screen, as the Paley Center hosts “Love, Liza,” an exhibit of Minnelli’s personal memorabilia (through April 29). Ahead of an auction in May, items on display include not only costumes from some of Minnelli’s most iconic roles (yes, That dress from “Cabaret” is included), her collection of Halston originals, and photographs by Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, and more, but also personal effects of her parents,
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Barbra Streisand Shares How She Overcame Stage Fright: "I Did a Lot of Work on Myself"

She's always been secure of her talents but, Barbra Streisand's self-confidence has sometimes been scrutinized, like during a Mike Wallace interview early in her career. "He made me cry," Barbra admitted at the PaleyFest Icon Tribute in Hollywood on March 16. "I was 19. He said, 'Why are you so self-obsessed?' I thought, 'Who else should I be obsessed with?'" Despite Barbra's firm belief in herself, however, she has battled debilitating stage fright throughout her entire career. "I never performed for 27 years unless it was for a political event or a fundraiser," the singer, who turns 76 on April 24, revealed, recalling a time she "just absolutely went blank." She adds, "I forgot the words in the middle of one of my songs. I still [have] that fear today." But she's bravely learned how to beat it. "I did a lot of work on myself," she says, sharing that a motivational tape
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Getting Into the Shoes of Your Favorite Movie Characters

A pair of shoes symbolizes power and style. Naturally, when a viewer sees a pair of shoes on the big screen, the impact is much more than seeing some random person on the streets wearing it. There is something poetic about actors on screen embodying the life of another character, actually stepping into their shoes. In an ode to these shoes that since being on the screen have remained in the minds of the audience, here are listed down some of the most iconic, ‘shoe moments’ of the audience’s favorite characters. The shoes indeed contribute to making the characters larger than life!

Prada Shoes – The Devil Wears Prada

Ms Miranda Priestly, the epitome of professional strictness and a top name in the fictional fashion world of ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ is portrayed by Meryl Streep. In the movie, there’s one spectacular scene where one of her assistants Emily,
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Wondering When You Can See the Judy Garland Biopic? Here's What We Know

Known as the "world's greatest entertainer" back in the day, Judy Garland was nothing short of a showbiz powerhouse. Having acted since she was only 2 years old, Garland garnered immense popularity for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She was only 17 years old at the time but managed to construct an enviable acting career and went on to become the first woman to win a Grammy for album of the year. Although she had immense success with her acting, Judy's personal life was fraught with challenges as she transitioned from a child actor. Decades later, an upcoming film about her life is causing a lot of excitement and buzz: Judy. Just this week, a new still from the movie was released, showing Renée Zellweger in the part of Judy Garland. Academy Award winner and three-time nominee Zellweger has already undergone a magical transformation, by the looks of it.
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Hilary Swank Reveals She Took a Hollywood Hiatus to Care for Her Dad After His Lung Transplant

Actress Hilary Swank recently returned to the limelight after a three-year Hollywood hiatus — and just revealed that she took a break from acting for a very good reason. During a Tuesday, March 20 appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 43-year-old star opened up about her father, Stephen Swank, undergoing a life-saving lung transplant and provided fans with an update on her dad's health today. "He's great, thank you for asking. For those of you who don't know, my dad got a lung transplant. It's the hardest surgery a person can undergo and I thank all the people that make themselves a donor, it saves lives," Hilary told host Stephen Colbert during their sit-down. "They had given him a short time to live if he didn't get a lung transplant and thankfully he got one and he's alive and thriving and well." A post shared by Hilary Swank (@hilaryswank
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A First Look at Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ Biopic

Renee Zellweger is taking on a very serious challenge in playing the role of Judy Garland in Judy, an upcoming biopic about the famed but tragic star. This first look at the biopic that will feature the iconic actress and singer will take a look at the 1960’s when Judy arrived in London to perform in a run of sell-out concerts. There’s no real word if it will go any further back than this but it has been said that the movie will go into her relationships with her family, friends, fans, and anyone that got to know her a

A First Look at Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ Biopic
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Renée Zellweger Is a Carbon Copy of Judy Garland in New Biopic Photo

#Judy starts principal photography in London today, starring Academy Award winner, Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland!#judygarland #reneezellweger #london #thetalkofthetown #jessiebuckley #finnwittrock #michaelgambon #rupertgoold #pathe #calamityfilms #bbcfilms #ingenious pic.twitter.com/VJAnMRuzKV - Judy (@JudyGarlandFilm) March 19, 2018 Hollywood legend Judy Garland is officially getting the biopic treatment, and we already have our first look at the film. On Monday, the film's Twitter account announced that principal photography had started in London. The account also posted our first glimpse at the film's star, Renée Zellweger, in full costume. You have to admit, the resemblance is pretty striking. According to Deadline, the new film will follow the icon as she performs her final concerts. "Set in winter 1968, the story takes place 30 years after Garland played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. When she arrives in Swinging London to prepare for a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town,
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Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ biopic [Photo]

Renee Zellweger transforms into Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ biopic [Photo]
Will Renee Zellweger win another Oscar for playing an Oscar nominee? The “Cold Mountain” star is unrecognizable as Judy Garland in the upcoming biopic “Judy.” Production on the film began Monday in London, which Pathé, BBC Films and Ingenious Media marked with a first look at Zellweger as the “Wizard of Oz” icon.

Set in 1968, the film will chronicle Garland’s final string of concerts at London’s Talk of the Town nightclub, giving a behind-the-scenes look at her tumultuous battles with management and her family, juxtaposed with her public relationship with fans. Garland, who was Oscar-nominated for “A Star Is Born” (1954) and “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961), died in London in June 1969 of a barbiturate overdose, 12 days after her 47th birthday.

#Judy starts principal photography in London today, starring Academy Award winner, Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland!#judygarland #reneezellweger #london #thetalkofthetown #jessiebuckley #finnwittrock #michaelgambon #rupertgoold #pathe #calamityfilms #bbcfilms #ingenious pic.twitter.
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Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland Revealed, Biopic Begins Shooting

Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland Revealed, Biopic Begins Shooting
Academy Award winning actress Ren&#233e Zellweger is portraying Judy Garland in the new biopic about the later years of the entertainer's life, simply titled Judy. The biopic is directed by Rupert Goold with a script written by Tom Edge. Judy takes place 30 years after The Wizard of Oz as Garland performs sold-out shows at London's The Talk of the Town nightclub in the winter of 1968. The movie is set a year before Garland's death and will feature some of the struggles that she had later in her life.

The first picture of Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland is pretty amazing in that she looks a lot like the late entertainer. If the photo was done in black and white, it would be hard to distinguish between the two. The Judy biopic has seen some controversy by fans who believe that Garland's story was already properly told in the Me
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Renée Zellweger Channels Judy Garland in Upcoming Biopic — See the First Photo!

The resemblance is uncanny! The first photo from the upcoming biopic Judy was recently released, and Renée Zellweger channels the late Judy Garland perfectly. In the pic, the 48-year-old actress rocks a brunette pixie cut — much different than her usual long blonde locks — and a vibrant floral dress. Check out the video above to see the stunning pic. "#Judy starts principal photography in London today, starring Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland," the Judy Twitter account wrote alongside the photo. Since filming has officially started, hopefully this means there will be even more sneak peeks of the actress soon. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) It was previously reported back in October 2017 that the Bridget Jones's Diary star was cast as the leading lady. The film is based on Judy’s "five-week run of sell-out concerts" in London in 1968, and "will also recount the icon’s battles with management
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Renée Zellweger is Judy Garland in first look from biopic

  • JoBlo
Renée Zellweger took a bit of a hiatus from acting for a few years but has recently been making her way back into the spotlight, like being in the movie Bridget Jones’S Baby. Now she will become screen icon Judy Garland for the movie Judy, and you can now get a full first look at the actress in the role. The movie from Calamity Films, BBC Films, Pathé and Ingenious Media... Read More...
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First Look at Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Biopic ‘Judy’

The first image from the Judy Garland biopic Judy has been released online, offering a first look at Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger as the iconic performer. The film—which is now in production—hails from Tony-nominated director Rupert Goold, working from a script by Tom Edge (The Crown), and the film takes place in 1968 and revolves around then-47-year-old Garland’s sold-out run in London’s The Talk of the Town, where the fragile performer struggles to wow audiences as exhaustion and haunted memories creep up. This is a smart approach for a Judy …
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