A Star Is Born

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It’s a rare occasion in film in which so many groundbreaking storylines lift the cinematic work into the pantheon of film history. Perhaps it’s the fact that the film discussed is actually the third remake of the original or perhaps it could be that one of the stars of the film was also the director, producer, writer, and songwriter. But most importantly, the protagonists of the film are challenged as artists as the singer becomes the actor and the actor becomes the singer.

Regardless of how you view it, A Star Is Born exceeded all the expectations critics and viewers all had as the film became one of the biggest films of 2018, hitting box office records and winning critical acclaim for its direction, music and outstanding acting performances by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and HBO brings this instant classic to its screen this summer.

A Star Is Born is no stranger to viewers (perhaps to the younger generation) as it was originally a 1937 film which produced two musical remakes; one in 1954 starring Judy Garland and one in 1976 starring Barbra Streisand; both huge stars in their own right. The most current version brings Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga together as Jack and Ally in roles that push the dramatic stakes to its highest; dealing with themes of alcoholism, drug addiction, family dysfunctionality and the challenges musicians face on the road. Cooper and Gaga are considered of the highest caliber when it comes to talent in their respective fields. Bradley Cooper had his big acting break as the jock Sack Lodge in Wedding Crashers a minor role that propelled him to stardom. However, it was The Hangover which orbited him to Hollywood royalty. The film took Cooper to A list status which allowed him to stretch his acting muscle in the award-winning films, such as Silver Linings Playbook, Limitless, American Hustle, and American Sniper. On the other hand, Lady Gaga (real name Stefani Germanotta) achieved worldwide success with the release of her 2008 concept album The Fame. With such hits as “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “Paparazzi,” Lady Gaga has revolutionized the musical landscape as a trendsetter in music, fashion, style, and opinion. Lady Gaga is one of the world’s best selling music artists selling over 20 million albums and almost 150 million singles. Her influences include David Bowie, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna, and Queen; who inspired her stage name after their hit, “Radio Gaga.” A cosmic fusion of talent is present in A Star Is Born as Cooper and Gaga exult chemistry and romanticism; a symbiotic relationship that was the most revered duo performance of the year for critics and viewers alike.

    A Star Is BornA Star Is Born is by no definition a mainstream picture. It’s raw and independent in its spirit. It pushes boundaries and raises the stake as the tumultuous relationship of both artists in the film takes them over the edge in a sequence of fatal consequences. The film is supported by the all-time great comedian Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott, a legendary film actor who plays Cooper’s brother. Yet the film was a huge success, both in box office receipts and critical review; a rare feat for small, gritty films. The film earned $435 million at the box office and was honored with award wins and nominations across all film award ceremonies; including the Academy Award as it was nominated for 8 awards - three of them going to Bradley Cooper for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sam Elliot was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Yet it was Lady Gaga who came out the winner; the singer was nominated for Best Actress and won Best Original Song for the film’s landmark song, “Shallow”. It’s rare for actors to receive such a high honor in their first leading role in a film; a feat that shows how amazing Lady Gaga was in A Star Is Born.

Do not miss A Star Is Born, one of the year’s most revered films to be showcased on HBO and HBO GO.

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