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10 October 2018, 16:53
A Star is Born is one of the most popular romantic stories in the history of Hollywood.
Originally a 1937 movie starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, it was later remade as a 1954 musical with Judy Garland and James Mason, and is perhaps best known for its second remake in 1976 starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
And now, it's being remade for a third time and a brand new generation!
Here's all you need to know about A Star Is Born (2018):
The movie will be released on October 3, 2018 in the UK.
Similar to previous versions, the remake will follow country music star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who discovers an unknown but talented singer named Ally (Lady Gaga).
As her career quickly takes off, Jackson starts to realize that his best days may be behind him.
"[We're exploring] what unconditional love is, how hard it is to love someone in this world as a human being, and what that demands: those are the things I was interested in," Cooper told Entertainment Weekly last year. "I was also very interested in the character of Ally being a bit different than the other versions. She's not an ingénue; she's not this innocent person.
"What happens when you're 30 and you [realise] you might not make it? And what happens when the idea that maybe you're not going to make it creeps into your artistic brain, but then you meet somebody who inspires you to run away from that idea and embrace what it is that moves you [creatively].
"We're also dealing with the idea of abandonment — when you put too much stock in a relationship and not in your own worth — how that affects your ability to fully be there for someone else, and for yourself. I wanted to explore the realities of loving another human being, and what that demands [of a person]."
Lady Gaga will star as rising singer Ally, alongside Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine.
There will also be roles for Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, and singer Halsey.
It will also mark Cooper's directorial debut, and he will also co-produce alongside Clint Eastwood and various others. It is based on a screenplay by Cooper, Will Fetters, Eric Roth, Irene Mecchi, Stephen J Revele and Christopher Wilkinson.
Back in 2011, Clint Eastwood was in talks to direct the film, starring Beyoncé, but the project was delayed to the singer's pregnancy.
Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Tom Cruise had been in talks to play the male lead role.
By October 2012, Beyoncé had dropped out, and Johnny Depp had also rejected the movie. Cooper joined the cast and agreed a deal to direct the film in March 2015.
Bradley Cooper first told Ellen DeGeneres that the film will feature all original songs rather than covers from previous films.
One of the songs features in the first trailer, called 'Shallow', which was written by Gaga alongside producer Mark Ronson.
After seeing Lukas Nelson - the son of country legend Willie Nelson - perform at a festival, Cooper asked him to work on the film.
Nelson wrote several songs for the film, and also worked with Lady Gaga on the recording of the soundtrack. Cooper also sings in the film.
Cooper also revealed that he made a deal with Gaga, that she would teach him to sing, and he would help her feel comfortable with her performance on camera. The pair also performed at Coachella and at Glastonbury, where they shared the same stage as 1976's A Star Is Born star Kris Kristofferson.
A full soundtrack has been released, featuring 34 tracks, including various songs sung by Cooper and Gaga. This includes a version of Edith Piaf's 'La Vie en Rose' sung by Gaga.
Other songs include 'Shallow' and 'Maybe It's Time'.
The full tracklist is:
2. “Black Eyes” – Performed by Bradley Cooper.
3. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
4. Fabulous French
5. “La Vie En Rose” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
6. I’ll Wait For You
7. “Maybe It’s Time” – Performed by Bradley Cooper.
8. Parking Lot
9. “Out of Time” – Performed by Bradley Cooper.
10. “Alibi” – Performed by Bradley Cooper.
11. Trust Me
12. “Shallow” – Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
13. First Stop, Arizona
14. “Music To My Eyes” – Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
15. “Diggin’ My Grave” – Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
16. I Love You
17. “Always Remember Us This Way” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
19. How Do You Hear It?
20. “Look What I Found” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
22. “Heal Me” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
23. “I Don’t Know What Love Is” – Performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
25. “Is That Alright?” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
27. “Why Did You Do That?” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
28. “Hair Body Face” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
30. “Before I Cry” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
31. “Too Far Gone” – Performed by Bradley Cooper.
32. Twelve Notes
33. “I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
34. “I’ll Never Love Again (Extended Version)” – Performed by Lady Gaga.
Listen to a couple of songs from the soundtrack below:
There have been four official clips from the film, including Ally singing Jackson a brand new song in a carpark, another showing Jackson telling Ally that she has nothing to worry about when it comes to her appearance, a third showing Jackson performing a song, and a final clip of Jackson's friend Noodles worrying about his old pal:
A few promo photos and posters are available so far (courtesy of Warner Bros):
So far, the film has received mostly positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 93% based on 40 reviews.
TheWrap gave the film a positive review, saying: "Cooper and Lady Gaga are dynamite together; this is a story that lives and dies by the central relationship and the instant chemistry that must blossom between them, and these two have it in spades", and praised the songs, describing them as "electrifying".
Variety praised Cooper's directing, writing and acting, and described the film "a transcendent Hollywood movie".
Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+, praising Gaga's performance, saying: "she deserves praise for her restrained, human-scale performance as a singer whose real-girl vulnerability feels miles away from the glittery meat-dress delirium of her own stage persona."