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  1. In 2011 following the release of Born This Way
  2. salut les gens j'espère vous aimez les pizzas
  3. I don't like that title, I would like to listen to the song but I'm sure there is a great reason why it got scrapped.
  4. It better be! Hopefully there are some ballads on it too...
  5. It’s been 84 years. Finally happening next week!
  6. We know a new era is coming when she’s posting pictures with her man. She’s coming!
  7. Are we ready to track Stupid Love on the charts?
  8. Lady Gaga's 10th Grammy Award may be on its way! The Recording Academy has officially started their voting today for the Grammy Awards 2020 and it has been revealed that A Star Is Born Soundtrack by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper as well as several songs from the movie have been submitted for consideration in multiple categories: A Star Is Born Soundtrack Album of the Year Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Always Remember Us This Way Record of the Year Song of the Year Best Pop Solo Performance I'll Never Love Again Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Best Song Written for Visual Media Maybe It's Time Best American Roots Performance Best American Roots Song Earlier, Billboard has announced a list of albums including Gaga & Cooper's Soundtrack Album as one of the leading contenders for an "Album of the Year" nomination at next year's Grammy ceremony. It is highly likely that we will see her name again in the select pool of nominees when they are officially announced on November 20th. Don't forget to check back again to find out Gaga's Grammys 2020 nominations.
  9. Lady Gaga first performed the song in 2013 at the iTunes Festival where she then debuted 7 new tracks off of her upcoming album, ARTPOP, and now its demo has leaked! She explained that the song was written for her fans after the Born This Way Ball was cancelled. The track’s chorus references a famous quote by the late Princess Diana - “They day it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and moody?” The track was first teased in a now-deleted tweet by Gaga on the evening of February 10 2013, shortly after finishing her ‘Born This Way Ball’ show in Montreal where she broke her hip and subsequently cancelled the rest of the tour. She tweeted “I’d rather be poor and happy than rich and alone. - ——- — —— - ARTPOP”. You can listen to the full "I Wanna Be With You" demo here:
  10. For the past ten years, Belgian stylist Tom Eerebout has choosen almost all the outfits the pop star Lady Gaga wore, each dress more extravagant than the next. We met the stylist during one of his few stopovers in Antwerp. "Even on vacation, her looks are stylish." "Do you see this one?", he asks showing us his tattooed fingers. "In England, we call them 'jobstoppers', and when I heard that, I had my knuckles tattooed right away to be sure that I'll never get a banal clerical job!" We are sitting in front of the Belgian designer Tom Eerebout. His job is definitely not ordinary. He has been working for Lady Gaga for ten years. He is the one who decides what the pop star wears, from the city to the stage. Eerebout has been living in London for years now, but he recently bought a house in Antwerp: "It's an investment, to be closer to my family and (as a plan B) for the Brexit. It is right behind the Central Station". We ring the bell but we will not cross the main door. "My husband is working and our three dogs are here", he says, taking us to a café just a few steps away. He orders a Vedett beer (for him) and a cappuccino (for us). The last time he came to Belgium was seven months ago to pay a quick visit to his family. When you work for a pop star (who has since become a movie star), the working days are long and the miles are numerous. "Especially when we're on tour, it's intense: working 18 hours a day is the norm!" This fall, he will continue working with Gaga as the pop star is set to return to Las Vegas for her residency at Park MGM. "In Vegas, my working days start in the morning around 10 a.m and last until 3 a.m the next morning. But my biggest stress is FedEx! Even though you've found the greatest outfit and claimed the exclusivity from its creator, it is a disaster if the courier doesn't deliver it in time.” “For the Venice Film Festival, Gaga had to wear a flamingo feather dress, but we were afraid the couriers wouldn’t deliver it on time, leaving us high and dry. To avoid that, someone went to Italy by car with the dress. In the meantime, I was flying with $2 million worth of diamonds in my carry-on bag." Eerebout recalls this story : “It happens often that we have to change Gaga during a regular flight. In this case, we ask to reserve the toilets and uncoil her dress with steam from the flight attendants’ kettle". The stylist has an almost ordinary look, but his sneakers and his shorts look like more a holiday-outfit than a city’s. "Usually, I’m pretty dressed à la Keith Richards : Shirt, jeans and boots." It’s not for his looks that he is well known anyway, but for what he imagines for Lady Gaga, the Italian-American pop star who broke through with Poker Face in 2009 and recently won an Oscar for her role in A Star Is Born. "All of her looks are absolutely stylish, even when she’s out of her house to get in the car. It’s a huge work, but my colleague Sandra Amador helps me a lot. For us, it’s almost a full time job." "We don’t shop in stores, because Gaga only wears clothes that have never been worn before. These last months, she has worn pieces from a Winter Collection which is only available today. We have to arrange directly with the fashion labels and the Couture houses. I am also often approached by designers who send me their sketches; I like it a lot because it gives me the opportunity to know new names." "As a Belgian, I also try to use a lot from Belgian Fashion. Recently, Gaga wore a Bare ring, the brand of a young jeweler from Antwerp Dries Criel" entrusts the stylist. "For big events Sandra and I are in charge to look up the outfits, but during quiter periods we simply send Gaga a large suitcase of clothes, with a PDF of all the looks. ... and when she goes on vacation, we send her Bikinis." "As a stylist, we can obviously have our own sense of style, but first and foremost we have to listen to our clients" he says. "The outfits need to look like they’ve been just take out from her closet. I don’t have a recipe to capture Gaga’s style. There must always be a bit of madness." "I am part of the ‘Haus of Gaga (the creative team around her). Just like me, most of the members have been working for her for years. We form a very big united family." Throughout the interview, we are struck by his weird accent, summary of his journey. Born and raised in Bredene, on the Belgian coast he did some training in Bruges and then went at the Antwerp Academy, where he studied photography for several months. “School was never my thing: I hate structures. When I stopped studying photography, I was lucky enough to find a job at American Apparel as a visual merchandiser. Responsible for the Benelux countries, I was often in Amsterdam". After that he packed his bags and moved to Amsterdam, where he met Joost Vandebrug, a fashion and documentary photographer with whom he got married. ”Joost earned a contract with the prestigious agency ‘Art & Commerce’ for which he had to move to London. I followed him. However, I couldn’t find a job. Then I met Nicola Formichetti, who was Gaga’s stylist at the time, and I became his assistant in March 2010. I didn’t get paid that much, but I liked this job and I stayed. Four years later, when I had the opportunity to work for Kylie Minogue that I worshipped, I left Gaga before diving back in”. “Working for Lady Gaga is my dream job: I work with pleasant people, I can unleash my creativity and it is different every single day. My dad had a hard time understanding that dressing up a celebrity could be a full-time job. For years, he pushed me into looking for a “real job”, but everything changed during Lady Gaga’s concert at Antwerps Sportpaleis, in 2018, when she dedicated a song to me. Finally my family acknowledged the impact my job had. Throughout the years, Gaga became a very good friend. Look. I did this tattoo with her”, he tells, showing us one of his ‘jobstoppers’. From October 17th, Lady Gaga will continue her Las Vegas residency ‘Enigma’ at Park Theater. Translated by LadyGagaNow.co Source in French here.
  11. SiriusXM announced today that 9-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award winner Lady Gaga will perform at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater for a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners on Monday, June 24. The special performance will celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora coming together as one company. Howard Stern made the announcement today during the live broadcast of The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM. The exclusive SiriusXM concert marks the first time that Lady Gaga will perform at the iconic venue and her first concert in New York City in almost two years. Fresh off the latest run of her Las Vegas residency, Enigma, at the Park Theater, Park MGM, Lady Gaga's concert at the Apollo will feature Lady Gaga performing her worldwide hits. The special performance will air in its entirety on SiriusXM Hits 1, Howard Stern's Howard 101 channel, as well as Pandora NOW, the SiriusXM channel that harnesses the power of Pandora's extensive listener data and SiriusXM's curatorial expertise. Select highlights from the concert will also be available to Pandora listeners via user-generated playlists and curated stations. "Performing at The Apollo has always been a dream of mine. Thank you to SiriusXM and Pandora for inviting me. I'm excited for my fans to see a special show at this iconic venue" said Lady Gaga. "After getting her start in New York City, Lady Gaga went on to conquer the world with her talent. We are thrilled to have Lady Gaga perform this exclusive show at the world famous Apollo Theater in her hometown as we celebrate SiriusXM and Pandora as one company," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM. "SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners will get the opportunity to be part of this once in a lifetime musical experience and we can't wait." Lady Gaga's Apollo Theater performance for SiriusXM coincides with World Pride Month which this year is being celebrated in New York City. This Article originally appeared here.
  12. TIME Magazine has begun the rollout of their annual 'TIME: 100' list of influential people for 2019, and Lady Gaga has made their list per the decision of both the publications editors and a public vote. She joins an array of other big names who have made an impact within the last 12 months, including the likes of Taylor Swift, Lebron James, BTS, Ariana Grande and Michelle Obama. As part of their announcement, a series of different covers of their magazine have been released featuring a number of those in this years 100, with other stars discussing those who made the list. Celine Dion spoke about Lady Gaga and shared her take on Gaga as a performer, actress, advocate and more, which you can read below. "I love Lady Gaga, and I think she’s got one of the greatest voices in the world: powerful, convincing, passionate and sensitive. She’s definitely one of the most inventive artists we’ve ever seen. Her artistic expression has no rules, no boundaries. When she first came on the scene with her outrageous style, she didn’t care what the critics said. She marched to the beat of her own drum, knowing that her message of individuality was a way to express her inner strength. What makes her even more special, and such a powerful influence on society, is that she empowers her fans to adopt the very same values in their lives—to stand up for what they believe in, despite what others might think. By doing so, she gives her followers the strength and confidence to believe in themselves. Whether it’s her unstoppable support for the LGBTQ community, or her anti-bullying campaigning, Lady Gaga’s voice is being heard where it really counts. Yes, she’s an amazing musician, composer, performer and, as we saw in A Star Is Born, an incredible actress, but her legacy reaches well beyond show business. She will continue to inspire love and freedom around the world, for generations to come." You can read the full list here.
  13. The Oscar-winning song 'Shallow' just hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100. This marks Lady Gaga's 4th #1 hit and first since Born This Way back in 2011. The single has sold 115k pure sales, generated 27.3m streams and had a radio audience impression of 38 million in this week alone, catapulting the acclaimed single 20 spots to #1 on Billboard. Additionally, A Star Is Born soundtrack returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth nonconsecutive week on top, as the set steps 3-1 with 128,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 28. This means Lady Gaga gets the chart double. For the first time ever, she's #1 on both Billboard 200 & Hot 100! Fun facts: Shallow becomes #1 in its 22nd week just like Just Dance: Just Dance which was released in 2008, blew up in 2009, Shallow which was released in 2018, blows up in 2019. Shallow also hits #1 the same week as Evergreen back in 1977 & the same week as Born This Way but 8 years ago.
  14. Lady Gaga and her fiancé Christian Carino have split, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. “It just didn’t work out. Relationships sometimes end,” a source tells PEOPLE. “There’s no long dramatic story.” Speculation arose when fans noticed that Gaga was not wearing her engagement ring at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, neither did she thank Carino in her acceptance speech after her song “Shallow” won the best pop duo or group performance prize. Carino did not attend the Grammys, even though he was by her side at various other events this awards season, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, as she’s made the rounds a various ceremonies for A Star is Born. On Valentine’s Day, instead of sharing photos with her fiancé, the star revealed that she’d had a permanent piece of A Star Is Born inked on her body. Gaga debuted a large tattoo on her spine that pays tribute to her role in the acclaimed musical-drama. “Happy Valentine’s Day. A tattoo toast to “la vie en rose” by the beautiful @winterstone my spinal cord is now a rose,” Gaga wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the completed tattoo of an intricate outline of a single rose on a long stem with the words, “la vie en rose” written in script beside it. She also got the musical notes “G” and “A” on sheet lines of sheet music tattooed onto the inside of her arm, spelling out her name. At Elle‘s 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in October 2018, honoree Gaga revealed her engagement to Carino by thanking “my fiancé Christian” during her speech. PEOPLE exclusively confirmed Gaga and the talent agent, were dating in February 2017 after the couple were spotted getting affectionate at a Kings of Leon concert that year. Source
  15. Throughout the award season, The Wife's Glenn Close and Lady Gaga have proved to us many times that friendship between the women of Hollywood is not something as rare as the mainstream media has led us to believe. Glenn Close has opened up about the possibility of working with Lady Gaga on a project in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter: You seem to have formed a connection with Lady Gaga this awards season. Would you consider working on something together? We haven't talked about working together, but I would certainly be open to that. She's remarkable, incredibly courageous and creative. A prodigy. So many gifts. I met Cynthia, her mother, before I met Stefani, as I call her. I remember when she first sat down at the [THR] Roundtable and she was next to me, I could really sense her nervousness. I tried to put myself in her shoes. Even though she's accomplished incredible things, as a personality, performer, artist, writer, she'd never been in that particular combination of women before, who are actresses. I tried to put her at ease as much as I could. I was just thrilled that she was there. She's very articulate and smart. I felt like that was almost a rite of passage for her around that table. I'm very proud of her. Have you seen her in Vegas yet? No, I can't wait. Source
  16. Lady Gaga will officially take the GRAMMYs stage with Mark Ronson in what is set to be an unforgettable performance this Sunday. Shallow is up to 4 nominations: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. Lady Gaga is also nominated in "Best Pop Solo Performance" for the piano version of Joanne. You can watch the GRAMMYs this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS or on our website.
  17. The "Star Is Born" singer's show opens tomorrow at the Park MGM in Las Vegas “We’re always trying to do the unexpected,” says Lady Gaga’s manager, Bobby Campbell, weeks out from launching the most hotly-anticipated show on the Las Vegas strip. It’s early December, a decade since the New York native was rocketing to success with her debut album, The Fame, and while the holiday buzz is all about her award nominations for A Star Is Born, behind-the-scenes it’s the “unexpected” next chapter of her musical endeavors which the 32-year-old singer is focused on. It’s a chapter that entails a new challenge for the megastar -- whittling all the awe-inspiring creativity, energy and production value of the arena-style shows she has become accustomed to and renown for into an intimate, 5,200-seat theater. “The past eight years of her life has been touring the world in stadiums and arenas," Campbell says. "Scaling down to a theater and living with the production limitations of a smaller space isn’t easy. I think fans will be really excited by what we’ve come up with, but it certainly hasn’t come without its challenges.” For an artist who has conquered music, film, philanthropy and fashion, and now has the world at her fingertips, it was exactly that kind of challenge which lured Gaga into Sin City, where she will launch a groundbreaking two-part residency tomorrow night (Dec. 28) – the hit-fueled Lady Gaga Enigma show and accompanying Lady Gaga Jazz & Piano concerts, featuring stripped down versions of her songs and music from The Great American Songbook. But while she may not have intended it, in her shadow comes a new dawn for Las Vegas’ ever-evolving musical residency scene, with Gaga and fellow icon Britney Spears arrival into Park Theater at the newly-rebranded Park MGM hotel cementing the venue as the hottest new spot on the Strip, igniting residency interest from other A-listers and breathing new life into the booming business of attracting pop royalty to town. “That wasn’t the case for years,” says Live Nation Las Vegas president Kurt Melien. “Residencies are now the dominant form of entertainment – the idea that the biggest artist on the planet is doing Vegas sends a message to the world that this is the thing to do.” While the city’s residencies date back to the likes of Elvis Presley, Liberace and Frank Sinatra, acts like Celine Dion, Cher and Elton John re-birthed the scene with stints at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace over the last decade. But it was Spears who ignited a wave of nostalgia-led productions serving younger fans with her Piece of Me launch at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater in 2014. The “Slumber Party” singer’s arrival came at a time when the average age of visitors was dropping rapidly, from 50 to 45 in the four years leading up to her show. The shift was largely fueled by the thriving electronic dance music scene, led by DJs like Calvin Harris who continue to enjoy lucrative club residencies, but there was also a notable rise in visitors aged 30 and 49 – people who were in their teens and twenties during the peak reign of Spears and other nineties pop powerhouses. “A couple of artists got in there quickly and proved it was a great place to see a show. Bruno Mars is the best example,” Melien says. “He was in there right away, and people were like, ‘This is incredible,’ and the domino started to fall from there.” In December 2017 Gaga announced her two-part residency – the first of its kind, which will allow fans to see the musician in two productions over one weekend. Campbell and Gaga had been entertaining the idea for years before entering negotiations with MGM in mid-2017, with Gaga having previously watched Spears, Cher and Lionel Richie in action. “We end up Vegas every time she’s on tour and you see the signs for different shows and Cirque productions and the possibilities start to bubble in your mind,” Campbell says. “We’ve casually talked about it for years and had various companies saying, ‘When you guys are ready, we’d love to have a conversation.’” “For her, right now, it’s not necessarily what everyone expected she would do, but it’s what we wanted to do,” Campbell adds. “It’s not super-calculated or strategic as much as it’s the perfect storm of right time.” Part of that challenge was creating a point of difference from other residencies, which is how Gaga’s game-changing two-part engagement was born, a format set to challenge other artists to push the boundaries with their shows. “The one thing that was important for me was, how do we differentiate?” Campbell says. “How do we do something no one else has done and remind people that whenever Gaga does a project, she tries to bring something fresh, new and innovative to the table? I challenged her with that and she said, ‘Well, let’s do two shows. I love singing jazz, I love singing pop and there’s no reason I can’t do both.’” While getting Gaga marked a musical coup for Park MGM, the resort clinched their position as a trendy new pop residency hot spot by also signing Spears, who will commence Britney: Domination at Park Theater in February. Spears had touring and other options at her disposal following Piece of Me, but she was clear with Rudolph early on that she wished to stay in Las Vegas. And, although her move was only announced in October – 10 months after Gaga confirmed her shows – the Park Theater was on the radar as far back as 2016, when Rudolph did a walk-through of the yet-to-be opened venue while considering it for both Spears and Aerosmith. “We were supposed to do 96 shows over two years at Planet Hollywood and ended up doing 250 shows over four years and it was incredibly successful, but it got to the point where Britney wanted a change of scenery,” says Rudolph, who also signed Aerosmith at Park Theater for their upcoming stint, which he describes as an “elevated” Aerosmith concert experience. “She wanted to come out with a new show at a new place and do it differently.” Of course, the money on offer for A-listers helps, with Gaga reportedly cutting a deal worth $100 million and set to pocket just over $1 million-per-show (plus her cut of VIP experiences and merchandise sales,) a new high for the city’s residencies. In comparison, Dion and Carey reportedly took home $475k per show, while Spears and Lopez supposedly earned in the $300,000 range per show for their first runs at Planet Hollywood (with Spears reportedly making $500,000 per show for her upcoming stint.) Jason Gastwirth, president of entertainment for Caesars Entertainment (who own Zappos Theater and The Colosseum,) reiterates there’s more to the deals than money, with his team taking pride in building long-term relationships with artists in order to keep them coming back. While losing Spears isn’t ideal, Gastwirth believes those who attend Park Theater shows, will also have interest in Zappos Theater acts, and he’s thrilled the venue now has availability for new artists. “If you can refer to them by one name, you probably know who it is,” he adds about who might be coming up. With competition heightened, Caesars is also making efforts to ensure their venues remain at the top of their game, with major refurbishments at The Colosseum, including new technology and VIP amenities. For now, all eyes await the new residents who Gaga may help attract to Sin City as she breathes new life into the competition for top artists. "I don’t think there’s a bigger star in the world right now," he says. "Not only thanks to her music and live performances, but her acting career. There are also no female icons in the last couple of years who are producing the kind of live shows that she does. We expect something as big, if not bigger, and completely over-the-top on the pop side … and that’s Vegas in a nut shell." The article was originally written here. .
  18. Lady Gaga moved the audience of The 32nd Annual American Cinematheque Awards last night delivering her speech to the honoree of the night, none other than her A Star Is Born co-Star and director, Bradley Cooper. In her speech Gaga reveals that while in public, Bradley referees to her by her stage name, Gaga. But in private and on set she was always Stefani to him, which sparked a wave of emotion as she recalled having to hide herself as Stefani for so long. “I ran from Stefani for a long time. I put on a superhero cape and called myself Lady Gaga. You challenged me to deep dive into a place where I had to see her again, where I had to be Stefani again." Also in her speech, she thanks Bradley for not only being a professional she can call on for advice, but for being a friend that she can cry with and be herself without ever being judged, claiming there will never be a director she will love like she does Bradley ever again. Click on the photos to open the gallery.
  19. The Satellite Awards nominations have been announced today and there is great news for the A Star Is Born crew: the movie has scored 11 Nominations, which is the most nominations any single project received for this year's Satellite Awards. Lady Gaga received two nominations for "Actress in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Major, Independent or International)" and Original Song for Shallow. Read the eleven nominations below: 1. Actress in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Lady Gaga) 2. Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Bradley Cooper) 3. Actor in a supporting role (Sam Elliott) 4. Motion picture, comedy or musical (A Star Is Born) 5. Director (Bradley Cooper) 6. Screenplay, Adapted (A Star Is Born) 7. Original Song (Shallow) 8. Cinematography (Matthew Libatique) 9. Sound (Editing and Mixing) (A Star Is Born) 10. Film Editing (A Star Is Born) 11. Costume Design (A Star Is Born) See all the other nominations here. The 23rd annual Satellite Awards will take place on February 17th.
  20. Lady Gaga can’t shake her character from “A Star Is Born.” And she doesn’t want to. “I feel Ally inside of me,” Gaga says of the rising musical icon she plays in the film. “I wonder how long she’ll stay. Or if she’ll be in there forever.” This symbiotic relationship is evident at her Variety photo shoot at her home in Malibu, a week before she had to evacuate due to the Woolsey Fire. Gaga isn’t sure what she’ll wear at first. Inspiration strikes after she slips on a taupe men’s collared shirt. It is the same shirt, she reveals, worn in several key scenes by her co-star Bradley Cooper as the singing heartthrob Jackson Maine in “A Star Is Born.” Later in the film, Ally inherits the garment. Like her character, Gaga keeps the memento in her closet, but she never dreamed of putting it on again — until now. Over the next hour, Gaga poses with the shirt’s sleeves rolled up, its untucked edges falling just above her knees, revealing a tattoo of a unicorn on her left thigh. At one point, she balances on a wobbly stool in black suede knee-high boots with stiletto heels, performing a series of jaw-dropping acrobatic maneuvers. She even re-creates a moment from the film where her character traces the shape of her too-big nose. At the end of the shoot, Gaga makes a surprising confession. As she looks at the shots on a computer screen, she can’t recall the last time she saw a photograph of herself and didn’t see sadness in her eyes. These pictures are different. “And that makes me happy,” she says, tearing up. Gaga, 32, is still processing the overwhelming success of her first movie. Seated on the deck of her sprawling estate in Malibu, with an adjoining barn for her horses and guard dogs, she speaks candidly about this period in her life. “This has been a very transformative time for me,” says Gaga about “A Star Is Born,” a life-changing journey punctuated by bursts of excitement and doubt. “As an artist, there’s always a feeling of ‘Am I good enough? Am I making something honest? Am I making something true?’ There is a sort of stagnant sadness in me, wondering if I’m enough. Today I did not see that. I saw something different. I saw a clarity. I saw a truth.” Her vulnerable portrait of a fledgling musician has made “A Star Is Born” the movie event of the fall, catapulting Gaga into a new sphere. Musical legends like Cher and Bette Midler used to effortlessly carry their own cinematic vehicles in the ’80s and ’90s, but few professional singers have recently accomplished the trick. (Just ask Mariah Carey about the bomb that was “Glitter.”) Since early October, “A Star Is Born” has grossed more than $300 million at the global box office. Even better, the Warner Bros. release is the rare movie that transcends the big screen. There have been endless Twitter arguments about Ally’s musical evolution, Instagram love letters, memes about Gaga’s unwavering adoration of Cooper and public recitations from the soundtrack, especially of “Shallow,” the catchiest movie anthem since Céline Dion warbled about Kate and Leo’s lost love aboard the Titanic. Now Gaga and the film are poised to storm the awards circuit as this year’s Oscars front-runner. “The business is changing so much,” says Cooper, who made his directorial debut with “Star” and spent four years producing the film on a modest $38 million budget. “I know it feels good for the industry that a movie like this, which is about relationships and how we need each other, is doing well financially.” It could finally mean some good news for the Academy Awards, which has been fighting charges of irrelevance as viewership dipped 20% in March, to a new low of 26 million. If “A Star Is Born” clinches the top prize, it will be the most successful best picture winner, in terms of domestic ticket sales, since “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” 15 years ago. (Back then, the show attracted 44 million viewers.) And if “Shallow” is nominated for an Oscar for best song, Gaga says she’ll perform it at the ceremony. “One hundred percent,” she says. In fact, Cooper reveals that he has plans to sing the duet live with Gaga. “We talked about that actually, because I’m such a maniac,” Cooper says. “I started texting her the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.” Gaga perhaps is perfectly suited to the rigors of modern-day Oscars campaigning, which favors bigger personalities over less-is-more. She’s been a devoted viewer for most of her life. “I used to wrap myself in an Afghan or my grandmother’s knitted blanket and stand on a podium while I watched the Oscars,” says Gaga, who grew up in Manhattan as Stefani Germanotta. “I had big dreams as a child.” Of course, she had no idea that her first movie — a remake of the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor, with updates by Judy Garland (in 1954) and Barbra Streisand (in 1976) — would become such a phenomenon. “Well, give me a few more movies before you call me a success,” she says in her throaty voice. Even at her photo session, Gaga instructs the photographer, “Don’t shoot me as a movie star.” Yes, there have been other film offers. But she hasn’t been reading too many scripts. The last few weeks of her life have reminded her of the time after the release of 2009’s “The Fame Monster,” the album that cemented her status as an artist who could sell out stadiums around the world. “This feels for me very much like that, but in a different way, because I have all the wisdom slash pain and betrayal of the last 10 years,” Gaga says. “Look, from the outside in, I think people think it’s all champagne and roses for us. ‘Us’ meaning the collective artists slash celebrities.” She pauses for a split second. “I don’t like the word ‘celebrity,’ because to me it negates my artistry. There’s a lot of pain you go through. Everything changes. Your whole life changes.” “A Star Is Born” is a meditation on that fame — Gaga relates to a scene at the beginning of the film when Jackson leaves the thundering applause of a stadium to enter the quiet loneliness of his chauffeured car. She estimates that she’s watched the movie, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August, five to 10 times. On the first viewing, Cooper brought a stereo system to a private room, to amplify the sound, and he covered up the windows with garbage bags so “the light from the screen would be crisper,” she recalls. “I cried the whole time, because I missed Jackson.” More recently, she bought a ticket to watch the movie at a local multiplex. “Yeah, I snuck in,” she says. “I sat through most of it.” She left early, but not out of fear of being spotted. “I had to remove myself before the end,” she explains. “The film moves me so deeply. I feel so entrenched in the character that the second half of the film — without revealing what happens — is so emotional and tragic. I have to take myself out of it.” For most of her career, Gaga has been a larger-than-life presence, hiding behind masks and motifs tied to her album releases. Like Madonna, her most natural predecessor, she embraces and abandons personas with each new song, from “Bad Romance” (and that meat dress) to “Million Reasons” (with a pink pantsuit and cowgirl hat). But who is Gaga? “A Star Is Born” pre­sents a more intimate look at the artist stripped of her armor. Like the Garland version of the film, this latest “Star Is Born” succeeds because of the marriage between the ingénue and the icon. Gaga isn’t shy about reminding you that she isn’t Ally, although they may resemble each other. She worked hard to create the character, co-writing the songs and providing anecdotes about the music business that informed the script. Prior to the 42-day shoot, she trained with the late acting coach Elizabeth Kemp in a workshop in Santa Barbara. She submitted to an exercise where she had to lie on the floor and imagine when “life blasted you so hard you can’t remember who you were before it happened,” she recalls. “I just broke down in tears and started to cry. Before I knew it, I was talking about feeling like I was my bed and my bed was telling me to get out.” In the script, Cooper added touchstones that nodded at the previous iterations of the story. The drag bar where Jackson meets Ally is called the Bleu Bleu, a callback to a club in Garland’s version. There was also another, more overt homage that ended up on the cutting room floor. “We did one scene where Jackson gave Ally a pair of ruby slippers,” Gaga says. “He was laying underneath the bed, and she’s on top, and all you heard him doing was clicking the heels together. And she leans over, and he’s laughing, and they are so in love.” Toby Emmerich, the chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, reveals that the original script had a different finale. “The first ending that I read, [Jackson] actually swims out into the ocean, where he commits suicide,” Emmerich says. “The script that we had when he started shooting, he rides his motorcycle. It was more like the Kris Kristofferson ending [in the 1976 version] with the Ferrari, but with Jackson with the Harley. But Bradley changed his mind and came to see me and pitched the idea of what he ended up shooting. I think he was right. When I watch the movie now, I can’t imagine it ending any other way.” Gaga swiped several souvenirs from the set. She’s the owner of Ally’s songbook and a bottle of Mr. Bubble from a bathtub love scene, in addition to Jackson’s shirt. “I just wanted to have a piece of him with me,” says Gaga, who is engaged to talent agent Christian Carino. “This is very precious to me. These are heirlooms, or they will be heirlooms one day. They are things I will want to show my little girl or little boy and say, ‘Here they are. You can touch them.’ I want them to have a close, tangible, poetic experience with the film the way I have.” On the night before “A Star Is Born” opened in theaters, Gaga was on the edge of her seat. Appearing alongside the other cast members, she answered questions at an Academy screening at MoMA. She spoke lovingly about working with Cooper, which she does whenever she’s asked about him. As the event ended, a throng of noisy fans gathered at the entrance, creating an unruly scene. “This is like for Princess Diana,” one Oscar voter gasped. Although bodyguards had instructed the fans that Gaga wouldn’t be signing autographs, she did anyway. As her car cruised down 53rd Street, taking a right on 6th Avenue, groupies started chasing her vehicle on foot. She rolled down the window at a traffic stop to sign more memorabilia from the back seat. The idea of remaking “A Star Is Born” had been kicked around at Warner Bros. since the ’90s. “Anytime a big pop star broke, we would talk about it,” says producer Bill Gerber. “Hey, should we do ‘A Star Is Born’ with Lauryn Hill or Aaliyah? Whitney Houston had been talked about way back when.” In 2011, it looked like there would be some movement. Clint Eastwood was briefly attached to direct, with Beyoncé in talks to star with Cooper. The deal didn’t come together, but in 2014, Cooper started eyeing the project as his directorial debut. “I love acting,” he says. “I think it’s the best way to direct for sure.” Still, Cooper initially considered someone else to play Jackson. “I saw this other person that I wanted to do this, who is an actual musician,” Cooper says. “But [the studio] wouldn’t make the movie with him.” A source with knowledge of the talks says that Cooper had met with Jack White, the former lead singer of the White Stripes. But this was all before Gaga came on board. Gaga and Cooper’s chemistry is so natural, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing these parts. Their closeness is on display during a joint interview with Variety in October in New York. Both swear that they haven’t read any of the film’s mostly glowing reviews. “My manager will sometimes text me little one-liners here and there,” Gaga says. “I’ll be like, ‘Stop it!’” Cooper has only broken the rule once. “I read one review, and it was horrible,” he says. “It was from a place I grew up reading my whole life. And I just saw it on a news feed.” They’d like to work together again. “Maybe she’ll direct,” Cooper says. “No, no, no,” Gaga replies. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves or confuse our mediums. I did this because I believed in him and all the people he brought together. I’ll stick to directing music videos.” One question that persists about the movie involves Ally’s career trajectory. In the middle of the film, at the hands of a smarmy British manager, she dyes her hair orange and starts producing more commercial pop. On “Saturday Night Live,” Ally belts out a sexually provocative tune, “Why Did You Do That?,” which leads Jackson to believe she’s lost her way. Diane Warren, who co-wrote the lyrics, has said it wasn’t intended to be a bad song. But Gaga has avoided providing her own interpretation until now. “When we see her on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and she’s singing a song about why do you look so good in those jeans, it’s almost the antithesis of where we started,” Gaga says. “That is relatively shallow.” Cooper doesn’t see it that way. “I don’t necessarily view her music as superficial,” he says. “I think she’s performing with all her heart.” There’s no denying the universal appeal of “Shallow.” A few weeks later, at her house, Gaga explains her theory on why it’s become such a hit. “We are living in a time where there’s so much conversation about women’s voices being heard,” Gaga says. “Men listening to those voices. And also, men not listening to those voices. Women being silenced in very public ways, like Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford with Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh being appointed is basically like telling every single woman in the country that’s been assaulted, ‘We don’t care. Or we don’t believe you.’” She says what’s special about the song is that it’s an open dialogue between a man and a woman: “To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it. It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.” As Gaga reflects on the cultural impact of “A Star Is Born,” she looks at the film through the eyes of her fans. It means a lot to her that they’ve championed this project. “I only want to win now,” she says, speaking metaphorically, “because I want that kid who feels like me, that misfit or outcast that didn’t belong, to win. The reward for me is that this movie is a win for them.” The article originally appears here.
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