“A Star Is Born,” which played at the Toronto Film Festival, follows Lady Gaga as Ally, an insecure singer-songwriter who meets Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a famous musician who mentors her and helps launch her career. The music-heavy film marks Cooper’s directorial debut.
At the TIFF premiere, Lady Gaga got emotional while telling Variety that she sees a part of herself in the character.
“When I did not believe in myself, when I was bullied in school, I felt ugly, and my only escape was music and that’s why I started to sing and write songs and act. It was because I wanted an escape from all of that pain,” Gaga said. “Little Stefani right now, she’s very humbled and she’s very surprised.”
Cooper, who’s struggled with substance abuse in the past, said it was cathartic to use painful memories to mold Jackson’s character.
“Anytime you’re trying to tell the truth, you need to go to places and use things that have happened to you,” Cooper shared. “And that’s all part of the beauty of turning whatever things you’ve gone through into a story. I remember learning that in grad school, our teacher said all the insecurities, all the dark stuff, you get to use that.”
In Disney-Pixar’s “Onward,” Marvel superheroes Tom Holland and Chris Pratt get animated to voice elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot in the fantasy adventure film. On Ian’s 16th birthday, the pair sets off on a quest to find a way to resurrect their late father for just 24 hours, using magic. So in light of [...]
Tom Holland revealed his “Onward” co-star and fellow actor within the Marvel Cinematic Universe Chris Pratt was a big source of support for him as Sony and Disney battled over the fate of the next “Spider-Man” film. Because the two companies couldn’t come to an agreement on a new financing deal for the third film [...]
Lulu Wang, director of “The Farewell,” shared a message to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association while walking the red carpet of the 77th annual Golden Globes: “Nominate more women.” While Wang was shut out of the best directors category, “The Farewell” received a nomination for Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language. Popular on Variety
A prolific stage, television and film actor, BD Wong said he is perhaps most recognized for his role as FBI agent/forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” But for a long time, the 59-year-old Tony winner did not understand fans’ affinity for the soft-spoken doctor with the soothing bedside manner, […]
After 16 seasons as the faces of “Project Runway,” Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are ready for a change. The pair have jumped to Amazon for “Making the Cut,” a new competitive reality series. “One of the reasons Heidi and I wanted to fly and saw the opportunity of Amazon as a brand new threshold […]
Variety’s Angelique Jackson sat down with “This is Us'” star Sterling K. Brown for the season finale to discuss everything from the importance of mental health and how it’s projected on television, how many times his kids have seen “Frozen 2” and even took a break to sing a little “Shallow” from “A Star is […]