Lady Gaga ‘stopped dead’ by Bradley Cooper’s singing talents

Lady Gaga was completely awestruck the first time she heard Bradley Cooper sing. The pop superstar was recruited by Bradley to feature opposite him in his directorial debut, a remake of hit movie musical A Star Is Born, about a troubled seasoned music…

Lady Gaga was completely awestruck the first time she heard Bradley Cooper sing.

The pop superstar was recruited by Bradley to feature opposite him in his directorial debut, a remake of hit movie musical A Star Is Born, about a troubled seasoned musician who discovers and falls in love with a struggling wannabe singer.

The film is a modern revamp of the classic versions starring Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, who tackled the female lead in 1954 and 1976, respectively, and Gaga was so determined to ensure the performance portions of the new A Star Is Born were authentic, she insisted the songs were belted out live onset.

To achieve the feat, Cooper underwent 18 months of vocal training, and Gaga reveals it really paid off, because she was blown away when the actor showed her what she’d be working with.

“He began to sing, and I stopped dead in my tracks, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, Bradley, your voice!'” the six-time Grammy Award winner recalled during a cast interview on breakfast show Good Morning America. “He can sing!”

The two stars ended up helping each other on set, with Cooper giving the musician a little acting advice, and Gaga coaching the Oscar nominee on his vocals, whenever needed.

“What he taught me was know your lines, but really know the story that you’re telling, what you’re trying to say,” she recalled.

Praising his talents as a filmmaker, Gaga added, “Bradley really has been an incredible leader, creating a beautiful family.”

The bond formed between the actor-turned-director and his castmates was also unlike any other their veteran co-star Sam Elliott had experienced throughout his decades-long career.

“I’ve never been anywhere near someone like (Gaga) that’s as huge as she is on a worldwide level, and somebody that’s as talented as she is,” he gushed. “And I’ve never met anyone like Bradley since I’ve been in the business, and come out the other side really feeling like his brother. I’m just really fortunate to be sitting here, and that’s the truth of it.”

A Star Is Born, which has already received rave reviews, opens in theatres in October (18).

It marks Gaga’s first leading role in a movie, after previously scoring small appearance in films like Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as featuring in TV series American Horror Story: Hotel, which earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Mini-Series or Television Film in 2016.

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Lady Gaga debuts Hedi Slimane’s first bag for Celine

Lady Gaga is the first to be seen carrying Hedi Slimane’s debut handbag for Celine.The French designer has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry and left lasting legacies from his seven years as creative director of Dior Homme, as well as his four…

Lady Gaga is the first to be seen carrying Hedi Slimane’s debut handbag for Celine.

The French designer has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry and left lasting legacies from his seven years as creative director of Dior Homme, as well as his four-year tenure at Saint Laurent.

In January (18), it was announced that Slimane would be succeeding Phoebe Philo as creative director of Celine, and will unveil his first full collection during Paris Fashion Week in September.

However, Gaga has given fans a glimpse of what to expect, as she sported his first design for the French fashion house while in Paris this week (begs27Aug).

Dressed in a fitted House of CB tangerine dress and dark aviator sunglasses, the Born This Way hitmaker posed for Instagram with a boxy black leather handbag featuring minimal gold hardware.

The letters ‘LG’ are embossed on the tag, while the Celine house logo is printed on the bag’s clasp.

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, also carried the exclusive handbag when she arrived at the Palazzo del Cinema di Venezia during the Venice Film Festival on Thursday (30Aug18), where she is promoting her new film with Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born.

This time, the singer matched it with a slinky black Jonathan Simkhai resort cocktail dress and classic black court shoes, while her blonde hair was styled in a retro curled up-do and she topped off the ensemble with a slick of vibrant pink lipstick.

Gaga, 32, has long been a muse for Slimane, and was also the first to wear his Saint Laurent designs back in 2012.

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Bradley Cooper wiped Lady Gaga’s make-up off for movie audition

Bradley Cooper helped Lady Gaga nail her audition for his film A Star is Born by removing her make-up. The Guardians of the Galaxy star wanted the Born This Way hitmaker to be “completely open” during her screen test and then helped her get into chara…

Bradley Cooper helped Lady Gaga nail her audition for his film A Star is Born by removing her make-up.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star wanted the Born This Way hitmaker to be “completely open” during her screen test and then helped her get into character by stripping down her look.

“It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels – that was real,” she tells the Los Angeles Times. “I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”

After landing the role, Gaga had to leave her stage persona in her trailer to play down-and-out singer Ally in Bradley’s new adaptation of the classic film.

“The truth is, when we meet Ally, she’s given up on herself,” she says. “And that’s very different from me. I just wasn’t overwhelmed by the odds. The truth is, if we were not sitting here today and I hadn’t sold as many records as I have, I’d still be in a bar somewhere playing the piano and singing. It’s just who I want to be.”

Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, prepared for the film role for months and took acting lessons with drama teacher Susan Batson to hone her craft, but she struggled on the first day of filming after Bradley recited an unscripted line to try to help her relax, which prompted her to recite one of her own lines repeatedly.

“Finally, he said, ‘Are you OK?’ And then I started crying,” she continues. “Then I got that out of the way and then we did the scene. I had to let go of the words.”

“Her learning curve was insane, just from the first day to the second day,” Cooper adds. “Everybody already knows that she’s got a God-given talent as a singer, and she was able to utilise that plutonium to act. If this is something she wants to pursue, I will just have been lucky to have been part of her story as an actress.”

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Lady Gaga filmed emotional performance scene immediately after friend’s death

Lady Gaga was full of emotion as she took on a performance scene for new movie musical A Star Is Born because she had just been with her dead friend. The Poker Face star had to halt filming when she heard her pal, Sonja Durham, was losing her cancer b…

Lady Gaga was full of emotion as she took on a performance scene for new movie musical A Star Is Born because she had just been with her dead friend.

The Poker Face star had to halt filming when she heard her pal, Sonja Durham, was losing her cancer battle – and she dashed from the set to be with her and her husband.

“We were supposed to shoot in, like, 30 minutes, and I left the set because her husband called me and I could hear her in the background and I just got in the car and drove,” the singer tells Entertainment Weekly. “I missed her by 15 minutes and she died.

“I literally laid with her, with her husband, and their dog, and his son…”

Hours later, Gaga was back on set to complete the performance scene.

“When I came back, (director and co-star) Bradley (Cooper) was so gentle with me and we got through it,” she adds. “I performed the song. He was like, ‘You don’t have to do it again. It’s OK’. All I ever wanted to do was sing. I’ll never forget that day. It was really a special scene, and I’ll always remember that moment.”

Gaga publicly honoured Durham on her birthday in October (17) by dressing up and dancing in an Instagram video.

“After rollin around on the couch feeling sad with the help of some of my #grigiogirls and a very special someone I managed to dress up and feel better in a beautiful pink sequined dress generously gifted to me from@oscardelarenta,” the pop star wrote.

“Sonja would want us to celebrate her Birthday. So we are. Dressed in Pink and handing out pink chocolate kisses for #breastcancerawareness.”

She also posted a photo of a black pearl necklace around her neck and added: “I wear some of @sonjad7777 Sonja’s ashes around my neck in a black pearl given to me by her husband & widower… My extended family @angiepontani, mother of my godchild Sissy and wife of @briannewmanny my buddy I’ve played jazz with in NY (New York) for over ten years told us she had a dream. That we could talk to Sonja through her pearls… And I will Sonja. I Will. Happy Birthday. I love you.”

Gaga also shared a video of herself and Durham together as she played the 2016 track Grigio Girls, which was inspired by her late friend.

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Toronto Film Festival bosses pull press conference after fatal shooting

Organisers of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival have cancelled a Tuesday morning (24Jul18) press conference following a fatal shooting in the city on Sunday night. Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured when a 29-year-old gu…

Organisers of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival have cancelled a Tuesday morning (24Jul18) press conference following a fatal shooting in the city on Sunday night.

Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured when a 29-year-old gunman opened fire on crowded Danforth Avenue, where locals and tourists were enjoying late night meals and cocktails.

The man’s motive remains a mystery as city law enforcement officers attempt to make sense of the shooting incident.

Film festival bosses led by director and CEO Piers Handling, who is due to retire after this year’s event, had planned to unveil much of the 2018 line-up at Tuesday’s media conference, which would have been held just miles from the site of the shooting, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. However, in light of the tragedy, they have decided to reveal the news via a press release instead.

The Toronto festival, which this year runs from 6 to 16 September, often predicts the films that will take home the gold at the Academy Awards.

Earlier on Monday (23Jul18), it was announced that Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, will premiere at another major movie gala – the Venice International Film Festival on 31 August (18). The musical romantic drama, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, is set to debut at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido at the event, over a month before it officially hits cinemas in early October (18).

Bosses of the Venice International Film Festival are scheduled to release their full line-up on Wednesday (25Jul18).

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Taron Egerton taking singing lessons to prepare for Rocketman movie

Taron Egerton is taking singing lessons to prepare for his new movie Rocketman.It was confirmed last month (April18) that the Welsh actor had landed the lead role in the upcoming film about Elton John’s life last month with the plot set to follow the m…

Taron Egerton is taking singing lessons to prepare for his new movie Rocketman.

It was confirmed last month (April18) that the Welsh actor had landed the lead role in the upcoming film about Elton John’s life last month with the plot set to follow the music icon’s life starting when he was a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Taron previously showed off his vocal ability in 2016 animated movie Sing and has now revealed that he is working with professionals so he can hit all the right notes for his next big feature.

“I’ve recorded some songs. I’ve been doing singing lessons,” he told Collider.com of his preparation. “The next step is I need to think about choreography and trying to create some sort of semblance of a performance that is at least reminiscent of him.”

Rocketman will be directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously worked with Taron on biographical drama Eddie the Eagle. And following in the footsteps of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, who have promised to sing live in their forthcoming remake of A Star Is Born, the actor plans to do the same.

“I’m going to do it all. I’m going to do it on set as well. We’re going to use a variety of techniques but I will always be singing on set. No miming. I’m just not interested in doing it that way,” the 28-year-old shared.

Scripted by Lee Hall, the movie is being produced by Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Matthew Vaughn, Elton and his Rocket Pictures partner and husband David Furnish.

Production is set to start in August, with Taron also taking the time to clarify that Rocketman isn’t a straightforward biopic and is, in fact, a “fantasy musical”.

“It’s a fantasy musical so it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments. He’s not the only character that sings,” he added.

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Bradley Cooper: ‘Lady Gaga is a revelation in A Star is Born’

Actor-turned-filmmaker Bradley Cooper has praised Lady Gaga as a “revelation” in his upcoming movie, A Star is Born. The Oscar nominee shared his thoughts on the pop superstar’s acting talents during a career discussion with his Silver Linings Playboo…

Actor-turned-filmmaker Bradley Cooper has praised Lady Gaga as a “revelation” in his upcoming movie, A Star is Born.

The Oscar nominee shared his thoughts on the pop superstar’s acting talents during a career discussion with his Silver Linings Playbook co-star Robert De Niro at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday (21Apr18), when they discussed the dedication Cooper has had in bringing his directorial debut to the big screen.

The classic musical drama, which was first released with Janet Gaynor in 1937, revolves around a wannabe singer who moves to Hollywood and is discovered by an alcoholic actor. Judy Garland played the aspiring star in a remake in 1954, and Barbra Streisand took on the iconic role in 1976.

“(It) kept haunting me, that story… shots kept coming into my head, and I would dream about it, and I realised I just have to do it, I have to sort of purge it in a way,” Cooper explained.

“So I knew that I had to do it. Whether it fails or not, I knew that I had to try. And I wound up absolutely loving it. I don’t wanna say too much because maybe you’ll hate the movie, but I love it. I really love it. It’s the movie I set out to make, which is hard to say,” he told De Niro.

He dubbed his leading lady a “revelation”, and revealed they made a pact at the start of filming.

“She said right from the beginning that this is gonna be a barter. ‘I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me’ – ’cause she’s never done a film (as a leading lady) before – ‘and I’m gonna make sure that you turn into a musician. Because we’re going to sing everything live,'” Cooper said.

“And I thought, ‘Wait, wait… what?’ And she said, ‘The only way this is going to work… I can’t stand when I watch musicals and you can tell that it’s a prerecording, or lip syncing.’ And she’s right. So that was terrifying, but I really relied on her,” he added.

The 43-year-old also thanked De Niro and his frequent collaborator, director David O. Russell, who made a surprise appearance during the interview, for helping him with the final cut of A Star is Born.

“You (David) spent like, 25 minutes just going through the whole thing right when you were in the middle of something. And it’s that kind of camaraderie that I’d always read about, with (Martin) Scorsese and (De Niro), and the Coen brothers and their actors,” Cooper gushed. “To be able to be a person who has loved and admired these men so much, and then have them help me to create art has just been incredible.”

A Star is Born is set for release in October (18).

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