The music stars turned out for the 2020 Grammy Awards, but a few movie stars got their time to shine on music’s biggest night. Two of those with “star” in their name: A Star is Born and John Williams’ instrumental track composed for Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land in Walt Disney World and Disneyland were among the 2020 Grammy Award winners Sunday night. The night’s biggest winner, disruptive pop force Billie Eilish, swept the top awards just as she prepares to be the youngest Bond theme song singer.
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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
A well-cut trailer is a thing of beauty. To be clear: trailers are pieces of advertising. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be art, too. A bad trailer either shows us too much, relies heavily on cliches, or fails to grab our interest. A great trailer, however, can make or break a film. Put together a compelling, interesting, and original trailer, and you’ve gone a long way towards drawing in your audience. Which is exactly what the best trailers of the decade did.
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Most of the biggest streaming platforms are frequently — and rightly — criticized for rarely featuring films that were made before the 1980s. The race for new original content has drowned out the century of classic movies that have built up cinema to what it is today. But WarnerMedia’s forthcoming service HBO Max could, at least partially, remedy that with its curated collection of classic movies.
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Remember A Star Is Born? The movie we all thought was going to sweep the Oscars, only to be upstaged by stuff like Green Book? It turns out the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga musical had a rejected song from none other than the prolific Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman. While the song didn’t make it into the film, the artist gave fans a chance to hear it last Friday when he played it live. If you didn’t happen to be in the crowd at that particular Minneapolis show and still want to feast your ears on the result, worry not: you can hear the rejected Star is Born song below.
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A Star Is Born was nominated for eight Oscars last weekend, but it only walked away with one for Best Original Song. However, performance of “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga was one of the biggest moments of the night. Now, Warner Bros. Pictures is going to ride that wave with an extended cut of the film being released in theaters with new footage and new music. Read More »
A Star Is Born didn’t take home as many Oscars as pundits thought it would when it was all the rage last fall. But Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga certainly stole the ceremony with their intimate and passionate performance of the remake’s signature tune “Shallow.” However, the folks at Honest Trailers can’t help but notice that this movie is pretty much Crazy Heart all over again, which is also kind of a remake of A Star Is Born. And now we have a nosebleed. Watch the A Star Is Born Honest Trailer below. Read More »
Tell me something boy, where were you when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper stole the show and stole our hearts? The co-stars of A Star is Born easily gave the best performance of the 2019 Oscars ceremony, delivering a sensual duet of Gaga’s Oscar-winning song “Shallow.” Now, you can witness the entire thing unfold in the clip below.
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This weekend brings the 91st Academy Awards to ABC, and it’s probably going to be a complete disaster. Not only is there no host for the ceremony, but The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pissed everyone off by cutting a few awards from the live broadcast (only to reinstate them in the show). On top of that, they’ve had a real problem figuring out how the nominees for Best Original Song were going to be performed during the ceremony too.
But the Oscars are really about rewarding the greatest achievements in film from the previous year. And if we’re going to do that properly, than we need to look at each and everyone of this year’s Best Picture nominees with a new perspective. That’s where the 2019 Oscars Honest Trailer comes into play, skewering each of the eight film nominated for Hollywood’s top prize. Which one will walk away with the trophy only to get lambasted online afterwards? Read More »
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, go behind the scenes of the production design for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Plus, watch The Hollywood Reporter’s writers roundtable with John Krasinski (A Quiet Place), Tamara Jenkins (Private Life), Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) and more, and watch the trailer for the timely and relevant White Savior: The Movie. Read More »
(This post contains major spoilers for A Star is Born.)
Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born is up for eight Academy Awards this Sunday. Three of those nominations — Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay — have gone to Cooper himself, who’s also scheduled to perform the film’s Best Original Song nominee “Shallow” with co-star Lady Gaga. There was, however, considerable buzz recently when Cooper stated he was “embarrassed” at not picking up the nomination for Best Director.
The responses to the headlines were understandable. This was Cooper’s directorial debut, how dare he; he was up for plenty of other trophies, how dare he; no women were nominated for Best Director, how dare he; it’s Spike Lee’s first ever nomination, how dare he; and so on. All valid concerns in an Oscar race as bizarre as this one, though perhaps slightly off the mark in this particular context. The full quotes don’t seem like ravings of an egotistical man-child — “I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part,” followed by “Even if I got the nomination, it should not give me any sense of whether I did my job or not” read more like a dedicated (albeit mildly oblivious) artist working through insecurity — but regardless, little of the ensuing conversation focused on how Cooper and A Star is Born fit in to the 2018 directorial canon.
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