nightmare alley wrapped

Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro‘s first feature film since winning a bunch of Oscars for The Shape of Water, has finally wrapped. Principal photography on the pic began in January 2020, but everything had to shut down in March due to the coronavirus. Filming resumed in September, and now del Toro himself has announced that the production has wrapped and that the finished product will arrive in one year. Based on the book by William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley is about “a ruthless hustler who learns the tricks of the carny trade.”

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Maestro cast

Bradley Cooper‘s upcoming biopic of famed composer Leonard Bernstein finally has a title…and a leading lady.

Maestro, which will see Cooper playing the dynamic composer of films such as West Side Story, has cast Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Drive) as Bernstein’s wife. Read more about the movie below. Read More »

new Paul Thomas Anderson movie cast

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s still-untitled next film may have just found its first official cast member: Bradley Cooper (The Midnight Meat Train). Cooper is in talks to join Anderson’s movie, a coming-of-age drama set in a high school in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s. Plot details remain very hush-hush, but the project is said to involve multiple storylines like Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Magnolia. No word on who Cooper might play, but I’ll go out on a limb and guess he’s not one of the high school kids.

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bradley cooper leonard bernstein film

Bradley Cooper‘s follow-up to A Star is Born is heading to Netflix. The streaming giant has acquired the rights to the an untitled Leonard Bernstein film, which Cooper is set to direct, star in, and produce from a script he co-wrote with Oscar-winning Spotlight writer Josh Singer.

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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

A lot can change in a lifetime, so said the meme-able tagline for The Irishman this year. But it doesn’t even take a full life to observe a radical change in the trajectory of a life, as shown by the many artists who changed the course of their careers during the 2010s. It’s one thing to stage a comeback when you’re down and out in the public eye – after all, who doesn’t love an underdog story? – and another to successfully execute a 180-degree shift when things are going fairly smoothly.

This list pays tribute to those in the industry who pulled off pivots that caught us off-guard but did their job of redefining an already established star image. You might notice a running theme in this list: it’s disproportionately male, white and straight, unfortunately. This indicates that there is still room for the industry to improve in the 2020s and allow more opportunities for women, people of color and LGBTQ+ artists to spread their wings and avoid becoming pigeonholed into a single identity. But given the breadth of artists reshaping a well-known persona in this decade, they have many great playbooks to run.

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Avengers Endgame Deleted Scene

Avengers: Endgame showed us that in the five years since Thanos snapped his fingers and got rid of half of all the living creatures in the galaxy, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had really taken a dark turn. Tucked away in Norway in a fishing village dubbed New Asgard, the god of thunder is now an out of shape drunk who has tried to ignore his past and seems intent on never doing anything significant again. As we’ve discussed before, this might be used for laughs at first, but Thor has some serious post-traumatic stress going on after deeming himself a failure for not killing Thanos properly at the right time.

Of course, just because Thor is taking the loss a lot harder than some of the other Avengers doesn’t mean some of his inappropriate behavior isn’t still worth a laugh here and there. In fact, a recently released Avengers Endgame deleted scene shows him in Asgard doing something that we have never seen any of the other Avengers do before. And Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) is not happy about it. Read More »

nightmare alley cast bradley cooper

The del Toro/DiCaprio team-up was apparently too good to be true. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously in talks to join Guillermo del Toro‘s return to directing, Nightmare Alley. But now word has it that DiCaprio is out, having passed on the project when a deal could not be reached. So who will take his place? Bradley Cooper! Maybe! Cooper is now said to be “circling” the project, which is an adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name – which was previously adapted into the 1947 movie Nightmare Alley.

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A Star is Born Early Screenings

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 »

oscars shallow performance

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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A Star is Born Directing

(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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