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Sarah Silverman and ‘Game of Thrones’ Star John Bradley Join Universal’s ‘Marry Me’ (Exclusive)

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Sarah Silverman and ‘Game of Thrones’ Star John Bradley Join Universal’s ‘Marry Me’ (Exclusive)
Sarah Silverman and “Game of Thrones” star John Bradley are in negotiations to join Jennifer Lopez comedy “Marry Me” at Universal.

Owen Wilson is also on board to star. Kat Coiro is directing the film and the script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill.

Universal recently acquired the pic from Stx after the company took the film from Uni in April. The studio is now aiming to begin shooting in the fall.

The musical comedy is based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, and is described as a “Notting Hill meets “A Star is Born” that lifts the curtain on celebrity, relationships, and social media. The film explores the possibilities of what might happen when a superstar marries an everyman as a joke and discovers that perhaps there are no accidents.

Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will produce alongside Rogers.
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Jordan Peele Approves of This Horrifying ‘Cats’ and ‘Us’ Trailer Mash-Up — Watch

Film journalists have already reacted in horror to the first trailer for Universal’s “Cats” musical adaptation, but that’s nothing compared to the overwhelming response from social media users. Less than 24 hours after the trailer’s debut, a viral meme mixing the “Cats” footage with popular music scores has taken over Twitter with terrifying results. One video that sets the “Cats” trailer to the “Us” remix of Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It” has exploded with over 1.8 million views, and best of all, it got director Jordan Peele’s seal of approval.

Other viral “Cats” trailer remixes set the footage to Mica Levi’s hypnotic “Under the Skin” score, Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow’s “Annihilation” score, and the music featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” And of course the “Cats” trailer got mashed up with the “Just want to take another look at you” moment from
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Which former ‘American Horror Story’ cast member do You hope returns in ‘1984’: Lady Gaga, James Cromwell … ? [Poll]

Which former ‘American Horror Story’ cast member do You hope returns in ‘1984’: Lady Gaga, James Cromwell … ? [Poll]
With “American Horror Story” regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters both reportedly sitting out of “1984,” at least in major roles, the new season will be one for the record books as they’re the only actors to appear in the first eight installments. Rest assured: Several “Ahs” stars will return for Season 9 of FX’s anthology series, including Emma Roberts, Cody Fern, John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Grossman and Billie Lourd. But which former cast member are You still hoping receives a welcome back invite from showrunner Ryan Murphy? Check out my five suggestions below, and then be sure to vote in the poll.

Lady Gaga

“Ahs” claim to fame: The Countess in “Hotel”

Gaga has been so busy with her music and film careers that she hasn’t appeared on “American Horror Story” since a brief role as the Scathach in “Roanoke.” Of course, it was her breakout turn in Season 5, “Hotel,
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Venice Film Fest: 20 Projects on the Short List

Venice Film Fest: 20 Projects on the Short List
The Venice Film Festival will be under increased pressure this year to maintain its position as the go-to launch pad for award-season contenders. Last year's Lido lineup included Oscar winners Roma, A Star is Born and The Favourite but Toronto scored a coup with the exclusive premiere to eventual best picture winner Green Book.

With Toronto reportedly putting more pressure on filmmakers to avoid Venice (and Telluride) if they want a coveted Tiff premiere, Venice might find it harder to secure some of the most talked-about films for its 76th edition.

Venice director Alberto Barbera, rightly praised for his transformation of the festival ...
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Give Me Horror Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper is a globally recognized actor whether he likes it or not. Last year Cooper also made his directorial debut with the blockbuster hit A Star Is Born. The movie received numerous awards including eight nominations at the 91st Academy Awards. It won best original song for Lady Gaga’s song “ Shallow”. Lady Gaga was Cooper’s costar in the film and was also nominated for Best Actress. A Star Is Born was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars but did not win. I bet Sean Penn was really upset about the loss considering he wrote an essay for Deadline about his love for the film back in February. A Star Is Born is a great film, but why would you award a film that has been remade three times? Cooper did show he has directorial chops, but he needs some originality when it comes to a story.
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Streaming: where to find the best film remakes

Cinema’s recycling trend continues with Disney’s imminent reprise of The Lion King. But then some remakes are better than others…

With next week’s mainstream cinema calendar largely cleared for the presumed box-office colossus that is the “live-action” The Lion King remake, film critics once more have an opportunity to grumble about Hollywood’s over-dependence on do-overs at the expense of original material. It is, after all, Disney’s third remake of one of its own properties this year – following flashy but instantly disposable spins on Dumbo and Aladdin – and not the last, either.

But as we tut and sigh, it’s worth remembering that the cinematic remake is not an inherently bad idea: many a great film-maker has revisited earlier work for inspiration, and the streaming realm is peppered with good examples. Some are obvious – we needn’t trace the timeline of all A Star Is Born
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Gary LeMel Dies: Music Supervisor For ‘The Bodyguard’ And Other Monster Soundtracks Was 80

Gary LeMel Dies: Music Supervisor For ‘The Bodyguard’ And Other Monster Soundtracks Was 80
Gary LeMel, the music supervisor on such huge-selling soundtracks as The Bodyguard, The Big Chill and Ghostbusters, died last Saturday at age 80. No cause was immediately released, but LeMel suffered from dementia for the last few years.

Born in London, LeMel and his family moved to Tucson, Arizona at age 10. He dropped out of college to tour with jazz singer Anita O’Day, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career. Unfortunately, the rise of the British Invasion in music wiped out the market for jazz standards, so LeMel pursued another career path.

LeMel’s long career as an executive included early stints in music publishing and artist management. He hit his stride at First Artists, a film production company formed as a partnership between Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. There he handled the soundtrack for Streisand’s 1976 remake of A Star Is Born,
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Gary LeMel, Film Music Supervision Giant and Pop-Jazz Singer, Dies at 80

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Gary LeMel, a longtime president of music at Warner Bros. Pictures whom the Los Angeles Times once called “the father of the compilation soundtrack album,” died July 6 after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.

Film agent Richard Kraft called him “a true giant in the film music industry.” Songwriters Hall of Fame member Steve Dorff described LeMel as “an amazing music man (and) a true friend who made an indelible contribution to my career.” Tom Sturges, a former top exec at Universal Music and other publishing companies, called him “one of the great music execs in the film business, ever. He treated me with the greatest respect at every meeting, took every call and listened to every song and artist I pitched him. Truly one of a kind.”

LeMel’s wife of almost 47 years, Maddy LeMel, a visual artist, told Variety she was staggered by the amount of testimonials coming in.
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8 Things to Watch This Weekend, from ‘Midsommar’ to a Tasty New Taco-Centric Series

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8 Things to Watch This Weekend, from ‘Midsommar’ to a Tasty New Taco-Centric Series
Welcome to the IndieWire Watch List, a weekly feature that takes everything the site’s critics and editors are currently obsessed with and collects it all together in one place. From the best new movies and shows to can’t-miss streaming content and whatever else we can’t get out of our heads, consider this your one-stop shop for what to watch this weekend.

This week’s highlights include “The Lion King”, a tasty new exploration of the wide world of the taco, and Ari Aster’s horrifying (and also very funny) new film “Midsommar.”

8. Ashley O & Ally, “On A Roll / Why Did You Do That” Mashup [Web Video]

Pop music is a gift. Satirical, borderline trash-pop music by fictional artists is even better. This addicting viral YouTube mashup of “On a Roll” by Miley Cyrus’ “Black Mirror” caricature Ashley O and “Why Did You do That?” by Lady Gaga’s Ally
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Hear Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson Sing a Surprise Duet From A Star Is Born

Long before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were lighting up the silver screen as Ally and Jackson in 2018's A Star Is Born, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson captured the hearts of fans all over the world with their 1976 version of the classic story. Although their characters' names differ - Esther Hoffman and John Norman Howard - Streisand and Kristofferson's film follows the same plot points: a has-been rock star starts falling for an up-and-coming singer, and drama ensues. While headlining at British Summer Time in London's Hyde Park festival over the weekend, Streisand took the opportunity to reunite with her former costar on stage.

Shortly after belting out "Evergreen," another hit from their film, the 77-year-old superstar introduced Kristofferson to the crowd as "one of my favorite leading men." She then revealed that they'd be singing "Lost Inside of You," which is essentially the "Shallow" of the 1976 film.

Kristofferson,
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Hear Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson Sing a Surprise Duet From A Star Is Born

Hear Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson Sing a Surprise Duet From A Star Is Born
Long before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were lighting up the silver screen as Ally and Jackson in 2018's A Star Is Born, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson captured the hearts of fans all over the world with their 1976 version of the classic story. Although their characters' names differ - Esther Hoffman and John Norman Howard - Streisand and Kristofferson's film follows the same plot points: a has-been rock star starts falling for an up-and-coming singer, and drama ensues. While headlining at British Summer Time in London's Hyde Park festival over the weekend, Streisand took the opportunity to reunite with her former costar on stage.

Shortly after belting out "Evergreen," another hit from their film, the 77-year-old superstar introduced Kristofferson to the crowd as "one of my favorite leading men." She then revealed that they'd be singing "Lost Inside of You," which is essentially the "Shallow" of the 1976 film.

Kristofferson,
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Beyonce vs. Lady Gaga in battle of the soundtracks? ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ may face ‘A Star Is Born’ at the Grammys

Beyonce vs. Lady Gaga in battle of the soundtracks? ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ may face ‘A Star Is Born’ at the Grammys
Beyonce doesn’t just voice Nala in the new live-action version of “The Lion King” — she has also produced and curated a compilation album for the film. Titled “The Lion King: The Gift,” the album will feature a variety of artists, including work from African musicians and producers. That’s kind of reminiscent of another music superstar’s collection inspired by a Disney film: Kendrick Lamar‘s “Black Panther” soundtrack, which earned a Grammy bid for Album of the Year. But if Beyonce is nominated for that award for “The Gift,” she may have to face another soundtrack: Lady Gaga‘s “A Star Is Born.”

“This is sonic cinema,” explained Beyonce in a statement describing the collection. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound.
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Will The Sleeping Box Office Giant Wake Up For Tarantino? Let’s Hope

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Will The Sleeping Box Office Giant Wake Up For Tarantino? Let’s Hope
When will the Sleeping Giant wake up?

In the second half of every year for the past 10, the grown-up audience has opened its eyes, stretched its legs and gone to the movies in numbers big enough to make a certified hit of at least one non-animated, not-too-scary, non-sequel drama.

If ascent to the year-end box office Top 15 is a fair though somewhat arbitrary measure of hit status, the giant — who rarely rises in the first half for anything but action, comedy and the occasional fright drama like Us or Get Out — has consistently delivered. But not on a reliable schedule.

Last year, A Star Is Born, released on October 5, and Bohemian Rhapsody, which followed on November 2, both made the Top 15 with help from that large, 40-and-older audience, which manages to account for about 42% of domestic ticket sales, despite its seasonal habits. The year before, only Dunkirk, released on July 21, made the cut.
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Irina Shayk Proves She Hasn't Given Up On Love In First Interview Since Bradley Cooper Split

Irina Shayk Proves She Hasn't Given Up On Love In First Interview Since Bradley Cooper Split
Irina Shayk knows her fairytale ending is still out there. Though she and Bradley Cooper split in June after more than four years together, the Russian model revealed she has not given up on love. "Do I believe in marriage," she mused during an interview with Harper's Bazaar for their summer digital cover. "Yes, of course. I'm not the kind of person who is against it." For Shayk and Cooper—they share daughter Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, 2—the months leading up to their breakup were plagued by harsh rumors. Split speculation reached an all-time high during awards season as Cooper promoted A Star Is Born with his co-star and...
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Does Beyonce have the ‘Spirit’ to win an Oscar for ‘The Lion King’ song after she was disqualified for ‘Dreamgirls’? [Listen]

Does Beyonce have the ‘Spirit’ to win an Oscar for ‘The Lion King’ song after she was disqualified for ‘Dreamgirls’? [Listen]
Beyonce has 23 Grammys, but she may be coming for Oscar next. She co-wrote the original song “Spirit” for the live-action version of “The Lion King”; the song dropped on July 10 in advance of the film’s opening on July 19. Do you think it’ll cross that off her Egot bucket list? It would be a moment of redemption after she was disqualified for her songwriting contribution to “Dreamgirls” 13 years ago. Listen to “Spirit” above.

Written by Ilya Salmanzadeh and Labrinth along with Beyonce, the song will be featured in the film as well as on “The Lion King: The Gift,” a compilation album produced and curated by Beyonce that will include the work of African artists and producers. Salmanzadeh has numerous songwriting credits for a variety of artists, including Ellie Goulding (“Love Me Like You Do”), Taylor Swift (“End Game”) and Ariana Grande. Labrinth, meanwhile, recently released “LSD,” a collaboration album with Sia and Diplo.
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Todd Phillips Expects ‘Joker’ Backlash Because Film ‘Doesn’t Follow Anything From Comics’

Todd Phillips Expects ‘Joker’ Backlash Because Film ‘Doesn’t Follow Anything From Comics’
Now that “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has opened in theaters to big box office numbers, only one major superhero tentpole remains in 2019: “Joker.” The Warner Bros. fall tentpole from “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips stars Joaquin Phoenix as the infamous Batman villain. The movie might use the Joker character and the setting of Gotham City from the comic books, but it’s hardly an adaptation, During a recent chat with Empire magazine, Phillips says he’s fully preparing for comic book fans to be angry over just how unfaithful “Joker” is to the comics.

“We didn’t follow anything from the comic-books, which people are gonna be mad about,” Phillips said. “We just wrote our own version of where a guy like Joker might come from. That’s what was interesting to me. We’re not even doing Joker, but the story of becoming Joker. It’s about this man.
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Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson Duet Again in Surprise A Star Is Born Reunion

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson Duet Again in Surprise A Star Is Born Reunion
A star was reborn on Sunday night, when Barbra Streisand reunited with her A Star Is Born costar Kris Kristofferson.

The legendary singer, 77, shared the stage with Kristofferson at London’s Hyde Park, the two duetting once again on the song “Lost Inside of You” — one of the many love ballads from their acclaimed 1976 film.

It was a reunion Streisand had first teased back in April, when she posted a photo with Kristofferson to social media along with the caption, “Stay tuned.”

After taking the stage, Streisand called Kristofferson, “one of my favorite leading men,” according to a YouTube video of the number.
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Judy Trailer #2: Renee Zellweger Takes on the Legend Behind the Rainbow

Judy Trailer #2: Renee Zellweger Takes on the Legend Behind the Rainbow
Truth be told I don't know Judy Garland from much more than starring in director Victor Fleming's classic 1939 musical adaptation of author L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. But all the same, starring as Dorothy Gale from the original The Wizard of Oz is one hell of a film to headline your resume, am I right? Right. And it's with this in mind we want to share the new trailer for her upcoming biography movie Judy starring Ren&#233e Zellweger, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, and Finn Wittrock.

For those of you out there, like me, that aren't well versed in the stardom of Judy Garland, she has a solid filmography separate from The Wizard of Oz. Some of these films include Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St. Louis, Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg, and director George Cukor's 1954 remake of A Star Is Born. Garland
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Ariana Grande vs. Billie Eilish vs. Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry for pop Grammys, according to the latest buzz in our forums

Ariana Grande vs. Billie Eilish vs. Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry for pop Grammys, according to the latest buzz in our forums
It could be ladies’ night at the Grammys in 2020, at least in the pop categories. That’s according to the latest buzz from our forum posters, who are divided between several women as the top contenders for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Album, including Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Eilish and Grande are the current front-runners for Album of the Year according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users as of this writing. Their respective albums, “When We All Fall Asleep, Were Do We Go?” and “Thank U, Next” have that magic combination of chart-topping commercial success and widespread critical acclaim, so if they’re the women to beat in the general field, it stands to reason that they’d be the top two contenders dueling for pop awards too.

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‘Judy Trailer’: Renée Zellweger Plots A Big Comeback As The Iconic Judy Garland

‘Judy Trailer’: Renée Zellweger Plots A Big Comeback As The Iconic Judy Garland
It’s hard to consider the history of music in cinema without mentioning the star power and gravitas of Miss Judy Garland. Her films with Vincente Minelli and her timeless roles in “A Star Is Born” and “The Wizard of Oz” still sparkle today due to her immense screen presence: a combination of innocence and glowing confidence. And like many emotionally captivating performers, she suffered off-screen in a life equally worthy of cinematic treatment.

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