Escalon Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Bradley Cooper’s di­rec­tion of Ste­fanie Ger­man­otta in the re­boot of “A Star Is Born” must be so hot, Warn­ers has moved up the open­ing from Septem­ber 28 to May 18. In case you don’t know, Ste­fanie Ger­man­otta also is known as Lady Gaga. In this ver­sion, the Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester char­ac­ter in the Judy Gar­land ver­sion is named Ally, and Cooper’s char­ac­ter is named Jack­son Maine in­stead of Nor­man Maine. El­liott Gould (for­mer hus­band of Barbra Streisand, who starred in the 1976 re­boot) is play­ing her “benev­o­lent man­ager.” An­drew Dice Clay is por­tray­ing her fa­ther and Dave Chapelle is play­ing some­one named Noo­dles. Mean­while, Chapelle has taped a spe­cial for Net­flix, “The Age of Spin: Dave Chapelle Live at the Hollywood Pal­la­dium.”

*** When Chris Pratt starred in “Parks and Recre­ation” from 2009-2015, he was over­weight, which worked for his comedic role on the show. In or­der to be­come su­per­hero Peter Quill/Star Lord for “Guardians of the Gal­axy” in 2014, he pumped iron and be­came a su­per hunk. “Juras­sic World” (2015) fur­ther ce­mented his as­cent to star­dom.

His wife, Anna Faris, had their son, Jack, in 2012 and be­gan the CBS se­ries “Mom” in 2013. A new baby, both par­ents work­ing in se­ries and the global at­ten­tion af­forded Chris may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. They an­nounced in Au­gust they were am­i­ca­bly sep­a­rat­ing. Anna has con­fessed, “Life is too short to be in a re­la­tion­ship where you feel it isn’t fully right or some­body doesn’t have your back or fully value you!”

Pratt went from “Guardians of the Gal­axy, Vol. 2” ($200 mil­lion cost; $864 mil­lion gross) right into film­ing “The Avengers: In­fin­ity War,” due May 4, “Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom,” out June 22, “The Lego Movie Se­quel,” open­ing Fe­bru­ary 2019, and the un­ti­tled “Avengers” se­quel ar­riv­ing May 2019. He had no time to play house!

*** An­other “su­per hunk,” Henry Cav­ill, is of course play­ing Su­per­man in the Nov. 17 re­lease of “Justice League.” He is now film­ing the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller “Nomis,” with Os­car-win­ner Ben Kings­ley, Alexan­dra Dad­dario, Stan­ley Tucci and Nathan Fil­lion, and will be deal­ing with Tom Cruise (they haven’t said if it’s as a friend or foe) when “Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 6” opens July 27, with Re­becca Fer­gu­son, Si­mon Pegg, An­gela Bas­sett and Alec Bald­win.

Bald­win has taken time off from his “SNL” White House du­ties while they are not tap­ing to com­plete “Down­siz­ing,” with Matt Da­mon, Christoph Waltz and Kris­ten Wiig (due Dec. 22). He gets top billing in “Drunk Par­ents,” with Selma Hayek, and with Si­enna Miller in “The Pri­vate Life of a Mod­ern Woman.” Alec’s been so busy he hasn’t had any time to clash with pho­tog­ra­phers!

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

Chris Pratt

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