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!