Lady Gaga Follows in Footsteps of Judy and Barbra in “A Star Is Born” Remake

Illustration by Hilton Dresden

Are we ready to see Lady Gaga as Esther Blodgett, the iconic aspiring singer of A Star Is Born, a role made famous first by Judy Garland in 1954, and then again by Barbra Streisand in a 1976? Both those movies reflected the times in which they were made, although Streisand’s version is generally viewed as a turkey. “Miss Streisand was distractingly miscast in the role, and yet I forgave her everything when she sang,” wrote Roger Ebert at the time.

At least Streisand’s co-star was a genuine musician, the bearded, floppy-fringed Kris Kristofferson. Gaga gets to play Bradley Cooper, who is great and all that. But can he sing?

Warner Brothers and Cooper inked a deal in 2015, after Clint Eastwood, originally slated to direct, and Beyonce, originally set to star, dropped the project. The official announcement of Gaga’s casting came last night, and Mother Monster herself posted an exuberant tweet about the news:

In addition to her starring role, Gaga will compose and perform several new songs in this fourth iteration of the film. Originally released in 1937, A Star is Born starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, before being remade into the classic 1954 movie with Garland and James Mason.

Cooper will also help draft a new script for the film, set to begin production in early 2017, with the help of screenwriter Will Fetters, who wrote The Best of Me andThe Lucky One.

 

The 7 Best Celeb Cameos in ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

As Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is hitting theatres this Friday, July 22, what better time to remember that amidst all the Bolly, the casual illicit substance use and the glamorously bombastic fashions, the show actually birthed significant twin pillars of our contemporary cultural reality? To wit, it arguably first shed light on the rather astonishing reversal of the generation gap; and it also gave rise to the very idea of the television series as documenter of the futility of contemporary trend/style-whoring. (America’s and Britain’s Next Top Model are very, very Ab Fab.)

On the first count, the 40-something Patsy and Edina were “celebrated” for their depravity-fueled lifestyles of fashion shows and shameless celebrity ass-kissing, while the latter’s frumpy, tightly-bunned daughter Saffron incessantly scolded them for their lack of decorum and responsibility. It was prescient, to say the least, as each new crop of youth since then seems to become more prudent and sober.


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On the second count, an enormous part of Ab Fab’s appeal was its contextualization within trendy mid-90s-into-turn-of-the-Millennium London life. Casual but incisively sly references were dropped in every episode about real models, pop stars, royals, actors, politicos and designers. Indeed, the show was practically a branding campaign for Christian Lacroix (as well as Bollinger and Stoli). And to be sure, there was an insidery thrill in Edina tossing off a knowing laceration of Terrence Conran’s decidedly bourgeois design movement; or her assistant Bubble cluelessly opining how modern it was of Simon Le Bon to have taken his model wife Yasmin’s last name. (Bubble’s spectacularly extravagant outfits, by the way, could fill a book.)

Minnie Driver, Kristin Scott Thomas, Miranda Richardson, Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor, Stella McCartney, Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton…the ongoing guest list was a veritable British who’s who, and each had their own particularly brilliant comic moments (Bubble: “Minnie Driver? Is it a dwarf?”)

The new movie, hardly surprisingly, merely ratchets up the star power, with a total of sixty cameos. It’s surely the only chance you’ll ever have to see Poppy Delevigne, Tinie Tempah and Jerry Hall sharing a billing.

That said, here are the best of them, spoiler alerts be damned…sweetie.


Kate Moss

Edina sets out to woo Kate as a PR client…and accidentally knocks her into the Thames, where she drowns. She later remarks, “How bad can this be, I mean, you know?”

Emma Bunton

Reprising her role as an Edina PR client (as herself) observes, “I think I’ve just seen Edina Monsoon. Well, unless you’ve seen a mannequin that fat before.”

Alexa Chung

Along with Lily Cole, Jordan Dunn and Suki Waterhouse, all sit around smoking, drinking and, um, looking like models.

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Rebel Wilson

As a flight attendant, she tases a sozzled Patsy who, virtually unfazed, responds, “Cheers, you don’t get that on British Airways.”

Stella McCartney

Seeing Edina on the red carpet, sneers, “You’re not wearing my clothes, are you?” To which Edina replies, “No darling, TK Maxx, TK Maxx.”

Chris Colfer

The Glee star excitedly informs Edina, “You’re trending on Twitter. You’re a hashtag!”

Jon Hamm

Patsy slinks on over to him and asks, “Remember me?” Hamm replies, “I can’t believe you’re still…alive.”

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Catching Up with 30 Rock’s Maulik Pancholy: Marriage, Tech Startups, & Hollywood’s Racism

As queer representation on television makes strides, another minority has begun to stake their claim in the industry. Like many Asian Americans, Maulik Pancholy has found himself at odds with Hollywood’s vision of the ideal male.

“I feel like whenever I’m given a script and it’s an Asian American character or a gay character, I’m so aware of how it’s being used,” he said. “Like, are we laughing at this character because of who they are or are we laughing along with them because of the things they’re putting out into the story?”

It’s a stigma in Hollywood that he once demonstrated in HBO’s The Comeback. He played one half of an Indian comedy duo who played into the stereotype in order to please a sitcom’s unoriginal vision.

Over coffee at Soho House in New York’s Meatpacking District, we met with the actor fresh from his run with the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew in Washington, DC. In true Shakespearean style, he played the leading lady, Katherina.

For the actor so accustomed to being cast as a token Indian or a gay cliché, it was empowering to go off the cuff for the part of a lifetime.

“There was something really fierce about getting to feel that power,” he said. “And I also think she’s one of Shakespeare’s great female roles. It’s a pretty controversial play, but I think at it’s core, she’s a pretty tough cookie and it was fun to play that.”

Now back in New York, Pancholy has begun to settle back into his life. He lives in the city with his husband, Ryan Corvaia, a chef and co-owner of an event company. Together for over a decade, they’re only in the first years of their marriage.

“We kind of just thought of [our wedding] as a big party where we’d invite all our friends and family,” he said. “Instead, having gone through it, I really understood why the practice of getting married has been around for so long. There’s something really beautiful about having a ton of friends and family witness your love for each other. It’s like an intangible shift.”

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The two were engaged in India, in front of the Taj Mahal, with friends and family around them.

“We reconnected with so many family members,” Pancholy said. “I have a ton of second cousins there, and these are cousins who are my age who I grew up with. We’d go to India for a month at a time and I’d spend weeks playing with them. Now they’re married and have families, and they’re starting their own businesses.”

Pancholy has even ventured into his own business after partnering with Rebtel, an app that hijacks local phone lines to offer unlimited international calling for low monthly rates. It was his friends and family in India that inspired him to make this career move. Staying in touch, he found that Indian telecom companies doubled their rates over the summer.

In addition to his new tech venture, he’s involved in an upcoming web series, New York is Dead as well as a few other projects in the works.

Flowers for Frida On Her Birthday

Happy birthday to one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Frida Kahlo’s life and career is still admired by artists and feminists the world over. But there may be one influence that is sometimes overlooked: just like Frida, today’s generation of Insta famous young women (and some young men) still find the beauty in putting flowers in their hair, immortalizing her spirit of surrealist beauty.

Alison Williams

Allison Williams

Vanessa Hudgens

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Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley

Troye Sivan

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Taylor Swift

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale

Kendall Jenner

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Kesha

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Kirsten Dunst

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Kylie Jenner

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Lana Del Ray

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Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

Julianne Hough

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Emmy Rossum

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AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb

Beyonce

Beyonce

Cara Delevingne

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Chanel Iman

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Dianna Agron

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Celebs Show Their Stars and Stripes

As the neighborhood kids play with what’s left of last night’s firework supply, a million hangovers continue in the name of patriotism. But if your Independence Day was a bit more independent and less eventful, you’re probably left with Insta envy. There’s no harm in living vicariously through our favorite celebs and their 4th of July festivities.

Amy Schumer

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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

Austin Mahone

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Busy Philipps

Busy Phillips

Camilla Belle

Camilla Belle

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley

Chelsea Leyland

Chelsea Leyland

Chris Salgardo

Chris Salgardo

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

Ciara

Ciara

Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Kate Upton

Kate Upton

Lance Bass

Lance Bass

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

Max Carver

Max Carver

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor

Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

Shanola Hampton

Shanola Hampton

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush

Taylor Swift & Squad

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Terry Miller

Terry Miller

Willow Shields

Willow Shields

Lena Dunham ‘Sickened’ by Kanye’s Orgy Video

Lena Dunham lashed out at Kanye West today for his video for “Famous,” a track from his latest album “The Life of Pablo.” The video features several celebrities and political figures asleep in bed, presumable post-orgy.

Bodies in the video include West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, Anna Wintour, Rihanna and her abusive ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, Ray J, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, and Taylor Swift, whom West raps about in the song.

Dunham, a friend of Swift’s, spoke on her Facebook page about her rejection of the video, and has received a mixture of support and backlash.

Said Dunham: “Let’s break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat… As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined… While Bill Cosby’s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness… Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of disease.”

Read the full post on Facebook.

West’s video is only available for viewing through Tidal.

Weigh in on Donald Trump’s Cocky Claims with ‘Presidential Penis Poll’

Donald Trump, the celebrity billionaire who somehow convinced America he’s worth entertaining as a Presidential hopeful, claims he’s well-endowed, and did so during last week’s Republican primary debate. While this was an event we were all supposed to take seriously, it proved to be more of a cock fight than anything else.

“I guarantee you there’s no problem,” Trump assured his squawking fans, referring to fellow candidate Marco Rubio’s claims that his small hands meant he had a small penis to match. What a promising bunch of mature politicians who’ve visibly left their frat boy antics behind to embark on something bigger, something better.

 

 

In true form, the Internet’s worked its magic and created something that allows us, the skeptical American voters, to weigh in on this imperative controversy. 4Real’s teamed up with Phillip Fivel Nessen and Tom Galle for “Presidential Penis Poll,” designed with a series of phallic barometers to help answer the looming question on everyone’s minds: Which presidential candidate has the biggest penis?

At press time, Bernie Sanders was in the lead with a promising 8.5-inch schlong, while poor Ted Cruz, the man we’ve all decided was without a doubt the Zodiac Killer, is in last place with a 3-inch peeper. Hillary Clinton, who’s been grouped into this mess, has appropriately surpassed Trump by half an inch, sitting confidently with a 6.5 inch dong. As with the forthcoming Presidential election, your vote counts, so be sure to let Mr. Trump know where you stand in this cocky debate.

Caitlyn Jenner Wants to be Ted Cruz’s ‘Trans Ambassador’

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Caitlyn Jenner’s celebrity efforts are arguably effective when used to advance trans visibility, but they’re toxic, and quite contradictory, when they begin crossing into politics. The sheer imbalance between producing her E! series I Am Cait and actively supporting Ted Cruz—a man with openly anti-trans ideologies—is shocking.

Now she’s taken her advocacy for the Republican presidential candidate a step further, suggesting a rose-colored arrangement where he’d warmly welcome trans ambassadors’ opinions into his discriminatory politics.

In a new interview with The AdvocateJenner spoke about the man, whom she called a “great constitutionalist” and “very articulate,” suggesting she’d love to personally advise him on trans politics:

“Wouldn’t it be great, let’s say he goes on to be president […] And I have all my girls on a trans issues board to advise him on making decisions when it comes to trans issues. Isn’t that a good idea?”

As the conversation continued, Jenner began tying her fiscally conservative values into this shaky rationale:

“Number one, if we don’t have a country, we don’t have trans issues. We need jobs. We need a vibrant economy. I want every trans person to have a job. With $19 trillion in debt and it keeps going up, we’re spending money we don’t have. Eventually, it’s going to end. And I don’t want to see that. Socialism did not build this country. Capitalism did. Free enterprise. The people built it. And they need to be given the opportunity to build it back up.”

But, how will these trans individuals get jobs if the man who’s supposedly going to create opportunities questions the legitimacy of their gender identity? Last November, Cruz argued that the Obama Administration’s support for trans school-aged children was “lunacy,” criticizing the federal movement to enforce a non-binary social structure within public schools:

“You know, the funny thing is, my 5-year-old knows there’s a difference between boys and girls, and yet modern Leftists can’t figure that out.”

Sure, Jenner—this sounds like just the man who’ll not only welcome a trans ambassador into the White House, but also consciously create a national environment where trans bodies can fiscally thrive and be viewed as legitimate.

 

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Kim Kardashian Launches ‘Kimoji’ App, the Holiday Gift Nobody Needed

At this point, it’s impossible to avoid the unstoppable Kim Kardashian, and any attempts to do so are ultimately a waste of time. She’s seeped into nearly every pocket of pop culture, which up until today has thankfully excluded emojis. Alas, the Queen of Social Media has ruined a beautiful thing, unveiling her own personal line aptly titled, “Kimoji.”

This project caters to the world’s most invested Kardashian connoisseurs, offering an impressive range of Kim-related imagery from contoured faces to waist trainers, belfies to her iconic #BreakTheInternet Paper Magazine cover. There’s a nude pregnant Kim, a platinum blonde Kim and a topless Kim, complete with the black censorship bar. Perhaps this emoji’s a laudable attempt at fighting Instagram’s ridiculous rules against female nipples, or perhaps we’re fishing for hope re: Kardashian.

Regardless of what we think (it really doesn’t matter at this point), the app’s certainly bound to be a massive success, flooding Kim’s already overflowing bank account with plenty of holiday green. This entire thing makes us feel very, very black heart emoji.