“Shallow,” the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga duet from the forthcoming remake of A Star Is Born, opens with an acoustic guitar that recalls strumming from the Peak Power Ballad Era — think the percussive nature of “More Than Words” and the filigrees of “I Remember You,” with a bit of “To Be With You” shagginess thrown in for good measure; Cooper’s slightly raspy voice brings to mind today’s country-pop singers in Unplugged mode. But when Lady Gaga — playing Ally, the ingenue who gets drawn in by Cooper’s grizzled rocker — comes in to cheers, “Shallow” explodes into colors, turning a simple love song into high drama. Rock Powerhouse Gaga is one of her best personas, allowing her to channel her theater-kid background and pop-star present simultaneously; “Shallow” lets her not just revel but sound like she’s bathing in it, from the ovation accompanying her arrival to her final … [Read more...] about Song You Need to Know: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, ‘Shallow’
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Love — intimate, familial and fraternal — infuses director Barry Jenkins’ ravishing adaptation of the 1974 James Baldwin novel about a battered romance that refuses to be a tragedy. Following up his Best Picture Oscar win for Moonlight, the writer-director opens his third film with Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne), 19, and Alonzo Hunt, a.k.a. Fonny (Stephan James), 22, strolling along the Hudson river. The fact that they’re wearing bright colors, which channels the sunny opening of Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg instead of the Horror City of 1970s New York, tells you everything you need to know. He’s not trying to give you gritty realism. Jenkins wants to create a tone poem out of heartbreak. Still, nothing shines long for Fonny, the Harlem artist who’s been framed by a racist cop (Ed Skrein) and imprisoned for the rape of a Puerto Rican woman. The pregnant Tish feels lost, but not alone. Her family — mother Sharon (Regina King), … [Read more...] about ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Barry Jenkins’ Ode to Love and Heartbreak
Recently, archaeologists made a startling discovery. Excavating a hitherto undiscovered burial chamber in the Great Pyramid, they came across a series of hieroglyphics in which, amid the depictions of ancient pharaohs and Egyptian gods, was a familiar figure: pale, knock-kneed, clad in a pinched grey suit and a red bow tie — the first concrete evidence that Pee-wee Herman has lived among us for thousands of years. This is, of course, a lie, but the ageless appearance of Paul Reubens’ iconic character in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which Netflix released on its site last Friday — more than 30 years after his first big-screen adventure and 25 after Pee-wee’s Playhouse vanished from the airwaves — suggests that he is, if not immortal, at least slightly other than human. Some icons age with grace (Charlie Chaplin let his hair go grey), but Herman can never grow old, because he defies the very idea of age. Is he a child in a man’s body, or a man who … [Read more...] about Why We Still Love Pee-wee Herman
There are two ways you can go when you’re covering a song like Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne.” You can try to fill in the colors, adding expressive melodic flourishes that emphasize the emotion in Cohen’s lyrics — or you can take the opposite tack, leaning into the dry, sardonic delivery that’s just as key to the original 1967 performance. There are merits to both approaches. For an excellent example of the first, see the version of “Marianne” that Rufus Wainwright often sings in concert. For the second, try Courtney Barnett’s new MTV Unplugged (Live in Melbourne) album, which ends on a take on “Marianne” that’s every bit as much of a heartbreaker. Barnett spends most of the set doing what you’d expect, rearranging highlights like “Depreston” and “Avant Gardener” with a little less guitar fuzz and a bit more chamber-music cello (very Nirvana Unplugged in New York). … [Read more...] about Courtney Barnett’s Unplugged Leonard Cohen Cover is an Understated Gem
Dia Mirza announces her separation with husband Sahil Sangha; Here's Why | FilmiBeat Here's some shocking news pouring in! Dia Mirza and her hubby Sahil Sangha have decided to end their five-year-old marriage. The 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein' actress took to her Twitter page to announce their separation officially. Check out her tweet here. pic.twitter.com/R1EyIvqCKt — Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 1, 2019 Dia Mirza & Sahil Sangha Have Mutually Decided To Separate Sharing an official statement, Dia wrote, "After 11 years of sharing our lives and being together, we have mutually decided to separate. We remain friends and will continue to be there for each other with love and respect. While our journeys may lead us down different paths, we are forever grateful for the bond that we share with each other." (sic) The Actress Asks Everyone To Respect Their Privacy She further wrote, "We thank our family and our friends for all their love and understanding and members of the media … [Read more...] about Dia Mirza Ends Marriage With Sahil Sangha; Pens Emotional Note On Social Media!