Condragulations, Willam and Shangela! Photo: Getty Images In A Star Is Born, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), the country rock star who’ll drink any liquor as long as it’s wet, meets the supremely talented but undiscovered Ally (Lady Gaga) at a gay bar called Bleu Bleu just outside of Los Angeles. The concept of starting the film in a drag bar came from long conversations Cooper and his co-scriptwriter Eric Roth had with Lady Gaga. “I would just ask [Gaga] tons of questions and listen back to it and try to take things and think, How can we mold this? And we really loved the drag bar idea, and I really wanted her to sing ‘La Vie en Rose,’” Cooper told Vulture earlier during a round-table interview at the Toronto Film Festival. It was the casting call heard round drag queen dressing rooms everywhere, but in the end it was two alums from RuPaul’s Drag Race — Shangela, the people’s queen, who appeared on multiple seasons, but … [Read more...] about How Shangela and Willam Dragged Up
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Bradley Cooper with his drag mom. Photo: Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images When Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine first encounters Lady Gaga’s Ally in A Star is Born, they’re at a drag bar called Bleu Bleu outside of Los Angeles staffed by RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Shangela and Willam. Ally is the token cis girl, and they let her sing, because, well, have you heard Lady Gaga sing? The choice to set the couple’s Meet Cute in a drag bar was the result long conversations between the director Cooper and Gaga, a noted supporter of the drag queen arts (and arguably, a drag queen herself), while Cooper was writing the script with Eric Roth and Will Fetters. “I would just ask [Gaga] tons of questions and listen back to it and try to take things and think How can we mold this? And we really loved the drag bar idea and I really wanted her to sing ‘La Vie en Rose,’” Cooper told Vulture during a roundtable interview at the … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga Was Happy to Become Bradley Cooper’s Drag Mother for
1. Homicide: Life On The Streets Shattering the mold for TV credits, Homicide kicked off each show—at least in the early seasons—with a surreal, impressionistic montage showing extreme angles of Baltimore row houses, police-station desks, and one metaphorically vicious dog, all set to a soundtrack of electronic shredding and high, rapid percussion. By the time the cast list comes around, the image totally breaks down, reduced to blurry streaks of light, before ending on a picture of a homicide-department door. Has the world gone topsy-turvy? Is life flashing before some victim's eyes? Or is it all just another day of mayhem in Balmer? Whatever the credits mean, they get viewers hyped-up and nervous before the story even gets underway. Advertisement 2. The Sopranos A3's growling blues tune "Woke Up This Morning" plays while we ride with Tony Soprano from Manhattan (where the NYPD wears blue and the criminal-justice system has two separate yet equally important parts), … [Read more...] about Inventory: 22 TV Opening-Credit Sequences That Fit Their Shows Perfectly
In the new book 1973: Rock at the Crossroads, writer Andrew Grant Jackson gives a comprehensive account of the year of 1973 and its legendary music and momentous social change. He breaks down the iconic year chronologically, from the release of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy in March to The Exorcist hitting theaters in December. Read a chapter below, titled “Counterculture ’73,’ in which Jackson breaks down the pivotal counterculture moments of the summer. The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, New York, on July 28 makes the Guinness Book of World Records for largest concert with the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and the Band. Esalen fuels the Human Potential Movement. Time puts Carlos Castaneda on the cover while the authorities put Timothy Leary in a cell next to Charles Manson. George Harrison and Steve Jobs pay heed to Ram Dass. The Sexual Revolution reaches a peak with New York Yankee wife swappers, key parties, streakers, and Deep Throat court cases. The New … [Read more...] about Counterculture ’73: Summer Jam, Timothy Leary and the Sexual Revolution
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Amy Schumer is the latest Hollywood celebrity to jump on the podcasting train. Bloomberg reports that Spotify is paying the comedian more than $1 million for exclusive rights to a comedy podcast, citing “two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the terms are private.” Details about the project are scant at the moment, but it’s being described as focusing on “pop culture, politics and the world of stand-up comedy.” Schumer is slated to host and produce. A million dollars certainly sounds like a lot of money to invest in a podcast upfront, let alone in a single talent within an enterprise that requires all kinds of other production costs. Then again, it’s a fraction of what Schumer has been able to secure for her work in the past: She was reportedly paid $11 million by Netflix for The Leather Special, following a retroactive negotiation. Nevertheless, this Amy Schumer deal can be … [Read more...] about How Will Amy Schumer’s Huge Spotify Deal Change the Podcast Industry?
One humid afternoon in Atlanta, Cardi B, the new princess of hip-hop, wakes up in an endless white mansion flanked by tall trees. This is her fiancé’s castle – he’s Offset from Migos – and there are enough six-figure cars parked outside to form a small-town parade. By the curved dark-wood door, his friends smoke blunts in tracksuits as bright as British guardsmen’s jackets. Cardi, 25, and Offset, 26, are buying a new home shortly, and building a dream house too. But for now, this is the spot. Waking up late, Cardi pads around the house barefoot in a yellow cotton dress pulled tight over her swollen, nearly seven-and-a-half-months-pregnant belly. She eats a salad, manages the feat of typing on her phone with three-inch rhinestone-encrusted fake nails, and relaxes into a leather chair. Half zoning out, half watching Avatar, about a different princess and her race to save a far-off moon, she lets out a deep sigh. We are in the late stages of … [Read more...] about Cardi B and Offset: A Hip-Hop Love Story