Lady Gaga’s cracking voice and Bradley Cooper’s excellent acting are no mystery, but are you familiar with Gaga’s electric emotions and Cooper’s country twang?
Yep, they can do it all, as evidenced in Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. In this remake of the 1937 film, Jackson “Jack” Maine (Cooper) is a successful country music singer with an alcohol and drug habit. After one of his shows, he visits a nearby bar and is blown away by a performance from waitress and singer/songwriter Ally (Gaga). The two begin a relationship and go on tour together, but Maine’s problems soon threaten to jeopardise their future together.
Believe the hype about the film – it’s real. Just take a look at the stats: Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt bagged the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Shallow”; the film also received seven BAFTA nominations, five for Cooper alone, in the Best Actor, Film, Music, Adapted Screenplay and Direction categories – something that has never happened before in the academy’s 72-year history.
“I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in” Gaga sings in the award-winning song. And with the smash hit available to buy on the Virgin Media Store, we suggest you take her advice and dive right in!
After watching the 2018 reboot, why not check out the 1954 version? Starring Judy Garland, this musical marvel and more are available to buy for less in the Virgin Media Store Musical Movie Sale until Sunday 10 February. Read on to find out more…
A Star Is Born (1954)
The second of four films to bear the name, the 1954 version stars Judy Garland as singer Esther Blodgett and James Mason as Norman Maine, an actor whose career is fading. He convinces her to enter acting and takes her under his wing. She soon becomes a star, but Maine’s alcoholism threatens to destroy both his own career and his relationship with Esther.
Little Shop Of Horrors
One of the stranger musicals in the sale (and one of the best!), Little Shop Of Horrors is a cult classic. Weak and weedy flower shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) discovers an unusual Venus flytrap-like plant (voiced by Four Tops singer Levi Stubbs), which he names Audrey II after his crush and co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene).
But this is no ordinary plant. To stay alive, it needs a steady diet of human blood, and as its cries of “feed me” grow louder, Seymour begins to consider new sources to sate its appetite – such as Audrey’s abusive boyfriend Orin (Steve Martin). Produced in the 80s before the advent of CGI, Audrey II as a feat of puppeteering engineering is worth a watch in its own right!
La La Land
La La Land is a musical for people who don’t like musicals, with an original concept that feels fresh and a sense of style that’s all its own. In starry Los Angeles, barista Mia (Emma Stone) dreams of a career as an actress, while Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a struggling pianist who just wants to play jazz.
The pair meet and dance (and sing) their way into each other’s hearts. But life soon comes knocking and Mia and Sebastian find they have less time for each other as their careers start to take off. Will it all work out in the end? With surprising twists and an Oscar-winning, toe-tapping score, it’s an unexpected treat.
Rock Of Ages
Based on the 2009 Broadway musical and featuring a dazzling cast, Rock Of Ages brings to life songs by bands such as Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Foreigner. What could have been a cheesy film adaptation is anything but in this tale about aspiring singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and her quest to make it big in 80s Los Angeles.
After she’s offered a job as a waitress at the Bourbon Room by singer Drew (Diego Boneta), things get turned up to 11. A slew of big names soon turn up to rock out – including Tom Cruise as rock legend Stacee Jaxx, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J Blige, Alex Baldwin, Bryan Cranston and Malin Åkerman. It’s power ballad heaven!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
If you’re a bit squeamish or prone to eating pies without checking the list of ingredients first, this one might not be for you. This quirky, grisly tale sees Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), London barber, on a revenge mission. After taking a fancy to his wife, a local judge (Alan Rickman) frames Barker for a crime he didn’t commit and forces him to live in exile.
Some 15 years later, he returns to barbering under the name Sweeney Todd. Only this time, he uses his razor-sharp skills to commit some truly savage murders. Talk about a bad hair day! To make matters worse, his preferred method of body disposal, aided by his accomplice Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter)? Baking his victims into meat pies. Evidence, officer? What evidence?
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Virgin Media Store Musical Movie Sale: Offers end Sunday 10 February 2019. Normal price of A Star Is Born (1954): £10.99. Normal price of Little Shop Of Horrors: £10.99. Normal price of La La Land: £10.99. Normal price of Rock Of Ages: £10.99. Normal price of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street: £8.99.
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