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Chance the Rapper on Netflix’s ‘Bright’ & the way it depicts Racism

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Bright, starring Will Smith, hasn’t been received well by critics, including Chance the Rapper. 

The movie, which is streaming on Netflix and currently has a 28 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is “Training Day meets Lord of the Rings,” as Smith described it. It was directed by David Ayer — the same dude who helmed Suicide Squad

One critique that keeps popping up is how it deals with issues like racism, and on Tuesday, Chance had something to say about it. 

“I found the way they tried to illustrate America’s racism through the mythical creatures to be a little shallow,” the rapper tweeted, before diving a bit deeper into the film.

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Barbra Streisand And Kris Kristofferson Have ‘A Star Is Born’ Reunion

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They’re evergreen in their own way, and they still rock.

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, co-stars in the 1976 version of “A Star Is Born,” reunited and Babs posted the photo evidence on Wednesday with a hint at something to come.

“It was so wonderful to see my friend Kris who stopped by yesterday. Stay tuned…” Streisand wrote.

Streisand, now 76, played aspiring singer Esther Hoffman, and Kristofferson, 82, was John Norman Howard, the has-been rocker who falls for her.

Like her 2018 “A Star Is Born” counterpart Lady Gaga, who took home the Oscar in February for best original song with “Shallow,” Streisand won in the same category with “Evergreen.”

Streisand and Kristofferson have reunited from time to time, E! News pointed out. They co-presented at the 2011 Grammy Awards, and they appeared together in 2013 at the Chaplin Award Gala honoring Streisand.

Like the song says, two lights that shine as one.

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Lady Gaga wins her first Oscar for ‘Shallow’

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Lady Gaga won her first Oscar at the 91st Annual Academy Awards.

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“Lady Gaga is an Academy Award winner, folks.

The best song of the year, “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, earned Lady Gaga an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday night, marking the first time the music legend has earned an Oscar. She shared the honor with co-writers Mark Daniel Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt.

I mean, come on, listen to this:

“I worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning, but what’s about is not giving up,” Lady Gaga said in her acceptance speech. “If you have a dream, fight for it.”

Lady Gaga is also up for the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in A Star Is Born, the first person to ever be nominated for both awards on the same night. Earlier in February, Lady Gaga was nominated for four Grammys for the song “Shallow” and won two.

A Star Is Born was up for eight awards in total at the Oscars, and the award for Best Original Song was the film’s first of the night.

Lady Gaga received her first and only other Oscar nomination in 2016 for the song, “Til It Happens to You,” for the documentary The Hunting Ground.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/lady-gaga-shallow-oscar/

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Bradley Cooper shares how he altered his voice for ‘A Star Is Born’

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“Of all the enchanting things about A Star is Born, one of the most mesmerising has to be Bradley Cooper’s distinctly low voice that he manages to maintain throughout the movie.

Well, Cooper let Stephen Colbert in on his secret for how he trained his voice to plummet to new vocal depths. Turns out he drew inspiration from his co-star Sam Elliott.

“One of the things, I knew I wanted to lower my voice. But I didn’t want to make him too country,” said Cooper. “Sam Elliott is from Sacramento but his mother was from Texas, so he has this accent that you can’t quite place. But it’s so wonderfully iconic.”

Cooper says in order to achieve the Elliott-esque low voice, he’d do a warmup using a tagline. But for the first six months, he could only do it while hunched over.

“I would go to sleep and my throat would hurt and I thought, well this is never gonna happen. That was what I was most terrified of, was his voice,” Cooper said. “I always had this warmup line which was a line from an interview [Elliott] did at Sundance which I played him when he came over to my house.”

Cooper performed his warmup in the video above using the tagline: “this part here is about as good as it gets for me”.

Goodness me, someone give that man an Oscar.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/bradley-cooper-colbert-star-is-born-voice/

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