Shangela as the witty and winning drag bar emcee in A Star Is Born. Clay Enos. Our favorite scene-stealer of all? Shangela Laquifa Wadley, who plays the somewhat mythic emcee of the drag bar where Ally Gaga is discovered by rock star Jackson Maine Cooper after he stumbles in off the street in search of a stiff drink.
A Star Is Born isn't sexist or 'rockist' – it's a cutting insight into so-called 'authenticity'
Everything New (and Redone) in the Star Is Born Rerelease
The adaptation of A Star Is Born , which premiered on 5 October , with Lady Gaga in the lead role of Ally, was almost the film you were never going to see. In the preceding decade, the on-off project had spent a period in development hell, with a litany of star turns and directors attached. What finally got it over the finishing line was likely the raw chemistry between two charismatic leads, a surprisingly fresh take on a script filmed three times previously, and a universal tale as old as the hills. In many ways, the George Cukor production, starring Judy Garland, appears to be the inspiration for this version, with Lady Gaga startling in her performance.
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Sign In. Edit A Star Is Born Showing all items. Bradley Cooper said that Lady Gaga was the one who convinced him they should sing live. Gaga said she hated watching movies where the actors were not lip-syncing correctly to the songs, and to avoid this and get it right they needed to sing live for the film.
Its storyworld, however, has more in common with the ill-fated version, a star vehicle for Barbra Streisand that shifted the action from the dream factory of Hollywood to the star-maker machinery of the music industry. The songs, too, are pretty good good enough for the notorious sourpusses at Pitchfork to give the soundtrack 7. A Star Is Born is sexist!